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Computer Science Colloquia

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tho Nguyen, NSF Fellow

Host: Kevin Skadron

10:15 A.M, Rice Hall, Room 242

A perspective on understanding and making the most of NSF computing research strategies and priorities


In support of NSF’s mission, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) pursues research funding strategies that lead to both scientific breakthroughs with quantifiable societal benefits.  In addition, CISE is increasingly emphasizing mechanisms to build collaborative communities across disciplines, domains, and sectors. Investigators having a clear understanding of CISE’s priorities and strategies can propose high impact research that better serve the scientific community, NSF, and society.  This talk discusses the Cyber Physical Systems program and the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs program as examples of CISE’s support for a balanced agenda of intellectual merit and broader impact.

Bio: Tho H. Nguyen, PhD is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Tho works primarily on the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program, and is particularly interested in the intersection of CPS and Urban Science. He is also committed to mentoring and supporting professional development activities for early-career researchers. Tho is an active investigator in international development and is passionate about developing technology solutions for development aid applications. Tho obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) in Electrical Engineering in 2009. In addition to the AAAS Fellowship, Tho is formerly a Fulbright Fellow and an NSF IGERT Fellow.