About

Dr. Michela Taufer

Michela Taufer

  • PhD
  • ACM Distinguished Scientist
  • Jack Dongarra Professorship
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Michela Taufer is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and holds the Jack Dongarra Professorship in High Performance Computing in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). Before to join UTK, she was Professor in Computer and Information Sciences and a J.P. Morgan Case Scholar at the University of Delaware where she also had a joint appointment in the Biomedical Department and the Bioinformatics Program. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) and her doctoral degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology or ETH (Switzerland). From 2003 to 2004 she was a La Jolla Interfaces in Science Training Program (LJIS) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), where she worked on interdisciplinary projects in computer systems and computational chemistry.

Michela has a long history of interdisciplinary work with high-profile computational biophysics groups in several research and academic institutions. Her research interests include software applications and their advance programmability in heterogeneous computing (i.e., multi-core platforms and GPUs); cloud computing and volunteer computing; and performance analysis, modeling and optimization of multi-scale applications. She has been serving as the principal investigator of several NSF collaborative projects. She also has significant experience in mentoring a diverse population of students on interdisciplinary research. Michela's training expertise includes efforts to spread high-performance computing participation in undergraduate education and research as well as efforts to increase the interest and participation of diverse populations in interdisciplinary studies.

Michela has served on numerous IEEE program committees (SC and IPDPS among others) and has reviewed for most of the leading journals in parallel computing. She served as the IEEE Cluster 2015 General co-Chair and the IEEE IPDPS 2017 General Chair. She is the ACM/IEEE SC19 General Chair.

You can find more about Michela's research-, education-, and service activities in her long vitae (pdf format).

Research Interests

  • High performance computing
  • Scientific applications and their programmability on multi-core and many-core platforms
  • Numerical reproducibility and stability of multithreaded applications
  • Performance analysis, modeling, and optimization of multi-scale applications
  • Cloud computing
  • Volunteer computing
  • Big data analytics

Education

2002

PhD in Computer Science

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland
Thesis: Inverting Middleware: Performance Analysis of Layered Application Codes in High Performance Distributed Computing.
Thesis supervisors: Thomas M. Stricker (Chair), Daniel A. Reed

1996

MS (Laurea) in Computer Engineering

University of Padua, Italy
Thesis: Development of the Parallelization of the Software Package OPAL for the Simulation of Dynamic Molecules on Supercomputers.
Thesis supervisors: Gianfranco Bilardi (Chair), Walter Gander, and Geppino Pucci

Positions

Sep 2017 - Jun 2018

Professor, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA.

  • Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering Program (Affiliated)
  • Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Affiliated)

Sep 2012 - Aug 2017

Associate Professor, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA.

  • Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering Program (Affiliated)
  • Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Affiliated)

Sep 2015 - Aug 2016

Acting Director at Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB)

Delaware, Biotechnology Institute (DBI), Newark, DE, USA

Jan 2013 - Aug 2016

David and Beverly J.C. Mills Career Development Chair

Depart. of Computer and Info. Sciences
University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Jun 2013

Visiting Faculty at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Computer Science and Mathematics

May 2014

Division. U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Higher Education Research Experiences

Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Sep 2017 - Aug 2012

Division. U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Higher Education Research Experiences

Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

  • Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Affiliated, Jun 2010- Aug 2012)

Jan 2005 - Aug 2007

Assistant Professor, Depart. of Computer Science

University of Texas, El Paso, TX, USA

Jan 2003 - Dec 2004

Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP), University of California, San Diego.

Affiliated to the Depart. of Molecular Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and the Depart. of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA.

Dec 1996 - Dec 2002

Research Student Assistant, Computer Systems Institute

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Switzerland.

Feb 1996 - Dec 1996

Visitor Scholar at the Swiss Center for Scientific Computing (SCSC/CSCS)

Zurich, Switzerland.

Honors & Distinctions

2017

UD Faculty Nomination for the Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising and Mentoring Award

Feb 2017 - present

J.P. Morgan Chase Faculty Scholar

Oct 2016

One of four Best Paper Finalists at the IEEE SBAC-PAD Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Sep 2016

Keynote at the IEEE Cluster Conference, Taipei, Taiwan

Jun 2017

Keynote at the 7th Workshop on Scientific Cloud Computing (ScienceCloud), Kyoto, Japan

2015

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Distinguished Scientist

May 2015

Keynote at the Fifth International Workshop on Accelerators and Hybrid Exascale Systems (AsHES), Hyderabad, India

2015

Winner of the 8th IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge - Co-located with the IEEE/ACM CCGrid Conference

2014

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Senior Member

Sep 2014

One of six Best Paper Finalists at the IEEE Cluster Conference, Madrid, Spain

2014

UD Faculty Nomination for the Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising and Mentoring Award

2006

UTEP Young Investigator Award, Research and Sponsored Programs

2003 - 2004

La Jolla Interfaces in Science (LJIS) Interdisciplinary Fellowship - From January 1, 2003 to December 14, 2004 - Award: $50,000

1996

Erasmus Fellowship of the European Community (EU) for Graduate Students - From February 12, 1996 to December 12, 1996