Dr. John Coles is a Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager at CUBRC Inc. in Buffalo, New York where he works in the Information Exploitation Sector. Dr. Coles was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and SUNY Chancellors award winner, and has multiple awards and publications relating to his work in disaster relief, emergency management, and counter-terrorism. His work has been supported by several agencies including the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Coles' current interests are in healthcare and defense, with a focus on system integration to perform large-scale data analysis, modeling, and simulation. Dr. Coles leads the multi-disciplinary Healthcare Informatics Team at CUBRC, an initiative to transition data storage and analytics technologies, originally developed for the U.S. Government, into the healthcare space.
Mr. Rudnicki is CUBRC's senior ontologist. He is the principal designer of a set of ontologies called the Common Core Ontologies (CCO). The CCO were originally developed during the Knowledge Discovery and Dissemination Program of IARPA's Office of Incisive Analysis. The CCO have been extended to cover domains including the manufacture of homemade explosives, video annotation, force tracking, sensor assignment to missions, undersea warfare, and life-cycle product management. Prior to his work at CUBRC, Mr. Rudnicki was employed at the University at Buffalo's Ontology Research Group (ORG) as the lead ontologist in developing a command and control ontology for CECOM's Army Net-Centric Data Strategy Center of Excellence. Also while at the ORG he performed research on the Referent Tracking System, a leading edge semantic web application. Before his work in ontology, Mr. Rudnicki was a database developer in industry, including work on the design and development of a data warehouse for Gartner's IT Benchmarking Group. Mr. Rudnicki co-teaches courses at the University at Buffalo on Ontology Engineering and at Buffalo State College on Database Programming.