e-IRG Workshop, 14-15 May 2018, Bulgaria.

Panos Argyrakis

Panos Argyrakis (b. 1950) is Professor of Physics at the University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and Vice-Chairman of GRNET, the Greek NRN. He studied in USA at the University of Illinois (B.S., M.S. 1974), and The University of Michigan (PhD, 1978). Before joining the faculty at Thessaloniki, he taught at the University of Crete, Greece (1980-1985). His research interests are in Computational Sciences, Complexity, Networks, Large-scale computer simulation techniques. Monte-Carlo methods, Grid Computing and Parallel Computing, Smart algorithms for solution of Complex problems. Author of about 400 publications in international refereed journals, and in Conference Proceedings, Books, etc. Expert Evaluator in Scientific Journals, in Projects of the Framework Programs of the European Commission, in Projects of COST, of ESF (European Science Foundation), of ESA (European Space Agency). Expert reviewer in National Research Proposals in Greece, Belgium, the United Kingdom, in Czech Republic. Principal Investigator in over 50 projects funded by the European Commission, NATO, DAAD, Greek Secretariat of Research and Technology, Bilateral scientific agreements with Germany, France, USA, Belgium, Russia, Bulgaria, etc. Representative of Greece in several European Commission Programme Committees, Chairman of the PSWG (Physical Sciences Working Group) in ESA (European Space Agency, 2010-2015), Member of the Board of GuNet (agency responsible for hardware services in the Greek Academic network).

Laszlo Bacsardi

Laszlo Bacsardi received his PhD in quantum communications in 2012 at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. From 2009, he works at the University of Sopron, Hungary (formerly known as University of West Hungary). Currently, he is Associate Professor and the Head of the Institute of Informatics and Economics. As a Research Fellow, he is staff member at the Department of Networked Systems and Services, BME as well.

He is member of the IAF Space Communications and Navigation Committee and former executive member of the UN established Space Generation Advisory Council. Currently, he is the science communication manager of the COST Action CA15220 Quantum Technologies in Space. He is active member of the Hungarian national quantum technology flagship project started in 2017 and he worked on the first Hungarian quantum key distribution equipment in the previous years. His research on quantum-based satellite communications was recognized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2015 and by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in 2017.

Dr. Bacsardi is the Secretary General of the Hungarian Astronautical Society (MANT), which is the oldest Hungarian non-profit space association founded in 1956. He is member of the board of a Hungarian scientific newspaper ('World of Nature') and he is the publisher of a non-profit Hungarian space news portal ('Space World'). Furthermore, he is member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Scientific Association for Infocommunications Hungary (HTE---an IEEE and IEEE ComSoc sister society).

Peter Bauer

Dr Peter Bauer, a German national, is the Deputy Director of the Research Department at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK. He obtained his masters and PhD degrees in meteorology from the universities in Cologne and Hamburg, respectively. Before joining ECMWF, he was leading a research team working on satellite meteorology at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). His background covers physical modelling, data assimilation and satellite remote sensing. During his career, he was awarded research fellowships by UCAR and DLR to work at NOAA and NASA in the US and at IPSL in France. He is the author and co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and book chapters and a member of several international scientific advisory committees for DWD, KNMI, CMCC, WMO, ESA, and EUMETSAT. At ECMWF, his current duties include the management of the Scalability Programme that deals with the preparation of ECMWF's forecasting system for future super-computing infrastructures. He also coordinates a number of European Commission Horizon 2020 projects such as Energy-efficient Scalable Algorithms for Weather Prediction at Exascale (ESCAPE-1 & 2) and the European Flagship initiative ExtremeEarth.

Ignacio Blanquer

Ignacio Blanquer, associate professor of the Computer System Department at UPV since 1999 (currently accredited to full professor), has been a member of the Grid and High Performance Computing Research Group (GRyCAP - https://www.researchgate.net/lab/GRyCAP-Ignacio-Blanquer) since 1993, and he leads the group since 2016. The GRyCAP has a very strong background in Distributed, Cloud Computing and Data Management, especially in the area of Biomedicine.
He has been involved in Parallel Computation and Medical Image processing, participating in more than 55 national and European Research Projects, has authored and co-authored 40 articles in indexed journals and book chapters and in more than 90 papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings.
He has served as coordinator of the application area in the Spanish Network for e-Science, including his role in the managerial board was Community Manager in VENUS-C, where he collected and evaluated user requirements and provided hands-on support for migration to the cloud of 27 applications. He has been the project coordinator of EUBrazilCloudConnect (FP7), EUBRazil-BIGSEA (H2020) and CLUVIEM (national research project), and currently is the project coordinator of ATMOSPHERE (H2020) and co-principal investigator in the BigCLOE national research project.

Ivan Dimov

Ivan Dimov is the Deputy Minister for Education in the Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria. Prof. Dimov's portfolio as a Deputy Minister is Higher Education and Research. His responsibilities include among other, reform in the science sector, development of contemporary strategy for research development in synergy with innovations, market application and economic development as well as human potential enhancement. Additionally, his tasks involve transitioning to a progressively increasing performance based funding and internationalization of the Bulgarian research system as a whole.


Matthew Dovey

Matthew J. Dovey works at Jisc, the UK's expert organisation in the use of digital technologies for education and research, as Head of e-Infrastructure Strategy. He oversees work within Jisc Strategic Technologies to develop digital infrastructure services which support and enhance aspects of the research lifecycle – from discovery of information and data, to data analysis and manipulation, and collaboration and research impact and dissemination. Jisc is a beneficiary in the EOSCPilot project working on governance frameworks, policies, data interoperability and identity management.

Previously, Matthew was Technical Manager at the Oxford University e-Science Centre, where he advised scientific research projects based on WebService and GridService architectures. Prior to this, he worked for the Oxford University Library Services, implementing numerous library and digital library technologies and projects on preservation of digital material, and conducted research on music information retrieval at Kings College London.

Matthew is the Chair of the Executive Board and Council for EGI.eu and a member of the EUDAT CDI Council. He is also a member of the UK Cabinet Office Open Standards Board and the Software Sustainability Institute Advisory Board.

Françoise Genova

Françoise Genova has been the director of the Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS from 1995 to 2015, and one of the founding parents of the astronomical Virtual Observatory project. She has been the coordinator of several European projects dealing with the European Virtual Observatory. She currently leads the "Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability" Work Package of the European ASTERICS astronomy Cluster, which aims at optimizing the usage of the data from the astronomical large projects through the Virtual Observatory. She is one of the French Delegates at the e-IRG. She was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data set up by the European Commission in 2010, and one author of the "Riding the wave" report published in October 2010 and of its follow-up "Data Harvest" report, and is currently a member of the EC Expert Group on Turning FAIR data into reality. She is an active member of the RDA, in particular as member of the RDA Technical Advisory Board (co-chair since October 2015), and of the RDA Europe 1-3 projects. She is in charge of the RDA-France National Node in the RDA Europe 4.0 project.

Aneta Karaivanova

Dr. Aneta Karaivanova is a Professor at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria. She holds a PhD in Computer Science since 1997. She has won various awards including the plaque and diploma from NSF-Bulgaria for significant contribution in the development of the science in Bulgaria (2016), the 1st prize for Computer Science research of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science (1999), etc. Her research interests are in the areas of computational mathematics and advanced computing systems. She is an author of more than 80 scientific papers published in international journals. She spent more than 3 years as a guest researcher at Florida State University, USA. She holds key positions in many European projects and is a coordinator of various national R&D projects related to HPC, grid and GPGPU computing. Since 2011 she is the Bulgarian delegate in e-IRG. In the period 2013-2016 she chaired the Committee for bilateral and international collaboration at the Bulgarian National Science Fund.

Athanasios Karalopoulos

Athanasios Karalopoulos is a policy officer at the 'Open Data Policy and Science Cloud' Unit of the General Directorate on Research & Innovation of the European Commission. He is a member of the team that is responsible for the policy design and implementation of the European Open Science Cloud, contributing mostly to the data and governance aspects.
In addition, he is responsible for the drafting and implementation of an action plan that aims to improve the 'findability', 'accessibility', 'interoperability' and 'reusability' of research data in Europe (aka FAIR data action plan).
His career at the European Commission, before he joined the European Open Science Cloud team, includes: a) 4 years at the General Directorate on Informatics, as Programme Manager at the Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations Programme (ISA Programme) and b) 3.5 years at the cabinet of the EU Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries.
His research interests include semantic interoperability, open and linked data, information management and geo-informatics.


Kostadin Kostadinov

Kostadin Kostadinov is a professor,  at the Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The focus of his research is on robotics with application in manufacturing, micro and nanotechnology, biology, etc. Among his professional achievements are over 100 publications and 12 patents. He is the leader of many research projects funded under the EC Framework Program, FP6, FP7 and H2020, German Research Society and the Research Fund.

From June 6, 2017 Prof. Kostadinov is an adviser to the Minister of Education and Science in the field of research and innovation.

Dr. Kostadinov has been awarded the Pythagoras 2010 Award for his outstanding contribution to engineering science, Gold Apple 2014 for Outstanding Achievements in Knowledge and Technology Transfer, as well as by Inventor of the Year 2015 in Bulgaria and Pythagoras 2016 for his outstanding contribution to exploitation and commercialization of research results.

Yannick Legré

Yannick is the managing director of the EGI Foundation since February 2014. He was formerly a senior research engineer at the French National Scientific Research Centre – Grid and Cloud Institute (CNRS-IdGC). He holds a Master of Science in Information Technology (MScIT) and a degree in Law (LL.L). Over the last 15 years, Yannick has been involved in more than 30 projects in the areas of healthcare and biomedical research, as well as biodiversity and environmental research, such as the ENVRI & CReATIVE-B projects. Yannick has also been a co-founder and the president of the international HealthGrid association, and the director for International Relations of a French SME.

Tamas Maray

Dr. Tamas Maray is an expert at KIFU in Hungary (Governmental Information Technology Development Agency). He has been working as the CTO of NIIF Institute for 16 years. Before that he was a professor of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics for almost 20 years, the university where he graduated from. He participated in several EU and national R&D and innovation projects. He has experience in designing, operating and managing large scale eInfrastructure components, like research networks, grids and supercomputers. He is also an expert of parallel and distributed systems and applications.

Svetozar Margenov

Svetozar Margenov is a Full Professor at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT-BAS). He has PhD and DSc in Computational Mathematics. In 2011 is elected Corresponding Member of BAS. Prof. Margenov is Head of the Scientific Computing Department and Director of IICT. He is cofounder of the Bulgarian section of SIAM, being its Chairman for the first two mandates. Prof. Margenov has internationally recognized results in the fields of multilevel iterative methods, high performance and parallel algorithms, and HPC applications. In the past five years he has lead two national projects, two FP7 and 1 H2020 projects. He is coordinator of the Bulgarian NSF CoE on Supercomputing Applications and coordinator of the National Center of High Performance and Distributed Computing.

Norbert Meyer

Dr Norbert Meyer is the head of HPC and Data Division at Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), responsible for HPC, grid, cloud and data infrastructure management, security provisioning and R&D in the mentioned areas. His research interests concern resource management in distributed environments, accounting, data management, technology of development graphical user interfaces and network security, mainly in the aspects of connecting independent, geographically distant domains and European e-Infrastructures' concepts. He is the author and co-author of 80+ conference papers and articles in international journals, member of programme committees of international ICT conferences. Norbert Meyer is the Polish delegate of e-IRG, chair of the data management task force, member of ESFRI evaluation working groups. He coordinated EU projects: DORII and RINGRID, and several national projects, as well as Microsoft Innovation Centre and Innovation Centre of PSNC and Huawei.

Colin McMurtrie

Colin McMurtrie (male) has an honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Canterbury. He has consulting experience and more than 18 years' IT experience in the academic sector, including more than 10 years in HPC. At CSCS since 2009, he managed the National Systems group for 4 years, being responsible for the operations of the HPC systems, managed the Systems Integration group for more than 3 years having responsibility for large project management and infrastructure service offerings and is now an Associate Director, in charge of the HPC Operations section which is responsible for all compute, storage and network infrastructure as well as the infrastructure services portfolio of CSCS. He has extensive project management experience, is a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner and has ITIL certification. He has been involved with the HBP since 2014, serving as co-leader of WP7.5 in the Ramp-up Phase and SGA1. He was also the technical coordinator for SP7 in SGA1. He is currently leader of WP7.5 in SGA2, was a key contributor to the ICEI project proposal for HBP and was involved with the creation of the concept for the Fenix RI.

Marcin Ostasz
Marcin Ostasz graduated from the Technical University of Budapest at the Faculty of Electronics with an MSc degree and also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree awarded by Oxford Brookes University in the UK. Marcin has over 20 years of combined experience gained at various technical, project management, operations management, business analysis and process improvement positions with organisations such as Nokia, American Power Conversion, Dell, GE and Barclays Bank. Marcin is currently working at Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC, www.bsc.es) as a business analyst, where his primary role is supporting ETP4HPC, the European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing (ETP4HPC, www.etp4hpc.eu) as an Expert and managing one of its Office hubs. His other tasks include supporting projects, programmes and organisations such as PRACE, SHAPE, Mont-Blanc and e-IRG. He specialises in managing industrial relations, road-mapping, workshop management and business analysis. Marcin speaks Polish, English, Irish, Catalan, Hungarian and Czech.

Miroslav Ruda

Miroslav Ruda currently works as the head of the department of distributed computing at CESNET, where he is leading integrated national grid and cloud infrastructure called MetaCentrum. He is also a scientific researcher at CESNET and Masaryk University with research area in distributed computing. He leads the Czech NGI (NGI_CZ) in the EGI.eu, as well as groups representing Czech Republic or CESNET in cloud related activities in infrastructures like EGI or Elixir. He is and has been involved in many international projects (e.g. GridLab, CoreGRID, DataGrid, EGEE, EGEE II, EGI III, EGI InSpire, GN3+, EOSC-Hub), mainly as investigator or as a head of the CESNET team.

Gabriele von Voigt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gabriele von Voigt - Professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Group Computational Health Informatics (CHI), Institute of Distributed Systems, Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH).

Previously she was Managing Director of Leibniz Universit¨at IT Services (LUIS) for 14 years and director of the Research Center L3S at LUH Hannover and is still full member of the Research Center. She was the Head of the Advisory Board of D-Grid, the German Grid Initiative. She is the chair of the national grid initiative NGI-DE towards EGI.eu, which was revived on her initiative in 2015 and is now enlarged as a merger between Germany and Austria. She is council member of EGI.eu and member of the Advisory Scientific Council (ASC) of CIMNE. Gabriele von Voigt is the Chair of e-IRG since the beginning of this year and the German e-IRG Delegate since 2007 and is also coordinating the e-IRGSP5 project. She is an expert in e-Infrastructure components and operation for supercomputing, grids, networks, in various fields of applications with the main focus on grid computing and supercomputing.