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Jonathan Carter is the Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The Computing Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab encompasses the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Division (NERSC), the Scientific Networking Division (home to the Energy Sciences Network, ESnet) and the Computational Research Division.
Dr. Carter's research interests are in the evaluation of system architectures and algorithms for high-performance computing, and in computational chemistry and physics simulations. Recently he has been engaged in a project to look at computer architectures beyond the end of Moore's Law and has focused on techniques to perform simulations for computational chemistry using newly developed quantum computing test-beds. He brings a unique perspective to his work, formed from using computing resources as a domain scientist, from performing performance analyses of computer architectures, and from his experience in moving large-scale computational systems from idea to reality.
Carter joined Computing Sciences as part of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division at the end of 1996, working with a broad range of scientists to optimize applications, transition projects from shared-memory vector systems to massively parallel systems, and providing in-depth consulting for materials scientists and chemists using NERSC. He became group leader of the consulting group at the end of 2005. During his time at NERSC, he led or played a lead role in teams that procured and deployed three of the fastest computing systems in the world.
Areas of expertise: quantum computing, beyond Moore's Law computer architectures, high-performance computing (HPC) / supercomputing, and computational chemistry.
Nicola Ferrier received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1992. After postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford University and Harvard, she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison in 1996. She became an associate professor in 2003 and professor in 2009. She received the NSF CAREER award (1997) and the UW Vilas Associates Professorship (1999) and the UW Honored Instructor Award (2009). She joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne in 2013.
Ferrier’s research interests are in the use of computer vision (digital images) to control robots, machinery, and devices, with applications as diverse as medical systems, manufacturing, and projects that facilitate “scientific discovery” (such as her recent project using machine vision and robotics for plant phenotype studies).