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Dr. Chien is a leading researcher in cloud software (serverless, resource management, …) and cloud hardware (accelerators, graph computing, computational storage,…), supercomputer architecture, and sustainable computing.

Andrew is the founder and current director of the UChicago CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing. He leads the Large-scale Sustainable Systems Research Group. Andrew is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS and currently serves on the National Science Foundation’s CISE Advisory Committee (2006-2011, 2020-current) as well as DARPA’s Information Science & Technology (ISAT) Study Group. He has served on Advisory Boards for several universities (such as Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University of Washington, EPFL) as well as national laboratory and corporate research laboratories. From 2017-2022, Dr. Chien served as Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the ACM (CACM).

From 2005-2010, Andrew was the Vice President of Research of Intel Corporation where he led long-range and disruptive technologies research in computer science and also had global responsibility for government research and university engagement. Chien’s previous positions also include the SAIC Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and founding Director of the Center for Networked Systems at the University of California at San Diego (1998-2005). From 1999 to 2003, Andrew was Founder and CTO of Entropia, Inc. an early grid computing company. Chien was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)(1990-1998).

Sc.D. in Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M. in Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.B. in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Focus Areas: Sustainable Computing, Renewable Energy, Power Markets Cloud Software, Resource Management, Hardware And System Architecture, Resource Management, Systems



Selected Publications

  • Jiajia Zheng, Andrew A. Chien, and Sangwon Suh, Mitigating curtailment and carbon emissions through data center load migration, Joule, August 2020.
  • Fan Yang and Andrew A. Chien, Large-scale and Extreme-Scale Computing with Stranded Green Power: Opportunities and Costs , IEEE TPDS, December 2017.
  • Hai Nguyen, Chaojie Zhang, Zhujun Xiao, and Andrew A. Chien,Real-time Serverless: Enabling Application Performance Guarantees, Workshop on Serverless Computing (WoSC’19), December 2019.
  • Yuanwei Fang, Chen Zou, and Andrew A. Chien, Accelerating Raw Data Analysis with the ACCORDA Software and Hardware Architecture”, VLDB, August 2019.
  • Yuanwei Fang, Chen Zou, Aaron Elmore, and Andrew A. Chien. UDP: A Programmable Accelerator for Extract-Transform-Load Workloads and More , MICRO-50, October 2017
  • S. Borkar and A. Chien, The Future of Microprocessors, Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (CACM), May 2011.


Data & Databases

Systems and algorithms for managing and analyzing data at scale

Scientific & High Performance Computing

Scientific discovery at the frontiers of computational performance, intelligence, and scale

Systems, Architecture & Networking

Design and analysis of computing systems: cloud, edge, Internet, quantum, and beyond

Labs & Groups

Systems Group

A vibrant, collaborative research community with diverse, synergistic research interests spanning systems, programming languages and software engineering, software and hardware...

Large-Scale Systems Group (LSSG)

Andrew A. Chien
Exploring critical systems research questions underlying sustainable, scalable large-scale systems, including cloud, high performance, edge, and mobile/IoT computing.

CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing

Andrew A. Chien
A dynamic community focused on reducing the fragility and complexity of computing systems, while also increasing their efficiency and lifetime.

Awards & Honors

Best paper runner-up, ACM E-energy
National science foundation advisory committee
Argonne impact award
Best student paper award, IEEE Symposium on Cloud Computing
Open Cilk Hub advisory board
CCF journal on high performance computing member, on steering committee
Distinguished service professor
Huawei research technical advisory board member
Best paper award, HPSSS
Phi Beta Kappa honorary member
Samsung Electronics technical advisory board member
GCASR chair of steering committee
Elected AAAS fellow
Best student paper award, P2P Computing
Elected IEEE fellow
Best paper finalist ACM/IEEE Supercomputing
Elected ACM
Bridgegate 20 award, 20 most outstanding entrepreneurs
Best paper finalist, SIGPLAN PLDI
Test of Time Award
SAIC chair endowed professorship at the University of California San Diego
Senior xerox award for outstanding research from University of Illinois
C.W. gear award for outstanding junior faculty research and teaching
National science foundation young investigator award
Outstanding paper award, ACM/IEEE ISCA
Analog devices fellow
Burroughs corporation fellow
Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu

News & Events

UChicago CS News

New UpDown Project Uses “Intelligent Data Movement” to Accelerate Graph Analytics

Oct 21, 2022
UChicago CS News

Faculty Bill Fefferman and Chenhao Tan Receive Google Research Scholar Awards

Jun 21, 2022
UChicago CS News

Prof. Andrew A. Chien Named to DARPA ISAT Study Group

Jun 07, 2022
UChicago CS News

Professor Andrew Chien Authors New Textbook, “Computer Architecture for Scientists”

Mar 16, 2022
Past Event

Rich Wolski (UCSB) – Experiences with IoT and The New Internet as a Platform of Things

CERES Center for Unstoppable Computing
Jan 19, 2021
UChicago CS News

Data Load Migration Could Boost Renewable Energy Use, UChicago/UCSB Study Finds

Aug 25, 2020
UChicago CS News

New Project Seeks Greener Computing By Granting Equipment “Second Life”

Jun 26, 2020
UChicago CS News

New AI + Science Grants Fund Projects & Workshops in Chemistry, Physics, and CS Education

May 12, 2020
UChicago CS News

Prof. Chien launches New CACM International Series with China Region Issue

Oct 30, 2018
In the News

Computational Researchers Join Quest to Search Beyond the Higgs Boson

Sep 05, 2018
In the News

Andrew A. Chien Named Editor-in-Chief of Communications of the ACM

Jun 26, 2017
UChicago CS News

Yuanwei Fang receives the Qualcomm Roberto Padovani Scholarship

Nov 28, 2016
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