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December 13, 2012
"Catlett named director of Urban Sciences Center for Computation and Data"Media Contacts: Gail Pieper at email@example.com
Charlie Catlett has been named director of the Urban Sciences Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD). The new center will bring together academic researchers, educators, architectural firms, and government agencies with the experts on computational research at the Computation Institute (CI), a joint initiative between the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, with the aim of applying advanced computational techniques to the design of smarter cities.
UrbanCCD will enable researchers to interpret the huge volumes of urban data being published nationwide and to formulate more effective models for simulating urban policy decisions.
“I am honored to be named director of this new center and am excited about applying innovative computational techniques to the problem of urban development,” said Catlett. “With new data analysis methods and advanced computing resources, we can begin to analyze the enormous amounts of data that have previously overwhelmed efforts at interpretation. I see this at an essential step toward developing smarter cities.”
A senior computer scientist in Argonne’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division and a senior fellow at the CI, Catlett has a long history of management of technical programs. Prior to joining Argonne in 2000, he was part of the original team that established National Center for Supercomputing Applications in 1985 and served as its Chief Technology Officer. From 2004 to 2007 he was director of the NSF-funded TeraGrid Project, and from 2007 to 2011 he was Chief Information Officer and director of the Computing and Information Systems Division at Argonne.
“The ultimate goal of our research at UrbanCCD is to enable policy makers to optimize the operation of cities and develop better plans for expected rapid urbanization,” said Catlett.
For further information about UrbanCCD, see the website: www.ci.uchicago.edu/urbanccd