José A.B. Fortes, PhD

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Professor and AT&T Eminent Scholar
Director, Advanced Computing and Information Systems (ACIS) Laboratory

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José A.B. Fortes is the AT&T Eminent Scholar and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Florida where he founded and is the Director of the Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory. Among other current projects, he is leading the development of the cyberinfrastructure of the NSF-funded iDigBio project, is the principal investigator and Steering Committee Chair of the NSF-funded CENTRA initiative and is a principal or co-principal investigator of several other NSF projects (including HuMain and PRAGMA).

He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (Licenciatura em Engenharia Electrotécnica) from the Universidade de Angola in 1978, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado State University, Fort Collins in 1981 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1984. From 1984 until 2001 he was on the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering of Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2001 he joined both the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering of the University of Florida as Professor and BellSouth Eminent Scholar. From July 1989 through July 1990 he served at the National Science Foundation as director of the Microelectronics Systems Architecture program. From June 1993 till January 1994 he was a Visiting Professor at the Computer Architecture Department of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

His research interests are in the areas of distributed computing, autonomic computing, computer architecture, parallel processing and fault-tolerant computing. He has authored or coauthored over 200 technical papers and has lead the development and deployment of Cloud and Grid-computing software used in several cyberinfrastructures for e-Science and digital government. His research has been funded by the Office of Naval Research, AT&T Foundation, IBM, General Electric, Intel, Northrop-Grumman, Army Research Office, NASA, Semiconductor Research Corporation and the National Science Foundation.

José Fortes is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) professional society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society from 1991 till 1995. José Fortes is on the Editorial Boards of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, and the International Journal on Parallel Programming. He is also a past member of the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, the ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems, Cluster Computing: The Journal of Networks, Software Tools and Applications, the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing, and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.


Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio): The mission of iDigBio is to develop a national infrastructure that supports the vision of ADBC by overseeing implementation of standards and best practices for digitization; building and deploying a customized cloud computing environment for collections; recruiting and training personnel, including underserved groups; engaging the research community, collections community, citizen scientists, and the general public through outreach activities; and planning for long-term sustainability of the national digitization effort.See iDigBio and andiDigBio portal

CENTRA: CENTRA stands for Collaborations to Enable Transnational Cyberinfrastructure Applications and refers to a partnership and evolving framework for collaborations amongst research centers, institutes and laboratories across the world. The founding members of CENTRA are the Advanced Computing and Information Systems (ACIS) laboratory of the University of Florida with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the USA, the Center of Excellence for Cyber-Enablement of Applications (CECEA) of the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) of Taiwan with support from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan, and the ASEAN International Virtual Organization (IVO) funded by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technologies (NICT), Japan.More information at CENTRA.

PRAGMA: The Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) is an international, distributed community of practice for technology and approaches that supports the long tail of science, namely enabling small- to medium-sized international groups, to make rapid progress in conducting research and education by providing and developing international, experimental cyberinfrastructure. PRAGMA is supported by its member institutions and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF OCI 1234983, PI: Papadopoulos), involving researchers at UCSD, U Florida, Indiana U, and U Wisconsin. More information at PRAGMA.

HuMaIN: The Human- and Machine-Intelligent Network (HuMaIN) project aims to accelerate scientific data digitization through fundamental advances in the integration and mutual cooperation between human and machine processing in order to handle practical hurdles and bottlenecks present in scientific data digitization. HuMaIN is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation's ACI Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. More information at HuMaIN.

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