Rick Stevens

Senior Fellow


Rick Stevens is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Computer Science and holds senior fellow appointments in the University's Computation Institute and the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, where he teaches and supervises graduate students in the areas of computational biology, collaboration and visualization technology, and computer architecture. He co-founded and has co-directed the University of Chicago/Argonne Computation Institute, which provides an intellectual home for large-scale interdisciplinary projects involving computation. He is also Associate Laboratory Director responsible for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences research at Argonne National Laboratory. 

His research has focused on a range of strategies for increasing the impact of computation on science-from architectures and applications for petaflops/s computing systems to Grid computing to advanced visualization and collaboration technology for improving scientific productivity of distributed teams. He has had a longstanding interest in applying computing to problems in the life sciences and has been systematically focusing his energies in this direction during the past decade. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his research groups have won many national awards over the years, including an R&D 100 award for the Access Grid. He sits on many government, university, and industry advisory boards.

His research has included modeling the neocortex and development of petascale neural simulation software, comparative analysis of gene essentiality across multiple organisms, and the development of the RAST family of genome annotation servers. More recently, he has developed Argonne's research program in computational biology and has focused his research in automating metabolic reconstruction and modeling, novel strategies for large-scale computational approaches to drug screening, and the use of large-scale computation to study horizontal gene transfers.

Recently Rick has been co-leading the DOE planning effort for exascale computing research aiming to develop computer systems 1,000 times faster than current supercomputers and apply these systems to fundamental problems in science including genomic analysis, whole cell modeling, climate models and problems in fundamental physics and energy technology development.