Steering & Programme Committees - RDA and global Data and Computing e-Infrastructure challenges

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20 October 2014 3392 reads



Cristina Messa, Università Bicocca Italy (chair)
Cristina Messa is a Professor of Diagnostic Imaging and Rector of the University of Milano-Bicocca.  She has been Director of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca and member of the University Senate.
Since 2011 she has been Vice President of the National Research Council (CNR) and, from 2012, member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium RFx of Padova, a member of the Strategy Committee for the collaboration agreement between CNR and Regione Lombardia, and a member of the Coordination Committee of the ALISEI cluster (National Cluster and Lombardy Region, life sciences area)
Philippe Lavocat, Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, France
From mid- 2012 to mid 2014, Philippe Lavocat joined the headquarters of the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR) and became Scientific Adviser of the General Director for Research and Innovation (DGRI ), in charge of large scale Research Infrastructures. He was also nominated as French representative in the “GSO-G8+5/ Infrastructures” group and a member of the Steering Committee of the scientific high performance network RENATER, French node of GEANT.
From mid-2014, he became Strategic Adviser of the General Director for Research and Innovation (DGRI) in charge of the Strategy of Research and Innovation, also taking the responsibility of Head of the Service of the Strategy of Research and Innovation. This service is in charge of defining the French scientific policy in relation with the other ministries, national operators, European and international scientific relationships.
Clare McLaughlin,  ‎Australian Embassy and Mission to the European Union
Clare McLaughlin is currently Counsellor (Education and Science) based at the Australian Mission to the European Union, in Brussels.  Clare’s role is to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia's engagement with the education, science, research and innovation systems in Europe. represents the Australia's Science and Research interest at the OECD.
Prior to taking on this position, Clare was General Manager, Research Funding and Infrastructure Branch in the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. 
Yasuhiro Murayama, NICT, Japan
Dr. Yasuhiro Murayama is the Director of Integrated Science Data System Research Laboratory of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan, ex officio of ICSU-WDS Scientific Committee. In 1999-2006 he took a lead of Japan group of US-Japan joint program of Arctic middle-upper atmosphere observations in Alaska. He was appointed as a visiting professor at Research Institute of Sustainable Humanosphere of Kyoto University in 2013, and also as a Board member of Japan Geoscience Union since 2014. He was awarded by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2007. Dr. Murayama received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1993.
Dietrich Nelle, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung Ministerialdirigent, Germany
Dr. Dietrich Nelle is head of the Directorate „Science Organisations“ in the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). His main activities and responsibilities include strategic planning, the National Academy Leopoldina, non-university Research Organizations (Max-Planck-Society, Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Association), research infrastructures, information infrastructures and digitalization in science and humanities, legal framework conditions for science as well as project funding in the field of social sciences, humanities and research museums. Also, he is an elected member of the newly established German Council for Information Structures. Earlier positions focussed on science management, on European matters and on transition management inside Germany and beyond in the wake of the fall of the Berlin wall. He has studied law, history and political sciences in Bonn, Cologne, Santiago de Chile and Paris (Ecole Nationale d’Administration). His PhD thesis on the evolution of private law in Latin America was awarded with the Prize of the President of the Italian Republic. 
Irene Qualters, National Science Foundation, US
Irene Qualters is the Division Director, Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI). Before joining the National Science Foundation, she spent over 25 years in technical and executive leadership roles within industry. Her experience spans from startups to well-established companies, focusing on the topic of Cyberinfrastructure for Research Scientists. Her areas of expertise also include parallelism and system architectures. She is particularly interested as well in innovative technologies and  sustainable operating models for HPC.
Naoyuki Tsunematsu, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan
Naoyuki Tsunematsu has previously worked for a large IT service company and lead the team of researches in their work related to the societal impact of IT-based services.
Currently he works for the planning department of science and technology information dissemination service of the Japan Science and Technology Agency JST.
Thierry Van der Pyl, European Commission, Belgium
Thierry Van der Pyl graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and is docteur d'état in Informatics from University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI.
He was researcher at CNRS and joined the European Commission in 1984 where he held different management positions in the research programs on Information and Communication Technologies. Currently he is Director "Excellence in Science" in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology).
John Womersley, STFC, United Kingdom
Professor John Womersley is Chief Executive Officer of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and represents the UK in a number of international forums including the Council of the European Southern Observatory and the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). He is a member of the ESFRI Executive Board and was elected as chair of the Founding Board for the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project. He also chairs the European Commission's Expert Group on Cost Control and Management in Large Research Infrastructures. 
Marco Conti, CNR, Italy (Chair)

Marco Conti is a research director at the Institute of Informatics and Telematics (IIT), an institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He co-authored the book "Metropolitan Area Networks" (1997) and co-editor of the books "Mobile Ad Hoc Networking" (2004) and "Mobile Ad Hoc Networks: From Theory to Reality" (2007). He published in journals and conference proceedings more than 180 research papers related to design, modeling, and performance evaluation of computer-network architectures and protocols. He is Associate Editor in Chief of Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal, and he is on the editorial board of: IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Ad Hoc Networks journal and Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks: An International Journal.
Sanzio Bassini, CINECA, Italy
In 1996 Sanzio Bassini became Head of the High Performance Systems, the Department who developed the infrastructures of the CINECA Consortium that performs high-performance computing, high-end graphics, scientific imaging, virtual reality and handle big datasets. In 2006 he was appointed Director of the Systems and Technologies Department of CINECA, a position he held until 2010, when he became Director of the Supercomputing Applications and Innovation Department. In 2011 he's been delegated by MIUR to represent Italy in the European einfrastructure policy forum. Since 2010 he's a member of PRACE Council- Partnership for advanced computing in Europe e dello Steering Board di ETP4HPC - European Technolgy Platform for High Performance Computing.
Juan Bicarregui, STFC, United Kingdom

Juan Bicarregui is Head of Data Division at STFC. His division has responsibility for research and development of the data systems which handle much of the huge volume of scientific data which is produced by the STFC research facilities. Juan leads the PaNdata collaboration which is developing a shared computing infrastructure across all 13 major European Photon and Neutron laboratories. The current phase of the work is focusing on developing systems which will track the provenance of data through data analysis stages and deliver data collection systems which scale to the ever increasing data volumes produced by each new generation of instruments.
Donatella Castelli, ISTI-CNR, Italy

Donatella Castelli is a Senior Researcher working at the “Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie della Informazione” of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISTI). She has been the principal investigator of several European and National funded projects on digital libraries and data e-Infrastructure acquiring considerable experience in these domains. She is currently acting as iMarine Project Director and as scientific director of the EU co-funded EUBrazilOpenBio project and as technical coordinator of the OpenAIRE project. These three projects address the development and operation of widely distributed data infrastructures serving multidisciplinary communities. Her research interests include data models and interoperability frameworks.
Massimo Cocco, INGV, Italy

Massimo Cocco is a Director of Research at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Department of Seismology and Tectonophysics, Rome. His research interests are focused on the physics of earthquakes and faults. More specifically, his work deals with earthquake dynamics and fault interaction, seismicity patterns and fault frictional properties. He is interested in both theoretical studies and observational research. He has interests in all aspects of the mechanics of earthquakes and faulting from observations of natural faults through geophysical and geological measurements to experimental faults at the laboratory scale. His expertise also covers the management of seismic networks and monitoring research infrastructures. Massimo is presently coordinating the preparatory phase of a European project named EPOS: European Plate Observing System.
Fabrizio Gagliardi, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain
Fabrizio Gagliardi is an independent consultant and Chair of ACM Europe. Prior to this he was Europe, Middle East and Africa Director for External Research at Microsoft Research Corporation.
He joined Microsoft in November 2005 after a long career at CERN, the world leading laboratory for particle physics in Geneva, Switzerland. There he held several technical and managerial positions since 1975: Director of the EU Grid project EGEE (2004-2005); Director of the EU Data-Grid project (2001-2004); head of mass storage services (1997-2000); Leader of the EU project GPMIMD2 (1993-1996). Fabrizio Gagliardi has worked with four different Nobel Prize winners, while at CERN.
Françoise Genova, Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre CDS, France 

Françoise Genova has been the director of Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS since 1995. She is one of the founding parents of the astronomical Virtual Observatory (VO) endeavour, and has coordinated several projects funded by the European Commission in support to the European VO. She was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data set up by the European Commission in 2010, and one of the authors of the "Riding the wave" report. She is Vice-Chair of the Scientific Committee of ICSU World Data System, and has been a member of the Executive Committee of ICSU CODATA (2010-2012). 
Hilary Hanahoe, Trust-IT Services Ltd., United Kingdom

Hilary Hanahoe is a director at Trust-IT Services and has been communicating innovation, marketing & digital strategies in ICT since 1996. She has a deep commitment in building programmes that forge strong bonds and higher levels of involvement with organisations, decision-makers, influencers in the creation of ICT opportunities for Europeans in extra EU countries. She served as Coordinator of the GRDI2020 initiative which produced a 10 year visionary roadmap on Global Research Data Infrastructures and successfully created a globally connected community of research data stakeholders. Hilary is currently the coordinator of the RDA Europe 2 project and a member of the RDA Secretariat. 
Yannis Ioannidis, ATHENA Research Center, Greece
Yannis Ioannidis is currently a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. In early 2011 he also became the President and General Director of the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center; in addition, he currently serves as the Acting Director of the Institute of Language and Speech Processing, the Industrial Systems Institute, and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems of ATHENA.He received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1982, his MSc in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley in 1986.
Kimmo Koski, CSC-IT Center for Science Ltd, Finland

Dr. Kimmo Koski Managing Director, CSC - the Finnish IT Center for Science Kimmo Koski started in his current position as Managing Director of the Finnish IT center for science, CSC, in August 2004. Prior to his present position, Koski spent 4.5 years in Nokia Research Center and Nokia Technology Platform. Earlier work experience includes 10 years at CSC in various positions and a one-year visiting period in CERN in Switzerland. Koski received his doctorate from Helsinki University of Technology in January 1996. His dissertation was on Metacomputing Technology. During the recent years Koski has been active in building European HPC and data infrastructure through chair and vice-chair positions in major EU initiatives, such as PRACE (supercomputing) and EUDAT (data infrastructures). 
Carlos Morais-Pires, European Commission, Belgium
Carlos is Scientific Officer at the European Commission, Excellence in Science DG/CONNECT, where he coordinates the area of “Scientific Data e-Infrastructures” at the European Commission, DG CONNECT.
He joined the European Commission in 1998. Before that he was lecturing computer networks and signal processing at the technical university in Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Doris Wedlich, KIT, Germany

In 2012 Doris Wedlich became chief science officer (CSO) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) responsible for research programs in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, astroparticle and elementary particle physics, topics that depend on optimal and efficient large-scale data analysis and management. As KIT is part of the Helmholtz Association providing high-tech infrastructures to scientists worldwide open access to research outputs and data security are key issues of the Helmholtz mission Doris Wedlich stands for.
Peter Wittenburg, Garching Computing Center of the Max Planck Society,  Germany
In 2011, Peter Wittenburg became the head of the new unit called The Language Archive that was built as a collaboration between Max-Planck-Society, Berlin-Brandenburg-Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
Since 1988 he is member of the IT Advisory board of Max Planck Society. With leading roles in European research and data infrastructure initiatives Peter was also member of the High Level Expert Group which produced the “Riding the Wave” report on scientific data.
John Wood, RDA Europe Chair & Association of Commonwealth Universities, United Kingdom

Professor John Wood CBE, FREng is the Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and  High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Information Chair. He graduated from Sheffield University in metallurgy and went to Cambridge University for his Ph.D. (Darwin College).  He was a founder member of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures and became chair in 2004 where he was responsible for producing the first European Roadmap. He became the first chair of the European Research Area Board in 2008 responsible for high level advice to the European Commission and in 2009 produced a long term strategic vision entitled “Preparing Europe for a New Renaissance.”
Antonio  Zoccoli, INFN, Italy 

Antonio Zoccoli is professor of experimental physics at the University of Bologna, vice-president of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the director of Bologna INFN Section. He has been the President of Giuseppe Occhialini Foundation since 2008. He has authored more than 200 technical and scientific publications on international journals, and is currently a member of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the two LHC accelerator experiments (the other one being CMS) which have led to the discovery of Higgs Boson.