“Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Citizen Scientist?”

David Anderson, Ph. D 

Dr. David P. Anderson
University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

Volunteer computing uses personal computers to create a computing grid that compete with the most powerful high-performance supercomputers in the world. Consumers own several billion networked computing devices – desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, game consoles, appliances, and so on. Imagine harnessing the power of these devices and donating their power to solve critical scientific problems. Currently about 500,000 consumer-owned computers contribute computing power to several dozen-science projects from clean energy to fighting cancer.

In this talk, Dr. David Anderson will discuss various aspects of volunteer computing from the history, technical challenges and their solutions to economics, marketing, and potential computing capacity. Learn how you can become a citizen scientist!


Dr. David P. Anderson is a Research Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. He directs the BOINC project, which develops middleware for volunteer computing. Dr. Anderson received graduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served on the faculty of the UC Berkeley Computer Science Department from 1985 to 1992, and then worked at several startup companies before returning to the University. His research interests include volunteer computing, distributed, real-time and multimedia systems, computer graphics, and computer music.