Petr Holub, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of computer science at Masaryk University, the second largest university in the Czech Republic. Since 2015, he has become Senior IT/Data Protection Manager with BBMRI-ERIC, European Research Infrastructure Consortium for Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources. He has background both in sciences (MSc with specialization on computational quantum chemistry in 2001) and computer science (PhD in 2005, specializing on computer networks, self-organizing systems and multimedia processing). He was head of the Division of Communication Technologies at Institute of Computers Science, Masaryk University, as well as architect of advanced multimedia and collaborative systems of the Czech national e-infrastructure developed and operated by CESNET. His research in computer networks and multimedia processing has lead to more than 40 research papers in established computer science journals and ranked conferences, as well as to practical software systems and patents. He was a chief architect and team leader of UltraGrid, high-performance media processing and distribution framework, which received Best Open-Source Software Award by ACM Multimedia SIG. He is a co-founder of Comprimato Systems company, which further develops and commercializes research results in acceleration of compression algorithms. He has extensive collaboration with a number of research groups in the USA (e.g., EVL UIC, CalIT2 UCSD, CCT EVL, NLM NIH, RIT), Europe (e.g., i2cat, SurfSARA, NorduNET, SurfSARA), and Japan (AIST).
Since 2011, he has been responsible for design and development of IT infrastructure of the Czech BBMRI, as well as its subsequent operation using national research cloud e-infrastructure CERIT-SC. He is also responsible for the IT and data management infrastructure of the ongoing EU THALAMOSS project, focusing on data collection and processing for stratification of patients suffering from thalassaemia. He has been a contributor to a number of international and national projects linking computer science and biomedicine, such as EU ITHANET or MediGrid, as well as a number of other international computer science oriented projects, e.g. EU GridLab, EU CoreGRID, or NSF. Strategies for Remote Visualization on a Dynamically Configurable Testbed (eaviv).