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Cleverdist

Global excellence in control systems

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Cleverdist

Efficient, reliable and mantainable solutions

About Cleverdist

Efficient, reliable and mantainable solutions

Cleverdist is a world leader in Industry 4.0 setting a new standard in the design and integration of large software and control systems.

At Cleverdist we serve a wide range of industries (petrochemical, oil & gas, energy, transportation, water & wastewater, nuclear, building automation and research) by providing a set of control system related services such as conceptual design and prototyping, solution architecture, integration with ERP, custom MES development, supervisory systems, smartphone and web applications and portals. We also provide training and staffing.

Launched in 2013, Cleverdist’s board includes experienced members from industry as well as from renowned international research organizations. These individuals had leading and decisive roles in the design and construction of the largest, most complex – and industrially unprecedented -high energy physics control systems. Their know-how and expertise is backed-up by hundreds of peer review publications in international computing and science journals (staff with H-index > 50).

At Cleverdist our staff has many years of experience in the design and development of control systems for the world’s most advanced scientific experiments. This experience allows our highly qualified consultants to adapt and to understand the needs of even the most complex businesses and infrastructures of today. We are experts in confronting novel problems and thinking “outside of the box” to provide creative solutions.

Our consultants have decades of experience building and operating systems, which has allowed us to develop the skills necessary for predicting the evolution of a system and the know-how to design solutions which minimize long-term maintenance efforts. We can provide system modularity to ease upgradability and minimize learning time for new engineers and operators, ensuring that operations are not affected by personnel rotation over the years.

Working in the topmost research environments, our core team has had the opportunity to work with the latest, cutting edge technologies in several fields. We can coherently develop and integrate systems using computer vision, augmented reality, virtual reality, neuronal networks – and more – into any control system, enhancing systems and producing results which surpass expectations.

At Cleverdist we have at our disposal a large network of highly experienced contacts; we bridge the gaps between research and industry to facilitate technology transfer most efficiently and profitably. We can also provide training and staffing services directly or by means of our partners worldwide.

Dr. Robert Gomez-Reino

Managing Director

Dr. Gomez-Reino has dedicated more than a decade to the design, development, integration and commissioning of control systems for one of the world largest scientific experiments at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) – the world’s leading High Energy Physics laboratory.

Gomez-Reino was the leading control system architect and deputy Controls Coordinator for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, a key player in the detection of the Higgs Boson.The discovery of this particle led to the Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Professors Francois Englert and Peter Higgs in 2013.

Dr. Gomez-Reino’s work is well known in the scientific community: in 2009, CERN awarded him for his “decisive contributions to the CMS LHC experiment control system”. He has also presented his work in many international computing and control systems conferences.

Additionally, Dr. Gomez-Reino is a board member of Geneva State Industry 4.o think-tank, a Swiss initiative with the mandate of bringing regional awareness of the opportunities and risks of the ongoing industrial revolution. Gomez-Reino is also a consultant for Geneva Smart Canton initiative.

Oliver Holme

Head of Technology Solutions

Holme is extensively experienced in working with large SCADA systems, having an emphasis on handling highly heterogeneous distributed systems. He is specially focused in optimizing development and maintenance effort by building systems on established products/reusable frameworks and using continuous quality assessment metrics.

Holme led a complete top down analysis of a large SCADA application (millions of tags); identifying areas to be improved in functionality, performance and security.

He is specialized in SIMATIC WinCC OA  software being one of the very few worldwide certified Trainers for this technology.

Holme is in charge of the design an the coordination of the implementation of large, heterogeneous control systems. He has extensive experience in the development of Expert Systems. In addition, he has long experience in consulting and training in the field of control systems, Finite State Machine system modelling and other means of simplifying operation of large control systems.

Dr. Jose Antonio Coarasa

IT Specialist

Dr. Coarasa has more than 15 years of progressively growing responsibility in IT projects: development, system and network architecture, cloud and virtualization architecture and database systems design.

He has proven track building – and leading the build of- solid architectures and solutions across projects and industries (e.g. health care, services, research, high-performance-computing, very large-scale research projects). Coarasa has a broad and in-depth IT knowledge and passion about new technologies (Cloud Computing, Hadoop, OpenStack,  etc.).

Dr. Coarasa professional experience expands all over the globe and sectors. He has worked both in renowned large companies (like IBM or HP) as well as for technological startups.  In addition, Coarasa dedicated more than five years in the preparation of the sophisticated and large IT and computing infrastructures of the CMS LHC experiement at CERN.

Coarasa has worked for research institutes and universities like the Max-Planck-Institut in Germany, Pennsylvania State University or University of California San Diego (UCSD) among others.

Dr. Etam Noah

Scientific Director

Dr. Noah is an Applied Physicist will long experience in the invention, design and construction of scientific devices and detectors specially for High Energy and Nuclear Physics experiments. Noah’s experience begins at the European Organization for Nuclear Research working on radiation effects on microelectronic and optoelectronic devices and on targets for the production of radioactive ion beams. His career continued as a group leader at the European Spallation Source in Sweden and the University of Geneva working within the Neutrino Group at the Department of Nuclear and Corpuscular Physics.

François Plewinski

Nuclear Engineer/Consultant

Francois is a Physicist and Nuclear Engineer with long experience in the Nuclear field, and specially in Nuclear Safety. His expertise spans from Nuclear facilities and reactor to thermal-mechanical and Fluid Dynamic simulations to earthquake engineering. He is specialized in standards such as RCC-MRx, ASME, AIEA, IEC 61511 and 61508, Confinement (ISO 17873), PMI 99, ISO 15288 among others. His career brought him to leading positions at would renowned locations like  the ISPN (Expert institute
in charge of technical support for French Nuclear Safety Authority), CEA Saclay (OSIRIS Nuclear reactor), ILL (Grenoble), ITER (the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) or the European Spallation Source – ESS (Head of Control and Nuclear Safety group).

Dr. Ildefons Magrans de Abril

Artificial Intelligence Advisor

Dr. Magrans started his career (2002-2009) designing and developing critical distributed control infrastructure for the CMS experiment at CERN for which he was acknowledged an exceptional PhD thesis award granted for the first time to an engineer by the CMS/CERN collaboration. Later (2009-present), he followed his passion for machine learning and artificial intelligence as a postdoc/researcher in several different machine learning and AI labs across the world (like Tokyo Institute of Technology, Free University of Belgium or Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology), contributing mostly with applied solutions in diverse fields like activity recognition, biologic neural network inference. As a hobby, Ildefons has participated and won many Kaggle competitions.

Antonio Gambardella

Member of the Board of Directors

Antonio joined Fongit in 2014 and became its Director in 2015. He was previously the founding partner of a venture capital fund investing in technology, with headquarters in Switzerland, Italy and California. During this experience, he managed incubator activities for seed start-ups. Later, he made direct investments in innovative small-medium companies in Europe, with active roles in management and board of directors (sectors including telecom, software, cleantech, optics and luxury). Antonio holds a degree in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and he attended Singularity University in California.

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