Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins is a Senior Research Scientist and Fellow in Environmental Computing at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado Boulder, as well as a Lecturer in Advanced Oceanography at CU. Chris earned a BSc Hons in his hometown of Sydney, Australia, and a PhD from Cambridge University in the UK. Chris's research interests include population modelling of carbonate sediment/rock facies, systemizing complex vocabularies for sediment and rock description and analysis towards the automatic computation of ontologies, and the development of new data mining and liguistic processes. Most notably, Chris is the lead PI for dbSEABED, an information integration aystem for marine substrates. dbSEABED creates unified, detailed mappings of the materials that make the seafloor by efficiently integrating thousands of individual datasets. The goal is to bring decades of seabed information - and today's information - from marine geology, biology, engineering and surveys into one seabed mapping that can fulfil the community needs for ocean-bottom information on many spatial scales.

Jim Martin

Jim Martin is a professor of Computer Science and a fellow in the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, NY, where he grew up but doesn't sound like he's from. He went on to receive a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published two books and numerous articles on a wide range of topics related to Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computational Linguistics. His primary research efforts are focused on how languages convey meaning, both to humans and computers. Within this area, a specific focus is on how humans and computers process metaphor and other forms of non-literal language. At one time or another, the following organizations have been kind enough to support his research: National Science Foundation (NSF), Advanced Research Development Activity (ARDA), National Institutes of Health, Google, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, U S West, the Mars Co., and the Colorado Advanced Software Institute (CASI).

Martha Palmer

Martha Palmer is a professor in the Linguistics Department and the Computer Science Department of the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as a Faculty Fellow of Institute of Cognitive Science. She has been actively involved in research in Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Representation for over twenty years. Her current research is aimed at building domain-independent and language independent techniques for semantic interpretation based on linguistically annotated data used for training supervised systems, such as Proposition Banks. She has been the PI on projects to build Chinese, Korean and Hindi TreeBanks and English, Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Hindi Proposition Banks. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the DARPA TIDES program, Chair of SIGLEX, Chair of SIGHAN, and is a past President of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Ruth Duerr

Ruth Duerr is a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship and is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. Ruth is a data scientist and data manager with experience in both systems and software engineering. Of late, her work has focused on four fields of inquiry: science data management, digital archives management, records management, and digital library science. All four fields are developing separately, yet share similar problem spaces—how to make available, usable and preservable digital data and information. She currently is PI, co-I, Project Manager and/or Product Owner for several ongoing and recent data management, informatics and cyberinfrastructure projects. Ruth is a member of Board for the Foundation for Earth Science, co-chair of the Research Data Alliance Preservation e-Infrastructure and Domain Repositories Interest Groups, and in 2016 was named recipient of the ESIP Lifetime Achievement Award. Duerr is also president-elect of the Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Anne Thessen

Anne Thessen received her Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She is currently a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship and is the owner and founder of her own data management company, The Data Detektiv. Anne is interested in advancing biodiversity science and oceanography through the application of big data techniques and good data practices. Currently, Anne is co-chair of the “Joint RDA/TDWG Working Group on Metadata Standards for Attribution of Physical and Digital Collections Stewardship" and is heavily involved with the Biodiversity Data Integration Interest Group. She has been involved in several data-centered infrastructure projects, including the Encyclopedia of Life, the International Census of Marine Microbes, the Data Conservancy and the NSF EarthCube project.

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