Published June 4, 2019
CSE Assistant Professor Jaric Zola’s award, entitled “Scalable Software and Algorithmic Infrastructure for Probabilistic Graphical Modeling,” seeks to simplify and improve how researchers and practitioners, especially in the biomedical domain, use advanced cyberinfrastructure for data analytics. The project aims to introduce a parallel framework of fundamental operations, like data management or scheduling of computations, to accelerate learning of probabilistic graphical models. By developing high-level and intuitive programming models, Zola aims to make high performance computing more accessible.
Zola joined UB in 2014, where he leads the Scalable Computing Research Group (SCoRe). The group’s focus is on algorithms and systems to enable fast and accurate exploration of large-scale biological and engineering data collections using advanced cyberinfrastructures. He is also part of the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Zola was also recently recognized with a CSE Early Career Faculty Teaching Award. Before joining UB, he was a research faculty at Rutgers University and Iowa State University. He received his PhD in computer science from Grenoble Institute of Technology in 2005. Zola’s research interests include scalable computing, high performance and parallel computing, computational biology and data-driven scientific computing.