The Research and Innovation Advisory Group (RIAG) is a component of the EuroHPC JU's Industrial and Scientific Advisory Board, which provides independent advice to the Governing Board on the strategic research and innovation agenda and on the acquisition and operation of the supercomputers owned by the Joint Undertaking. 

The RIAG is composed of  12 members, six of which are appointed by the Private Members (i.e. ETP4HPC and BDVA) and the other six  are appointed by the Governing Board. 

The RIAG draws up and regularly update the draft multiannual strategic research and innovation agenda. This draft multiannual strategic research and innovation agenda identifies research and innovation priorities for the development and adoption of technologies and key competences for High-Performance Computing across different application areas in order to support the development of an integrated High-Performance Computing ecosystem in the EU, strengthen competitiveness and help create new markets and societal applications.


ETP4HPC has four members in the RIAG, as well as 3 observers. Together they represent the interests of our association in the EuroHPC RIAG. Meet our RIAG team!


Jean-Pierre Panziera, chairman of ETP4HPC, was elected Chairman of the RIAG on 5 April, 2019. He is the Chief Technology Director for Extreme Computing at Atos. He started his career in 1982 developing new algorithms for seismic processing in the research department of the Elf-Aquitaine oil company. He then moved to the Silicon valley as an application engineer and took part in a couple of startup projects, including a parallel supercomputer for Evans & Sutherland in 1989. During the following 20 years, he worked for SGI successively as application engineer, leader of the HPC application group and Chief Engineer. In 2009, he joined Bull, now an Atos company, where he is responsible for the HPC developments. Jean-Pierre holds an engineer degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris.

  Axel Auweter, member of the ETP4HPC Steering Board.

Axel Auweter joined Megware (a leading European provider and system integrator of energy efficient and HPC solutions) as HPC development manager in June 2016 and acts as CTO since July 2017. In his role, he oversees a team of hardware, firmware and software engineers working on improving Megware’s award-winning ColdCon® liquid cooling technology for energy efficient high performance computing systems. His academic background is in computer architecture, system level programming and operating systems.


Dr Carlo Cavazzoni, member of the ETP4HPC Steering Board.

Carlo Cavazzoni is Technologist at CINECA. He holds a doctoral degree in Material Science from the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati di Trieste.  He is author and co-author of many papers published in prestigious international review including Science, Physical Review Letters, Nature Materials, and many others. 
At CINECA he is responsible of activities regarding the evolution of supercomputer architectures, programming models and related infrastructures. 


Dr Jean-Philippe Nominé, member of  the ETP4HPC Steering Board. 
Jean-Philippe Nominé is HPC Strategic Collaborations Manager at CEA. He was involved in the creation of PRACE and ETP4HPC, and was a member of the ETP4HPC Office from 2012 to 2019.  He joined CEA’s HPC division in 1992 and held different managing positions there, with teams in charge of HPC software development and software engineering, then started working on European collaborations and projects in 2007. In the meantime,  he spent 3 years at CEA Headquarters, between 2017 and 2019, working on digital and HPC strategy. He also taught  High Performance Visualisation and gave various introduction lectures to HPC in different Higher Level Establishments, in Masters curriculae (with ENSTA, Ecole Centrale, ENS Cachan, INSTN…), and was PhD advisor for several students. He is  regularly involved in the promotion of HPC towards the general public and younger people.



Hugo Falter is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of the ParTec Cluster Competence Center GmbH, a spin-off from the Computer Science Department of the University of Karlsruhe in 1999. ParTec provides a full range of software, services and support for HPC systems. ParTec develops and supports technology for Modular Supercomputing.

Hugo Falter studied law in Regensburg and Munich. Together with a Munich law firm he specialised in bringing innovative technology companies to market. In the Munich law firm Frohwitter, Hugo Falter is responsible for the firm's subsidiary ParTec Cluster Competence Center GmbH. In 2012 Hugo Falter was the co-founder of ETP4HPC. He is one of the three Board members representing SMEs in ETP4HPC.


Dr. Katerina Slaninová is Deputy head of Advanced Data Analysis and Simulations Lab at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, Czech Republic. She has got a doctoral degree in Informatics from VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Katerina research interests include information retrieval, traffic analysis, vehicle routing problem, hyperparameter search, data mining, process mining, and complex networks. Her recent activities also cover cooperation with SMEs in areas such as traffic management, artificial intelligence, time series analysis, etc. She is responsible for the quality management of the H2020 ICT project LEXIS (Large-scale Execution for Industry & Society).  She was a work package leader of H2020 FETHPC project ANTAREX (AutoTuning and Adaptivity appRoach for Energy efficient eXascale HPC systems).  She also worked within the team of the Center for the Development of Transportation Systems RODOS, and she participates in long-term cooperation with the navigation company Sygic, Slovakia.

Isabella Weger is Deputy Director of the Computing Department at ECMWF. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 states, produces world-leading global medium-range numerical weather predictions for which it relies on advanced observation-analysis and numerical modelling techniques and the use of state-of-the-art supercomputer technologies. 

Throughout her professional career, her focus has been on delivering high-performance computing services in scientific environments.  She held various technical and management positions in IT Services at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), Austria, where she was in charge of the university’s HPC infrastructure and services from 1988 onwards. From 2000 to 2005 she was Director of IT Services at the University of Graz in Austria. She joined ECMWF in 2005, currently holding the position of Deputy Director of Computing.

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