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Sid Boukabara

Senior Scientist
Office of Systems Architecture & Advanced Planning

Dr Boukabara has 24 years of experience accumulated between the private sector and the Federal Government.  He is a principal scientist at the NESDIS’s Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning (OSAAP) supporting the effort to design and optimize the Nation's next-generation space and ground architecture.

His main areas of expertise include providing mechanisms to evaluate and optimize the science value of global observing systems. He also collaborates with Government, academic and private-sector partners to explore innovative ways to exploit environmental data, with a view to enhance  the satellite processing systems of the future. In particular, he is a leading expert in exploring new numerical approaches such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and Computer Vision (CV) to improve the Nation’s usage of satellite data in  NOAA’s environmental prediction systems.

Dr. Boukabara received the Ph.D. degree in remote sensing from the Denis Diderot University, Paris, France (1997)
after which he joined Atmospheric Environmental Research (AER) Inc. until 2005. He then joined NOAA/NESDIS 
Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) where he has led several efforts notably the development of variational algorithms (MiRS) and serving as deputy director and then acting director of the U.S. Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA), leading several advanced satellite data assimilation activities.

Between 2015 and 2017 he served as a senior policy advisor to the Commerce Department’s Assistant Secretary
for Environmental Observing Systems and Prediction, providing scientific perspectives to decision- and policy-making.