Day 4 – Open Software

Bio: Charlie Weil is a data scientist, environmental engineer and circus artist, passionate about using data effectively to support scientific research and climate action. At EPFL, she leads a technical team of software developers and data engineers helping researchers in the sustainability domain with leveraging their data (ENAC-IT4R). Her previous works as a researcher focused on applying data science to better manage ecosystems, spanning from global scale, e.g. modeling world’s future food sufficiency or detecting dams from satellite imagery worldwide, to very local endeavours such as building data-driven decision-support tools for local stakeholders in the Amazon. 

Bio: Jean-François Molinari is the director of the Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory, LSMS, at EPFL, Switzerland ( Jean-François Molinari received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics from Caltech in 2001. Besides Switzerland, he worked as a professor at Johns Hopkins University from 2000 to 2006, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Cachan in Mechanics from 2005 to 2007, and as a Teaching Associate at the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris from 2006 to 2009.

Bio:  Dr Gilles Dubochet is the head of Open Science at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He leads the initiative to realise EPFL’s vision of an academic culture that values, and builds upon, Open Science. He advises the President of EPFL and is a member of several Open Science governance bodies in Switzerland and internationally. Dr Dubochet has a PhD in computer science. He was a member of the team building the popular Open Source programming language Scala. He also worked for funding agencies, the Swiss National Science Foundation and Science Europe in Brussels.

Bio: Thibault is a PhD candidate at the Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory. He received his Master in Civil Engineering from EPFL. His research focuses on dynamic rupture: he is interested in the behavior of frictional interfaces and in heterogeneous dynamic fracture, in particular the deformation of cracks fronts. His research is mainly conducted using numerical simulations, and he is involved in developing and releasing Open Source Software.