Assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering to give virtual talk Sept. 11

By Jenna Somers and Jane Hirtle

Margaret Martonosi (photo by David Kelly Crow)

Margaret Martonosi, assistant director of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, will speak at a virtual campus visit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT hosted by Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan. Faculty, students and staff are invited to register to attend the presentation and take part in an open discussion and Q&A session about CISE and its key focus areas, including cyberinfrastructure, computing and communication, computer and network systems and information and intelligent systems, as well as funding opportunities and NSF future directions in these areas.

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“I am pleased to welcome my close colleague Dr. Margaret Martonosi to Vanderbilt,” said Raghavan, who serves as a member of the advisory boards for the CISE Directorate and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. “Margaret is a preeminent computer scientist who has made foundational contributions to computer architecture and hardware-software interfaces in both classical and quantum computing systems. Now as the assistant director of CISE, she stewards the development of strategy and programs to strengthen fundamental research and education in order to advance U.S. leadership in computing, communications and information science and engineering. I am delighted to welcome her to share her insights with the Vanderbilt community and join us in a roundtable discussion.”

Under Martonosi’s guidance, CISE also strengthens innovation in research cyberinfrastructure and promotes inclusive, transparent participation in an information-based society to ensure the success of the computer and information technology workforce in the global market.

Along with the Office of the Assistant Director, CISE includes the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Division of Computing and Communication Foundations, Division of Computer and Network Systems, and the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems. Each of these units manages a portfolio of proposal competitions and grants while collaborating across units and directorates to achieve the mission of CISE.

Noteworthy examples of CISE-funded programs include Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances, which aims to increase the diversity and amount of college graduates in computing and computationally-intensive disciplines; the Foundations of Emerging Technologies, which supports fundamental research in disruptive technologies and models in computing and communication; and the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs, which engage state and local government officials, local industry and nonprofits and regional academic institutions to use big data research to address regional concerns.

Most recently, NSF partnered with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation to launch the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes. As the name suggests, these institutes will serve to accelerate AI research nationwide, developing the U.S. workforce and protecting and advancing society across many aspects of daily life from education to natural disaster preparedness.

While serving as the assistant director of CISE, Martonosi is on leave from Princeton University, where she is the Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science. Her research focuses on computer architecture and mobile computing. Martonosi has received numerous awards, including the 2019 SIGARCH Alan D. Berenbaum Distinguished Service Award, the 2018 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, and the 2010 Princeton University Graduate Mentoring Award, among many others. Additionally, she is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Please visit CISE to learn more about its programs, funding opportunities and awards.