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CaSToRC Scientific Expert Panel

The Members and Chair of the SEP are appointed by the President of CyI. The Committee meets at least twice a year.

In order to exercise scientific overview and steering for CaSToRC, The Cyprus Institute relies on the expert advise of a Scientific Expert Panel (SEP). The SEP provides the Institute with independent scientific advice of the highest possible caliber on scientific issues and policy necessary for the development of CaSToRC.

In particular, the SEP make recommendations on issues related to the research scope and thrusts and to the future development of the Center, evaluate the ongoing programs and projects, and facilitate scientific partnerships and collaborations for the Center.

The Members and Chair of the SEP are appointed by the President of CyI. The Committee meets at least once a year.



Thomas Lippert
Director, John von Neumann-Institut für Computing, Forschungszentrum Juelich GMBH, Germany

Thomas Lippert received his diploma in Theoretical Physics in 1987 from the University of Würzburg. He completed Ph.D. theses in theoretical physics at Wuppertal University on simulations of lattice quantum chromodynamics and at Groningen University in the field of parallel computing with systolic algorithms. He is director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungzentrum Jülich, member of the board of directors of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC), and he holds the chair for Computational Theoretical Physics at the University of Wuppertal. His research interests include lattice gauge theories, quantum computing, numerical and parallel algorithms, and cluster computing.

Thomas Lippert


Members of the Panel:

Ed Seidel
Director, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Edward Seidel earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree in physics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and a doctorate in relativistic astrophysics at Yale University in 1988. He is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing, and relativity and astrophysics with an outstanding track record as an administrator. He is the Director of NCSA, a Founder Professor in the University of Illinois Department of Physics and a professor in the Department of Astronomy. He served as the senior vice president for research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, directed the Office of Cyberinfrastructure and serve as assistant director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation. His research has been recognized by a number of awards, including the 2006 IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, the 2001 Gordon Bell Prize, and 1998 Heinz-Billing-Award. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ed Seidel
Anwar Osseyran
Managing Director, SARA Computing and Networking Services, Netherlands

Anwar Osseyran is Professor of Business Analytics and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Business and Economics and has been the CEO of SURFsara, the Dutch national High-Performance Computing (HPC) center, since 2001. His research focuses on the impact of HPC and Big Data technologies on the field of science, the business sector and society. He has more than 30 years of multidisciplinary management experience in various areas of ICT including manufacturing, information management, health informatics, high performance computing, industrial automation and computer hardware and software.

Anwar Osseyran
Thomas Schulthess
Professor, ETH Zurich and Director of CSCS, Switzerland

Thomas Schulthess received his PhD in Physics in 1994 from ETH Zurich. In 1999 he became a research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and from 2002 to 2008 served as group leader of the Computational Materials Sciences Group of ORNL's Computer Science and Mathematics Division. Since October 2008, Thomas holds a chair in computational physics at ETH Zurich and directs the National Supercomputing Center of Switzerland in Manno. Thomas' research interests are in condensed matter, nano-, and materials sciences, as well as the development and use of high performance computing to solve important problems in these fields. He led the team that was awarded the 2008 ACM Gordon Bell Prize.

Thomas Schulthess
Frederic Hemmer
Head of IT Department of CERN, Switzerland

Dr Frederic Hemmer is the Head of the IT Department of CERN. He studied Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (and Computing) at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Ecole Polytechnique Brussels, Belgium. He joined CERN in 1984 where he served as Systems Engineer in Databases, Real-Time Systems and more generally Distributed Computing. In 2005 he was appointed as CERN Deputy IT Department Head and became the head of the department in 2009.

Frederic Hemmer
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