STT = St. Thomas Campus,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

STX = Albert A. Sheen Campus,
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

STJ = St. John Academic Center,
St. John, US Virgin Islands

Luciano, Joanne, Ph.D.

Luciano, Joanne, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science
Distinguished Professor of Data Science
College of Science and Mathematics






Ontology and Knowledge Representation, Data Science for Drug Discovery, Health and Translational Medicine, Applied Data Science, Health Web Science and Precision medicine.


Computer Science

Dr. Joanne Sylvia Luciano is an experienced technology consultant to major hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Her research focuses on enabling technologies that make it easier to do interdisciplinary research by utilizing semantic web technologies. She applies these technologies in data science, using them to represent complex interconnected networks, such as in biology, in such a way that the context from which the data were harvested is not lost. There is an urgent need to shorten the time it takes to bring basic science research results to practice, and to get the clinical or field observations back to the research lab for further analysis. To do this, technologies need to be in place that allow scientists to better represent, reuse, and communicate their data in its original context.

Luciano has been a visiting associate professor at Indiana University since 2016. During her tenure, she developed the curriculum for graduate courses in data science such as Data Science for Drug Discovery, Health and Translational Medicine, Real World Data Science with Eli Lilly and Company, Applied Data Science as well as independent study courses with graduate students while she continued her research in health web science and precision medicine.

Dr. Luciano was a Research Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Web Science Research Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2010-2013. While there, she founded the field of Health Web Science, and co-taught graduate courses in advanced semantic technologies and semantic e-science.

Dr. Luciano is a graduate of Boston University in Boston, Mass., where she obtained a Ph.D. in cognitive and neural systems in 1996, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science in 1987 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1982. Dr. Luciano has two U.S. patents, published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, ontologies, presentations, tutorials and information artifacts. Also, Luciano is on the Advisory Board of “We Did It For You! Women’s Journey through History.”