Brief Biography:

 

Alok Choudhary is Henry and Isabel Dever Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Professor of at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the founding director of the Center for Ultra-scale Computing and Information Security (CUCIS), which involves several schools, National Labs and universities.

Professor Choudhary is a fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), fellow of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) and a fellow of the AAAS (American Academy of Advancement of Science).

Prof. Choudhary is the founder, chairman and Chief Scientist of 4C, which is a big-data science and social media analytics company. 4C is formerly known as Voxsup inc., and Prof. Choudhary served as its CEO from 2011-2013.  Prof. Choudhary was a co-founder and VP of Technology of Accelchip Inc., in 2000, which was eventually acquired by Xilinx.

Prof. Choudhary served as the chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department from 2007 to 2011. From 1989 to 1996, Dr. Choudhary was on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Syracuse University.

 He is the recipient of prestigious National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1993. He has also received an IEEE Engineering Foundation award, an IBM Faculty Development award, an Intel Research Council award, and in 2004. In 2006 he received the first award for "Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service" from the McCormick School of Engineering.

Prof. Choudhary received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1989, an M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1986, and his B.E. (Hons.) degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1982.

Prof. Choudhary served as a Member of the National Academy of Science's committee on "Impact of High-End Computing on Sciences", which was formed on behalf of the Office of Science of the U. S. government and various federal agencies. The goal of this committee is identify critical areas of HEC for solving most important scientific problems.

He has consulted for many companies including Publicis Group, Vivaki, Southwest, Intel, IBM, SPSS, Teradata, ZS Associates, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems,  Newsbank, Sony, Portland Group, Lucent, Oliver Weinmen, and Netezza. He has served on the board or TABs of many companies. Alok Choudhary’s work has appeared New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, The Investor Business Daily, ABC, PBS and many international media outlets all over the world.

Alok Choudhary has published more than 350 papers in various journals and conferences, holds multiple patents and has graduated 30+ PhD students. Techniques developed by his group can be found in every modern processor and scalable software developed by his group can be found on most supercomputers. Furthermore algorithms and software developed by him can be found in many data analytics and business intelligence suites.

He regularly speaks at many international conferences including giving keynote talks. He recently gave a plenary talk on “Big Data + Big Compute”, at SC 2013, one of largest conferences and trade shows in CS and Supercomputing attended by more than 10K people. Over the past year he has given keynote talks at EuroPar 2013, International conference on Cloud and Grid Computing, International Exascale Workshop, International Conference on High Performance Computing, DOE conferences on Computational Science and others.

Research Interests:

His research interests are in super-computing, big data analytics, algorithms and software, scalable data mining and their applications to science, engineering, security and business; computer architecture, high-performance I/O systems and software. His research is has been supported (past and present) by DOE, DARPA, NSF, AFOSR, NIST, and several companies.

Office: Technological Institute
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Rd. #L469
Evanston, IL 60208
 
Phone: (847) 467-4129
Fax: (847) 467-4144
E-mail: choudhar AT eecs.northwestern.edu