Ilkay Altintas, Ph.D

Deputy Coordinator for Research, SDSC
Lab Director, Scientific Workflow Automation Technologies
Expertise: Scientific Workflows, Provenance, Distributed Computing, Observatory Systems

Ilkay Altintas, Ph.D. is the Director for the Scientific Workflow Automation Technologies Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), UC San Diego where she also is the Deputy Coordinator for Research. Since joining SDSC in 2001, she has worked on different aspects of scientific workflows as a principal investigator and in other leadership roles across a wide range of cross-disciplinary NSF, DOE and Moore Foundation projects. She is a co-initiator of and an active contributor to the open-source Kepler Scientific Workflow System, and the co-author of publications related to eScience at the intersection of scientific workflows, provenance, distributed computing, bioinformatics, observatory systems, conceptual data querying, and software modeling. Ilkay Altintas received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands with an emphasis on provenance of workflow-driven collaborative science and she is currently an assistant research scientist at UC San Diego.

Chaitan Baru, Ph.D. (Chair)

Associate Director, Data Initiatives, SDSC
Director, Center for Large-scale Data Systems Research (CLDS), SDSC
Expertise: Large-scale data systems, database systems, scientific data management, performance and benchmarking of big data systems, data integration, data analytics.

Chaitan Baru is a Distinguished Scientist and research staff member at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He has played a leadership role in a number of national-scale cyberinfrastructure R&D initiatives across a wide range of science disciplines from earth sciences to ecology, biomedical informatics, and healthcare. One of his current initiatives is an industry-academia effort to define big data benchmarks and establish a BigData Top100 List (see http://www.bigdatatop100.org). He also coordinates the SDSC Data Science Institute initiative for education and training in data science. Prior to joining SDSC in 1996, Baru was involved in the development of IBM’s early UNIX-based shared-nothing database systems (DB2 Parallel Edition), where he also led a team that produced the industry’s first result for a decision support benchmark (TPC-D). Baru has also served on the faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; and ME and PhD from the University of Florida, all in Electrical Engineering.

Adrian Borsa, Ph.D.

Assistant Researcher, UC San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Amit Chourasia

Senior Visualization Scientist, SDSC

Amit Chourasia leads the Visualization Services group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). His work is focused on research, development and application of software tools and techniques for visualization. Key portion of his work is to find ways to represent data in a visual form that is clear, succinct and accurate - a challenging yet very exciting endeavor.

Claudiu Farcas, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist, UC San Diego

Claudiu Farcas is an assistant project scientist at UCSD working on the architecture and design of large-scale, complex software-intensive systems ranging from national infrastructures for oceanographic research, secure e-health systems, and up to energy-efficient modular data centers. He will provide extensive expertise for system architecture and the integration of multiple data collection, aggregation, and analytics modules of the proposed work.

Amarnath Gupta, Ph.D.

Director, Advanced Query Processing Lab, SDSC
Expertise: Information Integration, Semantic Information Infrastructure, Graph Data Management, Event Modeling

Amarnath Gupta received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Jadavpur University in India. He is currently a full Research Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center of UC San Diego, and directs the Advanced Query Processing Lab. His primary areas of research include semantic information integration, large-scale graph databases, ontology management, event data management and query
processing techniques. Before joining UC San Diego, he was the Chief Scientist at Virage, Inc., a startup
company in multimedia information systems. Dr. Gupta has authored over 100 papers and a book on Event Modeling, holds 13 patents and is a recipient of the 2011 ACM Distinguished Scientist award.

Mary Haley


Mary Haley is the project lead for a team that develops, distributes, and supports the NCAR Command Language (NCL), specialized software for the analysis and visualization of geoscientific data. She has organized and co-taught over forty NCL workshops world-wide geared towards scientific researchers and graduate students. Her research interests include collaborating with climate researchers to develop high-level suites of computational and visualization routines written in NCL and Python.

Tanu Malik, Ph.D.

Research Associate/Scientist, University of Chicago

John Moreland

Visualization Scientist, SDSC

John Moreland is a senior Visualization Scientist at UCSD’s San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He specializes in scientific visualization, 3D computer graphics programming, and software/hardware design for advanced display systems. He is an inventor on a pending patent for a unique single-light-source tiled display system. He has co-authored several books on the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), and has published numerous peer-reviewed technical papers on a wide variety of subjects in the field of computer science.

Maryann Martone, Ph.D.

Co-director of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR), Professor in Residence, UC San Diego
Expertise: Neuroanatomy, and light and electron microscopy

Dr. Martone received her BA from Wellesley College in biological psychology and her Ph. D. in neuroscience in 1990 from the University of California, San Diego. She is the principal investigator of the Neuroscience Information Framework project, a national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience.  Her recent work has focused on building ontologies for neuroscience for data integration. She recently finished her tenure as the US scientific representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), an international organization dedicated to developing tools and standards for neuroscience data exchange.

Don Middleton


Don E. Middleton leads the Visualization and Enabling Technologies Section in NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. He is responsible for developing and managing an emerging technologies program that encompasses data and knowledge management, analysis and visualization, collaborative visual computing environments, Grid computing, digital preservation, and education and outreach activities. Don’s professional interests center on the frontiers of managing, preserving, and analyzing large, complex earth system datasets and communication using advanced visual technologies. Don is currently serving in a PI or co-PI capacity on a number of projects, including: the Earth System Grid, the Earth System Curator, the Virtual Solar Terrestrial Observatory, the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program, the Cooperative Arctic Data and Information Service, and NCAR’s Cyberinfrastructure Strategic Initiative. Don recently completed a term on a National Research Council committee for NEES/NEESGrid and Earthquake Engineering and was a contributing author for the new publication, The Visualization Handbook.

Viswanath Nandigam

Technical Project Manager / Co-Investigator, SDSC

Viswanath Nandigam works in the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Developement Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center where he is actively involved in several data intensive initiatives. He is the Co-Investigator and technical lead of the NSF funded OpenTopography Facility. He is also the informatics lead at the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center where he works on several NCI/NIH funded translational cancer research projects. His research interests include scientific data acquisition and management, data intensive application development, parallel and federated database systems and information integration.

Paul Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Research Programmer / Analyst

Paul Rodriguez received his PhD in Cognitive Science at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1999. He spent several years doing research in neural network modeling, dynamical systems simulations, time series analysis, and statistical methods for analysis and predictions in fMRI data. He has more recently worked in data mining for health care fraud identification, and optimization of data intensive network flow models.

Nicole Wolter

Research Programmer Analyst

Nicole Wolter has over 10 years of experience in High Performance Computing, optimizing and modeling performance. She has been an integral part of the Gordon Data Mining and predictive analytics effort.

Ilya Zaslavsky, Ph.D.

Director of Spatial Information Systems Laboratory, UC San Diego

Ilya Zaslavsky is the Director of Spatial Information Systems Laboratory at University of California San Diego. His research focuses on distributed information management systems, in particular on spatial and temporal data integration, geographic information systems, and spatial data analysis. Ilya has been leading design and technical development in several cyberinfrastructure projects, including the national-scale Hydrologic Information System, which develops standards, databases and services for integration of hydrologic observations. He has also developed spatial data management infrastructure as part of several large projects, in domains ranging from neuroscience (digital brain atlases), to geology, disaster response (NIEHS Katrina portal), to regional planning and conservation (e.g. San Diego Regional Workbench, Conservation Resources Network).


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