Keynote Speakers


Mike HerouxMike Heroux

E4S: Toward an Ecosystem for HPC R&D Software and Beyond
Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, Director of Software Technology for the US DOE Exascale Computing Project and Scientist in Residence at St. John’s University, MN. His research interests include all aspects of scalable scientific and engineering software for new and emerging parallel computing architectures.

He is the founder of the Trilinos scientific libraries, Kokkos performance portability, Mantevo miniapps and HPCG Benchmark projects, and is presently leading the Extreme-scale Scientific Software Stack (E4S) project in DOE, a curated collection of HPC software targeting leadership platforms.

Mike is involved in software productivity and sustainability improvement efforts for DOE and NSF, and reproducibility initiatives for scientific publications with ACM and IEEE. He also leads the IDEAS project, dedicated to engaging scientific software teams to identify and adopt practices that improve productivity and sustainability. He is a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has served on the editorial staff for ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, Journal on Parallel and Distributed Computing, and SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing.


Ifran EssaIrfan Essa

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Distinguished Professor in the School of Interactive Computing (iC) and a Senior Associate Dean in the College of Computing (CoC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech), in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He serves as the Inaugural Executive Director of the new Interdisciplinary Research Center for Machine Learning at Georgia Tech (ML@GT).

He also serves as a Senior Staff Research Scientist at Google Inc. Professor Essa works in the areas of Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Computer Graphics, Computational Perception, Robotics, Computer Animation, and Social Computing, with potential impact on Autonomous Systems, Video Analysis, and Production (e.g., Computational Photography & Video, Image-based Modeling, and Rendering, etc.) Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Behavioral/Social Sciences, and Computational Journalism research.

He has published over 200 scholarly articles in leading journals and conference venues on these topics, and several of his papers have also won best paper awards. He has been awarded the NSF CAREER and was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow. He has held extended research consulting positions with Disney Research and Google Research and also was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. He joined GA Tech Faculty in 1996 after he earned his MS (1990), Ph.D. (1994), and holding a research faculty position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab (1988-1996).