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Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)

Professor Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Beng(Hons), MSc(Hons), Ceng (GR), PhD, SMIEEE, SMACM
holds the Chair in High Performance and Distributed Computing at the School of Electronics, Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, QUB, and Director of Research of the HPDC Cluster. Recognized
internationally for contributions in system software for scalable architectures, his research has been awarded
an NSF CAREER Award (US), a DoE Early Career Principal Investigator Award (US), an IBM Faculty
Award, six best paper awards from some of the most prominent venues in high-performance computing (SC,
PPoPP, IPDPS), and over 4 M€in highly competitive research grants from NSF, DOE, IBM, EU and
EPSRC. He has published over 120 papers in premier conferences and journals and has lead 21 projects as
Principal Investigator, seven of which were multi-investigator and multi-institutional efforts.

Dr Charles J Gillan, B.Sc.(Hons), BA obtained his PhD at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1988 using High Performance Computing to study low energy scattering by diatomic molecules.
He then worked on IBM Mulliken® package in the Theoretical Chemistry group at the IBM Research Division in San Jose, California. From 1995-95 he worked  at the Global Treasury Information Services (GTIS) division of ADP Inc in New York where he specialized in high performance computation for fixed income and foreign exchange products. On returning to the UK, Dr Gillan worked for Nortel Networks (UK) Ltd in the embedded software group. Since 2004, he has been a Principal Engineer for Software at ECIT. Dr Gillan has significant industrial management experience and has been involved in managing software delivery within technical contracts valued at up to US $60M. He has also published 39 academic papers and was a member of the steering committee of the Multi-core and Reconfigurable Supercomputing Conference 2007-2011.

Professor Roger Woods, BSc, PhD, Ceng, FIET, SMIEEE has been creating novel processing solutions
for signal and data processing systems for over 20 years. He leads the PSL@Q group researching into novel,
FPGA-based solutions for telecommunications, mobile communications and other applications. He has
published over 180 technical papers. He has been principle/co- investigator in over €3M of research grants
over the past 5 years. He has a leader role in the Efutures network, which aims to consolidate the UK
academic community and serves on the advisory board to the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical

Professor Danny McAuley is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at Queens University of Belfast and
leads the critical care research group. He has extensive experience in clinical and translational research.
Professor McAuley’s portfolio of trials includes experimental medicine and phase 2/3 trials investigating
novel therapeutic agents for ALI. Research funding in excess of £6M has been obtained to support his
ongoing research. Funding has been obtained from national charities including MRC, the Wellcome Trust,
the NIHR, the Technology Strategy Board and the NI HSC R&D Division. He is Co-Director of Research for
the UK Intensive Care Society and the Chair of Irish Critical Care Trials group.

Dr Ivor Spence is technical director of the Software group within ECIT at QUB. He has five years of
industrial experience as a systems and software engineer for British Telecom. Dr Spence is an expert on the
development of software implementation methodologies for embedded systems and in the definition of highlevel languages.


Richard Faloon BEng, MSc – Technical Architect

Richard has over 15 years experience of software/hardware design specialising in low latency, high throughput trading platforms.

Colin Pattison BSc – Delivery Manager

Colin is currently managing the design and delivery of a C++ based solution to facilitate automated testing of exchange connectivity solutions.
He has worked in the Market Data sector for 7 years with NYSE Technologies/Wombat specialising in performance optimisation of Linux x86 architectures with a view to delivering ultra low latency software solutions. During this time he provided support, training and technical consultancy to tier 1 banking institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.

IBM Research GMBH (IBM)

Dr. Costas Bekas, Research Staff Member, Computational Sciences Group. Dr. Bekas received B. Eng.,
Msc and PhD diplomas, all from the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department, University of
Patras, Greece, in 1998, 2001 and 2003 respectively. In 2003-2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate
with Professor Yousef Saad at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota,
USA. Dr. Bekas’s main focus is in HPC systems and their impact in every day life, science and business.
His research agenda spans large scale analytics with an emphasis in graph
algorithms/DBs, numerical and combinatorial algorithms, energy aware and fault tolerant
systems/methods and computational science. Dr. Bekas brings more than 10 years of experience in high
performance computing. During the past several years he has been very active in the field of energy aware
HPC and new computing paradigms and architectures as well as the effects of
inexact arithmetic and demonstrating their impact in HPC and large scale industrial problems with an
emphasis in analytics applications. Dr. Bekas was a recipient of the 2012 Prace Award and routinely serves
at the PC of key conferences such as the SC series.

Dr. Alessandro Curioni, Dept Manager Mathematical & Computational Sciences, member of the leadership
team of the IBM Academy of Technology. Dr. Curioni received
a diploma in Theoretical Chemistry and PhD in Computational Materials Science at Scuola Normale
Superiore, Pisa, Italy. He joined IBM Research – Zurich in 1998 as Research Staff Member in the
Computational Biochemistry and Materials Science Group. Since then he has developed and applied
advanced computational methods to the study of materials issues related to IBM core and exploratory
technologies and to the investigation of important molecular processes in the Life Sciences. In 2007 he has
been appointed Manager of the Computational Science Group and in 2012 Dept. head of Mathematical &
Computational Sciences. He is a world expert in high performance computing and a major developer of the
highly popular CPMD code. Dr. Curioni is actively involved in the scaleout of Deep Computing
applications on novel massively parallel computers such as BlueGene as well as on critical power
performance characteristics of modern architectures. Dr. Curioni is leading the HPC efforts for large scale
analytics at IBM Research – Zurich. Dr. Curioni was a recipient of the 2012 PRACE Award

Analytics Engines

Dr Stephen McKeown, CEO is a specialist in high performance algorithms and analytics, with particular
reference to power efficient data processing on FPGA. He previously worked with Microsoft (Dublin), with
the ECIT Institute (Belfast) / Finmeccanica (EU) on high-performance embedded systems design, and with
Accenture (Dublin) on large scale data processing in the financial services sector. He has published widely
in the field of data processing on FPGA technology

Dr Scott Fischaber, Chief Engineer is an FPGA design expert with a PhD in memory architectures for
heterogeneous systems. He specialises in highly parallel computation and algorithm design for
heterogeneous platforms. He lead a team developing high level synthesis tool for rapid implementation of
complex systems on hybrid computing technology (FPGA, CPU, GPU) He has previously worked as an
application engineer at Intel and a design engineer at Xilinx, the number one supplier of FPGA devices.

The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)

Prof. Angelos Bilas is currently a Professor of Computer Science at FORTH-ICS and the University of
Crete, Greece, where he has also held an Associate Professor position between 2002-2011. Prof. Bilas
received his diploma in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras in 1993, and the M.S and Ph.D.
degrees in Computer Science from Princeton University, NJ in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Between 1998-2002 he held an Assistant Professor position with the ECE Department at the University of Toronto. His
current interests include architectures and systems software support for efficient storage systems, low-latency
high-bandwidth communication protocols, and runtime-system support for multicore processors. His work
has been published in prestigious conferences in computer architecture and systems. Prof. Bilas is the
recipient of a Marie Curie Excellent Teams Award (2005-2009), has served in the Editorial Board of IEEE
Computer Architecture Letters (CAL), and currently serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Parallel
and Distributed Computing (JPDC). [http://www.ics.forth.gr/~bilas]

Other members of CARV/FORTH-ICS that will be involved in NanoStreams are: Dr. Manolis Marazakis.