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Olaf Schenk is a full professor of computational science at the Institute of Computational Science within the Department of Informatics at the Universita della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland.  He graduated in Applied Mathematics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, and earned his PhD in 2001 from the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering of ETH Zurich and a venia legendi from the Department of Mathematics and  Computer Science from the University of Basel in 2009.  He conducts research in applied algorithms, computational science, and software tools for high-performance scientific computing. Olaf Schenk is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is a recipient of an IBM faculty award (2008) and two leadership computing awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (2012, 2013). He serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal for Scientific Computing and served on the project leadership team of the Swiss Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing PASC (July  2012 - June 2016). He has been elected as the Program Director for the SIAM Activity group on Supercomputing for the period 2016-2017. He regularly is a chair of international computer science conferences (e.g. ACM PASC, SIAM PP, IEEE CSE) or serves on various program committees of international computer science conferences. For example, he participated in over 50 technical program committees, including top-level computer science conferences such as the ACM/IEEE Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC’08, SC’10, SC’13, SC’14, SC’15, SC’16), the IEEE International Parallel Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2010, IPDPS 2014, IPDPS 2016, IPDPS 2017), and the IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2007, HiPC 2008, HiPC 2013, HiPC 2015).


Competence areas

  • Algorithms
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • High performance computing
  • Large Scale Graph Analysis
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Scientific Computing