8th BSC Doctoral Symposium 2021

Date: 11/May/2021 Time: 15:00 - 13/May/2021 Time: 18:00


The 8th BSC Doctoral Symposium will be held online. More details will follow.



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 11th)

Start time Activity Speaker/s Chair
14.45h Doctoral Symposium waiting room
15.00h Welcome Maria-Ribera Sancho, Education&Training Manager  
15.10h Opening Josep Mª Martorell, BSC Associate Director  
15.30h Keynote talk: Redesigning Computing Systems in the Age of Huge Data and Sparse Computation Dr. Wen-mei W. Hwu
Senior Distinguished Research Scientist, NVIDIA
Professor and Sanders-AMD Chair Emeritus, ECE
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maria-Ribera Sancho
  We have been experiencing two very important developments in computing. On the one hand, a tremendous amount of resources have been invested into innovative applications such as first-principle based models, deep learning and cognitive computing. On the other hand, the industry has been taking a technological path where traditional scaling is coming to an end and application performance and power efficiency vary by more than two orders of magnitude depending on their parallelism, heterogeneity, and locality. A “perfect storm” has been formed from the fact that data movement has become the dominating factor for both power and performance of high-valued applications. It will be critical to match the compute throughput to the data access bandwidth and to locate the compute at where the data is. Much has been and continuously needs to be learned about of algorithms, languages, compilers and hardware architecture in this movement. What are the killer applications that may become the new driver for future technology development? How hard is it to program existing systems to address the date movement issues today? How will we program future systems? How will innovations in memory devices present further opportunities and challenges in designing new systems? What is the impact on long-term software engineering cost on applications (and legacy applications in particular)? In this talk, I will present our vision for and initial results from the IBM-Illinois C3SR Erudite system inside this perfect storm.
16.30h Event Screenshot
16.40 First Poster Session: Data-based solutions for medicine, astronomy and society
  • Adaptive Optics Control with ReinforcementLearning: First steps Bartomeu Pou
  • Lindaview: An OBDA-based tool for self-sufficiency assessment Victor-Alejandro Ortiz
  • Multiplex network uncovers Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease endotypes Núria Olvera Ocaña
17h Break
17.10h First Talk Session: Life Sciences & Genomics
17.10h Epigenetic Characterization of Cholangiocarcinomas Winona Oliveros Diez David Torrents
17.30h Unveiling the Transcriptional and Cellular Landscape of Age across Human Tissues Aida Ripoll Cladellas  
17.50h From Comorbidities to Gene Expression Fingerprints and Back Beatriz Urda  
18:10h perSVade: personalized Structural Variation detection in your species of interest Miquel Àngel Schikora Tamarit  
18.30h Adjourn

DAY 2 (May 12th)

Start time Activity Speaker/s Chair
9.00h Opening of the second day    
9.20h Second Talk Session: Modelling & HPC
9.20h startR: A tool for large multi-dimensional data processing An-Chi Ho Rosa Badia
9.40h Curved geometry modeling: interpolation of subdivision features Albert Jiménez Ramos  
10.00h Optimizing Execution on Large-scale Infrastructures by Integrating Task-based workflows and MPI Hatem Elshazly  
10.20h VIA: A Smart Scratchpad for Vector Units with Application to Sparse Matrix Julián Pavón  
10.40h Break
10.50h Third Talk Session: Computer Architecture
10.50h Predicate-Based Filtering for Multi-GPU Utilization in Directive-Based Kazuaki Matsumura Petar Radojkovic
11.10h Pushing the Envelope on Free TLB Prefetching Georgios Vavouliotis  
11.30h Cost-Aware Prediction of Uncorrected DRAM Errors in the Field Isaac Boixaderas  
11.50h Optimizing the SpMV kernel on long-vector
Constantino Gómez  
12.10h Break
12.20h Fourth Talk Session: HPC applications in Earth and Life Sciences
12.20h Determining the structure of small molecules via their pseudo-electrons and atoms 3D models using FPGA Cesar Gonzalez Xavier Martorell
12.40h Mining the essential motions of pyruvate kinase Luis Jorda  
13.00h Constraining the chemical composition of particulatematter in an atmospheric chemistry model Hector Navarro Barboza  
13.20h The multilayer community structure of medulloblastoma Iker Núñez Carpintero  
13.40h Tsunami inundation forecast in central Chile using stochastic earthquake scenario Natalia Zamora  
14.00h Lunch break
15.00h Tutorial part 1
  Title: Cognitive Abilities for Team Innovation ¨CATI¨ part 1 Queralt Prat-i-Pubill  
  • INQUIRY. We will inquiry about our mechanisms of interpretation.
  • AWARENESS. We will become aware of the two dimensions of reality
  • SUCCESS. We will apply what we learn from the ¨get go¨
  We will use the way we deal with conflict as an inquiry entry to our mental models.
We will work on understanding the creative implications of automatically responding to our particular models.
17.30h Adjourn

DAY 3 (May 13th)

Start time Activity Speaker/s Chair
9.30h Opening of the third day    
10.00h Fifth Talk Session: HPC and Modelling for Earth Science
10.00h High Resolution Decadal Prediction - Impacts on the predictability of the Pacific variability Aude Carréric Pablo Ortega
10.20h Climate Forecast Analysis Tools Framework Núria Pérez-Zanón  
10.40h Bias-adjustment method for street-scale air quality models Jan Mateu Armengol  
11.00h Exploiting parallelism for CPU and GPU linear solvers on chemistry for atmospheric models Christian Guzman Ruiz  
11.20h Super-resolution for downscaling climate data Carlos Alberto Gómez Gonzalez  
11.40h Break
11.50 Second Poster Session: Dust modelling and genome sequencing
  • Analysis of Hybrid Genomes in the Candida parapsilosis Clade Valentina del Olmo
  • Sensitivity of soluble iron deposition to soilmineralogy uncertainty Elisa Bergas-Massó
  • Modeling nitric acid uptake by mineral dust Rubén Sousse Villa
12.10h Break
12.20h Sixth Talk Session: Machine Learning and Quantum computing
12.20h An architecture for autonomic ML/AI workflow management and supervision Peini Liu Josep Lluís Berral
12.40h Quantum Singular Value Decomposer Diego García-Martín  
13.00h Algebraic Linelet Preconditioner for the solution of the Poisson equation on boundary layer flows Ramiro de Olazábal  
13.20h TunaOil: A Tuning Algorithm Strategy for Reservoir Simulation Workloads Felipe Portella  
13.40h A Machine Learning based Wall Model for LES of Turbulent flows Sarath Radhakrishnan  
14 00h Lunch break
15.00h Tutorial part 2
  Title: Cognitive Abilities for Team Innovation ¨CATI¨ part 2 Queralt Prat-i-Pubill  
  • INQUIRY. We will inquiry about our mechanisms of interpretation.
  • AWARENESS. We will become aware of the two dimensions of reality
  • SUCCESS. We will apply what we learn from the ¨get go¨
  We will practice differentiating our automatic mechanisms of interpretation, what we call the relative dimension from the absolute dimension.
Inquiring about our mechanism and being able to distance and silence them will foster a different approach to collaboration.
17.30 End of the Doctoral Symposium