CRA-WP recently welcomed four new board members: Sujata Banerjee, Cynthia Phillips, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, and Gonzalo Ramos. These new board members come from industry and government labs, and represent expertise in HCI, machine learning, data science, computer networking and algorithms.
CRA-WP also welcomed Lori Pollock, CRA-WP emerita, as a new associate board member from CRA-E.
Cynthia Phillips is a Lab Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. She received a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard University and a PhD in computer science from MIT. In her 30+ years at Sandia National Laboratories she has conducted research in combinatorial optimization, algorithm design and analysis, and parallel computation with more recent work in data science such as streaming algorithms. She has worked in diverse topics and applications including scheduling, network and infrastructure surety, integer programming, graph algorithms, computational biology, computer security, quantum computing, social network analysis, wireless networks, sensor placement (e.g. for municipal water networks for the EPA), neuromorphic computing, and more. She is a SIAM fellow and an ACM distinguished scientist.
Lavanya Ramakrishnan is Division Deputy in the Scientific Data Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Her research focuses on developing generalized methods and tools to manage workflows and data while working closely with scientific groups and influencing the design of next-generation high performance computing systems. Her current research explores the methods and infrastructure needed to support automation and self-driving for various scientific applications including earth sciences and microelectronics. Ramakrishnan established and leads a scientific user research program focusing on studying and enumerating the way that scientists and communities use data and workflows to build usable tools for science. Ramakrishnan serves on the High Performance Distributed Computing Steering Committee, iHARP NSF HDR Institute’s Advisory board and has previously served as the Associate Editor for Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing and as program committee chair for various conferences.
She has masters and doctoral degrees in computer science from Indiana University and a bachelor degree in computer engineering from VJTI, University of Mumbai and joined Berkeley Lab as an Alvarez Fellow. Previously she has worked as a research staff member at Renaissance Computing Institute and MCNC in North Carolina.