Mark Hereld

Senior Fellow


Mark Hereld is a member of the research staff in the Mathematics and Computer Science and a Senior Fellow of the Computation Institute with a joint appointment at the University of Chicago. He is interested in advanced infrastructures for computational science including display technology, scientific visualization, active spaces, and collaborative environments -- activities that advance machine vision, tiled displays, human-computer interface, and visual data analysis. His work in understanding simulation on future computer architectures currently focuses on development and characterization of large neural network models of neocortex, including research in parallel programming models and application performance analysis. He is also a principal architect of distributed analysis environments that support collaborative creation of annotated data repositories of multimodal data (audio, video, image, text, numerical) based on web and Grid services.
Prior to coming to Argonne National Laboratory, Hereld received his doctorate in experimental physics at Caltech working on developing laser interferometry for gravitational wave astronomy, a prototype for the LIGO project. He moved on to a postdoctoral position at the University of Chicago in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department where he progressed through the research ranks to become a Senior Scientist.  During this time he developed detector technologies, primarily for near-infrared instrumentation and observations on telescopes around the world.  He led the team that put a 60cm near-infrared telescope at the South Pole to characterize the site’s suitability for deep observations of distant galaxies and to study a wide range of phenomena from star formation in galaxies to the collision of fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy with Jupiter.