1st Keynote Speaker - 7th July 2004
Keynote Title - "Towards a Next Generation Grid."
Dr. Domenico Laforenza is currently Technology Director at the Information Science and Technologies Institute (ISTI) of the
Italian National Research Council (CNR), a new research Institute constituted during 2002 from the merging of CNUCE-CNR and IEI-CNR.
ISTI is located in Pisa, Italy.
Dr. Laforenza received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science of University of Pisa in 1977.
Since 1997 Dr. Laforenza has been responsible for CNUCE-CNR’s Advanced Computing Department. He joined CNUCE in 1972 where he
was a performance evaluator (until 1981) and he has been a researcher since 1981. Since 1981 his main fields of research interest
are high performance computing and the programming of parallel systems.
From 1989 to 1994 he was responsible for the CNR Support Initiative on Parallel Computing, aimed at introducing and exploiting Parallel Computing technologies in Academia and Industry in Italy.
Currently he has a joint appointment at the Department of Computer Science of University of Pisa as professor of Parallel Applications.
Since 1995 he has been interested in Metacomputing and Grid computing. Dr. Laforenza has written numerous technical and scientific papers
and has served as program committee member and organizer of many national and international workshops and conferences related to High Performance Computing and Grid.
Since 1999, he has regularly been involved in consultation with the European Union in reviewing proposals having as their main focus Grid computing technologies and their applications.
More recently, Dr. Laforenza was appointed as coordinator of some National initiatives on Grid Computing funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
During the years 2002-2003 he was a member of the Grid Forum Steering Committee (GFSC) and co-Director of the Grid Performance and Information
Services Area. Currently, he serves in the GGF GROC (Grid Research Oversight Committee).