John J. Grefenstette, PhD

John GrefenstetteJohn J. Grefenstette, PhD, is a Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the inaugural Director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and previously served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and Assistant Dean for the School of Computational Sciences at George Mason University, and as Head of the Machine Learning Section at the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Grefenstette’s research activities span many areas on the boundary between computation and biology, including modeling and simulation of infectious diseases, public health databases, data mining, evolutionary algorithms, machine learning, computational models of biological networks, and high-performance computing applications to public health. His current major projects include the University of Pittsburgh’s National Center of Excellence for Models of Infectious Diseases Agent Study (MIDAS), funded by NIH/NIGMS, and the Vaccine Modeling Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Grefenstette was the founding Associate Editor for the journal Evolutionary Computation, serves on the editorial board for the journal Adaptive Behavior and has been Associate Editor for the journal Machine Learning. Dr. Grefenstette received his BS in Mathematics and Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2010, Dr. Grefenstette was honored with the Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

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