Department of Computer Science

Thursday, October 14, 2004
B17 Upson Hall

Greg Andrews
NSF/University of Arizona

What's New in CISE: Status Report and Strategic Directions

Gregory R. Andrews
Division Director, Computer and Network Systems Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) National Science Foundation (NSF)

This is a pivotal and exciting time for computing research and computing researchers. Our underlying technologies have exploded over the past decade, and our field has become critical to scientific progress, economic development, national security, indeed for many aspects of our daily lives.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the premier supporter of fundamental science and engineering research and education in the United States. The CISE Directorate is responsible for funding well over half of the basic computing research in the country. CISE is also responsible for developing and provisioning advanced, shared cyberinfrastructure for the benefit of research in all areas of science and engineering.

The first part of this talk will give a brief history of the NSF and the CISE directorate. The second part will give a status report on the new CISE organization, including our objectives, programs, outcomes from 2004, and plans for 2005. The final part will discuss three longer-range challenges and objectives: designing trustworthy systems, building a shared cyberinfrastructure, and broadening participation in computing.


Bio Sketch:

Gregory R. Andrews joined the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) in January 2003 as Division Director for Experimental and Integrative Activities (EIA). In November 2003, he was appointed Division Director for the directorate's new Computer and Network Systems (CNS) division. Dr. Andrews currently is an IPA from The University of Arizona where he has been since 1979. He served as chair of the university's Computer Science Department from 1986-1993 and was the recipient of a distinguished teaching award in 1986 as well as a career distinguished teaching award in 2002. From 1974-1979 he was an Assistant Professor at Cornell University.
Dr. Andrews received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1974 and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1969. His research interests include all aspects of parallel and distributed programming: languages, applications, 'systems' issues, and performance. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was heavily involved in the Computing Research Association (CRA) where he served on the Board of Directors. Prior to his role as a CISE Division Director, Dr. Andrews served on two NSF advisory committees from 1988-1992.