Peter Fox

31 May 2013

Peter Fox

RDA TAB member
Tetherless World Constellation Chair, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science,  Director of the Information Technology and Web Science Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 
Peter Fox is Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science and Director of the Information Technology and Web Science Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Monash University. He spent 17 years at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research as Chief Computational Scientist. Fox's research specializes in the fields of solar and solar-terrestrial physics, computational and computer science, information technology, and distributed semantic data frameworks. This research utilizes state-of-the-art modelling techniques, internet-based technologies, including the semantic web, and applies them to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines. Fox is currently PI for the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, the Deep Carbon Observatory Data Science, Global Change Information System, and the GeoData projects and co-PI on 5 others. Fox has spent over 28 years bridging science and distributed data and information systems to support community activities utilizing use case driven design. Fox leads working groups for the semantic web cluster of the Earth Science Information Partners, is chair of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Union Commission on Data and Information and past chair of the AGU Special Focus Group on Earth and Space Science Informatics, is an associate editor for the Earth Science Informatics journal, is a member of the editorial boards for Computers in Geosciences, Geoscience Data Journal and Nature's Scientific Data Journal. Fox served on the International Council for Science's Strategic Coordinating Committee for Information and Data. Fox was awarded the 2012 Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the Earth Science Information community, and the 2012 European Geoscience Union, Ian McHarg/ Earth and Space Science Informatics Medal.  http://tw.rpi.edu/web/Person/PeterFox