University of Applied of Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

University of Applied of Western Switzerland, Fribourg
Bd. de Pérolles 80
CH-1705 Fribourg, Switzerland
Institute of Complex Systems (iCoSys)
Prof. Pierre Kuonen
College of Engineering and Architecture
Bd. de Pérolles 80
CH-1705 Fribourg, Switzerland

Institution Background

 The University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (in French: Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale, HES-SO) consists of several higher-education institutions located in the western part of the country. It has been formed, in 1997, as a merger containing several schools of engineers, creating the Switzerland’s largest professional network of higher education. It currently hosts more than 13,700 students in its 31 sites, in the cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais, Vaud and Berne. The Institute of Complex Systems (iCoSys) is part of HES-SO of Fribourg. iCoSys hosts the Grid and Cloud Computing Group, a research group which participated to numerous national and european projects in the field of parallel and distributed programming models and tools, grid and cloud middleware, scheduling and computing resource management, as well as some aspects of security in distributed systems. This group is developing, distributing and maintaining a programming framework for large distributed and decentralized computing infrastructures.


Research Group Background

 The main skills of iCoSys are in the domains of High Performance Distributed Systems (DHCP), cloud computing, complex data analysis and the big data. Because of its involvement in large distributed systems, and data analysis, iCoSys has also developed competences in the field of data and applications security. In addition iCoSys has collaborated since several years with the SME PhotoSystems SA to develop new tools in the field of DNA alignment and analysis.


Prof. Pierre Kuonen: Pierre Kuonen obtained a Master degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in 1982. After six year of experience in industry he joined the Computer Science Theory Laboratory at EPFL in 1988 and started working in the field of parallel and distributed computing. He received his PhD degree from EPFL in 1993. Since 1994 he steadily worked in the field of parallel and distributed computing. First at EPFL where he founded and managed the GRIP (Parallel Computing Research Group) then at the HES-SO of Valais. Since 2003 he is full professor at the HES-SO of Fribourg where he is leading the Institute of Complex Systems. Besides is teaching activities he continues to actively participate to national or international research projects. Pierre Kuonen is author or co-author of more than 90 scientific publications.


Major Interest in Action Scientific Topics

  • Programming tools and languages for ultrascale computing systems
  • Heterogenous ultrascale architectures
  • Parallelization methods suitable for ultrascale.
  • Big data.
  • Energy efficiency in very large scale systems.
  • Applications in the field of DNA, RNA alignment and analysis.