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González-Vélez, Dr Horacio

Head of Cloud Competency Centre, School of Computing (Room 3.11)



General Information


Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Liaise and network with a range of relevant stakeholders in Cloud Computing including ICT multinationals, high potential SMEs, Colleagues, Press, and Professional Bodies.
  • Oversee the postgraduate programmes affiliated to the Cloud Competency Centre.
  • Pursue funded academic and research activities, including knowledge transfer, in line with the core interests of the School.
  • Participate on College-wide activities and committees ensuring that School colleagues are updated on all relevant issues.
  • Establish and maintain relevant professional and industrial links in Ireland and abroad.


  • PhD in Informatics. University of Edinburgh, UK [2008].
  • MSc in Computer Science, University of Essex, UK [1993].
  • PgDip in Systems Analysis & Design, Okinawa International Centre, Japan [1994].
  • PgDip in Higher Educ. Learning & Teaching, Robert Gordon University, UK [2011].
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México [1990].

Academic Experience

  • Lecturer in Parallel Computing (grade 8), Robert Gordon University, UK [2009-12].
  • Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK [2006-09].
  • Part-time Associate Professor, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México [1994-98].

Industrial Experience

  • HPC Systems Engineering and Product Marketing (different posts), Sun Microsystems [1997-2003].
  • HPC Systems Engineering, Silicon Graphics [1995-97]
  • Systems Engineering, Alpha Microsystems [1991-92]

Research Interests

  • Research entails the deployment of structured parallelism approaches in heterogeneous computing systems such as clouds, grids, and clusters. Dr Gonzalez-Velez also has a strong background in high-performance and enterprise computing, nurtured both in the academy and in industry. This diverse experience has led to aspirations of employing generic parallel patterns (skeletons) to the solution of domain-specific problems in computational science to develop a tight integration between specific computational problems, particularly in the biomedical and physical sciences, and their specific patterns of computation and communication.

Recent Funding

  • European Commission: "ParaPhrase: Parallel Patterns for Adaptive Heterogeneous Multicore Systems" Principal investigator. 42-month FP7 STREP, European Commission. £4.2M (total) [10/2011-3/2015] 

Professional Body Membership

  • Elected Fellow of the UK Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
  • Crucible Fellow of the UK National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the British Computer Society, and the IEEE.

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