Josep Lluis Berral Garcia

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Josep Ll. Berral received his Engineering degree in Informatics (2007), M.Sc. in Computer Architecture (2008), and Ph.D. on Computer Science (2013) at BarcelonaTech-UPC. He is a data scientist, working and leading applications of data mining and machine learning on data-center and cloud environments at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) within the “Data-Centric Computing” research line. He is currently working in collaboration projects with IBM, Intel and Petrobras, and previously collaborated with Microsoft and Cisco. He did research at the High-Performance Computing group and at the Relational Algorithms, Complexity and Learning group at BarcelonaTech-UPC. He has been recently awarded with a Juan de la Cierva research fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Economy.


  • Ph.D. studies at Technical University of Catalonia – BarcelonaTech (UPC), 2013
  • Degree on Advanced Studies at Computer Architecture Department at BarcelonaTech (DAC – UPC), 2009
  • M.Sc. in Computer Architecture, Networks and Systems, at Computer Architecture Department (DAC – UPC), 2008
  • Degree in Computer Science (5 year-long study program) at Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB – UPC), 2007


Current Participation in Research Projects

  • Hi-EST, "Holistic Integration of Emerging Supercomputing Technologies", European Research Council (GA 639595), at the DataCentric Computing Group at BSC.
  • PATRONS@BSC, "Emission Models and Patterns through Machine Learning Analytics", partially financed by Severo Ochoa Programme (GA SEV-2015-0493), in collaboration with the Earth Sciences Department at BSC.
  • DM-CANCER, "Data Mining on Carcinogen Data", in collaboration with the Life Sciences Department at BSC.
  • CAP-VII, "Computación de Altas Prestaciones" (TIN2015-65316-P jan/16-dec/19).

Former Participation in Projects (at BSC)

  • LIGHTHOUSE (2015 - 2017): "Cisco-Lighthouse, Fog Computing on Smart-Cites", BSC-Cisco Agreement.
  • ALOJA & ALOJA-ML (2014 - 2017), Hadoop Benchmark Repository and Performance Analysis Tools, at BSC-Microsoft RC.
  • CAP-VI (2013 - 2015), "Computación de Altas Prestaciones" (TIN2012-34557, jan/13-dec/15).


He is member of the IEEE, and member of the ACM and the SIGKDD.


I am lecturer of machine learning and computer engineering related subjects. I have been at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB), the Spanish National Open University (UNED) and the Valencia International University (VIU). I also make courses on "Big Data and Machine Learning platforms", one of the most relevants at the PRACE Advanced Training Courses from the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe international association, in which the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is member.
Current Education Projects
  • Intel-AI, "AI and Predictive Analytics in Data-Center Environments", awarded by the Intel Academic Education Mindshare Initiative for AI.