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Dr. Michela Taufer

Dongarra Professor

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Contact Information

Web: GCLab
Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 620
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-9952
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Areas of Interest

  • High Performance Computing
  • Scientific Applications And Their Programmability On Multi-Core And Many-Core Platforms
  • Numerical Reproducibility And Stability Of Multithreaded Applications
  • Performance Analysis, Modeling, And Optimization Of Multi-Scale Applications
  • Cloud Computing And Volunteer Computing
  • Big Data Analytics And MapReduce


  • PhD in Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, 2000
  • MS in Computer Engineering, University of Padua, Italy, 1996


Michela Taufer is an ACM Distinguished Scientist. She was a J.P. Morgan Chase Scholar at the University of Delaware where she led the Global Computing Lab to promote the use of high performance computing to advance sciences. Michela Taufer joined the University of Delaware in 2007 where she was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012 and full professor in 2017. She earned her MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Padova and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). She was a post-doctoral research supported by the La Jolla Interfaces in Science Training Program (also called LJIS) at UC San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute. Before she joined the University of Delaware, Michela was faculty in Computer Science at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Michela has a long history of interdisciplinary work with high-profile computational biophysics groups in several research and academic institutions. Her research interests include software applications and their advance programmability in heterogeneous computing (i.e., multi-core platforms and GPUs); cloud computing and volunteer computing; and performance analysis, modeling and optimization of multi-scale applications. She has been serving as the principal investigator of several NSF collaborative projects. She also has significant experience in mentoring a diverse population of students on interdisciplinary research. Michela’s training expertise includes efforts to spread high-performance computing participation in undergraduate education and research as well as efforts to increase the interest and participation of diverse populations in interdisciplinary studies.

Michela has served on numerous IEEE program committees (SC and IPDPS among others) and has reviewed for most of the leading journals in parallel computing. She served as the IEEE Cluster 2015 General co-Chair and the IEEE IPDPS 2017 General Chair. She is the ACM/IEEE SC19 General Chair.


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