Profesor Ron Perrott FACM
Oxford e-Research Centre,
Tel: +44(0)1865 610600 /+44(0)2890667893
Ron Perrott is a Visiting Professor at the Oxford e-Research Centre. He was previously Director of the Belfast e-Science Centre from 2000 to 2012; a Centre which engaged in cloud/grid middleware and application development and had a wide range of projects with both academia and industry. In particular in media Gridcast and Prism with partners BBC, BT and QinetiQ; in finance CRISP with First Derivatives; in data mining Geddem with Datactics; and in bioinformatics GeneGrid with Fusion Antibodies.
He has a long established and well documented record of research in the areas of software engineering, distributed and parallel systems and operating systems and authored/edited five books on these topics. His current research interests are based on parallel and distributed computing and cloud/grid computing.
He was a founding member of UK Computing Research Committee and a member of two HEFCE Research Assessment Panels. For six years he Chaired the RCUK’s High End Computing Strategy Committee which advised the UK’s Research Councils on strategic issues and policy initiatives in high performance computing and before that Chairman of the Technology Watch Panel in High End Computing. He has led two UK Delegations to US and one to China and Japan developing the topics of HPC and Grid computing and among other things negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding between EPSRC and the US NSF.
He was one of the two EPSRC representatives appointed to the OST’s Informatics Committee to scope out the e-Science initiative in both content and finance; a member of the RCUK e-Science Steering Committee and the e-Science Technical Advisory Group and a member of EPSRC e-Science SAT. In Europe he has held several positions, for example, Chair of the Information Society Monitoring Panel and Chair of the Committee on Grid Computing. In the US he has been a member of several NSF Panels, in particular, the Extreme Digital cyber infrastructure panel and is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the SC Conference Series as well as the Chair of the SC international Programme. He is a member and chaired the ACM Fellows Awards Committee.