Applied Clinical Informatics Branch
Senior Computer Scientist
Building 38A - Lister Hill Center, 9S908
Expertise and Research Interests:
Victor Cid’s research interests include information retrieval, AI/natural language processing, data visualization, and data communications. Current projects include the development of very deep neural network models for the automatic recognition of key features of publications indexed by NLM, and the coordination of the technical implementation of the LHNCBC Web Consolidation and Uniformity initiative.
Mr. Cid holds a BS degree in Information Processing Engineering from the University of Chile in 1989, a MS degree in Telecommunications Management from The University of Maryland University College in 1996, and multiple information technology and computer science certifications from leading universities and industry organizations.
Until the dissolution of the NLM Specialized Information Services Division in 2019, Mr. Cid was responsible for research and development activities for the Disaster Information Management Research Center, where he developed advanced simulation, telecommunications and AI-based tools to support the work of disaster management, information and public health professionals involved in crisis management. Previous roles include national and international outreach activities for several NLM humanitarian initiatives, support NLM’s Internet2 and “Next Generation Internet” activities, and R&D responsibilities for NLM’s Office of Health Information Program Development and the NLM Office of Computer and Communications Services. In 2018, Mr. Cid assisted the NLM Director during the establishment of her Advanced Visualization Branch in the National Institute of Nursing Research. Mr. Cid has also been an invited presenter at the Public Health Informatics Course of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Mr. Cid also participates in volunteer organizations, such as the Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the National Weather Service/National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration SKYWARN program, and is the current President of the National Institutes of Health Amateur Radio Club (NIHRAC).
Honors and Awards:
- 2020: LHNCBC Quality Step Increase for Sustained High Quality Performance. Also, NLM Special Act or Service Group Awards for “LHC Web Redesign Team” and “Assistance in Providing Authoritative Information in Spanish and Training for COVID-19”.
- 2019: NLM Special Act or Service Award “In recognition of the development of the Disaster Tweet Miner, a deep learning tool for content discovery”. Also, Specialized Information Services Performance Award for Outstanding Results.
- 2018: First place poster award in the Research category at the Association of Healthcare Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP) meeting at Scottsdale, Arizona for the work “Virtual Reality Disaster Health Preparedness Training”, co-authored by Stacey Arnesen.
- 1990-2020, Yearly Performance Award for Outstanding Results.
- 2015: National Institutes of Health Award of Merit for the “development of unique tools to aid in disaster management of all types of hazards”.
- 2010: NLM Special Act or Service Group Award for “contributions towards de deployment of NLM Lost Person Finder (LPF) application to support the Haiti earthquake relief efforts”.
- 2009: NLM Special Act or Service Award for “successfully designing and coordinating the implementation of two R&D projects for the Bethesda Hospitals Emergency Preparedness Partnership.”
- 2008: Special Act or Service Group Award for “innovative work with Second Life and leading SIS efforts in virtual worlds”, Special Group Achievement Award for “inspirational work with students at the Chickasaw Nation’s summer science camp”, Special Act or Service Group Award for “creating the new Office of the Disaster Information Management Research Center including developing a mission statement, staffing plans, and positions; recruiting staff; and for the design and development of the new office space”.
- 2005: Special Act or Service Award for “innovative and pro-active approach in developing new performance monitoring systems to monitor the performance of NLM mission-critical applications”.
- 2001: Special Act or Service Award for “Improving the access to health and disaster information in Central America”, awarded jointly by the Office of Computer and Communications Systems and Division of Specialized Information Services. Length of Service Award for 10 years of Federal Service.
- 2000: Special Act or Service Award for “contributing to the design and implementation of the American Indian Cultural Center networking infrastructure, Piscataway Nation, Brandywine, Maryland”.