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Sérgio F. Novaes is Full Professor of Physics at the São Paulo State University (Unesp). He obtained the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of São Paulo (USP) and he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, USA). He started his scientific career as a theoretical physicist working on particle phenomenology and field theory. By the end of 90's, he became an experimental high energy physicist at the DZero Collaboration from Fermilab, and currently he is part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration from CERN. He is the leader of the CMS group in São Paulo and the PI of the São Paulo Research and Analysis Center (SPRACE). The physics interest of SPRACE is focused on the search for dark matter and physics beyond the standard model and on relativistic heavy ion collisions.
He and his team deployed the GridUnesp, the first Campus Grid in Latin America which arise as a spin-off of the participation in the LHC experiment. He is now the Scientific Director of the Center for Scientific Computing from Unesp and has been the PI of several R&D projects associated to the private sector (Padtec, Intel, Huawei, etc.) which include an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) and a Center of Excellence in Machine Learning. Huawei is supporting the development of Kytos, a new SDN Controller. His team broke three times the record of data transmission between the North and South Hemispheres reaching in 2016, also with the support of Huwaei, the mark of 97.56 Gbps, sustained for one hour. He was member of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (2005-2007), the Brazilian representative to the Particles and Fields Commission (C11) from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (since 2011) and member of the Technical and Scientific Committee of the National Network for High Energy Physics (Renafae). He led several outreach programs such as “Elementary Structure of Matter: A Chart in Every School" which distributed a chart to 25,000 Middle Schools in Brazil and the SPRACE Game. He coordinated several international agreements with USA (Madison, MIT, and TexasTech), Portugal (IST, Lisbon), United Kingdom (Edinburgh, Southampton, and Imperial College). He was member of the Advisory Committee of Fapesp (1997-2000) and CNPq (2009-2012), and the Scientific Coordinator and Deputy Director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics from Unesp.