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The Assembly is the governing body of SwiNG. It consists of representatives of the member institutions who elect the Executive Board, and approve SwiNG's strategy, the scientific and technical program, and budget.

SwiNG Assembly Members

Vittoria Rezzonico, Computational Sciences and Engineering Coordinator, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne

Vittoria Rezzonico is the Computational Sciences and Engineering Coordinator at EPFL. Vittoria is the reference point at EPFL for HPC issues and she is coordinating the deployment of shared HPC systems at the university. Previously, Vittoria was working at the School of Basic Sciences as facility manager for the data center and as a cluster administrator.


Stephan Egli, ETH Research Institutions


Christoph Grab, Group Leader, High Energy Physics Department, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)

Christoph Grab studied physics at the ETH Zurich and obtained a PhD degree from the U. of Zurich in 1985. After short stations at UC Berkeley (LBNL, USA), SLAC (Stanford, USA) and LEP (Geneva) at CERN, he returned in 1990 to the ETH. Since 2003 he is a member of the CMS collaboration at CERN. In 2008, he was awarded the title of a professor and leads his own research group within the Institute for Particle Physics (IPP). The primary research interests cover the field of standard model processes, such as the studies of the production of heavy quarks, and the search for the standard model Higgs particle. In addition, he is involved in investigations of rare processes. Within Switzerland, he coordinates the LHC computing grid activities for the physics exploitation of the LHC data.


Niklaus Lang, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)


Vincent Moser, R&D advisor University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Vincent Moser is the Counselor for applied research and development of the Presidency of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO). He holds a diploma of electrician engineer and a doctorate in micro technique from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Neuchâtel. After working in telecommunications industry and a startup experience, he pursued his professional activities in the domain of company creation and applied research of the Confederation (Technology and innovation commission, CTI).


René Hüsler,  Dean of Engineering and Architecture, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts


Simon Leinen, SWITCH

Simon has been working for SWITCH since 1996, a non-profit organization to provide networking and IT services to the Swiss academic and research communities. There he leads the new Peta Solutions team within SWITCH, supporting researchers with special network and IT needs. Up until 2011 he was a network engineer team leader in the SWITCH Network/LAN team where he contributed to running SWITCH's IP backbone network, helped introduce technologies such as IPv6 and raise awareness of them, built and operated a traffic accounting infrastructure for SWITCH based on Cisco Netflow, and participated in the IETF, in particular the netconf (as Co-Chair and ipfix Working Groups).


Heiko Schuldt, Professor of Computer Science, University of Basel

Heiko Schuldt is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Basel where he leads the Databases and Information Systems (DBIS) group. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT) in Tyrol, Austria.  He studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe and received a PhD in 2001 from ETH Zürich. Between 2003 and 2006, he has been associate professor at UMIT.  Heiko has published more than 70 papers in international journals and conferences. He is member of SI, GI, IEEE, ACM, SIGMOD, SIGIR, and DBTA. He serves on the steering committee of TPDL and the executive committee of DBTA.


Michael Rolli, HPC Systemadministrator, IT Services, University of Bern

Michael Rolli studied medicine at the University of Bern and obtained a MD degree. Combining the medical background and his passion for IT he worked 12 years for the Institute for Medical Education at the University of Bern, where he coded medical e-learning  applications and other web-based applications and was in charge of the institute’s linux servers. Since March 2013 he’s working as a fulltime system administrator for the IT services of the University of Bern and is in charge of UBELIX, the linux cluster of  the University of Bern.


Bastien Chopard, Associate Professor, Scientific and Parallel Computing Group, CUI, University of Geneva (UNIGE)


Hamid Hussain Khan, Computing Services, University of Lausanne (UNIL)


Kim Baldridge, co-director of the Organic chemistry institute of the University of Zurich
Kim K. Baldridge is Professor and co-director of the Organic chemistry institute of the University of Zurich (UZH). In 2008, she founded and became director of the Grid Competence Center at UZH. She co-founded the Swiss National Grid Initiative, and, in conjunction with SWITCH and CERN, is the academic lead to the National Grid Initiative leading Switzerland in the European Grid Initiative. She is Editor in Theoretical Chemical Accounts, and Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Her research focuses on the quantum chemical methods development, and applications of quantum mechanical and hybrid methodology to applications in materials and biochemical research. She helps support an internationally renowned computational chemistry package, GAMESS, together with several support software for visualization, analysis, and workflow.


Pawel Bernarek, Direction IT - Servers & Storage, Universite de Fribourg

Pawel Bednarek obtained his PhD in field of physical and theoretical chemistry at University of Fribourg. After two Postdocs he switched to IT and started to work for Direction of IT at the University of Fribourg. His field of expertise is HPC, storage solutions, data center infrastructure, virtualization, server environment, networking and Linux.
Pawel also published more than 30 papers in in international journals and obtained RHCE, RHCT, CCNA, VCP certification. He is in charge of HPC and IT for science at the University of Fribourg.


The Assembly is chaired by SwiNG president Dean Flanders, FMI.

Dean Flanders, FMI - SwiNG president

Dean is Head of IT at Friedrich Miescher Institute. He has an education in chemistry and biochemistry, and IT experience in industrial as well as academic environments. His role is responsible for defining and implementing    the IT strategy for 360 scientists by supporting the IT needs of research groups and technology platforms such as DNA sequencing, proteomics, imaging, bioinformatics, and animal facility. This includes running the IT infrastructure for supporting desktops, laptops, and instrument computers, with a mixture of Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.  As well as a storage environment, a campus network interconnected with partner networks, and over 100 servers. He also helped co-found the Basel Computational Biology Center (BC2) as a high performance computing environment to enable access to computational resources.


To contact the SwiNG Assembly, please send an email to the Assembly chair.