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Dr. Simon C. Lin

Dr. Simon C. Lin is currently the Project Director of the ASGC (Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre), the WLCG Tier-1 Centre in Asia. In addition, he is also responsible for the DMCC (Disaster Mitigation Competence Centre) in the EGI-Engage (Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons) & EOSC-hub (Integrating and managing services for the European Open Science Cloud) Projects. ASGC assisted 30 sites in Asia Pacific region to join the global e-Science collaboration.  Working with scientists of various disciplines, ASGC is successfully leading Grids/Clouds applications in Asia from High Energy Physics, Biomedicine, Bioinformatics, Earth Sciences, Climate Change, and Digital Archives to Social Sciences. He has published more than 500 scientific papers.

Dr. Lin has extensive experience in High Performance Computing. He oversaw Taiwan’s first supercomputer ETA 10 project in 1989, and built the first large scalable PC Farm in Taiwan in 1996. He leads the team to optimize COMCOT, a powerful Tsunami simulation software, up to 30 times faster. It’s now been incorporated into the Tsunami and Storm Surge early warning system in Taiwan. He is also a board member of APAN; he serves as APAN Chair from 2015 to 2017.

Dr. Lin was the founding president of Software Liberty Association Taiwan (SLAT) in 2001. He also serves three terms of executive director for COSA. He serves as Executive Officer of Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) from 1998 to 2007.



Dr Andrew TreloarDr. Andrew Treloar is the Director of Technology for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) (, with particular responsibility this year for demonstrating the value of bringing together data from different disciplines to answer new questions. In 2008 he led the project to establish ANDS. Prior to that he was associated with a number of e-research projects as Director or Technical Architect: ARCHER ( - an e-Research support environment), DART ( - data acquisition and analysis), and ARROW ( - institutional repository software), as well as the development of an Information Management Strategy for Monash University. He has a B.A. hons. (first class), majoring in Germanic Languages and Linguistics, a Grad. Dip. in computer science, and a research Masters in English Literature, all from Melbourne University. In 1999 he received his Ph. D. from Monash University with the topic Hypermedia Online Publishing - Transformation of the Scholarly Journal. His research interests include data management, institutional repositories and scholarly communication. He never seems to be able to make enough time for practising his ‘cello, or reading, but does try to prioritise talking to his chickens and working in his vegetable garden and orchard. Further details at or follow him on Twitter as @atreloar.



Dr. Florencio I. UtrerasDr. Florencio I. Utreras, Full Professor of the University of Chile was until June 2017 the Executive Director of CLARA, the Latin American Cooperation of Research Networks. Dr. Utreras graduated in Mathematical Engineering from the University of Chile in 1975 and got the Doctor of Engineering degree from Université de Grenoble, France, in 1979. Former Full Professor of the University of Chile. Before joining CLARA, Dr. Utreras was the Executive Director of REUNA (the Chilean Research Network which he contributed to create) since 1992 and previously he had been full professor of Applied Mathematics of the University of Chile in Santiago and  Visiting Professor at several universities and research centers in Europe (France, Italy) and the United States. Dr. Utreras has been involved in Research Networking since 1987 and has been awarded several national and international prizes for his contribution to the dissemination of Internet technology and research networking, in particular the prestigious induction into the Interet hall f Fame from ISOC in September 2017. He has been the Director of the EuropeAid funded ALICE2 Project from 2008 to 2012 and ELCIRA from 2012 to 2013. He ihas also been the Coordinator of the MAGIC project and has also participated in several FP7 Projects, like EVALSO, ELLA and others. Until June 2017, he was also co-Chair of the BELLA Consortium aiming at establishing a new submarine telecommunications infrastructure connecting directly Europe and Latin America.



Xue-Feng YuanXue-Feng Yuan CPhys FInstP FRSC has joined Guangzhou University as Professor in Systems Rheology to establish Advanced Institute of Engineering Science for Intelligent Manufacturing since November 2016 after nearly three years service as the Founding Director of National Supercomputer Centre in Guangzhou for running “Tianhe-2” supercomputer which was ranked the world fastest supercomputer six times successively from June 2013 to June 2016. He has more than 30 years of research experience in experimental, theoretical and computational rheology of soft condensed matter, recently its applications in biology and medicine. He was elected and served as a council member of the British Society of Rheology. He won a prestigious 5-year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in 1996. He served various EPSRC Prioritisation Panels for Processing Engineering, Physics Programme, and MRC Prioritisation Panel for Discipline Hopping Grants in UK. He is the Chairman of the HPC committee of the Guangdong Society of Computer.







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