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
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
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
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.