Organizers

The administration of the Workshop will be supported by the ISISLab of the Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Salerno (Italy) www.isislab.it

Biographies

Vittorio Scarano received the Dottorato di Ricerca (PhD) in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Naples (Italy). He visited for two years the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA).  Since 2001 he is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Università di Salerno.  Since 1996, he (with Alberto Negro) funded and co-directs the ISISLab laboratory within the Department. Several research grants from EU, Italian National government, local public bodies as well as private companies have been assigned to ISISLab, with Prof. Scarano as coordinator.  In 2000, he has been awarded (with his co-authors) the ``Best poster award'' at the 9th World Wide Web Conference (WWW9). In 2006-2009, he was local unit coordinator of EU-funded STREP project LEAD (VI Framework). In 2008, he has been awarded by IBM with the International IBM Jazz Innovation Award. In 2010, he was (with Thomas Rauber) co-chair of the Track “Theory and Algorithms for Parallel Computation” of Euro-Par 2010. In 2014, he is coordinator of the Horizon 2020 ROUTE-TO-PA project on Open Data and Transparency, an Innovation Project with 12 partners from 6 countries, with a total budget of over 3M€. He was (with Rosario De Chiara and Ugo Erra) co-chair of Sixth Eurographics Italian Chapter Conference, 2006. With Gennaro Cordasco, Rosario De Chiara, and Ugo Erra organized the first, the second and the third Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Agent-Based Simulations at Euro-Par 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has directed the team that developed Distributed Mason, taking care, in particular of the development of the architecture and the benchmarking.

Gennaro Cordasco received the PhD degree on Computer Science in April 2006. From March 2005 to November 2005 was visiting researcher at the Theoretical Aspect of Parallel and Distributed Systems Laboratory (TAPADS), University of Massachusetts at Amherst MA, USA, doing research activity under the supervision of the Distinguished Professor Arnold L.  Rosenberg. Currently is Assistant Professor (Ricercatore) at the Dipartimento di Psicologia, Facoltà di Psicologia, of the Università degli studi della Campania (Italy). His research interests lie in the areas of Distributed Computing and Distributed Data Structures, with a special interest in problems of communication in networks.  Recently he has collaborated to the development of Distributed Mason, a distributed version of the well-known Mason toolkit, for writing and running simulations of Agent-based simulation models, working in particular on the aspects of workload balancing and communication.

Jonathan Ozik is a computational scientist and Agent-based Modeling Section Lead in the Global Security Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory, and Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. His research focus is on the application of agent-based computational modeling techniques and the development of large scale distributed computational methods to advance the modeling of complex systems. Dr. Ozik has developed agent-based models in a variety of topic areas, including infectious diseases, healthcare, social welfare, supply chains, and biological systems. Dr. Ozik is the project lead for the Extreme-scale Model Exploration with Swift (EMEWS) framework, a framework enabling HPC-scale model exploration. He is also one of the core developers of the Repast Suite of agent-based modeling toolkits. Dr. Ozik received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics Group at the University of Maryland in 2005. 

Paul Richmond is research focuses Research Software Engineer who has recently been awarded one of only six EPSRC Early Career Research Software Engineering (RSE) Fellowships. The focus of this fellowship is in facilitating the use of accelerated architectures such as Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to accelerate scientific discovery, in part by extending the FLAME and FLAME GPU software tools. Dr Richmond received his PhD degree (Flexible High Performance Agent Based Modelling on Graphics Card Hardware) in 2010 from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield (TUoS). During his PhD, he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Student Development Fellowship in recognition of his commitment to public engagement. Post PhD he was immediately awarded a one-year EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. He subsequently secured industrial funding to work responsively with a requirements and development team to implement a software demonstration for decision making in emergency response evacuations. Dr Richmond has developed the FLAME GPU software and proposed the SpineML simulator independent neural design language and associated graphical modelling tools (currently used in numerous EPSRC and EU funded research projects, and which form the basis of INCF NineML v2 language). Dr Richmond currently holds one of only 8 (nationally awarded) 5-year EPSRC Software Engineering Research Fellowships. Before this he was appointed as a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow (VCF; 2.46% success rate) as part of the ‘Leading Minds’ campaign at TUoS. He has secured TUoS Proof of Concept funding to progress his software for medical imaging (P.I.), and has BBSRC/National Science Foundation funding for ‘the Digital Fruit Fly Brain’ project (C.I.) to deliver an interdisciplinary software framework utilising GPU computing for simulating fruit fly brains.

Carmine Spagnuolo got his Master Degree cum laude in Computer Science from the Università degli Studi di Salerno in 2013. In January 2014 he has started the Ph.D. program in Computer Science at the University of Salerno, under the supervision of Professor Vittorio Scarano. He is interested in Parallel Algorithms, Distributed Systems, Networks and Agent-Based Simulations.  During his academic studies he had the honor to be advised by Prof. Vittorio Scarano, Gennaro Cordasco and Rosario De Chiara who stimulated in him the interest and passion for research. Since 2010 he is involved in D-Mason, a research project of the ISISLab at University of Salerno. D-Mason is a distributed version of the MASON toolkit for Agent-Based simulations, see Project. He has worked on the architecture, visualization and communication strategies. In 2012 he got a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for visiting the George Mason University (GMU). In 2016 he got a grant from the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) for visiting the ANL and University of Chicago, in May 2016 and from October to December 2016.  He is co-author of some papers in international refereed journals and conferences.