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Ilkay Altıntaş, Ph.D.

Founder and Director

Dr. İlkay Altıntaş is the Chief Data Science Officer and Founder & Director of the Workflows for Data Science (WorDS) Center of Excellence and WIFIRE Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD. 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 projects. She is a co-initiator of the Kepler Scientific Workflow System.

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Jessica Block

Assoc. Director, Operational Programs

Jessica Block is the Associate Director for Operational Programs of the WIFIRE Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD. Her work aims to mitigate disasters using technologies including satellites, sensor networks, and virtual reality. She has spent her career addressing fire, water, and geologic risks in the American West and Southeastern Australia. In 2019, she was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the California Wildfire Safety Advisory Board.

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Dr. Raymond de Callafon is a professor with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), UCSD. His teaching and research cover many aspects of signal processing, estimation, and adaptive control. He designs and analyzes experiment-based modeling techniques for control relevant identification of linear systems and extends these techniques to specific classes of (block) non-linear and linear parameter varying (LPV) systems.

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Tom Corringham, Ph.D.

Affiliated Researcher

Dr. Tom Corringham is an economist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. His research is focused on understanding the economic impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. His areas of specialization include wildfires and public health. His published work includes an assessment of the value of climate information to wildland fire managers and a study on the impacts of wildfire smoke on public health in Southern California.

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Daniel Crawl, Ph.D.

Assoc. Director, Products

Dr. Daniel Crawl is the Associate Director for Products of the WIFIRE Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD. He is one of the lead developers of the Kepler Scientific Workflow System and has advanced experience in working with applications of workflows in bioinformatics, geoinformatics, oceanography, and computational physics. He is the lead architect for the overall integration of many modules in Kepler including distributed data parallel (DDP) execution patterns.

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Charles Erwin

User Experience Designer

Charles Erwin is a web developer, digital media, and user-experience designer at UCSD’s Calit2/Qualcomm Institute and San Diego Supercomputer Center. He works closely with Drs. Larry Smarr, Thomas DeFanti, İlkay Altıntaş, and their respective teams on a number of cyberinfrastructure and personalized medicine projects. Additionally, Erwin develops web-based applications and designs custom wireless gestural interfaces to visualize and interact with biomedical longitudinal time-series data.

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John Graham

Affiliated Researcher

John Graham is a senior development engineer at UCSD’s Calit2/Qualcomm Institute and the lead engineer for the Pacific Research Platform cyberinfrastructure. He is also 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).

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Kai Lin, Ph.D.

Affiliated Researcher

Dr. Kai Lin is a senior research programmer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. His current research interests include databases, data management, cyberinfrastructure, geoinformatics, and software engineering. His current projects include the OpenTopography Facility, OpenAltimetry, AWESOME, Cyberinfrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CYCORE), and TEAM: Tropical Ecological Assessment and Monitoring Network.

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Rodman Linn, Ph.D.

Assoc. Director, Fire Science

Dr. Rodman Linn is the Associate Director for Fire Science of the WIFIRE Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD, and a senior scientist at the Los Alamos National Lab. For over two decades, he has served as principal investigator for a process-based coupled fire/atmosphere model, FIRETEC. Dr. Linn leads LANL efforts to use next-generation process-based wildfire models for the study of fundamental wildfire behavior.

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Mai Nguyen, Ph.D.

Assoc. Director, Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Mai Nguyen is the Associate Director for AI of the WIFIRE Lab and the Lead for Data Analytics at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD. Her research centers on applying artificial intelligence, deep/machine learning, and data science techniques to interdisciplinary problems. She has worked in many domains, including satellite image processing, medical image analysis, and object detection and data analysis for wildfire mitigation.

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Ismael Perez

Staff Researcher

Ismael Perez is a computational and data scientist with the Workflows for Data Science (WorDS) Center of Excellence and WIFIRE Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD. He is currently developing cyberinfrastructure that links distributed computing with edge computing under the project Sage: A Software Defined Sensor Network. His research interests are edge computing, parallel computing, and composable systems. 

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Rukmini Ravi

Project Coordinator

Rukmini Ravi serves as the Project Coordinator of the WIFIRE Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD. She assists in establishing partnerships between the WIFIRE Lab and the greater fire science and AI communities, and in communicating technical data and fire science concepts to multidisciplinary audiences. Rukmini also assists in the development of the SDSC Workflows for Data Science (WorDS) Center of Excellence and WIFIRE Lab websites.

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Jurgen Schulze, Ph.D.

Affiliated Researcher

Dr. Jurgen Schulze is a research scientist at UCSD’s Calit2/Qualcomm Institute and a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), UCSD. His research interests include scientific visualization in virtual environments, human-computer interaction, and graphics algorithms on programmable graphics hardware. In scientific visualization, he specializes in real-time rendering of large data sets, and volume rendering and transfer function design.

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Larry Smarr, Ph.D.

Affiliated Researcher

Dr. Larry Smarr is a distinguished professor emeritus with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), UCSD. He was previously the Founding Director of the Qualcomm Institute (Calit2), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the National Computational Science Alliance. His research interests include bioinformatics, metagenomics, and visualization technologies.

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Frank Vernon, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Frank Vernon is a research geophysicist with the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. He is the Director for the US Array Network Facility, which has deployed over 2200 stations using seismic, acoustic, and atmospheric pressure sensors delivering real-time data to UCSD since 2004. His research interests include real-time environmental sensor networks, which he develops in terrestrial and marine environments. 

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Rose Yu, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Rose Yu is an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), UCSD. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Her research focuses on advancing machine learning techniques for large-scale spatiotemporal data analysis, with applications in sustainability and health. A particular emphasis of her research is on physics-guided AI which aims to integrate first-principles with data-driven models.