About the Institute

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Institute Overview

Computing and information technologies are among the most significant achievements of the 20th Century. Advances in computing and information technologies are exerting a significant impact on scholarly disciplines and fields, not only in those areas of science and engineering that have provided the initial seedbed, but in new and rapidly expanding communities in the life sciences, environment sciences, business, healthcare, and the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Far-reaching outcomes for the 21st century are envisioned in the way we discover new knowledge, the way we predict the behavior of complex natural and engineered systems, and the way we manage and analyze data for improved health, security, energy and economic welfare.

The Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies was created to realize the full potential of the rapid advances in computing and information technologies. The Institute combines research initiatives from across the University of Illinois campus with the advanced technology capabilities at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The Institute promotes synergies between research faculty and NCSA staff, positioning both for contributing to the solution of the nation’s most challenging problems, providing a supporting cyberinfrastructure that will enable extraordinary research advances, and extending the impact of that research by deploying it beyond the original point of inquiry.

The institute is led by Thom Dunning, director of NCSA and the Distinguished Chair for Research Excellence in the University of Illinois’ chemistry department.  

William Gropp, the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor of Computer Science, is the Institute’s deputy director for research.

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