Center for Parallel, Distributed
and Intelligent Systems
Department of Computer Science
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA. 15260 412/624-8423
An Industry-University Cooperative Research Center
created by the National Science Foundation
The mission of CPDIS is to provide
an environment for innovative research in computer science.
Through the involvement
and active participation of industry members, CPDIS
serves as a useful interface between the researchers and the
industries, thus enabling a continuous information exchange.
More specifically, CPDIS engages in research into
the fundamental methodologies of parallel, distributed, and intelligent systems:
system specification, design, verification, integration and evaluation.
CPDIS works closely with the manufacturing and service industries, who as
system integrators would benefit from the R&D results produced by CPDIS.
CPDIS can also supply the needed
technological know-how to small-to-medium-size companies through
technological assessment reports and educational programs.
Bruce G. Buchanan
This NSF-created research center
provides a research environment to enable technology transfer and
continuous information exchange among participating industries.
CPDIS emphasizes both fundamental research and
applications such as computer systems, office information systems,
expert systems, and
flexible manufacturing systems. Thus it creates a powerful synergy
to apply innovative ideas to pressing practical problems.
In addition to enhancing the degree
programs offered by the university, CPDIS will also provide short
courses, seminars and continuing education programs to
participating industry members
and the industrial community at large, to train experienced
in the design of parallel, distributed, and intelligent systems.
Research at CPDIS
CPDIS supports research projects conducted by faculty
and students, and encourages participation by industry members.
The research agenda includes many areas of research topics,
centered on the design of
parallel, distributed, and intelligent systems,
and the methodologies for integrating diverse technologies for the
capture, processing, storage, transmission and delivery of information.
The current emphases of CPDIS are in
multimedia software engineering and
distance education, which are integrated in the
Macro University project.
This area includes
novel computer architectures, programming environments for parallel
languages and implementations for parallel computation,
and VLSI realization of parallel algorithms.
This area includes
requirements-driven distributed system prototyping, and the design of
distributed operating systems, distributed databases,
and fault-tolerant local area networks.
This area includes knowledge representation, knowledge-based systems,
user interface design and evaluation methodology,
machine learning, knowledge acquisition,
intelligent workstations, and visual languages.
This area includes
parallel algorithms, parallel computational models,
mathematical models for distributed systems, and
transformation of specifications into prototypes.
Senior faculty members coordinate
and lead CPDIS's research activities, interact with the
R&D groups of participating
companies, and establish further new projects.
Research Faculty of CPDIS
Berztiss, Alfs T.,
AI techniques for transformation of
specifications into systems, software engineering.
Artificial intelligence, expert systems, symbolic reasoning in science
Visual languages, pictorial information systems, software engineering.
Chiarulli, Donald M.,
Computer architecture, VLSI design, operating systems, distributed
Chuang, Henry Y. H.,
Computer architecture, parallel processing, VLSI design,
fault-tolerant computing, software engineering.
Daley, Robert P.,
Theoretical computer science, computational complexity, theory of
Theoretical computer science, theory of learning algorithms.
Levitan, Steven P.,
Parallel architecture, VLSI design, parallel algorithms, architectures
for image understanding.
Pattern recognition, computer vision, knowledge-based image processing.
Parallel and systolic architectures, reconfigurable networks, algorithms.
Computer systems, real-time systems, resource allocation and scheduling,
Artificial intelligence, planning, resource-limited reasoning, natural
Pruhs, Kirk R.,
Algorithms, complexity theory.
Adaptive and visual interface systems, network oriented interfaces,
methodologies for interface design, measurement and evaluation, modeling
Artificial intelligence and cognitive science, theories of learning,
problem solving, theory formation, intelligent tutoring systems.
Distributed systems, computer networking.
Affiliated Research Faculty
Gordon Banks, Neurology;
Robert Glaser, LRDC;
Alan Lesgold, LRDC;
Jerry May, Business School;
Douglas Metzler, LIS;
Patricia Michelson, Falk Library;
Randy Miller, Medicine;
Lauren Resnick, LRDC;
James Williams, LIS;
Anne Woodworth, LIS
Industry Membership in CPDIS
Membership dues are $25,000 annually.
All CPDIS members have equal rights with regard to information access.
industry advisory board
consisting of representatives from industry members
meets twice a year to discuss policy issues for CPDIS.
In addition to full members, CPDIS also accepts associate members
who contribute at least $10,000 annually to
CPDIS. The associate members have access only to the published
reports and documents of CPDIS.
CPDIS projects are generally cosponsored by industry members,
state, national and international funding organizations.
The current emphases of CPDIS are in two major areas:
multimedia software engineering and
CPDIS is responsible for managing the Macro University, which
is a federation of distance learning universities and institutions
to advance the research and infrastructure of virtual universities.
Eleven universities currently participate in this project.
The Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh
was established in 1966. It offers programs of graduate study leading
to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.
At the undergraduate level, the department offers courses leading
to the Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.
The department operates a VAX-11/780, six AT&T micro-computers,
two Xerox 1108 systems, twenty-eight SUN-3 workstations,
five Macintosh II
workstations and two TI micro-Explorer LISP machines.
An Ethernet-based local area network provides convenient
access to the departmental research systems and is a valuable
research facility for CPDIS.
Since the University of Pittsburgh is a founding member of the
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center,
and an affiliate member of the
Software Engineering Institute,
the Department of Computer Science has access to the Cray X-MP/48 of
PSC, and the software engineering expertise at SEI.
The department also actively participates in the
interdisciplinary programs in
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For more information, please call (412) 648-7860.
For Further Information
Please contact Dr. Shi-Kuo Chang,
Department of Computer Science,
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 15260
(tel: 412/624-8423) (fax: 412/624-8465).