DSS Division Names New Project Leader

July 14, 2008

Ke-Thia Yao, an expert on systems acquisition, mining, and management of large and complex data sets, is the newest project leader in ISI's Distributed Scalable Systems Division.

According to Division Director Robert Neches, Yao, with 11 years of ISI experience on his resume, will be pursuing a number of projects immediately, including:

&bull GLIMMER: Game-Based Linking of Intelligence for Mission Management, Execution and Reporting
&bull VAST: Visualization of Attack Surfaces for Targeting (which, despite the name, is looking at software vulnerabilities, not physical targets)
&bullThree projects funded by the The Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies (CiSOFT).
&bullJoint work with the Computational Sciences Division on simulation and modeling for the Intelligence Community and for the DARPA Deep Green program.

Yao previously cooperated with Robert Lucas on the Joint Experimentation on Scalable Parallel Processors (JESPP) "As these efforts ramp up, " said Neches, "Ke-Thia will have openings for Ph.D.s, programmers, and students." He urged interested aspirants to contact Yao through his website

Yao has been at ISI since 1997. After growing up in Southern California, he received his B.S. degree in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

For his Ph.D. thesis he implemented a spatial and physical reasoning system that automatically generated grids for novel geometries for computational fluid dynamics simulators.

"Congratulations, Ke-Thia, on this well-earned recognition," concluded Neches.