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Agenda Day 2

Presentations, Speaker Biographies, and Webcasts

Education and Scholarly Communications

Speaker Biographies

Vivek Sarker

The Habanero Multicore Execution Model and its Implementation Challenges

Vivek SarkarVivek Sarkar








Vivek Sarkar conducts research in programming languages, program analysis, compiler optimizations, and virtual machines for parallel and high performance computer systems, and currently leads the Habanero Multicore Software Research project at Rice University. Prior to joining Rice, he was Senior Manager of Programming Technologies at IBM Research. His responsibilities at IBM included leading IBM's research efforts in programming model, tools, and productivity in the PERCS project during 2002–2007 as part of the DARPA High Productivity Computing System program. His past projects include the X10 programming language, the Jikes Research Virtual Machine for the Java language, the ASTI optimizer used in IBM's XL Fortran product compilers, the PTRAN automatic parallelization system, and profile-directed partitioning and scheduling of Sisal programs. Vivek became a member of the IBM Academy of Technology in 1995 and the E.D. Butcher Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in 2007. He was inducted as an ACM Fellow in 2008. He holds a B.Tech. Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, an M.S. degree from University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 1997, he was on sabbatical as a visiting associate professor at MIT, where he was a founding member of the MIT RAW multi-core project.

Thomas Sterling

ParalleX: Transformative Parallel Programming Model and Environment for Extreme Application Scalability 

Thomas SterlingThomas Sterling






















Dr. Thomas Sterling is the Arnaud and Edwards Professor at the Louisiana State University Department of Computer Science and a faculty member of the Center for Computation and Technology. In addition, he holds the positions of Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Computing Research and Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Since receiving his PhD from MIT as a Hertz Fellow in 1984, Dr. Sterling has engaged in a wide range of applied research associated with high performance computer systems architecture and software. He is widely recognized for his contributions in cluster computing through his leadership of the Beowulf Project (for which he was one of several to win the Gordon Bell Prize in 1997) and for his work in Petaflops scale system architecture through the HTMT and Cascade HPCS system projects and the DIVA and Gilgamesh processor in memory (PIM) architecture projects. He is currently developing the ParalleX Model for future generation parallel computing and is co-investigator on DOE, NSF, NSA, and NASA sponsored research projects. Dr. Sterling holds six patents and is the co-author of five books in the field.

Tarek Abdelzaher

Privacy-preserving Data Sharing on Sensor Map

Tarek AbdelzaherTarek Abdelzaher









Tarek Abdelzaher received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1990 and 1994 respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1999 on Quality of Service Adaptation in Real-Time Systems. He has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, where he founded the Software Predictability Group until 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 refereed publications in real-time computing, distributed systems, sensor networks, and control. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems; an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, the ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks, and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal; and Editor of ACM SIGBED Review. He was Program Chair of RTAS 2004 and RTSS 2006, and General Chair of RTAS 2005, IPSN 2007, RTSS 2007, DCoSS 2008, and Sensys 2008. Abdelzaher's research interests lie broadly in embedded and networked sensor systems. Tarek Abdelzaher is a member of IEEE and ACM.

Alexander Szalay

Data-Intensive Architecture for Large eScience Applications

Alexander SzalayAlexander Szalay








Alexander Szalay is the Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is a cosmologist, working on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. He was born and educated in Hungary. He is the architect for the Science Archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. He is Project Director of the NSF-funded National Virtual Observatory. He has written more than 450 papers in various scientific journals, covering areas from theoretical cosmology to observational astronomy, spatial statistics, and computer science. He was elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a Corresponding Member in 1990, and as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Doug Blank

Personalizing Computer Science Education with……Robots?!

Doug BlankDoug Blank







Doug Blank is director of the Institute for Personal Robots in Education. He is also Associate Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Bryn Mawr College, an all-women's college outside of Philadelphia, PA. He is active in research in computer science education, and robots that are self-motivated to learn.

Jason Alonso

Studying Social Cues in Human Robot Interaction

Jason AlonsoJason Alonso

Jason Alonso is a PhD student at the MIT Media Laboratory, Personal Robots Group. His background is in technologies surrounding common sense computing, including the automated discovery of belief patterns, and his interests are in developing informal reasoning systems.  

Geoffrey Charles Fox

 Early Experience with Cloud Technologies

Geoffrey FoxGeoffrey Fox









Geoffrey Charles Fox received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and is now professor of Computer Science, Informatics, and Physics at Indiana University, where he is also director of the Community Grids Laboratory and chair of the Informatics department. He is chief technology officer for Anabas Inc. He previously held positions at Caltech, Syracuse University, and Florida State University. He has supervised the PhD of 59 students and published more than 600 papers in physics and computer science. He currently works in applying computer science to Bioinformatics, Defense, Earthquake and Ice-sheet Science, Particle Physics, and Chemical Informatics. He is involved in several projects to enhance the capabilities of Minority Serving Institutions.

Simon Cox

Engineering Design Using Commodity Technology

Simon CoxSimon Cox








Simon Cox is Professor of Computational Methods in the Computational Engineering Design Research Group within the School of Engineering Sciences of the University of Southampton and Chief Scientist at dezineforce. An MVP Award holder, he directs the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing at the University of Southampton and has published more than 120 papers. He currently heads a team that applies and develops computing in collaborative interdisciplinary computational science, and engineering projects such as computational electromagnetics, earth system modeling, applied computational algorithms, and distributed service-oriented computing for engineering.

Paul Watson

An Azure Science Cloud for Drug Discovery

Paul WatsonPaul Watson











Paul Watson is Professor of Computer Science at Newcastle University, Director of the Informatics Research Institute, and Director of the North East Regional e-Science Centre. He graduated in 1983 with a BSc in Computer Engineering from Manchester University, followed by a PhD in 1986. From 1990 to 1995, he worked in industry for ICL as a system designer of the Goldrush MegaServer parallel database server, which was released as a product in 1994. In 1995, he moved to Newcastle University to pursue his research interests in scalable information management and e-science.

Kelvin Sung

Game-Themed CS Education: Empowering the Faculty

Kelvin SungKelvin Sung









Kelvin Sung is an Associate Professor with the Computing and Software Systems at University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. His background is in computer graphics, hardware, and machine architecture. He came to UWB from Alias|Wavefront (now part of Autodesk) in Toronto, where he played a key role in designing and implementing the Maya Renderer. Before joining Alias|Wavefront, Kelvin was an Assistant Professor with the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. Kelvin's research interests are in studying the role of technology in supporting human communication. His recent works are related to the teaching and learning of computer graphics and foundational concepts in programming, based on computer games.

Richard Anderson

Challenges in Interactive Distance Education

Richard AndersonRichard Anderson







Richard Anderson is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington (UW). He graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford. He joined the University of Washington in 1986, after a one-year post-Doctoral at the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California. In 1987, he received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award. He spent the 1993–1994 academic year as a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore, India, and the 2001–2002 academic year as a visiting researcher in the Learning Sciences and Technology group at Microsoft Research, where he led the development of Classroom Presenter, a tool for delivering presentations from the Tablet PC. He was the 2007 recipient of the UW College of Engineering Faculty Innovator for Teaching Award. His main research interests are in Computing for the Developing World, Educational Technology, and Pen Based Computing.

Carl Lagoze

oreOREChem: Chemistry Scholarship 2.0

Carl LagozeCarl Lagoze







Carl Lagoze is at the Information Science Program at Cornell University where he investigates standards, protocols, applications, and social issues related to new models in scholarly communication. He is currently interested in the socio-technical aspects of new information models—the manner in which different communities adopt open access, Web 2.0, and semantic technologies.

Peter Murray-Rust

Open Science and the Long Tail

Peter Murray-RustPeter Murray-Rust








Peter Murray-Rust is a contemporary chemist born in Guildford in 1941. He was educated at Bootham School and Balliol College. After obtaining a D.Phil, he became lecturer in chemistry at the (new) University of Stirling. He joined Glaxo Group Research at Greenford to head Molecular Graphics, Computational Chemistry, and later protein structure determination. He was Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Nottingham from 1996–2000, setting up the Virtual School of Molecular Sciences. He is now Reader in Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College. His interests have involved the automated analysis of data in scientific publications, creation of virtual communities, for example, The Virtual School of Natural Sciences in the Globewide Network Academy and the Semantic Web. With Henry Rzepa, he has extended this to chemistry through the development of markup languages, especially Chemical Markup Language. He campaigns for Open Data, particularly in science.

Andrew Phelps

Games and Learning in STEM Disciplines

Andrew PhelpsAndrew Phelps















Andrew Phelps is the Chair of the Department of Interactive Games and Media and the Director of Game Design and Development at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He is the founding faculty member of the Masters of Science in Game Design and Development within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, as well as the Bachelors of the same name. His work in games programming education has been featured in The New York Times,, USA Today, National Public Radio, IEEE Computer, and several other articles and periodicals. He regularly publishes work exploring collaborative game engines and game engine technology. His primary research interests include online gaming, electronic entertainment, three-dimensional graphics and real time rendering, virtual reality, and interactive worlds.