Timothy Wilking Finin


Curriculum Vitae, August 17, 2015

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Contact

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250
voice:+1-410-455-3522, fax:+1-410-455-3969, mobile:+1-410-499-3522
finin@umbc.edu, tfinin@gmail.com, http://umbc.edu/~finin
skype:timfinin

Research Interests

Artificial intelligence, Semantic Web, natural language processing, security, multiagent systems, knowledge and database systems, social media, mobile and pervasive computing

Education

Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Illinois, 1980. dissertation: The Semantic Interpretation of Compound Nominals (advisor: D. L. Waltz)

M.S. in Computer Science, University of Illinois, 1977. thesis: An Interpreter and Compiler for Augmented Transition Networks (advisor: D. L. Waltz)

S.B. in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971. thesis: Three Problems in Analyzing Scenes (advisor: P. H. Winston)

Employment

1991- Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1999-2002 Director, Institute for Global Electronic Commerce
1991-95 Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science
2007- Human Language Technology Center of Excellence at The Johns Hopkins University
2007-2008 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (sabbatical leave)

1987-91 Technical Director, Knowledge Based Information Processing, Unisys Center for Advanced Information Technology, Paoli PA

1987-91 Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

1980-87 Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

1974-80 Research Assistant, Research Associate, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1977 Visiting Research Staff, Computer Science Department, IBM. Research Laboratory, San Jose

1971-74 Research Staff, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT

1970 Research Assistant, The Cambridge Project, MIT

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Publications and collections

Citation data is available from http://bit.ly/twfcite, see also http://bit.ly/DBLPfinin.

       2015

Funded research contracts, grants and gifts

(Principal investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, unless otherwise noted)

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Unisys

University of Pennsylvania

Patents

Teaching and mentoring

Dissertations supervised

Completed

Candidates

Courses Taught

University of Maryland Baltimore County

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Decision Sciences, Wharton School of Business

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Computer and Information Science, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Professional service

Awards and Honors

Advisory boards, studies and standards activities

Current Editorial Activities

Past Editorial Activities

Major conference and workshop activities (last five years)

Program committee member (last five years)

Keynote and invited talks (last five years)

2014

invited speaker: Semantics for Privacy and Context, Second Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology, ISWC, Oct. 2014. link

invited panelist: Addressing Data Heterogeneity: Semantic Building Blocks and Cyberinfrastructure Perspective Perspective, NSF EarthCube All Hands Meeting, Washington, DC, June 25, 2014

invited speaker: Semantics for Big Data (,) Security and Privacy, NSF Workshop on Big Data Security and Privacy, University of Texas at Dallas, Sept. 2014 link

2013

invited panelist: LD4IE - Linked Data for Information Extraction Workshop, International Semantic Web Conference, 21 Oct. 2013

invited speaker: The Semantic Web, or There and Back Again, Computer Science Department, Iowa State University, 18 April 2013

invited speaker: Context-Aware Privacy Policies in Mobile and Social Computing, SRI Social Media Workshop - Social Media Analytics, Communications and Use Cases, Arlington, 2013-01-29

2012

invited panelist: First Workshop on Programming the Semantic Web, International Semantic Web Conference, November 2012, Boston

invited speaker: Privacy for Mobile, Collaborative, Context-Aware Systems, Keynote talk, Workshop on Secure Data Management on Smart Phones and Mobile Devices, co-located with the IEEE Int. Conf. on Data Engineering (ICDE), 5 April 2012

invited speaker: Making the Semantic Web Easier to Use, Keynote talk, 3rd Int. Workshop on Data Engineering Meets the Semantic Web, co-located with the IEEE Int. Conf. on Data Engineering (ICDE), 1 April 2012

2011

invited speaker: Making the Semantic Web Easier to Use for eScience Applications, Microsoft Research 2011 eScience Workshop, co-located with the IEEE International Conference on e-Science, Stockholm, December 2011

invited speaker: New Applications forInformation Extraction, Qualcomm Research, January 2011

2010

invited speaker: Creating and Exploiting a Web of Semantic Data, NSF-IUSSTF Workshop on Distributed Infrastructure for Security Monitoring and Intelligence Extraction Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 9-13 January 2010

invited speaker: Creating and Exploiting a Web of Semantic Data, Keynote talk, 2nd Int. Conf. on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Valentia ES, 24 January 2010

2009

invited speaker: Creating and Exploiting a Web of Semantic Data, Infosys Aurora Conference, Los Angeles, October 2009

invited speaker: Managing the Assured Information Sharing Lifecycle, IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference, Dallas, June 8, 2009

invited speaker: Wikipedia as an ontology, AAAI Spring Symposium on Social Semantic Web, March 23, 2009

invited speaker: Creating and exploiting a web of (semantic) data, CSEE Research Review, May 1, 2009

invited speaker: Creating and exploiting a web of (semantic) data, Human Language Technology Center of Excellance, Johns Hopkins University, April 2009

Biographical sketch

Tim Finin is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has over 30 years of experience in applications of Artificial Intelligence to problems in information systems and language understanding. His current research is focused on the Semantic Web, mobile computing, analyzing and extracting information from text and online social media, and on enhancing security and privacy in information systems. He is AAAI Fellow, received an IEEE Technical Achievement award in 2009 and was selected as the UMBC Presidential Research Professor in 2012.

Finin received an S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held full-time positions at UMBC, Unisys, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MIT AI Laboratory. He is the author of over 300 refereed publications and has received research grants and contracts from a variety of sources. He participated in the DARPA/NSF Knowledge Sharing Effort and helped lead the development of the KQML agent communication language and was a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group that standardized the OWL Semantic Web language.

Finin has chaired of the UMBC Computer Science Department, served on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association, been a AAAI councilor, and chaired several major research conferences. He is currently an editor-in-chief of the Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics and a co-editor of the Viewpoints section of the Communications of the ACM.