Maurice Manning

Systems Architect

3 McLaughlin Hall, MC 1720
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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Maurice Manning is a systems architect with extensive experience in software development, systems design and systems integration. He has lead development teams, both local and off-shore, to deliver solutions in a wide range of domains including biotech, pharmaceutical, finance and aerospace. 

Prior to joining PATH at UC Berkeley, Manning worked at University of California, San Diego on the Ocean’s Observatory Initiative as a member of the cyber-infrastructure team.  The OOI CI manages and integrates data from all OOI sensors, linking marine infrastructure to scientists and users. It also provides observatory mission command and control, data assessment and distribution, and long-term data management. The architecture enabled the system to expand and contract cloud-based resources to provide the appropriate compute capabilities based on observatory conditions and policy. He was the systems architect for three subsystems; sensing and acquisition, data management and external observatory integration. Over the course of the project, Manning also assumed leadership of the development teams for these subsystems. 

Much of his career has been spent in the biotech industry where he has developed novel approaches to data integration, design and delivers data analysis solutions to scientists and lead off-shore development teams in delivering innovation prototypes as well as IT solutions. Examples include mobile applications to enable sales staff and employing semantic web technologies to integrate heterogeneous data types which allowed scientists to ask complex questions which would previously require extensive data mining. Manning was a member of the team which designed and developed Pipeline Pilot, an innovative approach for cheminformatics analysis using a to pipeline-style architecture. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Systems Design
  • Systems Migration and Integration
  • Data Integration
  • Software Engineering

List of Publications

  • Maurice Manning, Amit Aggarwal, Kevin Gao, and Greg Tucker-Kellogg Scaling the walls of discovery: using semantic metadata for integrative problem solving. Briefing in Bioinformatics 2009 10: 164-176;
  • Harger C, Skupski M, Allen E, Clark C, Crowley D, Dickinson E, Easley D, Espinosa-Lujan A, Farmer A, Fields C, Flores L, Harris L, Keen G, Manning M, et al, The Genome Sequence DataBase version 1.0 (GSDB): from low pass sequences to complete genomes. Nucleic Acids Res. 1997 Jan 1;25(1):18-23
  • Keen G, Burton J, Crowley D, Dickinson E, Espinosa-Lujan A, Franks E, Harger C, Manning M, et al, The Genome Sequence DataBase (GSDB): meeting the challenge of genomic sequencing. Nucleic Acids Res. 1996 Jan 1;24(1):13-6