All Hands 2017 Participants

 Under construction: We are updating this page in advance of the June 5-6 2017 Meeting to include speakers as well as represented organizations.

Below are Speakers from our 1st All Hands Meeting:


Jennifer Anastasoff

Founding Member
U.S. Digital Service, The White House


Kathy Pham

Health Data Advisor
U.S. Digital Service, The White House


Meredith Lee

Executive Director
West Big Data Innovation Hub

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Meredith is the Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub, a consortium launched by the National Science Foundation to address societal challenges with Big Data innovation. Dr. Lee previously served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), guiding strategic research in graph analytics, risk assessment, machine learning, data visualization, and distributed computing. She co-led the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative as well as the Ideation Community of Practice, a network of Federal innovators from more than 25 agencies. Meredith completed her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection. She was previously at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Intel, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Agilent Laboratories. Dr. Lee is a co-founder of NationOfMakers.org, past president of the Stanford Optical Society of America/SPIE, and served on the first Steering Committee for the National Photonics Initiative. Her work has been featured by whitehouse.gov, Make:, ArsTechnica, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Fast Company.
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Fernando Perez

Founding Investigator, Berkeley Institute of Data Science

Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Fernando Pérez is a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and and a founding investigator of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, created in 2013. He received a PhD in particle physics, followed by postdoctoral research in applied mathematics, developing numerical algorithms. Today, his research focuses on creating tools for modern computational research and data science across domain disciplines, with an emphasis on high-level languages, literate computing and reproducible research. He created IPython while a graduate student in 2001 and continues to lead it as it evolves into Project Jupyter, now as a collaborative effort with a talented team that does all the hard work. He regularly lectures about scientific computing and data science, and is a member of the Python Software Foundation as well as a founding member of the Numfocus Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2012 Award for the Advancement of Free Software from the Free Software Foundation.
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Sarah Stone

Deputy Director
West Big Data Innovation Hub

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Sarah Stone is a Deputy Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub and a Program Manager with the eScience Institute. Sarah handles eScience operations and planning, serving as the primary administrative contact for university and industry partners, funding agencies and the public. Sarah helps to manage joint activities with partner institutions, UC Berkeley and NYU, and coordinates eScience outreach activities including the Data Science for Social Good summer program. Prior to joining eScience, Sarah was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oceanography at Humboldt State University in northern California. She has been involved in many large, interdisciplinary research projects in oceanography and has a specialty in zooplankton ecology. Hide Bio


Tracy Teal

Executive Director,
Data Carpentry

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Tracy Teal is the Executive Director of Data Carpentry, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, on the board of NumFOCUS and an editor of the newly formed Journal of Open Source Software.
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Ariel Rokem

Co-Principal Investigator, WBDIH, Data Scientist, eScience Institute, University of Washington

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Trained in cognitive neuroscience (PhD: UC Berkeley, 2010) and computational neuroimaging (Postdoc, Stanford, 2011-2015), Ariel is now a data scientist at the University of Washington eScience Institute, where he continues to develop software for the analysis of human neuroimaging data, develops tools for reproducible and open research practices, and collaborates with researchers from a variety of fields to advance data-intensive research.
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Nick Baguley

Founder
Evolve STEAM

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Nick Baguley is a well-known Community Leader in Big Data and Data Science in Utah and worldwide. Nick has been able to influence and help create the rising wave of Advanced Analytics and Data Science in Utah and internationally with meetups, conferences, and challenges. He has dedicated his career and companies to growing the connected economy. He serves on more than a dozen boards with universities, nonprofits, and private organizations. He is a co-founder in investment firms, land development firms, data science guilds, and executive service firms. With each, he is helping the data science community, individuals, and companies evolve to better match their efforts with their aptitudes and passions.
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Alton Alexander

Chief Data Scientist
Front Analytics Inc

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Alton Alexander was the first master and teacher in Utah’s Data Science Guild where he currently coaches apprentices on actual academic and industry projects. Alton is also the founder and chief data scientist at Front Analytics Inc. Previously he has worked as an employee or consultant to data oriented technology startups, marketing agencies, healthcare groups, legal firms, and manufacturing companies. He has been known to participate and win high impact data science competitions. Alton is enthusiastic about all things advanced analytics, machine learning, and big data. If asked, his favorite technology stack includes HDFS, Spark, R, and H20. Alton is a husband and loves dancing with his daughters. A Salt Lake City transplant from Olympia, Washington. He is optimistic, a learner, and a results driven individual.
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Gerald Friedland

Director, Audio and Multimedia Lab
International Computer Science Institute

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Dr. Gerald Friedland is the Director of the Audio and Multimedia lab at the International Computer Science Institute, a private research organization affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley. He leads a group of multimedia researchers, mostly focussing on acoustic analysis methods for large scale video retrieval and privacy concerns and education. Dr. Friedland is also teaching at the EECS department and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in conferences, journals, and books. He also authored a new textbook on multimedia computing together with Dr. Ramesh Jain. He is associate editor for ACM Transactions on Multimedia and IEEE Multimedia Magazine and regularly reviews for IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech, and Language Processing, IEEE Transaction on Multimedia, Springer's Machine Vision and Application, and other journals. He is the recipient of several research and industry recognitions, among them the European Academic Software Award and the Multimedia Entrepreneur Award by the German Federal Department of Economics. Dr. Friedland received his doctorate (summa cum laude) and masters degree in computer science from Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
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Sharief Youssef

Computer Scientist
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Sharief Youssef is a Computer Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is a staff member in the Information Technology Group under the Software and Systems Division. He earned his Master of Science in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park. His research interests are big data, data mining and pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and computer networking. Software projects the he currently leads at NIST include the Materials Data Curation System, Materials Resource Registry, Enhanced Data Migration Tool, and Materials Genome Initiative Code Catalog.
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Christine Kirkpatrick

Deputy Director
West Big Data Innovation Hub

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Christine Kirkpatrick is Division Director for IT Systems & Services at SDSC. Christine is also Deputy Director and co-PI for the NSF-funded West Big Data Innovation Hub and Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the National Data Service. She specializes in enterprise architectures, integrations and implementation of large-scale storage, cloud and computational resources. A pioneer in web-based instruction, she has extensive online teaching experience coupled with expertise in developing the associated technologies needed for effective online teaching. She holds a master’s degree in Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering Leadership from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. She joined UC San Diego in 1996 and has been with SDSC since 2012.
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Ian Kalin

Chief Data Officer,
U.S. Department of Commerce

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Ian Kalin began working as Chief Data Officer at the U.S. Commerce Department in March 2015. As Commerce’s first-ever Chief Data Officer, Ian is responsible for developing and implementing a vision for the future of the diverse data resources at Commerce. He works with all 12 Commerce bureaus to unlock more data that help support a data-driven Department and economy.

Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Ian worked in the private sector supporting large organizations like Google, as a Special Consultant on Civic Data, and start-ups like Socrata, as their Director of Open Data, in business efforts to help governments modernize their data and transparency programs.  In these roles, Ian helped over 150 governments to improve the quality of the diverse services they deliver.

Ian started his career in the U.S. Navy as a Counter-Terrorism Officer and later as a nuclear engineer. After the Navy, Ian was an executive at PowerAdvocate, where he supported over $30 billion of power plant and transmission line construction. He was later recruited by the White House as one of the first Presidential Innovation Fellows, where he helped support national open data policies and programs. Ian also spearheaded the U.S. Energy Data Initiative, which works to unlock data from public and private sectors to ignite entrepreneurship.  

Ian has a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.  He has also received awards from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Energy for his work on civic innovation.  Ian’s wife is a successful investment professional.
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Linda Vasta

Data Analytics Engine Senior Advisor
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Linda Vasta has served in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate since December 2004. She is assigned to the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) as the Senior Advisor –West for the Data Analytics Engine.

Linda was previously assigned as a Senior Advisor for the Interagency Office (IAO)/Research and Development Partnerships Group since 2007. She led the establishment of the west coast office of IAO in Sacramento, CA and is based there. In this capacity, she collaborated with all levels of the Homeland Security Enterprise to enhance partnerships and identify technologies and research to bridge high priority capability gaps ultimately contributing to increased homeland security.

Her other assignments with S&T included serving as the Principal DHS S&T Liaison, an innovative pilot project of the Directorate, designed to enhance homeland security technology public/private sector partnering opportunities within the State of California. In collaboration with the former California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, she laid the foundation for the State’s partnership with DHS S&T. Linda also served as the Director (Acting) of the Office of Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) Implementation, managing a highly technical staff and a $7M program budget. She managed the operational aspects pertaining to the promulgation of the Act’s Final Rule; the subsequent major revision and publication of the companion Application Kit; and an unprecedented increase in the number of designated and certified anti-terrorism technologies.

Building partnerships to serve the needs of the American public is the major focus of Vasta’s career. Her other Federal service includes serving at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in both Headquarters and Region leadership positions. She directed a technical and administrative staff of over 500 at the National Interim Processing Service Center, including the helpline that supported the delivery of over $2B in disaster assistance during 14 concurrent Presidentially-declared disasters throughout the country across all time zones. She also managed and administered a myriad of high-profile, multi-million dollar grant programs and staff designed to provide assistance to state and local jurisdictional partners in emergency management. In this capacity, she developed and implemented major national policies that impacted state and local government, private industry, and hospitals. During her tenure with FEMA, she routinely interfaced with the Office of Management and Budget, Congress, and White House staff which included the development of briefing materials for the President.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science and a Master of Science in Environmental Science. She completed the Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism at the University of Southern California (USC)/Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) as well as extensive managerial and leadership classes from a variety of educational entities. She is the recipient of numerous commendations and performance awards throughout her career that recognize her business acumen, commitment to customer service, ability to create and educate, and exemplary interpersonal skills, including the 2008 DHS S&T Under Secretary's Award for Program Support in Science and Technology. Her volunteer deployment as the Intergovernmental Affairs Lead at the Unified Area Command supporting the Departmental response activities during the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 resulted in commendations for her outstanding performance from DHS leadership. At the request of the DHS Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA), an office which reports directly to the Secretary of DHS, she also served as their Devolution designee.
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Michael Norman

WBDIH Principal Investigator | Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center | Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California – San Diego

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Michael L. Norman is the Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego where he also directs the Laboratory for Computational Astrophysics. He received his B.S. from Caltech in 1975, and his Ph. D. from UC Davis in 1980. After holding appointments at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, he joined the faculty at UC San Diego in 2000. His research focus is the computer simulation of astronomical phenomena using supercomputers, and the development of the numerical methods to carry them out. He is the author of over 200 papers on diverse topics including star formation, cosmic jets, and cosmological evolution. His computer visualizations have appeared in numerous educational TV shows and films, including PBS Nova and The Discovery Channel. He is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2001, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.
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Bin Yu

Chancellor’s Professor, Statistics & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of California – Berkeley


Fen Zhao

Interdisciplinary Staff Associate, Office of the Assistant Director, National Science Foundation

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Fen Zhao is a Staff Associate, Strategic Innovation in the Office of the Assistant Director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE OAD) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Zhao focuses on building public -private partnerships around CISE's Big Data and other research portfolios. She is the lead program officer for the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs program and also is a member of NSF’s Innovation Corp program team.

Prior to joining CISE OAD, Dr. Zhao was a AAAS Fellow at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy working on national security S&T issues. Before her work in the public sector, Dr. Zhao was an associate with McKinsey and Company's Risk Management Practice. Fen received a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University and her BS from MIT. Her doctoral research was conducted at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at SLAC National Accelerator Labs, where she developed supercomputing astrophysical simulations of magnetic fields within the early universe.
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Stephen Dennis

Data Analytics Engine Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Stephen Dennis provides leadership and guidance to information analysis and critical infrastructure protection programs within the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) of the Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Dennis provides technical guidance for information analysis, collaboration and sharing related to Data Analytics research and development at DHS. Mr. Dennis also serves as the S&T APEX Program Manager for the Border Enforcement Analytics Program to improve utilization of DHS Big Data sources for ICE Homeland Security Investigations. He has over thirty years of experience managing research programs in information analysis and processing automation within the Intelligence Community and other federal agencies. Mr. Dennis holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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Zvika Krieger

Senior Advisor for Technology & Innovation – Silicon Valley
U.S. Department of State

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Zvika Krieger is the Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the U.S. Department of State, based in Silicon Valley. He works with the technology and innovation sectors on tackling global challenges and helps the State Department plan for the impacts of emerging technology trends. He previously created and led the State Department's Strategy Lab, a team that utilizes design thinking, strategic foresight, and visual facilitation to convene diverse stakeholders and generate innovative solutions to complex international challenges. He also taught the inaugural Institute for Design + Public Policy at the Rhode Island School of Design. He was previously a Strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where his portfolios included climate change, Middle East strategy, policy innovation, and emerging technology, and for which he received the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence. He began his career in the Pentagon as an advisor to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. He previously served as Senior Vice President of the Center for Middle East Peace and created the "Is Peace Possible?" interactive website. Before joining government, Krieger spent almost a decade as a journalist, including as a foreign policy correspondent at The Atlantic, editor and writer at The New Republic, and Middle East correspondent for Newsweek based in Egypt and Lebanon and covering most of the Arab world. His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Guardian, Slate, New York, and numerous other publications, and he has appeared as an analyst on NBC News, CNN, and Fox News. He has received fellowships to study topics including the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, the Kifaya reform movement in Egypt, public health in Bombay slums, religious identity in Kashmir, historical memory in Palestinian refugee camps, and the role of religion in Lebanese politics. He has also reported from such places as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Korea. His writings have earned him awards from the Overseas Press Club and Scripps Howard Foundation. He is a Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University, a certified Design Thinking instructor by the LUMA Institute, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and a member of the Aspen Institute's Socrates Society. He has a bachelor's degree from Yale University and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.
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Alicia Johnson

Resilience & Recovery Manager
San Francisco Emergency Management

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A natural-born problem solver with a super power for getting it done, Alicia Johnson has a penchant for civic innovation. An Emergency Manager by trade, Alicia can count Hurricane Sandy, Super Bowl 50 and an earthquake or two in her portfolio of responses. She has changed the culture of emergency preparedness with the creation of SF72.org and it's open source sister, City72. A community that plays together, stays together and Alicia is diligently integrating private and non-profit organizations into daily and disaster operations at the City of San Francisco. Alicia knows how to make change happen from within. Curiosity is her jam and her favorite question is... How might we?
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Bill Howe

WBDIH Co-Principal Investigator | Associate Director and Senior Data Science Fellow, eScience Institute |Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington

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Bill Howe is the Associate Director of the UW eScience Institute and an Affiliate Associate Professor in Computer Science & Engineering. His research interests are in data management, curation, analytics, and visualization in the sciences. Howe is a Co-PI and played a leadership role in the Data Science Environment program at UW through a $32.8 million grant awarded jointly to UW, NYU, and UC Berkeley. With support from the MacArthur Foundation and Microsoft, Howe leads UW's participation in the national MetroLab Network focused on smart cities and data-intensive urban science. He also led the creation of the UW Data Science Masters Degree and serves as its inaugural Program Director and Faculty Chair. He has received two Jim Gray Seed Grant awards from Microsoft Research for work on managing environmental data, has had two papers selected for VLDB Journal's "Best of Conference" issues (2004 and 2010), and co-authored what are currently the most-cited papers from both VLDB 2010 and SIGMOD 2012. Howe serves on the program and organizing committees for a number of conferences in the area of databases and scientific data management, developed a first MOOC on data science that attracted over 200,000 students across two offerings, and founded UW's Data Science for Social Good program. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Portland State University and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.
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Steph Wright

Open Data Training Lead
Mozilla Science Lab

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Steph is a former University of Washington data librarian and now an open science advocate at the Mozilla Science Lab where she leads the development of their open data training program. She works with researchers, students, non-profit organizations, librarians and citizen scientists to help them learn, teach and advocate for open science.
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Ed Lazowska

WBDIH Principal Investigator |Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering and eScience Institute Director, University of Washington

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Ed Lazowska is the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he also directs the University of Washington eScience Institute. Ed's research and teaching concern the design, analysis, and implementation of high-performance computing and communication systems, and, more recently, the techniques and technologies of data-intensive discovery. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. A long-time advocate for increasing participation in the field, Lazowska serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and on the National Research Council's Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
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Michael Franklin

WBDIH Principal Investigator | Professor, University of California – Berkeley

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Michael J. Franklin is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 30 years of experience in the database, data analytics, and data management fields as an academic and industrial researcher, teacher, lab director, faculty member, entrepreneur, and software developer. Prof. Franklin is also the Director of the Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory (AMPLab) at UC Berkeley, a leading academic Big Data analytics research center. The AMPLab has 27 industrial partners including founding sponsors Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, and SAP, and received a National Science Foundation CISE "Expeditions in Computing" award, which was announced as part of the White House Big Data Research initiative in March 2012. AMPLab has produced industry-changing open source software including Apache Spark and BDAS, the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack. Prof. Franklin is a co-PI and Executive Committee member for the Berkeley Institute of Data Science, a campus-wide initiative to advance Data Science Environments. He was founder and CTO of Truviso, a data analytics company that was subsequently purchased by Cisco Systems. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Boards of a number of data-driven technology companies, including Databricks, an AMPLab spinout. He is a Fellow of the ACM and a two-time winner of the ACM SIGMOD "Test of Time" award, and received the outstanding Advisor Award from the Computer Science Graduate Student Association at Berkeley. He received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1993, a Master of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies in 1986, and the B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1983.
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Erin Robinson

WBDIH Co-Principal Investigator | Executive Director, Foundation for Earth Science

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Erin is a natural connector who’s passionate about fostering innovation through collaboration. During the last 10 years she has created communities and programs with lasting impact around science data and technology. Erin has honed her expertise across community management, grant writing information architecture and Earth science. As the Executive Director for the Foundation for Earth Science, Erin facilitates virtual and in-person collaboration across economic sectors to expedite progress toward data interoperability, envisioning and realizing new programs, and articulating their value to funders to ensure continued success of the programs.
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René Baston

Executive Director
Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

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Renata Rawlings-Goss

Co-Executive Director
South Big Data Innovation Hub

Areas of Interest: Big Data, Public-Private Partnerships, -Omics research

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Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss is the co-Executive Director of the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub, who’s vision is to support universities, industry, and government in creating productive partnerships around Big Data, Data Science and the “Internet of Things”. One of only four federally funded Big Data Hubs in the nation, the South Hub services Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Texas.

Formerly, she was with the National Science Foundation in the directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE-OAD) working on the Big Data research program, as well as Big Data policies and priority goals for the foundation. She worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create the National Data Science Organizers Group, which facilitates data science groups to address national “Grand Challenge” problems. She sat on the NITRD interagency Big Data Senior Steering group charged with strategic planning for Big Data research funded by the federal government.
Dr. Rawlings-Goss is a biophysicist where her research interests include data-driven analysis of genetic/expression variation among worldwide human populations.
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Lea Shanley

Co-Executive Director
South Big Data Innovation Hub

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Dr. Lea Shanley is a founding co-Executive Director of the South Big Data Innovation Hub at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, which is managed in collaboration with Georgia Tech. Before joining the Hub, she served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA Headquarters, where she designed and guided open innovation and open source research strategies for planetary and Earth science. Additionally, she worked with the White House on innovation policy, including the memo on crowdsourcing issued September 30, 2015. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Shanley co-founded and led the Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Community of Practice, engaging staff from 40 agencies in the development of an online toolkit [http://www.citizenscience.gov]. Previously, Dr. Shanley was the founding director of the Washington-based Wilson Center Commons Lab, guiding strategic research in social media and big data for disaster response. She also spent more than 15 years working with local, state, and tribal governments in the development of GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, environmental monitoring, coastal management, and disaster response. She holds a PhD in Environment and Resources, with a focus on geographic information science and remote sensing, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.​
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Melissa Cragin

Executive Director
Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub