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Dr. Rob Smith

This talk will discuss the role, effect, and quality of informatics in publicly funded research, from selection of proposals for funding to execution and sustainment. The case will be made that current funding mechanisms are mismatched to the scope, needs, and impact of informatics research by comparing and contrasting informatics projects with traditional experimental R&D proposals. Causes for poor quality informatics projects will be enumerated and suggestions given to address them.


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Rob Smith is a scientist and entrepreneur dedicated to saving mass spectrometrists from bad software. He believes computational mass spectrometry is ripe for a revolution that will be catalyzed by advances in interfaces, algorithms, and data management. His recent academic research has focused on assessing the state of the art of computational mass spectrometry by interviewing users and conducting quantitative evaluations made possible through custom-developed technology. In addition to his position as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montana, Dr. Smith recently founded Prime Labs, Inc., whose mission is to develop software for mass spectrometry that people actually like.


Topic:  Publicly-funded Research is Not Good at Meeting Informatics Needs: A Case Study in Computational Mass Spectrometry 

Speaker:  Rob Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Montana

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time: 11 AM – 12 PM ET

Room: 1W032-034


Event Number:   731 138 466

Event Password:  $Peakerseries18

You are invited to listen to Dr. Smith's presentation in the NCI Shady Grove Building on Medical Center Drive or via WebEx. Dr. Smith will present remotely via WebEx.

Presentation: A screencast of the presentation will be available for viewing after the event on the NCI CBIIT Speaker Series YouTube Playlist  Exit Disclaimer logo


About the NCI CBIIT Speaker Series:

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) Speaker Series presents talks from innovators in the research and informatics communities. The biweekly presentations allow thought leaders to share their work and discuss trends across a diverse set of domains and interests. The goals of the Speaker Series are: to share leading-edge research; to inform the community of new tools, trends, and ideas; to inspire innovation, and to provide a forum from which new collaborations can begin. For additional information, including past speaker series presentations, visit the CBIIT Speaker Series page.

Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program should contact the Office of Space and Facilities Management (OSFM) at 240-276-5900 or the Federal TTY Relay number 1-800-877-8339.



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