This years winter school will be given by four distinguished researchers. Rasmus E. Benestad is a Senior Scientist at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and author of several scientific books, André R. Brodtkorb is a researcher at SINTEF, Johan S. Seland is the leader of the Heterogeneous Computing research group at SINTEF, and Fernando Perez is a researcher at U.C. Berkeley and the creator and lead developer of iPython.

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Senior Scientist at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Webpage: http://met.no/Forskning/Vare_forskere/Rasmus_E_Benestad/
Short BIO: Dr. Rasmus E. Benestad is a physicist by training and works as a senior scientist at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (met.no). He earned a D.Phil in physics from Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at Oxford University (U.K.), a M.S. in physics (cloud micro-physics) from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (U.S.A.), and a B.Sc. (Hons) in physics and electronics from Manchester University Institute of Science and Technology (now University of Manchester, U.K.). He is currently a member of the RealClimate.org group.
Recent work has involved analysis, statistics, research on local/regional climate, and seasonal predictability, but past experience also include ocean dynamics/air-sea processes and cloud micro-physics. Dr. Benestad is the author of the book 'Solar Activity and Earth's Climate' (2002), Praxis-Springer, and co-author (together with Deliang Chan and Inger Hanssen-Bauer) of 'Empirical-Statistical Downscaling', World Scientific Publishers. He is also the project leader of the Norwegian Research Council project SPAR.

Dr. Benestad was a member of the council of the European Meteorological Society for the period 2004-2006, representing the Nordic countries and the Norwegian Meteorology Society. Other memberships include the Institute of Physics (AMINSTP), and the American Geophysical Union.


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Research Scientist at SINTEF ICT
Webpage: http://babrodtk.at.ifi.uio.no/
Short BIO: Dr. André R. Brodtkorb received his Ph.D. from the University of Oslo in 2010, after having completed his M.Sc. in 2007. He is currently a research scientist at SINTEF, a non-profit research organization in Norway with roughly 2000 researchers, where he works on accelerated scientific computing. He also holds a 20% position associate professor (førsteamanuensis) at the Norwegian School of Information Technology, where he teaches graphics programming.
His research interests include GPU/accelerated scientific computing and real-time scientific visualization.


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Research Manager at SINTEF ICT
Webpage: johanseland.com
Short BIO: Dr. Johan Seland is a research manager for the Heterogeneous Computing research group at SINTEF ICT.  His PhD was done during the early years of GPGPU programming, and he fondly remembers the days when numerical simulations was written in OpenGL. He has worked on a variety of topics including terrain-rendering, ultrasound imaging, SPH simulations, mesh tessellation and spline algorithms. In all of these fields his focus has been of effective parallel algorithms that fully utilize the underlying hardware.


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Research scientist at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at U.C. Berkeley
Webpage: fperez.org
Short BIO: Dr. Fernando Perez received his PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Since 2008 he has worked as a research scientist at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.  His current research focuses on mathematical questions and computational tools for neuroimaging.  He is actively involved in the development of tools for better scientific computing using high-level languages, in particular Python.  He is the creator and lead of the IPython project for interactive and high-level parallel computing (http://ipython.org), as well as a contributor to a number of major scientific Python projects. When not glued to a computer, he tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife outdoors hiking and backpacking, as well as climbing rocks and mountains.


Published October 28, 2012