JHU cosmologist and computer scientist Alex Szalay receives IEEE Computer Society honor
Johns Hopkins University cosmologist and computer scientist Alexander Szalay has received the 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of high-performance computers using innovative approaches. Szalay was recognized “for his outstanding contributions to the development of data-intensive computing systems and on the application of such systems in many scientific areas including astrophysics, turbulence, and genomics,” the group said in announcing the honor.
Szalay wrote the first papers associating dark matter with relic particles from the Big Bang and more recently has been working on problems related to large data sets in physics and astrophysics. He is a JHU Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and a faculty member in the departments of Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science. He is also the director of JHU’s Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science and the architect for the Science Archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
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