Biography

Rob Bisseling
Since March 1, 2009 I am a full professor in Scientific Computing at the Mathematics Department of Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where I have been employed since 1993. My main research field is parallel computing. My current research interests are sparse matrix computations, bioinformatics, fast Fourier and related transforms. I am the program leader of the Master's program in Scientific Computing, a 2-year research master with an interdisciplinary flavour of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences. One course I teach, and which I particularly like, is Parallel Algorithms , which has the bulk synchronous parallel (BSP) model as its basis. Based on the course, I wrote a book, Parallel Scientific Computation: A Structured Approach using BSP and MPI, by Rob H. Bisseling, Oxford University Press, March 2004. ISBN 978-0-19-852939-2.

In Spring 2004, I spent three months as a visiting researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, USA, investigating parallel hypergraph partitioning. In Spring 2000, I was a visiting fellow funded by EPSRC at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory. In Spring 1997, I was a visiting scientist at Silicon Graphics Biomedical in Jerusalem. In Spring 2010, I was a visiting scientist at the Hiepacs joint laboratory of CERFACS and INRIA in Toulouse, France within the European MyPlanet project.

From 1987 to 1993 I worked as a research mathematician at the Mathematics and Computer Science department of the Koninklijke/Shell-Laboratory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I investigated parallel algorithms for numerical linear algebra with applications in oil refinery optimisation and polymer simulation.

I received a PhD degree in theoretical chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 1987. The title of my PhD thesis is "Fast Integral Transforms as a Tool in Molecular Dynamics". The subject of this work is the use of spectral methods for the solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation.

I received BSc and MSc degrees in mathematics, cum laude, in 1977 and 1981, respectively, from the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. My master's thesis is in the area of functional analysis.


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