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Invited Speakers

An excellent set of invited Keynote speakers involved in leading Grid and e-Science activities within the UK and across the globe, have now been confirmed for the meeting:

Professor Malcolm Atkinson, UK e-Science Envoy

Malcolm Atkinson is Director of the e-Science Institute. He is the UK e-Science Envoy and plays a leading role in OMII-UK, and is on the advisory boards of GOSC, NCeSS, Baltic Grid and GEON. He leads training and education in the two EU-funded projects EGEE-II and ICEAGE project, International Collaboration to Extend and Advance Grid Education. These two projects have organised the ISSGC06. He is a member of the Global Grid Forum Steering Group and Data Area Director for GGF.

He began his career in computing in 1966. He has worked at seven universities: Glasgow, Pennsylvania, Edinburgh, UEA, Cambridge, Rangoon and Lancaster; and for two companies: Sun Microsystems (at SunLabs in California) and O2 (an Object-Oriented DB company in its early years in Versailles). He led the development of the Department of Computing Science in Glasgow and is now Professor of e-Science in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. He has more than 130 publications. He has taken leading roles in national strategic research and infrastructure committees.

www: www.nesc.ac.uk/nesc/staff/mpa.html

Professor Timothy W. Foresman, President, International Center for Remote Sensing Education, University of Maryland, USA and key figure in the Digital Earth Project

Dr. Timothy W. Foresman has a distinguished career leading technology advances (remote sensing, geographic information systems, water, energy) for international environmental protection and management and has been a pioneer for the global expansion of the Digital Earth vision. From 2000 to 2003 he served as the director of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Division of Early Warning and Assessment from the Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and then as UNEP’s executive science advisor.

Prior to his UN service, Dr. Foresman worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters, where he led the Digital Earth program as national manager. He continues to help lead this program’s legacy, as a founding member of the International Society of Digital Earth, in partnership with the Chinese, Japanese, Asian, European, and North American institutions.

Currently, Dr. Foresman is working with many international institutions and agencies, including China, Japan, India, Iceland, Honduras, and New Zealand, promoting availability of, and enhancing access to, the scientific information needed by decision makers and citizens for improved environmental management and protection utilizing community-based participatory processes that target goals for sustainable development and coping strategies for disasters.

Dr. Foresman currently leads or co-leads projects including the Global Hydrogen Partnership, Global Water, Risk Communications, Sustainable Development for Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Urban Ecosystems Models, Earth Portal, 3-D Geobrowsers, Remote Sensing Core Curriculum, and was Director-General for the 5th International Symposium for Digital Earth (www.isde5.org).

Dr. Foresman has over a quarter of a century’s experience as a scientist, professor, author with over 90 scientific publications, inventor, entrepreneur, consultant, manager, administrator, and world traveler. Dr. Foresman has served on the faculties of the University of Maryland in the US and Keio University in Japan; and is president of ICRSE, a non-profit organization for educational and research of remote sensing and spatial information systems; as well as president of Global Water (www.globalwater.org).

www: www.r-s-c-c.org/rscc/tforesman.html

Dr Thomas Hartkens: Chief Technical Officer of IXICO

Thomas Hartkens is the Chief Technical Officer of IXICO. His role is to oversee the development of the automated image analysis solutions that IXICO provides as well as ensuring that they meet the stringent requirements of the quality frameworks ISO 9001 and FDA 21 CFR part 11.

He trained as a computer scientist specialized in medical image processing at the University of Hamburg in Germany and then joined the Division of Radiological Sciences of King's College London in 1999 where he obtained a PhD in Medical Image Analysis. He has worked in academia and industry, with experience in the core IXICO technologies as well as in implementing software to rigorous quality standards required for FDA approval, and in liaising with customers. His project experience includes: implementation of an open source software package for image registration which has been downloaded by more than 200 companies, research groups and scientific institutes; designing a prototype "dynamic brain atlas" as a computational grid demonstrator, which was presented to the British Chancellor Gordon Brown; design and implementation of image databases in Oracle and MySQL which automatically import DICOM images from medical imaging acquisition systems. From August 2003 - August 2004 he worked for Z-Kat Inc. in Florida, USA, an image guided surgery company, on a deformation brain atlas for planning deep brain stimulation procedures in functional neurosurgery.


www: www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/people/D.Hill.html

Professor Thomas Kirkwood: University of Newcastle, UK, 2001 Reith Lecturer on Ageing

Tom Kirkwood is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Gerontology in the Institute for Ageing and Health at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Educated in biology and mathematics at Cambridge and Oxford, he worked at the UK National Institute for Medical Research from 1981 where he was Head of the Laboratory of Mathematical Biology until 1993, when he became Britain's first Professor of Biological Gerontology at the University of Manchester. He has been Chair of the British Society for Research on Ageing, Regional President of the International Biometric Society, Adviser to the United Nations ‘Research Agenda on Ageing for for the 21st Century', Governor and Chair of the Research Advisory Council of the medical research charity Research into Ageing. He is European Editor of Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, has served on various national grants committees (e.g. Wellcome Trust, MRC Human Genome Mapping Project), and is currently a Council Member of the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Books include Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageing, Chance, Development and Ageing (coauthored with Caleb Finch) and The End of Age based on his BBC Reith Lectures in 2001. He is winner of the inaugural Henry Dale Prize for multidisciplinary research from the Royal Institution (see Nature 2002;417:471).


www: www.ncl.ac.uk/medi/staff/profile/tom.kirkwood

Dr Satoshi Sekiguchi: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan – a leader of Japanese e-Science activities

He was born in 1959, received B.S. from Department of Information Science, Faculty of Science, the University of Tokyo in 1982, and M. SE. from University of Tsukuba in 1984 respectively. He joined Electrotechnical Laboratory, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology in 1984 to engage research in high performance and parallel computing widely from the computer architecture, compiler, numerical algorithm, performance evaluation as well as its applications. He served as the deputy director of Research Institute of Information Technology, AIST in 2001, and is currently the founding director of Grid Technology Research Center (GTRC), AIST since 2002. He is a member of IEEE, SIAM, IPSJ.

He also has been with GGF (Global Grid Forum) since its inception. He has been a member of the steering committee and continue to be an active Advisory committee member of the Open Grid Forum (OGF). Since the dawn of grid era, he has been one of technology and community leaders; in particular he is one of the PIs of the Ninf project since 1996 being developed as a reference implementation of current GridRPC OGF standard draft, the founder of the Asia Pacific Grid partnership (ApGrid), and chairing Japan Grid Consortium (JpGrid).

Professor John Wood CBE FREng: Principal Designate, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London

John Wood, 58, recently joined Imperial College London as Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, officially commencing his new role on 1 October 2007. John was previously Chief Executive of the Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils (CCLRC) from 2001 to 2007 on leave from Nottingham University. He graduated from Sheffield University in 1971 in metallurgy and undertook research at Cambridge University for his PhD. He remained at Cambridge as Goldsmith’s Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College until 1978 when he took up a lectureship at the Open University. In 1989 he became Cripps Professor of Materials Engineering at Nottingham University and Head of Department and subsequently became Dean of Engineering in 1998. His research has been in the area of materials processing of non-equilibrium structures where he has over 240 publications and 14 patents. He was awarded a Doctor of Metallurgy in 1994 from Sheffield University and an honorary Doctor of Science from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania, receiving the Citizen of Honour of Cluj-Napoca for his "help in restructuring materials engineering education in Romania". Cluj-Napoca is the capital of Transylvania!

During his research career John Wood has held a number of directorships and consultancies within industry and acted as an adviser on materials issues to governments and is a Director of M4 Technologies, The Industrial Trust and Maney Publishing. He was appointed Chair of the Office of Science & Technology Foresight Panel on Materials in 1997 until 2001. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has won the Grunfeld and Ivor Jenkin's prizes of the Institute of Materials and was awarded the prestigious "William Johnson Gold Medal" in 2001 for "a lifetime's achievement in materials processing". He was honoured in the 2007 Queen's New Year list with a CBE.

Professor Anders Ynnerman: Linkoping University, Sweden – Medical Visualization.

Professor Anders Ynnerman received a Ph.D. in physics from Gothenburg University. During the early 90s he was doing research at Oxford University, UK, and Vanderbilt University, USA. In 1996 he started the Swedish National Graduate School in Scientific Computing, which he directed until 1999. From 1997 to 2002 he directed the Swedish National Supercomputer Centre and from 2002 to 2006 he directed the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). Ynnerman is representing Sweden and the Nordic region in several international collaborations and policy bodies.


Since 1999 he is holding a chair in scientific visualization at Linköping University and In 2000 he founded the Norrköping Visualization and Interaction Studio (NVIS). NVIS currently constitutes one of the main focal points for research and education in computer graphics and visualization in the Nordic region. Ynnerman's current research interest lies in the area of visualization of large scale and complex data sets with a focus on volume rendering and multi-modal interaction.

www: staffwww.itn.liu.se/~andyn/ITN/Biography.html

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