Frank worked for nearly 20 years as a scientific researcher in the fields of High-Performance and Distributed Computing, and eScience. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam in 2003, based on his thesis on user transparent parallel multimedia computing. From 2003 to 2009, as Postdoc at the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam, he generalized and expanded his PhD-work to ‘wall-socket’ multi-cluster distributed computing. In 2009, he became Assistant Professor at VU University and leader of the Jungle Computing Research & Applications (JCRA) group, focusing on the concurrent use of ‘any type’ of compute hardware in solving large-scale scientific problems. From 2009 to 2012, using the Jungle Computing paradigm, he led successful collaborations with many scientific domains, including computational astrophysics (Leiden University), climate modeling (Utrecht University), and remote sensing (University of Extremadura, Spain).
In May 2012 Frank joined the Netherlands eScience Center, initially as a senior eScience Engineer and Project Coordinator. In this role he defined and established eSTeP, the eScience Technology Platform. In recent years the eSTeP initiative has been transformed into the eScience Center’s “Research Software Directory”. In October 2012 Frank joined the Director’s Team of the eScience Center, from Fall 2013 as Program Director. In this role he is primarily responsible for the eScience Center’s Call Strategy, and its open calls for proposals.
Frank has received several international awards (including a Most Visionary Research Award at AAAI 2007), and has won First Prizes in several international computing challenges (including IEEE SCALE 2008, IEEE DACH 2008, IEEE SCALE 2010). Frank has been a Steering Group Member of generations 3 to 6 of the Dutch national Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS). Also, he has been initiator and Editor-in-Chief of SoftwareX, a scientific journal focusing on the open access publishing of peer reviewed and impactful research software. In 2016, he and his SoftwareX co-editors received the prestigious Association of American Publishers’ PROSE award for Innovation in Journal Publishing.
Joris van Eijnatten has served as full professor of Cultural History at Utrecht University since 2009. Prior to this, he was, among other things, full professor of Cultural History at VU University Amsterdam and a research fellow at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institut für europäische Geschichte (Mainz, Germany) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS).
In addition to his research and teaching duties, Van Eijnatten has held various substantial administrative posts. From 2013 to 2018, he was head of Utrecht University’s department of History and Art History, and chaired UU’s section of History of Culture, Mentalities and Ideas between 2009 and 2018. Previously, he was director of the Research Institute for Language, Culture and History at VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Arts.
Van Eijnatten has been the recipient of various grants, including a Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) grant and an NWO Horizon grant. He was awarded the Hendrik Casimir-Karl Ziegler Research Prize in 1999 and a Fellowship for digital humanities at the National Library of the Netherlands in 2016. He is the author of several books and numerous journal and book articles and is a founder of the open-access International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity. He has published extensively in leading international peer-reviewed media, including Journal for the History of Ideas, International Journal of Intangible Heritage, Low Countries Historical Review and the Journal of Religious Ethics.
In May 2012, Rob joined the Netherlands eScience Center. Rob’s current position is Director of Technology. He is responsible for eScience Technology development in all projects, project leader of our eScience technology platform, and manager of the eScience Engineers. Rob also is a professor in “Efficient computing for eScience” at the University of Amsterdam in the Systems and Network Engineering group of the Informatics Institute.
Rob researches ways in which large-scale computing power can be used more efficiently in achieving scientific breakthroughs in various scientific fields. His research interests include high performance computing, parallel and distributed algorithms, computer architecture and accelerators, green computing, networks, programming languages, and compiler construction. Rob’s latest research focusses on exascale software infrastructure, and the use of deep learning and accelerators (GPUs) for radio astronomy. He currently is involved in the Efficient Deep Learning (EDL) NWO TTW project, as well as in the H2020 project PROCESS, a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) pilot project on FAIR software and data for processing LOFAR observations, and the design of the central signal processing platform for the SKA telescope.
Rob received his PhD at VU University Amsterdam in 2003, for work on “Efficient Java-Centric Grid Computing”. Rob has designed and implemented the Manta, Ibis, Satin, and JavaGAT systems (now standardized in OGF as SAGA) and worked on the EU GridLab project, and the Dutch Virtual Labs for eScience project. In 2009, Rob started as a researcher at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, where he performed research on radio astronomy algorithms and pipelines for LOFAR and the exascale SKA telescope. In 2011, he became assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam, where he taught many-core technology, and initiated the first and only CUDA Teaching Center in the Netherlands. Rob has (co)-authored over 100 refereed publications. For more information, please see his personal web page.