Biography: He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC Barcelona Tech, 1988) and also holds a Ph. D. from the same institution (Best UPC Computer Science Thesis Award, 1993). Currently, he is a full-time professor in the Computer Architecture Department in UPC Barcelona Tech. He has been an external consultant at the Center for Supercomputing Research & Development at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA, 1992).
Research Publications: He has more than 150 research publications in journals, conferences and book chapters (complete list). He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and ISOC, and was involved in several conferences organized by these associations and member of management committees. He has been a Program Committee member of more than 50 conferences in that specific area, as well as taking up other positions such as Poster Chair, Program Chair, Publicity Chair, Steering Committee member (complete list). He also served as a reviewer for relevant journals as IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Concurrency, and Computation-Practice and Experience, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, International Journal of Autonomic Computing, among other. Jordi Torres has acted as a supervisor of 7 Ph.D. Thesis and, currently, he is supervising another 3 Ph.D. students.
Research Group: In 2005 the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC) was founded, and he was nominated as a Manager for Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms research line in BSC. The research group produced research publications (over 100 publications and 11 Ph.D. Thesis) as well as software components that can be applied at middleware level in order to improve their adaptability, efficiency, and productivity. The research group targets Supercomputing execution platforms composed of high-productivity heterogeneous multi-core systems with accelerators and advanced storage architectures deployed in large-scale distributed environments. Currently, the group is doing some research in using this platforms for Artificial Intelligence, in particular right now with special focus on Deep Learning and Probabilistic Models.
Manager of Research and Technology Transfer projects: His current activity in this area is mainly centered in the project CaixaBank-BSC, which apply Cognitive Computing to the banking sector. Previously, with his research group, he has participated in competitive calls, and a lot of them involve University-Industry Technology Transference (visit this research project page for a more detailed list of projects). The research group has also been involved in Networks of Excellence: European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC), Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing (ETP4HPC).
Teaching: He has been lecturing on Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture and Systems Performance Evaluation in the UPC Barcelona Tech. At the moment, he lectures on Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytics in the “Master in Informatics Engineering”, in the “Master in Innovation and Research in Informatics”, and the “Erasmus Mundus Master in Distributed Computing”. He is currently teaching Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligent courses. He has been a member of the Cátedra Telefónica-UPC where he worked in teaching innovation.
Expert and Consultant: He has a consultative and strategy role with a visionary tasks related to next generation technology and its impact. He is both a creative thinker and influential collaborator, he has worn many hats, so to speak, throughout his long career. He acts as an expert on these topics for various organizations, companies, and mentoring entrepreneurs. He was a member of UPCnet management board during 2011-2013. Nowadays, he is a member of the advisory board at Barcelona Big Data Center of Excellence, and member of the BSC-CNS Access Committee core team. He hold several appointments as an independent expert by the European Commission (Information Society and Media Directorate) in 2010, by Friends of Europe’s Greening Europe Forum in 2011, and was elected as Expert of Swiss Academy of Engineering Science during 2012- 2013. Moreover, Torres was elected as evaluator by the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología of Spain, the Dirección General de Investigación de la comunidad de Madrid (Spain), the Universitat Jaume I of Castelló (Spain), the Departament d’Universitat I Recerca of the Genaralitat de Catalunya (Spain), La Caixa Foundation, and the Science Foundation (Ireland) among others institutions. In 2010, he was elected by the Fundació Centre Tècnològic de Catalunya as a member of the board of experts for elaborating the white paper ―The contribution of ICT to the transition to a more sustainable energy model. And in 2012 he was invited by the European Commission to contribute at the Second Digital Assembly Agenda.
Writer and Speaker: He is also actively involved in science communication with general audiences. He is collaborating with Spanish mass media to divulgate technology trends (visit this page for an updated list). He also published books about science and technology for a general audience (visit this page for an updated list). He has given numerous talks to different audiences, from worldwide experts to common citizens and high school students (visit this page for an updated list). He publishes a Blog about computing technology trends since 2006.
Academic Management: Before being a manager at BSC, he was a member of the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA) (1994-2004) and a member of the board of managers of CEPBA-IBM Research Institute (CIRI) (2000-2004). He has been Vice-dean of Institutional Relations at the Computer Science School (1998- 2001) and a member of the University Senate (Claustre) and member of the Board of Governors (Junta de Govern) (2011-2013). He has also participated in numerous academic management activities and institutional representation.
Awards and recognitions: During his career he has received an IBM Faculty Award(2008), “Menció FIBER” (2015), a best paper Award at IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications conference, Cambridge MA USA (2007), 4 “Tramos de investigación” conceded by the “Comisión nacional evaluadora de la actividad investigadora”, a best UPC Computer Science Thesis Award 1993-94, OLIVETTI-UPC Intership Grant (1992), UPC Phd Grant (1991), Accésit al 1er concurso de ideas medioambientales de la UPC (1998), Ayudas para la elaboración de material docente UPC (1997).
Organisations affiliations: He is a member of different associations in our area as IEEE, ACM or ISOC. He is also a member of the Societat Catalana de Tecnologia de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, the Facultat Informàtica de Barcelona Alumni (he was one of its founders), Societat Economica Barcelonesa d’Amics del País (SEBAP). He is one of the organizers of the Barcelona Spark Meetup and Grup d’estudi de machine learning de Barcelona.
Hobbies: He is passionate about art and visual design (visit this page for an updated list of work produced). Mountain biking and running are outdoor activities that he loves. Torres feels at home in the woods!