2011 TCSC Chair
Dr. Pavan Balaji holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Computer Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory, a Research Fellow of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, and as an adjunct associate professor at the Institute of Software of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include parallel programming models and middleware for communication and I/O, multi-core and accelerator architectures, high-speed interconnects, cloud computing systems, and job scheduling and resource management.
He has nearly 100 publications in his research areas and has delivered nearly 120 talks and tutorials at various conferences, research institutes, academia and industry venues. He has received several awards for his research activities including an Outstanding Researcher award at the Ohio State University, the Director's Technical Achievement award at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and several best paper and other awards. Dr. Balaji has also chaired or edited more than 30 journals, conferences and workshops.
Dr. Balaji has contributed actively towards the organization of several IEEE TCSC supported events and conferences. These include serving as a Program Co-Chair for the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), workshops co-chair for Supercomputing (SC) and serving at various positions at ISC, ICPP, Hot Interconnects, ICCCN, IEEE Micro, AsHES and P2S2 workshops. In addition, Dr. Balaji serves as a technical program committee member at numerous conferences and workshops every year. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.
More details about Dr. Pavan Balaji can be found in his full CV here:
Thanks to the work done by the previous TCSC chairs, Prof. Rajkumar Buyya and Prof. Laurence Yang, and others, TCSC is in a strong position today. Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement. I plan to identify the successes of my predecessors and continue them, while simultaneously finding new avenues to further improve TCSC.
I plan to focus on the following initiatives during my term:
1. TCSC has supported many premier conferences in scalable computing
allowing them to attract and grow the community in this area. I plan to continue the support shown by my predecessors to existing TCSC sponsored conferences, while attracting interest from more conferences. I am already actively involved in several TCSC conferences such as CCGrid, SC and Cluster for many years. I plan to continue working closely with these conferences and ensure their continued success. I also plan to continue TCSC award programs such as the IEEE medal for excellence in scalable computing, the SCALE challenge, best paper awards, best poster awards, and others.
2. While TCSC has a considerable global web presence, the decoupled nature of the web portals makes it hard for newcomers to learn about TCSC and join the committee. I plan to revamp the TCSC web presence by reviving the IEEE TCSC web site and making enhancements in two directions. First, I plan on developing geographic-region specific web portals for all major regions in the world, which can be the first point of contact for researchers looking for local contacts in scalable computing. These portals can also promote region-specific TCSC activities. Second, I plan on continuing and expanding various resource centers on emerging topics within scalable computing. Together with the web forum, I plan to expand TCSC-led outreach efforts in other directions including mailing lists, forums and quarterly newsletters highlighting TCSC activities going on around the world. Together with researchers from academia and national
laboratories that TCSC has traditional targeted, I plan to expand these outreach activities to specifically target industry representatives as well.
3. TCSC has always attracted young and emerging researchers into scalable computing. Several channels affiliated with specific conferences such as best student paper awards, travel grants (especially for students), and the doctoral symposium, are already in place. I will continue to support these channels and encourage and guide emerging researchers and post-doctoral candidates. In addition to these, however, there needs to more wide-spread mentorship programs, especially for new researchers from smaller universities, in order for them to learn and establish collaborations. I will work with the rest of the committee to develop new initiatives and expand current initiatives in this direction. The TCSC web portal will also provide a young researcher forum, where news related to new and upcoming researchers will be posted. I also plan to develop a yearly "TCSC young researchers to watch" list that will identify and promote researchers below 35-years of age, who have shown significant promise in scalable computing.
4. I will continue to work and develop new initiatives for continuous distribution of scientific information. The annual CD/DVD Super Compendium based on focused topic areas (proposed by the current TCSC chair) is an excellent idea which I will further promote.
5. Technical computing (including but not limited to scalable computing) has suffered a large impact in its ability to attract new students. I, in collaboration with the chairs of other technical committees, will work on new initiatives for continued education in technical computing for high-school students. The aim would be to encourage science, particularly scalable computing, as a viable career choice. I plan to promote talks and knowledge dissipation in high schools, by various volunteers in TCSC and other technical committees. Depending on the level of success of this goal, a student mentoring program will also be considered, where high-school students looking to apply to colleges in this area will be associated with
volunteer members of the TCSC community to guide and answer questions.
6. I will actively work on representing the reverse flow of information i.e., information from the scalable systems community to the IEEE Computer society, in order to garner their continued support for the future vision of scalable systems.
7. Several of the activities described above will require an increase in volunteers. I plan to recruit volunteers by publicizing TCSC at the popular conferences and working with the open scalable community to publicize it in academia, industry and research organizations. Volunteers will also be recognized by nomination for various IEEE awards and support from the TCSC organizing committee.
I ask for your vote and support for this election of the TCSC chair, allowing me to drive these plans and lead scalable computing on its continued growth. Thank you.