6th BSC SO Doctoral Symposium

Date: 07/May/2019 Time: 09:00 - 09/May/2019 Time: 18:00


The Doctoral Symposium will take place in Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, within the UPC Campus Nord premises.

Building A3 on the map. Aula Master

Target group: PhD students as well as early stages PostDoc researchers and late stages MSc students in the BSC areas of research and complementing areas.

Cost: The Symposium is free of charge.

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DAY 1 (May 7th)

Start time Activity Speaker/s Chair
8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome and opening
Sergi Girona, BSC Operations Director and CIO
Maria Ribera Sancho
9:20 Keynote talk:
Brain and behaviour: to which extent are we responsible for who we are?
David Bueno i Torrens, Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Abstract: The brain is the organ of thought. Its neural networks manage all our behaviours. Its ontogenetic origin, however, is dual. On one hand, its formation and its functioning are conditioned by a number of genes, which make each person more or less prone to any cognitive ability as well as for any behavioural response. On the other hand, the environment also influences how the synaptic conexions are established, which in turn sets the neural networks, whose activity will generate all the behaviours and learning. What is the relative influence of each of these factors? Can we contribute to the construction of our brain? In this keynote we will discuss to which extent we are responsible for being who we are.
10:30 Event Photo + Coffee break & First Poster Session
  • Development of HPC Multiphysics Framework for HTS Magnets in Fusion, José Lorenzo
  • Deciphering the interactions between the immune system and cancer cells to enable precision medicine, Victoria Ruiz‐Serra
  • Local traffic contribution to black carbon horizontal and vertical profiles in compact urban areas, Jaime Benavides
  • De novo binding prediction of peptides to MHC class I, Pep Amengual‐Rigo
  • PluriZymes: new enzymes for new times, Marc Domingo Cabasés
11:40 First Talk Session: Algorithms, plastic biodegradation, wave propagation and seismology
  1. Towards PET degradation engineering, Sergi Rodà
  2. Maximal Entanglement in Quantum Computation, Alba Cervera
  3. Parameteric Wave Progagation Models with Domain Decomposed Reduced Order Methods, Prattya Datta
  4. Multifractal characterization of seismicity: the case of Carterbury region (New Zealand), 2000‐2018, Marisol Monterrubio Velasco
Victor Guallar
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Tutorial 1st part
  Creativity & Innovation: Why creativity is needed in a science career? Alicia Marín Muniesa, Isabel Nogueroles, Judit Murlans  
  Goals & Content

Goal: The goal of this workshop is to set the scene to value creativity and innovation in a scientific environment.


  • Creative Thinking:
    • Creativity vs. Innovation
    • Uses in the scientific environment
  • Requirements and strategies to foster creativity and innovation:
    • Barriers and blockages
  • Practices and resources to develop creativity and innovation
  • Collecting challenges to solve them with the help of creativity techniques
  • Topics for this workshop:
    • Group awareness ‐ Troubleshooting the challenges of early‐career research
    • Communication ‐ Understanding my audience and pitching my message
    • Project Management – How can I prioritise my tasks?
16:30 Adjourn

DAY 2 (May 8th)

Start time Activity Speaker/s Chair
9:00 Opening of the second day
9:10 Keynote talk 2: Preparing for Extreme Heterogeneity in High Performance Computing Jeffrey Vetter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Petar Radojkovic

Abstract:While computing technologies have remained relatively stable for nearly two decades, new architectural features, such as heterogeneous cores, deep memory hierarchies, non‐volatile memory (NVM), and near‐memory processing, have emerged as possible solutions to address the concerns of energy‐efficiency and cost. However, we expect this ‘golden age’ of architectural change to lead to extreme heterogeneity and it will have a major impact on software systems and applications. Software will need to be redesigned to exploit these new capabilities and provide some level of performance portability across these diverse architectures. In this talk, I will sample these emerging memory technologies, discuss their architectural and software implications, and describe several new approaches (e.g., domain specific languages, intelligent compilers and introspective runtime systems) to address these challenges.

10:20 Coffee break & Second Poster Session:
  • An ILP‐based Real‐Time Scheduler for Distributed and Heterogeneous Computing Environments, Eudald Sabaté Creixell
  • Techniques for reducing and bounding OpenMP dynamic memory, Adrián Munera Sánchez
  • C/R Support for Heterogeneous HPC Applications, Konstantinos Parasyris
  • High‐Integrity GPU Designs for Critical Real‐Time Automotive Systems, Sergi Alcaide Portet
11:30 Second Talk Session: Data Analytics, genetic variability, distributed computing and seismology
  1. Orchestration of Software Packages in Data Science Workflows, Cristian Ramon‐Cortes Vilarrodona
  2. Characterization of Structural Genomic Variability in Population Cohorts, Jordi Valls
  3. Cyberinfrastructure programming with COMPs, Francesc Lordan
  4. Assessment of Damage Potential of Seismic Ground Motions, Armando Aguilar Meléndez
Rosa Badia
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Third Talk Session: Machine Learning, personalized medicine and air quality Eduard Ayguadé
  1. Analysis of the interaction of genomic variants and their association to common diseases,
  2. Correcting Air Quality Forecasts with Machine Learning Algorithms, Hervé Petetin
  3. TauRieL: Targeting Traveling Salesman Problem with deep reinforcement learning, Gorker Alp Malazgirt
  4. Training CNNs using high‐resolution images of variable shape, Ferran Parés Pont
15:30 Tutorial session 2
  Creativity & Innovation: Working on real challenges with Design Thinking techniques Alicia Marín Muniesa, Isabel Nogueroles, Judit Murlans  

Content&Goals Goal: The goal of this workshop is to provide scientists with practical tools and resources that can be applied in their working environment to bring innovation to life.


  • Presenting challenges to be solved in teams
  • The process of creative problem solving
  • Introducing and practicing with applied creativity techniques:
    • Design Thinking (IDEO)
    • Design Sprint (GOOGLE)
  • Participants present their creative solutions
  • Individual Action Plan to transfer learning to the workplace
17:30 Adjourn

DAY 3 (May 9th)

Start time Activity Speaker/s Chair
9:00 Opening of the second day
9:10 Fourth Talk Session: HPC, biological simulation and computer architecture
  1. Containers in HPC: A Scalability and Portability Study in Production Biological Simulations, Oleksandr Rudyy
  2. Exploration of architectural parameters for future HPC systems, Constantino Gómez
  3. Supporting task creation inside FPGA devices, Jaume Bosch
  4. Enhancing Scheduling through Monitoring and Prediction Techniques, Antoni Navarro Muñoz
  5. Experimental Study of Aggressive Undervolting in FPGAs, Behzad Salami
Filippo Mantovani
10:50 Coffee break & Third Poster Session
  • A FM‐index transformation to enable large k‐steps, Rubén Langarita
  • A multilayer network approach to elucidate severity in Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes, Iker Núñez
  • Deep Learning Phase Picking of Large‐N experiments, Luis Fernández‐Prieto
  • Performance optimization of fully anisotropic elastic wave propagation on 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Phi processors, Albert Farres
11:50 Fifth Talk Session: Meshes and Fluids, Hemodynamics
  1. Towards a low dissipation FE scheme for scale resolving turbulent compressible flows, Lucas Gasparino
  2. Local bisection for conformal refinement of unstructured 4D simplical meshes, Guillem Belda Ferrín
  3. Defining a stretching and alignment aware quality measure for linear and curved 2D meshes, Guillermo Aparicio Estrems
  4. A One‐Dimensional Finite Element Model for Human Circulatory Systems, David Oks
Arnau Folch
13:15 Lunch
14:30 Sixth Talk Session: Models and simulation, dust and pathogenicity prediction
  1. Correctly modeling IR spectra of astronomical interesting nanosilicate clusters, Joan Mariñoso Guiu
  2. How much soil dust aerosol is man‐made?, Martina Klose
  3. Structural and Dynamics Analysis of Pyruvate Kinase from Erythrocytes: Implications in Pathology, Luis Jordà
Enza DiTomasso
16:00 Adjourn/End of Doctoral Symposium