Skip to content
English (en) #lang.bulgarian# (bg) Chinese (cn) Cymraeg (cy) Deutsch (de) Español (es) Italiano (it) Nederlands (nl)

STASIS - Software for Ambient Semantic Interoperable Services

Semantic Week: June 22-26, 2009, Amsterdam

You are here: Home » Workshop » Semantics Week » Speakers

Section Menu Options

Web Page Accreditation

This page has been checked using the following on-line tools:

  • EXTERNAL LINK: Explanation of Level Triple-A Conformance
  • EXTERNAL LINK: XHTML Web page validator
  • EXTERNAL LINK: Cascading Style Sheet validator
  • EXTERNAL LINK: Wave 4.0 accessibility validator
  • EXTERNAL LINK: Lynx Viewer (text-only web browser)


Domenico Beneventano, Associate Professor (Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

Photograph of Domenico Beneventano

Domenico Beneventano is a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, teaching courses on Database Management Systems and Information System. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, both from the University of Bologna (Italy). His research activity has been mainly devoted to knowledge representation and management in the context of very large databases facing both theoretical and implementation aspects, with particular reference to reasoning techniques applied to databases for knowledge representation and query optimization.

His current research interests are in the area of Intelligent Information Integration, with particular reference to integration of structured and semi-structured data. An I3 system, called MOMIS, which takes into account both structured and semistructured data has been proposed. The goal of MOMIS is to provide an integrated access to heterogeneous information sources, allowing a user to pose a single query and to receive a single unified answer. A particular research topic recently considered is the extension of the MOMIS system to integrate and query multimedia sources.

Track Co-ordinator

Gash Bhullar, Director (Technology Applications Network)

Photograph of Gash Bhullar

Gash originally set out on his career path as an Electrical Engineer back in 1985. He progressed quickly and soon achieved his ambition to have his own company. Winning a major contract with Ford Motor Company Ltd he became responsible for co-ordinating and delivering a wide range of control systems training at various Ford locations, saving Ford in excess of £1.5 million. In 1995, he was appointed as a director of TANet (a national organisation of over 21 universities and colleges throughout the UK), forging strong links with the DTI and many other government organisations. He took on the chairmanship of TANet around 2003. Gash’s wealth of experience allowed him to progress into a wide variety of commercial opportunities, and in 1999 he formed Control 2K Limited. The company has grown from strength to strength, delivering Industrial Training Courses, Web Services and Systems Integration. He is also responsible for managing an important Objective 1 Project to assist Tier 2, Tier 3 suppliers to compete in a fiercely competitive market.


Albert Bokma, Research Fellow (University of Sunderland)

Photograph of Albert Bokma

Dr. Albert Bokma joined the University of Sunderland in 1994, to manage the Pepita project, which focussed upon the use of the Internet in public authorities in the EU. He currently holds a senior Research Fellowship in the Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology. His current research activities concentrate on semantic knowledge management approaches. He also lectures on a range of computing topics, including e-business technologies, webservices, and the semantic web.

Track Co-ordinator


Stuart Campbell, Chief Technology Officer (TIE)

Photograph of Stuart Campbell

Stuart is responsible for defining TIEs strategy, tactical planning, operational delivery and portraying TIE's technical direction and products. Stuart has been involved in the field of e-Business since 1989. Stuart has held notable positions in large and SME organisations, commercial and non-profit including ICL (now Fujitsu), the Western European EDIFACT Board based within the European Commission, the European Standards Institute (CEN), SME eBusiness consultancy and solutions provider CMASS and TIE. Within these organizations Stuart has been involved in executive management, sales, marketing, standards, technology, development, group facilitation and business/technical consultancy. Stuart is a selected SME representative for the NESSI Steering Committee (The European Technology Platform for Software and Services) where he also leads the SME Working group. Recently Stuart has been selected as a NESSI Steering Committee Vice Chair. He has been engaged in multiple EU projects in FP6/7 including SEEMseed, SEAMLESS, STASIS as well as NESSI Projects NEXOF-RA, SOA4ALL and NESSI2010.

Track Co-ordinator


Yannis Charalabidis, Assistant Professor (University of the Aegean)

Photograph of Yannis Charalabidis

Yannis Charalabidis is a Computer Engineer (BSc, MSc) and holds a PhD in Complex Information Systems Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He has been an executive director in Singular IT Group and has also been the Managing Director of Baan Eastern Europe Localisation Centre SA, based in Poland and Netherlands. Previous employments include Siemens-Nixdorf GmbH and Bull SA. Currently he is heading e-Government & eBusiness Research in the Decision Support Systems Laboratory of NTUA, planning and coordinating high-level policy making, research and application projects for Governments and Enterprises worldwide.

His scientific and technological interests include e-Government and e-Business Interoperability and Standardization, eParticipation Systems, Government Transformation and Future Internet Services.

Yannis is a contributing member in several eGovernment and eBusiness standardization committees and initiatives, including CEN/ISSS eGov, ETSI/B2B Interoperability Standardisation, INTEROP-VLAB Standardisation Committee, NESSI iGOV Working Group, DEMONET eParticipation Network, European Commission Interoperability Cluster (as an editor of the Enterprise Interoperability Research Roadmap), IDABC/EIF, SEMIC.EU and IFIP WG 8.5 on Public Administration Systems. During the last 20 years he has been involved as a project manager or key executive in more than 50 projects under the ESPRIT, Brite-EUram, FP6-FP7 programmes and National Initiatives in European Union, Asia and the US.


  • Day 2, 10:15 - Semantic Keynote  Semantic Keynote

John Davies, Head of Semantic Technology (BT Innovate)

Photograph of John Davies

Dr John Davies leads the Semantic Technology research group at BT. Current interests centre around the application of semantic web technology to business intelligence, information integration, knowledge management and service-oriented environments. He is Project Director of the €12m ACTIVE EU integrated project. He co-founded the European Semantic Web conference series. He is also chairman of the European Semantic Technology Conference and a Vice-President of the Semantic Technology Institute. He chairs the NESSI Semantic Technology working group. He has written and edited many papers and books in the areas of the semantic technology, web-based information management and knowledge management; and has served on the program committee of numerous conferences in these and related areas. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer. Earlier research at BT led to the development of a set of knowledge management tools which are the subject of a number of patents. These tools were spun out of BT and are now marketed by Infonic Ltd, of which Dr Davies is Group Technical Advisor. Dr Davies received the BT Award for Technology Entrepreneurship for his contribution to the creation of Infonic.

Track Co-ordinator


John Domingue, Professor (Knowledge Media Institute)

Photograph of John Domingue

John Domingue is the Deputy Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University, UK. He has published over 100 refereed articles in the areas of semantic Web services, semantic web, ontologies and human computer interaction. Up until last year he was the Scientific Director of DIP an EU Integrated Project (IP) on semantic Web services which involved 17 partners and had a budget of 16M Euros. Also last year he Chaired the European Semantic Web conference. Currently he is the Scientific Director of SUPER another EU IP which unites semantic Web services and business process modeling. Dr Domingue also currently sits on the Steering Committee for the European Semantic Conference Series, is a co-Chair of the WSMO working group and a co-Chair of the OASIS Semantic Execution Environment Technical committee.

Track Co-ordinator


Dieter Fensel, Director (STI Innsbruck)

Photograph of Dieter Fensel

Dieter Fensel holds a professorship at the University of Innsbruck and is the director of STI Innsbruck, a Computer Science research institute. Dieter has over 240 publications, has co-organised over 200 conferences and workshops and is a recipient of the Carl-Adam-Petri-Award of the Faculty of Economic Sciences from the University of Karlsruhe. His current research interests focus on the development and application of semantics to all areas of Computer Science. Dieter has been the founding president of Semantic Technology Institute (STI) International, whose major aim is to establish semantics as a core pillar of modern Computer Science.


  • Day 1, 11:15 - Semantic Keynote: "Fensel Semantic Frenzy"  Semantic Keynote: 'Fensel Semantic Frenzy'

Kevin Ginty, Technical Manager (University of Sunderland)

Photograph of Kevin Ginty

Kevin Ginty is Technical Manager of the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Internet Technologies. Kevin currently leads CIT’s involvement in the STASIS project. Previous project experience includes SILAE (@LIS), ELPRO (TAP), NOPIK (IST), EXPERTS and EXPERTS II (ISIS). At the University of Sunderland, Kevin lectures on a range of computing disciplines including e-commerce and software engineering. Kevin also has a wealth of experience in European standardisation, having been chair of the CEN/ISSS eBES (e-business Board for European Standardisation) workshop for several years.

Track Co-ordinator


  • Day 2, 16:00 - E-Business Semantics - Standards for SMEs (presented as part of parallel session "Standards & Ontologies")  E-Business Semantics - Standards for SMEs

Axel Hahn, Professor (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)

Photograph of Axel Hahn

Born 1968, Axel studied Electroical Engineering at the University of Wuppertal an Paderborn. After his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Axel was a board member of a software consultancy comapny for product information systems. In 2002 he attained a professorship for Busniness Informatics at the University of Oldenburg, before moving to TFH Berlin in 2006 to become Professor for Production Infomatics. In 2007 he returned to the Univeristy of Oldenburg as a Full Professor for Business Engineering.

Axel will moderate the Discussion Panel session during Day 1.

Track Co-ordinator

Ioannis Kotsiopoulos, Software Engineer (University of Manchester)

Photograph of Ioannis Kotsiopoulos

Ioannis 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.

Track Co-ordinator


  • Day 1, 15:00 - A Taste of BREIN  A Taste of BREIN
  • Day 2, 14:00 - Welcome & Introduction (presented as part of parallel session "More BREIN")  Welcome & Introduction
  • Day 2, 14:45 - Round table discussion on open issues (presented as part of parallel session "More BREIN")  Round table discussion on open issues

Nikolay Mehandjiev, Senior Lecturer (Manchester Business School)

Photograph of Nikolay Mehandjiev

Dr Nikolay Mehandjiev has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Service Research at the Manchester Business School, having held visiting positions at BT Labs (UK), UNSW (Australia), SAP Research (Germany), Atos Origin (Spain) and the University of Sussex. He researches the design of service systems which can be constructed and adapted by their end users, focusing on the organisational dimensions of user-driven service adaptation. He has participated in a number of EU and UK-funded projects.

Track Co-ordinator


Michele Missikoff, Research Director (Lab for Enterprise Knowledge and Systems IASI–CNR)

Photograph of Michele Missikoff

Coordinator of LEKS, Laboratory for Enterprise Knowledge and Systems, at IASI-CNR (Rome, Italy), Michele has vast experience of databases, conceptual modelling, knowledge representation, semantic technologies, and ontologies. He participated in more than twenty European and national projects. He has more than 120 published papers in international journals and conferences, and served with key roles in several international conferences and editorial boards. In the last years Michele has focussed his attention on semantic-based knowledge technology for complex organisations. In particular, in eBusiness for semantic reconciliation and in eGovernment for advanced social participation.

Track Co-ordinator


Tomás Pariente, Senior Consultant (Atos Origin)

Photograph of Tomás Pariente

Tomás joined ATOS ORIGIN in 2006. He currently works and leads Spanish and European R&D projects related to Semantic technologies in Atos Research & Innovation. He has wide experience in the EU IST programme, starting from FP5 (Ontologging, SmartGov), FP6 (OntoGov, INFRAWEBS, LUISA, TAO, NeOn) and is now working in SOA4All (FP7). Among other things, Tomás is also actively involved in the “Semantic Technologies” Working Group within the NESSI European initiative, and in “Web Evolution” and “SEA: Service Engineering (and Service-oriented) Architectures” Working Groups within the Spanish Software and Services initiative (INES).

Track Co-ordinator


Carlos Pedrinaci, Research Fellow (Knowledge Media Institute)

Photograph of Carlos Pedrinaci

Since January 2006, Carlos has worked as a Research Fellow at the Knowledge Media Institute from the Open University. He is part of the Semantic Web Services group led by John Domingue. Therein his research is part of the Internet Reasoning Service and is performed in the context of the European Projects DIP and SUPER. Between May 2002 and November 2005 Carlos worked at San Sebastian's Technology Park as a researcher working on the European Project OBELIX. During this period he worked on his PhD thesis in which he designed, implemented, tested and evaluated a generic infrastructure for the development of Knowledge-Based Services for the Web. He was also the IT administrator of the laboratory's premises and was supervising several master theses centred around the use of the Internet for better supporting people to work in cooperation. Carlos obtained his degree in Computer Science in July 2002 and PhD in Artificial Intelligence in April 2006, both from the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian.

Track Co-ordinator


Matthias Reinelt, Research Assistant (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)

Photograph of Matthias Reinelt

Matthias Reinelt is a research assistant and member of the team led by Prof. Axel Hahn at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. He holds a degree in business information systems which he received from the University of Paderborn.

Track Co-ordinator


Santi Ristol, Area Manager (ATOS Origin)

Photograph of Santi Ristol

Santi joined ATOS ORIGIN in 1992 and currently leads the Services Area in Atos Research & Innovation. This area includes activities related to GRID & Cloud Computing technologies, Semantic Services and Software Engineering. He is responsible for defining the exploitation strategy of the company related to these technologies and its transference to the market. He is currently President of the Spanish Technology Platform INES and Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Technology Platform NESSI. Santi has participated in many European R&D Projects in FP7, FP6 and FP5, primarily as Project Coordinator (SOA4All, BEinGRID, TrustCoM, CHALLENGERS, ELEGI, CROSSWORK, ASESSGRID, COREGRID, INFRAWEBS, EMMEDIATE, VIP-DATA, GRASP, DISRUPT-IT, PROMINENCE, METACAMPUS REAL, METACAMPUS, AMIES, OPTIM, SMARTMAN, etc.)


Henry Ryan, Managing Director (Lios Geal Consultants Ltd.)

Photograph of Henry Ryan

Henry Ryan is the Managing Director of Lios Geal Consultants Ltd., an Irish consultancy company specialising in information analysis, standardisation policy and ICT implementation strategies for public sector bodies and private enterprises.

Prior to establishing Lios Geal Consultants, Henry built an extensive 25-year career in the academic and private sectors, and in international voluntary ICT standards development. He was Chairman of AGITS/NSAI (Advisory Group for Information Technology and Telecommunications Standards, National Standards Authority of Ireland) from 1992-2002. Henry is currently an Executive Board member of eBIF (CEN Forum on Business Interoperability standards); and Member of the Advisory Board (2006-2008), Standardisation Expert, and contributing author for the Sectoral e-Business W@tch, a European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry funded Observatory and Think Tank.


  • Day 1, 14:00 - Semantic Keynote: "Searching for meaning: libraries, semantics and the knowledge economy"  Semantic Keynote: 'Searching for meaning: libraries, semantics and the knowledge economy'

Sebastian Sklarß, Consultant ( ]init[ AG)

Photograph of Sebastian Sklarß

Sebastian is a consultant for the company ]init[ AG in Berlin. He specialises in semantic interoperability.

He became chief stakeholder manager for the Semantic Interoperability Centre Europe ( in 2007. In this role he is in charge of coaching and the construction of a network of competences.

Prior to working for this service from the European Commission's DG Informatics, Sebastian was part of the team of editors for the German Interoperability Framework "SAGA". Sebastian studied Computer Science with specialisation on software ergonomics in France and has worked for a public research centre in Luxembourg.


  • Day 1, 16:10 - SEMIC.EU: Sharing Semantic Assets  SEMIC.EU: Sharing Semantic Assets

Arian Zwegers, Project Officer (European Commission)

Photograph of Arian Zwegers

Arian Zwegers is a Scientific Officer at the European Commission, Directorate General Information Society and Media, unit "Software and 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 Centre for Manufacturing Technology of Philips Electronics, Baan Development in The Netherlands, and PlatteConsult in Brussels. In the Commission, he used to be responsible for a cluster of projects around Enterprise Interoperability in the “ICT for Enterprise Networking” unit before becoming responsible for projects about Service Engineering. Together with Elisabetta Di Nitto, Anne-Marie Sassen, and Paolo Traverso, Arian is a co-editor of "At Your Service: Service-Oriented Computing from an EU Perspective", which was published by MIT Press in May 2009.