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SDSC Program Director Delivers Keynote at Workshop on Advanced Collaborative Enivonments (WACE) 2004

Published 09/24/2004

Today, Dr. Chaitan Baru, co-program director of data and knowledge systems (DAKS) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) will deliver the keynote address at the 2004 Workshop on Advanced Collaborative Environments (WACE). Held at the Sheraton Elysee Palace in Nice, France, Dr. Baru will speak to conference attendees on the collaboration activities in the Geosciences Network (GOEN)

The WACE workshop addresses research, technological and social issues associated with the development of a persistent collaboration infrastructure for emerging scientific communities. Dr. Baru's discussion will focus on the successful collaborative activities used by the GEON scientists.

As co-program director of the DAKS group at SDSC, Dr. Baru leads several projects that engage in research and development in data and knowledge management technologies in support of scientific applications and computational science. He is principal investigator of the NSF Geosciences Network (GEON) project; co-investigator of the NIH Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) project, and a member of the NSF-funded TeraGrid project.

Prior to joining SDSC, Baru worked in the Database Group at IBM, where he led one of the groups responsible for the design and development of DB2 Parallel Edition (released December 1995). He also led a performance group, which published the industry's first TPC-D decision support benchmark, in December 1995. Before joining IBM, Baru was Assistant Professor of CSE at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Baru received his B.Tech (Electronics) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and M.E. and Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

About SDSC

Founded in 1985, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) evidences two decades of enabling international science and engineering discoveries through advances in computational science and high performance computing. Continuing this legacy into the era of cyberinfrastructure, SDSC is a strategic resource to science, industry, and academia, offering leadership in the areas of data management, grid computing, bioinformatics, geoinformatics, and high-end computing. The mission of SDSC is to extend the reach of scientific accomplishments by providing high-end hardware technologies, integrative software technologies, and deep inter-disciplinary expertise to the community. SDSC is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego with a staff of more than 400 scientists, software developers and support personnel, primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information, see

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