NC State University

Department of Computer Science Colloquia 2003-2004

Date:   Friday, November 21, 2003
Time:   EGRC, Room 246, NCSU Centennial Campus
Place:   10:30 AM!! (click for courtesy parking request)

Speaker:   Greg Andrews , National Science Foundation

What's New at CISE: Cyberinfrastructure and the CISE Reorganization

Abstract:   This is a pivotal and exciting time for computing research and for computing researchers. Our underlying technologies have exploded in the past decade, so that computing, communication, and information resources are faster, cheaper, interconnected, smaller, embedded ... everywhere. Our field is critical to scientific progress, to economic development, indeed to the daily lives of each of us. Moreover, as dramatic as the changes in the past decade have been, we cannot yet imagine what our world will be like in another decade.

In this talk, I will first set the stage by giving a brief history of the National Science Foundation and the CISE directorate. (CISE stands for Computer and Information Science and Engineering.) Second, I will describe the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative, a new NSF-wide program that is currently being developed with leadership from the CISE directorate. This initiative has the potential to revolutionize the conduct of science and engineering research. Finally, I will describe the motivation for and nature of the pending reorganization of CISE, including what it means to computing researchers.

Short Bio:   Greg Andrews received a B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1974. From 1974-79 he was an Assistant Professor at Cornell University. Since 1979 he has been at The University of Arizona, where he is a Professor of Computer Science. From 1986-93 he chaired the department. Starting in January 2003, he has been serving in a "rotator" position as Division Director of Experimental and Integrative Activities at the National Science Foundation.

Greg received a distinguished teaching award in 1986 and a career distinguished teaching award in 2002. In 1998 he was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Greg was on the editorial board of Information Processing Letters from 1979-99. He was the general chair of the Twelfth ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles in 1989 and has been on the program committees of numerous conferences. From 1988-92 he was on two advisory committees for the computing directorate of the National Science Foundation. From 1991-98 he was on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA), and from 1998-2002 he served on CRA's undergraduate award selection committee.

Host:   Vincent Freeh, Computer Science, NCSU

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