Dr. Robert Rallo, Data Sciences Group (Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA, USA.

I completed my degree in Chemistry at Universitat de Barcelona and received a PhD on Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). I was Associate Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Departament d’Enginyeria Informàtica i Matemàtiques at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Catalunya (1992-2016). I directed (2010-2016) the Research Group on Bioinformatics & Computational Engineering (BIOCENIT Lab) , which is an interdisciplinary research group that strives to improve quality of life by better understanding the complexity of relevant processes and interactions in nature, science and society. I served (2012-2016) as  Director of the Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) at URV. In 2007 I was a visiting professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 2008 I am also a faculty member of the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN). From 2013 until 2016 I chaired the Modeling WG in the EU NanoSafety Cluster. Also from 2013-2015 I have served  as the EU co-chair of the US-EU Nano-Dialogue Community of Research on Predictive Modeling and Health.

My research focuses on multi-scale modeling of complex systems of industrial or environmental relevance. In our research group we aim to (i) generate new fundamental knowledge on the interactions between chemicals and biological entities from the nano to the macro scales; (ii)  develop algorithms and methodologies to better understand complex networks of interactions in engineering, chemistry, biology, and medicine; and (III) improve analysis tools and promote smarter engineering applications to transform the above knowledge into innovative products suitable for commercial exploitation. I also serve regularly as reviewer for scientific journals such as ACS Nano, Nature Nanotechnology, Journal of Chemical-Biological Interactions, Computational Science and Discovery, Chemosphere, Particle Fibre and Toxicology, Neural Networks, Entropy, Atmospheric Environment, Desalination and Journal of Membrane Science as well for research organizations such as the ERC, COST and the NWO Research Council for Earth and Life Sciences (ALW).

Our research group is also involved in R+D+i activities in the field of smart cities and collaborates actively with the City Protocol Society.  In the frame of the City Protocol Task Force, I’m co-chairing the TAFT (Task and Finish Team) on “Data Interoperability and City Indicators” (DICI).


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