Prof. Rob Simmonds is the Associate Director of New Technologies at IDIA. He is a professor at the UCT Department of Computer Science. Before moving to South Africa, he spent more than ten years as Chief Technology Officer of WestGrid, which is part of the Compute Canada organization. He was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Research Manager for the Grid Research Centre at the University of Calgary. His PhD is in Mathematical Sciences and was obtained from the University of Bath in the UK. Rob leads IDIA technology initiatives including collaborations with ASTRON, CADC and SAP. He also leads the Data Delivery Design for the SKA Science Data Processor collaboration.