ESAC E-Science Workshop '10 Speakers  

Invited Speakers

  • Wolfgang Gentzsch, DEISA-2
Wolfgang Gentzsch is Dissemination Advisor for the DEISA Distributed European Initiative for Supercomputing Applications, and Member at large of the Board of Directors of the Open Grid Forum. Until recently, he was an adjunct professor of computer science at Duke University in Durham, and a visiting scientist at RENCI Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, both in North Carolina. From 2005 to 2007, he was the Chairman of the German D-Grid Initiative; Vice Chair of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group e-IRG; Area Director of Major Grid Projects of the OGF Open Grid Forum Steering Group; member of the US President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST). Before, he was Managing Director of MCNC Grid and Data Center Services in North Carolina; Sun's Senior Director of Grid Computing in Menlo Park, CA; President, CEO, and CTO of start-up companies Genias and Gridware, and professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Germany. Worlfgang Gentzsch studied mathematics and physics at the Technical Universities in Aachen and Darmstadt, Germany.

  • Peter Nugent, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Peter Nugent is the Group Leader and co-founder of the Computational Cosmology Center of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He serves as PI of the Palomar Transient Factory Type Ia Supernova Project and the SNAP/JDEM's Core Collapse Working Group, and is a member of the Dark Energy Survey Supernova Working Group. He holds a Ph.D on Physics by the University of Oklahoma.
  • William O'Mullane, European Space Agency
William O'Mullane has worked on space science projects since 1996 when assisted with the production of the Hipparcos CDROMS. During this period he was also involved with the Planck and Integral science ground segments as well as contemplating the Gaia data processing problem. From 2000-2005 Wil worked on developing the US National Virtual Observatory (NVO) and on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) in Baltimore, USA. In August 2005 he rejoined ESA as Gaia Science Operations Development Manager to lead the ESAC development effort for the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium.
  • Harry Enke, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam
Harry Enke is the E-Science Lead for WissGrid (Grid for Science). Previously he served as the AstroGrid-D Project Manager, the Leader for the E-Science Group AIP and as member of the GAVO (German Virtual Observatory). He holds a PhD on Low Temperature Physics (SQUIDS).

  • Daniel S. Katz , University of Chicago
Daniel S. Katz is the TeraGrid GIG Director of Science, and a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute (CI) at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT), Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was previously Director for Cyberinfrastructure Development from 2006 to 2009, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Deparment of Electrical and Computer Engineering at LSU. He was at JPL from 1996 to 2006, in a variety of roles, including: Principal Member of the Information Systems and Computer Science Staff, Supervisor of the Parallel Applications Technologies group, Area Program Manager of High End Computing in the Space Mission Information Technology Office, Applications Project Element Manager for the Remote Exploration and Experimentation (REE) Project, and Team Leader for MOD Tool (a tool for the integrated design of microwave and millimeter-wave instruments). From 1993 to 1996 he was amployed by Cray Research (and later by Silicon Graphics) as a Computational Scientist on-site at JPL and Caltech, specializing in parallel implementation of computational electromagnetic algorithms. His research interests include: numercial methods, algorithms, and programming applied to supercomputing, parallel computing, cluster computing, distributed computing, and embedded computing; and fault-tolerant computing. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively. His work is documented in numerous book chapters, journal and conference publications, and NASA Tech Briefs. He is a senior member of the IEEE, chairs the steering committee for the IEEE Cluster conference series, designed and maintained (until 2001) the original website for the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society.

  • Maria Alandes Pradillo, CERN
Maria Alandes Pradillo is the Release Manager of gLite, the grid middleware developed in the EU-funded Enabling Grids for E-Science (EGEE) project. She has been based at CERN and working for EGEE since 2005 involved in the certification, configuration and integration of gLite. Prior to her work at CERN, she has worked at CEDEX (Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas) in Spain for two years, leading the software automation efforts of the Eurobalise Laboratory. She holds a university degree in Computer Science by the Technical University of Madrid. She has also carried out internships at the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), Hewlett-Packard (Grenoble) and a research fellowship at the Technical University of Madrid for two years. Currently she's also active on how to apply ITIL best practices in the IT department at CERN.