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Bruce R. Schatz is Director of the COMMUNITY Architectures for Network Information SYSTEMS (CANIS) LABORATORY at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign . CANIS is the campus research resource for building information infrastructure for biomedical informatics applications.

He served as Principal Investigator of the $5M NSF Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research FIBR project building the BeeSpace Environment.  This interactive environment enables concept navigation through biomedical literature and genome databases. The prototype system supports functional analysis of social behavior in honey bees for an international community of molecular biologists and neuroscientists.

He served as Principal Investigator of the NSF/DARPA/NASA Digital Libraries Initiative DLI project, a $5M flagship effort in the Federal Program in National Information Infrastructure. This project built a large-scale testbed of structured documents from engineering journals, still being served by the Engineering Library for federated search to 3000 users around campus.

He served as Principal Investigator of the $4M flagship project in the DARPA Information Management Program, which built a prototype analysis environment to support community repositories (Interspace). The Interspace Prototype was used to semantically index all of MEDLINE, winning Best Paper at the 1999 annual meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Schatz is Professor and Head of the Department of Medical Information Science in the College of Medicine. He is joint Professor in Computer Science, Library and Information Science, Neuroscience, and Biomedical and Health Information Sciences. He is a Faculty in the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He held an NSF Young Investigator award (NYI) in science information systems.

He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), serving as the scientific advisor for digital libraries and information systems since 1989. This includes the period that NCSA developed Mosaic, the browser that catalyzed the Web and became the foundation for the commercial web browsers.

Schatz spent ten years in industrial R&D at Bellcore and Bell Labs, where he built prototypes of network information systems that served as a foundation of current Internet services (Telesophy), and five years at the University of Arizona, where he was Principal Investigator of the $2M NSF flagship National Collaboratories project, which built systems for molecular biologists that became foundations of Bioinformatics databases (Worm Community System). He holds degrees in computer science with minor in biological science (BA, MS, MS, PhD) from Rice, MIT, CMU, and Arizona.


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