Anna Queralt

Senior Researcher, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Anna Queralt is a senior researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) since 2012. She holds a PhD in Computer Science (2009) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTech). She was a faculty member at the UPC from 2003 to 2012, coordinator and lecturer in the Technology for Big Data course at the ESADE Business School from 2016 to 2018, and is lecturing master and postgraduate courses on Big Data Management at the UPC School of Professional and Executive Development since 2015. She was a member of the Steering Committee of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Research Group, and a member of the SPEC Big Data Working Group. Her research interests are related to data sharing, storage systems, data management in IoT, and the integration of data in the programming model to facilitate the development of data-intensive applications. She has participated in national and European projects related to these areas such as EUDAT, BigStorage, EXPERTISE, mF2C, CLASS or ELASTIC. The research line she leads has been developing and evolving dataClay, an open-source distributed active object store, for the last 8 years.

Anna is speaking at

Application Track 5 - Smart society
November 4, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



In this session, we present a novel software ecosystem, developed within the European-funded project ELASTIC, capable of exploiting the distributed computing capabilities of the compute continuum of the smart city, while guaranteeing additional properties, known as non-functional requirements of the system: the real-time, energy, communication quality and security. We further discuss how this design will be adopted and tested in a real-life mobility use case aiming to improve safety, efficiency and maintenance of the transportation network in the city of Florence.

The objectives of this session are to:
  • Present next-generation urban mobility applications for tramway solutions and their potential benefits for all involved stakeholders (public sector, transport operators, citizens, etc.)
  • Discuss the design of an extreme-scale analytics platform over a heterogeneous and distributed computing infrastructure for both data-in-motion and data-at-rest analytics
  • Present the ELASTIC solution, bringing together the edge and cloud paradigms into a unified software ecosystem that fully exploits the compute continuum
Agenda of the session:
  • Eduardo Quiñones (ELASTIC project coordinator, BSC): Overview of the ELASTIC project and the concept of elasticity (15 min)
  • Jürgen Assfalg (ICT Manager, Città Metropolitana di Firenze): Smart mobility use case in the city of Florence (10 min)
  • Anna Queralt (Senior Researcher, BSC): Distributed data platforms for extreme analytics (10 min) 
  • Elli Kartsakli (Senior researcher, BSC): A novel software architecture for analytics workload distribution whilst fulfilling real-time, energy, communication and secure properties (10 min)
  •  Q&A time (15 min)
Explore the ELASTIC project:

The ELASTIC project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement Nº 825473.

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