Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment & Life Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory & Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago
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Rick Stevens is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Computer Science and holds senior fellow appointments in the University’s Computation Institute and the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology. He co-founded and has co-directed the University of Chicago/Argonne Computation Institute, which provides an intellectual home for large-scale interdisciplinary projects involving computation. He is also Associate Laboratory Director responsible for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences research at Argonne National Laboratory.
His research has included modeling the neocortex and development of petascale neural simulation software, comparative analysis of gene essentiality across multiple organisms, and the development of the RAST family of genome annotation servers. More recently, Rick has been co-leading the DOE planning effort for exascale computing research to develop computer systems 1,000 times faster than current supercomputers and apply these systems to fundamental problems in science including genomic analysis, whole cell modeling, climate models and problems in fundamental physics and energy technology development.
The Earth Microbiome Project
50% of life on Earth is “invisible,” yet responsible for making the planet habitable by man. A recent effort was launched to sample Earth’s incredible microbial diversity and reconstruct each organism’s genome to understand its complex lifestyle. So what is this effort and how does it help us understand life on our planet?