Prof. Alex `Sandy’ Pentland is a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, and mobile information systems. He directs the MIT Human Dynamics Lab, developing computational social science and using this new science to guide organizational engineering. He also directs the Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, spinning off companies to bring MIT technologies into the real world. He is among the most-cited computer scientists in the world.
Anna Monreale is a post-doc at the Computer Science Department of the University of Pisa and a member of the Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Laboratory (KDD- Lab), a joint research group with the Information Science and Technology Institute of the National Research Council in Pisa. She has been a visiting student at Department of Computer Science of the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NewJersey, USA) (2010). Her research is in anonymity of complex forms of data including sequences, trajectories of moving objects and complex networks, and in privacy-preserving outsourcing of analytical and mining tasks.
Dino Pedreschi, a professor of computer science at the University of Pisa, leads the university branch of KDD LAB, the Pisa Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Laboratory. His research interests are in data mining and data analysis, in the integration of data mining and databases, in spatio-temporal data mining, in complex network analysis and data privacy techniques. He is a member of the program committee of the main international conferences on data mining and knowledge discovery, and an associate editor of Knowledge and Information Systems, and Statistical Analysis and Data Mining. D. Pedreschi has received a Google Research Award (2009) for his work on privacy-preserving data mining and anonymity-preserving data publishing.
Dirk Helbing has been at ETH Zurich since 2007. He is Professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation. Before joining ETH Zurich, he was Managing Director of the Institute for Transport & Economics at Dresden University of Technology, Germany, where he was appointed full professor for Traffic Modeling and Econometrics in 2000. Helbing studied physics and mathematics at the University of Göttingen (D), and completed his doctoral thesis at Stuttgart University (D). For his PhD thesis on modeling social processes by means of game-theoretical approaches, stochastic methods and complex systems theory, he was awarded two research prizes. In 1996, he received a Heisenberg scholarship following the completion of his habilitation on traffic dynamics and optimization. From 1997 on, he spent two years altogether at international research institutions in various countries. In 2008, Professor Helbing was elected as a member of the prestigious German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He has organized several international conferences and has edited special issues on material flows in networks and on cooperative dynamics in socio-economic or traffic systems. Professor Helbing has given numerous public talks and published more than 250 papers, including several contributions to high-impact journals like Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). In addition, he heads the Physics of Socio-Economic Systems Division (?·SOE) of the German Physical Society (DPG), is the vice chairman of the ETH Risk Center, and scientific coordinator of the FuturICT flagship project.
Elena Ferrari is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria, Italy, and scientific director of the K&SM Research Center Her research activities are related to various aspects of data management systems, including trust and risk management, access control, privacy and multimedia databases. On these topics she has published more than 180 scientific publications in international journals and conference proceedings. She is in the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, the Transactions on Data Privacy, and the International Journal of Information Technology. In 2009, she received the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award for “outstanding and innovative contributions to secure data management”. In 2011, she has been named ACM Distinguished Scientist , and she received a Google research award for her research on social network privacy and trust management.
Dr. Gennady Andrienko is a lead scientist responsible for the visual analytics research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS). He co-authored the monograph 'Exploratory Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Data' (Springer, 1996), over 50 peer-reviewed journal papers, over 20 book chapters and more than 100 conference papers. He received best paper awards at AGILE 2006 and IEEE VAST 2011 conferences. Since 2007, Gennady Andrienko is chairing the ICA Commission on GeoVisualization. He co-organized scientific events on visual analytics, geovisualization and visual data mining, and coedited multiple special issues of journals and proceedings volumes. He is associate editor of the Information Visualization journal, and editorial board member of ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
Maria Luisa Damiani holds a PhD in computer science from EPFL, Lausanne(CH) and a M.Sc in computer science from University of Pisa (I). Her research focuses on location privacy enhancing techniques, location-based access control, and spatio-temporal data modeling. She is principal investigator for the University of Milan in the EU project MODAP (Mobility, data mining and privacy, http://www.modap.org), national co-representative in the EU Cost Action MOVE and co-organizer of the ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Security and Privacy in GIS and LBS (2008-2011). Prior to joining the University of Milan, she worked for several years in major public and private organizations in Italy as researcher and project manager in EU-funded research projects.
Minos Garofalakis received the MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies (1998-2005), as a Senior Researcher at Intel Research Berkeley (2005-2007), and as a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research (2007-2008). In parallel, he also held an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the EECS Department of the University of California, Berkeley (2006-2008). As of October 2008, he is a Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete, and the Director of the Software Technology and Network Applications Laboratory (SoftNet). He currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for Foundations and Trends in Databases and the Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (PVLDB), and as an Associate Editor for Statistical Analysis and Data Mining (SAM) and Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS). He was the Core Database Technology PC Chair for VLDB'2007, and recently completed terms as Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Database Systems (ACM TODS) and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE TKDE). Prof. Garofalakis' research interests include Database Systems, Centralized and Distributed Data Streams, Data Synopses and Approximate Query Processing, Probabilistic and Uncertain Databases, Network-Data Management, XML/Text Databases, and Data Mining. His work has resulted in 35 US Patent filings (25 patents issued) for companies such as Lucent, Yahoo!, and AT&T. Harzing's Publish-or-Perish gives over 6800 citations to Prof. Garofalakis' work, and an h-index value of 43. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2011), and a recipient of the 2009 IEEE ICDE Best Paper Award, the Bell Labs President's Gold Award (2004), and the Bell Labs Teamwork Award (2003).
Mireille Hildebrandt holds the chair of Smart Environments Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Institute of Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS), Radboud University Nijmegen. She is also an Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam and has been seconded since 2002 to the centre for Law Science Technology and Society Studies (LSTS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The focus of her research concerns the implications of smart infrastructures on law, democracy and the Rule of Law. Together with Serge Gutwirth she edited Profiling the European Citizens. Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (Springer 2008) and with Antoinette Rouvroy Law, Human Agency and Autonomic Computing (Routledge 2011).
Olivier Verscheure received his PhD degree in computer science from the Institute for Computer Communications and Applications, EPFL, in June 1999. He managed the Exploratory Stream Analytics Research Group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY until July 2010, and has worked at IBM Research in the areas of distributed systems, multimedia networking, data mining and signal processing for over 12 years. His current research interests include stream and data mining, signal processing, geospatial analysis, and data stream management applied to various sectors including Intelligent Transportation System, Smarter Buildings, Smart Grid and Waste Water Management. Olivier has published around 100 peer-reviewed conference or journal papers, and filed close to 40 US and international patents. He is a member of the Program Committee for several top-tier conferences in these areas, and is a co-author of the 2004 IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference Best Paper Award (with L. Amini and G. Paleologo) and a co-author of the 2006 IEEE ICASSP Best Student Paper (with H. Tseng, D. Turaga, and U. Chaudhari).