Mike Gowanlock
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D. in Computer Science
E-mail: mgowanlock at haystack dot mit dot edu, or gowanloc at mit dot edu
Office Location: MIT Haystack Observatory, Off Route 40, Westford, MA 01886
Phone: (781) 981-5400

This page has moved to: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/mg2745/

News:
I will be starting my position as an assistant professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University in July 2017.
Prospective graduate students: I will be looking for students interested in parallel computing with possible applications in areas such as astronomy. Feel free to send me an e-mail if you have any questions.


February 2017: My paper "Optimizing Parallel Clustering Throughput in Shared Memory" accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems.
February 2017: Best Paper Award in the Applications Track for "Clustering Throughput Optimization on the GPU" at the 31st IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2017).
January 2017: The paper "Super-resolution Full Polarimetric Imaging For Radio Interferometry with Sparse Modeling." Accepted for publication in The Astronomical Journal.
January 2017: The paper "Clustering Throughput Optimization on the GPU" to appear at the 31st IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2017).
September 2016: My paper "Astrobiological Effects of Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Milky Way Galaxy" accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.
September 2016: The paper "Computer Aided Detection of Transient Inflation Events at Alaskan Volcanoes using GPS Measurements from 2005-2015" accepted for publication in Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.
February 2016: The paper "Computer-Aided Discovery: Towards Scientific Insight Generation with Machine Support" to appear in IEEE Intelligent Systems.
December 2015: The paper "Exploiting Variant-Based Parallelism for Data Mining of Space Weather Phenomena" to appear at the 30th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2016).
November 2015: Our paper, Distance Threshold Similarity Searches: Efficient Trajectory Indexing on the GPU will appear in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS).
September 2015: Press regarding work with my collaborator Ian Morrison on paper in Astrobiology:
  • Science: Where SETI should search for intelligent life [link]
  • Gizmodo: Where In Our Galaxy Are All The Aliens? [link]
August 2015: Paper "Extending Galactic Habitable Zone Modeling to Include the Emergence of Intelligent Life." accepted in Astrobiology.
June 2015: Started as a postdoc at MIT Haystack Observatory.

Education
  • Ph.D. Computer Science (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015)
  • M.Sc. Applications of Modelling (Trent University, 2010)
  • B.Sc. Computer Science and Political Studies (Trent University, 2008)

Research Interests
  • I work in the fields of computer science, astrobiology and scientometrics.
  • Computer Science: I'm primarily interested in data-intensive and parallel computing. I have been researching parallel algorithms on both multicore and manycore architectures as motivated by application areas, such as astronomy. Most recently I have been working on trajectory similarity searches and clustering. Example applications in astronomy include: trajectory mining for my research on the Galactic Habitable Zone and clustering to understand the structure and star formation in galaxy clusters.
  • Astrobiology: I study the habitability of the Galaxy, to try to understand which locations and epochs have the highest carrying capacity for complex life.
  • Scientometrics: Research teams, grant agencies, universities and other institutions are interested in the interdisciplinarity of their research. I have been developing interdisciplinary research metrics that draw on the fields of bibliometrics, scientometrics and machine learning that are used in the field of astrobiology.
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Gowanlock, M., Blair, D. M., Pankratius, V. Optimizing Parallel Clustering Throughput in Shared Memory. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), accepted. [Preprint]
  • Akiyama, K., Ikeda, S., Pleau, M., Fish, V. L., Tazaki, F., Kuramochi, K., Broderick, A., Dexter, J., Moscibrodzka, M., Gowanlock, M., Honma, M., & Doeleman, S. S. (2017) Super-resolution Full Polarimetric Imaging For Radio Interferometry with Sparse Modeling. The Astronomical Journal, accepted. [Preprint]
  • Gowanlock, M., Rude, C. M. Blair, D. M., Li, J. D., Pankratius, V. (2017) Clustering Throughput Optimization on the GPU. To appear in Proc. of the 31st IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2017), Orlando, Florida, May, 2017. [PDF]
  • Gowanlock, M. G. (2016) Astrobiological Effects of Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Astrophysical Journal, in press. [Preprint]
  • Li, J. D., Rude, C. M., Blair, D. M., Gowanlock, M. G., Herring, T. A. & Pankratius, V. (2016) Computer Aided Detection of Transient Inflation Events at Alaskan Volcanoes using GPS Measurements from 2005-2015. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 327:634-642. [Preprint]
  • Pankratius, V., Li, J., Gowanlock, M., Blair, D. M., Rude, C., Herring, T., Lind, F., Erickson, P. J., & Lonsdale, C. (2016) Computer-Aided Discovery: Towards Scientific Insight Generation with Machine Support. IEEE Intelligent Systems 31(4):3-10. [link]
  • Gowanlock, M., Blair, D. M. & Pankratius, V. (2016) Exploiting Variant-Based Parallelism for Data Mining of Space Weather Phenomena. In Proc. of the 30th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2016). pp. 760-769 DOI: 10.1109/IPDPS.2016.10 [PDF]
  • Gowanlock, M. & Casanova, H. (2016) Distance Threshold Similarity Searches: Efficient Trajectory Indexing on the GPU. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) 27(9):2533-2545. [PDF]
  • Morrison, I. S., & Gowanlock, M. G. (2015) Extending Galactic Habitable Zone Modeling to Include the Emergence of Intelligent Life. Astrobiology 15(8):683-696. [Preprint]
  • Gowanlock, M. & Casanova, H. (2015) Indexing of Spatiotemporal Trajectories for Efficient Distance Threshold Similarity Searches on the GPU. In Proc. of the 29th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2015) Hyderabad, India, May, 2015, pp. 387-396. DOI: 10.1109/IPDPS.2015.24. [PDF]
  • Gowanlock, M. & Casanova, H. (2014) In-Memory Distance Threshold Similarity Searches on Moving Object Trajectories. International Journal On Advances in Software, 7(3-4):617-631. [PDF]
  • Gowanlock, M. & Casanova, H. (2014) Efficient Indexing and Processing of Trajectory Similarity Searches for Two Memory Constraint Scenarios on the GPU. In Proc. of the Student Research Symposium of the 21st annual IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2014), Goa, India, December, 2014.
  • Gowanlock, M. & Casanova, H. (2014) Distance Threshold Similarity Searches on Spatiotemporal Trajectories using GPGPU. In Proc. of the 21st annual IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2014) Goa, India, December, 2014. DOI: 10.1109/HiPC.2014.7116913. [PDF]
  • Gowanlock, M. & Casanova, H. (2014) In-Memory Distance Threshold Queries on Moving Object Trajectories. Proc. of the Sixth International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications (DBKDA) Chamonix, France, April, 2014, pp. 41-50. [PDF]
  • Gowanlock, M., Casanova, H. and Schanzenbach, D. (2014) Parallel In-Memory Distance Threshold Queries on Trajectory Databases. Proc. of the Sixth International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications (DBKDA) Chamonix, France, April, 2014, pp. 80-83. [PDF]
  • Gowanlock, M. G. & Gazan, R. (2013) Assessing Researcher Interdisciplinarity: A Case Study of the University of Hawaii NASA Astrobiology Institute. Scientometrics 94:133-161. [Preprint]
  • Gowanlock, M. G., Patton, D. R., & McConnell, S. M. (2011) A Model of Habitability Within the Milky Way Galaxy. Astrobiology 11(9):855-873. [Preprint]
Under Review
  • Michael Gowanlock, Justin D. Li, Cody M. Rude, Victor Pankratius "A Parallel Signal Detection Pipeline for Time Series Geoscience Data with Application to the Siple Experiment".
  • Book Chapter: Gowanlock, M. G., & Morrison, I. S. "The Habitability of our Evolving Galaxy." In Habitability of the Universe before Earth. Eds. Gordon, R., & Sharov, A. A. Elsevier Astrobiology series, minor revision.
Conference Abstracts & Posters
  • Gowanlock, M., Rude, C., Li, J., & Pankratius, V. (2016) GPU Accelerated Clustering for Arbitrary Shapes in Geoscience Data. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 2016. ID# 139334.
  • Pankratius, V., Pilewskie, J., Rude, C., Li, J., Gowanlock, M., Bechor, N., Herring, T., & Wauthier, C. (2016) Computer-Aided Discovery Tools for Volcano Deformation Studies with InSAR and GPS. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 2016. ID# 139594.
  • Rude, C., Li, J., Gowanlock, M., Herring, T., & Pankratius, V. (2016) Inferring Large-Scale Terrestrial Water Storage Through GRACE and GPS Data Fusion in Cloud Computing Environments. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 2016. ID# 139777.
  • Li, J., Rude, C., Gowanlock, M., Herring, T., & Pankratius, V. (2016) Transient Volcano Deformation Event Detection over Variable Spatial Scales in Alaska American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 2016. ID# 148993.
  • Blair, D. M., Gowanlock, M., Li, J. D., Rude, C. M., Herring, T. & Pankratius, V. (2016) Improving Spacecraft Site Selection Through Computer-aided Discovery And Data Fusion. The 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, March, 2016. ID #1987.
  • Gowanlock, M., Blair, D. M., & Pankratius, V. (2015) Parallel Density-Based Clustering for Discovery of Ionospheric Phenomena. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 2015. ID# 70326.
  • Blair, D. M., Gowanlock, M., Herring, T., & Pankratius, V. (2015) The Application of Computer-Aided Discovery to Spacecraft Site Selection. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 2015. ID# 74445.
  • Pankratius, V., Blair, D. M., Gowanlock, M., Lind, F., & Erickson, P. (2015) The Rise of Computer-Aided Discovery in Geoscience. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 2015. ID# 62710.
  • Gowanlock, M. & Casanova, H. (2015) In-Memory Distance Threshold Searches On Moving Object Trajectories, Ph.D. Forum of the 29th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2015), Hyderabad, India, May, 2015.
  • Gowanlock, M. & Casanova, H. (2014) Efficient Trajectory Indexing for Distance Threshold Searches on the GPU for Two Memory Constraint Scenarios, Student Research Symposium of the 21st annual IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2014), Goa, India, December, 2014. [Peer Reviewed]
  • Morrison, I. S. & Gowanlock, M. (2014) Extending Galactic Habitable Zone Modelling to Include the Emergence of Intelligent Life. Search for Life Beyond the Solar System. Exoplanets, Biosignatures & Instruments. Tuscon, Arizona.
  • Gowanlock, M. & Morrison, I. S. (2013) The Galactic Habitable Zone and the Propensity for the Emergence of Intelligent Life. Astrobiology Graduate Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Gowanlock, M. G. & Gazan, R. (2012) Assessing Researcher Interdisciplinarity: A Case Study of the University of Hawaii NASA Astrobiology Institute. Proceedings of the Astrobiology Science Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • Gowanlock, M. G., Patton, D. R., & McConnell, S. M. (2010) A Model of Habitability Within the Milky Way Galaxy. Proceedings of the Astrobiology Science Conference, League City, TX, USA.
  • O'Keefe, P. J., Gowanlock, M. G., McConnell, S. M., & Patton, D. R. (2009) Star-Galaxy Classification Using Data Mining Techniques with Considerations for Unbalanced Datasets. Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XVIII, ASP Conference Series, 411, 318. [ADS link]
Thesis/Dissertation
  • Gowanlock, M. (2015) In-Memory Distance Threshold Searches On Moving Object Trajectories. University of Hawaii at Manoa. [PDF]
  • Gowanlock, M. G. (2010) A Model of Habitability Within the Milky Way Galaxy. Trent University. [PDF]
Graduate Assistantships
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Hawaii (August 2014-May 2015)
    • ICS111: Introduction to Computer Science I - Duties include running weekly labs, including instructional design, and grading assignments.

  • Research Assistant for the University of Hawaii NASA Astrobiology Institute (January 2011-September 2014)

  • Teaching Assistant for the following courses (Sept. 2008 - May 2010):
    • Trent, COIS 1010H - The Digital World
    • Trent, COIS 3320H - Fundamentals of Operating Systems
    • Trent, COIS 4310H - Computer Networks
    • Trent, COIS 4350H - High Performance Computing
    • Trent, COIS 4470H/AMOD 5810H - Computational Modelling and Simulation
    • Trent, PHYS 150A/PHYS 1510H - Introductory Astronomy
    • Trent, PHYS 2510H - Life in the Universe
Scholarships, Awards, and Honours
  • Best paper award, IEEE IPDPS 2017
  • IEEE TCPP/NSF Travel Grant, $850
  • Selected for IEEE IPDPS PhD Forum
  • IEEE TCPP Travel Award, $1,000
  • Selected for Student Research Symposium, HiPC 2014
  • Invited to the First Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Heidelberg, Germany, September 2013.
  • Canadian Space Agency Travel Grant (2011) $1,500
  • President's Medal for Sciences at the Masters level (2011)
    • Convocation Profile [link]
  • Canadian Space Agency Travel Grant (2010) $1,500
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2009-2010) $11,500
Grants
  • Agency: NASA Astrobiology Institute Director's Discretionary Fund.
    Title: Interdisciplinary Research Metrics in Astrobiology.
    PI: Rich Gazan, CoIs: Mike Gowanlock, and Lisa Miller.
    Awarded: October, 2012. $29,849.
Selected Media Coverage
  • The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, August 2012- The Distance from Computer Science to Astrobiology is “0” in Mike Gowanlock's Universe [PDF- 3 mb]
  • NASA's online Astrobiology Magazine regarding my work on the Galactic Habitable Zone [link]
  • Astronomy Now: U.K. magazine regarding my work on the Galactic Habitable Zone [PDF- 10.8 mb]
  • MIT Technology Review regarding my work on the Galactic Habitable Zone [link]
  • Trent University Showcase Magazine Fall 2011: World of Trent Alumni (pp. 4-5) [link]
  • Science: Where SETI should search for intelligent life [link]
  • Gizmodo: Where In Our Galaxy Are All The Aliens? [link]
  • Elon Musk's Twitter: On my work extending GHZ modeling to include intelligent life [link]