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JaJa, Joseph

JaJa, Joseph

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Brain and Behavior Institute
2415 A.V. Williams Bldg



Joseph JaJa holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1977. Dr. JaJa has published extensively in a number of areas including parallel and distributed computing, combinatorial optimization, algebraic complexity, VLSI architectures, machince learning, and data science. He has received numerous awards including the IEEE Fellow Award in 1996, the 1997 R&D Award for the development of software for tuning parallel programs, and the ACM Fellow Award in 2000, . He served on several editorial boards, and is currently serving on the advisory boards for several conferences and workshops.




  •   Best Article in 2016 for Environmental Research Letters.
  •   Best Paper Award, Scientific Visualization, 2012. 
  •   Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award (2006)
  •   ACM Fellow (2000)
  •   R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Award (1997)
  •   IEEE Fellow (1996)



Dr. JaJa's current research interests are in high performance computing, machine learning with applications to neuroscience, and data science.

Tracing the Roots of a Supercomputer

Q & A deep dive with 2022 Innovation Hall of Fame inductee, David Bader (electrical engineering, Ph.D. ’96)

Alumnus David A. Bader to be Inducted into Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame

Induction celebrates Bader’s work to democratize supercomputing through the creation of the first Linux supercomputer.

Sennur Ulukus Announced as New ECE Chair

Tenure as Chair began November 7, 2022

Professor Thomas E. Murphy Named Interim Chair

Professor Joseph Jaja steps down after four years of service to the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Building Stronger Networks to Help Grad Students Excel

From student communities to supercomputers, alumnus David Bader (Ph.D. ‘96) has been driving change since his student days.

Ott Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Ott recognized for seminal contributions in nonlinear dynamics and foundational work in chaos theory.

Bringing Health Care’s Vision of Tomorrow into Focus

Professor Joseph JaJa part of new, multi-institutional effort to advance medical innovations and regulatory science for extended reality technology.

Alumnus David Bader Named Association for Computing Machinery Fellow

Alumnus David A. Bader (Ph.D. ’96) selected for contributions to high-performance computing systems, graph analytics and technical leadership in parallel computing.

How Home Alone Helped UMD Neuroscientists Unlock Brain Scan Data

New research employs advanced computational algorithms to uncover latent information in fMRI scans about human mental states.

Min Wu Elected President of IEEE Signal Processing Society

Wu will begin serving as IEEE SPS President on January 1, 2024.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)