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Dr. Ian Foster is Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, and also director of the Data Science and Learning Division, at Argonne National Laboratory, and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Ian received a BSc degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science. His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as materials science, climate change, and biomedicine. Foster is a fellow of the AAAS, ACM, BCS, and IEEE, and an Office of Science Distinguished Scientists Fellow.


Focus Areas: Systems, Scientific Computing, Data Management

In my research, I seek to develop tools and techniques that allow people to use high-performance computing technologies to do qualitatively new things. This involves investigations of parallel and distributed languages, algorithms, and communication; and also focused work on applications. I am particularly interested in using high-performance networking to incorporate remote compute and information resources into local computational environments.


Scientific & High Performance Computing

Scientific discovery at the frontiers of computational performance, intelligence, and scale

Systems, Architecture & Networking

Design and analysis of computing systems: cloud, edge, Internet, quantum, and beyond

Labs & Groups

Systems Group

A vibrant, collaborative research community with diverse, synergistic research interests spanning systems, programming languages and software engineering, software and hardware...

Globus Labs

Ian Foster, Kyle Chard
Realizing a world in which all research data are reliably, rapidly, and securely accessible, discoverable, and usable.

CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing

Andrew A. Chien
A dynamic community focused on reducing the fragility and complexity of computing systems, while also increasing their efficiency and lifetime.

Awards & Honors

IEEE internet award
ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy award
DOE office of science distinguished scientists fellow
IEEE-CS Charles Babbage award
R&D 100 award for Swift
Best paper award, International Conference on Machine Learning for Networking
Best paper award, TridentCom
Euro-par achievement award
Best paper award, IEEE
Distinguished Carl Adams Petri lecture
IEEE ICSC award for excellence in scalable computing
Inaugural ACM lifetime achievement award
Technologist of the year, Illinois technology association
IEEE Tsutomu Kanai award
Best paper award, IEEE
WORLDCOMP outstanding achievement award
DSc research at the national polytechnic institute og Mexico
Association for computing machinery fellow
Professor Jean-Claude Healy distinguished lecture
Data analysis challange award
GridWorld "industry leadership award"
Network World's 50 most powerful people in networking
Honoris Causi University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2004 top 50 agenda setter
Illinois innovation award
University of Chicago distinguished service award
American association for the advancement of science fellow
R&D magazine innovator of the year
InfoWorld Innovator
MIT technology review, one of "ten technologies that will change the world"
Federal laboratory consortium technology transfer award
R&D 100 "most promising new technology" award
R&D 100 award for globus toolkit
Lovelace medal
British computer society
Gordon Bell award
Global information infrastructure "next generation" award
British computer society award for technical innovation

News & Events

UChicago CS News

CS PhD Student J. Gregory Pauloski Named Recipient of 2023 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship

Oct 27, 2023
UChicago CS News

Q&A: Ian Foster on Receiving the 2023 IEEE Internet Award

Jan 06, 2023
In the News

UChicago CS Researchers Share in Special Prize on COVID-19 Research

Dec 01, 2022
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UChicago/Argonne Computer Scientist Ian Foster Receives ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award

Sep 07, 2022
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UChicago/Argonne Researchers Will Cultivate AI Model “Gardens” With $3.5M NSF Grant

Aug 30, 2022
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Two Incoming UChicago CS PhD Students Receive Department of Energy Fellowship

Jun 16, 2022
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Scientists Use Artificial Intelligence to Detect Gravitational Waves

Jul 16, 2021
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Globus Helps Preserve Legacy of Collapsed Arecibo Telescope

Apr 22, 2021
In the News

Wired Covers Nightmare Prevention App Created by UChicago CS Student

Dec 02, 2020
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UChicago CS Alums Go On To Exciting Futures in Academia, Industry, and Startups

Nov 24, 2020
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Globus Celebrates Ten Years of Connecting the Research Universe

Nov 10, 2020
UChicago CS News

Globus Reaches One Exabyte Milestone in Research Data Management

Oct 08, 2020
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