Infrastructure for Cloud Computing Research Panel

March 3, 2020, 11:00 – 12:30 PM


This panel focuses on the academic research community’s needs for commercial and experimental platforms to conduct cloud computing research. A diverse panel including cloud research infrastructure developers, campus research computing professionals, computer systems researchers, commercial cloud providers and policy makers will address questions including:

What compute, storage and networking resources will be required to support next generation cloud research? Which applications will drive these needs?
What are the barriers to adoption of commercial clouds by the research community?
How can we accelerate the pace of technology transfers from academic research into commercial cloud computing systems?
What is the role of hybrid commercial/campus research computing clouds? Edge clouds? Clouds for AI and big data? Regional academic research & education platforms?


Dr. James Barr von Oehsen is the Associate Vice President of the Rutgers University Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC). Dr. von Oehsen is responsible for providing strategic leadership in advancing Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements through next generation computing, networking, and data science infrastructure.

He is a founding member of the Eastern Regional Network, a consortium of universities, regional network providers, and research centers with a vision to simplify multi-campus collaborations and partnerships that advance the frontiers of research, pedagogy, and innovation.

Elizabeth Bruce is a University Relations Director in the Technology and Corporate Responsibility group at Microsoft.  She works across divisions, from research to product teams, providing cross-company direction on strategic university engagements and public-private partnerships.  Elizabeth is passionate about Open Data for research and strengthening Microsoft’s relationships with key universities. 

Prior to Microsoft, Elizabeth spent over a decade at MIT working with faculty to lead research initiatives and strategic partnerships with industry and government, in data science, big data, privacy, cloud computing, biomedical, and communications.  Elizabeth served as Executive Director at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and co-founded the MIT Big Data Initiative at the Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL).  She holds a Joint Program Master’s degree from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Ocean Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

John Cohn is an IBM Fellow in the MIT-IBM Watson AI Research Group based in Cambridge, MA. John earned a BSEE from MIT (’81) and a Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (’91). John is  a Fellow of the IEEE  with  120 worldwide patents.

In 2019 he was awarded the IEEE CAS John Choma Education award for his work in STEM promotion. 

Rob Ricci is a Research Associate Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah, and a Director of the Flux Research Group. Dr. Ricci works extensively in infrastructure, and since 2000 has built testbeds for research including Emulab, GENI, and PhantomNet.

He is PI of the NSF funded CloudLab research infrastructure.

Paul Ruth is a Senior Research Scientist at RENCI, UNC Chapel Hill. He is a researcher in the network research and infrastructure (NRIG). His research interests include building and using dynamic cloud computing and network testbeds for software defined exchanges targeted at data-driven scientific workflows.

He is co-PI of the NSF funded Chameleon Cloud research infrastructure.


Dr. Jack Brassil is the Senior Director of Advanced CyberInfrastructure at Princeton University, and a Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Computer Science. From 2015 to 2018 he served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation overseeing investments in cloud computing research infrastructure.

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