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Rodriguez among LANL’s next generation of scientists

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By Roger Snodgrass

Marko Rodriguez has had a mouse in his hand since he was 8 years old.

“All my life I have been on a computer,” he said.

He earned his PhD in computer science two years ago at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Now, among his many appellations he can describe himself as a director’s postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Non-Linear Studies where he is also associated with the lab’s Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group in the Theoretical Division.

It’s a job that suits him well because it provides a kind of freedom to explore some extraordinary ideas.

Last week he gave a talk at a national risk analysis symposium in Pojoaque on large-scale knowledge management.  Using graph databases to store huge volumes of interrelated informational structures is kind of his bread and butter.

He was a collaborator on a paper that was widely reported nationally last month by his colleague and mentor Johan Bollen on “Maps of Knowledge” that tracked the “clickstream” of a billion clicks from a broad sampling of scientific portals, a new way of perceiving more immediately what is happening in the technical universe.

But don’t try to pin him down yet.


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