Tentative Title: Memristor – Remembrance of things Past
Leon Chua is widely known for his invention of the Memristor and the Chua’s Circuit. His research has been recognized internationally through numerous major awards, including 17 honorary doctorates from major universities in Europe and Japan, and 7 USA patents. He was elected as Fellow of IEEE in 1974, a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europea) in 1997, a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2007, and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 2012. He was honored with many major prizes, including the Frederick Emmons Award in 1974, the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award in 2000, the first IEEE Gustav Kirchhoff Award in 2005, the International Francqui Chair (Belgium) in 2006, the Guggenheim Fellow award in 2010, Leverhulme Professor Award (United Kingdom) during 2010-2011, and the EU Marie curie Fellow award, 2013.
Prof. Chua is widely cited for the 12 hugely popular lectures he presented at the hp Chua Lecture Series, entitled “From Memristors and Cellular Nonlinear Networks to the Edge of Chaos”, during the fall of 2015, and now accessible through YouTube via the link.
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Tentative Topic: Exascale Supercomputing
Paul Messina is Director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Computational Science Division and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow. During 2015-2017, he served as Project Director for the U.S. Department of Energy Exascale Computing Project. From 2008-2015, he was Director of Science for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
From 1987-2002, he was founding Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Research at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), PI for the CASA gigabit network testbed, Chief Architect for NPACI, and co-PI for the National Virtual Observatory and TeraGrid. In 1990, he conceived and led the Concurrent Supercomputing Consortium that created and operated the Intel Touchstone Delta, at the time the world’s most powerful scientific computer and in 1999-2000 led the DOE-NNSA ASCI program while on leave from Caltech.
During 1973-1987, he held a number of positions in the Applied Mathematics Division and was founding Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne.
University of Leeds, UK
Tentative Topic: Comutational Topology
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Title: Understanding Cities through Measurement and Embedded Intelligence
Charlie Catlett is the founding director of the Urban Center for Computation
and Data, UrbanCCD, which brings social, physical, and computational
scientists together with artists, architects, technologists, and policy makers
to explore urban dynamics and design. He is also a Senior Computer Scientist
at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow at the Mansueto Institute
for Urban Innovation at The University of Chicago.
From 2007 to 2011 he was the Chief Information Officer at Argonne National
Laboratory, and from 2004 to 2007 he was Director of the National Science
Foundation’s TeraGrid initiative – a nationally distributed supercomputing
facility involving fifteen universities and federal laboratories. From 1999 to
2004 Charlie directed the design and deployment of I-WIRE, a dedicated fiber
optic network funded by the State of Illinois, which connects research
institutions in the Chicago area and downstate Illinois to support advanced
research and education. In recent years he has created a new form of urban
measurement infrastructure, the “Array of Things,” implementing new sensing
and edge computing technologies.
Before joining the University of Chicago and Argonne in 2000, Charlie was
Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beginning at
NCSA’s founding in 1985 he participated in the development of NSFNET, one of
several early national networks that evolved into what we now experience as
the Internet. During the exponential growth of the web following the release
of NCSA’s Mosaic web browser, his team developed and supported NCSA’s scalable
web server infrastructure.
Recognized one of 25 “Doers, Dreamers & Drivers” of 2016 by Government
Technology magazine and in 2014 as one of Chicago’s “Tech 50” technology
leaders by Crain’s Chicago Business, Charlie is a Computer Engineering
graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Torsten is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Before joining ETH, he led the performance modeling and simulation efforts of parallel petascale applications for the NSF-funded Blue Waters project at NCSA/UIUC. He is also a key member of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) Forum where he chairs the “Collective Operations and Topologies” working group. Torsten won best paper awards at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference SC10, SC13, SC14, EuroMPI’13, HPDC’15, HPDC’16, IPDPS’15, and other conferences. He published numerous peer-reviewed scientific conference and journal articles and authored chapters of the MPI-2.2 and MPI-3.0 standards. He received the Latsis prize of ETH Zurich as well as an ERC starting grant in 2015. His research interests revolve around the central topic of “Performance-centric System Design” and include scalable networks, parallel programming techniques, and performance modeling. Additional information about Torsten can be found on his homepage at htor.inf.ethz.ch.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications, USA
Title: Driving innovation at the interface of high performance computing and artificial intelligence for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics.
Founder and Lead of the Gravity Group at the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eliu obtained a Master in Applied
Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, followed by a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics, at the
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
His work is motivated by grand computational challenges in the nascent field of
Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. He combines his expertise in theoretical astrophysics and
large scale computing to create scenarios for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics, driving
innovation on the exploitation of machine and deep learning for the modeling, detection and
scientific exploitation of transient astrophysical phenomena.
University of California San Diego, USA
Tentative Topic: Global Scale Micro-biome Projects