Dr. Naphtali David Rishe

Cover of the FIU Fall 2016 Magazine: Shonda and Shalisha Witherspoon and Dr. Rishe


Cover of the 2016 NSF Breakthroughs Compendium: CAKE Center


Cover of the 2014 NSF Breakthroughs Compendium


Naphtali David Rishe, Ph.D.
The inaugural Outstanding University Professor, Florida International University
Director, NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement at FIU, FAU, Dubna U, and Greenwich U
Director,
FIU High Performance Database Research Center
Director, Geospatial Laboratory



Author:4 books on database design, geography, and interfaces
Author:430 papers in journals and proceedings on Databases, Software Engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Internet, Human-Computer Interfaces, and Personalized Medicine.
Editor:6 books on database management, high performance computing, and fuzzy logic.
Inventor:22 U.S. patents on database querying, semantic database performance, Internet data extraction, health informatics, and transportation.     Dr. Rishe is by far the most prolific inventor at FIU. Since 2018 Rishe has been awarded 15 patents.
Innovator:featured on the covers of both latest (2014 and 2016) National Science Foundation (NSF) Compendia of Technology Breakthroughs of Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers -- books published by NSF every two years until 2016 to advise U.S. Congress and Public on the state of science and technology.
Grantee:awarded as the Principal Investigator $50 million in research grants by Government and Industry, including NASA, NSF, IBM, DoI, USGS, and DOT; Rishe's latest $2.6M NSF grant was awarded in 2020. Additionally, Rishe is a co-Principal Investigator on major collaborative grants, such at the $3.3M NSF grant for a Comprehensive Study of Alzheimer's Disease awarded in 2019.
Outstanding Professor:the first FIU professor awarded the title of Outstanding University Professor.
Mentor:recognized on the cover of the Fall 2016 FIU magazine for graduating top students, as well as the herald of the 2020 FIU Next Horizon infomercial.
Architect:the TerraFly project, 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.


EDUCATION:
1981-1984Ph.D., Computer Science Department, Tel Aviv University
1979-1981M.Sc., Computer Science Department, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion),
1975-1979B.Sc. Summa Cum Laude, Computer Science Department, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)
ACADEMIC:
1987-Outstanding University Professor (2000-), Professor (1992-), Associate Professor (1987-92), School of Computing, Florida International University (tenured in 1990)
1984-1987Visiting Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
1981-1984Instructor, Computer Science Department, Tel Aviv University
LEADERSHIP:
2008-Director, NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center at FIU, FAU, Dubna U, Greenwich U: Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement
1997-Director, NASA Regional Applications Center in Miami
1994-Director, FIU High-performance Database Research Center
2008-2016Director, NSF CREST Center for Innovative Information Systems Engineering
2013-2014Chair, Forum of FIU Worlds Ahead/Outstanding University Professors
1983-1984Department Head, MAMRAM Computing Center, Israel Defense Forces

High Performance Database Research Center, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th St, CASE-243, Miami, FL 33199. Telephone: (305) 348-1706; FAX: (305) 348-1707; http://cake.fiu.edu