Dr Ognjen Prnjat
Dr Ognjen Prnjat has been deeply involved in setting up and running electronic infrastructures in Greece, South-East Europe, Europe, and worldwide for the past 10 years. Ognjen has acted as manager of the SEEGRID series of projects; as the Regional Operations Manager for South-East Europe for the pan-European EGEE Grid infrastructure (now EGI); as the manager of SEERA-EI project focusing on policy and programme management in the area of eInfrastructures. Currently he manages HP-SEE project and is a core team member of the CHAIN-REDS project. Ognjen holds PhD in network management and MSc in telecoms degrees from University College London and BEng in electronics and Electrical Engineering from University of Surrey.
Mr Riccardo Rotondo is a software engineer at Consortium GARR, the Italian National Research Educational Network (NREN). He received is M.D. in Computing Engineering from Università degli Studi Di Catania. He first worked at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Catania division where he mainly worded on developing advanced high level interface to grid services while also administrating systems related to the portal he worked on. In addition to these activities, as expert in middleware services, he regularly attended training courses around the world fostering the adoption of grid services and applications using them. Subject of his works have been reported on at relevant conferences and published in corresponding papers and proceedings. After two years at INFN, he moved to GARR where he is currently employed. As a result of his developing works and web portal customisations, Science Gateways are emerging as a valid tool to enable researchers to access grid and cloud federated services. He currently resides in Catania, Italy.
Professor Paul Bonnington
Prof Paul Bonnington is the Director of the Monash e-Research Centre. The Centre’s role is to build collaborations between research disciplines, nurture e-Research developments and to build bridges between researchers and service providers. Paul is also Chair of the Management Committee for the Australian National Data Service Establishment Project (a project within the NCRIS Platforms for Collaboration), and a member of the Victorian partnership for Advanced Computing Board (the lead agent for the Australian Research Collaboration Service in the NCRIS Platforms for Collaboration).
Dr Nick Tate
Dr Nick Tate is President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Director of the Australian Government’s Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project which is based at the University of Queensland (UQ). RDSI is a $50m project funded under the Super Science initiative which aims to transform the storage of research data throughout Australian Universities and Research Institutions. Prior to this role, he was Associate Director of the Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) which developed and deployed cloud computing and cloud storage services for researchers across Australia. In this role, he was based at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has been an Adjunct Professor in IT and Electrical Engineering at UQ since 2008.
Dr Ian Gibson
Dr Ian Gibson is Chief Executive Officer of Intersect Australia Ltd. Ian has extensive experience at executive level R&D management. He has a strong track record in the research, development and commercialisation of new technology across a broad range of electrical engineering, computer science and digital imaging.
Previously Ian was a Division General Manager at CiSRA, the Australian R&D lab for Canon. There he built research capability over several years to deliver original, world leading technology into a wide range of Canon’s major product groups.
Professor Roberto Barbera
Prof. 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.
Richard Northam is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT).
He has more than 25 years experience in the ICT industry and has worked in the Private, Government and Higher Education Sectors in Australia. Throughout his career, Richard has taken a strategic leadership role in shaping and enhancing the role of Information Technology within various organisations, including building and evolving CAUDIT. More recently he has played a key national and international leadership role in enhancing research through the use of new methodologies and development of eResearch infrastructure that are enabled by Information Technology.