Thomas R. Furlani, Ph.D.

Director, University of Buffalo’s Center for Computational Research (CCR)
New York State University at Buffalo


Solving the "Last Mile of Computing Problem" - Developing Portals to Enable Simulation-Based Science and Engineering

The importance of computer modeling and simulation to the advancement of science and engineering in the United States is widely recognized. However, in order for the full potential of simulation and modeling to realized, it is critical that easy-to-use, web-based interfaces (portals) be developed so that the scientists and engineers, not necessarily trained in computational science, can harness the tremendous computational power available today to further their research and aid in discovery. This presentation will discuss the challenges in portal development as well as give examples of existing portals and how they are helping to further knowledge discovery.


Dr. Furlani is Director of the University at Buffalo's Center for Computational Research (CCR), a leading academic supercomputing and visualization facility. A National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow, Dr. Furlani has more than 20 years experience in research computing and visualization, including high-performance computing, scientific visualization, computational chemistry, and grid computing. Dr. Furlani's primary area of research is in computational chemistry, particularly in the development and application of combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical methods to study large molecules of biological interest. Dr. Furlani has been principal investigator on numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Highway Administration. Dr. Furlani is a member of the governing board for the NYS Grid ( and a founding member of Visualization in Transportation Committee of the National Transportation Research Board.

updated: 2008-09-16