Blacksburg, Va., December 16, 2013 -- Madhav Marathe, deputy director of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute’s Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL), and professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, has received the honor of being chosen as 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.  ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, promoting policies and research that enrich professional development and benefit society as a whole.

Madhav Marathe, deputy director, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory, VBI

“We recognize these scientists and engineers, creators and builders, theorists and practitioners who are making a difference in our lives,” said ACM President Vinton G. Cerf. “They’re enabling us to listen, learn, calculate, and communicate in ways that underscore the benefits of the digital age. Their advances have led to opportunities for improved healthcare, enhanced security, expanded interactions, and enriched lifestyles.”

ACM’s most prestigious member grade recognizes the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology, as well their service to the broader computing community. In addition to this award, Marathe was recently named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and was recognized for his contributions to the development of formal models and software tools for understanding socio-technical networks.

“Congratulations to Madhav, for this richly deserved honor,” said Anil Vullikanti, an associate professor with Virginia Tech department of computer science and member of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. “He has made fundamental contributions to the modeling and analysis of socio-technical systems, through network and dynamical systems approaches for modeling them, and high-performance computing tools for analyzing them. These contributions will provide new tools for researchers in different domains, in addition to opening up new research areas within computer science.”

Marathe is a recognized expert in interaction-based modeling and the simulation of large, complex biological, information, social and technical systems. He leads the basic and applied research program at NDSSL where researchers are advancing the science and engineering of co-evolving complex networks and developing innovative computational tools based on these advances to support policy informatics. He has published more than 200 research articles in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and books, and has over a decade of experience in project leadership and technology development, specializing in population dynamics, epidemiology, network science, design of services-oriented architectures, and socio-technical systems. These systems include: urban transport networks, the Internet, the world wide web, wireless networks, and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Unlike physical networks, coupled socio-technical networks are affected not only by physical laws but also by human behavior and regulatory agencies. Understanding these extremely large socio-technical and critical infrastructure systems thus presents novel challenges to researchers. Furthermore, he has worked very closely with analysts and policy makers to evaluate and formulate policies in the area of public health epidemiology, resilient infrastructures, and national security.  Marathe credits the collective team science environment in which he works for this achievement.

Marathe received his Bachelor of Technology degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his Ph.D. in 1994 in computer science from the University of Albany. 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. He received the University at Albany Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2010 Award for Research Excellence at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. He was the 2011 Inaugural George Michael Distinguished Scholar at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

About Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Established in 2000, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute is one of seven acclaimed research institutes designed to support Virginia Tech’s research mission. Our emphasis on informatics of complex interacting systems scales from the microbiome to the entire globe, helping to solve challenges posed to human health, security, and sustainability. Headquartered on the Blacksburg, Virginia campus, the institute occupies 154,600 square feet in research facilities, including state-of-the-art core laboratory and high performance computing facilities, as well as research offices in the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Virginia.

December 16, 2013