Past Institute Fellows

Our past Fellows, whether a Faculty, Junior, or Visiting Fellow—continue to be ambassadors of the Institute’s mission to foster interdisciplinary research in the crossroads of computing and computation science and engineering!

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Prof Jonathan Appavoo

Jonathan Appavoo was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. He joined the Department of Computer Science in 2009. After receiving his PhD at the University of Toronto, he worked at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory. His current research work focuses in two major areas: architectures for scalable, elastic systems that enable large-scale, on-demand computing; and computer systems that can combine traditional computing with the kinds of statistical inference capabilities used by the human brain.



Lorena A. Barba was a Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute from September 2011 to August 2013, while an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Boston University. She received her PhD in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology in 2004, and her undergraduate degrees (BSc and PEng) in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile. She was also a visiting research professor at the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaíso (Centro Científico-Tecnológico de Valparaíso, CCTVal) in Chile. Her research interests include computational fluid dynamics, including particle methods and immersed boundary methods for fluids simulation; fundamental and applied aspects of fluid dynamics, especially flows dominated by vorticity dynamics; development of fast and efficient algorithms; and use of novel computer architectures (especially GPUs).


Ayse Coskun was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014 She joined the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering after receiving her PhD from the University of California at San Diego in 2009. Her current research focuses on energy efficiency and thermal challenges in computer systems. Some of her main projects include software optimization for green computing, thermal modeling and management of 3-D stack architectures (including systems with liquid cooling), and design and runtime management of many-core systems. Such research is critical to enabling the continued growth of energy-efficient computational power.

Paolo Gradassi was a Visiting Scholar at the Hariri Institute from late 2011 to early 2012, working with Dr. Morino. He is a PhD candidate in aeronautical engineering at Roma Tre University. His research focuses on methodologies for analyzing vortex flows. During his time at the Institute, he specifically worked on analyzing vortex instabilities in jet noise.


Martin Herbordt was a Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute from September 2011 to August 2013, supported by an MGHPCC seed grant to work on mechanisms in support of green HPC computing. He is on the faculty of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Boston University. His research interests are in computer architecture, especially finding ways to accelerate applications not optimally served by mainstream processors, such as computer vision, weather and climate modeling, bioinformatics, and computational biology. Much of his recent work has focused on using the incredible, but largely untapped, computation capability of configurable circuits (FPGAs). Professor Herbordt received a BA in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1994.


Gabriel Kotliar, Board of Governors Professor in the Physics Department at Rutgers University, was a Visiting Fellow of the Hariri Institute from September 2012 to August 2014. He is well known for his contributions to the theory of strongly correlated and disordered electron systems. Dr. Kotliar has been a fellow of the American Physical Society since 2001 and has coauthored over 200 publications in refereed journals. His current research interests include the theory of the Mott transition, superconductivity in strongly correlated electron systems, the electronic structure of transition metal oxides, lanthanides and actinides, and the development of first principles approaches for predicting physical properties of materials.


Mark Kramer was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. He joined the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in 2009. His background includes training in physics, dynamical systems, and neuroscience, and he earned his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. His research currently focuses on mathematical neuroscience, with a particular emphasis on biophysical models of neural activity and data analysis techniques. As one example, Professor Kramer is working with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital to apply mathematical and computational techniques to better characterize, and eventually treat, epileptic seizures.


Theodoros (Ted) Lappas was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hariri Institute from September 2011 to December 2012, working with Institute Junior Faculty Fellow Professor Evimaria Terzi in the Data Management Lab. His work focuses on text and web mining, information retrieval, and social networks. Some of his work at the Institute focused on problems related to collecting, storing, and searching very large datasets from the web. Ted obtained his PhD from the Department of Computer and Science Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and an undergraduate degree in computer science from the Athens University of Economics and Business.


Benjamin Lubin was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. He joined the School of Management in 2010. He received a PhD from Harvard University in 2011. His research interests include game theory, multi-agent systems, electronic commerce, and grid computing. Much of his work is at the intersection of economics and computer science, such as applying machine learning techniques to mechanism design, a branch of economics in which game theory is used to optimize market rules.



Dr. Luigi Morino was a Visiting Fellow at the Hariri Institute from late 2011 to early 2012. He is a retired professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome (Roma Tre). He is a specialist in aeroelasticity, with experience in both aspects of the field: unsteady aerodynamics and structural dynamics. Professor Morino received doctorates in mechanical engineering (1963) and aerospace engineering (1966), both from the University of Rome (La Sapienza). Dr. Morino’s research is primarily connected with the development of a new boundary integral equation (and the corresponding computational algorithm, known as panel method or boundary element method) for the aerodynamic analysis of unsteady compressible quasi-potential flows, and with the the development of perturbation methods for the solution of dynamical aeroelastic systems.


Jason Ritt was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. He joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2010. His current research concentrates on how organisms gather and use information from their environment, through active sensing and sensory decision-making. For example, Professor Ritt and his students are studying the ways in which mice explore environments using their whiskers, employing a combination of computational analysis of high-speed video, electrophysiological recordings, and neurocontrol methods implemented by a real-time feedback system built on a digital signal processing architecture. He received his PhD in Neuroscience and a master’s in mathematics from Boston University.

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Evimaria Terzi was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014. She joined the Department of Computer Science in 2009. Before coming to Boston University, she was a member of the research staff at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Her current research focuses on data mining with emphasis on social network analysis, analysis of sequential data, ranking, clustering, and bioinformatics. In particular, she is working on problems related to expert identification and team formation in social networks, analysis of online product reviews, and privacy-preserving social network analysis. She is a Microsoft Faculty Fellow and her research is supported by NSF and gifts from Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft.