Dr. Kirk Borne, George Mason University (@KirkDBorne)
Dr. Kirk Borne is a Transdisciplinary Data Scientist and an Astrophysicist. He is Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science in the George Mason University School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences.
He has been at Mason since 2003, where he teaches and advises students in the graduate and undergraduate Computational Science, Informatics, and Data Science programs. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years in positions supporting NASA projects, including an assignment as NASA’s Data Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, and as Project Manager in NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office. He has extensive experience in big data and data science, including expertise in scientific data mining and data systems. He has published over 200 articles (research papers, conference papers, and book chapters), has presented over 200 contributed talks at conferences, and has delivered over 200 invited and keynote talks at conferences and universities worldwide. He is on the Advisory Board of several organizations, including SYNTASA.com, Soft10ware.com, and the UMUC Data Analytics Graduate Program.
He is Vice President of the International Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics (IAA) professional society. For 2014-2015, he is Secretary of the SIAM SIAG/DMA (SIAM Activity Group on Data Mining & Analytics). In these roles, he focuses on achieving big discoveries from big data through data science, and he promotes the use of information and data-centric experiences in the education pipeline at all levels. He believes in data literacy for all.
You can follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne, where he has been identified as one of the social network’s top big data influencers.