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Prasanna Balaprakash

Computer Scientist / R&D Leader


Prasanna Balaprakash is a computer scientist at the Mathematics and Computer Science Division with a joint appointment in the Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory. His research interests span the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, optimization, and high-performance computing. Currently, his research focuses on the development of scalable, data-efficient machine learning methods for scientific applications. He is a recipient of U.S. Department of Energy 2018 Early Career Award. He is the machine-learning team lead and data-understanding team co-lead in RAPIDS, the SciDAC Computer Science institute. Prior to Argonne, he worked as a Chief Technology Officer at Mentis Sprl, a machine learning startup in Brussels, Belgium. He received his PhD from CoDE-IRIDIA (AI Lab), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, where he was a recipient of Marie Curie and F.R.S-FNRS Aspirant fellowships.

Research Interests

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine/Deep learning
  • Neuromorphic computing
  • High-performance computing
  • Automatic tuning
  • Stochastic local search algorithms for combinatorial optimization.