The Fourth Paradigm – Realizing Jim Gray’s Vision for Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery


October 16, 2009


Jeff Dozier, Timo Hannay, Ben Shneiderman, Tony Hey, and Christopher Southan


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Jeff Dozier, Timo Hannay, Ben Shneiderman, Tony Hey, and Christopher Southan

Jeff Dozier’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of snow hydrology, Earth system science, remote sensing, and information systems. He has pioneered interdisciplinary studies in two areas: one involves the hydrology, hydrochemistry, and remote sensing of mountainous drainage basins; the other is in the integration of environmental science and computer science and technology. In addition, he has played a role in development of the educational and scientific infrastructure. He founded UC Santa Barbara’s Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and served as its first Dean for six years. He was the Senior Project Scientist for NASA’s Earth Observing System in its formative stages when the configuration for the system was established. After receiving his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1973, he has been a faculty member at UCSB since 1974. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the UK’s National Institute for Environmental eScience. He is also an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal.

Timo Hannay is Director of Web Publishing at Nature Publishing Group. He is responsible for Nature’s new initiatives in the areas of scientific databases, social software and audio-visual content. He is also co-organiser of Science Foo Camp. Timo holds a degree in biochemistry from Imperial College, London and a doctorate in neurophysiology from the University of Oxford.Blog:

Ben Shneiderman is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and founding director (1983–2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland. He was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing (ACM) in 1997, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Ben is the co-author with Catherine Plaisant of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th ed., 2010). With Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, he co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999). With Ben Bederson, he co-authored The Craft of Information Visualization (2003). His book Leonardo’s Laptop (2002, MIT Press) won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution. His latest book, co-authored with Derek Hansen and Marc A. Smith, is Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL and will be published in August 2010.

Tony Hey is Professor of Computation at the University of Southampton and has been Head of the Department of Electronics and Computer Science and Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at Southampton. From March 31st 2001, he has been seconded to the EPSRC and DTI as Director of the UK’s Core e-Science Programme. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Computer Society, the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Professor Hey is European editor of the journal ‘Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience’ and is on the organising committee of many international conferences.
Professor Hey has worked in the field of parallel and distributed computing since the early 1980’s. He was instrumental in the development of the MPI message-passing standard and in the Genesis Distributed Memory Parallel Benchmark suite. In 1991, he founded the Southampton Parallel Applications Centre that has played a leading technology transfer role in Europe and the UK in collaborative industrial projects. His personal research interests are concerned with performance engineering for Grid applications but he also retains an interest in experimental explorations of quantum computing and quantum information theory.
Tony Hey is also the author of two popular science books: ‘The Quantum Universe’ and ‘Einstein’s Mirror’. Most recently he edited the ‘Feynman Lectures on Computation’ for publication, and a companion volume entitled ‘Feynman and Computation’.