ENG’s Ioannis Paschalidis, new director of the Hariri Institute for Computer Science and Computational Science and Engineering | UB today

The Rafik B. Hariri Institute of Computer Science and Computational Science and Engineering will have a new director as of July 1. John PaschalidisProfessor Emeritus of Engineering and Computing and Data Science in the College of Engineering, will oversee the relocation of the Hariri Institute to an impressive new building (the largest on the Charles River campus), the Computing and Data Science Center.

He replaces Eric Kolaczykwho left BU after almost a quarter of a century to move with his family to Canada.

This appointment adds to Paschalidis’ already impressive portfolio. He directs the BUs Information and Systems Engineering Center (CISE), which studies and designs intelligent data systems. He co-wrote the proposal that won BU a matching state grant for the new RASTIC robotics laboratorywhich will enable more undergraduate and master’s students to research and test next-generation robots and artificial intelligence.

The Center for Computing & Data Sciences, nearing completion later this year, represents BU’s flag planting in a field that is reshaping academic disciplines and society. Among Hariri’s neighbors in the building will be the new Faculty of Computer Science and Data Science and the Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics departments of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I think putting all these groups under one roof will make interactions easier,” says Paschalidis.

Beyond the move, he says he has three priorities as the new head of the institute, the first involving forging closer ties with the School of Medicine. “I feel – and I think the University agrees – that we haven’t exploited the fact that we have a medical school as much as possible,” he says. “And I think there’s a lot more to do” to organize collaborations between engineers, computer scientists and doctors – those who do research as well as the healers in the hospital. “There’s a lot of activity these days around AI and healthcare, AI and medicine, automation, new sensing technologies that would improve the way we can feel at home. daily what is happening, identify diseases, find new biomarkers.

“I want to increase the interaction between people who do science, technology and algorithms, and people who work in medicine and health.”


“I want to increase the interaction between people who do science, technology and algorithms and people who work in medicine and health.”

John Paschalidis

A second initiative will be to maintain the “service aspect of Hariri” to UB faculty, including the institute’s fellowship program, which provides research support to junior faculty and students. This support also brings together different disciplines in a “community-building activity,” he says.

The third will be to pursue “targeted research”, i.e. “internal funding mechanisms to encourage groups within the University to come together around a specific area” in research teams of a year. “The main objective is to form teams that will then have enough cohesion and enough pre-work that they can go out, that they can write a proposal [for competitive grant funding]and succeed.

Paschalidis takes the helm at a critical time, says The waters of GloriaVice President and VP Research, “as we launch new efforts in computing and data science.

“His deep roots in engineering, his role as a founding member of the Faculty of Computer Science and Data Scienceas well as his many collaborations at the Charles River and Medical campuses position him well to build on the tremendous success the Institute has had in fostering collaborative research that connects faculty across the University.

“I am certain that his focus on research excellence and his highly collaborative style will lead to making the Hariri Institute an internationally recognized center of excellence,” adds Waters.

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