Ilkay Altintas, Ph.D


  • Director - Workflows for Data Science (WorDS) Center of Excellence
  • Lecturer - Computer Science and Engineering, UCSD
  • Assistant Research Scientist - SDSC


Ilkay Altintas is the Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), UC San Diego, where she is also the Founder and Director for the Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence. Since joining SDSC in 2001, she has worked on different aspects of scientific workflows as a principal investigator and in other leadership roles across a wide range of cross-disciplinary NSF, DOE, NIH and Moore Foundation projects. She is a co-initiator of and an active contributor to the popular open-source Kepler Scientific Workflow System, and the co-author of publications related to computational data science and e-Sciences at the intersection of scientific workflows, provenance, distributed computing, bioinformatics, observatory systems, conceptual data querying, and software modeling. Ilkay is the recipient of the first SDSC Pi Person of the Year in 2014, and the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing for Early Career Researchers in 2015.


  • Scientific workflows
  • Big Data applications
  • Distributed computing
  • Reproducible science
  • Kepler Scientific Workflow System

Current Projects

  • WIFIRE: A Scalable Data-Driven Monitoring, Dynamic Prediction and Resilience Cyberinfrastructure for Wildfires
  • bioKepler: A Comprehensive Bioinformatics Scientific Workflow Module for Distributed Analysis of Large-Scale Biological Data
  • Kepler: Scientific Workflows
  • NBCR: National Biomedical Computation Resource