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Erik Elmroth

Research in autonomous distributed systems, cloud and edge computing. Member of the Executive Committee of The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) and the eSSENCE lead group

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Professor at Department of Computing Science Role: Head of department
Naturvetarhuset, Umeå universitet, NAT.B1.201 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Erik Elmroth is Professor in Computing Science and Head of the Department of Computing Science at Umeå University. His extensive leadership experience includes being department head and deputy head for thirteen years and being the Deputy Director for a national supercomputer center (HPC2N) for another thirteen years.

He has established the Umeå University research on distributed systems, focusing on theory, algorithms, and systems for the autonomous management of ICT resources, spanning from individual servers to large scale cloud datacenters, federated clouds, highly distributed edge clouds, and software-defined infrastructures. Elmroth is currently member of the Executive Committee and four other management groups of the 5.5 billion SEK Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) and coordinates the Umeå University activities in the program. He is also member of the program management group and one of the original principal investigator for the eSSENCE Strategic Research Program, up to now being funded by 330 million SEK. Other current research leadership highlights includes being the principal investigator two projects funded by the Kempe foundations, in total funding 18 postdoc reearchers in AI and autonomous systems. Elmroth's team frequently participates in large-scale national and international the EU FP7 and H2020 projects RESERVOIR, OPTIMIS, VISION Cloud, CACTOS, ORBIT, RECAP, and ACTiCLOUD, the EU networks ACROSS and AAPELE. A particular past highlight was being the principal investigator for Cloud Control, which was the second largest project ever funded by the Swedish Research Council, taking a control theoretic approach to fundamental problems for autonomous cloud datacenter management systems.

The current research extends on Elmroth's broad background in scientific and high-performance computing and extensive experience from organizing supercomputing infrastructures. As part of his research, he as supervised over 30 completed and ongoing PhD students, including over 20 as the main advisor.

Elmroth is member of the Swedish Royal Academy for Engineering Sciences and Vice Chair for its Division on Information Technology. Previously, he was the Chair of the Board of the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). He has also served as Chair of the Swedish Research Council's (VR's) expert group on e-science infrastructures and as member of VR's Council for Research Infrastructures (RFI). He has been appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers for developing a Nordic eScience strategy and as a follow-up, a Nordic-Baltic eScience strategy as well as by SNIC for producing a national HPC strategy. He has held a three-year position as national HPC lecturer appointed by the Swedish Council for High Performance Computers (HPDR).

He received the Nordea Scientific Award 2011. Pre-historic highlights include being co-winner of the SIAM Linear Algebra Prize 2000, for the most outstanding linear algebra publication world-wide (in any journal) during the preceding 3-year period.

International experiences include a year at NERSC, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, and one semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA.

He is founder and chair of the Control Workshops series (

As part of exploiting his research, Elmroth has co-founded Elastisys AB, an expert on security and regulatory compliance in the cloud-native ecosystem.

Neural Information Processing: 28th International Conference, ICONIP 2021, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, December 8–12, 2021, Proceedings, Part V, Springer Nature 2021 : 480-487
Banerjee, Sourasekhar; Elmroth, Erik; Bhuyan, Monowar H.
ARES 2021: The 16th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
Forough, Javad; Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Elmroth, Erik
Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization: Accelerating Network Softwarization in the Cognitive Age, NetSoft 2021, IEEE 2021 : 176-180
Larsson, Lars; Tärneberg, William; Klein, Cristian; et al.
2021 17th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM), IEEE 2021 : 42-48
Seo, Eunil; Niyato, Dusit; Elmroth, Erik
2021 International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN)
Tamiru, Mulugeta; Pierre, Guillaume; Tordsson, Johan; et al.
Internet of Things, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 14
Tsogbaatar, E.; Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Taenaka, Y.; et al.
Advances and Trends in Artificial Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence Practices : Proceedings, Part I, Springer 2021 : 530-543
Tsogbaatar, Enkhtur; Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Fall, Doudou; et al.
Future generations computer systems
Vitali, Monica; Plebani, Pierluigi; Bermbach, David; et al.
2021 IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Cloud Intelligence (CloudIntelligence), IEEE 2021 : 31-36
Wu, Li; Tordsson, Johan; Bogatinovski, Jasmin; et al.
SAC '20: Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, ACM Digital Library 2020 : 1763-1771
Arkian, Hamidreza; Pierre, Guillaume; Tordsson, Johan; et al.
AI 2020: Advances in Artificial Intelligence: 33rd Australasian Joint Conference, AI 2020, Canberra, ACT, Australia, November 29–30, 2020, Proceedings, Springer 2020 : 3-15
Banerjee, Sourasekhar; Misra, Rajiv; Prasad, Mukesh; et al.
IEEE Computer Society Digital Library 2020
Fahs, A. J.; Pierre, Guillaume; Elmroth, Erik
Web, Artificial Intelligence and Network Applications: WAINA 2020, Springer Nature 2020 : 1154-1164
Kolberg, Simon; Bayuh Lakew, Ewnetu; Svärd, Petter; et al.
28th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing (PDP), IEEE conference proceedings 2020 : 88-93
Krzywda, Jakub; Meyer, Vinici­us; Xavier, Miguel G.; et al.
Larsson, Lars; Gustafsson, Harald; Klein, Cristian; et al.
Software, practice & experience, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 50, (10) : 1986-2007
Larsson, Lars; Tarneberg, William; Klein, Cristian; et al.
The Fifth ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, Virtual, November 11-13, 2020, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2020 : 70-83
Nguyen, Chanh Le Tan; Klein, Cristian; Elmroth, Erik
Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations, AIAI 2020, Springer 2020 : 15-30
Sundqvist, Tobias; Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Forsman, Johan; et al.
Conference Proceedings: 2020 28th International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (MASCOTS) : 1-8
Tamiru, Mulugeta; Pierre, Guillaume; Tordsson, Johan; et al.
2020 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom), IEEE 2020 : 17-24
Tamiru, Mulugeta; Tordsson, Johan; Elmroth, Erik; et al.
Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations: 16th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, AIAI 2020, Neos Marmaras, Greece, June 5–7, 2020, Proceedings, Part II, Springer 2020 : 268-280
Tsogbaatar, Enkhtur; Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Taenaka, Yuzo; et al.
NOMS 2020 - 2020 IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, IEEE 2020 : 1-9
Wu, Li; Tordsson, Johan; Elmroth, Erik; et al.
2019 IEEE 31st International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), IEEE Computer Society 2019 : 995-1002
Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Ma, Maode; Kadobayashi, Youki; et al.
2019 IEEE 24th Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing (PRDC), IEEE 2019 : 188-197
Deka, Pratyush Kr.; Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Kadobayashi, Youki; et al.
The Proceedings: 2019 14th International Joint Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing (iSAI-NLP)
Kalwar, Abhishek; Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Bhattacharyya, Dhruba K.; et al.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom, IEEE Computer Society 2019 : 45-53
Krzywda, Jakub; Ali-Eldin, Ahmed; Wadbro, Eddie; et al.
2019 IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC), IEEE 2019 : 52-62
Larsson, Lars; Tärneberg, William; Klein, Cristian; et al.
Proceedings, 19th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing, IEEE 2019 : 341-350
Nguyen, Chanh; Klein, Cristian; Elmroth, Erik
Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, IEEE 2019 : 250-263
Nguyen, Chanh Le Tan; Mehta, Amardeep; Klein, Cristian; et al.
Proceedings of The World Wide Web Conference WWW 2019, New York, NY, USA: ACM Digital Library 2019 : 3595-3599
Vu, Xuan-Son; Ait-Mlouk, Addi; Elmroth, Erik; et al.
Bayuh Lakew, Ewnetu; Birke, Robert; Perez, Juan F.; et al.
17th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications, IEEE 2018 : 1040-1047
Bhuyan, Monowar H.; Elmroth, Erik
Cohen, Albert; Shen, Xipeng; Torrellas, Josep; et al.
Job Scheduling Strategies for Parallel Processing: 21st International Workshop, JSSPP 2017, Orlando, FL, USA, June 2, 2017, Revised Selected Papers, Springer 2018 : 152-173
Gonzalo P., Rodrigo; Elmroth, Erik; Östberg, Per-Olov; et al.
IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, IEEE 2018, Vol. 15, (1) : 217-231
Ibidunmoye, Olumuyiwa; Ali-Reza, Rezaie; Elmroth, Erik
2018 International conference on embedded computer systems: architectures, modeling, and simulation (SAMOS XVIII), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2018 : 244-246
Karakostas, Vasileios; Goumas, Georgios; Bayuh Lakew, Ewnetu; et al.
ICAC 2018: 2018 IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC), Trento, Italy, September 3-7, 2018, IEEE Computer Society 2018 : 41-50
Krzywda, Jakub; Ali-Eldin, A.; Wadbro, Eddie; et al.
Future generations computer systems, Vol. 81 : 114-128
Krzywda, Jakub; Ali-Eldin, Ahmed; Carlson, Trevor E.; et al.
Report / UMINF, 18.11
Mehta, Amardeep; Bayuh Lakew, Ewnetu; Tordsson, Johan; et al.
2018 IEEE 37th International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC)
Mehta, Amardeep; Bayuh Lakew, Ewnetu; Tordsson, Johan; et al.
Proceedings of the IEEE 15th International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC), IEEE Computer Society 2018 : 121-130
Mehta, Amardeep; Elmroth, Erik
Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 111 : 206-221
Rodrigo, Gonzalo P.; Östberg, Per-Olov; Elmroth, Erik; et al.
Elmroth, Erik; Leitner, Philipp; Schulte, Stefan; et al.
Goumas, Georgios; Nikas, Konstantinos; Lakew, Ewnetu Bayuh; et al.
2017 IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Autonomic Computing (ICCAC 2017), IEEE 2017 : 22-33
Ibidunmoye, Olumuyiwa; Lakew, Ewnetu Bayuh; Elmroth, Erik
2nd IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Data Science (BCD 2017), Hamamatsu, Japan, July 9-13, 2017
Ibidunmoye, Olumuyiwa; Metsch, Thijs; Bayon-Molino, Victor; et al.
UCC '17 Proceedings of the10th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing, IEEE/ACM 2017 : 19-28
Ibidunmoye, Olumuyiwa; Moghadam, Mahshid Helali; Lakew, Ewnetu Bayuh; et al.
Lakew, Ewnetu Bayuh; Papadopoulos, Alessandro Vittorio; Maggio, Martina; et al.
2017 IEEE 37TH International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2017), IEEE Computer Society 2017 : 1063-1073
Mehta, Amardeep; Baddour, Rami; Svensson, Fredrik; et al.
2017 Second International Conference on Fog and Mobile Edge Computing (FMEC), IEEE 2017 : 25-31
Nguyen, Chanh Le Tan; Klein, Cristian; Elmroth, Erik

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1 September 2021 until 1 September 2022
1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023
1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023
1 September 2018 until 31 August 2021
1 January 2016 until 31 December 2020
1 January 2016 until 31 December 2020