About the Team

Ilkay Altintas, Ph.D., WIFIRE PIIlkay Altintas, Ph.D., WIFIRE PI

Ilkay Altintas is the Director for the Scientific Workflow Automation Technologies Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD where she also is the Deputy Coordinator for Research. She currently works on different aspects of scientific workflows in collaboration with various cross-disciplinary NSF, DOE, NIH 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 and cloud computing, bioinformatics, observatory systems, conceptual data querying, and software modeling. She brings in a wide range of experience in leading the development of scientific workflow middleware and cyberinfrastructure projects which will be critical to the success of this project.

Hans-Werner Braun, WIFIRE Co-PIHans-Werner Braun, WIFIRE Co-PI

Hans-Werner Braun is a Research Scientist at the University of California San Diego since 1997, and an Adjunct Professor at the San Diego State University's College of Sciences since 2003. His UCSD position is at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, with responsibility for specific networking related projects funded by the National Science Foundation. His current focus is on the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) as Principal Investigator. Previously he was also Principal Investigator of the National Laboratory of Applied Network Research (NLANR), with a focus on network measurement and analysis activities. Braun was the Chief Network Architect with the Teledesic Corporation beginning in May 1996. Teledesic's objective was to to design a global broadband network for a system of hundreds of low earth orbit satellites. Braun remained a consultant to Teledesic for a few years, after moving back to San Diego to work at UCSD in 1997. Prior to his Teledesic position he began working at SDSC as a Principal Scientist in January 1991, and retained an affiliation as Senior Fellow with the Center while at Teledesic. While at SDSC, he has focused on National Science Foundation supported efforts for NREN/NII engineering, strategic planning, and network performance related research. He created and was Project Director for the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR), and Principal Investigator on various other NSF awards, including on information/web caching, network analysis, NREN engineering, and interagency ATM connectivity.

Larry Smarr, Ph.D., WIFIRE Co-PILarry Smarr, Ph.D., WIFIRE Co-PI

Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a University of California, San Diego/UC Irvine partnership created in 2000. He holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in the Jacobs School's Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD. At Calit2, Smarr has continued to drive major developments in planetary information infrastructure begun during his previous 15 years as founding Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the National Computational Science Alliance, including contributions to the Internet, the Web, scientific visualization, virtual reality, collaboratories, global telepresence and Green IT. His views have been quoted in Science, Nature, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Wired, Fortune, Business Week, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, and the Australian Broadcasting Company. Smarr served as principal investigator on NSF's OptIPuter project and currently is principal investigator of the Moore Foundation's CAMERA project and co-principal investigator on NSF's GreenLight project. He is a world leader in supercomputing, information visualization, and cyberinfrastructure for disaster information sharing. Smarr received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and conducted observational, theoretical, and computational-based astrophysical sciences research for the next 20 years. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1990 he received the Franklin Institute's Delmer S. Fahrney Gold Medal for Leadership in Science or Technology. In 2006 he received two Lifetime Achievement awards: the IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award in distributed computing systems and the ESRI Award.

Raymond de Callafon, Ph.D., WIFIRE Co-PIRaymond de Callafon, Ph.D., WIFIRE Co-PI

Raymond de Callafon is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). As one of the faculty within the Dynamic Systems & Control (DS&C) group at the Dept. of MAE, he is involved in teaching and research that covers many aspects in signal processing, estimation, experiment-based modeling and adaptive control. His research interests include topics in the field of experiment-based approximation modeling, control relevant system identification and recursive/adaptive control. In particular, he is interested in designing and analyzing experiment-based modeling techniques for control relevant identification of linear systems and extending these techniques to specific classes of (block) non-linear and linear parameter varying (LPV) systems. The newly developed model estimation techniques of Raymond de Callafon have been applied to structural damage detection problems, model or controller complexity reduction and (adaptive) feedback tuning in active noise and vibration control for high precision data storage systems and aero(servo)elastic systems for flutter prediction and control. Prof. de Callafon’s in depth experience with application of Kalman Filtering techniques will be critical to this project.

Arnaud Trouvé, Ph.D., WIFIRE Co-PIArnaud Trouvé, Ph.D., WIFIRE Co-PI

Arnaud Trouvé is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to coming to Maryland (in 2001), Professor Trouvé has been a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University and a Senior Research Engineer at the French Petroleum Institute. He has also been a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Building and Fire Research Laboratory and is currently on the editorial boards for Combustion and Flame, Combustion Theory and Modelling and Proceedings of the International Symposium on Combustion. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) and the US Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute (ESSCI). Professor Trouvé’s research interests include fire modeling and Computational Fluid Dynamics; Direct Numerical Simulation and Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent chemically reacting flows; High-Performance (Parallel) Scientific Computing; and physical modeling of combustion- and fire-related phenomena, including compartment fires, wildfires and explosions. Professor Trouvé was also the organizer and Chair of a 2-day Workshop entitled “A NSF Workshop on Cyber-based Combustion Science”, sponsored by NSF’s Division of Chemical and Transport Systems, Directorate for Engineering, May 2006, and has a strong interest in the Cyber-infrastructure. Professor Trouvé will bring relevant experience in wildfire physics, numerical modeling, data assimilation and high-performance computing.

Michael Gollner, Ph.D., WIFIRE Co-PIMichael Gollner, Ph.D., WIFIRE Co-PI

Michael Gollner is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Michael’s research focuses on flame spread in both wildland fires and the built environment. Other diverse applications of the research have impacted industrial, maritime and green / sustainable building fire safety. His research has been funded by the NSF, US Forest Service, Department of Homeland Security, NFPA and the SFPE. He currently serves on the Editorial boards of Fire Technology and the Fire Safety Journal, is Associate Editor of Fire Technology and Chair of the IAFSS New Technologies Subcommittee. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego where he received the Chancellor's Award for Sustainability for his work on securing financing for renewable energy on campus.

Jessica BlockJessica Block

Jessica Block is a Research Analyst with Calit2 at UCSD. She is an interdisciplinary geologist and urban ecologist specializing in the use of sensor networks, remote sensing, and geospatial visualization tools for disaster response, natural resource management, policy decision-making, and sustainability. She is an expert in the management and fusion of datasets from disparate sources, and uses visualization technology as the bridge between University research and the needs of community members. She has a BS in geology from UCLA, and a MS in geology and urban ecology from Arizona State University. Her research in environmental sustainability has covered regions in the American West, Southeast Australia, Peru, and Mexico where growing populations depend on increasingly unstable resources in the face of climate change.

Daniel Crawl, Ph.D.Daniel Crawl, Ph.D.

Senior Workflow Specialist Daniel Crawl, PhD is one of the lead developers of the Kepler Scientific Workflow System and has advanced experience in working with application of workflows to field ranging from environmental observatories, bioinformatics, geoinformatics, oceanography and computational physics. He is the lead architect for the overall integration of many modules in Kepler including the provenance framework, distributed data parallel (DDP) execution patterns, reporting. He will conduct research and development on the autonomic scientific workflow management component of the proposed project.

Charles CowartCharles Cowart

Charles Cowart is a data scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD. He currently develops data models and software interfaces for WIFIRE, BBDTC, and other projects. Charles has extensive experience in data management and software development, including terms as the LAS Systems Lead for OpenTopography.org, Telepresence Systems Lead at NEESit, and Software Architect for NSDL’s Persistent Archive Service. Charles was also a developer of SDSC's Storage Resource Broker, and is co-holder of a software copyright from the University of California. He received an MS in Computer Science from California State University, San Marcos.

John GrahamJohn Graham

John Graham is a senior development engineer at QI, the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Primary role is the lead engineer for the Pacific Research Platform. Other projects include GPU JupyterHub deployments for deep leaning and pattern recognition pipelines. GrowBotics is an ongoing project to create autonomous roof-top farming robots with a goal of providing food for the buildings occupants. John is a charter member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, and previously collaborated with other members on the “Open GeoData Pipeline” for disaster response-related satellite data and aerial photography coming from the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is an highly experienced systems engineer and data visualization expert. John's past efforts include many years working with San Diego State University, Visualization Center. In the early 90's, previous to working with universities in San Diego, John ran a successful internet startup, A streaming media technology and service called Broadware. It was sold to Cisco and the technology is still part of their product line. John also spent several years in the nano-technology field building and operating Scanning Tunneling Microscopes at the University of Akron, Then Atomic Force Microscopes for Angstrom Technologies and Arizona State University and finally Low Temperature and Electrochemical Scanning Probe Microscopes for Park Scientific Instruments.

Jurgen Schulze, Ph.D.Jurgen Schulze, Ph.D.

Jurgen Schulze is a Research Scientist at UCSD’s Calit2. and a Lecturer in the computer science department at the University of California San Diego. His research interests include scientific visualization in virtual environments, human-computer interaction, real-time volume rendering, and graphics algorithms on programmable graphics hardware. He holds an M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. After his graduation he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department at Brown University. In scientific visualization, he specializes in real-time rendering of large data sets, volume rendering and transfer function design, and efficient use of programmable graphics hardware. He also has expertise in parallel computing for high-performance computer graphics, coupling simulation results to real-time visualization, and human-computer interaction in immersive virtual environments.

Jeff SaleJeff Sale

Jeff Sale is an Educational Programmer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD. He works to promote the use of cyberinfrastructure within the K-12 and undergraduate education community through education portal development, workshops, training, and curriculum development in collaboration. He has considerable experience in education courseware development with emphasis on challenging concepts in science, and is an expert in scientific visualization work with complex datasets. He has published and presented work in such areas as visualization of electrophyisological data, virtual reality technologies applied to neurorehabilitation, distributed medical intelligence, and instructional design of CD-ROM video-based case studies for pre-service teachers in math and science education. Jeff was formerly Assistant Director at San Diego State's Education Center on Computational Science and Engineering. He served a similar role under the direction of Dr. Kris Stewart fostering the integration of high-performance computing into the undergraduate curriculum. The Education Center is supported by the California State University and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI). Jeff has a B.S. in Physics from SDSU and has done graduate work in the neurophysiology of learning and task-performance.

Monika BraunMonika Braun

Monika Braun provides web design and development support for a variety of WIFIRE needs. She has been a graphic designer for over 10 years and has extensive experience creating presentation graphics for many NSF-funded projects including HPWREN.



Andres ReyesAndres Reyes

Andres Reyes is a computer science undergraduate and Applied Mathematics Minor at UC Merced. He wrote documentation for the Pylaski weather data retrieval service in Jupyter, demonstrating how to use the service in Python and potential applications of the service.


Tahereh MasoumiTahereh Masoumi

Tahereh Masoumi is a computer science undergraduate student at UCSD. She develops workflows in Kepler using data mining packages including R scripts and Weka. The goal for such workflows is to develop an understanding of the patterns before, during and after wildfires based on environmental and other conditions.


James MacindoeJames Macindoe

James Macindoe is an undergraduate computer science student at Monash University, Australia. He will be spending 8 weeks at UCSD developing an Android app for WIFIRE.


Hamid TavakolifardHamid Tavakolifard

Hamid Tavakolifard is a UCSD undergraduate student in the department of computer engineering. He develops the end-user interfaces for the WIFIRE iPad app.


Zander CowanZander Cowan

Zander Cowan was a high school student exploring fire ignition models. He was specficially interested in the role played by humans and climate change in fire ignition. Zander has presented his work on this model at the XSEDE 2014 and ESRI 2014 conferences. Learn more about Zander's research.