Jibonananda Sanyal

Group Leader - Computational Urban Sciences

Jibo directs the activities of the Computational Urban Sciences group at the laboratory. He brings a unique blend of computer science with applications in geosciences, technical, institutional, and strategic leadership with a track record of technology development, commercialization, and national recognition. His work falls at the intersection of high performance computing leaning towards the exascale, extreme scale data and analytics, simulation and modeling, visualization, scalable machine learning, and sensors and controls building both research and operational systems. 

The specific applications are many: GIS, climate, IAV research, situational awareness, remote sensing, urban-science, multi-scale and multi-resolution simulation and modeling, building energy modeling, transportation, model-predictive control, as well as agent-based models. Leading the group’s multi-petabyte image processing needs and defining the growth strategy for future hardware, software, and scalable computational needs. This includes architecting multi-objective workflows across multiple clusters and strategies to scale to the Titan supercomputer and beyond.

His prior research focused on visualization techniques and creating operational tools for meteorological and hydrological ensemble simulations. He has a strong interest in devising sustainable solutions that bridges disciplines and requires synergy across energy, water, geophysical, and anthropomorphic processes in our environment at local, regional, and global scales.

He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Mississippi State University. He is a member of ACM, AGU, and IBPSA. He is an IEEE Senior Member. In 2017, he was named one of Knoxville's 40 under 40. 


Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honoree , 2018
Significant Event Award, "Seamless transition of EAGLE-I from DOE HQ to ORNL", December 2016
"Original 6 Trailblazers", Oak Ridge National Laboratory, October, 2014.
"Lightning Talks", Plenary Session, XSEDE, San Diego, July 2013
Outstanding Research Award, Geosystems Research Institute, 2011
Graduate Student of the Month of August 2010, CSE, Mississippi State University, 2010
3rd Position, Posters, Northern Gulf Institute Annual Conference, 2010
Best Overall Award, Photo Contest, Northern Gulf Institute Annual Conference, 2009
Best Poster Award, IEEE Visweek, 2008
10th Rank in B.Tech. Computer Science and Engineering, 2005 (class of 38)
1st Rank and Gold Medal in B.Sc. Computer Science, 2001 (class of 45)
Gold Medal for the Best Graduate Award, 2001 (in about 5000 university students)