HPC-LEAP Scientific Kickoff Meeting

The HPC-LEAP Scientific Kickoff Meeting, organized by The Cyprus Institute in collaboration with the 17 European academic institutions and private companies of the HPC-LEAP consortium will be held at The Cyprus Institute Premises in Nicosia, Cyprus between the 14th and 16th of September, 2015.

The launching ceremony will take place on the 14th of September 2015 at 18:30 PM Cyprus Time. The Minister of Education and Culture will be addressing the ceremony, while high-ranking representatives from the other degree awarding universities of Rome, of Ferrara, of Aachen, in Wuppertal, Cyprus and the Technical University of Eindhoven will also attend. Among the attendees will be representatives from other partner academic institutions (Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin and University Cambridge, Research centers DESY-Zeuthen, Jülich and Democritos) and executives of the private companies participating in the program, as well as distinguished guests from the wider academic and industrial local market. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in constructive discussions on the importance of research and scientific training in Europe.

The opening ceremony will be preceded by the presentation of the project and discussion on further opportunities for collaboration. Activities will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday where scientific talks and discussions involving the fellows and their advisors will take place. The detailed schedule of the meeting can be found below.


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Monday 14th September

Time Topic
15:00 – 15:30 Welcome/introductions
15:30 – 16:00

Project Overview

Prof. Constantia Alexandrou, University of Cyprus and The Cyprus Institute

16:00 – 17:00

Future research and funding opportunities (representatives)

Round table discussion

Information session (students)
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 18:00

The HPC-LEAP website & The Supercomputing training portal

Dr. Konstantinos Kleovoulou, The Cyprus Institute

18:30 – 21:00 Launching Ceremony


Tuesday 15th September

Time Topic
9:00 – 11:30

Students presentations

10’ per student

11:30 – 13:00 Discussion of individual projects among advisors and students - Finalization of students schedules and career development plans
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Discussion of individual projects among advisors and students - Finalization of students schedules and career development plans
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30

Dissemination activities of the project, coordination among the nodes

Dr. Matthew Wingate, University of Cambridge

16:30 – 17:30

Further Discussion on project activities

Dr. Konstantinos Kleovoulou, The Cyprus Institute

17:30 – 17:45 Election of students’ representative to SB, photo
20:00 Dinner



Wednesday 16th September

Time Topic
9:00 – 11:00 Supervisory Board meeting
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Training and dissemination planning, Milestones and Deliverables
13:00-13:30 Other administrative tasks to be completed
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
16:00-19:30 Tour of the old of city of Nicosia (download the tour agenda)

HPC-LEAP in a nutshell

Progress in computers and algorithms in the last years has made numerical simulation and modelling a key research methodology in both academia and industry, which in turn drives exascale computing in order to maintain excellence in research and innovation. A disruptive evolution in computer technologies is required for attaining exascale performances in the coming years bringing challenges that urgently need to be addressed across science and engineering fields. Therefore, new interdisciplinary strategies are required in order to educate the next generation of scientists to address such challenges enabling them to be at the forefront of their respective research fields. Instead of the traditional domain-specific training, integrated approaches are needed that can be best implemented by collaborative networks of universities, research institutes and industrial partners. HPC-LEAP is a highly interdisciplinary joint doctorate program realized by bringing together world-leading experts in applied mathematics, high performance computing technologies, particle and nuclear physics, fluid dynamics and life sciences to appropriately train researchers in Europe to exploit high performance computing, advance science and promote innovation. Students will be trained in mathematical and computational concepts underpinning current and future numerical simulations in turbulent flows, computational biology and lattice Quantum Chromodynamics. The research projects are designed to enhance collaborations and interactions across these disciplines, integrating non-academic partners, and to develop methodologies that efficiently use large-scale numerical simulations on future high performance computer systems. Students who complete this training program will be versatile to undertake highly interdisciplinary projects, well positioned to embark on a successful career in academia or the industrial sector.

Consortium Institutions

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