2023 Inductees

Ophir Frieder, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, & Biomathematics; and Department of Computer Science
Georgetown University

118 U.S. Patents

Dr. Ophir Frieder is a Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center’s Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics and the Department of Computer Science. He also serves as Center Director for the university’s S2ERC & Cyber SMART Center—a multi-university/discipline/industry cooperative research center. He is also the Lead Science and Technology Advisor for Aurora Forge, and Chief Scientific Officer of Invaryant, Inc. Previously, Dr. Frieder was on the faculty at George Mason University, served as Harris Professor of Computer Science & Computer Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, and was IITRI Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Information Retrieval Laboratory at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a staff consultant for Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida for more than 10 years.

Dr. Frieder’s inventions in scalable information processing systems have transformed health informatics. He is especially recognized for developing behavioral health monitoring systems used to prevent self-harm; as well as predictive medical and well-being treatment methods optimizing effective treatments while minimizing adverse effects. His advances have been incorporated into national programs that have enabled services such as the recently announced National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

In the area of communications, Dr. Frieder developed mood/sentiment detection approaches for online marketing and social media interaction. In the area of in-home electronics, his inventions include interactive picture frames.

A leader in his field, Dr. Frieder has secured $20+ million in grants and contracts, and served as an expert witness in landmark intellectual property cases, including the MercExchange, L.L.C, v. eBay Inc. that eventually led to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling against the automatic issuance of injunctions in the case of found infringement.

Dr. Frieder is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Computing Machinery, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE, and the National Academy of Inventors; and is a Member of Academia Europaea, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; and an Inaugural Member of the ACM SIGIR Academy. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He also was awarded the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Research in Information Science Award for medical informatics and the IEEE Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award for scalable information systems.