We are honoured to announce three keynote speakers: Roberto Barbera, Peter Kacsuk and Nancy Wilkins-Diehr.

Roberto Barbera, University of Catania and INFN, Italy

Widening the number of e-Infrastructure users with Science Gateways and Identity Federations


e-Infrastructures have been built in several areas of the world but, despite the investments made by the European Commission and by other funding agencies, both at national and international level, the total number of its users is in the order of magnitude of 104, much less than O(107), which is the order of magnitude of the number of GÉANT users, or even O(106), which is the is the order of magnitude of the number of researchers in Europe. The reasons for this, investigated by several surveys (e.g., the EU-commissioned eResearch2020 one), are related to the complexity for non-IT-expert users of the Grid security, the little adoption of standards to let different middleware be interoperable among each other, and the lack of general frameworks to build easily customizable high-level user interfaces. In this keynote speech, he will report on the work done at INFN, in the context of several EU projects, to develop a standard-based and middleware-independent framework to build new-generation Science Gateways supporting Identity Federations.

Roberto Barbera was born in Catania (Italy) in October 1963. He graduated in Physics "cum laude" at the University of Catania in 1986 and since 1990 he holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the same University. Since 2005 he is Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Catania University. Since his graduation his main research activity has been done in the domains of Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has been involved in many experiments in France, Russia, United States and Sweden to study nuclear matter properties in heavy ion collisions at intermediate energies. He is author of several book chapters, more than 170 scientific papers published on international journals, and more than 400 proceedings of international conferences. He is editor of the International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies and referee of Journal of Grid Computing, Future Generation Computer Systems, and BMC Medical Informatics.
Since 1997 he has been involved in CERN experiments and he is currently one of the members of the ALICE Experiment at LHC. Within ALICE, he has been the coordinator of the Off-line software of the Inner Tracking System detector and member of the Off-line Board. Since late 1999 he is interested in Grid Computing. He is member of the Executive Board of the Italian INFN Grid Project, of the Executive Committee of the Italian Grid Infrastructure (the Italian National Grid Initiative) and of the Scientific & Technical Committee of GARR (the Italian National Research and Education Network). Between 2005 and 2009 he has been the Director of two large Grid Projects (TriGrid VL and PI2S2) funded by the Sicilian Regional Government and by the Ministry of University and Research, respectively. At European level, he has been involved with managerial duties in many EU funded projects and he is currently the Coordinator of the EPIKH Marie Curie Action. In 2004, he created the international GILDA Grid infrastructure for training and dissemination that he coordinates since the beginning. He is currently involved in the design and implementation of Science Gateways for various Virtual Research Communities.

Peter Kacsuk, MTA SZTAKI, Budapest, Hungary
SCI-BUS: Building e-Science Gateways in Europe


The 3-year long EU FP7 SCI-BUS (SCIence Gateway Based User Support) project has been started in October 2011 with the goal of creating a generic-purpose gateway technology and a customization technology by which the generic-purpose gateway framework can easily and rapidly turned into an application-specific science gateway. The talk will explain the generic-purpose gateway technology that is based on the WS-PGRADE/gUSE portal framework. The talk will also introduce the Application Specific Module (ASM) API that helps users to develop application specific portlets for customizing the portal for specific user communities. needs. In SCI-BUS, 11 different application-specific science gateways will be developed by the project partners and another 6 by sub-contractors. The talk will also show some of these application-specific science gateways developed in the project. The community aspects of SCI-BUS and SCI-BUS technologies will also be explained.

Peter KACSUK is the Director of the Laboratory of the Parallel and Distributed Systems in the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He received his MSc and university doctorate degrees from the Technical University of Budapest in 1976 and 1984, respectively. He received the kandidat degree (equivalent to PhD) from the Hungarian Academy in 1989. He habilitated at the University of Vienna in 1997. He recieved his professor title from the Hungarian President in 1999 and the Doctor of Academy degree (DSc) from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2001. He served as full professor at the University of Miskolc and at the Eötvös Lóránd University of Science Budapest. He has been a part-time full professor at the Cavendish School of Computer Science of the University of Westminster since 2001. He has published two books, two lecture notes and more than 200 scientific papers on parallel computer architectures, parallel software engineering and Grid computing. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Grid Computing published by Springer. He is the coordinator of three EU FP7 projects: SCI-BUS, SHIWA and EDGI.

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, University of California, San Diego, US

The ability to gain knowledge and understanding from the vast quantities of available data is a significant challenge to today's researchers. This is particularly true in the life sciences. Many scientists turn to cyberinfrastructure for help, including databases, Web and collaboration technologies, high performance computing, visualization, data mining, and data management techniques. The US National Science Foundation's XSEDE program (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) provides services for life science and other researchers including a variety of high end computing, visualization, data and software offerings. XSEDE also invests significantly in staff support for extended collaborations, including science gateway support. XSEDE's activities in the life sciences will be highlighted for this talk.  The talk will also touch on other US initiatives in this area, including the recently announced BIGDATA solicitation, a joint NSF and National Institute of Health undertaking that will focus on research topics in of interest to the two agencies.

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr holds a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Boston College and an MASc from San Diego State University in aerospace engineering. She has held engineering positions with General Dynamics and General Atomics in San Diego. Since 1993, she has held a variety of positions at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, including Associate Director of Scientific Computing and project manager for the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI). She was the area director for the TeraGrid Science Gateways program from 2003-2011. Currently, Wilkins-Diehr co-directs the XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS) program and is a co-principal investigator on the XSEDE project. ECSS pairs members of the XSEDE user community with expert staff members for an extended period to work together to solve challenging science and engineering problems through the application of cyberinfrastructure.