Arizona State University

Michael Barton,

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability; Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Director, Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity at ASU

Dr. Barton specializes in long-term human ecology and landscape dynamics, hunter/gatherer and early farming societies, geoarchaeology, lithic technology, evolutionary theory with an emphasis on human/environmental interaction, landscape dynamics and techno-economic change.

Jacqueline Hettel,

Research Professor , School for the Future of Innovation in Society; Faculty, Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement; Assistant Editor, Linguistic Atlas Projects at ASU

Dr. Hettel’s research primarily focuses on big data analysis and text mining, corporate communications in government regulated industries, organizational culture assessments, and best practices for leveraging computational research methods in the humanities.

Anuj Mubayi,

Assistant Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change; Assistant Professor, Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center; Associate Director, Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at ASU

Anuj Mubayi is an applied mathematical scientist with research that requires competency in nonlinear dynamics, bifurcation analysis, stochastic processes, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, parameter estimation and modeling. Through his direct interactions with biologist and social scientists he has enhanced his knowledge of epidemiology and social networks.

Sergio J. Rey,

Professor, GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at ASU

Dr. Rey specializes in open source geocomputation, spatial econometrics, spatial data analysis, economic geography, integrated multiregional modeling, and regional science.

Rahul Salla,

Director of Software Development, Decision Theater at ASU

Rahul leads the software development and computer systems teams at the Decision Theater. He is in charge of the entire software development process and his responsibilities include project planning, requirements management, quality assurance and final deployment.

Matthew Scotch,

Assistant Director, The Biodesign Institute; Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics; Assistant Professor, Center for Environmental Security; Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU

Dr. Matthew Scotch's research interest is in the intersection of public health informatics and bioinformatics, specifically linking health data on animals and humans to support surveillance of zoonotic diseases (diseases transmittable between animals and humans). He is also working on developing an informatics system to support phylogeography of zoonotic RNA viruses.

Michael Simeone,

Director, ASU Library of Data Science and Analytics; Assistant Research Professor, School of Life Sciences and Department of English; Affiliate, ASU/Santa Fe Institute Biosocial Complexity Initiative; Affiliate, ASU’s Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary at ASU

Simeone’s research explores how human knowledge and the use and imagination of data transform around momentous and unexpected events such as technological breakthroughs and transformations in the environment. He also works with a number of cyberinfrastructure projects that address video analysis, text analytics, and decision support. He received his PhD in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the auspices of the Illinois Informatics Institute at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Enrique R. Vivoni,

Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration; Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at ASU

Dr. Vivoni specializes in hydrologic model developments and applications at the intersection with atmospheric science, ecology and geomorphology. His interests include hydrologic processes and water resources in natural and built environments.

Colorado University Boulder

Carson Farmer

Assistant Professor at CU Boulder

Carson Farmer is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he focuses on spatial-temporal analysis and data-intensive modeling of dynamic geographical processes. Carson’s research falls under the general banner of ‘computational GIScience’ and encompasses work on networks, transportation, big data, snow/water processes, and geospatial algorithms.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Sirish Namilae,

Assistant Professor at ERAU

Dr. Sirish Namilae joined Aerospace engineering department in 2014 after a six year career at Boeing. He earned a master’s degree in materials science from Indian Institute of Science and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Florida State University. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr Namilae’s specialization is in the areas of solid mechanics and materials science.

Florida State University

Ashok Srinivasan,

Fulbright Fellow; Associate Professor of Computer Science at FSU

The primary research interests of Dr. Srinivasan include Scientific and High Performance Computing, Applications, Parallel Algorithms, Mathematical Software, Stochastic techniques for linear algebra, and Computational nanotechnology. His research is funded by NSF and DoD. Dr. Srinivasan developed the SPRNG Scalable Parallel Random Number Generation software, which is used by major organizations worldwide.

New York University

Winslow Burleson, PhD, MSE, BA

Associate Professor, New York University Nursing at NYU

"Winslow Burleson joined the New York University College of Nursing as Associate Professor in September 2014. Previously, Win was an Assistant Professor at the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University." -

Jeremy Rowe, EdD

Senior Research Scientist, NYU-X at NYU

"Dr. Rowe is an interdisciplinary researcher fostering collaborations that leverage computer science and applications of data acquisition, storage, security, modeling, visualization, analysis and interpretation into research, education and entrepreneurship. His research has involved digital libraries, educational technologies, and modeling and visualization of 3D and geospatial information." - NYU-X

JD Godchaux

Executive Director and Co-Founder at

Godchaux has strong expertise in geospatial technologies, both in the physical and social sciences. He has worked with a wide range of organizations to build and execute data visualization strategies. Godchaux has a professional background in policy analysis and program evaluation and he is also a trained geologist.

Lela Prashad

Chief Data Scientist and Co-Founder at

Prashad is an expert in data science and specializes in data visualization and analysis for social and environmental issues. Prashad has an academic background in the Earth sciences, focused on urban research and geologic hazards.

University California, San Diego

Choonhan Youn

Scientific Researcher, San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego

Dr. Youn has researched on on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Science Gateways/Portals, and Big Data Benchmarking in designing and building software infrastructure, platforms and applications.

University of Chicago

Luc Anselin,

Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College; Director, Center for Spatial Data Science; Senior Fellow, NORC at UChicago

Dr. Anselin specializes in spatial data analysis and geographic information science, with applications in regional economics, environmental economics, real estate economics as well as in epidemiology, as well as criminology and political science. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

University of Washington

Timothy Nyerges

Department of Geography at UW

Dr. Nyerges specializes in GIS Databases and Programming, as well as Geographic Information Representation.

Mary Roderick

Instructor, Urban Ecology Research Lab at UW

Ms. Roderick specializes in the synthetic nature of social and ecological systems, with a specific focus on water management issues.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Jay Laura, Geographer

Dr. Laura is currently with the US Geological Service in Flagstaff. His research interests include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Python: Big Data Manipulation, Remotely Sensed Planetary Data Analysis, and more. He has worked at both the USGS Astrogeology Department and Penn State Lunar Lion.