IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center - Czechia
Vít Vondrák has been working at VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava since 1992, where he spent the longest period at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, obtaining the title of Associate Professor in 2007. He was part of the team that prepared the project Centre of Excellence IT4Innovations funded by the Operational Programme Science, Research and Innovation. Thanks to this project a large national e-Infrastructure, IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre, was built. Subsequently, Vít served as the head of the research programme, was then appointed the scientific director and, since 2017, has been the managing director of the IT4Innovations national supercomputing centre at VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava. At the same time, he represents the Czech Republic in the Council of the European Research Infrastructure Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the Governing board of EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.
His professional focus is numerical linear algebra, optimisation methods, and high performance computing. Between 1997 and 2007, he spent several years abroad as a guest researcher. He spent about two years at Aalborg University in Denmark and, in 2004 and 2006, he spent time at two prestigious U.S. universities: the University of Colorado in Boulder and Stanford University in California.
During his scientific career, he has led or participated in the management of many research projects. Among the most prominent are the EU 7th Framework Programme projects and Horizon 2020 projects, the Interreg programme project InnoHPC, the CzeBaCCA project for co-operation between the Czech Republic and Bavaria in the field of supercomputing applications, and projects for support of large infrastructures of the Czech Republic. He was also the principal investigator of the Intel Parallel Computing Centre at IT4Innovations and co-investigator of the Urban TEP project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).