Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
James Hendler is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI. He also is acting director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration and serves as a member of the Board of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust. Hendler has authored over 400 books, technical papers and articles in the areas of Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high-performance processing. Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the AAAI, BCS, the IEEE, the AAAS and the ACM. He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He is the first computer scientist ever to have served on the Board of Reviewing editors for Science. In 2010, Hendler was named one of the 20 most innovative professors in America by Playboy magazine and was selected as an “Internet Web Expert” by the US government. In 2013, he was appointed as the Open Data Advisor to New York State and in 2015 appointed a member of the US Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. In 2016, became a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, in 2017 a member of the Director’s Advisory Committee of the National Security Directorate of PNNL, and in 2018 became chair of the ACM’s US technology policy committee and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Selected Service, Fellowships, Awards and Honors
Fellow, US National Academy of Public Administration, 2018.
Chair, US ACM Technology Policy Committee, 2018
Member, Directors Advisory Committee, National Security Directorate, PNNL, 2017 -
Distinguished Service Award, Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 2017.
Member National Academy Board on Research Data and Information, 2016-pres.
Member, Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee, 2015- pres.
AMIA Spotlight Award, Association of Moving Image Archivists, 2016.
Open Data Advisor, New York State, 2013 – pres.
Invited Expert (Cyber Resiliency), World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 2013.
Data Innovation Award – Open Data, Strata Data Conference Oct 2012, NY, NY.
Fellow: AAAI, 1999; British Computer Society, 2007; IEEE, 2009, AAAS 2012, ACM, 2016.
Board of Reviewing Editors, Science, 2004-2017. EIC, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 1/05-12/08.
US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, 10/02.
PI or Co-PI on over $50 million in grants from US federal agencies, 1986-pres
Recipient of over $30 million in Industrial gifts or contracts, 1986-pres
His most recent book is “Social Machines: the coming collision of artificial intelligence, social networks and humanity” (Apress, 2016).
A complete curriculum vita for Dr. Hendler is available from http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~hendler