In 2000, he co-founded the VIAS project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, one of the earliest "web-scale" web mining platforms for industry intelligence. VIAS received considerable recognition, including the NCSA Private Sector Program Technology Development Award in 2002 and the 2003 NCSA Industrial Grand Challenge Award, which recognizes pioneering solutions to fundamental problems of substantial economic and scientific impact that "enable major competitive breakthroughs" for industry. Much of his work makes use of "big data" techniques to characterize and understand information sources, such as the first unclassified thirty-year historical retrospective of the CIA's global news monitoring service, an in-depth look at the evolution of the one of the oldest "blogs", New Media vs Old Media: A Portrait of the Drudge Report 2002-2008, and a technical comparison of Google Books and the Open Content Alliance. He is also chief architect of one of the largest open source intelligence initiatives in academia, a multi-million dollar initiative to construct a massive event database of all major global events across all countries of the world 1946-present, offering an unprecedented view into the underpinnings of societal evolution.
Kalev has also been an invited speaker, panelist, and discussant at numerous scholarly venues including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the Library of Congress, and an invited coauthored paper was presented at the 250th Anniversary Conference of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS). His work has been profiled in venues as diverse as the New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, MSNBC, Que Leer, US News & World Report, Politico, Library Quarterly, and the American Council on Education's The Presidency. Today, Kalev has more than twenty global projects underway on news flows and public perception. One involves modeling all global news interactions across all countries in the world over the last half-century, resulting in tens of trillions of connections. Using some of the most advanced computation techniques and resources available, such work aims to significantly enhance the understanding of both global news flows and societal interactions.
Hannes is currently coordinator of geology and geophysics for the USDOE funded Decatur CO2 project and is also principal investigator for a $12.8M USDOE funded study on the sequestration potential of the Cambrian Knox group and Ordovician St. Peter Sandstone in the Illinois and Michigan Basins. During his tenure at the ISGS, he has published more than 60 articles, workshop notes, and state survey publications and has also been an author or coauthor on more than 50 abstracts and contract reports. He has worked as a petroleum geologist with Getty Oil Company and Union Pacific Resources in Houston, Texas and been involved in hydrocarbon exploration and development projects across the southern United States.
He lends to the Carbon Capture Report a uniquely extensive, historical, and applied experience in the energy industry in helping to interpret and contextualize the overarching patterns of public perception and industry organization.