LinkedIn | Github | CV


Invited speaker “On learning AI: The myth of innate ability in tech.” TEDxSanFrancisco, San Francisco, California, October 2017.

Panelist “Black Work, Black Wealth, Black Futures.” Data For Black Lives, MIT, Massachusetts, November 2017.

Invited speaker “What Makes a Coder.” Etsy, New York, New York, February 2016.

Panelist “Moral Machines: How philosophy can help AI decide right from wrong.” Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Texas, October 2016.

Keynote “15+ Years of Learning Computational Intelligence.” Annual OUSD Dinner with a Scientist, California, May 2016.

Invited speaker “Breaking Barriers: Changing the Landscape.” Andela, Lagos, Nigeria, January 2016.

Keynote “Moonshot Thinking.” Joint Board of Advisors Meeting, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, Indiana, October 2015.

Keynote, “Inventing the Mythical Creature: Or How to Stay, Lead, and Delight in Tech as a Woman.” Annual Celebration of the IU Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT), Indiana, October 2014.

Invited presenter, “#ThisIsGrit.” White House Department of Education EdDataPalooza, Washington DC, January 2014.


Highly Cited Publications

D.J. Russomanno, C. Kothari and O. Thomas. 2005. “Building a Sensor Ontology: A Practical Approach Leveraging ISO and OGC Models.” The 2005 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Las Vegas, NV 637–643. Link
209 Citations

Conference proceedings

Omoju Miller. 2016. “Gaining Insights into the Effects of Culturally Responsive Curriculum on Historically Underrepresented Students’ Desire for Computer Science.” Proceedings of the 123rd ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

D.J. Russomanno, C. Kothari and O. Thomas. 2005. “Sensor Ontologies: From Shallow to Deep Models.” Proceedings of the 37th Southeastern Symposium on Systems Theory, IEEE Press, Tuskegee, AL 107–112. Link

O. Thomas and D.J. Russomanno. 2005. “Applying the Semantic Web Expert System Shell to Sensor Fusion using Dempster-Shafer Theory.” Proceedings of the 37th Southeastern Symposium on Systems Theory, IEEE Press, Tuskegee, AL. 11–14. Link

O.A. Thomas and D.J. Russomanno. 2004. “SWEXSYS: A Semantic Web Expert System Shell.” Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Applications, part of the 23rd Multi-Conference on Applied Informatics, Innsbruck, Austria 240–245.Link

Grants, Honors, & Awards

  • Member, World Economic Forum (Expert Network: AI and Robotics), Davos, Switzerland, 2017.
  • Levo 100: Transformer, Levo League, California, 2015.
  • Bloomberg Beta Future Founder, Bloomberg Beta, California, 2014.
  • Winner, White House Dept of Edu EdDataPalooza, Washington DC, January 2014
  • Kapor Capital Fellows, California, 2012.
  • Invited participant, TEDxSummit, Doha, Qatar, 2011.
  • Google CS Grad Forum Scholarship, California, 2010.
  • SESAME Graduate Division Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2010–2011
  • Herff College of Engineering fellowship, Memphis, 2002–2006.

Press, Podcast & Coverage