Advisory Board

The European e·Infrastructures Observatory Advisory Board is an external group of experts with different areas of relevance to the nventory project, ranging from representatives of e·Infrastructure projects and policy bodies to individual high-level experts. The use of such an instrument provides additional quality assurance in the form of high-level reflections and guidance for the nventory project and its activities and increases the probability that the implemented European Infrastructures Observatory will be well-accepted and well-received by the e·Infrastructures community and stakeholders.

The European e·Infrastructures Observatory Advisory Board is comprised by the following experts, all of which add value and credibility to the processes of the nventory project.

  • Dr. Robin Arak is a Director of two engineering manufacturing companies and an IT consultancy company. He is also an independent project reviewer for European Commission projects. His previous roles include Chief Executive of UKERNA/JANET (UK), the company that develops and operates the UK's NREN and Director of DANTE the company that runs the pan European research and education network, GÉANT. Robin held several senior IT roles including Head of Information Services at the University of Brighton and Technical Director of ICC Information Group Limited, a leading provider of information to the financial and business communities. Robin has a first class BSc honours degree in Applied Physics and a PhD in Engineering. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer.
  • Dr. Aleksandar Belic has held various professional positions, including technical, management and political appointments. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Physics in Belgrade. Prior to that, he was Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia, President of the Serbian Physics Society, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics and at the European Centre for Theoretical Nuclear Physics. He has received the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Fellowship, the University of Illinois Fellowship, and the F. T. Adler Fellowship. He has more than 40 research papers in physics journals and conference proceedings. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Belgrade as well as an MSc and a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois. He is also the Serbian National focal point for High-Performance Computing (HPC).
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz-Gerd Hegering is the chair of the Board of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. Since 1989 he is Professor of Computer Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich after having been Professor at the Technische Universität München (TUM). His fields of active research are Communication Systems and Management of IT infrastructures. He has held various professional positions, including technical, political and management appointments. He built up the Institute for Informatics at the LMU and has been heading it for 15 years. He presided over Germany's National Research and Education Network (DFN) and has been member of numerous expert committees and several national and international advisory boards. He is a member of the Kommission für Informatik of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the editorial board of the “Journal of Network and Systems Management” and "IEEE Transactions on Networks and Systems Management".
  • Dr. Robert Jones, following a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science from Staffordshire University, joined the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in 1986 as a software developer with the information technology department providing support for the physics experiments running on the Large Electron Positron (LEP) particle accelerator. He completed his PhD thesis in Computer Science at Sunderland University while working at CERN and has been involved in several research projects for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) accelerator. Previous experience in the grid arena includes his mandate as technical coordinator and then deputy project leader for the EU DataGrid project (2001-2004), the flagship grid project of the European Commission in its 5FP. He has been also the Project Director of the European Commission co-financed EGEE-I and EGEE-II projects, which provided a production grid facility for e-Science in Europe. He is a member of the advisory boards for several grid related European and national projects as well as Associate editor for the FGCS grid computing journal. He regularly acts as an expert and reviewer for the IST programme.
  • Dr. Thibaut Lery is Science Officer of the Physical and Engineering Sciences Unit for the European Science Foundation (ESF). He manages European projects, foresight studies and is the Unit contact person with several boards and external institutions or projects while he has also been working as an expert for the European Commission. His main areas of expertise are computational sciences, astrophysics, mathematics and space science. He was previously involved in the Irish Cosmogrid project, GRIDIreland and the European Research and Training Network JETSET as science manager. He was also an active member of the Irish Centre for High End Computing during its starting phase. Prior to this, he has held postdoctoral positions in France, Canada and Ireland.
  • Prof. Vasilis Maglaris is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) since 1989. He was behind the establishment of the Greek National Research & Education Network (GRNET), where he served as chairman from 1995 until 2004. From 1994 to 1996, he was also the Executive Director of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), a front research organization consisting of six Research Institutes. Since October 2004, he serves as the Chairman of the National Research & Education Networks Policy Committee (NREN PC) and he is directing the Network Management & Optimal Design (NETMODE) Laboratory of NTUA. He holds an Engineering Degree from NTUA and a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University (New York, USA). He has authored more than 100 research papers, regularly delivers lectures on Internet advances and supervised more than a dozen Doctoral theses in the USA and Greece.
  • Dr. John Martin has held several technical and management positions as well as policy advisory roles in the field of electronic infrastructures. He has been the Secretary of the European Networking Policy Group (ENPG), a forum for the national policy and funding authorities responsible for research networking (more recently e-Infrastructure) development and operation. Previously he held the position of Director of Computing at Cardiff University. He was also a member of the JISC, the policy and funding body for university and research networking in the UK, aiming to inspire UK colleges and universities in the innovative use of digital technologies. John holds a PhD degree in Theoretical Physics from Bristol University.
  • Dr. Karel Vietsch has held the position of Secretary-General of the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association (TERENA) since 1996. Karel also holds the direction of the GLIF secretariat and the contractual arrangements for services provided through TERENA. He is one of TERENA's representatives in the NREN Policy Committee and the Executive Committee of the GN3 project. Karel represents TERENA in a number of policy and co-ordination bodies, including the Coordinating Committee for Intercontinental Research Networking CCIRN. Karel holds a PhD in Mathematics from Leiden University. Before joining TERENA he was a teacher and researcher at Leiden University, a department manager at Delft University of Technology and a policy advisor and head of unit in the Science Policy Department of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
  • Dr. Norman Wiseman is a member of UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Senior Management Team with overall responsibility for JISC's Services, Communications and Marketing, including our partnership activities. He is also leading in a programme of activities to engage the JISC with the Funding Councils' 3rd Stream initiative to promote Knowledge Exchange and Community Engagement. Norman is currently also on the Board of the Knowledge Exchange, a four-country partnership between SURF, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft, the Danish Research Library and JISC; Chair of the Plagiarism Advisory Service Board; owner of the JISC partnership with SURF and recently Chair of an OSI working group on Virtual Research Communities.