Severo Ochoa Research Seminars

Wednesday, 25 January, 2017
Toyotaro Suzumura (IBM) will present a popular data model that naturally represents many problems in the real world.

Bio: Toyotaro Suzumura is a research scientist and technical lead of the Network Science and Big Data Analytics Department at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York, USA as well as a visiting full professor at Barcelona Supercomputing center in Spain, a visiting research scientist at the University of Tokyo.He has broad knowledge and experience in the research and development of computer science including big data processing in large-scale distributed systems, parallel and distributed middleware and its application to real-time data stream computing, large-scale graph processing, cloud computing, and various performance optimization technologies, design and implementation of dynamic scripting language and object-oriented parallel language and large-scale traffic simulation. Dr. Suzumura has been working for IBM Research since 2004 for 13 years after finishing his Ph.D. in 2004. As for his academic career, he had been appointed as a visiting associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2009 supervising 16 graduate students in his own laboratory “Suzumura Laboratory” and also a visiting associate professor of University College Dublin in Ireland since 2014/04 supervising 10 master students and 3 Ph.D. students.

Since 2013/10, he has worked for IBM Research – Ireland, the R&D headquarter of IBM Research in Europe as an international assignment specifically focusing on a variety of Smarter-Cities related technologies. Since 2015/04, he joined the headquarter of IBM Research - IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as a full-time research staff member and been leading a team of large-scale graph processing platforms. He has published over 60 reviewed research papers including top-quality international conferences and workshops as well as serving on numerous program committees and as workshop/track/area chair for top-tier conferences. He will be a program chair for IEEE BigData 2017. He is co-principal investigator on Japanese government projects. One of his notable achievements is that he and his team won the first place at the world competition of “Big Data” processing on supercomputers called “Graph500” ( in June 2014, June and November 2015, and June and November 2016.

Friday, 16 December, 2016
This year's Christmas lecture is about BSC involvement in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.The talks and following discussion will present the aims of the HLF and share experiences of BSC researchers that have participated on it. You can discuss with them how to go through the application process and understand the potential benefits of participating in the forum. Coffee will be served. Registration is required.

Short Bios:

Fabrizio Gagliardi is the Chair of the ACM Europe Policy Committee (EUACM). He works as Distinguished Research Director at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona and serves as Senior Strategy Advisor at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), in Spain.

Dr. Gagliardi has been consulting on computing and computing policy matters with the Commission of the European Union, several government and international bodies.

Prior to this and till 2013 he was Europe, Middle East and Africa Director for External Research at Microsoft Research. He joined Microsoft in 2005 after a long career at CERN, the world leading laboratory for particle physics in Geneva. There he held several technical and senior managerial positions since 1975.

Dr. Gagliardi obtained a doctor degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa in Italy in 1974.


Claudia Rosas got the B.S. degree in computer engineering in 2008 from Universidad Valle del Momboy (Venezuela). She got the M.Sc. in High-Performance Computing in 2009 and the Ph.D. in High-Performance Computing in 2012, both from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). Her research interests include high performance parallel applications, automatic performance analysis and dynamic tuning.

In 2012, she joined as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Her daily tasks are related to the POP Center of Excellence and the Intel-BSC Exascale Lab, being her main focus the performance analysis of parallel applications for European customers, and the automatic prediction and extrapolation of the expected behaviour of the applications at Exascale Computing.


Paul Carpenter graduated in BA Mathematics (1997) and Diploma in Computer Science (1998) from the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD in computer architecture from the Technical University of Catalonia in 2011. He is currently Senior Researcher at BSC, where he is Principal Investigator of the EUROSERVER and ExaNoDe projects.  He is co-chair of the ETP4HPC’s Working Group onprogramming models, WP3 leader for ExaNoDe, WP2 leader for EuroLab-4-HPC, and co-director of five PhD students.

 Prior to starting his PhD, he was Senior Software Engineer at ARM in Cambridge, UK, where he was technical lead for audio/video codec development and part of the small team that designed the ARM Advanced SIMD (NEON) vector ISA.  He has three worldwide patents.  His research interests are server system architecture, energy proportional interconnects, and virtual machine resource sharing.

Wednesday, 02 November, 2016
This month's Severo Ochoa Research Seminar Lecture will be given by Lev Lafayette and Martin Paulo, from the University of Melbourne. They are visiting a number of European Universities and research institutions to present the Research Platform of the University of Melbourne