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Andrea Cavallaro

Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing and Director of the Centre for Intelligent Sensing at Queen Mary University of London, UK

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 (2013, Springer).

Smart Video Data

Video capturing devices are ubiquitous. Cameras with microphones are increasingly worn by people, mounted on dashboards and micro-drones; installed in hallways, streets and stores. In this talk I will cover techniques that automatically extract actionable information from videos and camera networks to learn patterns of behaviour, to detect anomalies and to help predict intentions. I will focus on recent applications that are offering extraordinary opportunities to improve our businesses, safety and quality of life; discuss the associated scientific challenges and privacy implications.

Dr. Norbert Gaus

Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Technology Center, Siemens AG
  • Executive Vice President of Siemens AG Corporate Technology Head of Research and Technology Center and Head of Development and Digital Platforms


  • Technical University Munich, Germany: Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany: Ph.D. in Engineering

             Professional History


  • German Aerospace Research Center: Scientist at the Institute for Dynamics of Flight Systems


  • Siemens AG, Corporate Technology: Institute for Design Automation


  • Siemens AG, Information and Communication Networks Group:
     - VP New Businesses, Sales Deutsche Telekom
     - VP Network Planning
     - VP CATV Networks


  • Siemens Corporate Research Inc., Princeton, NJ, USA: President and CEO


  • Siemens AG, Sector Healthcare:
     - CEO Angiography, Radiographic and Fluoroscopic Systems Business Unit
     - CEO Ultrasound Business Unit
     - CEO Clinical Products Division: Ultrasound, X-Ray, Components
     - CEO Customer Solutions Division: Healthcare IT, Healthcare Service and Sales

         Since 5/2015

  • Siemens AG, Corporate Technology
    - Head of Research and Technology Center and
    - Head of Development and Digital Platforms

Smart Data – THE driving force for industrial applications

The world is becoming more and more digital. Already today, user behavior is radically changing based on new business models. Similar changes take place in industrial environments. To expand its business, Siemens is using the data generated from connected networked devices to transform the ocean of data assets into a world of value-added products, services and processes. Our Smart Data approach relies on the seamless combination of domain, device and analytics knowhow. Self-learning programs, self-diagnostic and condition-based maintenance systems affect all industrial business fields.

Giuseppe B. Abbamonte

Director Media & Data, Directorate General Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

I was appointed Director of the Media and Data Directorate in the Digital Agenda Department of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) in January 2014. The Directorate is, amongst many other things, responsible for the development and follow-up of the European Big Data Strategy and the European regulatory framework on audiovisual media services.
In my twenty one years at the Commission I have worked in the antitrust, consumer and digital agenda departments. In the antitrust department (DG COMP) I worked as desk officer on numerous prominent mergers and acquisitions cases. I was the main case handler in AOL/Time Warner (at that time the largest merger in US business history) and in EMI/Time Warner and worked on several mergers between European telcos (e.g. Telia/Telenor: the merger of the main Swedish and Norwegian telephone and TV operators).
In the consumer department (DG SANCO) I was the head of a legislative unit, responsible for the drafting of most of EU consumer laws. 
I joined DG CONNECT in January 2011 as head of the electronic communications policy development unit and then of the cybersecurity and on-line privacy unit. As part of the latter job I supervised and directed the elaboration of the European Cybersecurity Strategy and of a proposal for a European law on network and information security.
Before joining the Commission I was an associate in an international law firm in Milan for four years (1989/1992), where he dealt mainly with commercial law and competition law.
I am the author of several publications mainly in English law magazines.

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.

Stefan Rohringer

Vice President, Development Center Graz & Deputy CTO, Infineon Technologies Austria AG

Stefan Rohringer, born in Vienna in 1964, is a Graduate Engineer ("Diplomingenieur") in Information Sciences and holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Computer Science from the State University of Delaware, USA. Since 1999 Mr. Rohringer has headed the Graz Development Center of Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Austria's strongest research company. Mr. Rohringer has been deputy CTO (Chief Technology Officer) at Infineon Technologies Austria AG since 2014 and has thus fundamentally influenced Infineon Austria's research and development activities. He has also made important contributions to the corporate deployment of Infineon Technologies Romania & CO SCS as a Supervisory Board member, serving since 2011. In addition to his roles at Infineon Austria, Stefan Rohringer has also been chairman of the Research and Development Industrial Forum of the Federation of Austrian Industry in Styria since 2012. Mr. Rohringer is also head of the working group R&D and Innovation for Industry 4.0 of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.

Data challenges and opportunities for the European high-tech industry - ways towards Industry 4.0

In my talk I will demonstrate the necessity for continuous development and consequent usage of big data approaches from a semiconductor manufacturer´s perspective. Wafers being the prerequisite for chips go through hundreds of sophisticated processing steps in a complex production environment across several interconnected factories. Data-based highly automated operation and control along the supply chain leads to higher productivity, faster adaption to demand changes, shorter development cycles, reduced time-to-market, and at the same time it contributes considerably to the constant quality and outstanding reliability of our products. Therefore systematic real-time data collection and evaluation for Infineon is a basic requirement for maintaining and improving our competitiveness.