Madhav Marathe

Madhav MaratheThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Madhav Marathe, a professor of Computer Science and director of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory at the Biocomplexity Institute, for modeling complex systems to help solve tomorrow’s problems.

An expert in interaction-based modeling, Marathe advances computing as a science and a profession. He and his colleagues simulate large, complex biological, information, social, and technical systems to build understanding that may solve pressing problems.

Such extremely detailed, multi-scale computer simulations allow formal and experimental investigation that uncovers connections between seemingly unrelated processes, which in turn could shed light on questions posed by scientists, policymakers, and planners.

As the director of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory, he leads a basic and applied research program where researchers advance the science and engineering of co-evolving complex networks and develop innovative computational tools based on these advances to support policy informatics.

Marathe is an Association for Computing  Machinery (ACM) Fellow for his contributions to high-performance computing algorithms and software environments for simulating and analyzing socio-technical systems. Marathe is also a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics and Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to the development of formal models and software tools for understanding socio-technical networks.

Before coming to Virginia Tech in 2005, he worked in the Basic and Applied Simulation Science group (CCS-5) in the Computer and Computational Sciences division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was team leader in a theory-based, advanced simulation program to represent, design, and analyze extremely large socio-technical and critical infrastructure systems.

He has published more than 200 research articles in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and books and is experienced in project leadership and technology development, specializing in population dynamics, telecommunication systems, epidemiology, design and architecture of the data grid, design and analysis of algorithms for data manipulation, design of services-oriented architectures, and socio-technical systems.

From Los Alamos National Laboratory, for carrying on its tradition of world-changing innovation, he received the Distinguished Copyright Award for TRANSIMS software. TRANSIMS is a set of modeling procedures to meet agency needs for more accurate and sensitive travel forecasts for transportation planning and emissions analysis.

He is a recipient of the University at Albany Distinguished Alumni Award and received the 2010 Award for Research Excellence from the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. He is the 2011 Inaugural George Michael Distinguished Scholar at the Lawerence Livermore National Laboratory.

Marathe received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.


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