The CIFellows Steering Committee provides financial, administrative, and technical oversight for the Computing Innovation Fellows Project. Working with the Selection Committee, the CIFellows Steering Committee is responsible for making all final CIFellows award decisions. The members of this committee are also the co-principal investigators for this project.
Greg Andrews is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at The University of Arizona. His research is on programming languages and software systems for parallel and distributed computing. He has written three books on these topics and received two distinguished teaching awards. Professor Andrews has been Head of Computer Science at Arizona (1986-93 and 2006-08), on the CRA Board of Directors (1991-98), a Division Director at NSF (2003-05), and on the Council of the Computing Community Consortium (2006-08). He is a Fellow of the ACM.
Lance Fortnow received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathmatics at MIT in 1989 under the supervision of Michael Sipser. After two stints at the University of Chicago (spending four years at the NEC Research Institute in-between), Fortnow started as a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Northwestern University in January of 2008. Fortnow also has a courtesy appointment at the Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences department at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and an adjunct professorship at the Toyota Technological Institute - Chicago
Erwin Gianchandani is Director of CRA’s Computing Community Consortium and Computing Innovation Fellows Project. Before joining CRA, he was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at NSF, where he worked on NSF's smart health and wellbeing initiative. Previously, he was Director of Innovation Networking at the University of Virginia, reporting to the university’s Vice President for Research. Erwin's research interests include developing systems biology approaches for utilizing experimental data to reconstruct and analyze intracellular biochemical reaction networks – to better understand disease mechanisms and identify therapeutic targets. Erwin has co-authored over a dozen peer-reviewed research publications and been involved with multiple patent disclosures and Federal research grants. He holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, a M.S. in biomedical engineering, and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Virginia. erwin [at] cra.org
Susan L. Graham is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emerita and a Professor in the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research spans many aspects of programming language implementation, software tools, software development environments, and high-performance computing. As a participant in the Berkeley Unix project, she and her students built the Berkeley Pascal system and the widely used program profiling tool gprof. She has done seminal research in compiler code generation and optimization. Her most recent projects are the Titanium system for language and compiler support of explicitly parallel programs and the Harmonia framework for high-level interactive software development. Professor Graham was the founding editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems. She has served on numerous advisory committees; among them, the U.S. President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). She served as the Chief Computer Scientist for the NSF-sponsored National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) from 1997 to 2005. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Council of the NSF-sponsored Computing Community Consortium. Professor Graham is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among her awards are the ACM SIGPLAN Career Programming Language Achievement Award (2000), the ACM Distinguished Service Award (2006), the Harvard Medal (2008), the IEEE von Neumann Medal (2009), and the Berkeley Citation (2009).
Gregory D. Hager is a Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and the Deputy Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology. His research interests include time-series analysis of image data, image-guided robotics, medical applications of image analysis and robotics, and human-computer interaction. He is the author of more than 220 peer-reviewed research articles and books in the area of robotics and computer vision. In 2006, he was elected a fellow of the IEEE for his contributions in Vision-Based Robotics.
Professor Jones has served on the National Science Board, and chaired its Committee on Programs and Plans, which performs the Board's in depth evaluation of MREFC candidates. She is a member of the Defense Science Board and was the Director of Defense Research and Engineering. She, with NAE President Bill Wulf, formulated the notion of the Computer Science Grand Challenge Conferences as a community visioning exercise and chaired the first of the three conferences in this CRA and NSF sponsored series.
M. Frans Kaashoek is a professor in MIT's EECS Department and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He received his PhD from the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) for his work on group communication in the Amoeba distributed operating system. His principal field of interest is designing and building computer systems. Some of the current projects that he is working on with students include exokernels, an extensible operating system architecture, and SFS, a secure, decentralized global file system.
Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high performance computing and communication systems. Professor Lazowska is a member of the Microsoft Research Technical Advisory Board, and serves as a board member or technical advisor to a number of high-tech companies and venture firms. He co-chaired the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003-05, and chairs the Computing Community Consortium, an effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation to engage the computing research community in envisioning more audacious research challenges. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Ran Libeskind-Hadas is a professor of computer computer science and associate dean of faculty at Harvey Mudd College. His research interests are in the area of algorithms, optical networking, and computational biology. He also works in the development of innovative undergraduate curricula in computer science. Libeskind-Hadas received the A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard University and the M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bobby Schnabel is Dean of the School of Informatics at Indiana University. In this position he leads a multi-campus school of approximately 100 faculty members at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, including undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of computer science and informatics at Bloomington and in informatics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He is a Professor in the departments of computer science and informatics at IU Bloomington. Prior to beginning this position in July 2007, Dr. Schnabel served as Vice Provost for Academic and Campus Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1998-2007. Dr. Schnabel’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of scientific and parallel computation, including applications to molecular chemistry problems. He is the author of over 100 technical papers and has given over 50 invited conference presentations.
Robert F. Sproull recently retired as Vice President and Director of Oracle Labs, an applied research group originated at Sun Microsystems. Since undergraduate days, he has been building hardware and software for computer graphics: clipping hardware, an early device-independent graphics package, page description languages, laser printing software, and window systems. He has also been involved in VLSI design, especially of asynchronous circuits and systems. Before joining Sun in 1990, he was a principal with Sutherland, Sproull & Associates, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He is a coauthor with William Newman of the early text, "Principles of Interactive Computer Graphics." He is an author of the recently-published book "Logical Effort," which deals with designing fast CMOS circuits. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and as a technology partner of Advanced Technology Ventures.
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