Dr. Naphtali Rishe


Dr. Naphtali Rishe

The inaugural Outstanding University Professor
Professor of Computer Science

Director, FIU High Performance Database Research Center
Director, NASA Regional Applications Center in Miami
Director, NSF FIU-FAU-Dubna Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement
Director, NSF Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology at FIU
Director, Health Information Technology Initiative

  • Author of 3 books on database design and geography;
  • Editor of 5 books on database management and high performance computing;
  • Inventor of 4 U.S. patents on database querying, semantic database performance, Internet data extraction, and computer medicine;
  • Author of 300 papers in journals and proceedings on databases, software engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Internet, and life sciences;
  • Awardee of over $55 million in research grants by Government and Industry, including NASA, NSF, IBM, DoI, USGS, and DoT;
  • Architect of major industrial projects — both prior to his academic career, and as a consultant since;
  • Founder and Director of the High Performance Database Research Center at FIU (HPDRC);
  • Director of the NSF Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology at FIU (CREST)
  • Director of the NSF International FIU-FAU-Dubna Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (I/UCRC);
  • the inaugural FIU Outstanding University Professor.
  • Principal of the TerraFly project, which has been extensively covered by worldwide press, including the New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Science and Nature journals, and FOX TV News. Of the 53,000 NSF-funded projects in 2009, it chose 120, including Rishe’s TerraFly, for the NSF annual report to Congress.