Sean Wagner is a research scientist with the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre. He earned his B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Toronto. Sean specializes in high-performance computer hardware and architecture (reconfigurable and heterogeneous systems in particular), and has carried out research in photonics, nanofabrication, and communications systems. In his work with SOSCIP (www.soscip.org), he has helped many projects develop applications for the SOSCIP Agile Computing Platform that uses FPGA microchips to accelerate performance and improve efficiency beyond what is achievable in traditional computing platforms.