Frank Midgley earned his B.S.E. in Computer Science from Princeton University with particular interests in visualization, human computer interaction and knowledge representation. He then spent many years working at SRI International developing workflow automation and electronic publishing systems for a chemical economics group. The next stop was contracting for Apple, Inc. where he developed and maintained many of their in-house applications for bug tracking, software deployment, etc. During this time he also developed the freeware MacOSaiX software which allows the automatic creation of photo mosaics from a variety of image sources such as Google, flickr and QuickTime movies.
At Janelia Frank has been able to continue pursuing his interests through a variety of projects. The Neuroptikon visualization and analysis tool allows researchers to make sense of the neural circuits they are discovering in their animals and plan future experiments. He has also worked extensively with the Fly Olympiad team project to help organize, process and analyze the volumes of data that are being produced.
Frank, along with his partner Julie Simpson, used his mosaic software to create a collection of "Scientific Heroes" prints which are now hanging as a permanent exhibit at Janelia Farm. He is also the co-founder of Janelia's community garden which now has over forty members including lab heads, post-docs and the cafeteria chef.