Ian T. Foster

Executive Advisory Committee Member, Sr. Fellow,
- Professor in the Department of Computer Science
- Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory
- Director of the Computation Institute

Contact Information

University of Chicago
5640 S. Ellis Ave
Room 405
Chicago, IL 60637

Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Building 240
Argonne, IL 60439

Phone: (630) 252-4619
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Website: http://www.mcs.anl.gov/~foster


Ian Foster is Director of the Computation Institute, a joint institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science. Ian received a BSc (Hons I) 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 climate change and biomedicine. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures.


Ian Foster develops tools and techniques that allow people to use high-performance computers in innovative ways. He is the Associate Division Director for Mathematics and Computer Science at Argonne National Laboratory and oversees the Distributed Systems Laboratory, which operates at both the University of Chicago and at Argonne National Laboratory. The DSL serves as the nexus of the multi-institutional Globus Project, a research and development effort that provides the advances required to make collaborative computing successful in science, engineering, business and other areas. Globus technologies are used by thousands of researchers worldwide and form the basis of several dozen national and international collaborative computing projects.

In March 2006, Foster was appointed director of the Computation Institute, a joint project between the University and Argonne that addresses the most challenging computational and communications problems arising from a broad range of intellectual pursuits.

Foster’s honors include the Lovelace Medal of the British Computer Society and the Gordon Bell Prize for high-performance supercomputing.

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