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Claudio Silva Named a Fellow of the IEEE

Engineers of world’s largest technical professional association honor ‘big data’ professor at NYU, NYU-Poly and CUSP

Claudio Silva – professor of computer science and engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), the head of disciplines at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and affiliate faculty member at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences — has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest technical professional association, “for contributions to geometric computing and visualization”.

Silva is one of the world’s foremost authorities on large-scale data analysis and visualization, an area popularly referred to as big data. He has developed tools and techniques that are widely used in industry and academia across multiple domains, and has collaborated with neuroscientists, physicists, ornithologists, environmental and climate scientists. Together with fellow NYU-Poly professor Juliana Freire and their students, he is the co-creator of the VisTrails data exploration tool.

“Although he arrived at NYU-Poly less than two years ago, Professor Silva has already made his mark here as a visionary researcher, exemplary scholar and educator,” said Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, who serves as senior vice provost for science/technology for the NYU Global Network University as well as acting president and provost of NYU-Poly. “Professor Silva’s lab is an exciting and dynamic addition to the campus, and it is contributing greatly to the work of scientists and other professionals who seek to understand the massive amount of information available today.”

Silva holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil, and a doctorate in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has co-authored more than 200 technical papers and holds 11 U.S. patents.

The IEEE is dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The group has more than 400,000 members around the globe, only a small fraction of whom are honored with the designation of fellow.

“I am honored to be named an IEEE fellow, and thank my family, students, mentors and collaborators through the years for their help and support of my work,” Silva said.