Edmon Begoli

Edmon Begoli

Edmon Begoli

Chief Data Architect


Edmon Begoli, PhD, is the Chief Data Architect with the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this role, Edmon is responsible for the research and development of the advanced data-centric platforms and solutions in support of the applied research and mission-oriented programs, and for technical oversight of the data-related research programs. Edmon specializes in large-scale, heterogeneous platforms and methods for analytic data processing. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the joint DOE and VA precision medicine program (MVP CHAMPION). During his tenure at ORNL, Edmon also led several major national projects in healthcare and defense, and was a chief architect for Knowledge Discovery Initiative (KDI) for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) -- a large national program aimed at developing a platform for comprehensive and longitudinal analysis of the large, structured healthcare datasets (CMS data).

Prior to serving as the Chief Data Architect at ORNL, Edmon was a Chief Data Officer at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences/National Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS/NICS), a NSF funded XSEDE national supercomputing facility and a joint institute between ORNL and University of Tennessee (UT).  While at JICS, Edmon was one of the core members of the team that won and established the NSF-funded Southeast "Big Data" Hub, and was a principal investigator on a research project for the Intel Parallel Computing Center (PCC). Prior to working at the research institutes, Dr. Begoli held technology leadership positions at a technology startup, and the large commercial organizations. 

Edmon is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Apache Software Foundation (ASF) where he is a committer on the Apache Calcite project. He is also a principal member of the INCIT DM32.2 Task Group on Data Management and Databases

Edmon holds undergraduate, graduate (University of Colorado-Boulder), and doctoral degrees (University of Tennessee) in Computer Science. 

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  • Heidelberg Laureate Forum - Early Career Researcher, 2016. Mentor: Sir Michael Atiyah

  • Nashville Technology Council (NTC) - CTO of the Year, finalist, 2014

  • Tennessee Commissioner Mitchel (Department of Safety), A Letter of Commendation, 2011

  • OPM e-Government Initiative, NSC Y-12 Team Award, 2005

  • Made in Express, Microsoft Global Programming Competition, finalist, 2005

  • Lucent Technologies, EAI Implementation, CIO’s Letter of Commendation for Outstanding

    Performance, 2002

  • Multiple Undergraduate Honors, Magna Cum Laude, Upsilon Pi Epsilon CS Honors Society 


MVP CHAMPION - a VA and DOE Collaboration on Precision Medicine Initiatives and Improvements of Care for US Veterans using Advanced Analytics Methods.

Knowledge Discovery Infrastructure (KDI) for US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


Select Publications:

Edmon Begoli, Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Dimtri Kusnezov. (2019, January) "The Need for Uncertainty Quantification in Machine-assisted Medical Decision Making", Nature Machine Intelligence, Vol. 1, January 2019, p. 20-23.

Edmon Begoli, Michael Mior, Jesus Camacho-Rodrıguez, Julian Hyde, Daniel Lemire. (2018, June) "Apache Calcite: A Foundational Framework for Optimized Query Processing Over Heterogeneous Data Sources", Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD), 2018 Houston, Texas, USA.  

Edmon Begoli and James Horey. "Design principles for effective knowledge discovery from big data." In Software Architecture (WICSA) and European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA), 2012 joint working IEEE/IFIP conference on, pp. 215-218. IEEE, 2012.

Edmon Begoli, Pragneshkumar Patel, and J. Blair Christian. "Storage and Read-Optimized Data Placement Structures for High-Performance Analysis." In Optimization Challenges in Complex, Networked and Risky Systems, pp. 171-184. INFORMS, 2016.

Edmon Begoli, J. Blair Christian, Vijay Gadepally, and Stavros Papadopoulos. "An Emerging Role for Polystores in Precision Medicine." In VLDB Workshop on Data Management and Analytics for Medicine and Healthcare, pp. 41-52. Springer, Cham, 2017.

Edmon Begoli, Ted Dunning, and Charlie Frasure. "Real-Time Discovery Services over Large, Heterogeneous and Complex Healthcare Datasets Using Schema-Less, Column-Oriented Methods." In Big Data Computing Service and Applications (BigDataService), 2016 IEEE Second International Conference on Big Data Services, pp. 257-264. IEEE, 2016.

Edmon Begoli, Vincent Schlegel, Sir Michael Atiyah, Praise Adeyemo, and Tim Baarslag. "The Heidelberg Laureate Forum on the moving frontier between mathematics and computer science." XRDS (2017): 45.

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ORCID: 0000-0002-2173-3663 

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