Ian T. Foster

Director of the Computation Institute & Argonne Distinguished Fellow

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. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures.

Foster's awards include the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Next Generation award, the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal, R&D Magazine's Innovator of the Year, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the British Computer Society.

Foster was a co-founder of Univa UD, Inc., a company established to deliver grid and cloud computing solutions. He 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.

Research Interests

  • Distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies
  • Innovative applications of computing technologies to scientific problems in such domains as climate change and biomedicine