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), and an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Southern California (USC).

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. Notably, he is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Workflows Community Initiative. 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 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings articles, book chapters, editorials, and conference abstracts. He is a member of the ACM, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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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.)


Ferreira da Silva, Rafael, Henri Casanova, Kyle Chard, Ilkay Altintas, Rosa M. Badia, Bartosz Balis, Taina Coleman et al. "A community roadmap for scientific workflows research and development." In 2021 IEEE Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science (WORKS), pp. 81-90. IEEE, 2021.