BIDS People

BIDS DATA SCIENCE FELLOWS
Nick Adams

Nicholas Adams

Department of Sociology and D-Lab

Nick is a sociologist, research design consultant, instructor at UC Berkeley’s D-Lab, and Principal Investigator of the Deciding Force Project. His work focuses on governance and the use of force, and innovates new text analysis approaches. He is currently leading a data science team creating software to generate large, complex, and transparent databases via researcher-directed crowd annotation and machine learning.

Cyrus Afrasiabi

Cyrus Afrasiabi

Berkeley Phylogenomics Group

Cyrus is a bioinformatics applications programmer with the Berkeley Phylogenomics Group. He studies methods for automated functional annotation of (meta)genomes using FAT-CAT (Fast Approximate Tree Classification), a system for inferring function for gene/protein sequences based on the top-scoring HMM in a phylogenetic tree overlaid with heterogeneous functional data. He is an expert in bioinformatics methods for gene functional annotation, Gene Ontology, metabolic, signaling and regulatory pathways, protein-protein interaction, and protein 3D structure.

Kyle Barbary

Kyle Barbary

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics

Kyle is a Cosmology Data Science Fellow with the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics. He studies cosmology and Dark Energy using Type Ia supernovae as part of the Nearby Supernova Factory (SNfactory) and the Dark Energy Survey (DES) experiments. Kyle contributes to community-developed astronomical software packages in Python and Julia. He is interested in making it easier for scientists to discover, use, and contribute to open-source scientific software.

Dav Clark

Dav Clark

D-Lab

Dav is a data and learning scientist at UC Berkeley’s D-Lab. His primary responsibility is the development and support of software tools for collaborative and open science. Dav’s research applies behavior change thinking to the challenges of climate change and holistic wellness. He collaborates on the Berkeley Common Environment (BCE) and accessibility for data science on campus, and is also active in Software Carpentry.

Feng Yu

Yu Feng

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics

Yu is a Cosmology Data Science Fellow with the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics. He studies the formation of galaxies and large scale structures in the universe via computer simulations that produce peta-scale datasets with near million computing cores. In addition Yu is active in: 1) building tools for the public to interact with peta-scale cosmology datasets; 2) gluing cosmology data and analysis with Python/Numpy through python extensions; 3) studying the challenges emerged in the aspect of software engineering within data-driven scientific research.

Kathryn Huff

Kathryn Huff

Department of Nuclear Engineering

Kathryn is a Nuclear Science and Security Consortium postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. Her research includes computational nuclear fuel cycle analysis and computational simulation of coupled, transient, nuclear reactor physics. Kathryn was a founding member of The Hacker Within scientific computing group and has been an instructor for Software Carpentry as well as the Technical Program Co-Chair of the Scientific Computing with Python (SciPy) conference.

Fatma Imamoglu

Fatma Imamoglu

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

Fatma is a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. She is interested in how sensory information is encoded in the brain and uses machine learning approaches to fit computational models to brain data. Fatma works in the intersection between computer science, vision science, linguistics and neuroscience. Her current project is on the representation of language and music in the human brain. She recently joined Software Carpentry, where she will teach scientific computing. As a Data Science Fellow she sees herself as a connector between diverse domains.

Justin Kitzes

Justin Kitzes

Energy and Resources Group

Justin is a postdoctoral scholar in the Energy and Resources Group, where his research in theoretical and applied macroecology aims to uncover the general principles that structure ecological communities and to predict the effects of global change on biodiversity. Justin leads the development of the software package macroeco, which supports the development of macroecological methods and their application to conservation, and he is a core contributor with the group Software Carpentry, where he develops curriculum and teaches scientific computing workshops.

Jey Kottolam

Jey Kottolam

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences & AMPLab

Jey is a software engineer with UC Berleley’s EECS and AMPLab where he specializes in system software and high-performance computing. His expertise is in user-space system software including servers, distributed systems, operating systems, databases, and compilers.


Karthik Ram

Karthik Ram

Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology

Karthik is a research scientist at the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology (BigCB) at UC Berkeley. He is broadly interested in the structure and dynamics of food webs in terrestrial systems, with a strong interest in open science and reproducible research. He is also the co-founder of a Sloan funded project called rOpenSci which aims to lower barriers to open data and increase reproducibility in the sciences.

Beth Reid

Beth Reid

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics

Beth is a Cosmology Data Science Fellow with the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics. She focuses on extracting as much information as possible from three-dimensional maps of galaxies, including measurements of the expansion history of the universe and the behavior of gravity on cosmological scales. She is leading the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) team’s efforts to create, publicly release, and document uniform catalogs suitable for statistical analyses for the completed survey.

Falk Schuetzenmeister

Falk Schuetzenmeister

Geospatial Innovation Facility

Falk is a Web Application Developer at UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility. He is the architect and lead developer of the Keck Foundation funded Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine (http://ecoengine.berkeley.edu/), a RESTful API serving heterogeneous ecological data from natural history museums and field stations. Falk studies RESTful APIs as a mechanism to distribute data to very diverse audiences such as scientists, professionals, the general public, and data journalists.

Daniel Turek

Daniel Turek

Department of Statistics & Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Daniel is a postdoctoral scholar with a joint position in statistics and environmental science, policy and management. His research interests are in model uncertainty and averaging, as well as numerical algorithms for hierarchical models, particularly with applications in statistical ecology. Daniel’s current work is focused on the development and dissemination of statistical software, for application across fields of scientific research. The aim is to create a general software package (called NIMBLE), which may be applied to the statistical models and data sets arising in any application domain.

Daniela Ushizima

Daniela Ushizima

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dani is a research scientist at LBNL, the deputy lead of Vis/Analytics Group and NERSC consultant. She develops algorithms on Computer Vision and Statistical Analysis to deliver software usable by a broad scientific community. Her work focuses on pattern recognition and content quantification from multidimensional images from geology to cervical cell. She views Data Science as a rigorous way of extracting information from data before drawing conclusions. Her mission as a fellow is to explore Data, Information, Science and Computing (DISC) by connecting the diverse domain sciences to analytics.

Zhao Zhang

Zhao Zhang

AMPLab

Zhao is a postdoctoral researcher with the AMPLab at UC Berkeley. His research interests are in distributed computing, cloud computing and big data. Zhao designs computer systems to enable scientific applications on various computing platforms such as cluster, cloud, and supercomputers. He also works on scientific data management system to facilitate scientific research and discovery.

 

BIDS SENIOR FELLOWS

Deborah Agarwal

Senior Scientist, Advanced Computing for Science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Department Head, Computational Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Richard Allen

Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Science
Director, Seismological Laboratory

Peter Bartlett

Professor, Division of Computer Science & Department of Statistics

E. Wes Bethel

Senior Computer Scientist, Computing Sciences Division, Computational Research Division, High Performance Computing Research Department, and Scientific Visualization Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Joshua Bloom

Professor, Department of Astronomy
Director, Center for Time-Domain Informatics
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

Henry Brady

Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

John Canny

Professor, Division of Computer Science

Cathryn Carson

Associate Dean, Division of Social Sciences
Professor, Department of History
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

John Chuang

Professor, School of Information

David Culler

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Faculty Director, i4energy
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

Neil Davies

Executive Director, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station

Michael Franklin

Chair, Computer Science Division, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, AMPLab
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

Harald Frey

Research Physicist, Space Sciences Laboratory

Jack Gallant

Professor, Department of Psychology

Thomas Griffiths

Professor, Department of Psychology

Heather Haveman

Professor, Haas Management of Organizations Group

Maggi Kelly

Professor & Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
Director, Geospatial Innovation Facility

Michael Mahoney

Associate Adjunct Professor, Statistics
Senior Research Scientist, International Computer Science Institute

Brent Mishler

Professor, Integrative Biology
Director, University & Jepson Herbaria

Erik Mitchell

Associate University Librarian, Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services
Associate CIO, Berkeley Libraries
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

Peter Nugent

Senior Staff Scientist, Computational Cosmology Center, Mathematics & Computational Science, Computational Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lior Pachter

Professor, Departments of Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Fernando Perez

Research Scientist, Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center
Creator, IPython
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

David Schlegel

Senior Scientist, Physics Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jasjeet Sekhon

Professor, Political Science and Statistics
Chief Scientist, Fung Institute of Engineering Leadership
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

James Sethian

Professor, Department of Mathematics
Department Head, Mathematics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

Kimmen Sjölander

Professor, Departments of Bioengineering & Plant and Microbial Biology
Faculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

Philip Stark

Chair, Department of Statistics
Director, Statistical Computing Facility
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

Ion Stoica

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Co-Director, AMPLab
BIDS Co-I for Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment

Paul Waddell

Professor and Chair, City & Regional Planning

 

LEADERSHIP AND STAFF

Saul Perlmutter

Director, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
Professor, Department of Physics
Director, Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics
2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics

Kevin Koy

Executive Director, Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Charlotte Cabasse

Ethnographer - Program Analyst, Berkeley Institute for Data Science