Professor Rick Stevens is internationally known for work in high-performance computing, and collaboration visualization technology, and for building computational tools and web infrastructures to support large-scale genome and metagenome analysis for basic science and infectious disease research. He is the principle investigator for the NIH-NIAID funded PATRIC Bioinformatics Resource Center which is developing comparative analysis tools for infectious disease research, and for the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Exascale Deep Learning and Simulation Enabled Precision Medicine for Cancer project which focuses on building a scalable deep neural network code called the CANcer Distributed Learning Environment (CANDLE) to address three top challenges of the National Cancer Institute. Stevens has been a professor at the University of Chicago since 1999, and Associate Laboratory Director at Argonne National Laboratory since 2004. Over the past twenty years, he and his colleagues have developed the SEED, RAST, MG-RAST, and ModelSEED genome analysis and bacterial modeling servers that have been used by tens of thousands of users to annotate and analyze more than 250,000 microbial genomes and metagenomic samples. He teaches and supervises students in the areas of computer systems and computational biology, and he co-leads the DOE national laboratory group that has been developing the national initiative for exascale computing.
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