Rafael Ferreira da Silva is a Senior Research Scientist at the Data Lifecycle and Scalable Workflows group in the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS). Prior to joining ORNL, Dr. Ferreira da Silva was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Southern California (USC), and a Research Lead at the USC Information Sciences Institute.

Dr. Ferreira da Silva’s research focuses on the efficient and resilient execution of large-scale scientific workflow applications on heterogeneous distributed systems, and the modeling and simulation of parallel and distributed computing systems. He has extensive experience leading/working on large-scale projects related to distributed computing platforms, cyberinfrastructure systems, and applications. He also brings substantial experience on community engagement and workshop organization. He was PI on a number of NSF-funded projects, and his scholarly work includes more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings articles, book chapters, editorials, and conference abstracts.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from INSA-Lyon, France, in 2013. For more information, please visit


National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA Lyon)
Computer Science
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Federal University of Campina Grande
Computer Science
Master of Science (M.S.)
Federal University of Paraiba
Computer Science
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)