2nd CI-FIRE Industry Workshop Expert Profiles

List of speakers and panellists in alphabetical order

Joel Bacquet, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Joël Bacquet works at the European Commission in Brussels, as Scientific Officier in the "Experimental Platforms" unit of Directorate "Net Futures". Before working in this field, Joël was head of the sector "Virtual Physiological Human" in the ICT for health domain. From 1999 to 2003, he was head of the sector "networked organisations" in the eBusiness unit. He started working with the European Commission in 1993, in the Software Engineering Unit of the ESPRIT Programme. Joël started his carrier as visiting scientist for Quantel a LASER company in San José, California in 1981. From 1983 to 1987, he was with Thomson CSF (Thales) as software development engineer for a RADAR System. From 1987 to 1991, he worked with the European Space Agency as software engineer on the European Space shuttle and international Space platform programmes. From 1991 to 1993 he was with Eurocontrol where he was Quality manager of an Air Traffic Control system. Joël Bacquet is an engineer in computer science from Institut Supérieur d'Electronique du Nord (ISEN) and he has a MBA from Webster University, Missouri.
Loic Baron, Université Pierre et Marie Curie/Sorbonne

Loic Baron received a degree in computer science from ITIN (Cergy) in 2005, followed by a Master at Paris 10 University (Nanterre) in 2006. He has worked in ICT companies as a consultant in software development, testing, and integration and for clients such as France Telecom, Expedia, and Caisse d’Epargne. He is experienced in various development technologies, and has been involved in several European and International collaboration projects, such as OpenLab, Fed4FIRE, FIBRE, and SmartFIRE. He was a primary developer of the MySlice software, allowing for the federation of heterogeneous resources, that has been adopted by numerous experimental facilities, especially the OneLab facility that resulted from the FP7 OpenLab project (https://onelab.eu/). He joined CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and UPMC (Paris 6 University) in order to contribute to exciting and innovative scientific research.
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Stefan Bouckaert, Business Developer at iLab.t, iMinds-UGent-IBCN

Stefan Bouckaert, After receiving an MSc degree in electro-technical engineering from Ghent University, Stefan joined iMinds-UGent-IBCN as a research engineer in 2005 where he obtained the PhD degree in 2010 while also participating in several demand-driven projects in the field of wireless communications. He continued to work at iMinds-IBCN as a project manager for experimentation-related research projects such as FP7-CREW. In 2012 he became iLab.t’s business developer and is now helping SMEs and industry to tackle their ICT-related testing and performance measurement challenges.
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Ronan Breen, European Business & Innovation Centre Network

Ronan is a project manager in EBN responsible for the management of several European projects and the business development of new projects in EBN. As project manager for InvestHorizon, frontierCities and EuromedInvest, Ronan focuses on the areas of acceleration, investment and internationalisation of start-ups and SMEs. With two years’ experience working with internationalising SMEs, Ronan brings hands-on experience to his role in EBN. He worked with over 30 Irish exporting SMEs, and start-ups, in the French office of the Irish Government agency responsible for the growth and development of Irish companies: Enterprise Ireland. Ronan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (International) and French from University College Cork (Ireland), and a Diploma in French and European Management from the Ecole de Management, Strasbourg (France).

Martin Brynskov, Associate Professor in Interaction Technologies at Aarhus University/ OrganiCity
Martin Brynskov works with the digital fabric of life, the stuff that connects people. His focus is at the interface: smart cities, mobile media, media architecture, digital materials. He is co-founder of Smart Aarhus, academic coordinator of AU Smart Cities, director of Digital Design Lab, co-coordinator of the Danish Smart City Network, chair of the Media Architecture Biennale, research fellow at Participatory IT Centre and CAVI. LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K1pQj

Monique Calisti, Executive Director, Martel Consulting

Dr. Monique Calisti is a Partner and Director of Martel Consulting. She is leading dissemination, communication and promotional activities in various EC funded projects (i.e., XIFI, FI-LINKS, FUSION) and she contributes to coordination, communication and exploitation tasks in several other EC-funded initiatives within both the FIRE and the FI-PPP frameworks, including the recently started H2020 RIFE and SSICLOPS projects. Monique joined Martel as Senior Consultant and Project Manager in 2010 taking care of several administrative, management and dissemination activities in various FP7 projects (SCAMPI, FIGARO; FIRE STATION, etc.). Monique holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from EPFL, and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Raphael Crouan, Managing Director & Founder of the Startupbootcamp Internet of Things (IoT) Program in London

A strategic & analytical international digital professional, Raphael turned the page on 14 years at Apple to come back to his love of entrepreneurship & innovation-driven companies. His latest role was focused around leading the Strategy & Business Development for the iPhone & iPad in Europe (SMB Market). Prior to joining Apple, he was heading the Telecom sales engagement in Spain for Gemalto, WW leader in Smart Card solutions. He is now actively engaged with the investment / VC community & an advisor to various Startups. He also founded the French IoT Think Tank alongside key actors of the industry to advise the government & support the french ecosystem on IoT trends & key challenges. Raphael holds a Master in Management from McGill (Canada) as well as a Degree from the Business School of Management ESSCA (France). In his spare time, Raphael loves music & is an avid amateur photographer, sharing his passion of all things tech & creative with his family & his 2 young children. You can reach him on twitter here: @raphntwit 
Fabrizio Davide, Safeware Informatics for Social Innovation

Fabrizio A.M. Davide (IEEE M’01) is a full professor at the University of Studies “Guglielmo Marconi”, teaching courses on future internet and innovation models for economy and society. He received a degree in electronic engineering with honours from the University of Bologna, Italy (1988) and a Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of L’Aquila, Italy (1994). Till 2010 he has been for 20 years an executive in the Telecom Italia Group, involved in cloud computing (SaaS and IaaS) for the public sector, IT governance and venture capital. He has coordinated a number of EU-funded RTD projects in the ICT Work Programme (the Integrated Project PASION, funded under FET Proactive in EC FP7 IP IST-027654 and CROSS, the most recent funded under the CIP Programme, EC CIP-324151) and is a member of European Union panels for the design of research programs and the evaluation of research proposals. He has published over 70 papers in refereed journals and conferences, as well as several book chapters and is the inventor of an international patent on measurement of chaotic processes. He is editor of the series Emerging Communications (Amsterdam, IOS Press). LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K1GDF

John Domingue, Open University / FORGE
Professor John Domingue is Deputy Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University. His research focuses on the intersection between the Semantic Web and service technologies. He currently is the Coordinator of two EU projects: FORGE (Forging Online Education through FIRE), bringing the FIRE and eLearning worlds together and the European Data Science Academy which will develop interactive learning materials supporting professional training around Data Science. He also serves as the President of STI International, a global networked organisation with a mission to "make semantics real”. Home pageLinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K1FaT


Anastasius Gavras, Programme Manager, Eurescom GmBH

Anastasius Gavras has over 20 years of professional experience in academic and industry research of special interest to European telecom network operators and the European telecom industry at large. His current interests are large-scale test-bed federations for enabling future internet research and experimentation. He coordinated the large-scale project, Pan-European Laboratory Infrastructure Implementation and is currently involved in the Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) initiative, and the Future Internet Assembly (FIA). He is author or co-author of several papers and articles in the area and have edited numerous books. LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K1npK

Milon Gupta, Marketing Manager, Eurescom

Milon Gupta is marketing manager at Eurescom and coordinator of the EU-funded research project CI-FIRE, which supports the sustainability of Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) facilities. He has been involved in the FIRE initiative since 2006. In addition, he is working in a number of other ICT research initiatives, including the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) and the Celtic-Plus EUREKA Cluster.As part of his marketing activities at Eurescom, he has been editor-in-chief of the R&D magazine Eurescom message since 2000 and has published numerous articles on a broad spectrum of ICT topics. His track record includes over 20 years in marketing and PR as well as more than 12 years in European research projects. He holds an MA in history, political science and communication science from Ruhr University Bochum.

Vlado Handziski, Senior Researcher, TU Berlin

Dr.-Ing. Vlado Handziski is a senior researcher in the Telecommunication Networks Group at the Technische Universität Berlin, where he coordinates the activities in the areas of sensor networks, cyber-physical systems and internet of things. He is currently also serving as interim professor at the chair for Embedded Systems at Technische Universität Dresden. He received his doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from TU Berlin (summa cum laude, 2011) and his M.Sc. degree from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (2002). Dr. Handziski's research interests are mainly focused on testing and software architecture aspects of networked embedded systems. He has participated and led testbed infrastructure activities in several large European research projects like Embedded WiSeNts, CONET, EVARILOS and EIT ICT Labs. He is core developer of TinyOS, a popular operating systems for sensor networks, and chief architect of the TWIST testbed. At TU Berlin, he teaches the master-level courses on "Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks" and "Networked Embedded Systems" and he teaches the undergraduate course “Informatics 1” at TU Dresden. Dr. Handziski is member of IEEE and ACM.

Halid Hrasnica, Eurescom

Dr Halid Hrasnica graduated at University of Sarajevo – faculty for electrical engineering, department for telecommunications – in 1993 and received his PhD from Dresden University of Technology (Germany) – department for electrical engineering and information technologies – in 2004. After two years working in area of software development for telecommunications systems and 10 years of experience from several collaborative projects, working in academic environment as researcher and project manager, joined Eurescom in 2006 where he works as Programme Manager in various EU project. He was involved in the FIRE initiative from the beginning. LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/KeQUW

George Ioannidis, Dr-Ing, MBA, Director of IN2 search interfaces development Ltd
George is the founder and director of IN2, a company delivering web-based software for managing and publishing multimedia content. Since 1999, George is engaged in European-funded research and was involved in over 15 EU-funded projects. His background is in the areas of Multimedia Content Management, Digital Media, Digital Culture, eInclusion, Accessibility, Mobile and Wearable Computing. He regularly reviews European research projects and evaluates research proposals in these areas too. George holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and has worked in the past in academia in research and innovation management. LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K1G6Z

Nikolaos Isaris, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Nikolaos Isaris is Deputy Head of Unit, Future Internet Experimental Platforms at the European Commission - Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). 
He was previously Deputy Head of Unit, Large-scale IT Systems and Biometrics, under the Directorate-General for Home Affairs, the largest operational Unit of the Directorate-General (35 officials, contract agents and national experts) responsible for the development of IT and biometric systems for the Schengen area. 
Serafim Kotrotsos, Incelligent

Serafim Kotrotsos is the VP for Business Development and co-founder of Incelligent, a start-up delivering intelligent wireless network management based on predictive big data analytics. He has studied Electrical & Computer Engineering. His PhD was in the area of Computer Network and Mobile Communication Management Information Systems. He has also completed an award - winning International MBA program with Major in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He has rich professional experience in Tech Business Development, Management and ICT consultancy, and R&D in information and communication systems. He is a serial tech - entrepreneur with a key role in a number of innovative ventures over the years. LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K3ejm

Fenareti Lampathaki, R&D Project Manager at National Technical University of Athens
Fenareti Lampathaki is currently working as a R&D Project Manager at the Decision Support Systems Laboratory (DSSLab) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and brings insights into the Digital Business Innovation initiative. She holds a Ph.D. Degree and a Diploma - M.Eng. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Specialization: Computer Science) from the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a M.Sc. Degree in Techno-Economics (M.B.A.) from NTUA, University of Athens and University of Piraeus.
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Nikos Makris, University of Thessaly

Nikos Makris (M) is a Research Engineer affiliated with University of Thessaly. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, Telecommunications and Networks and a B.Eng. in Computer and Communications Engineering from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of Thessaly, Greece.He has been working for over 5 years in EU-Funded projects with University of Thessaly. His research interests lie in wireless testbed provisioning and experimentally driven research on wireless technologies, mainly WiFi, WiMAX and LTE.

Giorgio Micheletti, Consulting Manager, IDC CEMA (Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa)

Giorgio Micheletti is a consulting and project manager with proven experience in the whole consulting services cycle: from lead identification, opportunity validation and proposal preparation, to project initiation, execution, delivery and closure. In addition to project management activities, Giorgio is directly involved in project execution, delivery and quality control and regularly contributes to the European Government Consulting's research and methodology development activities. 
In his previous capacity of consulting manager at IDC's European Industry Solutions, IDC's Insights, and more recently, IDC's CEMA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa), Giorgio gained a deep knowledge of ICT’s supply and demand dynamics at regional, cross-regional and worldwide level. 
Giorgio has a degree in political sciences with specialisation in macro-economics from the University of Bologna in Italy and a Master's Degree in European Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He completed his MBA from the Open University Business School in the UK and holds a certification from the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP). In addition to his native Italian, Giorgio speaks German, French, and English fluently.
Victor Oncins, Routek

Víctor Oncins is one of the founders and the current CEO of Routek s.l. He has a degree in physics from Barcelona University (UAB) and a master degree in mobile communications from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He has around 10 years of telecommunications industry experience with special focus on radio wave modulation and transmission. As a  volunteer he actively contributed to the expansion of guifi.net infrastructure in the area of Barcelona and many others. He is one of the main developers of qMp, where he has taken care of the integration of the MANET technology in guifi.net. At the moment he has a full time position in Routek s.l. as project manager. LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K1Ggd

Martin Potts, Founder and Director, Martel Consulting
Martin Potts is the founder and director of Martel GmbH. He has a degree in Electronic Engineering and has worked previously for British Telecom (UK) and Ascom (CH). In 1989, he participated in the RACE-I project R1022: Martin became the manager of the “follow-on” RACE-II project EXPLOIT (1992-1995) and the Chairman of the Project Line 8, in which all the projects active in the area of ”Test Infrastructure and Interworking” were grouped. He assisted Cisco in the management of the IST project 6NET, Telefonica in the management of the IST project EuQoS and the Italian NREN GARR to manage the FP7 project FEDERICA. Martin was the coordinator for the FP7 project 6DEPLOY-2 (IPv6 deployment and support) and the FIRE Unit’s Support Action project FIRE STATION.

Mirko Presser, Alexandra Institute, Smart City Lab and President of the IoT Forum
Mirko Presser is one of the leading IoT experts in Europe and President of the IoT Forum. As Lab Manager at the Alexandra Institute, he works in the field of Smart Cities. Over the past years, he has been deeply involved in the research area of the Internet of Things working on a variety of technologies and system solutions in the context of several European initiatives and projects, including SmartSantander and IoT-projects. His expertise covers Internet of Things architectures, integration of wireless sensor networks into the IP multimedia subsystem, semantic integration of sensor information, machine to machine communications as well as Smart City topics including Energy, Transport and Utilities. LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K3eca

Hans Schaffers, Research Director at Aalto University 

Hans Schaffers is Research Director at Aalto University School of Business, Centre of Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) in Helsinki, Finland. In the Netherlands he is an independent expert and consultant on business and societal innovation as owner of Adventure Research. His professional interest and expertise comprises the areas of research and innovation methodology and practice (including Living Labs), analysis of complex systems, and decision-making. His current area of work is on technologies and collaborative innovation for urban and regional development. Hans Schaffers received a cum laude MSc in Engineering at Twente University of Technology, The Netherlands. There he also received his PhD in Engineering in 1984.

Alexander Willner, CTO, FanTaaStic

Alexander Willner is leading the Future Internet research group at the chair of Next Generation Networks (AV) at the Technical University Berlin. In close cooperation with the Fraunhofer FOKUS (http://ngn2fi.org) he is working with his team in various international research projects in the area of federated infrastructures for Future Internet experimentation and development. With a focus on the semantic annotation of resources, particular attention is being paid to the fields of application Intercloud Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN). He is active in the according standardisation activities Open-Multinet (GENI/FIRE) and the Intercloud Working Group P2303 (IEEE). As member of the Fed4FIRE project he leads the work on the semantic description of testbed resources. In addition, he is teaching the relevant sections in the lecture Future Internet Technologies at the Technical University Berlin. Finally, as CTO of testbeds.eu he contributes to lift testing facilities and services from the academia to the commercial area. LinkedIn Profile: http://ow.ly/K1Fnz

Sébastien Ziegler, Mandat International/IoT Labs
Sébastien Ziegler is Director General at Mandat International. He is an expert in IoT and IPv6, acting as coordinator of IoT Lab, a European project on the future Internet of Things, investigating the potential of crowdsourcing to extend IoT testbed infrastructure for multidisciplinary experiments with more end-user interactions. He is also Vice-Chair of Sub Com on the Internet of Things (IoT), IEEE Communication Society and is also Vice President of the IoT Forum.
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