Panel: Computing Research 2020 and Beyond

Panel Chair:

Professor Dame Wendy Hall
University of Southampton
United Kingdom




Michel Cosnard 
CEO, INRIA, co-author of the ISTAG report "Software – the Missing Key Enabling Technology"

Michel Cosnard is a globally recognised specialist in algorithmics, particularly in the field of design and analysis of parallel algorithms and computation on grids. He has also worked on the complexity of networks of automatons and neurons. He is the author of around a hundred publications in the field's top international journals. He has written two books and supervised 27 theses. As a scientist, he has been awarded the following prizes: the Alfred Verdaguer Prize by the Academy of Sciences (1994), the Silver Core by IFIP (1995), and the Charles Babbage Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (2003). Michel Cosnard is a knight of the French Legion of Honour (2007) and has an honorary degree from the Polytechnique de Mons faculty (Belgium).

Born in 1952, Michel Cosnard obtained an engineering degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from ENSIMAG, a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University (USA), and his State doctorate in Computer Science from the Université de Grenoble.

He joined CNRS as a researcher in 1979 and was appointed to the position of professor in computer science at the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon in 1987. He then created the Parallel Computing Laboratory (LIP), which he directed until August 1997. From September 1997 to December 2000, he was the director of the Inria Lorraine research unit and LORIA (Lorraine Laboratory of Computer Science Research and Applications). From June 2001 to December 2003, he was the director of the Inria Sophia Antipolis research unit and Professor at the Ecole polytechnique at the Université de Nice - Sophia Antipolis. From December 2003 to May 2004, he held the office of Chairman and CEO of Inria. Then, from June 2004 until his appointment as Chairman and CEO of the institute in 2006, he again directed the Sophia Antipolis research unit. Michel Cosnard is also Chairman of the board of directors of Inria-Transfert.

From 2001 to 2003, he was the director of the "Globalization of Computing Resources and Data (GRID)" Concerted Action Incentive of the Ministry of Research. From 2003 to 2004, he was the Director of the EEIG ERCIM. From 2004 to 2006, he chaired the Teaching and Research Centre of Sophia Antipolis - Nice (PERSAN) and actively participated in the creation of the "Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées" (Secure Solutions for Communication) global competitiveness cluster. He was a member of the François d'Aubert work group on partnership between research bodies (December 2007 to March 2008). Member of ISTAG (Information Society Technologies Advisory Group).

Michel Cosnard has been Chairman of the contactless technologies innovation centre - EuraRFID (CITC - EuraRFID) since January 2009. At the request of Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary of State of digital economy, he works within the Net Neutrality expert group, established on 24 February 2010.

Since March 2010, Michel Cosnard has been Chairman of the coordination committee of Allistene, the Alliance of Digital Sciences and Technologies, launched on 17 December 2009, by Valérie Pécresse, minister for Higher Education and Research. After serving as a director of the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, Michel Cosnard is currently a director of the École normale supérieure de Cachan, the ANR (the French National Research Agency), and the EEIG ERCIM.


Muffy Calder 
OBE FRSE FBCS FIEE, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland

Muffy Calder OBE is Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.  She is a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder and before becoming Chief Scientific Adviser she was a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow and Dean for Research in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

Her research is in modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex software and biochemical systems using computer science, mathematics and automated reasoning techniques. She has developed and used a variety of process algebras, temporal logics and model checking techniques to solve problems in a range of systems, from telephone networks and communications protocols, to domestic home care systems and intracellular signalling transduction pathways that contribute to diseases such as cancer.  She has collaborated with scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines, from Electrical and Aerospace Engineering, to Cancer and Cardiovascular  medicine.

She has been an academic at Glasgow University for over 20 years, and previously worked at the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh.  She has had collaborations with many world-leading companies and in the distant past she was a research fellow at BT Research Laboratories and at DEC (Digital Equipment Corp) Research Labs in California.

Previously, she was Head of Department, chair of UKCRC (UK Computing Research Committee), member of EPSRC TOP (Technical Opportunities Panel) and the Scottish Science Advisory Committee, and Senate Assessor on Court.  Currently, she is Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing Research Committee and MSc. external examiner at University of Manchester.  She is a past external examiner for degrees at the universities of Warwick, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and NUI Cork.

She has a PhD in Computational Science from the University of St. Andrews and a BSc in Computing Science from the University of Stirling.  She has over 75 scientific publications and has been awarded 18 external research grants.  She has supervised 13 PhD students and 9 postdoctoral research assistants.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and was awarded the OBE for service to Computer Science in 2011.

Eric Brewer
UCB, ACM Infosys Award Winner 2012

Dr. Brewer focuses on all aspects of Internet-based systems, including technology, strategy, and government.  As a researcher, he has led projects on scalable servers, search engines, network infrastructure, sensor networks, and security. His current focus is technology for developing regions, with projects in India, Kenya, and the Philippines. 

In 1996, he co-founded Inktomi Corporation and helped lead it onto the NASDAQ 100 before it was bought by Yahoo! in March 2003. Working with President Clinton, Dr. Brewer helped to create, the official portal of the Federal government, which launched in September 2000.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for leading the development of scalable servers (early cloud computing) and also received the ACM Infosys Foundation award.  He is currently on leave from Berkeley as VP Infrastructure for Google.

Thierry Van der Pyl
Director, "Excellence in Science" at European Commission

Thierry Van der Pyl graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and is docteur d'état in Informatics from University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI.

He was researcher at CNRS and joined the European Commission in 1984 where he held different management positions in the research programs on Information and Communication Technologies.

Until 30 June 2012, he was the Director of the Directorate on Components and Systems in Directorate-General Information Society & Media.

As of 1st July 2012, he became the Director of the Directorate on Excellence in Science of the new Directorate-General CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology).

Matthias Kaiserswerth
Director and Vice President, IBM Research – Zurich

In June 2006 Matthias Kaiserswerth has been named director of IBM Research – Zurich. In addition, he holds a position in the Software Research Strategy Board, in which he coordinates research work in this area across IBM's twelve global research laboratories.

From 2002 until the end of 2005 he was the Managing Director of an IBM Integrated Account.

In 2000 Matthias Kaiserswerth became the director of IBM's laboratory in Zurich. Additional responsibilities were for the IBM Zurich Industry Solutions Lab where IBM hosts customers to meet with its researchers to discuss future technology and emerging business trends.

From 1997 through 1999, Dr. Kaiserswerth was on assignment at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center where he led the networking software and security research. In addition, he was responsible for setting IBM Research's global security research strategy and starting IBM efforts in the emerging field of privacy technology research.

From 1988 through 1997 he worked as a Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Zurich on various research projects ranging from high-performance communication systems to message brokering in a medical environment. Most recently, he worked on smart cards and Java security, which lead to the OpenCard industry standard for using smart cards in a Java environment and Visa's Java Cardtm Price Breakthrough program based on the IBM Research – Zurich JCOP platform.

Dr. Kaiserswerth received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and from Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany respectively.

Since May 2012 Dr. Kaiserswerth has been President of the Economic Development Agency Zimmerberg-Sihltal. He is also on the founding Board of Trustees at TECHNOPARK ® Zurich and HASLERSTIFTUNG Bern.

Dr. Kaiserswerth maintains a blog at

Organizing Committee

  • Michel Beaudouin-Lafon
  • Fabrizio Gagliardi
  • Wendy Hall
  • Yannis E. Ioannidis
  • Avi Mendelson
  • Alexander L. Wolf

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