Renata Rawlings-Goss

Co-Executive Director, South Big Data Innovation Hub

Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss is the Executive Director of the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub at Georgia Tech, whose vision is to support universities, industry, and government in creating productive partnerships around Big Data, Data Science and the “Internet of Things”. One of only four federally funded Big Data Hubs in the nation, the South Hub services 16 states,  Delaware through Texas including Washington DC,  in forming multi-state, multi-sector collaborations. Dr. Rawlings-Goss is also the Director of Industry Partnerships for the Georgia Tech Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS), an integrated research institute that provides a unified connection point to the data science expertise and resources throughout Georgia Tech's colleges, research labs, and external partners, as a vehicle to define and pursue grand challenges in data science foundations and in data-driven discovery. Formerly, Dr. Rawlings-Goss was with the National Science Foundation in the directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE-OAD) working on the Big Data research program, as well as Big Data policies and priority goals for the foundation. She detailed with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create the National Data Science Organizers Group, which facilitates data science groups to address national “Grand Challenge” problems. She also sat on the NITRD interagency Big Data Senior Steering group charged with strategic planning for Big Data research funded by the federal government, including NSF, NIH, NASA, DHS, NOOA, NSA, DOD, USGS, and DOE, and co-led the writing team for the Federal Big Data Strategic Plan. Dr. Rawlings-Goss is a biophysicist by training, where her research interests include data-driven analysis of genetic/expression variation among worldwide human populations.