Introduction to CENTRA
19 Apr 2016 - 19 Apr 2016

This talk describes a recently initiated funded international partnership, called CENTRA, to facilitate research collaborations on transnational cyberinfrastructure and its applications. The rationale, goals, progress and opportunities of CENTRA are presented. A brief introduction is made to the scientific advances being sought by CENTRA, the important societal problems it targets and the objective of creating international networks of scientists working on cyberinfrastructure and its applications. The CENTRA framework, including mechanisms to engage new institutions and researchers, is also discussed briefly.

José A.B. Fortes, PhD Professor and AT&T Eminent Scholar, 
Director, Advanced Computing and Information Systems (ACIS) Laboratory

José A.B. Fortes is the AT&T Eminent Scholar and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Florida where he founded and is the Director of the Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory.

He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (Licenciatura em Engenharia Electrotécnica) from the Universidade de Angola in 1978, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado State University, Fort Collins in 1981 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1984. From 1984 until 2001 he was on the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering of Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2001 he joined both the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering of the University of Florida as Professor and BellSouth Eminent Scholar. From July 1989 through July 1990 he served at the National Science Foundation as director of the Microelectronics Systems Architecture program. From June 1993 till January 1994 he was a Visiting Professor at the Computer Architecture Department of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

His research interests are in the areas of distributed computing, autonomic computing, computer architecture, parallel processing and fault-tolerant computing. He has authored or coauthored over 200 technical papers and has lead the development and deployment of Cloud and Grid-computing software used in several cyberinfrastructures for e-Science and digital government. His research has been funded by the Office of Naval Research, AT&T Foundation, IBM, General Electric, Intel, Northrop-Grumman, Army Research Office, NASA, Semiconductor Research Corporation and the National Science Foundation.

No of Participants: 11