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Tim Finin

Primary Role:Principal Faculty

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Department: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Room: ITE 329
Street: 1000 Hilltop Circle
City: Baltimore
State: MD
ZIP: 21250
Country: USA
Phone: 410-455-3522
Fax: 410-455-3969
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Tim Finin is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has over 30 years of experience in applications of Artificial Intelligence to problems in information systems and language understanding. His current research is focused on the Semantic Web, mobile computing, analyzing and extracting information from text and online social media, and on enhancing security and privacy in information systems.

Finin received an S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held full-time positions at UMBC, Unisys, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MIT AI Laboratory. He is the author of over 300 refereed publications and has received research grants and contracts from a variety of sources. He participated in the DARPA/NSF Knowledge Sharing Effort and helped lead the development of the KQML agent communication language and was a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group that standardized the OWL Semantic Web language.

Finin has chaired of the UMBC Computer Science Department, served on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association, been a AAAI councilor, and chaired several major research conferences. He is currently an editor-in-chief of the Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics.


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Active Projects

 ALDA: Automated Legal Document Analytics, Affiliated Faculty.
 Modelling the evolution of climate change research, Faculty.
 Secure and Oblivious Cloud Storage and Deletion, Affiliated Faculty.
 Semantic Cloud Services Framework, Principal Faculty.

Past Projects

 Automatic Interpretation of Log Files, Principal Faculty.
 Graph of Relations, Principal Faculty.
 MGI Semantic Data, Principal Faculty.
 MTLD: Interpreting Medical Tables as Linked Data, Principal Investigator.
 Platys: From Position to Place in Next Generation Networks, Principal Investigator.
 Policy Compliant Integration of Linked Data, Faculty.
 Semantic Situational Awareness for Intrusion Detection, Principal Investigator.
 Tables to Linked Data, Faculty.



  1. (Person) Tim Finin advises (Person) Prajit Kumar Das. (Co-Advisor)