Dr. Yelena Yesha is the Associate Director of the National Science Foundation's Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity and Research (CHMPR) and the site director of the Multicore Computational Center (MC2), and has been doing exciting research with cloud computing through the centers.

Dr. Yelena Yesha, professor, is the Associate Director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity and Research (CHMPR) at UMBC and site Director of the Multicore Computational Center (MC2). As Director, Dr. Yesha oversees a research center comprised of unique multicore computation resources. Established in 2007, the center aims to apply its cutting-edge multicore computing facility to prototype challenging scientific and business applications. In addition, MC2 serves as an invaluable learning tool for students with an interest in high performance multi-core computing.

Through CHMPR and MC2, Dr. Yesha has been working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a technology roadmap for the federal government for Cloud Computing. A revolutionary new technology, cloud computing centralizes information and massive compute resources in a “cloud” that can be made available on demand through the internet from any location. Currently, the team has developed ontologies and created a prototype cloud. Karuna Joshi, one of Dr. Yesha’s Ph.D. students and an IBM Fellow, explains that the team desires to automate the process by which someone can procure cloud services using semantic web technologies, which will allow data to be annotated with machine understandable meta-data, enabling their automated retrieval and usage in correct contexts.

According to a paper entitled “Integrated Lifecycle of IT Services in a Cloud Environment,” the delivery of IT services is becoming increasingly based on the “composition of multiple services and assets that may be supplied by one or more service providers distributed across the network.” The virtualized service model that Dr. Yesha and her collaborators propose will lead to easier customization, better utilization and greater responsiveness within the cloud.

In addition to her work with cloud computing, Dr. Yesha has spent the past nine months working on developing a computer tool for the prediction and prevention of certain diseases. The goal of the project– a collaborative effort among Universities such as the University of Maryland Medical School, Florida Atlantic University, Technion Institute of Technology, and companies and organizations such as NOA Inc., IBM and NIST–is to create a web-based clinical decision support system that will combine a patient’s medical history with genomic and molecular medical findings to produce results that will allow doctors to administer improved, personalized, and in many cases, preventative healthcare.

Currently, the research team’s focus is on diagnosing Type II Diabetes by harnessing sophisticated data mining methods. A long-term goal of the project is to work with pharmaceutical companies to help develop personalized drugs. Personalized medicine has the potential to revolutionize the health care industry by making it possible to pre-diagnose a patient with a debilitating illness so preventative treatment measures can be taken.