Dr. Ilkay Altintas

Dr. Ilkay Altintas is the Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), UC San Diego, where she is also the Founder and Director for the Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence. Her passion is leading collaborative multi-disciplinary computational data science teams. Her research objective is delivering impactful results through making computational data science work more reusable, programmable, scalable and reproducible. Her work has been applied to many scientific and societal domains including bioinformatics, geo-informatics, high-energy physics, multi-scale biomedical science, computational drug discovery, smart cities, and smart manufacturing.

Since joining SDSC in 2001, she has translated her technical and management skills in different aspects of scientific computing and data science as both a principal investigator and leader. Her research portfolio includes a wide range of cross-disciplinary NSF, DOE, NIH and Moore Foundation projects. She is a co-initiator of and an active contributor to the popular open-source Kepler Scientific Workflow System, and the co-author of publications related to computational science, data science and e-Sciences at the intersection of workflows, provenance, distributed computing, big data, observatory systems, reproducibility and software modeling in many different application areas. Some of the awards she has received are the first SDSC Pi Person of the Year in 2014, the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing for Early Career Researchers in 2015, and the ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award. Ilkay Altintas received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands with an emphasis on provenance of workflow-driven collaborative science and she is currently an associate research scientist at UC San Diego.

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