Professor Vladimir Getov
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Position and Main Responsibilities


Vladimir Getov's research interests include performance analysis and engineering, parallel and distributed architectures, cloud and services computing, component-oriented design of extreme-scale platforms and applications, autonomous computing, message-passing environments, and hybrid programming models and paradigms. He has been leading the Distributed and Intelligent Systems Research Group at the University of Westminster in London since 1996. Between 2003 and 2009 Vladimir served as School research director and since December 2009 he has become coordinator of the Research Cluster on Parallel and Distributed Computing in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. His current research is focusing on a feasibility study into smart cloud infrastructures, supported by a Faculty Award from IBM Corporation.

On a European level, Professor Getov has made a number of key contributions, particularly in the development of novel grid technologies. Between 2005 and 2009, he was on the Steering Committee for the GridCOMP (Grid Programming with Components) project, which developed a new generation component-based and dynamically reconfigurable grid computing platform and was announced the EC DG-INFSO project of the month for September 2009. He was also Executive Committee member and leader of the European Institute on "Grid Systems, Tools, and Environments" within the CoreGRID Network of Excellence (2004-2008). This Institute's main objective has been the development of a new design methodology for future generation "invisible" grids. At the end of the CoreGRID EU grant Vladimir Getov was one of the founding members of the ERCIM Working Group on Grids, P2P and Services Computing, where he has since been topic leader for "Tools and Environments for Application Development and Execution".

Vladimir Getov has an extensive track record of international achievement and recognition. Between 1992 and 1998, he provided substantial input to the International PARKBENCH (Parallel Kernels and Benchmarks) Committee. He was also a founding member of the Java Grande Forum (1998) and then chair of the Java Grande Message Passing Group. Subsequently, Vladimir was elected Research Group co-chair in the Open Grid Forum (2001 - 2004). Since 2005, Professor Getov has been on the Steering Committee of the John Vincent Atanasoff Initiative, working towards worldwide recognition of the inventor of electronic digital computing. He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM and Fellow of the British Computer Society. Since January 2008, Vladimir has been area editor for high-performance computing in IEEE Computer - the flagship magazine of the IEEE Computer Society.

Short Bio

Vladimir Getov graduated with distinction from the Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria) in 1975 and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1980. As a Senior Research Fellow he spent several years leading both R&D and academic research projects in Bulgaria. During that time Dr Getov was Project Manager of the first Bulgarian IBM PC/XT compatible computer (1984). In 1989 he moved to England where he joined the Concurrent Computations Group at the University of Southampton, led at that time by Professor Tony Hey. Since 1995, Vladimir has been an academic staff member at the University of Westminster in London where he was awarded the titles Reader (1999) and Professor (2001). At the University of Westminster Professor Getov was responsible for the RAE 2008 submission in UoA 23 Computer Science and Informatics.