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, teachingAlberto Cairo was the perfect choice for program director of the Visualization Program.  He joined the School of Communication of the University of Miami in 2012, and 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 MA and PhD degrees 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.

 

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 CairoThe Truthful ArtCairo is the author of the books “The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization” (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2012), and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2016.)

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.

 

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.

Alberto Cairo on YouTube

 

 

Rodolphe el-Khoury

 

Office: Room 6210A, Architecture 48
Phone: 305.284.9092

 

In addition to his role as Program Director of Smart Cities, Dr. 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 at MIT, 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 Climate & Environmental Hazards 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). Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Kirtman was a Professor at George Mason University.

In June of 2016, he was appointed Director of CIMAS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies.

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: Lois Pope Life Center, Room 416

Vance Lemmon is the program director for CCS’ Computational Biology & Bioinformatics 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 to Cure Paralysis 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

 

In addition to his role as Program Director of Social Systems Informatics, 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
Program Director |  Big Data Analytics & Data Mining

 

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 served as 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 Advanced Computing for the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science. Mr.  Zysman has been an active member of the advanced 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 advanced computing applications in research. He has more than 15 years’ experience in advanced computing 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 advanced computing 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.

 

 

 

 

Allocation Committee

The Allocation Committee is charged with advising the Center Director in allocating resources. 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 implemented a request-and-review process for access to the system. 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 Climate & Environmental Hazards 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). Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Kirtman was a Professor at George Mason University.

In June of 2016, he was appointed Director of CIMAS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies.

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 Advanced Computing for the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science. Mr.  Zysman has been an active member of the advanced 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 advanced computing applications in research. He has more than 15 years’ experience in advanced computing 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 advanced computing 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.

 

 

 

 

Big Data Advisory Board

The Center gains insight and perspective on emerging trends from our Big Dada Advisory Board members. Leaders in their respective fields, Board members share best practices and how big data analytics are used by their organizations.

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.

Daniel M. Cohen

 

 

eMail:  danielmcohen@gmail.com
Phone: 914.282.2572

Daniel Cohen is Senior Vice President, Emerging Payments for MasterCard Latin America and Caribbean. He is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile phone, tablet, and beyond.

MasterCard logoPreviously, Mr. Cohen headed MasterCard’s operations in Israel as Country Manager. He was responsible for opening MasterCard’s first office in the country and expanding the company’s local payments footprint. During his time as Country Manager, he led the commercialization of breakthrough innovative payment solutions in the electronic and mobile commerce space.

Mr. Cohen began his career at MasterCard in 2007, leading prepaid card program initiatives across the globe out of the company’s headquarters in Purchase, New York. Prior to joining MasterCard, he was a Strategy Consultant for BTS where he managed corporate strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. He is currently based in Miami and speaks English, Hebrew, and Spanish fluently.

Louis Gidel, Baptist Health South Florida

 

 

eMail: louisg@baptisthealth.net
Phone: 305.299.1212

 
Louis Gidel, PhD, M.D. is the chief medical informatics and quality officer at Baptist Health South Florida. In this role, Dr. Gidel will align clinical informatics and data with quality metrics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, helping to establish evidence-based best practices across the system. He’ll be responsible for performance improvement, analytics, telehealth and medical informatics. Dr. Gidel will focus on the clinical decision-making to have data-driven support.

Prior to his new role, Gidel served as Baptist Health’s chief medical informatics officer and is helping to spearhead the organization’s implementation of Cerner Millennium, its new integrated electronic medical record system. He has also served as medical director of Baptist Health’s eHealth Center including telemedicine and the eICU and transfer center and co-chair of the System-wide Adult Critical Care Committee since 2009.

Gidel began his career as a PhD physicist from the University of Illinois. He worked in academic research for seven years before earning his medical degree in the Ph.D. to M.D. program at the University of Miami. He trained in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Gidel worked in private practice before joining Baptist Health’s eHealth center in 2006.

Athina Hadjixenofontos University of Miami Center for Computational Science Training and Outreach

 

 

Phone: 305.243.4529
Office: Room 600J, Gables One Tower

Dr. Athena Hadjxenofontos has attended educational institutions in four different countries: Cyprus, the U.K., Portugal, and the U.S. Dr. Hadjixenofontos’ interests evolved from biochemistry and structural biology to the –omics, which led her to pursue her PhD in Human Genetics and Genomics at the University of Miami. She is fascinated by the genetic architecture of polygenic diseases and its implications in the era of precision medicine.

Dr. Hadjixenofontos proudest moments include being a founding member and first president of the Biomedical Graduate Student Government where she founded and served on the steering committee for the Research Intersections initiative at UM, designed the curriculum for a year-long data science class to be offered in high school, and made hand-crafted pop-up books to give as birthday presents.

She has also led various other committees and projects that had an either academic or community-building focus. In the greater Miami community, Dr Hadjixenofontos has worked closely with a nonprofit organization in the area of suicide prevention.

Dr. Hadjixenofontos has been honored with numerous academic awards, most recently with Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges, bestowed upon her by the University of Miami after being nominated by the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Brian Blake.

Hector Irizarry, Thinergistics

 

 

eMail: hector@thinergistics.com
Phone: 305.350.2990

Thinergistics logoHectory Irizarry is a Founding Partner of Thinergistics, LLC.  Thinergistics is a solutions provider that designs, procures, and deploys advanced data solutions that reduce complexity, minimize risk, and optimize return on invested capital for organizations with mission critical data to support enterprise storage, data protection, business continuity & disaster recovery, compute virtualization, network engineering, business intelligence, big data analytics, and IoT initiatives and requirements.

Hector Irizarry has more than 45 years of sales experience in the IT solutions industry including roles in systems engineering, territory sales, target account sales, major account sales, national account sales, international sales, and sales management across a broad range of verticals in the private sector and in the public sector in the municipal, county, K-12 education, hospital taxing districts, state agencies, and state university system areas via direct and indirect sales channels.

Joseph Johnson, PhD

 

 

Phone: 305.284.1379
Office: Kosar Epstein 508, School of Business Administration

Dr. Joseph Johnson is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration. He teaches Marketing Analytics, New Product Development, Strategic Brand Management, and a PhD Seminar entitled “Quantitative Methods for Marketing Strategy”. His research focuses on the use of data and analytics as a decision aid for managers. He has developed and collaborated on a host of analytical models. His research on financial markets has been featured in Financial Times of India, MSNBC, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He appeared on the Nightly Business Report to discuss how consumer decision making leads to financial bubbles. Dr. Johnson has over a decade of global industry experience through his work at Hindustan Petroleum, Tata Steel, and SSB, Oman, where he developed pricing and promotion response models for Toyota’s auto line up. In the US, he has worked on projects with Affinova, Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board, Dell, Eli-Lilly, eMpulse, Hope Foundation, Holy Rosary Church, Ocean Reef Club, Proton Data Security, SAS, UM Health20th Century Fox Studios, and CheapOAir.

Research Interests
•Marketing and Big Data Analytics
•Marketing-Finance Interface
•Text Analytics
•Health Care Analytics
•New Product Development
•Branding

Pete Martinez Game Changers LLC

 

 

eMail: pmartinez@gamechangertec.com
Phone: 561.994.1993

Game Changer Tec, LLC logoPete Martinez is the Chairman and CEO of Game Changer Tec, LLC, a high innovation enterprise at the intersection of Sports, Health, Technology, and Big Data Analytics. An international entrepreneur, Pete has led numerous high impact initiatives in the areas of high technology, business consulting, healthcare, and education.

During his 32-year tenure with IBM, Pete served as Vice President of Global Business Services and the Senior Location Executive for IBM South Florida, and led a 1,700-person organization composed of consultants, hardware and software developers, industry specialists and sales leaders. He led projects in the areas of advanced research, supercomputing, and information-based medicine. In 2003, Martinez led the formation of IBM’s largest Business Transformation Multi-client Center that has opened a multi-billion dollar outsourcing business. Previously, he led the formation of business consulting and system integration services in Latin America a 2000-person, 17 countries, $1 billion business. He was also the founding executive of IBM’s e-business Strategy Consulting and Consulting Profession Leader for the Americas. Martinez also led the creation of the IBM University Consortium ‘LA Grid’ (Latin America Grid) and the advanced pandemic global research initiative Project Checkmate in partnership with The Scripps Research Institute. Among other career highlights, Martinez was part of the original IBM Personal Computer team and one of the founders of IBM’s Internet Division and eBusiness Consulting.

Mr. Martinez is also:

 

Mitsunori Ogihara, Center for Computational Science

 

 

Phone: 305.284.2268
Office: Ungar Building, Room 310J

Professor | Department of Computer Science
Program Director |  Big Data Analytics & Data Mining

 

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 served as 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

 

 

eMail: matthew_pape@ryder.com
Phone: 800.793.3765

Ryder System logoMatthew (“Matt”) Pape, serves as a member of the University of Miami’s advisory board for the Center for Computational Science. He is also the Director of Market Data Analytics and Customers Insights at Ryder System, a Fortune 500 company that is an international leader in fleet management and maintenance, dedicated transportation and supply chain solutions.

Matt began his career as a marketing intern for Ryder in 1985, while going to night school at the University of Miami, where he graduated with his MBA in 1986. He worked his way up from analyst positions to marketing management for a variety of Ryder’s product lines including used vehicle sales, on-demand maintenance, transportation management, and vertical markets for supply chain solutions. In his current role, he directs the development of market and customer data warehouse solutions, procurement of prospect and contact information, and creation of analytical models and insights to target new business as well as share of wallet, customer value, churn, and next best offer opportunities with current customers.

Matt is part of a UM legacy family. His wife, Marina Blanco-Pape (BARCH ’81, MSME ’87) is a “Cane, as are their daughters Mari (BSBA ’14, MAcc ’14), Marilyn (BSIE ’15) and Marie Jacqueline, a UM senior double majoring in mechanical engineering and applied physics.

 

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Gang Wang, Royal Caribbean International

 

 

eMail: gwang@rccl.com
Phone: 305.982.2195

Gang Wang, PhD, Sr. Manager, Operations Data & Analytics, Hotel Operations, gwang@rccl.com

Royal Caribbean International logoDr. Wang is a senior analytical professional with 10+ years of experience in areas of revenue management, itinerary planning, marketing, customer satisfaction, and process improvement. He leads teams to build analytical infrastructure and execute data-driven strategies to support a multi-million dollar operation including revenue from food and beverage, casino, technology, and retail. He also leads the effort to develop and implement data-driven strategies to improve the guest experience of more than 4 million passengers annually.

Ford Motor Company logoPrior to joining Royal Caribbean Cruises, he helped multiple leadership projects at Ford Motor Company  in areas of product development, supply chain management, and manufacturing. He has published journal articles in operations research and engineering management.

Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University.

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