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Dan Reed, NCSA/Alliance Director

Dan Reed serves as director of the National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In this dual directorship role, Reed provides strategic direction and leadership to the Alliance and NCSA and is the principal investigator for the Alliance cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

Reed was head of the UI computer science department from 1996 - 2001 and was an Alliance PI and co-leader of the Alliance's Enabling Technologies teams for three years. He is a member of several national collaborations, including the Center for Grid Application Development Software, the Department of Energy (DOE) Next Generation Internet Initiative, and the DOE Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative. He also serves on the advisory committee of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and the board of directors of the Computing Research Association. In addition, he is a member of Illinois Governor George Ryan's VentureTECH committee, which advises the governor on technology investment in Illinois.

Reed came to the University of Illinois in 1984 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before taking the helm of the UI computer science department, he was an assistant professor of computer science (1984-1988), a senior software engineer (1986-1993), associate professor of computer science (1988- 1991), professor at the UI's Beckman Institute, (1989-1990), and a professor of computer science (1991-present). His work in industry includes time as a visiting scientist at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.

Reed's areas of research include parallel computing, system performance and evaluation, and collaborative virtual environments for real-time performance analysis. In these areas, Reed has been involved with major research projects, such as the Pablo Performance Analysis Environment, a project that develops portable performance data capture and presentation tools for scalable parallel systems. Reed has also led the effort to develop the Autopilot Adaptive Control Toolkit, a real-time performance analysis and optimization tool that dynamically adjusts resources to maximize performance. Other research projects have included Virtue, a real-time toolkit for collaborative, virtual reality presentations, and input/output analysis tools and libraries. Most recently he has led research in Smart Spaces and Pervasive Computing, an effort to explore the possibilities of ubiquitous wireless networking, embedded computing systems, high-resolution displays and virtual reality environments.

As an expert in his field, Reed co-authored the book "Multicomputer Networks: Message-Based Parallel Processing," with R. M. Fujimoto. He has edited or co-edited three books and has authored chapters in an additional 13 books. He has written more than 100 articles for scientific journals and technical conferences. During his career, Reed has won numerous awards, including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the IBM Faculty Development Award, and the Xerox Senior Research Award.

Reed received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University. He holds an M.S. in computer science from Purdue and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Missouri at Rolla.


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