Leadership



There are currently three governing committees: Executive, Advisory, and Allocation.

 

Executive Committee

CCS’s Executive Committee is an advisory board whose purpose is to assist the Center Director in the management, operations, and governance of the CCS, including project prioritization and allocation of Center resources. The Executive Committee also reviews and approves applications for CCS appointments. If you are interested in serving on the Executive Committee, please contact us at ccsadministration@miami.edu, or call 305.243.4962.

Nicholas Tsinoremas, Center Director, Center for Computational Science, University of Miami

 

 
Phone: 305.243.4962
Office: Room 600N, Gables One Tower

Dr. Nicholas Tsinoremas holds faculty appointments at the Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. He is the Founding Director for the University of Miami Center for Computational Science.

Nicholas Tsinoremas, Center for Computational ScienceDr. Tsinoremas is an international leader in computational genomics and bioinformatics, and brings over 25 years of academic and industrial experience to the University of Miami.  He received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds, UK. Before joining the University of Miami, he served as Senior Director of Informatics at The Scripps Research Institute-Florida. There, he recruited and managed the Informatics and IT groups for the newly formed Scripps Florida.

As Director of Computational Genomics and Genomic Discovery at Rosetta/Merck where he directed the project that combined informatics and computational approaches with gene expression profiling and genetics to discover, prioritize, and define drug target genes. Prior to working for Merck/Rosetta, Tsinoremas was the Vice-President of Genomics at DoubleTwist Inc., where he determined the scientific direction of DoubleTwist’s bioinformatics applications and databases.

Alberto Cairo, Center for Computational Science

 

 
Phone: 305.284.3220
Office: Room 2022, Frances L. Wolfson Building

Alberto Cairo is CCS’s recently appointed program director for the Visualization Program.  He joined the School of Communication of the University of Miami in 2012. He is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism and Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Management teaching classes on visualization and information graphics. He holds an MA in Information Society Studies from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain, and has been a lecturer and professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2005-2009). He was also the James H. Shumaker term assistant professor at UNC between 2008 and 2009.

Alberto Cairo, teaching

Cairo has an extensive career in the news industry. He has been director of infographics of El Mundo online (Spain, 2000-2005), and Editora Globo (Brazil, 2010-2011), and in the past decade he has consulted for media organizations and educational institutions in more than twenty countries, besides organizing workshops and other training programs for them.

The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization by Alberto CairoCairo is the author of the book “The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization” (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2012), and he is working in its follow up, tentatively titled “The Insightful Art: Storytelling with Data, Charts, Maps, and Infographics” (to be published in 2015 also by Pearson).

In 2012, Cairo designed the first journalism Massive Open Online Course ever created, titled “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization”, in collaboration with the Knight Center for the Americas, in Texas. In its three editions, this online course has been followed by more than 11,000 students from nearly 150 countries.

Alberto Cairo on YouTube

In the past three years, Cairo has expanded his interests beyond news and visualization for communication, and has started engaging with the scientific visualization community through articles and conferences, like the one showcased here: “Storytelling, journalism, visualization, and science: A discussion in Nature Methods“, published by Nature Methods magazine. He has also be the keynote speaker at the North American Cartographic Information Society annual meeting, and the Swiss Statistical Society summit.

Rodolphe el-Khoury

   

Office: Room 6210A, Architecture 48
Phone: 305.284.9092

   

Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He also taught at Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Princeton University, and has had Visiting Professor appointments atMIT, University of Hong Kong, and Rice University (Cullinen Visiting Chair).

Rodolphe el-Khoury, Dean, School of Architecture, University of MiamiEl-Khoury was trained as a historian and as a practitioner and continues to divide his time between scholarship and design. His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include: 

   

Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include:

   

As a partner in Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), his award-winning projects include Beirut Martyrs’ Square (AIA San Francisco), MOCAPE, Shenzhen (AIA Cleveland), Market Square, Stratford (Boston Society of Architects). In 2012 KLF won international design competitions for a planning exhibition hall in Changzhi, China, and for the revitalization of Copley Square in Boston. El-Khoury’s KLF projects and installations were exhibited in solo and group show at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Center, the Arthur Gallery, and Harbourfront Center in Toronto. International venues include the CMY Gallery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, The Keller Gallery at MIT in Cambridge; the 2007 DesCours New Media Festival in New Orleans, the 2008 Casablanca Biennale, the 2011 Chengdu Biennale.

His current research in architecture focuses on applications for information technology aiming for enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and cities. Articles on his projects and research have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Globe, The Daily Mail, The Toronto Star, and WIRED Magazine. He was also featured online (Gizmodo, DeZeen, Fast Company, Domus, Reuters) and on television/radio shows (CBC, Space Channel, NBC, TFO, and BBC World). His work in this area is documented in “The Living, Breathing, Thinking Responsive Buildings of the Future”, Thames and Hudson, 2012.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, el-Khoury found his passion early in life. He received a doctorate degree in Philosophy, and a Master of Arts in Architectural History from Princeton University, as well as a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. During his stellar career, he has taught at Harvard University, MIT, University of Hong Kong, Princeton University, and Columbia University, among others.

He spoke at TEDxToronto in September of 2013 about his designs for the “Internet of Things.” He aims to put every brick online and believes that “embedded technology empowers networked environments to better address the environmental and social challenges we face today.”

   

Benjamin Kirtman, Center for Computational Science

 

 
Phone: 305.421.4046
Office: Room 305, Marine Science Center

 
Dr. Ben Kirtman is the program director for the Physical Science and Engineering program at the Center for computational science.  He is also a Professor in the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), where he also serves as the Associate Dean for Research. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Kirtman was a Professor at George Mason University.

Dr. Kirtman received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego in Applied Mathematics. He holds Masters and PhD degrees in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the University of Maryland–College Park. Dr. Kirtman is very active in scientific leadership both internationally and nationally. Currently, he is a Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report (AR) Five.

An Executive Editor of Climate Dynamics (one the most prestigious, peer-reviewed journals in the field), Dr, Kirtman is also an Associate Editor of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Journal for Geophysical Research –Atmospheres. He is the author and/or co-author of over 100 peer reviewed papers focused on understanding and predicting climate variability on time scales from intra-seasonal to decadal. Recently, Dr. Kirtman has also published on understanding how climate variability might change in a warmer climate.

Dr. Kirtman has advised and continues to work with several Ph. D. students.  His research is wide-ranging program to understand and quantify the limits of climate predictability from days to decades. The research also involves understanding how the climate will change in response to changes in anthropogenic (e.g., greenhouse gases) and natural (e.g., volcanoes) forcing. This research involves hypothesis testing numerical experiments using sophisticated very high resolution state-of-the-art climate models and experimental real-time prediction.

Dr. Kirtman is also currently the lead principle investigator the multi-agency (NOAA, NSF, NASA, DOE) North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) Sub-Seasonal to Interannual Prediction Project.

Benjamin Kirtman, Center for Computational Science

Vance Lemmon, Center for Computational Science, University of Miami

Phone: 305.284.5566
Office: Pope Life Center, Room 416

Vance Lemmon is a newly appointed program director for CCS’ Computational Biology Program.  He holds the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Developmental Neuroscience at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami. He also is an associate member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

Dr. Lemmon joined the Miami Project in 2003.  He collaborates with Prof. John Bixby and uses High Content Analysis to screen drug, compound and cDNA libraries for perturbagens that can enhance nerve regeneration after injury to the central nervous system.   Recent publications describing this work have appeared in Science magazine (2009, 2011) and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS (2102).  The LemBix group uses the CCS HPC resources to analyze next generation sequencing data and run support vector machine algorithms on data from kinase inhibitor experiments.  The later project is done in collaboration with Stephan Schürer of CCS.

Stephan Schurer, Center for Computational Science pictured with Vance Lemmon

The work of Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., and Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., powered by a federal stimulus grant, is now enabling scientists to access and analyze complex biological datasets in just minutes.

Dr. Lemmon is currently involved in informatics projects to describe high throughput screening data; the BioAssay Ontology Project, the LINCS Information FramEwork, and the RegenBase Project.  These NIH supported projects facilitate interrogation of massive and diverse data sets emerging from NIH and academic screening centers.

Previously he was a Professor of Neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University for 15 years and the University of Pittsburgh for 5 years.  During that time his work focused on neural cell adhesion molecules and brain development.   He received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Emory University in 1978 and was a post-doc at Washington University in St. Louis.  In his spare time he rides a bicycle.

 

Christopher Mader, Program Director, Software Engineering Program, University of Miami Center for Computational Science

Phone: 305.243.1607
Office: Room 600L, Gables One Tower

Christopher C. Mader joined the University of Miami Center for Computational Science in 2007 as Director of the Software Engineering core. Mr. Mader has been developing software systems for scientific applications, and leading development teams for over 15 years at a number of research organizations including: Stanford University, The Institute for Genomic Research (now J. Craig Venter Institute), and The Scripps Research Institute, as well as a variety of commercial organizations. His interests include the development of service-oriented architectures and text mining.

 

Daniel Messinger

 

Phone: 305.284.8443
Office:  Dept. of Psychology 5665 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Room 308

 

Dr. Daniel Messinger is the principal investigator of the SIBSMILE lab. He is an associate professor in the Child Division of the Department of Psychology and in the departments of Pediatrics and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Miami. Dr. Messinger’s current research aims to further understand emotional and social interaction and development of typically developing infants, infants who have autistic siblings, and children with autism spectrum disorders. He is using automated measurement and ratings of facial expressions to explore emotion and interaction. Additionally, Dr. Messinger is examining dynamic systems and the impact of real-time processes (sharing a smile) on developmental processes (secure attachment). He is associate editor of Emotion (American Psychological Association Journal) and reviews grants for the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Mitsunori Ogihara, Center for Computational Science

Phone: 305.284.2268
Office: Ungar Building, Room 310J

Professor | Department of Computer Science
Associate Dean for Digital Library Innovation
Dr. Mitsunori Ogihara joined the University of Miami in 2007 as Professor in the Department of Computer Science and as Program Director of the Big Data Analytics & Data Mining Program within the Center for Computational Science. More recently, he was appointed Associate Dean for Digital Library Innovation in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ogihara obtained his PhD in Information Sciences from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1993. From 1994 to 2007, Dr. Ogihara was a Computer Science faculty member at the University of Rochester, where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1998, and to full Professor in 2002. He also served as Chair of for the Department from 1999 to 2007.

His research interests are in data mining, information retrieval, network traffic data analysis, program behavior analysis, molecular computation, and music information retrieval.

Mitsunori Ogihara

 

Editorial Responsibilities

  1. International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science (2006-present )
  2. Theory of Computing Systems Journal (2002-present)
  3. Open Computer Science Journal (was Central European Journal of Computer Science)
  4. Journal of Computing and Information (1995-present)

 

Synergistic Activities

Kamal Premaratne University of Miami School of Computational Science Allocation Committee Member

Phone: 305.284.4051
Office: 415 McArthur Building

Joel Zysman, Program Director, Advanced Computing, University of Miami Center for Computational Science

Phone: 305.243.1639
Office: Room 600F, Gables One Tower

Joel Zysman is the Director of High Performance Computing for the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science. Mr.  Zysman has been an active member of the High Performance Computing community for over 15 years. He has held positions in research centers at The Scripps Research Institute (Florida) and in Industry at Merck Research Labs, Silicon Graphics Inc., and Cray Research Inc.

Joel Zysman, Center for Computational Science

He has published numerous articles on IO subsystems as well as HPC applications in research. He has more than 15 years’ experience in HPC systems and application design and implementation and specializes in storage design, data management and movement, and distributed computing in bioinformatics and life sciences. Mr. Zysman has a particular interest in bringing HPC technologies to non-traditional user communities and has started a joint research program with the Frost School of Music in Computational Musicology and Music Engineering.

 

 

 

Advisory Board

The CCS Advisory Board, which is led by Dr. Thomas LeBlanc, and which includes external members, evaluates the Center’s scientific progress and technological needs, and assists the Center Director in developing strategic plans for the future.

Nicholas Tsinoremas, Center Director, Center for Computational Science, University of Miami

 

 
Phone: 305.243.4962
Office: Room 600N, Gables One Tower

Dr. Nicholas Tsinoremas holds faculty appointments at the Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. He is the Founding Director for the University of Miami Center for Computational Science.

Nicholas Tsinoremas, Center for Computational ScienceDr. Tsinoremas is an international leader in computational genomics and bioinformatics, and brings over 25 years of academic and industrial experience to the University of Miami.  He received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds, UK. Before joining the University of Miami, he served as Senior Director of Informatics at The Scripps Research Institute-Florida. There, he recruited and managed the Informatics and IT groups for the newly formed Scripps Florida.

As Director of Computational Genomics and Genomic Discovery at Rosetta/Merck where he directed the project that combined informatics and computational approaches with gene expression profiling and genetics to discover, prioritize, and define drug target genes. Prior to working for Merck/Rosetta, Tsinoremas was the Vice-President of Genomics at DoubleTwist Inc., where he determined the scientific direction of DoubleTwist’s bioinformatics applications and databases.

Thomas J. LeBlanc, University of Miami Provost and Member, Center for Computational Science Advisory Committee

Office: 240 Ashe Building
Phone: 305.284.3356

 

Allocation Committee

The Ares Allocation Committee is charged with advising the Center Director in allocating resources on the IBM-p5 cluster. As part of that process, the Committee developed procedures for documenting how the system is utilized, and whether this is the most effective use of this resource. As use of the system matures and demand increases, the Allocation Committee will implement a request-and-review process for access to the system. This request-and-review process will be shared with all users for comment and feedback. The Committee also helps document (for the wider University of Miami community) how the resources are enabling scientific advancements.

Jerry Ault University of Miami Center for Computational Science, Allocation Committee Member

Office: CIMAS 210 (RSMAS)
Phone: 305.421.4884

Gary Beecham University of Miami Center for Computational Science, Allocation Committee Member

Office: Biomedical Research Building, Room 417
Phone: 305.243.5391

Mohamed Iskadarani University of Miami Center for Computational Science, Allocation Committee Member

Office: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Phone: 305.421.4045

Benjamin Kirtman, Center for Computational Science

 

 
Phone: 305.421.4046
Office: Room 305, Marine Science Center

 
Dr. Ben Kirtman is the program director for the Physical Science and Engineering program at the Center for computational science.  He is also a Professor in the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), where he also serves as the Associate Dean for Research. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Kirtman was a Professor at George Mason University.

Dr. Kirtman received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego in Applied Mathematics. He holds Masters and PhD degrees in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the University of Maryland–College Park. Dr. Kirtman is very active in scientific leadership both internationally and nationally. Currently, he is a Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report (AR) Five.

An Executive Editor of Climate Dynamics (one the most prestigious, peer-reviewed journals in the field), Dr, Kirtman is also an Associate Editor of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Journal for Geophysical Research –Atmospheres. He is the author and/or co-author of over 100 peer reviewed papers focused on understanding and predicting climate variability on time scales from intra-seasonal to decadal. Recently, Dr. Kirtman has also published on understanding how climate variability might change in a warmer climate.

Dr. Kirtman has advised and continues to work with several Ph. D. students.  His research is wide-ranging program to understand and quantify the limits of climate predictability from days to decades. The research also involves understanding how the climate will change in response to changes in anthropogenic (e.g., greenhouse gases) and natural (e.g., volcanoes) forcing. This research involves hypothesis testing numerical experiments using sophisticated very high resolution state-of-the-art climate models and experimental real-time prediction.

Dr. Kirtman is also currently the lead principle investigator the multi-agency (NOAA, NSF, NASA, DOE) North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) Sub-Seasonal to Interannual Prediction Project.

Benjamin Kirtman, Center for Computational Science

Eden R. Martin University of Miami Center for Computational Science, Allocation Committee Member

Office: Biomedical Research Building, Room 305
Phone: 305.243.5931

Antonio Nanni University of Miami Center for Computational Science, Allocation Committee Member

Office: McArthur Engineering Building, #EB325
Phone: 305.284.3391

GeCheng Zha

Office: College of Engineering, EB #210
Phone: 305.284.3328

Joel Zysman, Program Director, Advanced Computing, University of Miami Center for Computational Science

Phone: 305.243.1639
Office: Room 600F, Gables One Tower

Joel Zysman is the Director of High Performance Computing for the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science. Mr.  Zysman has been an active member of the High Performance Computing community for over 15 years. He has held positions in research centers at The Scripps Research Institute (Florida) and in Industry at Merck Research Labs, Silicon Graphics Inc., and Cray Research Inc.

Joel Zysman, Center for Computational Science

He has published numerous articles on IO subsystems as well as HPC applications in research. He has more than 15 years’ experience in HPC systems and application design and implementation and specializes in storage design, data management and movement, and distributed computing in bioinformatics and life sciences. Mr. Zysman has a particular interest in bringing HPC technologies to non-traditional user communities and has started a joint research program with the Frost School of Music in Computational Musicology and Music Engineering.

 

 

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