This session, schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 2016, from 13:30pm to 15:00pm, cover a panel discussion entitled:

The role of HPC & Cloud Computing in Financial Services and Technologies

Moderator: Dr. Mazin Yousif, T-Systems International, IEEE, USA


  • Pascal Bouvry, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Marco Houwen, LU-CIX Asbl. Chairman, Luxembourg
  • Lizhe Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
  • Chunming Rong, University of Stavanger, Norway

Panel Members

"Mazin Yousif, PhD"

Moderator: Mazin Yousif, PhD, T-Systems International, IEEE, USA

Dr. Yousif is the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Architecture for the Royal Dutch Shell Global account at T-Systems, International. Before joining T-Systems, he spent some time with IBM Canada GTS, Avirtec and Intel. He was also a Professor at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Yousif serves as a Technology Advisor, Board Member and investor for Simudyne Corporation. He is also a Board Member for Stafford & Associates. He chairs the Advisory Board of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine. He founded the NSF Industry/University Cooperative research Center for Autonomic Computing. He was a principal leader defining the InfiniBand Architecture and co-chaired the management working group in the InfiniBand Trade Association. He was an adjunct professor in several universities including Duke, NCSU, OGI and Arizona. He has served as the General Chair or Program Chair for many conferences and serves in the editorial board of many journals. He is a frequent speaker in academic and industry conferences on topics related to cloud computing, big data and autonomic computing. He has also published extensively and was an IEEE Distinguished Visitors Program speaker from 2008 – 2013. Dr. Yousif finished his Master (Electrical Engineering) and Ph.D. (Computer Engineering) degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987 and 1992, respectively.

Panelist: Prof. Pascal Bouvry, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

"Prof. Pascal Bouvry"

Dr. Bouvry earned his undergraduate degree in Economical & Social Sciences and his Master degree in Computer Science with distinction (‘91) from the University of Namur, Belgium. He went on to obtain his Ph.D. degree (‘94) in Computer Science with great distinction at the University of Grenoble (INPG), France. His research at the IMAG laboratory focussed on Mapping and scheduling task graphs onto Distributed Memory Parallel Computers. Next, he performed post-doctoral researches on coordination languages and multi-agent evolutionary computing at CWI in Amsterdam. Dr. Bouvry gained industrial experience as manager of the technology consultant team for FICS (belonging to S1 corp) a world leader in electronic financial services. Next, he worked as CEO and CTO of SDC, a Saigon-based joint venture between SPT (the second telecom operator in Vietnam), Spacebel SA (a Belgian leader in Space, GIS and Healthcare), and IOIT, a public research and training center. After that, Dr Bouvry moved to Montreal as VP Production of Lat45 and Development Director for MetaSolv Software, a world-leader in Operation Support Systems for the telecom industry (e.g. AT&T, Worldcom, Bell Canada, etc). Dr. Bouvry is currently “Chargé de Mission auprès du Recteur” in charge of the University High Performance Computing, heading the ILIAS laboratory, directing the doctoral school DS-CSCE, directing the certificate SmartICT for Business innovation, and serving as Professor. Pascal Bouvry is also faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center of Security, Reliability and active in various scientific committees and technical workgroups (IEEE CIS Cloud Computing vice-chair, IEEE TCSC GreenIT steering committee, ERCIM WG, ANR, COST TIST, etc.).

Pascal Bouvry is also member of the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine, and Elsevier journal in Swarm and Evolutionary Computation.

Panelist: Marco Houwen, LU-CIX Asbl. Chairman, Luxembourg

"Marco Houwen"

Before getting involved in the thrilling FinTech and Virtual Currencies industry and co-founding BHS-Services, Marco founded LuxCloud S.A. in 2010. A market leading provider of cloud service brokerage enablement. Prior to that in 2000, Marco co-founded Datacenter Luxembourg S.A., now recognised as one of the biggest Internet success stories in Luxembourg . Marco also co-founded EuroDNS, e-Brand Services, VoipGate and other ventures

Marco successfully launched the cross-industry initiative LU-CIX and has the honor to serve as President of LU-CIX A.s.b.l. . As such he contributes actively on the construction and promotion of the Luxembourgish internet eco-system. In addition to the above Marco is an active investor in several internet ventures like Doctena.

Luxembourgish born and fluent in English, German and French, Marco has built an international profile by participating in numerous industry forums and advisory groups. With a background in Sales and Marketing, he is passionate about human excellence and contact and strives to get the best out of himself and others.

Panelist: Lizhe Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN

"Lizhe Wang"

Dr. Lizhe Wang is a “ChuTian” Chair Professor at School of Computer Science, China Univ. of Geosciences (CUG), and a Professor at Inst. of Remote Sensing & Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Prof. Wang received B.E. & M.E from Tsinghua Univ. and Doctor of Eng. from Univ. Karlsruhe, Germany. Prof. Wang is a Fellow of IET, Fellow of British Computer Society. Prof. Wang serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Computers, IEEE Trans. on Cloud Computing, IEEE Trans. on Sustainable Computing. His main research interests include Cloud Computing, Big Data Computing, and remote sensing data processing.

Panelist: Prof. Chunming Rong, University of Stavanger, Norway

"Chunming Rong"

Prof. Chunming Rong is the head of the Center for IP-based Service Innovation (CIPSI) at the University of Stavanger (UiS) and adjunct Chief Scientist leading Big-Data Initiative at IRIS. His research work focuses on Cloud Computing, Data Science, Energy Informatics, Security and Privacy. He is an IEEE senior member and is honored as member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) since 2011. He has extensive contact network and projects in both the industry and academic. He is steering member of IEEE Cloud Computing and Steering Chair of IEEE CloudCom conference and workshop series. He is the co-Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Cloud Computing (ISSN: 2192-113X) by Springer and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC). Prof. Rong is also a keynote speaker on “Service Security in Cloud” at the IEEE CloudNet conference in Luxembourg, 2014. Prof. Rong has extensive experience in managing large-scale R&D projects funded by both industry and funding agencies, both in Norway and EU.

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