Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 11:00am
Deputy Director of the Network Dynamics & Simulation Science Laboratory & Professor, CS Dept, Virginia Tech
"Resilient Cities and Urban Science: The Role of Big Data and High Performance Pervasive Computing"
Abstract: Developing practical informatics tools and decision support environments to analyze socio-technical systems that support our cities is complicated and scientifically challenging. The increased urbanization across the globe, specifically in the developing countries poses further challenges. Recent quantitative changes in high performance and pervasive computing, bigdata and network science have created new opportunities for collecting, integrating, analyzing and accessing information related to coupled urban socio-technical systems. Innovative information systems that leverage this new capability have already proved immensely useful.
After a brief overview, I will describe an approach rooted in synthetic information, pervasive high performance computing and data analytics to study resilient and sustainable cities. Examples in public health epidemiology and human-initiated crises will be used to guide the discussion.
Bio: Prof. Madhav Marathe is the deputy director of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory and professor in the Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech. His research interests are in the development of innovative computing technologies for reliable, secure and sustainable societal infrastructures; theoretical Computer Science; public health epidemiology; social, information and communication networks, computational social science and high performance computing. The development of data driven pervasive high performance computing methods to support the formulation, analysis and reasoning of public policies as they pertain tosocio-technical networks is the central focus of his work.
Before coming to Virginia Tech, he was a Team Leader in the Computer and Computational Sciences division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where he led the basic research programs in foundations of computing and high performance simulation science for analyzing urban-scale realistic socio-technical and critical infrastructure systems. He was elected as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) this year. He is also a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).In 2011, he was the Inaugural George Michael Distinguished Scholar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
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