Shaping Europe’s Digital Future: HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications








National Palace of Culture

The conference on “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future: HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications” will be held on 19 April 2018. The event is part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will take place at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

The conference, which is organised by the Ministry of Education and Science in close cooperation with the European Union, has been initiated by the Bulgarian Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

The event aims to raise awareness for the role of high performance computing (HPC) systems in shaping  Europe’s digital future and providing solutions for a wide range of social and economic challenges. It will emphasise the impact of HPC on the development of research and innovation, with a particular focus on increasing the competitiveness of the wider area of Southern and Eastern Europe.

The conference is a key moment in the process of forming our digital future as it will also address the European Commission’s EuroHPC Joint Undertaking proposal, which aims to achieve a significant increase in scientific and industrial competitiveness in the European Union.

The other key focus of the event will be on the role of HPC in medicine, in particular regarding the brain as one of the most complex systems, and also in personalised healthcare. Modern research and innovation in medicine relies on the precise and rapid analysis of a huge amount of data and requires new technologies as well as human resources with adequate skills in ICT, bioinformatics and related areas.

The event will gather representatives of EU Institutions, national, regional and local authorities, academic representatives, investors, innovators and other stakeholders.

Online registration for the event here.

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19 April 2018 | Thursday

09:00 - 09:15

Creating Bulgaria’s Digital Future

Bulgarian high-level governmental Representative

09:15 - 09:45

The EuroHPC strategic initiative for Europe

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

09:45 - 09:55

Digital connectivity “EU – West Balkans”, priorities of the Bulgarian presidency

Prof. Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister for Education and Science

9:55 - 10:15

Coffee Break

Press Point with Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

10:15 - 11:30

Session 1: HPC for extreme scale scientific applications

Moderators: Prof. Stoyan Markov, NCSA, Bulgaria and Prof. Thomas Lippert, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany

10:15 - 10:50

Boosting Scientific Leadership in Europe through HPC – HPC Applications and their impact in Europe

Prof. Stoyan Markov and Thomas Lippert

10:50 - 11:10

Disentangling the Properties of Nucleons by Large Scale Computation (provisional title)

Prof. Constantia Alexandrou, the Cyprus Institute, Cyprus

11:10 - 11:30

Tailoring Properties of Nanostructures through Atomic Scale Computational Design

Prof. Joseph Kioseoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

11: 35 - 12:35

Panel discussion on HPC and Future Computing Paradigms

Prof. Thomas Lippert - Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany

13:40- 14:45

Session 2: The growing role of HPC in Neuroscience – the Human Brain Project FET Flagship

Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) Jülich Research Centre, Germany

13:40 - 13:55

Understanding the brain through modelling and simulations

Prof. Jeannette Hellgren Kotaleski, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

13:55 - 14:10

From HPC Brain Models to Clinical Applications (provisional title)

Prof. Viktor Jirsa, Marseille University, France

14:10 - 14:25

A young investigator’s perspective: Neural Networks in Machine Learning (provisional title)

Dr. Kristina Kapanova, NSCA, Bulgaria

14:25 - 14:45

The Big Data Challenge of Multilevel Brain Organisation

Prof. Katrin Amunts

15:00 - 16:00

Panel discussion on The Future of Personalised Health and Medicine

Prof. Emrah Düzel, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

16:15 - 17:00

Panel Discussion on the role of HPC in the South and Eastern Europe

Dr. Thomas Skordas, Director, DG CONNECT, European Commission

17:00 - 17:30

Closing Key note speech: Towards European exascale computing

Dr. Thierry Breton, CEO Atos, France

17:30 - 17:45

Closing Remarks

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

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