- Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Computer Science
- Director, Computation Institute
- Associate Director, Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory
Ian Foster develops tools and techniques that allow people to use high-performance computers in innovative ways. He is the Associate Division Director for Mathematics and Computer Science at Argonne National Laboratory and oversees the Distributed Systems Laboratory, which operates at both the University of Chicago and at Argonne National Laboratory. The DSL serves as the nexus of the multi-institutional Globus Project, a research and development effort that provides the advances required to make collaborative computing successful in science, engineering, business and other areas. Globus technologies are used by thousands of researchers worldwide and form the basis of several dozen national and international collaborative computing projects.
In March 2006, Foster was appointed director of the Computation Institute, a joint project between the University and Argonne that addresses the most challenging computational and communications problems arising from a broad range of intellectual pursuits.
Foster’s honors include the Lovelace Medal of the British Computer Society, the Gordon Bell Prize for high-performance supercomputing and an honorary doctorate from the Mexican Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute.