The Computation Institute is extraordinarily multidisciplinary including people from all Divisions of the University and Directorships at Argonne.


Michael J. Franklin, Interim Director of the Computation Institute is the inaugural holder of the Liew Family Chair of Computer Science. An authority on databases, data analytics, data management and distributed systems, he also serves as senior advisor to the provost on computation and data science.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee meets regularly to discuss Computation Institute strategies and policies, identify opportunities for interactions with other scientists, review proposed Fellow appointments, and build new projects.

  • Todd Dupont, Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics in the Department of Computer Science, has a primary research focus on the construction, analysis and evaluation of numerical methods for partial differential equations. He also has interests in related areas such as the construction of mathematical models for physical and biological systems.
  • Ian Foster, Director of the Computation Institute
  • T. Conrad Gilliam the Marjorie I. and Bernard A. Mitchell Professor and Chairman of Human Genetics, studies the genetic determinants of common heritable disorders, including neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism, as well as other multifactorial disorders such as celiac disease and cardiovascular disorders. He is a member of the editorial boards of Psychiatric Genetics and Neuropsychiatric Genetics, and he is associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
  • John Goldsmith, the Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Computer Science, currently researches computational techniques to better understand what the nature of human language is, and how language can be learned—by humans and computers.
  • Ewing ("Rusty") Lusk, Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, has interests in parallel computing, program visualization, automated theorem proving, logic programming, database technology and systems software.
  • Rick Stevens, Professor in Department of Computer Science and in the College and Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory, is interested in the development of innovative tools and techniques that enable computational scientists to solve large-scale problems more effectively on the most advanced high-performance computers.
  • Albert F. Wagner, Director of the Chemistry Division at Argonne National Laboratory as well as a Senior Chemist and Leader of the Chemical Dynamics in the Gas Phase Group there. He is also Co-Director of the University of Chicago/Argonne National Laboratory Joint Theory Institute. Wagner, who is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, conducts theoretical work in reaction dynamics and chemical kinetics, especially as it is related to combustion.