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Vipin Chaudhary, Director.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
University at Buffalo, NY.

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Dr. Vipin Chaudhary is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at University at Buffalo, SUNY. Earlier, he spent several years at Wayne State University where he was the Director of Institute for Scientific Computing and Associate Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. He currently maintains an adjunct position at Wayne State University in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Vipin received the B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1986, the MS degree in Computer Science, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He was awarded the prestigious President of India Gold Medal in 1986 for securing the first rank amongst graduating students in IIT.

His current research interests are in the area of Computer Assisted Diagnosis and Interventions; Medical Image Processing; Cloud and High Performance Computing and its applications in Computational Biology and Medicine; Embedded Systems Architecture and Applications; and Sensor Networks and Pervasive Computing.

Vipin has been the principal or co-principal investigator on some $10 million in research projects from government agencies and industry and has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers.

Murali Ramanathan , Co-Director.
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Neurology,
University at Buffalo, NY.

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Dr. Murali Ramanathan is Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Neurology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY. He serves as the Co-Director of the Data Intensive Discovery Initiative.

Dr. Ramanathan received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Francisco, CA in 1994. He received a B.Tech. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1983 and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, IA in 1989.

Dr. Ramanathan's computational research interests focus on developing better methods leverage genomewide datasets and next-generation sequencing techniques for drug discovery, for clinical diagnosis and therapy optimization. Current research include projects in gene-environment interaction analysis, systems pharmacology and integrating pharmacogenomic modeling techniques in population pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Dr. Ramanathan's biomedical research interests are in the area of treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), an inflammatory-demyelinating disease of the central nervous system that affects over 1 million patients worldwide. MS is a complex, variable disease that causes physical and cognitive disability whose etiology and pathogenesis remains poorly understood. The focus of the research is to identify gene-environmental interactions and molecular mechanisms by which the autoimmunity of MS is translated into neurological damage in the CNS.

Todd C. Scofield, Founder and Co-Director.
Managing Director
Big Data Fast LLC.

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Todd C. Scofield is managing director of Big Data Fast LLC (BDF), and founder and co-director of the Data Intensive Discovery Initiative (Di2) at University at Buffalo, SUNY. Mr. Scofield led the multi-year effort to create and fund the Di2 research and engineering consortium of academic, government and industry partners. Mr. Scofield leads business development, extramural funding and commercialization activities for the Di2.

Prior to BDF and the Di2, Mr. Scofield was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Data Warehousing, a leading regional information technology consultancy with more than one hundred fifty professionals. Earlier in his career Mr. Scofield was the Founder and President of the Hugh Carver Group, one of three companies that introduced and led the Sales and Field Force automation and mobile technology marketplace during the 1980’s to early 1990’s. Both of these entities were heavily focused on the pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare industries. Mr. Scofield began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation in its’ Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Engineering Systems business group focused on research and engineering solutions.

Over his thirty-year career in information technology Mr. Scofield has lead major efforts to introduce new systems and applications that dramatically change how discovery and business processes are executed. His research interests include the application of novel technologies and methods to solving complex problems, and the psychology and dynamics of successful project, virtual, and inter- organization team building. Scofield has a BS in marketing from the University of Connecticut. Contact him at todd.scofield@bigdatafast.com.

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