My long-term research goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the discovery, integration, and processing of scientific data and results. Towards this goal, I have focused on the realization and application of cyberinfrastructure using Semantic Web technologies.

I am leading the iLink Research Group at the Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence at UTEP.

I was part of the Dumontier Lab - Semantic Web Group working under the supervision of Dr. Michel Dumontier. I have previously worked in the areas of Evolutionary Computation, Data Mining and other related AI areas.

Selected Publications

Journal papers

  • Peters, D. P.C., Havstad, K. M., Cushing, J., Tweedie, C. E., Fuentes, O., Villanueva-Rosales, N. Harnessing the power of big data: infusing the scientific method with machine learning to transform ecology. 2014. Ecosphere 5(6).
  • Dumontier, M., Baker, C., Baran, J., Callahan, A., Chepelev, L., Cruz-Toledo, J., Del Rio, N., Duck, G., Furlong, L., Keith, N., Klassen, D., McCusker, J., Queralt-Rosinach, N., Samwald, M., Villanueva-Rosales, N., Wilkinson, M., Hoehndorf, R. The Semanticscience Integrated Ontology (SIO) for Biomedical Research and Knowledge Discovery. 2014. Journal of Biomedical Semantics, 5(14). [Website]
  • M. Dumontier, L. Ferres, N. Villanueva-Rosales. "Modeling and Querying Graphical Representations of Statistical Data" 2009. Journal of Web Semantics. [Website]
  • M. Dumontier, N Villanueva-Rosales."Towards Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Discovery on the Semantic Web" 2009. Briefings in Bioinformatics. [Website]
  • N. Villanueva-Rosales and M. Dumontier. "yOWL: an Ontology-Driven Knowledge Base for Yeast Biologists" 2008. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. [Website]

Refereed conference/workshop papers

  • N. Del Rio, N. Villanueva-Rosales, D. Pennington, K. Benedict, A.Stewart, C.J. Grady. "ELSEWeb meets SADI: Supporting Data-to-Model Integration for Biodiversity Forecasting" 2013. AAAI Fall Symposium on Discovery Informatics. Accepted.
  • A. Gandara, N. Villanueva-Rosales. "Documenting and Sharing Scientific Research over the Semantic Web" 2012. International Conference on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Technologies (i-KNOW'12). Graz, Austria. [Website]
  • N. Villanueva-Rosales, M. Dumontier. "Semi-automated Extraction of Biological Knowledge Bases using Semantic Web" 2009. 2nd Canadian Semantic Web Working Symposium (CSWWS09), Kelowna, Canada. [PDF]
  • M. Dumontier, L. Ferres, N. Villanueva-Rosales. "Semantic Annotation and Question Answering of Statistical Graphs" 2008. 7th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (MICAI 2008), Mexico City, Mexico. [Website]
  • N. Villanueva-Rosales. "Semi-automated Building of Semantic Web Knowledge Bases for Biological Research" 2008. 7th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (MICAI 2008) Doctoral Consortium, Mexico City, Mexico.[Website]
  • M. Dumontier and N. Villanueva-Rosales. "Modeling Life Science Knowledge with OWL 1.1" 2008. OWL Experiences and Design (OWLED-DC 2008), Washington DC, USA. [PDF]
  • M. Dumontier, M. Faizan, Joseph Obeng and N. Villanueva-Rosales. "Modeling the Pharmacogenomics of Depression with OWL 1.1" 2008. Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences (HCLS 2008), colocated with World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008), Beijing, China.[PDF]
  • N. Villanueva-Rosales and M. Dumontier. "Three-Layer OWL Ontology Design". 2007. Second International Workshop on Modular Ontologies, Whistler, Canada. [PDF]
  • L. Ferres, M. Dumontier and N. Villanueva-Rosales. "Semantic Query Answering with Time-Series Graphs". 2007. The 3rd International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise (VORTE 2007), Annapolis, USA. [Website]
  • A. De Leon-Battista, N. Villanueva-Rosales, M. Palenychka, and M. Dumontier. "SMART: A Web-Based, Ontology-Driven, Semantic Web Query Answering Application". 2007. Semantic Web Challenge, International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2007), Busan, South Korea. [PDF]
  • N. Villanueva-Rosales and M. Dumontier. "Describing chemical functional groups in OWL-DL for the classification of chemical compounds". 2007. OWL: Experiences and Directions (OWLED 2007), Innsbruck, Austria. [PDF]
  • N. Villanueva-Rosales, K. Osbahr and M. Dumontier. "Towards a Semantic Knowledge Base for Yeast Biologists". 2007. First International Workshop on Health Care and Life Sciences Data Integration for the Semantic Web (HCLS-DI 2007), colocated with World Wide Web Conference (WWW2007), Banff, Canada. [PDF]