Biographical Sketch: Jordi Torres has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC Barcelona Tech, 1988) and also holds a Ph. D. from the same institution (Best UPC Computer Science Thesis Award, 1993). Currently he is a full professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC Barcelona Tech. He has more than twenty five years of experience in research and development of advanced distributed and parallel systems in the High Performance Computing Group at UPC. He has been a visiting researcher at the “Center for Supercomputing Research & Development” at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA, 1992).
His principal interest as a researcher is Processing and Analyzing Big Data in a Sustainable Cloud. This involves making modern distributed and parallel cloud computing environments more efficient as required by today’s Big Data Analytics challenges.
He has about 150 research publications in journals, conferences and book chapters. He is member of IEEE, ACM and ISOC and was involved in several conferences organized by these associations and member of management committees.
He was a member of the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA) (1994-2004) and a member of the board of managers of CEPBA-IBM Research Institute (CIRI) (2000-2004). In 2005 the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC) was founded and he was nominated as a Manager for Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms research line in BSC. He has worked and works in a number of EU and industrial research and development projects.
He lectures on Computer Science courses in the UPC Barcelona Tech (High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Big Data, …). He has been Vice-dean of Institutional Relations at the Computer Science School (1998- 2001), and a member of the Catedra Telefonica-UPC where he worked in teaching innovation (2003-2005). He has also participated in numerous academic management activities and institutional representation.
He acts as an expert on these topics for various organizations, companies and mentoring entrepreneurs. During a period (2009-2012) he collaborated with spanish mass media to disseminate ICT and published two books about science and technology for a general audience.
Professor – Catedràtico – Catedràtic
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC Barcelona Tech)
Computer Architecture DepartmentUPC, Campus Nord, Modul C6 – 217
C/ Jordi Girona, 1-3. (map)
Phone: (+34) 93 401 7223
email: torres @ ac.upc.edu
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)
Autonomic Systems and eBusiness PlatformsBSC-CNS. Nexus II Building
c/ Jordi Girona, 29 (map)
Phone: (+34) 93 413 7716
email: jordi.torres @ bsc.es