Bilkent University
Department of Computer Engineering


Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Vision and Funding Opportunities for International Collaborations at US National Science Foundation and Other Agencies


Almadena Chtchelkanova, Ph.D.
Program Director
Computing and Communication Foundations National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard Suite 1115
Arlington, VA 22230

National Science Foundation (NSF) is the only agency within the U.S. government that funds research and education across all disciplines of science and engineering (except medical sciences). NSF has, for over two decades, been providing the scientific community with open access to high performance computing facilities and the associated user support so that those facilities could be used to enable state-of-the-art, often transformative, scientific investigations.

Today, every discipline of science and engineering is being revolutionized by the widespread use of comprehensive cyberinfrastructure (CI). Computing power, data volumes, and network capacities are all on exponential growth paths, collaborations are growing dramatically, and all forms of CI and multiple communities spanning multiple agencies and international domains often must be brought to bear to address a single complex grand challenge problem, such as climate change. All of these developments are part of a revolutionary new approach to scientific discovery in which advanced computational facilities (e.g., data systems, computing hardware, high speed networks) and instruments (e.g., telescopes, sensor networks, sequencers) are coupled to the development of quantifiable models, algorithms, software and other tools and services to provide unique insights into complex problems in science and engineering. This talk will give an overview of NSF development and support of a comprehensive CI essential to 21st century advances in science and engineering, including petascale, grid and cloud computing. In addition, funding opportunities for international collaborations at NSF and other US government agencies will be discussed.

Bio: Dr. Chtchelkanova is on a temporary assignment as a Science Fellow at the US Embassy in Ankara. Dr. Almadena Chtchelkanova is a Program Director at the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Chtchelkanova is in charge of the areas of High Performance Computing, Compilers, and Parallel and Distributed Algorithms. She is a Lead Program Director and inter-agency coordinator for High End Computing University Research Activity (HECURA).

Before joining NSF in 2005 Dr. Chtchelkanova worked for Strategic Analysis, Inc. as a Senior Scientist providing technical support to Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Chtchelkanova spent four years working at the Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics at the Naval Research Laboratory located in Washington, DC. Dr. Chtchelkanova has considerable experience in the area of High Performance Computing (HPC) applications. She developed and implemented portable, scalable, parallel adaptive mesh generation algorithms for computational fluid dynamics, weather forecast, combustion and contaminant transport.

Dr. Chtchelkanova holds an MA degree from the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (1996) and a Ph.D. degree in physics from Moscow State University in Russia (1988).


DATE: 10 August, 2010, Tuesday @ 13:40