Dr. Back Recipient of NSF CAREER Award

Publish Date: 03/18/2009

Dr. Godmar Back, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has earned a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his proposal entitled “Advanced Execution Environments for Next Generation Cloud Applications.”  The CAREER award is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

Back’s research aims to create advanced browser and server execution environments that address the needs of next-generation cloud applications.

According to Back, “The next years will see a shift from traditional desktop or server applications to a model that is dominated by the confluence of several trends: web-based application delivery, utility computing, software as a service, data mash-ups, and client-side extensions for web customization. A crucial component in this shift is the web browser and the server infrastructure delivering the complex applications, which typically consist of multiple interconnected components from different sources.”

Back’s research will focus on developing advanced client-side execution environments called script spaces. Script spaces will provide an environment that can support the client side of cloud applications in a reliable, robust, secure, flexible, and scalable fashion. The educational plan will apply the created research artifacts to the undergraduate curriculum by emphasizing real-world context in student assignments and increasing student engagement through greater creative control and personal investment in learning.

This award brings to eleven the number of current or former recipients of NSF CAREER awards in the Computer Science Department.

Dr. Back is part of the Center for High-End Computing Systems (CHECS) within the Computer Science Department.