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Aiichiro Nakano

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Professor of Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Biological Sciences


  • 1989, Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, University of Tokyo


Aiichiro Nakano is a Professor of Computer Science with joint appointments in Physics & Astronomy, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Biological Sciences, and the Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations at the University of Southern California. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1989. He has authored 360+ refereed articles in the areas of scalable scientific algorithms, massive data visualization and analysis, and computational materials science. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award (1997), Louisiana State University (LSU) Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award (1999), LSU College of Basic Sciences Award of Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2000), the Best Paper Award at the IEEE/ACM Supercomputing 2001 Conference, Best Paper at the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference (2002), Okawa Foundation Faculty Research Award (2003), USC Viterbi School of Engineering Senior Research Award (2012), the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Scientific and Engineering Computing (2013), and US-DOE Aurora Early Science Program award (2017). He is a Fellow of American Physical Society and a member of IEEE, ACM, and MRS.

Research Summary

Algorithmic, parallel-computing and visualization techniques for high-end computational sciences on high-end parallel supercomputers and virtual environments, with applications at the interface of information technology, nanotechnology, and biology.


  • 2011 Department of Energy INCITE Award
  • 2011 US Department of Energy Highlighted in Budget Request to U.S. Congress
  • 2011 Applied Physics Letters Cover of Journal
  • 2010 National Science Foundation Keenland Computing Allocation Award
  • 2010 Department of Energy Featured in Government News
  • 2010 American Physical Society Fellow
  • 2010 ScienceNews Featured in Magazine Article
  • 2008 Materials Research Society Best Poster Award
  • 2005 Department of Defense Research Award
  • 2003 Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications Faculty Research Award
  • 2002 IEEE Best Paper, IEEE Virtual Reality 2002 Conference
  • 2001 IEEE/ACM Supercomputing 2001 Conference Best Technical Paper Award
  • 2000 LSU College Basic Sciences Award of Excellence in Graduate Teaching
  • 1999 LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award
  • 1997 Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (1997-2001)
  • 1997 DARPA Sustained Excellence Award in Ultra Dense, Ultra Fast Computing Components
  • 1991 Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Associateship Award in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Biological Sciences

  • VHE 610
  • Vivian Hall of Engineering
  • 3651 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 242

Contact Information
  • (213) 821-2657
  • anakano@usc.edu


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