Argonne National Laboratory

Robert Olson

Senior Software Engineer

Bob Olson was a scientific assistant in the MCS Division from 1988 to 1989. After receiving his B.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1989, he worked for two years as a research assistant at the University of Illinois and one year as a consultant for NeXT Computers at the UofI. He rejoined Argonne in 1991. His early work focused on projects such as the Many Worlds Shared Virtual Reality System, a prototype compiler and runtime system for Fortran M, and development of the Access Grid. More recently, he has become a key member of the MCS Division bioinformatics team, where he has been deeply involved in the engineering of the SEED annotation environment for comparative analysis of genomes.

Research Interests

  • bioinformatics and large-scale distributed computing
  • SEED servers for high-performance access to SEED genomes