Sean Chester is a postdoctoral fellow in the Data and Information Management group at Norway’s top university for sciences and home institution of four Nobel Prize Laureates: NTNU. His research focuses on designing algorithms for managing and querying data on modern, highly parallel architectures such as graphics processing cards (GPUs) and multi-socket (i.e., NUMA) CPUs. This basic research, which typically results in papers at top conferences such as PVLDB, ICDE, and AAAI and academic-ready software on GitHub, enables other researchers to conduct experiments in minutes or hours when they would otherwise take days or weeks. He works closely with researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark, EPFL in Switzerland, Sheffield University in England, and the University of Victoria in Canada.

The University of Victoria is where Dr. Chester obtained his PhD in 2013 under the co-supervision of Alex Thomo, Venkatesh Srinivasan, and Sue Whitesides. It is also where he competed on the varsity athletics team for two years and was selected for the national collegiate championships in cross-country. From September 2013 until October 2015, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Data-Intensive Systems group of Ira Assent at Aarhus University.

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