Jordi Torres


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 R&D at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA, 1992). His principal interest as a researcher is Processing and Analyzing Big Data in a Sustainable Cloud. With more than 150 research publications, he is involved in several associations and research conferences in the area and served as a reviewer for relevant journals. In 2005 the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (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. He has been Vice-dean at the Computer Science School (1998- 2001), a member of the Catedra Telefonica-UPC (2003-2005), and a member of the University Senate (Claustre) many times and member of the Board of Governors (Junta de Govern) (2011-2013). 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. He publishes a Blog on Big Data and Cloud Computing.

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His principal interest as a researcher is Processing and Analyzing Big Data in a Sustainable Cloud. This involves explore the future of computing by performing high-level research in today’s computer applications that have to deal with critical IT challenges in areas such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Business Analytics, High Performance Computing (Supercomputing), Sustainable Computing, Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing.