I’m a Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya UPC Barcelona Tech and, Research Manager of the research group “Emerging Technologies for Artificial Intelligence” at Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Throughout my career, I have applied High-Performance Computing knowledge to areas like Cloud Computing or Big Data. My current research focuses on Supercomputing applied to Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning. I have taught academic subjects in all these areas, wrote scientific publications, advised doctoral theses and, participated in R&D projects with companies and institutions. I’m also a writer of technical books, and in the past, I collaborated actively with different mass media and gave lectures in various forums.
(last update: 20/09/2020)
I have a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC Barcelona Tech, 1988) and I also hold a Ph. D. from the same institution (Best UPC Computer Science Thesis Award, 1993). Currently, I’m a full-time professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC Barcelona Tech. I did a stage at the Center for Supercomputing Research & Development at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA, 1992) as a visiting researcher. I have more than 200 research publications in journals, conferences, and book chapters. I was involved in the management of many conferences organized by IEEE and ACM associations. I also served as a reviewer for relevant journals in the area. I have acted as a supervisor of 11 Ph.D. Thesis and, currently, I’m supervising 2 Ph.D. students more.
In 2005 the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC) was founded, and I was nominated as a Research Manager for Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platformsresearch line in BSC. The research group produced a large number of research publications and 11 Ph.D. Thesis as well as software components that can be applied at the HPC middleware level to improve their adaptability, efficiency, and productivity. The research group targets Supercomputing execution platforms composed of high-productivity heterogeneous multi-core systems with accelerators and advanced storage architectures deployed in large-scale distributed environments. The group grew up and it was divided into new groups created at the Computer Science department at BSC. Now I’m responsible for exploring new opportunities to apply Supercomputing technology to the Artificial Intelligence arena. Thus, the new research Emerging Technologies for Artificial Intelligence has been created. My current Technology Transfer activity in this area is mainly centered on a project which applies Cognitive Computing to the banking sector, and a European project that uses Deep Learning and Supercomputing applied to health images. Previously, with our research group at BSC, I have participated in about thirty projects in competitive calls, and a lot of them involve University-Industry Technology Transference.
I have done other management activities before besides being a manager at BSC. I was a member of the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA) and a member of the board of managers of CEPBA-IBM Research Institute (CIRI). I have been Vice-dean of Institutional Relations at the Computer Science School and a member of the University Senate (Claustre) and a member of the Board of Governors (Junta de Govern). I have also participated in numerous academic management activities and institutional representation.
I have been lecturing on Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, and Systems Performance Evaluation in the UPC Barcelona Tech. At the moment, I lecture on Cloud Computing, and Supercomputing in the Master in Informatics Engineering, in the Master in Innovation and Research in Informatics, and the Erasmus Mundus Master in Distributed Computing. I’m also currently teaching Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence knowledge included in these courses. At the moment, I’m also collaborating in training centers as UPC School of Professional & Executive Development and ESADE.
I have a consultative and strategy role with visionary tasks related to next-generation technology and its impact. I’m both a creative thinker and an influential collaborator, I have worn many hats, so to speak, throughout my long career. I act as an expert on these topics for various organizations, companies, and mentoring entrepreneurs. For example, I was a member of UPCnet+IThinkUPC management board, a member of the advisory board at Barcelona Big Data Center of Excellence, a member of the BSC Access Committee core team, amount many others. I hold several appointments as an independent expert by the European Commission (Information Society and Media Directorate), by Friends of Europe’s Greening Europe Forum, and was elected as Expert of Swiss Academy of Engineering Science. Moreover, I was elected many times as evaluator by the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología of Spain, by the Dirección General de Investigación de la Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), by the Universitat Jaume I of Castelló (Spain), by the Departament d’Universitat i Recerca of the Generalitat de Catalunya, by La Caixa Foundation, and the Science Foundation (Ireland) among other institutions. In 2010, I was elected by the Fundació Centre Tècnològic de Catalunya as a member of the board of experts for elaborating the white paper ―The contribution of ICT to the transition to a more sustainable energy model. I was invited by the European Commission to contribute to the Digital Assembly Agenda.
I’m also actively involved in science communication with general audiences. I’m collaborating with Spanish mass media to divulge technology trends. I also published books about science and technology for a general audience. I have given numerous talks to different audiences, from worldwide experts to common citizens and high school students. I collaborated actively with different mass media andI have been publishing a Blog about computing technology trends for many years (2006-2018).
Regarding awards and recognitions, I currently have the recognition of 5 “Research Tracts” (Tramos de investigación) conceded by the “National Commission for the evaluation of research activity” (CNEAI). During my career, I have received some Best Paper Awards, an IBM Faculty Award, “Menció FIBER”, some grant awards during my stage as a doctoral student, etc.
As for my hobbies, Mountain biking and running are some of the outdoor activity that I love. I have created and designed many artworks since I started to paint many years ago.