Invited speakers

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Barcelona Supercomputing Center, RETHINK big Project Coordinator

Adrian Cristal co-leads the Computer Architecture for Parallel Paradigms research group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center which coordinates the RETHINK big Project. His expertise is in hardware and computer architecture. He and his co-leader coordinated the VELOX FP7 project on Transactional Memory.  In addition to coordinating RETHINK big, he currently coordinates the FP7 ParaDIME Project on  Parallel Distributed Infrastructure for Minimization of Energy as well as participates in  the FP7 AXLE Project on Advanced Analytics for Extremely Large European Databases.

The RETHINK big Project NEEDS YOU.

The objective of the RETHINK big Project is to bring together the key European hardware, networking, and system architects with the key producers and consumers of Big Data to identify the industry coordination points that will maximize European competitiveness in the processing and analysis of Big Data over the next 10 years.  Specifically, RETHINK big will deliver a strategic roadmap for how technology advancements in hardware and networking can be exploited for the purpose of data analytics while also taking into consideration advancements in applications, algorithms and systems.  In this presentation, we will introduce Social Media tools as a means of enlisting your help in identifying and evaluating the existing competencies across European Big Data Hardware and Networking technology sectors and application domains and prioritizing the complementary interests and the shared opportunities that will allow European companies to unlock the highest return on their respective investments.

Anthony McCauley

Head of Research, Fujitsu Ireland

Anthony McCauley is Head of Research at Fujitsu in Ireland with direct responsibility for building research collaborations aimed at delivering unique commercial products and services with global market appeal. These collaborations bring together Fujitsu Ireland, Fujitsu Laboratories based in Tokyo and London together with leading academic groups within Ireland, one of which is Insight@Galway (formerly DERI). The projects aim to realise Fujitsu's vision of Human Centric Computing where the opportunities of Cloud and Big Data are explored to deliver unique solutions for society.

KI2NA - Using Linked Data for the Intelligent society

Imagine a world where people and organisations are free to achieve their full potential and instinctively feel secure and in control. A world where knowledge is continually harnessed to drive new value and support sustainable growth. This is the world that Fujitsu aims to make a reality. We call it a Human Centric Intelligent Society. We see the ability to seamlessly integrate data from an a all aspects of society as a cornerstone for this vision. Fujitsu Labs Japan, Fujitsu Labs Europe together with Insight Galway (previously DERI) are building the  foundations for the  Human Centric Intelligent Society deploying Linked Data and Open Data. The KI2NA project is aiming at a comprehensive infrastructure, which is initially deployed in two domains - Healthcare and Financial Services. In the talk we present the infrastructure and its use cases.

Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH, Unterschleißheim

Christian has a Master of Arts degree in Information Science from the University of Regensburg. He worked as an international IT consultant in several software companies before joining Wolters Kluwer in 2001. Christian is Content Architect and head of Content Strategy and responsible for the content structures, metadata, taxonomies, and thesauri within Wolters Kluwer Germany. He manages text mining and automatic topical classification projects. He also represents Wolters Kluwer Germany in international projects like LOD2.

Linked Data and Open Government Data as part of the business strategy of Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH

The talk will describe the content and business strategy of Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH in the light of Linked Data technologies and Open Government Data. It will show that Linked Data perfectly suits the requirements of the emerging information industry with respect to flexibility and scalability. Insights into real world use cases and implementations in operational systems will further support this claim.

Head of Unit, EXUS Innovation Attractor

Dimitris Vassiliadis is the Head of Innovation in EXUS. Dr. Dimitris Vassiliadis is an Electrical and Electronics Engineer that has obtained his degrees from the University of Surrey (BEng, MSc) and the National Technical University of Athens (PhD). He joined EXUS in September 2007 and he is currently Director of Innovation of the company. He takes particular interest in seeing the implementation of data-centric approaches for fostering growth in vertical market sectors. His areas of activity include Future Internet and Data Technologies for applications in Tourism, Creativity and Health. Furthermore, he is actively involved in the Secure Societies initiative of the European Commission, working in specific domains to enhance the safety of citizens, leveraging the advances of the Internet and Data analytics technologies. He is overseeing the coordination and strategic steering of 10 on-going FP7 projects and an overall portfolio of 200+ active research partners. Dr. Vassiliadis has published several scientific papers in International Journals as well as in International Scientific Conferences and Workshops.

From Carbon to Diamonds: Business cases of data value

The advances in technology offer a unique opportunity for gathering data that capture the characteristics of the environments where ICT systems are deployed. However, data availability itself is not adequate to solve a number of real-world problems whose solutions depend on multiple, possibly correlated parameters and their patterns, often hidden within large and heterogeneous volumes of data sets. Data analytics are needed to discover valuable information and to solve specific problems. This presentation will provide an account of the “value out of data” work being carried out by EXUS in specific business domains and how this enables the creation of new business paradigms.

Francesco Barbato

Project Officer at European Commission, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Francesco Barbato holds a university degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Rome and he is specialized in earth observation systems, image processing and geospatial data management. He worked as a researcher at the Italian research centre E.N.E.A. for the FP5 TRIDENT Project developing online 3D virtual cities, demonstrating the feasibility of innovative technological approaches of what are now mainstream and widely popular geospatial applications. After that experience he worked for 6 years for Eurimage S.p.A. (a Telespazio/Finmeccanica company), a worldwide satellite data and services provider, in the technical and business development teams.
He joined the European Commission in 2008 as Project Officer and he is currently managing a portfolio of FP7 and CIP projects focussing mainly on big data processing, geospatial data processing, and data mining and he contributes to shaping the EU's R&D programmes.

An overview of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 (LEIT-ICT)

Content technologies and Information Management's ICT-15, ICT-16 and ICT-17 funding opportunities for the 'data value chain' stakeholders.

Gudrun Magnusdottir

ESTeam AB, CSO & Chairperson

Gudrun Magnusdottir is Chief Strategy Officer and founder of ESTeam AB and Coreon GmbH. She has been instrumental in the efforts to bring about cross border interoperability in the trademark world. She has contributed to several EU projects the last ones being LISE (Legal Language Interoperability Services) and PLUTO (Patent Language Translations Online), both ICT PSP projects. Her academic and industrial background is in the field of Language Technology with a focus on data driven applications, knowledge management, semantic technologies, and multilingual issues.

Collaborating on Interoperability to Achieve a Single Market

General Secretariat of Public Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Hellenic Republic

Harry Theoharis has worked during his career as a high level executive  of both large organizations and start-ups. He holds a MEng in Software Engineering(Hon - 1993) from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London. He is experienced in designing analysis and implementation of large software systems. He has been a vice-president of Lehman Brothers, London, heading the European Equity Volatility Technology group. As CIO of Aspis Pronia Insurance, he worked in sourcing and contract management, process optimization, and selective introduction of outsourcing.
With project- and systems- management experience, budgeting and controlling as well as cost cutting initiatives, he has been a special Advisor to the then Secretary General of Information Systems, Prof. Diomidis Spinellis since November 2009 until recently. In his tenure he oversaw the implementation of significant projects, including the establishment of the Single Payment Authority and the Civil Servant Census. For a brief stint before his selection as the SGIS, he worked as a Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance working on the MOU-MEFP progress monitoring.

Inge Buffolo

OHIM, Head of Institutional Relations Service & Head of Linguistic and IT Cooperation Projects Sector

Born in 1966, Ingrid Buffolo qualified as a Telecommunications engineer from the University of Trier in Germany. After her thesis and some time working in the Project Centre for HP in Frankfurt, she joined the Societe Europeenne des Satellites in Luxemburg where she worked for six years in Business Administration and Project Management. In 1998 she joined the OHIM and moved in 2002 to the Quality Management Department. In 2009 she became Head of Linguistic and IT Co-operation Projects, her main responsibilities including the TMView, Euroclass (now TMClass) and Harmonized Goods and Services database projects. Since July 2011 Ingrid Buffolo is Head of Institutional Relations Service responsible for OHIM stakeholder relations, and is leading the Convergence programme in cooperation with the 25 European National Offices, her main aim being the creation of the European Trademark and Design Network.

Collaborating on Interoperability to Achieve a Single Market

Ioannis Kotsiopoulos

Senior Consultant, European Dynamics SA

Ioannis is the Interoperability expert at European Dynamics, one of Greeks largest IT companies. Before he worked on satellite systems technologies at Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A. Before he was R&D manager for Zenon S.A., Robotics and Informatics. He has an PhD in Control Theory from the Imperial College, University of London.

Co-founder and president, Mendeley

Jan is Co-Founder and President of Mendeley, one of the world's largest research collaboration platforms, offering a suite of free cloud-based tools that make the lives of millions of researchers around world easier. Mendeley helps people to organize and collaborate on research projects and makes academic research fascinatingly more accessible and transparent.

In April 2013, Mendeley was acquired by leading scientific, technical and medical publisher Elsevier, and Jan continues to lead the company and its growth as it is integrated into the Reed Elsevier group while maintaining its distinctive identity, brand and highly engaged community.

Jan started a Ph.D. in Information Management and was a lecturer in Electronic Business at the University of Cologne. Before that he graduated as MBA with a focus on Electronic Business, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship, having studied at the WHU, the LUISS Rome, and the University of Bath School of Management.

For several years throughout his Ph.D. studies he served as an advisor to a member of SAP's supervisory board, unsuccessfully tried to start a travel company, and got totally fascinated with Latin-American dances such as Salsa, regularly attending (very non-academic) dance congresses.

Jochen Hummel

CEO of ESTeam AB

Jochen Hummel is CEO of ESTeam AB, a provider of advanced language technology and semantic solutions to EU organisations and corporations. He is founder and CEO of Coreon, the most advanced SaaS solution for multilingual knowledge bases. He serves as chairman of LT-Innovate, the Forum for Europe's Language Technology Industry. He is currently active in the EU project MLi, a support action for a Multilingual data & service infrastructure. He has a software development background and had grown his first company, TRADOS, to the world leader in translation memory and terminology software. In 2006 he founded Metaversum, the inventor of the virtual online world Twinity and was its CEO until 2010. He is a well-known, internationally experienced software executive and serial entrepreneur.

Nokia Solutions and Networks

Josef Urban started his professional career in the central research labs of Siemens in Munich, Germany, gaining practical experience in software development throughout the whole software development cycle. He was involved in a number of software development projects as well as in European funded projects conducting research on advanced communication systems. In 1998, Josef joined the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, acting as project officer in the directorate Information Society. Later, he returned to Siemens where he was active in various management positions at the mobile communication division. Today he is heading the department responsible for the software and security research of NSN. Since July 2012, he is steering committee chairman of NESSI, the European technology platform for research in software, services, and data. He is also member of ACM, IEEE and the German Informatics Society.

Ksenia Petrichenko

Global Buildings Performance Network

Ksenia Petrichenko in a Building Policy Analyst, responsible for improvement of the data quality, scenario and baseline analyses as well as policy evaluation. Prior to joining GBPN, Ksenia has been involved in a number of successful projects (with UNEP, UNEP SBCI, IIASA, Eco Ltd, UNIDO, IFC, EBRD, etc.) in the field of climate change and energy efficiency, with a specific focus on the building sector. During her work with the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy Ksenia was working on the development of complex models and scenarios for estimating mitigation and energy saving potential in buildings. In her PhD research Ksenia is investigating the potential for net-zero energy buildings on the global and regional scales. Together with top-level experts in the field of energy and climate change issues she made scientific contributions to Global Energy Assessment and IPCC 5th Assessment Report.

Making a "black box" transparent: role of the open data in the building sector

Robust data on building energy performance are very important for assessing impacts of existing policy instruments and providing a quantitative basis for the effective design of  future ones. GBPN is making substantial efforts in collecting, cross-checking and analyzing various data related to the building sector. However, serious data gaps exist in this field. A lot of data and numerical research results are so-called ‘black boxes’, which means that it is difficult or not possible to track the origin of the numbers and assess their quality.
Therefore, one of the GBPN’s priorities is to share its expertise in data collection and analysis, by making the data publically available and involving other parties in an effective dialogue and exchange of data in order to improve its quality. With this purpose GBPN has developed several tools, that can be accessed on the official web-site. These tools provide data and results from GBPN’s research and can be used in an interactive manner to prepare visual outputs according to the user’s queries. A number of data in the tools are linked-open data, which increases its visibility and enhances the opportunities for data sharing, thus supporting the GBPNs mission.

Manolis Koubarakis

Professor in the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Manolis Koubarakis is a Professor in the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has published more than 140 papers that have been widely cited in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (especially Knowledge Representation), Databases, Semantic Web and Linked Data. His research has been financially supported by the European Commission (projects CHOROCHRONOS, DIET, BRIDGEMAP, Evergrow, OntoGrid, SemsorGrid4Env, TELEIOS, Optique, LEO and MELODIES), the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology (more recently through a Research Excellence Grant), the European Space Agency (project Prod-Trees) and industry sources (Microsoft Research and British Telecommunications). He is currently co-ordinating project LEO ( which develops tools for linked Earth Observation data and linked geospatial data, and applies them to the development of a precision farming application. Manolis’ team develops the linked data infrastructure to be used in project MELODIES ( which studies how to exploit linked open data in a variety of environmental applications. He also participates in Optique (, a recent European effort in the area of Big Data with application scenarios from the energy sector (industrial partners Statoil and Siemens).

Marta Nagy-Rothengass

DG CONNECT, Head of Unit Data Value Chain

Marta has broad working experience Europe wide in business and public environment. She dealt with initiation and transaction of trade agreements, taught Business Studies, managed social association and did consultancy work. She gathered her interest on ICT while establishing "New Media" by a traditional German manufacturing company. In 2005 Marta joined the EC  as the Head of Unit of "ICT for the Environment" in DG INFSO and developed her Unit further to "ICT for Sustainable Growth" linked to the integrated climate and energy policy. After her move to Luxembourg in 2008 she served as Head of Unit "Technologies for Information Management" with focus on research and development funding of innovative ICT technologies supporting the creation of intelligent digital objects and knowledge management, later on the efficient management of extremely large scale data including Open Data. Since July 2012 she is in charge of the Data Value Chain Unit and builds up on a strategy to extract the maximum value from data by building on the intelligent use of data sources across the European Union and beyond.

Managing Partner & CFO: Semantic Web Company

Martin Kaltenböck studied communication, psychology and marketing at the University of Vienna. He is managing partner of the Semantic Web Company and as CFO responsible for financial and organisational issues. Furthermore he leads and works in several national and international research-, industry- and projects in public administration - mainly in the area of project management & requirements engineering.
He is tutor and publishes in the fields of Linked (Open) Data as well as Open (Government) Data, Enterprise 2.0 and Social Semantic Web. Furthermore he is lecturer at national and international conferences and business events in the mentioned topics.
Martin is Certified Management Consultant since 2006. Member of the Executive Board of the Austrian Chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation since 2010 as well as invited member of the Cooperation OGD Austria. He is working as invited expert of W3C, is Member of the Steering Committee of the European Data Forum and Member of the Advisory Council of the Open Knowledge Foundation, UK.

Danish Ministry of Finance, Agency for Digitisation

Nicolas holds a master in Geoinformation Technology & Management. He has worked in The Danish Geodata Agency within the Ministry of Environment from 2010 until 2012. Here he worked with strategic development of the Danish spatial data infrastructure trough public-private partnerships. At present Nicolas works with benefit realisation, stakeholder engagement and public business development with a growth and efficiency perspective. Nicolas holds the title as the ambassador of the Danish Basic Data Programme.

Paul Groth

Department of Computer Science & The Network Institute, VU University Amsterdam

Paul Groth is an assistant professor in the Web & Media Group at the VU University of Amsterdam and a member of its Network Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton (2007) and has done research at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on dealing with large amounts of diverse contextualized knowledge with a particular focus on the web and e-Science applications. This includes research in data provenance, web science, knowledge integration and knowledge sharing. Paul was co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group developing a standard for provenance interchange and is co-author of Provenance: an Introduction to PROV. Currently, he is a key contributor to Open PHACTS ( - a project to develop a provenance-enabled platform for large scale pharmacological information. He blogs at and you can find him on twitter: @pgroth .

Open PHACTS: A Data Platform for Drug Discovery

Data variety is a key challenge of big data. This is particularly evident in the drug discovery arena where data not only stems from multiple sources but also is of multiple heterogenous types (e.g. data about pathways, proteins, chemicals, etc.). The Open PHACTS project ( project was established to provide cohesive and integrated access to diverse pharmacology data for both public research organizations and industry.  The 29 partners of OpenPHACTS, including companies such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, GSK, Novartis, and Lilly, have together developed the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform and associated applications. In this talk, I present how we addressed key technical and social challenges in creating this data platform including business drivers, licensing, provenance, integration flexibility, and sustainability.

Peter Cullen


As GM Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft Corp., Peter Cullen is directly responsible for managing the development and implementation of programs that bolster the trustworthiness of Microsoft® products, services, processes and systems worldwide. Cullen leads Microsoft’s TwC Governance team consisting of privacy & safety, geopolitical and accessibility experts, all committed to enhancing customers’ trust in computing experiences. He also leads practice areas of Risk, Policy and Compliance management. Cullen brings more than a decade of expertise in corporate governance, privacy and data protection and risk management to his role as well as extensive background in building sound organizational practices. In 2003, Cullen was honored with the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (IAPP) Vanguard Award for Privacy Innovation for his contributions to the privacy profession. During his tenure at Microsoft, Cullen has been a leading advocate for strong, innovative and effective information policy safeguards for personal information, privacy and data, as well as technologies, services and processes that enhance trust, safety and ease of use. He meets regularly with industry and public policy leaders to advance policy agendas and is a frequent speaker at conferences, both in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining Microsoft in July 2003, Cullen served as the corporate privacy officer for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), a first for a Canadian financial institution where he was responsible for developing and influencing  initiatives relevant to the RBC Financial Group’s strategic approach to privacy. Cullen holds an MBA with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is married with two adult children. In his personal time, Cullen enjoys practicing his passion for the culinary arts, golfing and skiing.

Data protection frameworks fit for 'Big Data'

Data is rapidly changing how companies operate, offering them new business opportunities as they generate increasingly sophisticated insights from the analysis of an ever-increasing pool of information. Today’s technology enabled data analysis and use are providing rich value added scenarios and services to consumers, business and society in general. Businesses have clearly moved beyond a focus on data collection to data use, but users of data  and consumers  have an inadequate model of notice and consent at the point of data collection to limit  inappropriate use or enable appropriate and value added use. A flexible system encompassing a newer public policy model built for a data rich society, paired with an interoperable metadata-based architecture that allows permissions and policies to be bound to data, and a flexible permission system engaging consumers will allow for changing trust norms, help balance the tension between users and business, satisfy regulators’ desire for increased transparency, and still enable data to flow in ways that provide value to all participants in the ecosystem.

Professor Computational Lexicology VU University Amsterdam

Piek Vossen (1960) is currently fulltime Professor Computational Lexicology at the Faculty of Arts, department Language, Cognition and Communication (LCC) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is the head of the Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL), Spinoza? laureate 2013, Founder and President of the Global WordNet Assocation (GWA) and member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW). Vossen has published more than 200 (peer reviewed) articles in national and international journals, conference proceedings, book chapters and (hand)books. He has given invited lectures at several conferences and other occasions, is a regular organisor of and referee for (inter)national conferences and journals, and has served on several program committees and organizing committees of workshops and conferences. Piek Vossen studied Dutch and General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. In 1995, he received his PhD (cum laude) in Linguistics on Computational Lexicology and Lexicography. He has been involved in the following (EC?)projects: Links, Acquilex?I and II, Sift,EuroWordNet I and II, Meaning, Euroterm, Balkanet and Pidgin, Cornetto, DutchSemCor, Text to Political Positions, Semantics of History, Kyoto, BiographyNet, OpeNER, and NewsReader.

NewsReader: recording history by processing massive streams of daily news

The European NewsReader project develops a 'history recorder' to process daily streams of news in 4 language (English, Spanish, Italian and Dutch) to determine what happened, where and when in the world, and who was involved. The program uses the same strategy as humans to merge news with previously stored information, creating a longer-term history rather than storing separate events. Like humans, the program removes duplicate information and complements incomplete information while 'reading'. The result is a single story-line for all the events. Unlike humans, NewsReader will not forget any detail, will be able to recall the complete story as it was told, know who told what part of the story, and identify what sources contradict each other. Since it keeps track of all the original sources of information, the history recorder can also provide insights into how the story was told. This will tell us about the different perspectives from which different media sources present the news, both the news of today and the news of the past. The European project “NewsReader” is a collaboration of three European research groups and three companies, LexisNexis, ScraperWiki and Synerscope. The project started on January 2013 and will last 3 years. NewsReader will be tested on economic-financial news and on events relevant for political and financial decision-makers. About 25% of the news is about finance and economy. LexisNexis estimates the total volume of daily news items for this domain on about five-hundred-thousand.

Ralf-Peter Schaefer

VP TomTom Traffic and Travel Information Product Unit & Fellow

In January 2014 Ralf-Peter was nominated to lead the Product Unit Traffic and Travel Information where he holds global responsibility within TomTom for content and services around the journey as traffic, speedcam, parkingm,fuel prices, weather and other content/services. From January 2012 til December 2013 Ralf-Peter Schafer was leading the TomTom Traffic Product Unit. He is responsible for the global product development for traffic in the TomTom Group incl. Engineering, product and program management as well as sales and marketing support.
He joined TomTom in August 2006 and started to work in a position of the Research Director of TomTom’s Mobility Solution Department and as the Head of the TomTom R&D Centre in Berlin. In 2010 he got awarded as a Fellow the highest technical ladder within TomTom. His major scope from 2006 was the development of  the TomTom traffic portfolio incl. algorithms and software for the real-time traffic information service HD Traffic and  the historic speed profile product IQ Routes. With his team he also developed the dynamic location referencing technology OpenLR to allow cost efficient transmission and exchange of map location.
Ralf-Peter Schafer studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Ilmenau and worked in several research organisations as the German Academy of Sciences, the German Centre for Computer Science, the German Aerospce Center (DLR) before he joined TomTom. Main areas of activities in the past and today include static and dynamic content generation for traffic products, probe technology development from GPS and GSM sources as well as modeling and data processing techniques for traffic systems.

Probe Data Analytics and Processing for Traffic Information, Traffic Planning and Traffic Management

The presentation outlines the techniccal insights of TomTom’s traffic data analytics portfolio processing billions of probe based speed information day-to-day. With the introduction of TomTom’s historic and real-time traffic technologies IQ Routes and HD Traffic in 2007 the portfolio has been implemented in nearly over 40 countries globally. The backbone of the technology is community data from GPS enabled navigation devices, fleet management solutions as well as GPS based smartphone applications for road users. Today, the entire Traffic Community of HD Traffic consists of more than 100 Mio. users resulting in precise travel time data forecasts for the entire road network. All the traffic content has been fully integrated into navigation software as well as applications for traffic planning and management. The increasing community of connected navigation devices using precise traffic information is also contributing for a better utilization of the road network when drivers follow dynamic route guidance. Precise traffic information used in navigation systems is a key asset to achieve better routing and up to date time of arrival information in congested around the globe. Traffic management can greatly benefit when traffic infrastructure can be replaced by a community based detection and control system. Using the pool of historic probe measurements TomTom publish the Congestion Index for 160 global cities on quarterly basis. This gives people a fair benchmark to compare congestion level during normal business and peak hours. The presentation will give various examples how the probe data base of TomTom can be used in different areas of big data analytics.

Stefan Decker

Director, Insight Galway

Prof. Stefan Decker is a professor at the National University of
Ireland, Galway, and Director of Insight Galway (previously DERI).
Previously he worked at ISI, University of Southern California (2
years, Research Assistent Professor and Computer Scientist), Stanford
University, Computer Science Department (Database Group) (3 Years,
PostDoc and Research Associate), and Institute AIFB, University of
Karlsruhe (4 years, PhD Student and Junior Researcher). He is one of
the most widely cited Semantic Web scientists, and his current
research interests include semantics in collaborative systems, Linked
Data and Open Data.

KI2NA - Using Linked Data for the Intelligent society

Imagine a world where people and organisations are free to achieve their full potential and instinctively feel secure and in control. A world where knowledge is continually harnessed to drive new value and support sustainable growth. This is the world that Fujitsu aims to make a reality. We call it a Human Centric Intelligent Society. We see the ability to seamlessly integrate data from an a all aspects of society as a cornerstone for this vision. Fujitsu Labs Japan, Fujitsu Labs Europe together with Insight Galway (previously DERI) are building the  foundations for the  Human Centric Intelligent Society deploying Linked Data and Open Data. The KI2NA project is aiming at a comprehensive infrastructure, which is initially deployed in two domains - Healthcare and Financial Services. In the talk we present the infrastructure and its use cases.

Director General of ATHENA RC

Yannis Ioannidis is currently a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. In early 2011 he also became the President and General Director of the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center; in addition, since April 2011, he serves as the Acting Director of the Institute of Language and Speech Processing of ATHENA.
He received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1982, his MSc in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley in 1986. Immediately after that he joined the faculty of the Computer Sciences Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he became a Professor before finally leaving in 1999. His research interests include database and information systems, personalization and social networks, data infrastructures and digital libraries & repositories, scientific systems and workflows, eHealth systems, and human-computer interaction, topics on which he has published over one hundred articles in leading journals and conferences. He also holds three patents.
Yannis is an ACM and IEEE Fellow (2004 and 2010, respectively) and a recipient of the VLDB "10-Year Best Paper Award" (2003), the "Presidential Young Investigator Award" - PYI (1991), and of several awards for teaching excellence, including the nation-wide "Xanthopoulos-Pneumatikos Award for Outstanding Academic Teaching" in Greece (2006) and the "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching" at the University of Wisconsin (1996). He has also been a keynote or invited speaker in several conferences (NLDB'08, ICDE'07, ADBIS'06, CIKM'05, ICDT'03, WAIM'01, SSDBM'00, PDP'00, ECDL'98).