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Speaker Profiles

Stuart Campbell, Chief Technology Officer (TIE)

Stuart Campbell

Stuart is responsible for defining strategy, tactical planning, operational delivery and portraying TIE's technical direction and products. TIE's technical strategy is formulated around business concepts of Community, Content, Collaboration and Commerce and technical approaches based upon J2EE and Microsoft environments. Standards are vital to this area and Stuart works with external partners to build strategic relationships and representation in international, technical and e-Business forums, especially XML/EDI initiatives such as ebXML.

Stuart has been involved in the field of e-Business since 1989 when his career started after graduating from Loughborough University of Technology with a degree in Electronic and Manufacturing Engineering. Initially EDI project manager for ICL, Stuart then moved to manage the technical assessment activities in the Western European EDIFACT Board, based within the European Commission. After a period involved with cross Europe software development, he was invited to lead the e-Commerce activities in the European Standards Institutes (CEN) European Board for EDI/EC Standardization (EBES).

Before joining TIE in January 2001, Stuart worked as Solutions Director for CMASS/Vintura where he managed, and was involved in, diverse e-Business projects involving sales, standards, project management and services. Stuart has produced several papers and regularly presents at conferences and forums such as XML Europe, COMPTIA, EDIFICE, and EAN events. He is also the TIE Partner representative for the NESSI Software and Services European Technology Platform and Chairs its SME Working Group. Stuart is currently the project manager for the STASIS project and has been instrumental in TIE participation in other EU FP6/7 Projects, notably: SEEMseed, SEAMLESS, NEXOF-RA, NESSI 2010 and SOA4All in the fields of repositories, semantics and SOA.

Workshop presentations:

Tim McGrath, General Manager (Document Engineering Services)

Tim McGrath

Since July 2005 Tim has been the Vice-Chair of the OASIS Universal Business Language Technical Committee (UBL). He is also the liaison between UBL and UN/CEFACT which maintains the worlds most adopted semantic standard: UN/EDIFACT.

Tim was an active participant in the development of the ISO 15000 (ebXML) standards where he led the Quality Review Team and was a member of the ebXML Steering Committee. In 2005 he published (with Bob Glushko) "Document Engineering: Designing Documents for Business Informatics and Web Services" from MIT Press.

Document Engineering synthesizes complementary ideas from information and systems analysis, electronic publishing, business process analysis, and business informatics to ensure that the documents and processes make sense to the people and applications that need them.

Tim McGrath is also the General Manager of Document Engineering Services Limited.

Workshop presentation: Semantics for Fun and Profit (11:05)

Eduardo Oliveros Díaz, R&D Engineer (Telefónica I+D)

Eduardo Oliveros Díaz

Eduardo Oliveros Díaz holds a Telecommunication Engineer Degree from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (1997). He worked for Future Space (1998) where he participated in the project Infomail (Multimedia Messaging Server) of Telefonica R&D. He joined Telefónica R&D in 2000, in the "Messaging Services" division, participating in the development of different e-mail Systems, Directory and Voice Portal solutions for Spain and South America.

Following this he joined the "Real-time communications services" division (2005) where he was involved in several Telefónica Corporation innovation projects concerning Directory and Unified Messaging Systems. He has participated in the European project Akogrimo (IST FP6) involved in exploitation activities. Currently he is working as Administrative Coordinator in the European project BREIN (IST FP6).

Workshop presentation: BREIN Aims & Innovations (12:05)

Arian Zwegers, Project Officer (European Commission)

Arian Zwegers

Arian Zwegers is a Project Officer at the European Commission, Directorate General Information Society and Media, unit "Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures" He received a Ph.D. from the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands for his contribution to the system architecting field, which focused on reference architectures, shop floor control architectures, and modular software design. After his Ph.D., he worked for the Philips Electronics' Centre for Manufacturing Technology, Baan Development, and PlatteConsult.

In the Commission, he used to be responsible for a cluster of projects around Enterprise Interoperability before changing units and dealing with projects about Service Engineering.

Workshop presentation: Software, Services, and Semantics in FP7 (12:35)

Sonia Bergamaschi, Professor (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

Sonia Bergamaschi

Sonia Bergamaschi received her Laurea degree in Mathematics from Università di Modena in 1977. She is currently Full Professor of Computer Engineering in the Engineering Faculty at the Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia (associate professor from 1992 to 1999) and leads the DBGROUP - i.e. the database research group, at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'informazione.

Her research activity has been mainly devoted to knowledge representation and management in the context of very large databases facing both theoretical and implementation aspects. Since 2002 her research interests have extended to include the Semantic Web. In this area she coordinated the IST European Research project SEWASIE, which aimed to develop a semantic search engine, and she participates in the IST European Research project WINK.

Since 2006 she has been involved with STASIS and is national coordinator of the MUR FIRB project NeP4B.

Workshop presentation: NeP4B Aims & Innovations (14:00)

Juan Vte. Vidagany, Chief Technology Officer (Antara Information Technology)

Juan Vte. Vidagany

Juan Vte. Vidagany is Chief Technology Officer, and founder partner, of Antara Information Technology in Valencia, Spain. His expertise lies in the fields of graphical modelling and simulation, product data integration and e-business interoperability.

Juan Vte. is a Professor in several seminars for the furniture industry on new technologies applied to SMEs, and has a number of interoperability-related publications to his name. He has been involved in a wide range of national and European initiatives and projects since 1989, including Seemseed (IST-1-502515-STP), IMS SMART-fm (IST-2001-52224) and the prodAEA network (IST-2001-32035).

Workshop presentation: SEAMLESS Aims & Innovations (14:20)

Ioannis Kotsiopoulos, Software Engineer (University of Manchester)

Ioannis Kotsiopoulos

Ioannis Kotsiopoulos is a Software Engineer in the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester. He graduated in Applied Mathematics from the University of Athens and he has an MSc and an MPhil from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), and a PhD from the University of Manchester.

His expertise is in the field of SOA (IBM Certified SOA Associate) and Knowledge Architectures and Semantic Grid technology. He is chairing the ECSS Technical Working Group on Ontologies (TG2). He has worked in several European and UK research projects and he is now working on BREIN.

Workshop presentation: An overview of Semantic Interoperability Challenges related to Resource Provisioning in Business Grids (14:40)

Sven Abels, EU Projects Coordinator (TIE)

Sven Abels

Sven Abels joined TIE Nederland B.V. in 2006 and works in the research and product development group. He is working as the Coordinator for European Projects providing concepts and solutions for modern e-Business in international ICT projects.

Sven received a Bachelor degree (BSc), Master's degree (Dipl.-Inform) and a PhD Degree (Dr.) from the University of Oldenburg (Germany). He is one of the founders of the IBIS-journal dealing with interoperability issues. He also organized several academic workshops and has over 40 publications in journals, proceedings and books. His main interests are:

  • Interoperability of (business) information systems
  • Distributed software development (especially P2P based systems and WebServices / SOA)
  • Usage of ontologies in complex information systems
  • E-Business technologies and standards
  • Electronic product catalog standards (e.g. BMEcat, eCl@ss, etc.)

Workshop presentation: Simplifying eBusiness Collaboration by providing a Semantic Mapping Platform (15:00)

Marc de Palol, Researcher (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)

Marc de Palol

Workshop presentation: Semantically Enhanced Resource Allocator (15:30)

Hannes Eichner, Research Engineer/Developer (BOC Asset Management)

Hannes Eichner

Hannes Eichner has been working on EU projects since August 2006. He holds a Masters in Informatics and has experience in the fields of Web Application development, Business Process Management and Semantics. He is involved in several FP6 projects including BREIN and Akogrimo.

Workshop presentation: Modelling Interoperability: The Modelling Framework of BREIN (16:30)

Paolo Bouquet, Associate Professor (Università degli Studi di Trento)

Paolo Bouquet

Paolo Bouquet has been Associate Professor at DIT since 2004. His main research areas are: knowledge representation and management, semantic interoperability, formal theories of context and contextual reasoning. His research results are published as articles in several international journals, and were presented as papers at many international conferences.

Paolo has been responsible for the research unit of the University of Trento in several projects, including: VIKEF (Virtual Information and Knowledge Environment Framework – FP6 Integrated Project), WISDOM (Web Intelligent Search through DOMain ontologies - Italian national project), EDAMOK (Enabling Distributed and Autonomous Management of Knowledge – regional project). He is currently Project Coordinator of the Large-Scale Integrating Project named OKKAM, funded in the first Call of FP7 (GA # 215032).

Paolo has organized several international workshops and conferences, including the CONTEXT conference series, the workshops on Meaning Coordination and Negotiation (collocated with AAAI in 2002, and with ISWC in 2004), the WWW2007 workshop on Identity, Identifiers, Identification (I3) and the upcoming ESWC2008 Workshop on Identity and Reference on the Semantic Web (IRSW2008).

Workshop presentation: OKKAM: Enabling an Entity Name System for the Semantic Web (16:50)

Mathias Uslar, Project Manager (German National IEC Mirror Committee)

Mathias Uslar

Mathias Uslar graduated from Oldenburg University in 2004 with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Legal Informatics. Currently, he is with the OFFIS in Oldenburg, a third-party funded institute affiliated with the university. His major work deals with interoperability and enterprise application integration in the utilities domain using the Common Information Model CIM (IEC 61970). He furthermore focuses on knowledge management and electronic democracy. He is also a member of the GI, ACM and IEEE.

Workshop presentation: Ontology based Integration of IEC TC 57 standards (17:10)