Charlie Catlett is director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data, a research center at the University of Chicago. He is also a Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Charlie has been involved in the Internet and supercomputing for 35 years. He was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications prior to joining Argonne and the University of Chicago in 2000. From 2007 to 2010 he was Chief Information Officer for Argonne National Laboratory, where he led initiatives in cybersecurity and privacy operations and research.
Since 2010 he has been working to apply computer engineering and computational sciences to challenges of understanding, designing, and improving cities. One of the several focus areas is the “Array of Things” project, funded by the National Science Foundation to install hundreds of programmable sensing devices in Chicago and in a growing number of other cities worldwide. Array of Things has been dubbed a “fitness tracker for the city” in that it provides neighborhood-resolution data on factors ranging from air quality to traffic flow. Charlie also leads an effort funded by the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Program to apply HPC architectures to high-fidelity, coupled urban models.
Government Technology magazine named Charlie one of 25 “Doers, Dreamers & Drivers” of 2016 and in 2014 Crain’s Chicago Business recognized him as one of Chicago’s “Tech 50” technology leaders.
Charlie is a Computer Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.