Jan Sundelin, CEO and President, TIE Kinetix

Jan Sundelin brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience to TIE. Most recently, he served as CEO and president of TallyGenicom EMEA, where he was responsible for more than $170 million in U.S. revenue. He helped the organization return to profitability by rationalizing operations and restructuring their sales channels, and was responsible for sales and marketing in more than 60 countries. Previously, Jan served as senior vice president of strategic planning and global sales and marketing for Minolta-QMS Mobile, a company he joined in 1989 as a sales manager and later served as EMEA president. During his tenure as senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Jan was instrumental in increasing worldwide sales from $250 million to $300 million.

Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director of Directorate G Media & Data, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Guiseppe Abbamonte is the Director of Directorate G “Media and Data” since January 2014. Prior to this position, he was Head of the Trust and Security Unit, in the division of the European Commission dealing with the European Digital Agenda (DG CONNECT). He joined DG CONNECT in January 2011 as Head of the electronic communications policy development unit. His previous files mainly included on-line privacy, universal service obligations, net neutrality and the CEO Roundtable on the sustainability of the Internet ecosystem and the broadband investment framework. In his twenty years of service at the Commission, Mr Abbamonte has worked in the antitrust, consumer and digital agenda directorate generals. Before joining the Commission he was an associate in the law firm Allen & Overy in Milan for four years (1989/1992), where he dealt mainly with commercial and competition law. He is the author of several publications, mainly in English law magazines.

Jorge Gasos, Head of Sector for Cloud and Software Research and Standards, Unit E2, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Jorge Gasós is head of sector for Cloud and Software Research and Standards at the European Commission. He held previous positions in the areas of Software / Cloud Computing, Grid Technologies and eBusiness of the IST research programme. Before joining the European Commission, Jorge Gasós held research positions in Spain, Japan and Belgium, mainly in the areas of artificial intelligence and robotics. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).

Emmanuel Miconnet, Research Director, Thales

Emmanuel Miconnet holds two Master Degrees, one in Electrical Engineering from Liege University (Belgium) and one in Computer Science from Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique, Electronique & Automatique (Paris). With close to 24 years of professional experience in the IT domain, he started his career as R&D manager and stakeholder in a robotic startup. Then he held several management positions, some as a consultant, in the Energy, Transportation and Software industries for almost 15 years. In 2007, he has been appointed Innovation Director for the Defense & Security Division. He is also in charge of managing and coordinating the “Cyber Security Innovation Lab” and numerous European R&D collaborative projects at the division level, in particular in the ICT Security domain.

Gabriella Cattaneo, Senior Associate Vice President, IDC European Government Consulting

Gabriella Cataneo is Associate Vice President, IDC European Government Consulting providing research and consulting services to governments and policy makers on the development of ICT-based innovation and ICT-based competitiveness in the economy and society. She has 20 years’ experience in socioeconomic research on the development of the information society, ICT markets quali-quantitative analysis, monitoring and benchmarking of ICT services.
She is currently the technical coordinator of the Digital Innovation Forum programme (Forum dell’Innovazione Digitale) in Italy, a networking initiative which includes a workgroup on the development of eHealth in Italy. She was a partner of the SIBIS (Statistical Indicators Benchmarking the Information Society) project, which developed benchmarking indicators for the diffusion of ICTs in the main vertical markets including Government and Healthcare.

Josef Urban, Head of Software Technology at 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 Nokia Solutions and Networks (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.

Ken Ducatel, Head of Unit E2, Software and Services, Cloud, DG Connect, European Commission

Ken Ducatel, British, aged 55, holds a PhD in economic geography from Bristol University and an MSc in transport policy from Cranfield University in the UK. He has worked on information society policy for twenty years. He was a member of the Faculty of University of Manchester for 14 years. From 1997 to 2003, he worked at the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville, where he led the Institute’s flagship “Futures Project.” From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of Commissioner Reding’s Cabinet responsible for Lisbon Strategy & Policies for the Information Society. In January 2009 he became Head of Unit for the “Digital Agenda: Policy Coordination” in DG Information Society. From July 2012 he is leading the “Software and Service, Cloud Computing Unit” in the newly formed DG CONNECT.

Michel Cosnard, Chairman and CEO, INRIA, Chair of the former ISTAG WG on Software Technologies

Michel Cosnard has been Chairman and CEO of INRIA, since 2006. Previously, Michel Cosnard served as Professor at Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon and from 1997, as director of the INRIA Research Unit in Lorraine. In 2001, he was nominated director of the INRIA Research Unit in Sophia Antipolis and served as Professor at the University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis. Michel Cosnard obtained a Master of Science degree in 1975 from Cornell University and a Doctorat d’Etat in 1983 from Université de Grenoble. Michel Cosnard has been member of the FP6 IST Evaluation Committee, chaired by Eskko Aho. He is currently member of ISTAG (Information Society Technologies Advisory Group), and chairs the ISTAG-FET working group. His research interests are in the design and analysis of parallel algorithms, in the complexity analysis of automata and neural nets. Michel Cosnard has published more than 100 papers related to parallel processing. He served as Editor of many scientific journals. He received a prize from the French Academy of Science, the IFIP Silver Core and IEEE Babbage award. In 2007, Michel Cosnard was awarded the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Stefan Wrobel, Prof. Dr., Institute Director, Fraunhofer IAIS

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel, M.S., is director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) and Professor of Computer Science at University of Bonn. He studied Computer Science in Bonn and Atlanta, GA, USA (M.S. degree, Georgia Institute of Technology), receiving his doctorate from University of Dortmund. After positions in Berlin and Sankt Augustin, he became Professor of Computer Science at University of Magdeburg, then moving to his current position into 2002. Professor Wrobel has published extensively on subjects in the area of Data Mining and Machine Learning and is on the Editorial Board of several journals in the field. Prof. Wrobel is chairman of the Fraunhofer Alliance Big Data, member of the board of BITKOM working group Big Data and speaker of the German Computer Society’s special interest group on Knowledge Discovery and Machine Learning. His research interests focus on intelligent algorithms and systems for the analysis of large data volumes and the impact of big data/smart data on companies and society.

Wolfgang Treinen, Policy and Project Officer, Unit G3 – Data Value Chain, DG Connect, European Commission

Wolfgang Treinen is currently working as project and policy officer for unit G3 “Data Value Chain” in DG Connect, the European Commission. Previously, he held the position as head of department at EIC Trier – IHK/HWK- Europa- und Innovationscentre. Prior to that, he was project manager at Euro Info Centre Trier. He holds an M.A., in English and French linguistics and literature from the University of Trier, Germany and also studied at University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Michael Beigl, Professor of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Coordinator Smart Data Innovation Lab

Since 2010, Michael Beigl is Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, former University of Karlsruhe) and holds the chair position for Pervasive Computing Systems. He is also head of the TECO research group since 2010 and dean of the department of Informatics since 2012. Before he was Professor for Distributed and Ubiquitous Systems heading the DUS research group at the TU Braunschweig from 2006 to 2010 and visiting associate professor at Hide Tokuda Lab, Keio University, Japan in autum 2005. From 1996-2005 he was researcher and director of the TECO research group, University of Karlsruhe, where he obtained his PhD (Dr.-Ing)(2000) degree in computing on the topic of Ubiquitous Computing environments (Kommunikation in interaktiven Räumen). His research interests evolve around people and services at the center of communication and information technology, with specific interest in ubiquitous/pervasive/mobile computing, self-organized collaboration, wireless sensor systems and communication, bridging ubiquitous computing systems using Web based Pervasive Computing technologies, novel information appliances and artefacts, context awareness, recognition and prediction using big data analytics. I am currently one of the Co-Organizers of the Smart Data Innovation Lab (SDIL).

Nuria De Lama, Representative of Atos Research & Innovation to the European Commission

Nuria de Lama studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She has been working more than 12 years in Research & Development in IT in different environments. After several years managing the department of International projects in an SME specialized in wireless and mobile technologies, she joined Atos in 2005, where she first led a Research Unit on Rural and Industrial development. In 2006 she was appointed Head of the Research unit on Semantics, Software and Service Engineering and since 2010 she is Representative of Atos Research and Innovation to the European Commission. In that position she is responsible for the coordination of European research activities, definition and implementation of the R&D strategy as well as contribution to business development and coordination of Atos activities in the so call PPPs (Public-Private Partnership) initiatives, mainly in Future Internet. She has wide experience in EU programmes, having acted as evaluator, reviewer and speaker in many conferences for the European Commission. In 2006 she became chair of the Service Engineering WG at the INES platform and contributed actively to working groups in NESSI and other European Technology Platforms and initiatives She is currently active member of the FI-WARE project and the Future Internet PPP Steering Board.

Colin Upstill, Managing Director, IT Innovation Centre

Colin Upstill has over 35 years’ experience at the leading-edge of IT. He has held academic posts at the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, where was IT Lecturer and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. He then moved to industry, becoming Chief Engineer at Roke Manor Research, one of the UK’s leading ICT research and consultancy companies. He is now Managing Director of the University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre. He is a member of the Board of NESSI.

Andreas Metzger, Head of Adaptive Systems and Future Internet Applications, Paluno (The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology) the University of Duisburg-Essen

Dr. Andreas Metzger is Head of Adaptive Systems and Future Internet Applications, Paluno (The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology) the University of Duisburg-Essen. Previous he was a senior researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen and leader of the “Software and Service Quality” research group at Paluno. Since 2008, he is activity and workpackage leader of S-Cube, the European Network of Excellence on software, services & systems, and member of the network’s management board. Since 2011, he is the technical coordinator of the EU FI PPP use case project FInest. Andreas has co-authored over 40 papers, articles and book chapters. He acted as member of the program committee for numerous international conferences and workshops, and co-organized 6 international workshops and workshop series.Andreas received his Diploma and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Kaiserslautern. His current research interests include software engineering and service-based systems engineering, focusing on quality assurance for variability-intensive and adaptive systems.

Dr. Edward Curry, Research Scientist and Unit leader at Insight, National University of Ireland, Galway

Edward Curry is a Research Scientist and leads the Green and Sustainable IT research group (dgsit.deri.ie) at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (www.deri.ie). His research projects include studies of sustainable IT, energy intelligence, semantic information management, and collaborative data management. Edward has worked extensively with industry and government advising on the adoption patterns, practicalities, and benefits of new technologies. Edward has published over 60 scientific articles in journal, books, and international conferences. He has given invited talks at Berkeley, Stanford, and MIT. In 2010 he was a guest speaker at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium to an audience of 600+ CIOs and senior IT executives. He currently participates in a project for the European Commission to define a research strategy for the Big Data economy within Europe. He has a PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway and serves as an Adjunct Lecturer within the University.

Michał Skubacz, Head of Research Group Business Analytics & Monitoring, Corporate Technology, Siemens

Michał Skubacz studies Electrical Engineering, Automation and Robotics at Wrocław University of Technology, Poland. With over 15 years of experience in applied data analytics in domains of health care, automation, telecommunication, transportation he is heading a research group in data analytics at Corporate Technology department of Siemens AG driving industry research in collaboration with research institutes and universities. Michał Skubacz is an author of scientific publications and numerous patents.