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Management Committee and Working Group Joint Face-to-Face Meeting #1
COST Action no. IC1406
Action Title: High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications (cHiPSet)
Venue: Cracow, Country: Poland, 11th September 09:00-18:30, 2015, CEST

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome to participants
09:05 – 11:00 MC Meeting
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Presentations of invited guests

  • 11:30 – 11:45 – Jakub Kruszelnicki, CTT CUT, Poland: “Centre for Technology Transfer – Boosting projects, commercializing technologies and reliefing the administrative burden” (abstract and bio, presentation)
  • 11:45 – 12:05 – Grzegorz Sowa, Comarch, Cracow, Poland: “Brilliant solutions. Innovative technology. Strongly-modern design. Comarch products in the service of pan-European projects” (abstract and bio, presentation)
  • 12:05 – 12:25 – Jesus Carretero, NESUS Cost Action Chair, Spain: “COST Action IC1305. Network for Sustainability in Ultrascale Computing Systems (NESUS)” (abstract and biopresentation)
  • 12:25 – 12:45 – Siegfried Benkner, University of Vienna, Austria: “Recent and Future Activities in High-Performance Computing and Scientific Data Management” (abstract and bio,  presentation)12:45 – 13:00 – Dominik Skokowski, Kościuszko Institute, Poland: “Strategic Approach to Cybersecurity” (abstract and bio, presentation)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:15 – 15:30 WG joint Meeting
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 18:30 WG Individual Sessions
20:00 – ??? 🙂 Dinner


Jakub Kruszelnicki, CTT CUT, Poland: „Centre for Technology Transfer – Boosting projects, commercializing technologies and reliefing the administrative burden”

Center for Technology Transfer of Cracow University of Technology is an entity specialized in boosting the dialogue between science and business. Its mission is to help scientific teams valorize and commercialize their research ideas and results. CTT is represented by 4 teams (International Projects, Operational Programmes, Commercializartion and Business relations). CTT offers strong administrative and financial management support to research teams in order to relief them from this burden and accelerate their participation in projects. We are willing to establishing new connections and collaborations during this COST event in order to assure better and smoother responses to possible projects invitations.

JakubKruszelnickiJakub Kruszelnicki is working in EU-funded projects since 2007 starting from collaboration with Cracow University of Technology. During his Master Studies (European Integration on UAB) he was involved in FP7 proposals development for GEDIME investigation group. After studies, the internship in European Institute of Public Administration has expanded his experience to other EC calls (EuropeAid). Since February 2010 he was working in LEITAT Technological Center as International Project Manager responsible for NMP area. After 2 years in LEITAT, in September 2011, Jakub was assigned as Responsible for International Projects to KIM SLU where he is in charge of International Projects managing ongoing European projects and looking for opportunities to join European consortia, as well as coordinating proposals for KIM. After establishing European Projects Office with 6 FP7 projects gained the responsibilities of Jakub have been extended from European to international scope assigning the role of opening new markets in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Argentina) as well as European (Eastern Europe). Starting from November 2014 Jakub has relocated to Cracow and assumed the charge of Director of Technology Transfer Centre of Cracow University of Technology, at the moment he is supervising staff of 30 persons divided into 3 teams: Commercialization, Structural Funds and Framework Programmes. The Office is at the same time Regional Contact Point for H2020 as well as Europe Enterprise Network office. Additionally Jakub supports creation of special purpose company for launching spin-off initiatives.


Grzegorz Sowa, Comarch, Cracow, Poland: “Brilliant solutions. Innovative technology. Strongly-modern design. Comarch products in the service of pan-European projects”

Comarch is a strong, knowledge based company, with significant experience in developing sophisticated software and IT solutions for several key sectors. Most products offered by Comarch are developed in-house. Comarch’s capacity for constant innovation is backed by its vast experience, highly qualified human resources and above all, by considerable R&D spending.
Comarch is organized as a capital group and operates both nationwide in Poland as well as internationally throughout Western & Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the U.S.A., and Latin America. Comarch is one of the few Polish IT companies which have a significant presence abroad.

Comarch Technologies is the fast-growing technology wing of Comarch Capital Group providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions that combine HW and SW, standing out from its competitors by following the highest industry standards in safety and security. We draw our extensive technical knowledge and know-how from successfully completed projects in the areas of mobile software development, integration, quality assurance, interoperability and cross-platform consulting services. In the field of embedded software, Comarch provides services for consumer electronics and automotive R&D. These services range from electronics design and hardware prototyping to base-porting, microcontroller programming and user experience studies, focusing on connectivity and data interchangeability. Thanks to a long-lasting cooperation with financial institutions worldwide, we have developed in-depth understanding of cyber security threads and addressed them in our market-proven security solutions. In our business cooperations we bring an awareness of our customer’s expectations in terms of information confidentiality, vendor independence and cost transparency.

Our comprehensive cyber security solution provides companies with all necessary means to protect their IT systems. It allows companies to create a holistic security strategy rooted in confidentiality, integrity and availability starting from analysis and system design, through the implementation of security polices up to regular system and procedures audits. Such a robust strategy guarantees an exceptional security level of your IT environment based on centralised management and strict control over the access to IT resources along with advanced sensitive data protection.

Additionally, our solutions are supported by many hardware devices developed in-house in Comarch’s Lab, which provide enhanced security for user authentication and access control. Having full control over the entire SW & HW R&D process lets us address the latest security threats and challenges, and keep our solutions in compliance with industry standards and clients’ needs.

GSGrzegorz Sowa has been working for Comarch S.A. since 1998. In 2000, he received a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. He has worked as a programmer/designer, later as an analyst and project manager. Since 2001 he is working as the production manager of the IT Security R&D Department. His certifications include among others: CISSP (Certified Information Security Manager); CISM (Certified Information Security Manager); CISA (Certified Information Security Auditor); Security administrator (Polish certificate issued by Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego – covers topics under classified information law).

Mr Grzegorz Sowa has been leading crucial projects for IAAA, Dialog, NASK, ING and Polish Government (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of National Defence and other). He was the Comarch project manager for the ECOLEAD project under the 6th Framework Programme (6FP). Mr Sowa took part in the performance of a 7FP cybersecurity projects: NI2S3, FutureID and SAWSOC. He also was involved in other co-financed by the European Union projects in the field of Critical Infrastructure Protection (OKIT and DICOM).


Jesus Carretero, NESUS Cost Action Chair, Spain: “COST Action IC1305. Network for Sustainability in Ultrascale Computing Systems (NESUS)”

The NESUS COST Action has been created to establish an open research network targeting sustainable solutions for ultrascale computing systems. Ultrascale systems are envisioned as large-scale complex systems joining parallel and distributed computing systems that will be two to three orders of magnitude larger that today´s systems.
In an effort to cope with this systems, the NESUS Action aims at collaboratively rethinking the current basis of development of system software for scalable computing systems in order to pave the way towards a sustainable future scale growth by improving the coordination of efforts between complementary communities.

Cross fertilization among High Performance Computing (HPC), large scale distributed systems, and big data management is pursued to provide common activities in research topics such as sustainable software solutions (applications and system software stack), data management, energy efficiency, and resilience. Those efforts will be translated to applications amenable to ultra scale provided by institutions (academy and industry) members of the network. In this speech, NESUS COST action will be presented, together with some examples of the effort being made in the MPI area to enhance sustainability of ultrascale applications.

JesusCarreteroJesus Carretero is a Full Professor of Computer Architecture and Technology at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), where he is responsible for that knowledge area since 2000. He is also Director of the Master in Administration and Management of Computer Systems, which he founded in 2004.

His research activity is centered on high-performance computing systems, large-scale distributed systems and real-time systems. He is Action Chair of the IC1305 COST Action “Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing Systems (NESUS)”, and he is also currently involved in the FP7 program REPARA “Reengineering and Enabling Performance And poweR of Applications”. He has participated and leaded several national and international research projects in these areas, founded by Madrid Regional Government, Spanish Education Ministry and the European union.

Prof. Carretero is Associated Editor of the journal Computer and Electrical Engineering and International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks. He has published more than 180 papers in journals and international conferences, editor of several books of proceedings, and guest editor for special issues of journals as International Journal of Parallel Processing, Cluster Computing, Computers and Electrical Engineering, and New Generation Computing, and he is coauthor of several text books related to Operating Systems and Computer Architecture. He has participated in many conference organization committees, and he has been General chair of CSE 2015, CCGrid Life 2015, HPCC 2011 and MUE 2012, and Program Chair of ISPA 2012, EuroMPI 2013, C4Bio 2014, and ESAA 2014.

Prof. Carretero is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society and member of the ACM. He also serves and has served as a Technology Advisor and in applied projects with several companies such as RENFE, EADS, INDRA, SIEMENS or ISOLUX, developing research and innovation projects. He is a project reviewer for Spanish research ministry and also European Union.

He was teaching in Facultad de Informatica of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) since 1989 until 1997. In 1997 and 1998 he was a visiting scholar at the NorthWestern University of Chicago (Ill, USA). He works currently at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he has been teaching since 2000.


Siegfried Benkner, University of Vienna, Austria: “Recent and Future Activities in High-Performance Computing and Scientific Data Management”

In this talk we will provide an overview of recent and future activities at the Scientific Computing Research Group at the University of Vienna. Over the past 20 years the group has been working in the area of programming models and tools for parallel systems, with a recent focus on high-level programming approaches, runtime systems and automatic performance tuning for heterogeneous parallel systems. Another current strand of research is in the area of scientific data management where the group has developed a Cloud-based service infrastructure for accessing and integrating heterogeneous distributed data sources targeting Life Sciences applications. With the aim of bringing together Big Compute and Big Data, a future research focus is on adaptive execution strategies for real-time data analytics applications on current and emerging parallel systems.

SiegfriedBenknerSiegfried Benkner is a professor of Computer Science and the head of the Scientific Computing Research Group at the University of Vienna, Austria. His research interests include parallel and distributed computing, service-oriented software architectures, Grid and Cloud computing as well as languages, compilers and runtime systems for parallel and distributed systems. A major current research focuses is on programming support for heterogeneous many-core systems. Recently, Benkner’s group coordinated the European PEPPHER Project (Programmability and Performance Portability of Heterogeneous Many-Core Systems) and was involved in the European Autotune project (Automatic Online Tuning) and VPH-Share projects (Sharing for the Virtual Physiological Human). Siegfried was involved in the organization of several international conferences and was program chair of ICPP 2009 and EuroMPI 2012. Siegfried Benkner has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of the ACM, the IEEE, and the HiPEAC Network of Excellence.

Dominik Skokowski, Kościuszko Institute, Poland: “Strategic Approach to Cybersecurity”

Cyberspace is a new dimension, in which all sectors – military, government, academia, business and industry – have to adapt to and function in. This creates great opportunities as well as great dangers. It is extremely important to approach this uncharted territory with a sound cybersecurity strategy. Technological solutions alone are not enough if decisionmakers don’t see its merits and understand the big picture. The Kościuszko Institute creates a platform of opinion exchange between Academia, Business and Public Sector, identifies their needs and ensures clear communication between them. Above all, The Kosciuszko Institute promotes strategic approach to cybersecurity.

DominikSkokowskiDominik Skokowski – Director of Partnerships at the Kosciuszko Institute – Responsible for building and maintaining relationships with business sector and academia. He has been involved in the Kosciuszko Institute’s projects spanning Energy & Climate as well as Cybersecurity research areas and involving local, national and international community. He has taken part in application and realization of many grant projects in Poland and EU.