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Andrea Cavallaro

Queen Mary University, London

Andrea Cavallaro is Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing and Director of the Centre for Intelligent Sensing at Queen Mary University of London, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, in 2002. He was a Research Fellow with British Telecommunications (BT) in 2004/2005 and was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering teaching Prize in 2007; three student paper awards on target tracking and perceptually sensitive coding at IEEE ICASSP in 2005, 2007 and 2009; and the best paper award at IEEE AVSS 2009. Prof. Cavallaro is Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He is an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, and chair of its Awards committee. He served as an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee, as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, as Area Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and as Guest Editor for eleven international journals. He was General Chair for IEEE/ACM ICDSC 2009, BMVC 2009, M2SFA2 2008, SSPE 2007, and IEEE AVSS 2007. Prof. Cavallaro was Technical Program chair of IEEE AVSS 2011, the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2008) and of WIAMIS 2010. He has published more than 130 journal and conference papers, one monograph on Video tracking (2011,Wiley) and three edited books: Multi-camera networks (2009, Elsevier); Analysis, retrieval and delivery of multimedia content (2012, Springer); and Intelligent multimedia surveillance (2013Andrea Cavallaro is Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing and Director of the Centre for Intelligent Sensing at Queen Mary University of London, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, in 2002. He was a Research Fellow with British Telecommunications (BT) in 2004/2005 and was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering teaching Prize in 2007; three student paper awards on target tracking and perceptually sensitive coding at IEEE ICASSP in 2005, 2007 and 2009; and the best paper award at IEEE AVSS 2009. Prof. Cavallaro is Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He is an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, and chair of its Awards committee. He served as an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee, as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, as Area Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and as Guest Editor for eleven international journals. He was General Chair for IEEE/ACM ICDSC 2009, BMVC 2009, M2SFA2 2008, SSPE 2007, and IEEE AVSS 2007. Prof. Cavallaro was Technical Program chair of IEEE AVSS 2011, the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2008) and of WIAMIS 2010. He has published more than 130 journal and conference papers, one monograph on Video tracking (2011,Wiley) and three edited books: Multi-camera networks (2009, Elsevier); Analysis, retrieval and delivery of multimedia content (2012, Springer); and Intelligent multimedia surveillance (2013, Springer).

Andrus Ansip

Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market

2014 - date - Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
2014 - Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President for the ALDE group
2014 - Member of the Estonian parliament
2005-2014 - Prime Minister of Estonia
2004-2005 - Minister of Economic Affairs and Communication

Carlos Romero Dexeus

Director of Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, SEGITTUR, SpainSEGITTUR

Carlos Romero Dexeus studied applied economics with specialization in economic structures in Madrid Complutense University. He holds an Executive Master in Tourism Management from the IE Business School. He has been the Executive Director of the Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),, for two years. He has also worked as General Manager of the UNWTO.Themis Foundation,, and previous to that, he has been analyst at The Spanish Tourism Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Economy, He has extensive experience in the tourism sector, both nationally and internationally, particularly in tourism planning, innovation, new technologies, smart destinations, organizational management, public-private partnership, tourism economy and tourism training. From 2008 to now he was appointed Director of Research, Development and Innovation of SEGITTUR, In this function, he is responsible for promoting the innovation and use of new technologies for the tourism sector. He is also in charge of the management of the Spanish National Innovative Tourism Startups & Entrepreneurs Program (Emprendetur), and he was member of the panel of experts of the Spanish Plan to Foster Language Technologies.

Best practices in public policies to promote Data Technologies: The Spanish Plan to Foster Language Technologies”.

The talk will describe the content of the Plan to Foster the Language Technologies that the Government of Spain has just launched. The Plan aims to encourage the development of natural language processing and machine translation in Spanish and co-official languages. The Plan defines a set of actions to increase the number, quality and availability of infrastructure in Spanish language and co-official languages; to foster the language industry by promoting the transfer of knowledge between research and industry; to incorporate the Administration as a driver of natural language processing and machine translation sector. The plans also allocates a budget of 90 million euros until the year 2020.

Carsten Kraus

CEO, Omikron/FACT Finder, Germany

Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze

Internet economist and policy analyst, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI)

Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze is an Internet economist and policy analyst at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI). Christian has been working in STI on topics related to the Internet and digital economy since 2008. This includes work on assessing the impact of ICTs on the society (including on skills and employment) and more recently work on the economics of “big data”. He is now co-ordinating OECD’s horizontal project on “the role of data for growth and well-being”, which is part of a broader OECD project on New Sources of Growth (NSG). Before joining the OECD, Christian worked as a researcher at the Institute for Information and Market Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and at SAP Research in Germany on topics related to information markets, peer-to-peer systems, and distributed incentive mechanisms. Christian holds a Diploma (Master of Science) in Information Science, Engineering and Management and a Diploma in Economics, both granted by the KIT.

Data-driven Innovation for Growth and Well-Being: How ready are European countries?

Today, the generation and use of huge volumes of data are redefining our "intelligence" capacity and our social and economic landscapes, spurring new industries, processes and products, and creating significant competitive advantages. In this sense, data-driven innovation (DDI) has become a key pillar of 21st-century growth, with the potential to significantly enhance productivity, resource efficiency, economic competitiveness, and social well-being. But how ready are countries to take advantage of DDI? How can they leverage their policy frameworks to maximise the benefits of DDI and mitigate the associated economic and societal risks? And what are the major tensions they have to address on the transition towards a data-driven economy?

Clemens Wass


Clemens Wass is a legal tech entrepreneur and co-founder of openlaws. The aim of openlaws is to create better access to justice for citizens, businesses and legal experts by creating a network of legislation, case law and legal commentary. For this purpose, openlaws uses open data and open innovation principles. Clemens has studied law, holds an MBA in entrepreneurship & innovation and has headed the legal department of an international company. His company openlaws gmbh with seat in Salzburg, Austria, is supported by ODINE and the ODI startup programme.

Elena Alfaro

Chief Executive Officer, BBVA Data & Analytics

Elena Alfaro is the Chief Executive Officer of BBVA Data & Analytics, a spin off of BBVA Bank (Spain), which mission is to create new products and services based on internal and external data sources, and advanced analytics. Elena has achieved international recognition through various publications around Big Data applications to urban management and planning issues. Before joining BBVA, Elena worked at Ericsson, playing an important role in telecommunications development in EMEA and LATAM, and broadening afterwards her experience as an expert in innovation. Regarding her background: Elena has a BA in Economics & Business Administration by the Universities of Sunderland (UK) and Universidad Autonoma (Madrid), and a Master in Intangibles Analysis and Management. She has taken part in the program “40-under-40 Young European Leaders” in 2013 edition.

Creating new value with financial data

The talk will cover how a bank can create internal and external value by (re)using financial transactional data. We will go through concrete examples of data usage for financial and non-financial product creation, and also the organisational and technological paths that BBVA, on of the biggest European banks, is going through in order to make the most of data.

Elena Simperl

Associate Professor in the Web Science and Internet Group at the University of Southampton

Dr. Elena Simperl is Associate Professor in the Web Science and Internet Group at the University of Southampton. Her research interests include social computing, knowledge driven technologies, and open data. She has contributed and led over 15 national and European research projects and authored more than 75 scientific publications, and chaired the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) in 2011 and 2012 and the European Data Forum (EDF) in 2013. Elena leads the Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE), which helps businesses using open data She is vice-president of STI International, director of the ESWC summer school, the Asian Semantic Web School, and the IEEE Summer School on Semantic Computing, and technical director of the European Data Science Academy. She is the founder of semsphere GmbH, a professional training company in the area of semantic technologies, and co-editor-in-chief of the newly launched Journal of Human Computation.

Building an open data incubator: the story so far

ODINE has set up a virtual incubation and acceleration programme for European SMEs interested in the open data economy. With 18 companies currently in the programme and around 30 more to be accepted in 2016, it builds a strong core of open data innovators in a growing ecosystem of data publishers, users, technology providers, and policy makers. In this talk we will review ODINE’s aims and service offering, and discuss its achievements and lessons learnt.

Frédérique Segond

Research Director, Viseo, France

Frédérique is Director of Research of the Viseo Group and Associated Professor at the Institut National des Langues et Cultures Orientales, in Paris. Before joining Viseo, she was Principal Scientist and manager of the Parsing and Semantics area (ParSem) at the Xerox Research Centre Europe. She joined Xerox as a research scientist in 1993 where she worked on different European and national projects based on natural language technologies. Throughout her research career she has developed, worked and coordinated more than twenty collaborative international research projects links to data understanding.
Frédérique earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She was awarded a PhD grant  from the IBM Scientific Centre In France.  After a one year post-doc at IBM-Watson in Yorktown working on the links between syntax and semantics, she got a research and teaching position at Télécom Paris Sud in charge of starting an activity around Natural Language Processing.
Frédérique is co-author of six books, over 60 scientific papers and 5 patents. She belongs and provides scientific expertise to several scientific national and international committees and institutions. She has been the president of the CONTINT steering committee of the French National Agency for Research (ANR), President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ATALA). She is now Vice President of the ATALA,  member of the European Language Resources Association board, member of the board of the University Stendhal, member of the Scientific council of the Labex DigiCosme and of the scientific and technical council of the IRT SystemX.

The truth of the data pudding is in the integrating

In this talk we will address the issue of data integration along two dimensions: the one of combining and linking knowledge extracted from data of different kinds residing in different sources. We will provide a quick overview of the state of the art and outline some of the research challenges which still remains to be addressed in order to be able to properly structure, combine and make sense of knowledge encoded in heterogeneous data.  In particular we will insist on the difficulty of defining a generic model to encode these different data into a standard and unified formalism.

Gabriella Cattaneo

Associate Vice President, IDC's European Government Consulting unit

Gabriella Cattaneo is Associate Vice President of IDC's European Government Consulting unit. Cattaneo has more than 25 years of experience in ICT market research, socio-economic impact assessment and benchmarking of ICT policies. She joined IDC, global ICT market research and consulting company, in 2005 to develop research and consulting services for governments and policy makers, leveraging IDC’s global knowledge and research. Cattaneo has contributed to the design and implementation of European benchmarking indicators on e-government, e-procurement, cloud computing, and currently on measuring the European Data market. Cattaneo is a graduate in Political Sciences Magna cum Laude from Milan State University with a prize-winner research Thesis and worked ten years as a business journalist before becoming an ICT industry analyst.

Towards the Data-Driven Economy

This presentation will describe the current landscape and level of the development of the European Data Market and Data Economy, measured by the European Data Market Monitoring Tool, a coherent set of quantitative indicators and qualitative analysis developed by IDC on behalf of DG CONNECT. The presentation will look at the potential development paths of the European Data Market to 2020 based on alternative forecast scenarios. Specific attention will be paid to the role of Data Workers and Data Scientists, including a forecast estimate of the potential demand-supply gap of data skills in Europe by 2020.

Günther H. Oettinger

Commissioner of the European Commission for Digital Economy and Society


November 2014-present - European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
February 2010-October 2014 - European Commissioner for Energy
2005-2010 - Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Germany
2005-present - Member of the Governing Board and Federal Executive Committee of the CDU
2006-2010 - Chairman of the federal media policy committee of the CDU

Hans-Christian Brockmann

eccenca GmbH

Hans-Christian Brockmann is CEO of eccenca GmbH and brox IT-Solutions GmbH. He obtained a BA from the University of Göttingen and an MBA from Wake Forrest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He served as sales manager at Baan Solution Center Automotive in the late nineties before starting brox IT-Solutions GmbH in 1998. While setting up a service business that focused on business process and IT consulting in the automotive industry, he kept his primary personal focus on information excellence and implemented two product lines. One having the focus on meta data quality management - the Brox data management centre - a solution, which became an SAP certified data quality management tool and was used within organizations like BOSCH, Continental, ZF and MAN. He also initiated the Eclipse project "SMILA" and served as a director in the board of the Eclipse Foundation. In 2013 Hans-Christian founded eccenca GmbH focussing on Linked Data technologies and solutions.

Ian Makgill

Spend Network

In 2013 I launched Spend Network. Our mission is to make sense of the world’s open spending data. I’ve recently been appointed to the Government’s Open Data User Group and Spend Network is one of the ODI startups.
We’re a small team that have been working with public procurement data for over 12 years. We’ve grown tired of waiting for Government data on spending and contracts to be compiled into a useful tool, so we’ve decided to build a solution ourselves. We’ve grown out of Ticon, a consultancy focussed on transaction efficiency and research. We’ve got over 20 years experience of working with Government purchasing data.
We’re building a business for both Government and suppliers to Government. We believe that Government shouldn’t have to pay for spend analysis, as long as the data is open, and that suppliers need better data on Government opportunities. If you’d like to know more about what we’re doing and how we work, we’d be delighted to tell you more.

Itay Reiner

Big Data Product Manager, NICE Customer Engagement Analytics Solution, NICE Systems, Israel

Itay Reiner is a senior Solution Manager at NICE Customer Experience Analytics Line of Business. In his role he is responsible for NICE new customer engagement analytics big-data platform, including end-to-end product responsibility for the different analytical business solutions which are sold on top of the platform. Itay is directly collaborating with Fortune 500 customers in the US and EMEA (leading Telco companies and financial institutes) to ensure successful POCs, implementation and utilization of NICE customer engagement analytics big-data business solutions. Itay holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer science from Tel-Aviv University.

Leveraging Big Data to Optimize Customer Experience

Experience is what people are looking for in their interaction with any company. It creates an emotional connection and has significant implications on satisfaction, loyalty, repeat business and revenues.
The focus of business today has shifted from differentiating based on product and pricing, to creating a great overall customer experience. Reality is, that improving the customer experience is a huge challenge for most organizations.
In this session we will review the challenges organizations are facing when it comes to improving the customer experience and how NICE Customer Engagement Analytics platform is leveraging Big-Data to optimize the customer end-2-end experience

Jean-Paul Zens

First Government Counsellor, Media and Communications Department, Ministry of State, Luxembourg

Jean-Paul Zens is the Director-General of the Media and Communications Department (SMC) of the Prime Minister's office.
Formerly known as the Media and Audiovisual Department, the SMC was established in order to foster the development of Luxembourg as an international media and communications hub. It is responsible for handling the coordination of all matters related to media and telecommunications policy – including Internet, content, data protection and their associated regulatory elements. The department is also responsible for the promotion of Luxembourg’s media and telecommunications activities on the international level.
Jean-Paul Zens serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Luxembourg-based global satellite operator SES, and is a board-member of Luxembourg’s largest telecom operator, the incumbent POST Luxembourg. He previously served as Chairman of the Luxembourg Filmfund for eleven years.
Before his appointment as director-general of the Media and Communications Department, Jean-Paul Zens was part of the diplomatic service where he was responsible, as part of the Department of International Economic Affairs, for representing Luxembourg’s interests at the international level in the field of media and communications.

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.

Jorge Sanz

Director, National University of Singapore Business Analytics Center

Prof. Dr. Jorge Sanz has over 30 years of research and consulting experience in industry. He has specialized in banking, telecommunications, government and health care for global companies in America, Europe and Asia. He works in Operations Strategy and on the application of Information Technology for transforming organizations. He has worked at different times in IBM, as a Director on international assignments and also, for over 15 years in the Research Division located in Sillicon Valley, California.
Jorge conducts analytical modeling for business problems in companies, with applications in process innovation for front-offie and back-office operations and enterprise performance management in firms.
Jorge leads international academic and professional communities in Business Informatics, Services, Analytics and Enterprise Engineering. He is a frequent key-note speaker on the interplay between business and IT in international conferences. He has been the President of the University of St. Andrews, Professor in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Visiting Professor in University of California.
Jorge works today as Director of the Business Analytics Centre at the National University of Singapore (NUS), holds a Visiting Professor position at the School of Computing and teaches Business Analytics for graduates in the NUS Business School as well. He is also the Chief Innovation Officer for Retail Banking in IBM Corporation. He actively consults for Asian organizations, American and European companies. 
Jorge is Fellow of the IEEE Society.

Karim Michel Sabbagh

President & CEO, SES SA

Mr. Sabbagh is the President & CEO of SES, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is also the Chairman of SES ASTRA, and is a member of the Board of Directors as well as the Risk and Audit Committee of O3b. Additionally, he is a member of the Yahlive Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of SES from April 2011 until August 2013 and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of SES for the same period.
Prior to joining SES, Mr. Sabbagh was a Senior Partner and a global practice leader for communications, media & technology at Booz & Company. At Board and Chief Executive levels, he has shaped and served the strategic agenda of global players in the communications, media and satellite sectors.
Mr. Sabbagh is a visiting professor in technology and innovation management and member of the Academic Council for the School of International Management at Écoles des Ponts et Chaussées ParisTech (Grandes Écoles) in France. He holds a BBA with Distinction from the American University of Beirut, an MBA from the American University of Beirut, a PhD with Honors in strategic management from the American Century University in New Mexico, and a Doctorate in international business management from the International School of Management.

Klaas Bollhöfer

Chief Data Scientist and Big Data Evangelist, The unbelievable Machine Company GmbH

Klaas Bollhoefer works as a Chief Data Scientist and Big Data Evangelist with The unbelievable Machine Company GmbH (*um) in Berlin and Vienna.
He is father of Data Science Day (DSDay), coordinator of Big Data Week in Berlin, renowned lecturer, keynote speaker and member of several program committees of international Big Data events, e.g. O´Reilly Strata + Hadoop World or BITKOM Big Data Summit.

Marc Hansen

Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, Luxembourg

Marc Hansen was born on 10 April 1971 in Luxembourg City.

Education and qualifications

Marc Hansen attended secondary school at the Lycée de garçons de Luxembourg and the Athénée de Luxembourg from 1983 to 1991.

Governmental posts

Marc Hansen was appointed Secretary of State of Education, Children and Youth, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research on 28 March 2014 in the coalition govern­ment formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”). He replaced André Bauler following his resignation from the government for health reasons. On 27 March 2015, Marc Hansen was also appointed Secretary of State for Housing.

Other political posts

A member of the DP since 2008, Marc Hansen was an alder­man for the municipality of Useldange from 2005 to 2014.

From 2011 to 2014, he was a member of the intercommunal syndicate De Réidener Kanton.

At national level, Marc Hansen was elected to Parliament for the first time in 2013 while standing for the DP in the constituency of the North. In Parliament, he served as chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee as well as vice-chairman of the Committee for Labour, Employment and Social Security from 2013 to 2014, when he was appointed to the government.

Professional activities

Marc Hansen started his professional career with DNR (Den Neie Radio).

He worked at RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg and RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg from 1995 to 2009.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as a parliamentary attaché.

From 2011 to 2014, Marc Hansen was the chief executive of­ficer and managing director of Éditions Lëtzebuerger Journal.

He is also the cofounder of several innovative start-ups in the information technology sector.

Marc Schiltz

Executive Head – Secretary General, Luxembourg National Research Fund

Marc Schiltz holds a PhD in Physics (Crystallography) and an Executive MBA from INSEAD. He has been active in research and higher education for more than 18 years and is a recognised scientist in his field of expertise. Drawing on his international experience he has developed a thorough expertise in strategic research management and organisation.
Since 2011, he is heading the National Research Fund, which is the central agency for promoting and funding research activities in Luxembourg. In this role, he has significantly contributed to enhance the quality of the Luxembourg research system and to build bridges with the private sector as well as with the international scientific community.

Mariana Kotzeva

Deputy Director-General at Eurostat

Mrs Kotzeva is currently Deputy Director-General at Eurostat, Statistical office of the European Union. She holds a doctoral degree in Statistics and Econometrics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia and an executive education at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is associated professor at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia and was also a visiting professor in Econometrics in the Central European University in Budapest. She has published more than 30 articles in scientific journals and papers presented at international conferences.
Mrs Kotzeva joined Eurostat in 2012 as an Advisor Hors Class to the Director-General. In 2014 she combined that position with the role of Director of Methodology, IT and Dissemination. Before taking up duties in Eurostat she was President of the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute. Prior to that Mrs Kotzeva worked on a number of World Bank and UNDP projects in the areas of poverty mapping, evaluation of active labour market policies and Roma integration. She has also led teams and provided advisory services for the development of strategic policy documents such as National Employment Strategies in Bulgaria and Serbia and Annual Reports of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria.

New frontiers for official statistics

Official Statistics are the mirror through which we view society. Statisticians listen to the society, observe the society, and serve the government, the public and the economy with data about the social, economic, demographic and environmental situation. In other words, statistics inform policy decisions and help people take better decisions. At this moment we are witnessing fundamental and unprecedented changes in the society due to technological disruptions. Big data is a game changing paradigm which is entirely transforming the data ecosystem. What is the role and necessary transformations of official statistics in such an ecosystem if they want to remain relevant and serve the society? This presentation looks at what actually happens in the frontiers of official statistics in the age of big data, illustrates the response of the European Statistical System through its Big Data Action Plan and Roadmap, and finally opens the discussion about the Statistical Office of the future and Smart Statistics.

Martin Kaltenböck

Semantic Web Company

Martin Kaltenböck studied communication, psychology and marketing at the University of Vienna. In 2000 he was co-founder of punkt. netServices - an Austrian company specialised on information- & knowledge management as well as on Enterprise 2.0 solutions.
He is co-founder and 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 areas of project management, requirements engineering and communication activities.
Martin leads and works in several national and international research & industry projects as well as projects in public administration - mainly in the areas of project management, requirements engineering and communication activities.
He is tutor and publishes in the fields of semantic information management, Linked (Open) Data as well as Open (Government) Data and social semantic web. 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 Open Knowledge (former OKFN) as well as Member of the Advisory Council of the Open Knowledge (Foundation, UK) and invited expert of the governmental Cooperation OGD Austria. He is working as invited expert of W3C and is member of the Steering Board of the European Data Forum that he chaired in Athens, Greece in 2014. In 2015 he co-founded the ODI Node Vienna together with 3 Austrian university partners.

Muriel Foulonneau

Researcher, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

Muriel Foulonneau is researcher on data interoperability and technologies at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. She has worked in Europe and in the US on Semantic data, Big data, and Open data in particular in the fields of educational assessment, online community analysis, e-government, and cultural heritage. She has been involved in collaboration projects between research and industry. She has been active in standardization initiatives, including the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. She has authored many articles and books in the domain. She is local organisation chair of the European Data Forum 2015 in Luxembourg.

Norbert Hohn & Marc Küster

Publications Office of the European Union

Marc Küster holds a degree in Physics, a Master in Philology and History and a PhD in Modern Philology. After working for the University Tübingen's Computing Centre in the department of Literary and Documentary Data Processing and the XML service provider Saphor GmbH, he became Professor for Web Services and XML Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences Worms. In 2008 Marc joined the Publications Office to lead the development of the Publications Office's common content and metadata repository CELLAR including its Common Data Model (CDM). Since 2011 he is head of section of the Office's "Storage and Electronic Archive" section.
Norbert Hohn holds a degree in Business Management and Economics. He worked in the domain of trans-European intraregional cooperation, capacity building and the implementation of the European Higher Education Area before joining the European Commission in 2006. In the Commission, he dealt with a variety of issues in the production, identification and dissemination of publications (metadata, e-book, websites). Since 2013 he is head of the European Union Open Data Portal section.

The EU as a provider of linked and open data

Open government data is about the wide and free availability of information created with public money. This data is a core asset for the knowledge-based economy, since its reuse is a basis for innovative information products and services. It makes a significant contribution to the EU Digital Single Market and is a key enabler for transparency, accountability and evidence-based decision-making. As a by-product, it enhances administrative efficiency through streamlined data management.
Therefore, the EU has been promoting a strategy for the wide and free availability of government information across Europe. As part of the strategy, the EU Open Data Portal ( was launched in December 2012 as the single point of access to data held by the EU institutions, agencies and other bodies. The Portal allows anyone to easily search, download and reuse a growing range of data for commercial or non-commercial purposes, through a catalogue of common metadata. It enhances the visibility and discoverability of data of EU institutions and agencies and makes a strong contribution to their openness and transparency. The EU Open Data Portal is managed by the Publications Office of the European Union (
The presentation will give an overview of the reuse services provided by the Publications Office, content given access to, and the technologies used.
Based in Luxembourg, it is an interinstitutional office whose task is to publish the publications of the institutions of the European Union. Its core activities include production and dissemination of legal and general publications in a variety of paper and electronic formats, managing a range of websites providing EU citizens, governments and businesses with digital access to official information and data from the EU, including the EU Open Data Portal and EUR-Lex, and ensuring long-term preservation of digital content produced by EU institutions and bodies.

Orlando Machado

Chief Data Scientist at MoneySuperMarket

Dr Orlando Machado is Chief Data Scientist at MoneySuperMarket, one of the UK’s largest digital businesses. His team includes data scientists, statisticians, insight analysts and customer marketing specialists, and is leading MoneySuperMarket’s mission to put customers at the heart of all its decisions.
Orlando joined MoneySuperMarket in 2012 from dunnhumby – a company that has been at the cutting edge of data analysis for over 20 years. Orlando spent 6 years in a number of leadership positions across all dunnhumby’s UK clients, and most recently led the development of dunnhumby’s solutions for creating personalised multi-channel customer experiences.
Previously, Orlando led the UK analytics team for Wunderman, the world’s largest online communications agency. He started his career in academia, and holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Warwick.

Professor Dr. Gabriel M Crean

Chief Executive Officer, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

Professor Dr. Gabriel M Crean is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). The LIST was created on the 1st of January 2015, arising from the merging of two of Luxembourg’s national pubic research centres, CRP Gabriel Lipmann and CRP Henri Tudor. With over 650 research scientists and engineers, it is now one of Europe’s key research technology organisations with a clear mission to be the research and innovation engine for the 21st century Luxembourg economy.
Prior to this post, Professor Crean was the Vice-President for Technology and Director for Europe of CEAtech, the Division of Technological Research of the Atomic Energy and Alternatives Energy Commission (CEA) of France, from 2012 to May 2015. Before that, Professor Crean was the Scientific Director of the Division of Technological Research of CEA from 2009 to 2012. He led CEAtech though its first national scientific audit in 2011.
Professor Dr. Crean holds professorial appointments in several European universities. He is a full professor of the Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland; most recently receiving in November 2014, an Honoury Doctorate Degree from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Previous recipients include Chancellor Angela Merkel of German, European Commission President J M Barroso and European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek. He also holds a professorial appointment at the Universidade Nova De Lisboa, in Lisbon, Portugal. He was a visiting Professor and Advisor to the Administrator General (President) of the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France, on research policies from 2009 to 2012.
Professor Crean has played a key role at European level in the formulation of European Commission research, development and innovation policy. He is a member since 2011 of the European Commission “Mirror Group on Smart Specialisation” advising European Commissioner Hann on smart specialisation strategies for Europe’s regions. Professor Crean also plays a key role in the European Commission High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) established by Vice-President Commissioner Tajani to advise the European commission on a competitive industrial and technological policy.
He has been widely recognised for this work in European innovation policy, He is an Academic Fellow of the European Policy Centre (EPC), one of Europe’s leading Think Tanks and currently chairs the prestigious EPC Taskforce on ”A new European Industrial Policy”. Professor Crean has acted as a consultant for several European member state Governments.
Professor Dr. Crean is known internationally for his contributions to science and technology education and research. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics of the U.K. He is President Emeritus of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) and President Emeritus of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS). He was a co-chairman of the 3rd World Materials Summit, held in Washington, USA, in October 2011.
Professor Dr. Crean was a co-founder of three venture capital backed high-technology companies and is a Board member of several European industry associations.

Rob Koper

Open University of the Netherlands

Rob Koper is Distinguished Professor at the Open University of the Netherlands, specialized in smart services for learning, education and personal development. He has published over 400 scientific papers in these areas and has been responsible for the research, development and implementation of different innovative digital technologies.

Smart Cities: using Data Science to support Citizens Growth and Development

The concept of Smart Cities is currently focussed on topics like energy, transportation and communication using social media. In this talk I will focus on another aspect: the use of Smart Technologies, based on Data Science, to support citizens in their personal growth and development. A good city is a city in which the citizens are feeling well, can develop themselves during lifetime, are employable and are connected to social communities of their interest. Many modern data science driven technologies can support this personal development and well-being. Questions to answer are, among others: what are the future possibilities and ambitions? How can we realize these in practice? What research challenges should be addressed?

Roberto Viola

Director-General, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Roberto Viola holds a Doctor degree in Electronic Engineering (Dr. Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
He is Director-General of DG CONNECT, in the European Commission.
Between September 2012 and August 2015 he was Deputy Director-General of
DG CONNECT with responsibilities for Electronic Communications Networks and Services Directorate, Cooperation Directorate - International and Inter-institutional relations, Stakeholders cooperation, Coordination Directorate - Growth and Jobs, Innovations and Knowledge Base, Media and Data Directorate.
From 2005 to 2012, he was the Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM (Italian media and telecom regulator).
He was Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, and Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010.
He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators).
He was Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG) in 2007.
He served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004, in charge of  inter alia, regulation in terrestrial, cable and satellite television, frequency planning, access and interconnection of communication services, cost accounting and tariff in telecommunication and broadcasting services.
From 1985-1999 he served in various positions as a staff member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in particular, he has been Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services.

IT Research Manager, TXT e-solutions SpA, Italy

After several experiences in IT research and commercial delivery in diverse industrial domains such as manufacturing, energy, environment, space and defence, since July 2000, Sergio Gusmeroli is the TXT Corporate Research Director (now Research & Innovation Director) counting more than 20 researchers in the labs of Milano, Bari and Genoa. In the specific field of ICT infrastructures and architectures for enterprise interoperability and collaboration, his main research activities have been focusing on the following 3 major themes:

  • Platforms and Architectures for Enterprise Software and Applications Interoperability
  • Methodologies, models and software tools to support collaborative business
  • Methodologies, models and software tools to support the vision of the Future Internet and the Internet of Things

In European Commission FP7 research programme, Sergio Gusmeroli has been Technical Coordinator of the COIN Integrated Project (COllaboration and INteroperability for networked enterprises) and of the TELLME Project (Technology Enhanced Learning Livinglabs for Manufacturing Environments) and is currently Coordinator of the FP7 Factories of the Future MSEE Integrated Project (Manufacturing SErvice Ecosystem) and of the FP7 Future Internet FITMAN Phase II Trial about Future Internet Technologies in Manufacturing.
In H2020, Sergio, as Politecnico di Milano’s Research Coordinator, is now Scientific Coordinator of PSYMBIOSYS (Factories of the Future on Product Service Systems) about symbiotic collaboration forms in product-service business ecosystems.

Implementing Factories of the Future and Industry 4.0 paradigms: the role of data-driven skills and blue collar workers' education

Data-driven economy and digital automation in general are transforming our Manufacturing Industry, not only in the production of physical goods, but mostly in the pre-production and post-production phases. This overall transition is known as 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), leading to several models of Factories of the Future (see ). Cyber Physical Systems and advanced factory automation systems produce incredible amounts of data at an incredible speed; Smart Products tracked and traced along their life cycle allow now unprecedented analytics about as-designed, as-built, as-maintained configurations as well as  enable a service innovation economy in Manufacturing.  Both Blue Collar Workers and Engineers need to stay tuned with the new technologies and data-oriented up- re-skilling are absolutely needed in any Manufacturing environment. Moreover, special attention should be paid to new generations and young talents data-oriented education, in order to redirect them towards Manufacturing and Engineering jobs. The speech will report the experiences gained by some FP7 European Projects (TELLME Technology Enhanced Learning Livinglabs for Manufacturing Environments and MANUSKILLS in the field of data-driven training and education.

Stefan Auerbach

CEO, Lufthansa Systems

Stefan Auerbach has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lufthansa Systems GmbH &  Co. KG since April 1, 2015. Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co KG is one of the world’s leading airline IT providers. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of consulting and IT services for the global aviation industry. In his capacity as CEO, he is responsible for Global Sales as well as Production and Service Delivery.
Stefan Auerbach joined the Lufthansa Systems Group in 2006. In his most recent position as Executive Vice President Airline Solutions, he was responsible for the entire airline product portfolio... During the first years, he was heading Sales EMEA/Central at Lufthansa Systems. In June 2009, he was appointed Senior Vice President Sales EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and was responsible for the entire sales region.
His career within the Lufthansa Group started 1994 when he joined Lufthansa Consulting as a consultant in the field of management consulting. Since then he has been responsible for numerous projects for airline and airport customers. Before joining Lufthansa Systems, Stefan Auerbach served as one of the managing directors of Lufthansa Consulting GmbH. In this function, he advised clients from the aviation and transport industries in strategic and operational areas.
Stefan Auerbach studied business administration at Cologne University and specialized in planning, logistics, management accounting and business information systems. Prior to his studies he completed his vocational training as a bank clerk.

Stefano Eposito

Founder & CEO, Rethink

Stefano Eposito is an environmental engineer with a creative side. In the last 8 years he developed and constructed more than 100MW of renewable energy power plants, working for the most important players of the energy sector. Now, he is the CEO of Rethink, a technical advisory company that wants to foster the transition to a Circular Economy model providing innovative solutions in the energy and environment sector.

Tatjana Gornostaja

Business Development Manager, Tilde

Tatjana Gornostaja is an experienced manager, trainer and researcher in multilingual technologies. Her academic background is in terminology management (Bachelor and Master) and machine translation for Government-to-Citizen communication (Doctor), accompanying with more than 10 years in the field, including project, service and group management and recently business development at Tilde. Tatjana Gornostaja is a General Assembly member and SME and Startup group lead in Big Data Value Association. More information on LinkedIn profile.

Coupling Language and Knowledge via e-Service Ecosystem

Cross-language e-service ecosystem is strategically important for the European Digital Single Market, or Online Market, which is data-driven. Multilingual data is a huge share of all online data. The synergy of the two worlds – language and knowledge – with their mature technologies is one of the priorities for the two communities to reach the level, on which they are ready for empowering users with business value from multilingual big data and thus offering innovative intelligent and competitive products and services. During our presentation at the European Data Forum, session Multilingual Big Data for e-Commerce and e-Services, we will present the four real life business cases, which are being developed within the innovation action “FREME: Framework for e-Services for Semantic and Multilingual Enrichment of Digital Content”, and will show the potential of FREME for e-Commerce and other business cases.

Victor Gross

CEO and Cofounder, CommoPrices

Victor has a Master in Management from ESCP Europe. In 2014, he started CommoPrices together with his brother Martin.
Both passionate about commodities, they wanted to enter this complex world involving physical, financial, technical and geopolitical issues. Open Data arose as a great opportunity to enter the market of Business Intelligence, by adding value to customs Open Data.
In September 2015, CommoPrices entered the first cohort of ODINE – Open Data Incubator Europe.

Wendy Carrara

Director and an EU policy advisor, Capgemini Consulting

Wendy is a Director and an EU policy advisor within Capgemini Consulting. She works in the Digital Transformation & Innovation practice of Capgemini Consulting where she is a core member of Capgemini’s global EU account. She plays a central role in the development of future Internet policies and deployment of digital services for governments across the EU.
Since January 2015, Wendy is managing the development of the European Data Portal and associated services, on behalf of the European Commission – DG CONNECT. Beyond being just a Portal, the project offers support services to countries as they mature on their open data journey. In addition, there is a strong focus on driving a user community and understanding the benefits of open data. Moreover, Wendy has been leading the research work on calculating the economic benefits of open data measuring: market size, jobs created, cost savings for public administrations and efficiency gains.
Wendy has equally been supporting DG CONNECT’s reflections on 21st Century Rulemaking in the Digital Age, as well as Open Innovation through workshops and ad hoc working groups within DG CONNECT and the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group.
Building and contributing to the above, Wendy has over 9 year experience in managing complex eGovernment and digital projects as well as studies for the European; Commission bringing together multiple actors ranging from Member State representatives, to multiple EC directorates and businesses.
In addition to her consulting experience, she has worked in the international arena as representative of a national government in defining eGovernment and High Impact Services with the EC, Council and OECD.

The European Data Portal: reaping the benefits of Open Data

Both the private and public sector acknowledge the growing value and benefits of Open Data. Using Data means finding the data in the first place. With larger amounts of public data being published across all EU countries: discoverability of data is key. Other aspects such as consistency in metadata and multilingual searches are also key aspects when search for data cross-border. The European Data Portal aims at offering seamless access to data across Europe as well as support to European countries on their Open Data journey.

Xavier Bettel

Prime Minister of Luxembourg

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Education and qualifications
Following secondary school studies, Xavier Bettel pursued higher education studies at the University of Nancy, where he was awarded a master’s degree in public and European law from the Faculty of Law, followed by a DEA (post-graduate diploma of advanced studies) in political sciences and public law.

Governmental posts
Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Xavier Bettel was appointed Prime Minister, Minister of State, Minister for Communications and Media, Minister for Religious Affairs on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”).

Other political posts
A member of the DP since 1989, Xavier Bettel was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1999 at the age of 26 while standing for the DP in the constituency of the Centre. He was re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2013. In Parliament, he assumed among others the roles of vice-chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee from 2004 t 2013 and vice-chairman of the Committee of Enquiry into the State Intelligence Service from 2012 to 2013. From 2009 to 2011, he assumed the role of chairman of the DP parliamentary group.
At local level, Xavier Bettel initially served as a municipal councillor of the City of Luxembourg from 2000 to 2005, then as an alderman from 2005 to 2011. Following the municipal elections of 2011, he assumed the role of mayor, an office he held until his appointment as Prime Minister, Minister of State in December 2013.
Since January 2013, Xavier Bettel has been the chairman of  the DP.

Professional activities
From 2001 to 2013, Xavier Bettel worked as a barrister in Luxembourg.