Antonio Sanfilippo
Dr. Antonio Sanfilippo is Research Director at Qatar Foundation R&D. His focus is on developing a National Computing Infrastructure for Research, which includes the Qatar Foundation Research and Education Network. From 2003 to 2014, Dr. Sanfilippo was Chief Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he led research grants on emergency response (Department of Homeland Security, DHS), modeling the scientific workforce (National Institutes of Health, NIH), gene network prediction in stroke (NIH), and science of science and innovation policy (National Science Foundation). From 2007 through 2011, he directed a four-year advanced research program on predictive analytics with projects on security, energy and environment applications. In 2004-2005, he headed a consortium of five national laboratories that established the Motivation and Intent thrust area at DHS and led the PNNL team in this effort through 2009.   
Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. Sanfilippo worked as R&D Director in the private sector, providing strategic vision, competitive intelligence and leading the development of new products. From 1998 to 2000, he served as a senior consultant within the European Commission, overseeing research consortia and organizing promotion, consultation and dissemination events. While at SHARP Laboratories of Europe, from 1992 to 1998, he supervised linguistic development activities in the Information Technology group. Prior to joining SHARP, Dr. Sanfilippo was a Research Associate at the Centre for Cognitive Science (Edinburgh, UK) and the Computer Laboratory (Cambridge, UK). Dr. Sanfilippo holds M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in anthropological linguistics from Columbia University (USA), and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh.
Abstract: "Shaping the Future Computing Infrastructure for a Research & Education Network in Qatar"

We report the results of a recent workshop on requirements for a research and education network in Qatar, with specific reference to the Qatar Foundation. The workshop focused on three themes: global connectivity, user expectations, and the research and education network as a locus of innovation. We briefly describe the discussion held on these three topics during the workshops’ breakout sessions and provide a summary of the conclusions reached.