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Dan Atkins

Daniel Atkins III

Professor Emeritus of Information, School of Information and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering Email: atkins@umich.edu Phone: 734/277-1297
Office: School of Information/4322 North Quad Faculty Role: Emeritus Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: No

Biography

Daniel E. Atkins is Emeritus W.K. Kellogg Professor of Information and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor. The first phase of his career focused on computer architecture including high-speed arithmetic methods now widely used in modern computers, as well as the design and construction of application-specific experimental machines. The second phase of his career focused on pioneering interdisciplinary research on cyber-enabled distributed knowledge communities including collaboratories and digital libraries applied to both scientific research and education. He has served as Dean of Engineering, Founding Dean of the School of Information, and Associate VP for Research at UM, as well as the inaugural director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel on Research Cyberinfrastructure for the NSF that became an international roadmap for initiatives on cyber-enabled research in the digital age.  He has chaired or served on many advisory board for government, academia, philanthropy, and industry. Professor Atkins is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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"Chair National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Report, Professor Emeritus Daniel Atkins III, 'Sutomated Research Workflows for Accelerated Discovery: Closing the Knowledge Discovery Loop'" Headshot of Daniel Atkins.
Atkins chairs National Academies report on speeding discovery with automated research workflows

Daniel Atkins chaired a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) study committee that released a report on the promise of automated research workflow technologies. The approach could accelerate the speed of scientific discoveries and provide transparency to the research process.

 

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Daniel Atkins receives Edward Law Emeritus Outstanding Service Award

“Few faculty members have had more impact both on the University and society more generally than Dan’s leadership in the acquisition and use of information technology.”

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