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Dr. Peter Arzberger




Dr. Peter Arzberger is currently the Chair of the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Director of the National Biomedical Computation Resources (NBCR), funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Center for Research Resource (NCRR). His current appointment is at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he has been since 1995. He is a member of the Center for Research on Biological Systems (CRBS), and he is also closely associated with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

PRAGMA was initiated via a series of workshops in 2002 to create a conduit of ideas, expertise, and information among computing centers and research institutes around the Pacific Rim and to create a sustainable collaborative framework among interested researchers. Today PRAGMA has members from more than 30 institutions around the Pacific Rim, who have collectively pushed understanding of the practicalities of working across computing environments to produce scientific insights, created new organizations based on the emergence of sensor technology to monitor lakes globally, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) which has more than 300 members, and created programs to provide students both research experiences but also to prepare them to be competitive in the global marketplace through cultural awareness training. These programs include the Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) established at UCSD and funded in part by NSF; the Pacific Rim International Universities (PRIUS) established at Osaka University in Japan; and the Monash University Research Program Abroad (MURPA) established at Monash University in Australia. He feels strongly that international engagement is essential to conduct science, develop infrastructure, and train the next generation of scientists and engineers. Furthermore, models like PRAGMA and GLEON offer new networked-based approaches to the conduct of research and education.

NBCR provides the biomedical research community with a set of software tools based on advance mathematical and computer science approaches, to address specific multiscale problems in patient-specific modeling in cardiac vascular disease; mesoscale subcellular imaging and modeling tools; developing a computer aided drug discovery pipeline to identify possible targets for a variety of infectious diseases.

He has served at the National Science Foundation, in various roles: Program Officer in the Mathematical and later Biological Sciences (1988 - 1995); Division Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure (2009 - 2010); acting Assistant Director and then advisor in the Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences (2010 - 2011). He highly recommends serving at NSF, to gain a better understanding of science and to help contribute back to our community.

He has been a member and later chair of the US Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network National Advisory Board (2003 - 2009), served as the Chair Working Group on Access to and Sharing of Data Produced from Public Funding, endorsed by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Committee on Scientific and Technology Policy (OECD/CSTP) (2001 - 2003). In addition he served as Executive Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) (1995 - 2001) and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI).

He received his doctoral degree in Mathematics from Purdue University in 1983, working at the interface of biology, mathematics, and computer science.


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