Mateo Valero, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Murcia

25 April 2024

This is the eleventh 'honoris causa' awarded to the director of BSC

The director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), Mateo Valero, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Murcia (UMU) this Thursday. The investiture, approved by the UMU Senate on the proposal of the Faculty of Computer Science, aims to recognise the decisive influence of Valero as a world leader in research into computer architecture and the design of more efficient and powerful supercomputers.

The investiture ceremony took place in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Economics of the UMU and was presided over by the Rector, José Luján. It was also attended by the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, María González Veracruz, and the Regional Minister for Universities, Research, Environment and the Mar Menor of the Government of Murcia, Juan María Vázquez.

The UMU award is the eleventh honoris causa that Mateo Valero has received. It joins those from the Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Belgrade, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the University of Veracruz, the University of Zaragoza, the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Cantabria, the Doctor Honoris Causa elect of the University of Granada and the Doctor Honoris Causa of CINVESTAV and the Cristobal Colon University of Mexico.

About Mateo Valero

The director of BSC holds the three most important awards in the field of supercomputing worldwide: the Eckert-Mauchly prize in Computer Architecture, awarded by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as well as the Seymour Cray prize in supercomputing and the Charles Babbage Prize in parallel computers, both awarded by the IEEE.

He has also been awarded two national research prizes (Julio Rey Pastor, in 2001, and Leonardo Torres Quevedo, in 2006) and is a member of ten scientific academies.

For his significant contributions, he is considered to be one of the most important contributors to Computer Architecture in Europe over the last 25 years. He has published approximately 700 papers, has collaborated in the organisation of more than 300 international conferences and has given more than 600 lectures.

He is a favourite son of his village, Alfamén (Zaragoza) and in 2005, the local school was named CEIP Mateo Valero in his honour.

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