In 2018 Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany was awarded for her outstanding contributions and impact on HPC in Europe. She and her team (SiPEO) develop explorative algorithms to improve information retrieval from remote sensing data, particularly those from the current and next-generation of Earth observation missions. The outstanding achievement of her research is to use satellite imagery and supercomputing to predict risks of structural degradation and damage to urban buildings. After the award ceremony at PRACEdays18, Xiaoxiang Zhu gave a video interview, which can be viewed below.
“I am delighted to take the responsibility of speaking out for women working in the field of HPC and other STEM fields. To have this kind of award is a very good idea. Specifically, in the field of HPC I think a good next step would be to encourage more women to become principal investigators or even to lead some of the Centres of Excellence.”