BSC researcher Rosa M. Badia, new member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans

21 July 2023

The members of the IEC are academics and professionals, highly qualified specialists.

The researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), leader of the research group on workflows and distributed computing, Rosa M. Badia, has been appointed as a new member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC). Badia was elected at the institute's July plenary session as a full member of the Science and Technology Section, for research in fundamental and applied sciences, architecture and urban planning, mathematics, physics, chemistry, technology and geology.
The IEC brings together people with professional and academic profiles from all fields of knowledge, highly qualified specialists.
Rosa M. Badia says that "this appointment is a great honour for me and I am very excited to be able to contribute to this institution that covers so many fields of scientific research in all areas of Catalan culture".

Along with Badia, Salvador Pané, professor of materials for robotics at the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) and co-director of the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and Arab and Islamic studies at the University of Valencia, where she has served as dean, have also been appointed members.

About Rosa M. Badia

Rosa M. Badia i Sala holds a degree in Computer Science (1989) and a PhD in Computer Science (1994) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Her research has focused on parallel programming models for distributed computing. The research group contributes to the PyCOMPSs/COMPSs environment, a task-based distributed parallel programming tool, and its application to heterogeneous workflows combining high-performance computing, data analysis and artificial intelligence. Under Badia's leadership, the group has participated in forty-one European projects and has been principal investigator in four of them. She has also been principal investigator in twenty-four national projects. She is currently the principal investigator of the EuroHPC JU eFlows4HPC project.

Her group has participated in contracts with Fujitsu, IBM and Intel and has been recognised as a consolidated research group by the SGR. Badia's software solutions enable new discoveries in science in areas such as genetics or astronomy. She received the Euro-Par Achievement Award 2019, the DonaTIC award from the Generalitat de Catalunya in the academia/researcher category in 2019, and the ACM HPDC Achievement Award in 2021 for her contributions in the area of distributed computing and for her leadership of the research community. In 2022 she was appointed Distinguished Research Fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She currently chairs the ACM's European Council.

About the IEC

The Institut d'Estudis Catalans is the normative reference body for the Catalan language as a whole. It works with the vision of being the academic point of reference for Catalan language and culture, advising the public authorities and having the capacity to influence society through reflection, rigour and independent criteria. It acts as an academy of the Catalan language and as a centre for research studies in all areas of knowledge.