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Gabrielle D. Allen

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158 Children's Research Center
51 E. Gerty
Champaign IL, 61820

211 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
M/C 221

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Gabrielle Allen is Professor of Astronomy and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education, she also is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications where she co-leads the Gravity Group.

Gabrielle obtained a PhD in computational astrophysics from Cardiff University in 1993, following an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Nottingham University and a Masters of Advanced Study in Mathematics from Cambridge University. Gabrielle has been a research scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (AEI) in Potsdam Germany, where she researched and developed techniques for high performance and grid computing. At the AEI Gabrielle led the Cactus Code Project, and had leadership roles in collaborative European projects GridLab and the EU Astrophysics Network. Gabrielle then moved to Louisiana State University in 2003 as an assistant professor of computer science and physics, and a founding member of the new Center for Computation and Technology where she served as the Assistant Director for Computing Applications. At LSU Gabrielle led the cyberinfrastucture component of the statewide NSF research infrastructure improvement award "CyberTools", and was involved in a number of large, collaborative projects involving computer science, scientific computing and the computational sciences, in diverse fields including petroleum engineering, coastal modeling, computational fluid dynamics, numerical relativity, computational chemistry and computational biology.

Between 2010 and 2012 Gabrielle served as a Program Director in the Office ofCyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington DC.At NSF, Gabrielle developed NSF-wide programs in software and computational anddata-enabled science, and within OCI was responsible for learning and workforcedevelopment activities including CAREER, REU and the CI-TRACS postdoctoralfellowship program.

In 2012, Gabrielle moved to Moscow, Russia to become a professor at a new graduate university - the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) - established by the Russian Federation in partnership with MIT. Here, she worked primarily on establishing the IT and cyberinfrastructure vision for Skoltech as the interim Chief Information Officer. In Spring 2014 Gabrielle moved to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the Associate Director for Research and Education Programs at NCSA, in Fall 2016 she assumed the Associate Dean for Research role in the College of Education.

Research Interests

Numerical relativity
Scientific software
Scientific and high performance computing
Distributed and grid computing
STEM Education


Physics, PhD, Cardiff University
Mathematics, Master of Advance Study, University of Cambridge
Mathematics, BSc, University of Nottingham

Additional Campus Affiliations

Center Affiliate, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Honors & Awards

Top 20 papers at IEEE HPDC conference (1992-2012): "The Cactus Code: A Problem Solving Environment For The Grid"
LSU Rainmaker 2009
Second IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2009), Shanghai May 2009
HPC Challenge Awards (Supercomputing 2002, November 2002), Most Geographically Distributed Application and Most Heterogeneous Set of Platforms
High-performance Bandwidth Challenge (Supercomputing 2002, November 2002), Highest Performing Application: Wide Area Distributed Simulations Using Cactus, Globus and Visapult
Gordon Bell Prize for Supercomputing (Special Category, Supercomputing 2001, November 2001)

Recent Publications

Jin, D., Wang, W., Song, G., Yu, P. S., & Han, J. (2022). Guest Editorial: Special Issue on Network Structural Modeling and Learning in Big Data. IEEE Transactions on Big Data, 8(4), 867-868.

Sun, L., Dou, Y., Yang, C., Zhang, K., Wang, J., Allen, G. D., He, L., & Li, B. (Accepted/In press). Adversarial Attack and Defense on Graph Data: A Survey. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 1-20.

Sun, Y., Han, J., Yan, X., Yu, P. S., & Wu, T. (2022). Heterogeneous Information Networks: the Past, the Present, and the Future. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, 15(12), 3807-3811.

Abbott, B. P., Abbott, R., Abbott, T. D., Abraham, S., Acernese, F., Ackley, K., Adams, C., Adhikari, R. X., Adya, V. B., Affeldt, C., Agathos, M., Agatsuma, K., Aggarwal, N., Aguiar, O. D., Aiello, L., Ain, A., Ajith, P., Allen, G., Allocca, A., ... Zweizig, J. (2021). A Gravitational-wave Measurement of the Hubble Constant following the Second Observing Run of Advanced LIGO and Virgo. Astrophysical Journal, 909(2), [218].

Abbott, R., Abbott, T. D., Abraham, S., Acernese, F., Ackley, K., Adams, A., Adams, C., Adhikari, R. X., Adya, V. B., Affeldt, C., Agarwal, D., Agathos, M., Agatsuma, K., Aggarwal, N., Aguiar, O. D., Aiello, L., Ain, A., Ajith, P., Aleman, K. M., ... Zweizig, J. (2021). All-sky search in early O3 LIGO data for continuous gravitational-wave signals from unknown neutron stars in binary systems. Physical Review D, 103(6), [064017].

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