Susan B. Davidson received the B.A. degree in Mathematics from Cornell University in 1978, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1980 and 1982. She is the Weiss Professor and Chair of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and also served as Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2005-2007. Professor Davidson’s research interests include database and web-based systems, and bioinformatics. Within bioinformatics she is best known for her work with the Kleisli data integration system, subsequently commercialized in the company GeneticXChange. Her more recent work has centered on XML technologies for data sharing, data integration and data curation, as well as scientific workflow systems.
Professor Davidson was the founding co-director of the Center for Bioinformatics (PCBI) from 1997-2000, and interim director from 2000-2003. She is also a founding co-leader of the Greater Philadelphia Bioinformatics Alliance and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Genetics, is an (Association for Computing Machinery) ACM Fellow, received the Lenore Rowe Williams Award (2002), and was a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of a Hitachi Chair (2004).
Dr. Arvind Bhusnurmath is a senior lecturer teaching a mixture of graduate and undergraduate courses. He also currently serves as the director of the Master of Computer and Information Technology program.
In 2008, Dr. Bhusnurmath received his PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania for research conducted under the auspices of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception, GRASP, laboratory.