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Honorary Chairs

Ian Foster (Father of Grid Computing)
University of Chicago

Ian Foster is the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also the Director of the Computation Institute, a joint unit of Argonne and the University. The primary focus of Foster's research has been the acceleration of discovery in a networked world. In partnership with many others, notably Carl Kesselman and Steven Tuecke, Foster developed and promulgated concepts and methods that underpin grid computing. These methods allow computing to be delivered reliably and securely on demand, as a service, and permit the formation and operation of virtual organizations linking people and resources worldwide. These results, and the associated Globus open source software, have helped advance discovery in such areas as high energy physics, environmental science, and biomedicine. Grid computing methods have also proved influential outside the world of science, contributing to the emergence of cloud computing. Among recent projects, Globus Online seeks to outsource complex and time-consuming research management processes to software-as-a-service providers; the goal here is to make the discovery potential of massive data, exponentially faster computers, and deep interdisciplinary collaboration accessible to every researcher, not just a select few "big science" projects.

Ian Foster 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. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Computing Machinery, and British Computer Society. His other awards include the Global Information Infrastructure Next Generation award, the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal, R&D Magazine's Innovator of the Year, and honorary doctorates from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and CINVESTAV, Mexico. He co-founded Univa, Inc., a company established to deliver grid and cloud computing solutions.

Rajkumar Buyya, Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems Laboratory, University of Melbourne, Australia

Rajkumar Buyya is Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering; and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft Pty Ltd., a spin-off company of the University, commercialising its innovations in Grid and Cloud Computing. He received B.E and M.E in Computer Science and Engineering from Mysore and Bangalore Universities in 1992 and 1995 respectively; and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2002. He was awarded Dharma Ratnakara Memorial Trust Gold Medal in 1992 for his academic excellence at the University of Mysore, India. He received Richard Merwin Award from the IEEE Computer Society (USA) for excellence in academic achievement and professional efforts in 1999. He received Leadership and Service Excellence Awards from the IEEE/ACM International Conference on High Performance Computing in 2000 and 2003. He received "Research Excellence Awards" from the University of Melbourne for productive and quality research in computer science and software engineering in 2005 and 2008. He is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=54, g-index=118, 16000+ citations). The Journal of Information and Software Technology in Jan 2007 issue, based on an analysis of ISI citations, ranked Dr. Buyya's work (published in Software: Practice and Experience Journal in 2002) as one among the "Top 20 cited Software Engineering Articles in 1986-2005". He received the Chris Wallace Award for Outstanding Research Contribution 2008 from the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia, CORE, which is an association of university departments of computer science in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Buyya received the "2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing" for pioneering the economic paradigm for utility-oriented distributed computing platforms such as Grids and Clouds.

Dr. Buyya has contributed to the creation of high-performance computing and communication system software for PARAM supercomputers developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), India. He has pioneered Economic Paradigm for Service-Oriented Distributed Computing and demonstrated its utility through his contribution to conceptualisation, design and development of Grid and Cloud Computing technologies such as Aneka, GridSim, Libra, Nimrod-G, Gridbus, and Cloudbus that power the emerging eScience and eBusiness applications. He has been awarded, over $3 million, competitive research grants from various national and international organisations including the Australian Research Council (ARC), Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, IBM, and Microsoft, CA Australia, Australian Dept. of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), and European Council. Dr. Buyya has been remarkably productive in a research sense and has converted much of that knowledge into linkages with industry partners (such as IBM, Sun and Microsoft), into software tools useful to other researchers in a variety of scientific fields, and into community endeavours. Software technologies for Grid and Cloud computing developed under Dr. Buyya's leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 40 countries around the world. In recognition of this, he received Vice Chancellor's inaugural "Knowledge Transfer Excellence (Commendation) Award" from the University of Melbourne in Nov 2007. Manjrasoft's Aneka technology for Cloud Computing developed under Dr.Buyya's leadership has received "2010 Asia Pacific Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award".

Dr. Buyya has authored/co-authored over 350 publications. During 2007-2010, he received four "Best Paper Awards" from international conferences and an "2009 Outstanding Journal Paper Award" from the IEEE Communications Society, USA. He has co-authored three text books: Microprocessor x86 Programming (BPB Press, New Delhi, India, 1995), Mastering C++ (McGraw Hill Press, India, 1997), and Object Oriented Programming with Java: Essentials and Applications (McGraw Hill, India, 2009). The books on emerging topics that he edited include, High Performance Cluster Computing (Prentice Hall, USA, 1999), High Performance Mass Storage and Parallel I/O (IEEE and Wiley Press, USA, 2001), Content Delivery Networks (Springer, Germany, 2008), Market Oriented Grid and Utility Computing (Wiley Press, USA, 2009), and Cloud Computing: Principles and Paradigms (Wiley, USA, 2011). He also edited proceedings of over 25 international conferences published by prestigious organisations, namely the IEEE Computer Society Press (USA) and Springer Verlag (Germany). He served as Associate Editor of Elsevier's Future Generation Computer Systems Journal (2004-2009) and currently serving on editorial boards of many journals including Software: Practice and Experience (Wiley Press). Dr. Buyya served as a speaker in the IEEE Computer Society Chapter Tutorials Program (from 1999-2001), Founding Co-Chair of the IEEE Task Force on Cluster Computing (TFCC) from 1999-2004, and member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP) from 2003-2011. He served as the first elected Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) during 2005-2007 and played a prominent role in the creation and execution of several innovative community programs that propelled TCSC into one of the most successful TCs within the IEEE Computer Society. In recognition of these dedicated services to computing community over a decade, President of the IEEE Computer Society presented Dr. Buyya a Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

Dr. Buyya is a Senior Member of both the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society; and Life Member of ACM. He has co-founded five IEEE/ACM international conferences: CCGrid, Cluster, Grid, e-Science, and UCC (Utility and Cloud Computing) and served as the Chair of their inaugural meetings. He has presented over 300 invited talks (keynotes, tutorials, and seminars) on his vision on IT Futures and advanced computing technologies at international conferences and institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America..