Fabrizio Gagliardi, EEC Chair

Senior Strategy advisor at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, visiting professor of computer science at the graduate school of GSSI in Italy and Chair of ACM Europe, EEC Chair

"Given my mix of industrial and academic research background together with a long experience of European Commission R&D programmes I think I can effectively chair and steer the work of EEC. For this I can also leverage my extended network of scientific relations in Europe and in Latin America, especially in Brazil"

Fabrizio Gagliardi is Distinguished Research Director, UPC, chair of ACM Europe Policy Committee (EUACM) and visiting professor at GSSI. Prior to this he was Europe, Middle East and Africa Director for External Research at Microsoft Research Corporation.

He joined Microsoft in November 2005 after a long career at CERN, the world leading laboratory for particle physics in Geneva, Switzerland. There he held several technical and managerial positions since 1975: Director of the EU Grid project EGEE (2004-2005); Director of the EU Data-Grid project (2001-2004); head of mass storage services (1997-2000); Leader of the EU project GPMIMD2 (1993-1996). Fabrizio Gagliardi has worked with four different Nobel Prize winners, while at CERN.

He has a Doctor degree in Computer Science, granted by the University of Pisa in 1974. Dr. Gagliardi has been consulting on computing and computing policy matters with the Commission of the European Union, several government and international bodies (among them NSF, DoE in the US, CNRS and other research bodies in France, EPSRC in the UK, CNR and INFN in Italy, OECD, UN agencies).

Dr. Gagliardi is author and co-author of several publications and articles on real-time and distributed HPC computing systems. Dr. Gagliardi is since 2009 chair of the ACM Europe Council. In 2009 he was given the additional responsibility to drive the Cloud Computing Initiative of the Microsoft Research in Europe. As part of that job he played a major role in the incubation and successful development of the FP7 EU computing infrastructure project VENUS-C