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Apostolos Gerasoulis

Professor
Email: 
Phone: 
(848) 445-8328
Office: 
Core 205
Research Area: 
Numerical Computing
Search Engines
Web Technologies
Large System Development
Address: 
Department Computer Science
Rutgers University
110 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
Biography: 

I am a professor of computer science at Rutgers university since 1979. I received my Ph.D. degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in Applied Mathematics and my BS degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Ioannina, Greece. My research interests in the past varied from algorithms(Numerical and Non-Numerical), Supercomputing and Parallel Computing as well as building  large scale software. PYRROS a parallel computing  software that was built with my ex student Tao Yang, now a professor  at UCSB in California, won the  ACM  test of time award in 2014.   My software developed at Rutgers  in the late 90's on search engines became a startup company called Teoma in 2000. Teoma was bought by Ask Jeeves in September 11, 2001 and it powered the search for Ask Jeeves for 100 of millions of queries per day. Ask Jeeves in 2005 was bought by IAC a large conglomerate of major American Companies. I spent 10 years away from Rutgers as a CEO of Teoma and later the Chief technologist for Ask.com. As an Executive Vice President of Ask.com I run the development of products and managed over 200 engineers.  I returned to Rutgers in 2010 and spend time teaching, and developing a new system that integrates information from the web. The first application of the new software is music where it integrates databases such as Discogs, Musicbrainz, YouTube and Wikipedia in a way that it can recommend songs to  a user. The research uses machine learning as well mathematical distances between entities derived from the massive databases. The databases contain over 50 million songs and computations require sophisticated sparse matrix techniques and parallel computing to be able to compute distances like cosine distance between musicians and between songs.  I have published over 50 papers and have over 15 patents. I have stared  on  TV commercials for ask.com during 2005.

Awards & Distinctions: 
  • Test of time Award—25 years: " PYRROS: static task scheduling and code generation for message passing multiprocessors, ACM SIGARCH. 2014.
  • Solving The Trummer's problem. An award for providing a solution to Trummer’s problem:  A fast algorithm for Trummer's problem.,1987.
  • Teoma Startup, CEO and CTO 2001. One of the most successful technology startup from Rutgers University, 2000.
  • Chief Technologist and executive vice president for ask.com, 2001 to 2008.
  • A TV star in the ask.com commercials 2005.
Alumni: 
  • Israel Nelken, Ph.D, 1989.
  • Srimat Chackradar, Ph.D,1990
  • Tao Yang, Ph.D,1993
  • Jia Jao, Ph.D,1996