Dr Alice-Agnes Gabriel wins the 2020 PRACE Ada Lovelace award

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Dr Alice-Agnes Gabriel, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Geophysics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU) is the winner of the 2020 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her contributions to and impact on HPC in Europe. 

The award will be presented to her at the EuroHPC Summit Week 2020 / PRACEdays20, 26 March, Porto, Portugal. Dr Gabriel will give a talk during the plenary session on Wednesday 25 March and will participate at the PRACEdays Panel Discussion: ‘Will HPC, AI and Data Science be the same in 10 years’ time?’ on Thursday 26 March.

‘Dr Alice-Agnes Gabriel uses numerical simulations coupled to experimental observations to increase our understanding of the underlying physics of earthquakes. The work includes wide scales and can improve our knowledge and safety against these natural phenomena.’ says Núria López, Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee.

Dr Alice-Agnes Gabriel is a lecturer in Professor Heiner Igel‘s Chair of Seismology in the Institute of Geophysics, LMU. Her research is focusing on understanding the physics of earthquakes using theoretical analysis, physics-based forward models, innovative observation techniques and High-Performance Computing to bridge spatio-temporal scales.

Her research was nominated and awarded by several prizes such as one of the Finalist by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Gordon Bell Prize in 2014, at International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC14), New Orleans, USA; and Best Paper Award, IEEE/ACM International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC17), Denver, USA. Likewise, she was awarded the PRACE ISC Award at the International Supercomputing Conference ISC 14, Leipzig, Germany

Dr Alice-Agnes Gabriel contributes to two European Horizon 2020 projects, an Exascale Hyperbolic PDE Engine ExaHyPE (ended October 2019) and Center of Excellence In Solid Earth ChEESE, where the latter is a Centre of Excellence intended to bring together leading European researchers in Solid Earth research at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center for Exascale supercomputing. She is involved in two collaborative projects with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and two projects funded by the German Research Foundation – one of the two projects is Community Software for Reproducible Computational Seismology CoCoReCS resulted from an interdisciplinary call to support sustainable research software called SeisSol. On top of all this, her research project ‘TEAR – Truly Extended Earthquake Rupture’ was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2019.