ISI Directory

Robert Schuler, Ph.D.

Senior Computer Scientist, Lead Scientist


Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Southern California
M.S., Computer Science, University of Southern California
B.S., Computer Science, University of Southern California


Dr. Schuler is a Senior Computer Scientist, Research Lead at the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI). Currently, he is the technical lead for the FaceBase Data Hub (, the primary craniofacial research data hub for the NIH/NIDCR. Prior to FaceBase, he was a member of the leadership team of the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (NIH/NCRR) and led the development and deployment of large-scale research data Grids including a multi-site collaborative functional neuroimaging grid and a veterinary pathology network for the national primate research centers. Prior to BIRN, he was a senior developer of the open source Globus project (NSF, DOE), developing Grid computing technology used widely throughout the "Big Sciences" of high energy physics, earth and climate research, serving the likes of Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). During that time, he was also a member of the architecture team for the Earth System Grid (DOE); the data hub that supported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Prior to ISI, he co-founded a software startup that developed an enterprise information integration system for clients in the publishing, information services, media and entertainment industries. Before that, he worked as a software engineer/manager at Xerox where he researched and developed some of the earliest digital rights management (DRM) technology, acquired by Microsoft through a joint-venture as ContentGuard. He began his career at Candle Corp and developed enterprise application monitoring systems used at banks, telecommunications, and retail enterprises. His current research interests include scientific data management, data stewardship and sharing, scientific databases, and database evolution.