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CaSToRC Scientific Expert Panel

The Members and Chair of the SEP are appointed by the President of CyI. The Committee meets at least twice a year.

In order to exercise scientific overview and steering for CaSToRC, The Cyprus Institute relies on the expert advise of a Scientific Expert Panel (SEP). The SEP provides the Institute with independent scientific advice of the highest possible caliber on scientific issues and policy necessary for the development of CaSToRC.

In particular, the SEP make recommendations on issues related to the research scope and thrusts and to the future development of the Center, evaluate the ongoing programs and projects, and facilitate scientific partnerships and collaborations for the Center.

The Members and Chair of the SEP are appointed by the President of CyI. The Committee meets at least once a year.



Thomas Lippert
Director, John von Neumann-Institut für Computing, Forschungszentrum Juelich GMBH, Germany

Thomas Lippert received his diploma in Theoretical Physics in 1987 from the University of Würzburg. He completed Ph.D. theses in theoretical physics at Wuppertal University on simulations of lattice quantum chromodynamics and at Groningen University in the field of parallel computing with systolic algorithms. He is director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungzentrum Jülich, member of the board of directors of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC), and he holds the chair for Computational Theoretical Physics at the University of Wuppertal. His research interests include lattice gauge theories, quantum computing, numerical and parallel algorithms, and cluster computing.

Thomas Lippert


Members of the Panel:

Bill Gropp
Director, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Gropp holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science and has served as NCSA's chief scientist since 2015. He is a co-principal investigator of Blue Waters and was recently named principal investigator of the NSF-funded Midwest Big Data Hub.
Gropp is a leader in the advanced computing community who co-chaired the National Academies' Committee on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science. His most widely known contribution to the scientific computing community was the development of the MPICH implementation of the Message Passing Interface (MPI). Gropp has authored more than 187 technical publications, including co-authoring the book Using MPI.
Gropp was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for his highly influential contributions to the programmability of high performance parallel and distributed computers.

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Anwar Osseyran
Managing Director, SARA Computing and Networking Services, Netherlands

Anwar Osseyran is Professor of Business Analytics and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Business and Economics and has been the CEO of SURFsara, the Dutch national High-Performance Computing (HPC) center, since 2001. His research focuses on the impact of HPC and Big Data technologies on the field of science, the business sector and society. He has more than 30 years of multidisciplinary management experience in various areas of ICT including manufacturing, information management, health informatics, high performance computing, industrial automation and computer hardware and software.

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Thomas Schulthess
Professor, ETH Zurich and Director of CSCS, Switzerland

Thomas Schulthess received his PhD in Physics in 1994 from ETH Zurich. In 1999 he became a research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and from 2002 to 2008 served as group leader of the Computational Materials Sciences Group of ORNL's Computer Science and Mathematics Division. Since October 2008, Thomas holds a chair in computational physics at ETH Zurich and directs the National Supercomputing Center of Switzerland in Manno. Thomas' research interests are in condensed matter, nano-, and materials sciences, as well as the development and use of high performance computing to solve important problems in these fields. He led the team that was awarded the 2008 ACM Gordon Bell Prize.

Thomas Schulthess
Ian Bird
LHC Computing Grid Project Leader, CERN, Switzerland

Ian Bird, is currently the LHC Computing Grid Project Leader, and has line management responsibility in the CERN IT Department for Physics Computing activities. He the EGEE Operations Manager responsible for deploying, operating, and supporting the EGEE grid infrastructure.

Ian Bird