Philippe Cudré-Mauroux is a Full Professor and the Director of the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, where he won both the Doctorate Award and the EPFL Press Mention in 2007. Before joining the University of Fribourg, he worked on information management infrastructures at IBM Watson (NY), Microsoft Research Asia, and MIT. He recently won the Verisign Internet Infrastructures Award, a Swiss National Center in Research award, a Google Faculty Research Award, as well as a 2 million Euro grant from the European Research Council. His research interests are in next-generation, Big Data management infrastructures for non-relational data.
Joseph Konstan is Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, and Directof of the GroupLens Center for Social and Human-Centered Computing in Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research addresses a variety of human-computer interaction issues, including personalization (particularly through recommender systems), eliciting on-line participation, and designing computer systems to improve public health. He is probably best known for his work in collaborative filtering recommenders (the GroupLens project).
Konstan is active in professional service. He is currently serving his third term on the ACM Council, and also serves as co-chair of its Publications Board. He served as President of ACM's 4500-member Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, and as general chair of several conferences, including the CHI 2012, the premier conference in the field of HCI. He currently serves on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Social Computing, and was recently the Program Committee co-chair of User Modeling 2011 and CSCW 2016.
Konstan has also been active in industry and commercialization. He co-founded Net Perceptions, Inc. in 1996. NetP licensed the University's recommender systems technology and became the largest provider of recommendation engine software, serving leading retailers and information providers. He is still an active consultant, working with a variety of businesses, large and small.
Konstan has been elected a Fellow of the ACM and of the AAAS, is a member of the CHI Academy, and is recipient of the 2010 ACM Software System Award for the GroupLens Collaborative Filtering Recommender Systems and the 2016 Seoul Test of Time Award for his work on collaborative filtering algorithms.
Konstan was graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Computer Science. He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1992.
Ernesto Kruger is a Visionary, innovative conviction of new business models and new companies architect and generate new ideas, and serial entrepreneur. Founding Partner of Kruger Corporation from a suitcase and a beeper in 1993 currently one of the most recognized companies in high tech in Ecuador, with more than 500 projects developed for USA Ecuador, Hong Kong, Central America. Entrepreneur Award 2014 Ecuador endorsed by Leaders Magazine and Social Responsibility Award 2014 Government of Pichincha. National expert representing Ecuador for the WSA World Summit Award Speaker TEDEX. One of the largest employers in high tech Ecuador. Founder and CEO of KRUGERLABS Laboratory technological basis for the development of prototypes with a view to generating models based on business startups. Social responsibility arm KRUGER corp.
Expert in R & D + i (research, development and innovation). Consultant to the World Bank, Microsoft, UNDP, IDB. Winner of many awards at the enterprise level in USA, Argentina, Ecuador. Lecturer of entrepreneurship and case study in over 22 universities in Ecuador. Former President Ecuadorian Association of Software for several years. Former member of several directories such as Total Quality Corporation, Quito Technological Park, productive Markets, Merchantbansa
Director of the National Association of entrepreneurs ANDE. Representative Assembly members to Mutualista Pichincha, Jacaranda Club
Founder and board member of several companies such as ECUACERT (information security), TERATELECOM (telecommunications), EPTIC (consulting), ORANGETECH. Specialist strategy, processes, methodologies and project management information technology services. Specialist Strategy, processes and ICT, consultative sales and business consulting (25 years experience). Enterprise architect, specialist SOA (service-oriented architecture) and e-government.
Mariana Lameiras is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) with particular interest in the impact of digital media in citizen’s participation and decision-making processes. She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences, specifically in Political Economy of Communication and Media Governance. She first joined UNU-EGOV to develop research, with Tomasz Janowski and Elsa Es- tevez, on how digital technologies and digital media are redefining the way political parties fulfill their role as collective platforms for political participation of citizens. She is also a researcher at the Communication and Society Research
Centre (CSRC), based at the University of Minho (Braga-Portugal). She is a national correspon- dent of the European Audiovisual Observatory collaborator (EAO) and the Institute for Infor- mation Law (University of Amsterdam), developing collective studies and writing articles on a permanent basis for IRIS - Legal Observations of the EAO and the Merlin database.
Katrin Nyman-Metcalf is a Professor and Head of the Chair of Law and Tech- nology at Tallinn University of Technology and Head of Research as well as leading legal expert of the Estonian e-Governance Academy. She is furthermore active as an international consultant, working globally primarily in the area of communications law in the wide sense, including ICT regulation, privacy and data protection, media law, e-governance and various cyber issues. She has pub- lished extensively on primarily issues related to law and technology as well as on regional integration. Her PhD (Uppsala University, Sweden, 1999) is on the law of outer space and Katrin represents Estonia in the International Relations Committee of the European Space Agency.
Bogdan Kelichavyi is a Master of Science in Engineering (specialisa- tion: E-Governance and Services) and Master of Arts in Law from Tallinn University of Technology. His main scientific interests lie in the legal as well as technological aspects of developing and implementing public elec- tronic services on a local level in such countries as Ukraine, Estonia and Canada.