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| @luis_os | May 2017
Luís O. Silva is Professor of Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, where he leads the Group for Lasers and Plasmas and where he is the President of the Scientific Council. He obtained his degrees (MSc 1992, PhD 1997 and Habilitation 2005) from IST. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Los Angeles from 1997 to 2001. His scientific contributions are focused in the in silico exploration of the interaction of intense beams of particles and lasers with plasmas, from a fundamental point of view and towards their applications for secondary sources for biology and medicine, combining theoretical physics with massively parallel numerical simulations.
Luis O. Silva has authored more than 200 papers in refereed journals and three patents, has given invited and plenary talks at all the major conferences and university departments in his field of research, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Lecture and the J. D. Lawson Lecture (both at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK). Has served on the program and selection committees of conferences and prizes in Europe, US and Japan. He is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of ELI – Beamlines, served on the Scientific Steering Committee of PRACE, was the president of the National Network for Advanced Computing in Portugal, and a member of the National Council for Science and Technology (reporting to the Prime Minister of Portugal),
He is a fellow of the Center for Fundamental Physics of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, was a member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara in 2009, and contributes regularly to the activities of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (UNESCO), in Trieste. He has supervised 10 PhD students and 12 post-doctoral fellows whose work has led to several national and international prizes. He was PI in more than 20 projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation, ESA and EU, in EU and USA supercomputing projects (PI on several PRACE projects), by NVIDIA, and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He co-leads, with Prof. Warren Mori at UCLA, the development of the state-of-the-art massively parallel kinetic plasma simulation code OSIRIS now being used by more the 50 institutions worldwide.
Luis O. Silva was awarded two Advanced Grants by the European Research Council in 2010 and in 2015, being one of the youngest scientists to be awarded two Advanced Grants. He was awarded the 2011 Scientific Prize of the Technical University of Lisbon, the IBM Scientific Prize 2003, the 2001 Abdus Salam ICTP Medal for Excellence in Nonlinear Plasma Physics by a Young Researcher, and the Gulbenkian Prize for Young Researchers in 1994. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and to the Global Young Academy in 2009, and Fellow of the European Physical Society in 2017. In 2016, Luis O. Silva was awarded the title of Grande Oficial of the Ordem da Instrução Pública by the President of the Portuguese Republic.