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  • Ph.D., Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 1991
  • M.Phil. Anthropological Linguistics, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. 1986
  • M.A., Anthropological Linguistics, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. 1982
  • Laurea, Modern Languages, summa cum laude, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy. 1979

Professional Experience

From 2003 to 2014, Dr. Sanfilippo was Chief Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in the US. While at PNNL, he led R&D projects for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. From 2007 through 2011, he directed a four-year advanced research program at PNNL on predictive analytics focused on security, energy and environment applications. In 2004-2005, he headed a consortium of five national laboratories that established the Motivation and Intent thrust area at DHS, and led the PNNL team in this effort through 2009.  Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. Sanfilippo worked as R&D Director in the private sector. From 1998 to 2000, he was a senior consultant at the European Commission, overseeing research consortia and organizing promotion, consultation and dissemination events. While at SHARP Laboratories of Europe, from 1992 to 1998, he supervised R&D activities in the Information Technology group. Prior to joining SHARP, Dr. Sanfilippo was a Research Associate at the Centre for Cognitive Science (Edinburgh, UK) and the Computer Laboratory (Cambridge, UK). 


  • Supercomputing 2004 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to InfoStar Special Initiative – 2004
  • PNNL Outstanding Performance Award (InfoStar Special Initiative at Supercomputing 2004- 2005) – 2005
  • PNNL Outstanding Performance Award (Word Sense Disambiguation System) - 2006
  • PNNL National Boss's Day Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of being a "first class" manager and boss – 2006

Selected Publications

  • A. Sanfilippo, RM Riensche, JN Haack, and RS Butner (2013) Psychosocial and Cultural Modeling in Human Computation Systems: A Gamification Approach. In P. Michelucci (Ed.) Handbook of Human Computation. Springer, New York, NY.
  • Jason E. McDermott, Kenneth Jarman, Ronald Taylor, Mary Lancaster, Keri B Vartanian, Susan L. Stevens, Mary P. Stenzel-Poore, Antonio Sanfilippo (2012) Modeling Cumulative Change of Dynamic Regulatory Processes in Stroke. PLoS Computational Biology 8(10): e1002722.
  • Kamel Boulos MN, Antonio P Sanfilippo, Corley CD, Wheeler S. (2010) Social Web mining and exploitation for serious applications: Technosocial Predictive Analytics and related technologies for public health, environmental and national security surveillance. In Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine. 2010.
  • Pak Chung Wong, L. Ruby Leung, Ning Lu, Michael J. Scott, Patrick Mackey, Harlan Foote, James Correia Jr., Z. Todd Taylor, Jianhua Xu, Stephen D. Unwin, and Antonio Sanfilippo (2009) Designing a collaborative visual analytics tool for social and technological change prediction. IEEE computer graphics and applications, (5), 58-68.