2021 SEE USER FORUM

3-4 November 2021

09.00-13.00 CET

Strengthening the role of Research & Education Networks in the Open Science era

The 2021 SEE User Forum will be fully online and free of charge to all participants

NRENs play a crucial role for Research & Education communities around the world. They enable researchers and scientists to carry out their work and reach their projects’ milestones. Connectivity, identity federations and security are only a few examples of how NRENs can support open science activities.

The 2021 SEE User Forum, jointly hosted by GÉANT with NI4OS Europe and EOSC Future, will provide a platform where NRENs and researchers will share their experience. In particular, it will showcase services such as AAI to enable the regional research community to connect safely and securely to their peers.

Agenda

3 November

Time (CET)

Topic

Speaker

09.00 – 09.30

Introduction

Anastas Mishev & Marina de Giorgi

Dr Anastas Mishev, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM.

The focus of Anastas' research is infrastructures for collaborative computing and research, primarily Grid and High-Performance Computing systems. His aim is to get these systems closer to all potential users, mainly the research communities, in order to fully use their enormous potential. His expertise spans computer architectures and networks, software engineering, internet technologies and e-learning. Anastas has participated in the implementation of over 30 international projects targeting the development of IT infrastructure and IT education. He is a member and former president of the board of MARNet, the NREN in North Macedonia.

Marina de Giorgi, Partner Relations Officer, GÉANT

Marina is the Partner Relations Officer for NRENs in South East Europe, she leads GÉANT engagement in the region and regularly runs the SEE Directors Forum: a platform where regional (N)RENs come together to address their requirements to overcome Europe’s digital divide. She has supported the newly established R&E community in Kosovo* and fosters dialogues with Bosnia-Herzegovina representatives for the creation of their local NREN. Previously she managed the business relations of the CIT at the University of Groningen, NL, creating a Data Federation Hub to connect SMEs and innovation start-ups with scientists. Marina is passionate about scientific inclusivity.@marinaDeGi (Twitter)

* this designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UN Security Council resolution 1244 and the International Court of Justice Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

09.30 – 10.00

The added value of EOSC for research

Zoe Cournia

Dr Zoe Cournia, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens

Dr. Zoe Cournia is a Researcher at Associate Professor level at the Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens, now working on anticancer drug and materials design using High Performance Computing. She has received multiple science awards is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical information and Modeling, American Chemical Society. She is currently teaching at the Master’s programme “Information Technologies in Technology and Medicine” at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National University of Athens. Dr. Cournia is also the founder of Ingredio, a mobile phone app that informs consumers on the potential hazards of chemical ingredients in food and cosmetics products.

10.00 – 10.15

The role of NREN in EOSC

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones, EOSC Engagement Manager, GÉANT

Sarah works with NRENs on supporting Open Science. She is an information professional with over a decade working in research data services in the higher education sector. At the Digital Curation Centre she led the DMPonline service and worked on consultancy and training. Sarah was rapporteur on the European Commission’s FAIR Data Expert Group and independent expert on the EOSC Executive Board, chairing the FAIR Working Group. She now sits on the EOSC Association Board of Directors.

10.15 – 10.30

EOSC to the users: EOSC Future 

Ilias Papastamatiou

Dr Ilias Papastamatiou, Project Manager, GRNET

Dr. IliasPapastamatiou is an Electrical and Computer Engineer of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and holds the position of the Project Manager at GRNET since 2020. He participates in the management and implementation of National and EU projects in the area of High-Performance Network Connectivity and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) such as GEANT’s GN4-3 and GN4-3N, NI4OS-Europe and EOSC-Future. Previously, during 2014-2020, he worked at the European Commission in Brussels, and specifically as Member of the Cabinet to the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and later as Policy Officer at the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME). During 2013-2014 he was Advisor at the Hellenic Ministry of National Defence and Head of the ICT Department of the Minister’s Cabinet. He retained the same position for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 2012-2013. He and holds a PhD from NTUA with honours in the research domain of Decision Support Systems, Smart Cities and ICT.

10.30 – 11.00

Q&A 

Annabel Grant

Annabel Grant, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Management, GÉANT

Annabel joined GÉANT in 2012 and has over 20 years' experience of project and programme management of regional, national and EC funded projects. She leads Stakeholder Engagement activities in the GN4-3 project including all aspects of stakeholder engagement, community building, partner relations, requirements gathering and feedback and is the lead coordinator for collaboration activities with other European e-infrastructures and EuroHPC. Additionally she contributes to a number of EOSC related projects including EOSC Secretariat and EOSC Future.

11.00 – 11.30

Break

11.30 – 11.35

Welcome back

Anastas Mishev

Dr Anastas Mishev, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM

The focus of Anastas' research is infrastructures for collaborative computing and research, primarily Grid and High-Performance Computing systems. His aim is to get these systems closer to all potential users, mainly the research communities, in order to fully use their enormous potential. His expertise spans computer architectures and networks, software engineering, internet technologies and e-learning. Anastas has participated in the implementation of over 30 international projects targeting the development of IT infrastructure and IT education. He is a member and former president of the board of MARNet, the NREN in North Macedonia.

11.35 – 11.45

The Research Engagement function in GÉANT

Enzo Capone

Enzo Capone, Head of Research Engagement and Support, GÉANT

Enzo is the Head of the Research Engagement and Support Team in GÉANT since 2017, in charge of providing user support for pan-European and international scientific groups and collaborations, and in the Science and Research engagement activities. With a background in computer science and networking, he joined GÉANT in 2013 as Business Development officer, and his previous positions were network architect and manager with the Department of Physics of the University of Naples, in charge of the computing for physics experiments, and Technical Associate to the ATLAS experiment collaboration at CERN and to the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN).

11.45 – 12.00

NI4OS-Europe service catalog: Regional services for the EOSC community

Dusan Vudragovic

Dr Dusan Vudragovic, Assistant Professor, Institute of Physics Belgrade

Dr. Dusan Vudragovic is an Assistant Research Professor at the Institute of Physics Belgrade. He was service development and deployment (SA) leader in the agINFRA project and was responsible for the infrastructure deployment in the SemaGrow project. Within the VI-SEEM project, he was the leader of workpackage responsible for the development and deployment of e-Infrastructure-related services. Presently, he is the leader of the NI4OS-Europe workpackage responsible for the on-boarding of regional resources into the EOSC.

12.00 – 12.15

Towards a transparent and sustainable research ecosystem

Judit Éva Fazekas-Paragh

Judit Eva Fazekas-Paragh

Judit Éva Fazekas-Paragh, Research support librarian, University of Debrecen and National Library (DEENK)

Judit Fazekas-Paragh is a research support librarian and currently the head of DEENK's Education and Research Support Department. Her primary work is to deepen open science guidelines at national level. As an OpenAIRE NOAD and HUNOR (Hungarian Open Repositories) working group coordinator, she helps Hungarian stakeholders to connect to the open science discourse of the European Union. Her responsibilities include expanding open access publishing, introducing FAIR principles and research data management, conducting related trainings, and support the development of open infrastructures.

12.15 – 12.30

REVIGO: An Open Science Cloud service for Reducing and Visualising Gene Ontology

Tomislav Šmuc

Dr Tomislav Šmuc, Head of Laboratory for Machine Learning and
Knowledge Representation, Zagreb Rudjer Boskovic Institute

Tomislav Šmuc is the Head of Laboratory for Machine Learning and Knowledge
Representation  at the Rudjer Bošković Institute in Zagreb. His research
interests lay in the area of machine learning and data mining techniques
for knowledge discovery in different domains of science and technology.
He has been participating in a number of research projects financed by
national and  EU funding agencies. He has been involved in organization
of recognized international conferences in the field (ECML-PKDD,
Discovery Science), and has published over 150 research papers in
scientific journals and conference proceedings.

12.30 – 12.50

Q&A

Enzo Capone

Enzo Capone, Head of Research Engagement and Support, GÉANT

Enzo is the Head of the Research Engagement and Support Team in GÉANT since 2017, in charge of providing user support for pan-European and international scientific groups and collaborations, and in the Science and Research engagement activities. With a background in computer science and networking, he joined GÉANT in 2013 as Business Development officer, and his previous positions were network architect and manager with the Department of Physics of the University of Naples, in charge of the computing for physics experiments, and Technical Associate to the ATLAS experiment collaboration at CERN and to the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN).

12.50 – 13.00

Closing remarks

Anastas Mishev

Dr Anastas Mishev, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM

The focus of Anastas' research is infrastructures for collaborative computing and research, primarily Grid and High-Performance Computing systems. His aim is to get these systems closer to all potential users, mainly the research communities, in order to fully use their enormous potential. His expertise spans computer architectures and networks, software engineering, internet technologies and e-learning. Anastas has participated in the implementation of over 30 international projects targeting the development of IT infrastructure and IT education. He is a member and former president of the board of MARNet, the NREN in North Macedonia.

4 November

Time (CET)

Topic

Speaker

09.30 – 09.45

Introduction  

Anastas Mishev

Dr Anastas Mishev, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM.

The focus of Anastas' research is infrastructures for collaborative computing and research, primarily Grid and High-Performance Computing systems. His aim is to get these systems closer to all potential users, mainly the research communities, in order to fully use their enormous potential. His expertise spans computer architectures and networks, software engineering, internet technologies and e-learning. Anastas has participated in the implementation of over 30 international projects targeting the development of IT infrastructure and IT education. He is a member and former president of the board of MARNet, the NREN in North Macedonia.

09.45 – 10.15

Identities in R&E: why do we need it?

Marina Adomeit

Marina Adomeit, T&I Project Manager, SUNET

Marina Adomeit works at SUNET where she is T&I project manager with focus on international projects and T&I services. She has been working for 15 years in NREN environment, primarily responsible for managing the development and operations of identity federation services. She is working in GÉANT projects in tasks related to AAI, where she leads the Trust and Identity work package. She has been working within Seamless Access Consortium, leading service operation and recently taking the product management role. Marina is leading the development of AAI infrastructure for access to EuroHPC LUMI supercomputer.

10.15 – 10.30

Challenges and roadmap for the implementation of a central federated solution for identity management (eduGAIN) in Cyprus Academia

Aristos Anastasiou

Aristos S Anastasiou, Senior Network Security Engineer,  CYNET

Aristos Anastasiou received his BSc degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Applied Science of Thessaly, Department of Computer Science and Telecommunications, Greece, in 2010 and his MBA from Neapolis University Paphos in 2015. Currently, he is a Senior Network Security Engineer at CYNET and a visiting professor in Neapolis University Paphos. Aristos is a PhD candidate in Computer Engineering at Neapolis University Paphos. His research interests include Internet of Things, mobility management in low power devices and blockchain as part of IoT. He holds an award from IEEE international chapter, CISCO networking and security certificates (CCNA, Cisco Cybersecurity Operations). He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CSIM), Certified SIM3 (Security Incident Management Maturity Model) Auditor, and has numerous trainings in malware analysis and reverse engineering in his records. A Highly Dynamic and Distinguished Information Technology Officer, with over 13 years of experience in Leading Technology, Program-Project-Delivery Management and with established Tactical Management.

10.30 – 10.45

eduID use case

Dubravko Penezic

Dubravko Penezic, Head of eduroam service, Zagreb University of Computing Centre

Dubravko Penezić works at the University Computing Centre in Zagreb (Srce)
where he is head of the eduroam service. He deals with the issues of authentication and authorization of users,
both from the standpoint of Web applications and authentication on
network devices through his work. He is the author of several software solutions in the field of program support for users (eduroam installer, installer.eduroam.hr), testing methods of RADIUS infrastructure (monitor.eduroam.org), and monitoring eduroam network (status.eduroam.hr). He is currently actively researching IoT and the authentication of small network
devices. He works on the latest technologies and solutions in the authentication
and authorization of users (Web Authn, MFA, user certificates) and their
implementation.

10.45 – 11.15

Q&A

Nicole Harris

Nicole Harris, Head of Trust and Identity Operations, GÉANT

Nicole Harris joined GÉANT in March 2013 as a Project Development Officer to support the global GÉANT Community Programme. She works primarily in the security and middleware areas and specialises in managing global IT initiatives, policy and legal issues and open source developments. Nicole is responsible among other activities for TF-CSIRT, GÉANT’s forum for CSIRTS, and works to support GÉANT’s successful TRANSITS training programme as well as managing a variety of security related projects for National and Research Education Networks (NRENs). Prior to joining GÉANT, Nicole worked at JISC for 10 years, supporting a range of programmes and services in the middleware, research and open source spaces.

11.15 – 11.30

Break

11.30 – 11.35

Welcome back

Anastas Mishev


Dr Anastas Mishev, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM

The focus of Anastas' research is infrastructures for collaborative computing and research, primarily Grid and High-Performance Computing systems. His aim is to get these systems closer to all potential users, mainly the research communities, in order to fully use their enormous potential. His expertise spans computer architectures and networks, software engineering, internet technologies and e-learning. Anastas has participated in the implementation of over 30 international projects targeting the development of IT infrastructure and IT education. He is a member and former president of the board of MARNet, the NREN in North Macedonia.

11.35 – 11.55

RSSC – Remote Sensing Scene Classification System 

Mihajlo Savic

Dr Mihajlo Savic, University of Banja Luka Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Mihajlo Savić obtained his PhD from University of Banja Luka Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Banja Luka in 2020 and is currently working as a teacher for the Faculty and system and network administrator for the Faculty Computer Centre. He has done work in fields of network and system administration, parallel and distributed computing, databases, information systems and
computer graphics. He has been involved in the following EU FP/Horizon projects on national level as a technical or project lead: SEE-GRID, SEE-GRID-2, SEE-GRID-SCI, SEEFIRE, SEEREN2, HP-SEE, EGI-InSPIRE, VI-SEEM, and NI4OS-Europe.

11.55 – 12.10

Cloud services and integration with AAI

Vojdan Kjorveziroski

Vojdan Kjorveziroski, Research and teaching assistant, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering of North Macedonia, UKIM

Vojdan Kjorveziroski is a research and teaching assistant at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering in Skopje, North Macedonia. He is also currently a PhD student and is taking an active role in three international research projects. His main interests include cloud computing, cybersecurity, and distributed systems.

12.10 – 12.25

Open access library infrastructure in Turkey

Mehmet Mirat Satoglu

Mehmet Mirat Satoglu, Director, TUBITAK ULAKBIM

Mehmet Satoglu holds a BS degree from Computer Science department, Bilkent University, MSc and MLA degrees from Ege University and University of Pennsylvania respectively. He worked as an IT professional for over 15 years at various international companies before joining TUBITAK ULAKBIM. He has been leading TUBITAK ULAKBIM since 2014. Mehmet Satoglu currently represents TUBITAK and Turkey as delegate in GÉANT, SCOAP3, EOSC, EGI and EuroHPC boards.

12.25 – 12.40

OMApp- Open Source application for automatic image mosaicking geo referencing 

Žarko Zečević

Žarko Zečević, Assistant professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Montenegro

Žarko Zečević is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Montenegro. His research interests include networked systems, distributed and intelligent control algorithms. Zarko is currently participating in several international research projects.

 

12.40 – 12.55

Closing remarks

Anastas Mishev

Dr Anastas Mishev, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM

The focus of Anastas' research is infrastructures for collaborative computing and research, primarily Grid and High-Performance Computing systems. His aim is to get these systems closer to all potential users, mainly the research communities, in order to fully use their enormous potential. His expertise spans computer architectures and networks, software engineering, internet technologies and e-learning. Anastas has participated in the implementation of over 30 international projects targeting the development of IT infrastructure and IT education. He is a member and former president of the board of MARNet, the NREN in North Macedonia.

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