Ian Foster is a senior scientist, distinguished fellow, and director of the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne National Laboratory as well as the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and a fellow of the Institute for Molecular Engineering. A computer scientist whose work at the intersection of computing and the sciences has produced both practical technologies that have seen wide adoption and concepts and methods that have proven influential in research and education, Ian is also chief troublemaker at Globus. His research interests span a range of topics in parallel, distributed, and data-intensive computing. A unifying theme is a desire to use the power of rapid communication to accelerate discovery, whether by linking people with remote computers and data, accelerating complex computational processes, or enabling distributed virtual teams. Ian pursues use-inspired basic research, meaning that he employs challenging practical problems to motivate and focus work on hard problems in computer science. Over the years, these practical problems have come from such fields as environmental science, economics, high-energy physics, biomedicine, and engineering. He often builds sophisticated artifacts (i.e., software and distributed systems) in order to apply, evaluate, and disseminate new concepts and methods. Ian’s work frequently involves large teams of disciplinary scholars, computer scientists, and software engineers. Ian has received multiple awards for his work, including the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing (2014), the Inaugural ACM HPDC Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), and the IEEE Tsutomu Kanai Award (2011).
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