Dr. Jayfus T. Doswell was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Baltimore City public schools. Dr. Doswell was trained early in music (i.e., classical piano and violin) and studied martial arts (i.e., Tae-Kwon-Do, Kung-Fu, and Akido). Dr. Doswell competed in both and achieved concert master in a local Baltimore youth orchestra, and often won first place in martial art tournaments.
After graduating from Baltimore City College High School, Dr. Doswell was accepted to Oberlin College on an academic scholarship to study Neuroscience and Pre-Med. After taking a few courses towards pre-med, Dr. Doswell graduated with degrees in computer science and cognitive neuropsychology. Dr. Doswell then enrolled in Howard University’s System and Computer Science program where he received his best education in software engineering where his knowledge secured him positions as a young senior software engineer at Lockheed Martin, Bearing Point, and SAIC. While working, Dr. Doswell entered a Ph.D. program at age 26. Dr. Doswell also decided while working and earning a Ph.D. to start Juxtopia (juxtapositions among utopias) to improve human learning, life, and leisure performance. Dr. Doswell took the Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University in 2005 and immediately afterwards in 2005 secured Juxtopia’s first Small Business and Innovative Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Science Foundation that launched the R&D funding for Juxtopia’s flagship product, the Context-Aware Augmented Reality goggles and software. Furthermore, at the point of Dr. Doswell’s graduation, he contributed his 399 page dissertation on the architecture of developing a software based virtual instructor to the research community on learning technology, and he subsequently created the IEEE Virtual Instructor Pilot Research Group (VIPRG) that immediately attracted multidisciplinary researchers around the world to collaborate on building an international working standard on the virtual instructor architecture. Dr. currently directs this group under The Juxtopia Group, described in this bio.
Dr. Jayfus T. Doswell is currently founder, president, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Juxtopia®, LLC, a privately held biomedical and information technology company with a mission to improve human performance. At Juxtopia, LLC, Dr. Doswell initiated the alliance of colleges and universities that collaborate effectively on developing various subsystems for Juxtopia products for which colleges and universities may achieve technology transfer based license royalty. Additionally, Dr. Doswell initiated the commercial product based learning methodology for which college students starting at the community college level contribute to building innovative products for Juxtopia. Moreover, 100% of Juxtopia’s product development is supported by federal and state based grants including National Science Foundation SBIRs, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command funding, Maryland TEDCO, and MIPS funding.
Dr. Doswell also chairs the Juxtopia Group, Inc., a not for profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to improve the performance of underserved and disadvantaged populations in both learning and health. One of The Juxtopia Group’s program is the Juxtopia® Urban Robotics Brilliant Application Network (JURBAN) that entered into the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition, and is the only team in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of the only space robotics teams on the east coast to compete in this challenge. Moreover, it is the only team in the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition significantly comprised of team members from underserved and disadvantaged groups and HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions. The Juxtopia Group also organizes conferences including the International Virtual Instructor, Juxtopia Urban Learning Technology, and Space Entrepreneurship Forum conferences. Furthermore, The Juxtopia Group publishes the International Journal for Urban Learning Technology (iJULT).
Dr. Doswell also serves as the chair of Biotechnology at Sojourner Douglass College in Baltimore, Maryland and currently building the program from the ground up. To create a biotechnology entrepreneurship pipeline, Dr. Doswell was contracted by Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) to create the Biotechnology Curriculum for BCPS to create a four year biotechnology curriculum with a capstone course to train inner city Baltimore students on creating biotechnology and biomedical innovations with commercial potential. Dr. Doswell also facilitated alliances with local Biotechnology Companies where graduating students at high school or college can secure internships or high paying employment opportunities.
Dr. Doswell also sits on several not for profit boards and is an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Health Informatics and Information Technology (HIIT) Section, American Telemedicine Association (ATA), Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Dr. Doswell actively conducts research on how to improve human performance and focuses on research including cognitive science for human performance systems; wearable devices and operating systems; virtual instructor development; consumer telehealth and remote monitoring; personalized medicine; biomedical device design; public health informatics; and nanoinformatics.