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Kenton McHenry Senior Research Scientist

Kenton McHenry received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 after completing a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University of San Bernardino. Kenton's background is in computer vision and artificial intelligence having done work in the areas of image segmentation, object/material recognition, and 3D reconstruction. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) where he serves as deputy director for the Scientific Software and Applications division, co-leads Innovative Software and Data Analysis group (ISDA) and holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kenton has applied his experience in computer vision, AI, and machine learning towards research and development in software cyberinfrastructure for digital preservation, auto-curation, and the providing of access to contents in large unstructured digital collections (e.g. image collections). Kenton serves as PI/Co-PI on a number of awards from a variety of agencies/organizations ranging from NSF, NIH, NEH, and private sector partners. Kenton currently serves as the Project Director and PI of NSF CIF21 DIBBs - Brown Dog where his team works on means of making data agnostic to the file formats in which they are stored and providing general purpose easy to use tools to access uncurated collections by the automatic extraction of metadata and signatures from raw file contents.

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Jong Lee Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Jong S. Lee is Senior Research Scientist of National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) since 2007. He received his B.S. In Urban Planning and Engineering from Yonsei University, S. Korea in 1997; M.S. of Urban Planning and Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and 2005 respectively. His research interests focus on designing, developing and operating end-to-end cyberenvironments supporting various research and education communities. He is particularly interested in the role of geographic information sciences and systems in cyberenvironments. Current representative projects include "MAEviz: Seismic Risk Assessment Systems," "developing Open MarketMaker," "developing cyberenviroment for KISTI (Korean Supercomputing Center)-NCSA Science Gateway," and "developing GeoStreaming API by using Semantic Web technology." Via those projects, he is collaborating with various scientific domains such as Hazard management, seismic risk assessment, agricultural food market system, CFD (Computation Fluid Dynamics) simulation, sensor web, etc.

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Rob Kooper Senior Research Programmer

Rob Kooper has earned his M.S. degree from the College of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, 2001. During his masters degree he has worked on context aware systems (resulting a seminal paper about context aware systems called CyberGuide) as well as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality systems (which got published in the NY Times and were showcased on PBS and CNN). Rob Kooper joined the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the year 2001. Rob has worked on spectral image analyses and on management and retrieval of information from large databases using fuzzy statements. Currently he is working on scalability options using high performance computing (HPC) and cloud computing environments as well as on extraction of information from complex documents, analyses of the extracted information and visualization of large datasets.

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Luigi Marini Senior Research Programmer

Luigi Marini is a senior research programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In this role Luigi researches, designs and develops large scale data management systems and collaborative environments that integrate multiple technologies, data formats, and languages in support of diverse scientific communities. Specifically, Luigi has been involved in the design and development of software in areas such as semantic web technologies, content-based file comparison, scientific workflow management systems, data management and visualization of sensor data, and scientific content management. Before joining NCSA in 2003 Luigi graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science.

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Craig Willis Research Programmer

Research Interests
Systematic organization of information, particularly as related to the processes of search and retrieval.
Temporal aspects of relevance, including techniques for incorporating temporal information from queries and document collections into general retrieval models.
Searching for data

Current Projects

National Data Service
Midwest Big Data Hub


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Michal Ondrejcek Research Programmer

Michal has a PhD degree in Physics from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 1997. He has been with the Department of Physics at UIUC as a research assistant professor since 1998 and with NCSA since September 2007. Michal has worked on managing and processing large volumes of images and the use of web technologies such as XML/AJAX, PHP, MySQL for web deployment of complex data. Michal has been leading the analysis of 2D engineering drawings, their OCR analysis, and the ontology design for metadata extraction over the past year.

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Sandeep Puthanveetil Satheesan Research Programmer

Sandeep is a Research Programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications since 2013. He received his M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in May 2013. His final project was in the area of biometrics under the guidance of Venu Govindaraju, Ph.D. (SUNY Distinguished Professor). Sandeep worked on the problem of enhancing score-level fusion performance in multi-sample biometric systems using information content of biometric templates. He received his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Amrita University, India in 2009. After completing his bachelor’s, he spent a few months as a Software Engineer Trainee in Amrita E-Learning Research Labs, India where he was involved in the research and development of a face recognition system. He has also served as a Systems Engineer in the Education and Research department of Infosys Ltd., Bangalore during 2010-’11. There he was with its Corporate Knowledge Management Group and was involved in the design and development of a professional networking platform for knowledge assimilation and sharing. Currently his research interests are in the area of computer vision, image processing and artificial intelligence.

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Marcus Slavenas Research Programmer

Marcus Slavenas received a Bachelor’s of Physics from University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001. His experience in computational science and engineering include MRI based modeling of tissue response to impact and simulation of solid rocket booster propellant burn-off using HPC. He has also worked as a private contractor for small to medium businesses for which he developed property management software, installed and supported accounting software, and trained employees. His current interests include parsing, curating, and presenting data, computer vision, and software development for scientific use. Marcus became a Research Programmer in the ISDA (Innovative Software and Data Analysis) group at NCSA in 2014.

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Inna Zharnitsky Programmer

Inna Zharnitsky has worked for NCSA since 2004 and joined the ISDA group in 2013. She received M.A. in Mathematics from Boston University in 1991, concentrating on dynamical systems, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 1994. Her graduate work included speech recognition research, especially trying to use separate models for fast speech vs slow speech. Inna has worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory as a software engineer, designing real-time monitoring systems. Prior to moving to Illinois, Inna worked for several software companies in Boston area. Research interests include GUI development, educational software, and web design.

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