Dr. Naphtali David Rishe

Cover of the FIU Fall 2016 Magazine: Shonda and Shalisha Witherspoon and Dr. Rishe

Cover of the 2016 NSF Breakthroughs Compendium: CAKE Center

Cover of the 2014 NSF Breakthroughs Compendium

Naphtali David Rishe, Ph.D.
The inaugural Outstanding University Professor, Florida International University
Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
Founding Director, NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement at FIU, FAU, and Greenwich U
FIU High Performance Database Research Center
Director, Geospatial Laboratory

Author:4 books on database design, geography, and interfaces.
Author:430 papers in journals and proceedings (citations: 6328, h-index: 38, i10-index: 122).
Editor:9 books on database management, high performance computing, fuzzy logic, and health informatics.
Inventor:26 U.S. patents on database querying, semantic database performance, Internet data extraction, health informatics, and transportation.     Dr. Rishe is the most prolific inventor at FIU. Since 2017 Rishe has been awarded 21 patents. Rishe is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (Fellow's Medal awarded in November 2021).
Innovator:featured on the covers of both latest (2014 and 2016) National Science Foundation (NSF) Compendia of Technology Breakthroughs of Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers -- books published by NSF every two years until 2016 to advise U.S. Congress and Public on the state of science and technology.
Grantee:awarded as the Principal Investigator $50 million in research grants by Government and Industry, including NASA, NSF, IBM, DoI, USGS, and DOT; Rishe's latest $2.6M NSF grant was awarded in 2020. Additionally, Rishe is a co-Principal Investigator on major collaborative grants, such as the $3.3M NSF grant for a Comprehensive Study of Alzheimer's Disease awarded in 2019 and a $300K DHS grant awarded in 12/2021.
Outstanding Professor:the first FIU professor awarded the title of Outstanding University Professor. Rishe received the 2021 IBM Global University Program Academic Award.
Mentor:recognized on the cover of the Fall 2016 FIU magazine for graduating top students, as well as the herald of the 2020 FIU Next Horizon infomercial.
Architect:the TerraFly project, extensively covered by worldwide press, including the New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Science and Nature journals, and FOX TV News. Of the 53,000 NSF-funded projects in 2009, it chose 120, including Rishe's TerraFly, for the NSF annual report to Congress.

1981-1984Ph.D., Computer Science Department, Tel Aviv University
1979-1981M.Sc., Computer Science Department, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion),
1975-1979B.Sc. Summa Cum Laude, Computer Science Department, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)
2000-Outstanding University Professor of Florida International University
1987-Professor (Full Professor 1992-, Associate Professor 1987-1992, tenured in 1990), School of Computing, Florida International University
1984-1987Visiting Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
1981-1984Instructor, Computer Science Department, Tel Aviv University
2008-2022Director, NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center at FIU, FAU, Greenwich U: Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement
1997-2002Director, NASA Regional Applications Center in Miami
1994-Director, FIU High-performance Database Research Center
2008-2016Director, NSF CREST Center for Innovative Information Systems Engineering

High Performance Database Research Center, Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th St, CASE-243, Miami, FL 33199; (305) 348-1706; http://cake.fiu.edu/Rishe