Recognition for the director of BSC in Cuba for his contribution to Cuban science

23 January 2023

The director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is receiving two awards in Cuba this week.

On the one hand, today he will be appointed Visiting Professor at the Central University "Marta Abreu" of Las Villas, and on the other hand, he has been elected corresponding member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

This last appointment is awarded to people linked to scientific-technical activity with relevant results and proven links and contributions to Cuban science. Along with Mateo, 16 other personalities will receive this recognition on 26 January in the framework of the International Symposium "Science, ethics and humanism in the struggle for social justice, sustainable development and peace" organised by the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

This brings to 10 the number of academies of which the director of the BSC is a member. Valero says he feels "highly praised by these two awards, which reaffirm the BSC's long-standing collaboration with Latin American countries in the field of supercomputing. We have shared many projects and we will continue to work together to advance science and technology and its free uses in Europe and Latin America.

As part of these awards, the BSC director will give two talks on supercomputing. Tomorrow at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computing of the Central University "Marta Abreu" de las Villas, and on 26 January he will participate in the round table organised by the Cuban Academy of Sciences on "Open Science and Ethics in Defence of Humanity".

About Mateo Valero

The director of BSC holds the three most important awards worldwide: the Eckert-Mauchly Prize in Computer Architecture, awarded by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), 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 one of the most important contributors to Computer Architecture in the last 25 years in Europe. He has published approximately 700 articles, has collaborated in the organisation of more than 300 international conferences and has given more than 600 lectures.

Mateo has ten Honoris Causa awards. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Chalmers University of Technology, University of Belgrade, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, University of Veracruz, University of Zaragoza, University Complutense of Madrid, University of Cantabria, Doctor Honoris Causa elect of the University of Granada, Doctor Honoris Causa of CINVESTAV and of the Cristobal Colon University.

He is the favorite son of his town, Alfamén (Zaragoza) and in 2005, the local school was named CEIP Mateo Valero in his honor.

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