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Ian Foster

ORG Argonne National Laboratory Title BIO Ian Foster is a world renowned computer scientist who focuses on the acceleration of discovery in a networked world. Foster co-invented grid computing, which has become the de facto computation standard for data-intensive, multi-institution collaboration and has helped create what has become the "cloud revolution." Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures and have advanced discovery in such areas as high energy physics, environmental science, and biomedicine. Foster's contributions to grid computing have lead R&D magazine to recognize him as the 2003 Innovator of the Year and the October 2002 issue of Red Herring magazine to dub him "the Gridfather." Foster continues to develop innovative tools and infrastructure that enable research breakthroughs. His MacArthur Foundation and NSF funded Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy combines the best of modern computational and economic science to guide climate and energy policy. This effort brings together collaborators at nine institutions to improve the computational models needed to evaluate energy and climate policies and guide decisions based on outcomes. Foster also leads the two-time R&D 100 winning Globus Project which is transforming how researchers deal with big data -- from how they manage it to how they mine it to how they share it among their colleagues. In his current role as director of the Computation Institute -- a joint initiative of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory -- Foster brings together computational scientists and discipline thought leaders to work on a wide range of projects with computation as a key component. Foster holds appointments as the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Computer Science at the University of Chicago and is the Associate Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is the co-founder of Univa Inc., which provides grid and cloud computing services. Foster's honors include the Lovelace Medal of the British Computer Society, the Gordon Bell Prize for high?performance supercomputing and the IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award. Foster was most recently the recipient of the ACM's High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC) Achievement Award recognizing his long-lasting, influential contributions to the foundations or practice of high-performance parallel and distributed computing.