J. J. Villalobos is the Assistant Director of Research Computing and Cybersecurity at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), where he is responsible for the security stability and operational excellence of the research and production advanced cyberinfrastructure, which included Caliburn, the Rutgers supercomputer, until it was transitioned to the Rutgers Office of Information Technology.

He joined RDI2 in January 2016, serving as the technical lead for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean Observatories Initiative cyberinfrastructure, a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems that has transformed research of the oceans by integrating multiple scales of globally distributed marine observations into one observing system and allowing for that data to be freely downloaded over the internet in near-real time.

He has received an award from NSF as Co-Principal Investigator to develop a real-time processing system capable of handling a large mix of sensor observations. The focus of this system is automation of the detection of natural hazard events using machine learning, as the events are occurring. This project uses a collaboration between computer scientists and geoscientists to develop a data framework for generalized real-time streaming analytics and machine learning for geoscience and hazards research.

He also contributes as senior personnel in several NSF-funded projects, such as the Virtual Data Collaboratory, a research platform in the US northeast region designed to drive data-intensive, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and enable data-driven science and engineering discoveries, or the DyNamo project, which will develop innovative network-centric algorithms, policies and mechanisms to enable programmable, on-demand access to high-bandwidth, configurable network paths from scientific data repositories to national cyberinfrastructure facilities, and help satisfy data, computational and storage requirements of science workflows.

J. J. Villalobos has over fifteen years of industry and research experience across several computer science and information technology disciplines including, but not limited to, systems architecture, high-performance computing, complex public-facing internet infrastructures and high-traffic sites reliability operations, He has built and managed engineering teams able to cope with ever-changing high-velocity environments. Prior to moving to the United States and into his role at RDI2, he held senior level industry positions in Europe.

He is senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and he regularly conducts peer reviews for international conferences, journals and workshops.