Abstract: Explosive growth in data science, wide spread adoption of data-driven discovery and data analytics, newfound successes of self-learning mechanisms such as deep learning, autonomous vehicular technology, internet of things, and increasing adoption of computing devices in every part of life are all leading to the next wave of expansion of computer science. In addition, we are a key enabler of many human activities including financial transactions, social networking, time management, health management, communication, and work related activities in many professions. While universities are struggling to cope with the resulting ramp up in demand for CS education, new advances in on-line learning are breaking institutional barriers and enabling global outreach. Furthermore, the economic opportunities afforded by our field make it even more imperative to achieve inclusive growth. In this talk, I will present my vision for leading the Illinois CS department and ensuring and enhancing its preeminence as a global leader in education, research, and service.
Bio: Srinivas Aluru is co-Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS) and a professor in the School of Computational Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He co-leads the NSF South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub which nurtures big data partnerships between organizations in the 16 Southern States and Washington D.C., and the NSF Transdisciplinary Research Institute for Advancing Data Science. Previously, he worked for fourteen years as a faculty member at Iowa State University. There, he held the Mehl Professorship and the Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering, served as Associate Chair for Research in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Chaired the interdepartmental Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program.
Aluru conducts research in high performance computing with emphasis on parallel algorithms and applications, data science, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing with applications in computational electromagnetics and materials informatics, and applied algorithms. He is Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics (SIGBIO). He is a recipient of the NSF Career award, IBM faculty award, Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Government of India, John. V. Atanasoff Discovery Award, and the Outstanding Senior Faculty Research award and the Dean’s award for faculty excellence at Georgia Tech. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and IEEE, and a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service and Golden Core awards. https://www.cc.gatech.edu/~saluru/