Paulo Pinheiro

Director of Data Operations and Senior Research Scientist
Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Center for Architecture Science and Ecology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NYC, NY

Phone: (915) 603-6239
E-mail: pinhep at rpi dot edu

At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I lead a team of interdisciplinary researchers who are directly involved in research and development of semantic solutions for enhancing the quality of scientific data (i.e., observation data, experiment data, and simulation data). I am the lead designer and implementer of the Human-Aware Data Acquisition framework (HADatAc), which is used in multiple scientific domains including:

Within these projects, I champion the use of semantic standards for managing the project's large-scale repositories of observation data, simulation data, and experiment data.

I am a former Chief Scientist (Staff Scientist) for the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where I led the design and development of techniques for managing big data produced from multiple dynamic electron microscopes and large arrays of mass spectrometers. Additionally, we used semantic technology to manage knowledge about the instruments' scientific processess, i.e., workflow-driven ontologies, and to manage knowledge about visualization toolkits, i.e., VisKo.

I am a former Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and founding member of UTEP's Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence for Sharing Resources Through Cyber-Infrastructure to advance science, engineering, and education. Cyber-ShARE is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded multi-disciplinary research effort between computer science, geosciences, environmental sciences, computational math, astronomy, and education. At Cyber-ShARE, I led the computer science component that aims to increase the scientist use of semantic web and social network technologies in support of cyber-infrastructure-based, data-intensive applications and services. In particular, the center aims to provide scientists with information that will enable them to make informed decisions about retrieved resources and to have confidence in using resources derived through complex scientific processes.

I am a co-leader of the Inference Web (IW) project that provides infrastructure for explaining answers from software systems. Inference Web has been sponsored by a number of DARPA, NSF, DHS and DTO (formerly known as ARDA) projects.

Prior to joining UTEP, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Knowledge Systems, AI Laboratory at Stanford University. I am a former member of the Information Management Group at the School of Computer Science of the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, a leading research group on Semantic Web, Grid and e-Science solutions in Europe. I am also a former member of the Database Group at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, a leading research group on information extraction and information retrieve in Latin America.

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