Peter Fox- short biography

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This bio (<200 words) can be used for inclusion in conference and workshop programs as my current brief biography. Other uses require my permission (longer versions are available upon request), see also 2-page bio at

Short Biography

Peter Fox is Tetherless World Constellation Chair, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and Director of the Information Technology and Web Science Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Fox has a B.Sc. (hons) and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (physics and computer science) from Monash University. Fox research includes computational and computer science; ocean and environmental informatics; and distributed semantic data frameworks, with applications to large-scale distributed data science investigations. Fox served as President of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP; 2014-2016), and as chair of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Union Commission on Data and Information (2007-2015). Fox is Editor-in-Chief of AGU's Earth and Space Science journal. In 2012, Fox was awarded the European Geoscience Union, Ian McHarg/ Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) Medal, and ESIP's Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement award for service to the Earth Sciences Information communities. In 2015, Fox was elected as the first ESSI fellow for the American Geophysical Union, and AAAS fellow in 2018.