Albert Goldfain       Curriculum Vitae      

Ontology Research Group (ORG)
Ontology, Logic, and Technology Unit (OLT)
University at Buffalo
National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO)

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    Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, 2008
    M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, 2004
    B.A. in Computer Science, B.A. in Mathematics, SUNY Geneseo, 2001

Selected Publications


  • Goldfain, Albert; Smith, Barry; and Cowell, Lindsay G. (2010), "Dispositions and the Infectious Disease Ontology", forthcoming in Proceedings of FOIS2010.
  • Goldfain, Albert; Smith, Barry; and Cowell, Lindsay G. (2010), "Towards an Ontological Representation of Resistance: The Case of MRSa", forthcoming in Journal of Biomedical Informatics.
    • Shorter version also appears in Proceedings of International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO2009): 61-64.
  • Goldfain, Albert; Cowell, Lindsay G.; and Smith, Barry (2009), "Clonal Complexes in Biomedical Ontologies", Proceedings of International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO2009): 164.
  • Goldfain, Albert (2009), "Canonicity in Disease Ontologies", Biomedical Computation Review, Summer, 2009: 33

  • AI, Cognitive Science, and Computer Science

  • DelloStritto, James and Goldfain, Albert (2010), "2020 Scenarios of Frontiers of Health Information Technology: Personal Status Monitoring", forthcoming in PMAC2010.
  • Goldfain, Albert and DelloStritto, James (2009), "Extending Symptom-Checking Applications for Virtual Healthcare Interaction", Proceedings of VHI09: Papers from the AAAI Workshop: 13-14.
  • Goldfain, Albert (2007), "A Case Study in Computational Math Cognition and Embodied Arithmetic", Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (COGSCI2007): 293-298.
  • Shapiro, Stuart C.; Rapaport, William J.; Kandefer, Michael W.; Johnson, Frances L.; and Goldfain, Albert (2007), "Metacognition in SNePS", AI Magazine. 28(1): 17-31.
  • Goldfain, Albert and Kandefer, Michael (2006), "Co-Designing Agents", Cognitive Robotics: Papers from the AAAI Workshop (CogRob2006): 77-82.
    • Also appearing in Proceedings of the North East Student Colloquium on Artificial Intelligence (NESCAI06): 142-148.
  • Goldfain, Albert (2006), "Embodied Enumeration: Appealing to Activities for Mathematical Explanation", Cognitive Robotics: Papers from the AAAI Workshop (CogRob2006): 69-76.
  • Goldfain, Albert (2006), "A Computational Theory of Inference for Arithmetic Explanation", Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Inference in Computational Semantics (ICoS-5): 145-150.
  • Goldfain, Albert (2001), "On the Arithmetic Power of Context-Free Languages", Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, Proceedings of the Sixth Annual CCSC Northeastern Conference. 16(4): 323-324.

  • Employment

    2008-              Researcher, Blue Highway, LLC
    2008-              Postdoctoral Associate, University at Buffalo
    2002-2008      Teaching Assistant/Lecturer, University at Buffalo
    1999-2008      Software Engineer, Welch Allyn Inc., Medical Division
    2001               LAN System Administrator and Webmaster, Afshar Consulting Group

    Grants and Awards

    2002-2008      Teaching Assistantship, University at Buffalo
    2007               Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award (Honorable Mention)
    2007               CogSci2007, Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation Student Award
    2007               GSEU Professional Development Award
    2006               Patent 281-455 PCT "Communications of Information Between a Plurality of Network Elements

    Professional and Academic Memberships

  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Cognitive Science Society (COGSCI)
  • Special Interest Group in Semantics (SIGSEM)
  • National Mathematics Honors Society (Pi Mu Epsilon)
  • SUNY Buffalo Center for Cognitive Science
  • SUNY Buffalo Semantic Network Research Group (SNeRG)
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