Chris Kotfila

Chris Kotfila

Senior R&D Engineer

Mr Kotfila graduated from RPI in 2005 with dual degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy. During his time at RPI he worked regularly as a research programmer in the area of computational cognitive engineering. After spending a few years over-seas with the US Peace Corps, Chris returned to the states and earned a masters degree in Library Science where he focused on issues of open access and scholarly communication.

While working at Kitware, Chris is also working towards completing his doctorate in Informatics at the University at Albany. His research interests are in natural language processing, machine learning, knowledge organization and geographic information science. He is a native of Troy N.Y., an avid open source enthusiast, and a hopeless emacs user.

  1. C. Harris, P. O'Leary, M. Grauer, A. Chaudhary, C. Kotfila, and R. O'Bara, "Dynamic Provisioning and Execution of HPC Workflows Using Python," in Workshop on Python for High-Performance and Scientific Computing, 2016. [URL]
  2. L. Hagen, O. Uzuner, C. Kotfila, T. Harrison, and D. Lamanna, "Understanding citizens' direct policy suggestions to the federal government: a natural language processing and topic modeling approach," in Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2015. [URL]
  3. C. Dumas, D. LaManna, T. Harrison, S. Ravi, C. Kotfila, N. Gervais, L. Hagen, and F. Chen, "Examining political mobilization of online communities through e-petitioning behavior in We the People," Big Data & Society, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 205395171559817, Dec. 2015. [URL]
  4. L. Hagen, T. Harrison, Ö. Uzuner, T. Fake, D. Lamanna, and C. Kotfila, "Introducing textual analysis tools for policy informatics: a case study of e-petitions," in Proceedings of the International Conference on Digital Government Research, 2015. [URL]
  5. Bongshin Lee, C. Parr, C. Plaisant, B. Bederson, V. Veksler, W. Gray, and C. Kotfila, "TreePlus: interactive exploration of networks with enhanced tree layouts," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 1414-1426, Nov. 2006. [URL]