Tim Finin is the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Chair in Engineering and a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has over 40 years of experience in applications of artificial intelligence to problems in information systems and language understanding. His current research is focused on representing and reasoning with knowledge graphs, analyzing and extracting information from text, and enhancing security and privacy in information systems. He is an ACM fellow, a AAAI fellow, an IEEE technical achievement award recipient 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 positions at UMBC, Unisys, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and the MIT AI Laboratory. He is the author of over 400 refereed publications and has received research grants and contracts from a variety of sources. He participated in the DARPA/NSF Knowledge Sharing Effort, helped lead the development of the KQML agent communication language and was a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group that standardized the semantic web language OWL.
Finin has chaired the UMBC Computer Science department, served on the Computing Research Association board of directors, been a AAAI councilor, and chaired a number of major research conferences. He is a former editor-in-chief of the Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics and is currently co-editor of the Viewpoints section of the Communications of the ACM.