Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators

Hans Akkermans (w4ra.org, the Netherlands)

Hans Akkermans is Professor Emeritus of Business Informatics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and professor at the University for Development Studies UDS in Ghana. He is the Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Network Institute in Amsterdam that studies the interaction between digital technology and society, in which researchers from the faculties of social sciences, humanities, law, economics, and informatics participate.  He has worked for many years in knowledge engineering & management, information systems and innovative e-business modelling, with for example applications and innovations in smart electricity distribution networks and the sustainable energy transition that have been internationally field-deployed and are now in industrial and commercial use. His current research interests focus on the interdisciplinary research, education and community service program W4RA (Web alliance for Regreening in Africa). He is co-chair of DigHum’s Curriculum Working Group. He holds a cum laude PhD in theoretical physics in the field of nuclear reactions from the University of Groningen.

Robin Burke (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)

Robin Burke is Professor and Chair of the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He conducts research in personalized recommender systems, a field he helped found and develop. His most recent projects explore fairness, accountability and transparency in recommendation through the integration of objectives from diverse stakeholders. He joined the Department of Information Science in 2019 from the School of Computing at DePaul University. Dr Burke obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 1993 and a BS in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College in 1986. Professor Burke is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in various areas of artificial intelligence including recommender systems, machine learning and information retrieval. His work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission and the MacArthur Foundation, among others.

Alexandra Ebert (mostly.ai, Austria)

Alexandra Ebert is an ethical AI, synthetic data & privacy expert and serves as Chief Trust Officer at MOSTLY AI. She regularly speaks at international conferences on AI, privacy, and digital banking and hosts The Data Democratization Podcast. As a member of the company’s senior leadership team, she is engaged in public policy issues in the emerging field of synthetic data and ethical AI and responsible for engaging with the privacy community, with regulators, the media, and with customers. Besides being an advocate for privacy protection, Alexandra is deeply passionate about ethical AI and ensuring the fair and responsible use of machine learning algorithms. She is the co-author of an ICLR paper and a popular blog series on fairness in AI and fair synthetic data, which was featured in Forbes and IEEE Spectrum.

Apart from her work at MOSTLY AI, she serves as the chair of the IEEE Synthetic Data IC expert group and was pleased to be invited to join the group of AI experts for the #humanAIze initiative, which aims to make AI more inclusive and accessible to everyone.

Carlo Ghezzi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Carlo Ghezzi is an Emeritus Professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), where he has been teaching and doing research for over 40 years. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, member of Academia Europaea, and member of the Italian Academy of Sciences (Istituto Lombardo). He has been awarded the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award and the Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE TCSE Distinguished Education Award. He received the Honorary Doctorate from TU Wien. He has been President of Informatics Europe. He has been Program Co-Chair, General Chair, and program committee member of numerous international conferences. He has been Editor in Chief of the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, Associate Editor of Communications of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Science of Computer Programming.

He has done research on programming languages and software engineering. He has published over 200 papers in international journals and conferences and co-authored 7 books. He is interested in the ethical implications of research in computer science. He is currently chairing the Ethics Committee at Politecnico di Milano.

Jaap Gordijn (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Dr. Jaap Gordijn is founder and managing partner of The Value Engineers, a company designing peer-to-peer business models utilizing technologies such as blockchain. Also, he is an associate professor of innovative e-business at the VUA, Amsterdam. He is the key developer of, and has internationally published on, the e3-value methodology, which comprises a graphical technique to design and evaluate networked business models. Earlier, he was a member of Cisco’s International Internet Business Solution Group. As such, he was active as an e-business strategy consultant in the banking, insurance, and digital content industries for Fortune 500 companies..

Lynda Hardman (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), The Nederlands)

Prof. Lynda Hardman (http://www.cwi.nl/~lynda/) is Manager Research & Strategy at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, (https://www.cwi.nl) and Professor of Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is the director of Amsterdam Data Science (http://amsterdamdatascience.nl), a network organization whose mission is to strengthen the Data Science and AI ecosystem that spans academia, industry and society in the Amsterdam region. She is the European director of LIAMA (http://liama.ia.ac.cn), a research collaboration since 1997 between INRIA (France), CWI and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Manfred Hauswirth (Technical University of Berlin & Weizenbaum Institute, Germany)

Manfred Hauswirth is the managing director (CEO) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and a full professor for “Open Distributed Systems” at the Technical University Berlin. Before he had been deputy director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI, now DSI) and a professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research is on distributed information systems, Internet of Things, data stream processing and Linked Data, semantics and AI. He has won several international awards for his work in these areas and is active in many scientific and political committees around digitization.

He is a director and principal investigator in the Weizenbaum Institute, the German Internet Institute, and a principal investigator in the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), in the Berlin Big Data Center (BBDC) and in the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD). Manfred Hauswirth is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing and of the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, a member of the IEEE Computer Society Conference Advisory Committee, partner in the Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories (WSTNet), and speaker of the competency network quantum computing of Fraunhofer, a director of the Fraunhofer Academy.

Konstantinos Karachalios (Managing Director, IEEE Standards Association, USA)

A globally recognized leader in standards development and intellectual property, Dr. Ing. Konstantinos Karachalios is managing director of the IEEE Standards Association and a member of the IEEE Management Council.

As managing director, he has been enhancing IEEE efforts in global standards development in strategic emerging technology fields, through technical excellence of staff, expansion of global presence and activities and emphasis on inclusiveness and good governance.

As member of the IEEE Management Council, he championed expansion of IEEE influence in key techno-political areas, including consideration of social and ethical implications of technology, according to the IEEE mission to advance technology for humanity. Results have been rapid in coming and profound; IEEE is becoming the place to go for debating and building consensus on issues such as a trustworthy and inclusive Internet and ethics in design of autonomous systems.

Before IEEE, Konstantinos played a crucial role in successful French-German cooperation in coordinated research and scenario simulation for large-scale nuclear reactor accidents. And with the European Patent Office, his experience included establishing EPO’s patent academy, the department for delivering technical assistance for developing countries and the public policy department, serving as an envoy to multiple U.N. organizations.

Konstantinos earned a Ph.D. in energy engineering (nuclear reactor safety) and masters in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart.

Peter Knees (TU Wien, Austria)

Peter Knees is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Informatics of TU Wien in Vienna, Austria. For almost two decades he has been an active member of the music information retrieval community, reaching out to the related areas of multimedia, text information retrieval, and recommender systems. His research activities focus on questions of digital media access and the implications of these technologies for users. In the music domain, this concerns music listeners as users of music recommender systems, as well as music creators, when applying AI in the process of music composition and production. Currently he is investigating the role of different stakeholders in music recommendation, definitions of fairness for these stakeholders, and possible strategies towards neutral recommender systems. Peter is one of the main proponents of the Digital Humanism initiative of the Faculty of Informatics and a co-author of the Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism.

Brigitte Krenn (Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria)

Brigitte Krenn is Deputy Director of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI). She has worked in natural language processing and AI since 1990. Her overall research interest lies in understanding and computationally modelling human language capability. On the one hand, she focuses on the development and application of core language technology combining linguistic analysis with state-of-the-art deep learning and data science based approaches to text and speech processing. On the other hand, she works on understanding and modelling multi-modal behaviour of communicating agents (humans and artificial agents), including language learning and understanding on robots inspired by results from research on human cognition.She was faculty staff at the Computational Linguistics Department of Saarland University Saarbrücken, Germany, scientific head of the Research Studios Austra — Studio Smart Agent Technologies and member of Seibersdorf Research, Austria.She is board member of the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (ASAI) where she initiated the Working Group on Natural Language Processing.

Paola Inverardi (Università dell’Aquila, Italy)

Paola Inverardi is Professor of Computer Science at University of L’Aquila. She was Rector of University of L’Aquila from October 2013 to September 2019. Paola Inverardi’s research area is in the application of rigorous methods to software production in order to improve software quality. In the last decade her research interests concentrated in the field of software architectures, mobile applications and adaptive and autonomous systems. Currently she leads a project to develop software solutions to protect users’ ethics in the interaction with autonomous technologies. Inverardi served in the editorial boards of IEEE, ACM, Springer and Elsevier Journals. She has been general chair or program chair of leading conferences in software technology (e.g. ASE, ICSE, ESEC/FSE) and chair of the ICSE and ESEC Steering Committees. She has been member of the ACM Europe Council and she is vice-chair of ACM EUTPC. She is member of Academia Europaea. She is the Italian National Delegate for the European H2020-ICT Committee and the Italian representative in the Eurohpc Governing Board. She is 2021- G20 sherpa for the Italian Ministry of University and Research. She has received a Honorary Doctorate at Mälardalen University Sweden and a Honorary doctorate at Shibaura University, Tokyo Japan, she has received the 2013 IEEE TCSE Distinguished Service Award http://www.cs-tcse.org/awards.

James Larus (EPFL, Switzerland)

James Larus is Professor and Dean of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Prior to joining IC in 2013, Larus was a researcher, manager, and director in Microsoft Research for over 16 years and an assistant and associate professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Larus has been an active contributor to numerous communities. He published over 100 papers (with 9 best and most influential paper awards), received over 40 US patents. Larus received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator award in 1993 and became an ACM Fellow in 2006. Larus received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, and an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard in 1980.

Edward A. Lee (UC Berkeley, USA)

Edward A. Lee has been working on embedded software systems for 40 years. After studying and working at Yale, MIT, and Bell Labs, he landed at Berkeley, where he is now Professor of the Graduate School in EECS. His research is focused on cyber-physical systems. He is the lead author of the open-source software system Ptolemy II, author of textbooks on embedded systems and digital communications, and has recently been writing books on philosophical and social implications of technology. His current research is focused on a polyglot coordination language for distributed real-time systems called Lingua Franca that combines features of discrete-event modeling, synchronous languages, and actors. His recent books are The Coevolution: The Entwined Futures and Humans and Machines (2020), Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology (2017), and Introduction to Embedded Systems: A Cyber-Physical System Approach (2017, with Sanjit Seshia).

Martina Lindorfer (TU Wien, Austria)

Martina Lindorfer is a tenure-track assistant professor at TU Wien, which she joined at the end of 2018, and a key researcher at SBA Research, the largest research center in Austria which exclusively addresses information security. She received her PhD from TU Wien in 2016 and spent two years as a postdoc at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and outreach activities have been recognized with the ERCIM Cor Baayen Young Researcher Award, the ACM CyberW Early Career Award for Women in Cybersecurity Research, as well as the Hedy Lamarr Award from the City of Vienna.

Her research focuses on applied systems security and privacy, with a special interest in automated static and dynamic analysis techniques for the large-scale analysis of applications for malicious behavior, security vulnerabilities, and privacy leaks. Building on her background on malware analysis, she currently focuses on the analysis of mobile apps to enable transparency and accountability in the way they process and share private information. The resulting tools help uncover new and unexpected ways in which apps are violating users’ privacy expectations.

George Metakides (Digital Enlightenment Forum, Belgium)

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, George Metakides received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic from Cornell University in 1971. He pursued an academic career at MIT, Cornell and Rochester University until 1978, when he returned to Greece after being elected to the Chair of Logic at the University of Patras. Since 1984 he has held senior positions with responsibility for Research Development policy, funding and international co-operation in European institutions. He established and headed the department for Basic Research and International Scientific Relations in Information Technologies at the European Commission from 1988 to 1993. He was the Director of the ESPRIT (European Strategic Program for Information Technologies), from 1993 until its completion in 1998, followed by the Information Society Technologies (IST) Program (1998-2002). In 2002 he returned to his professorship at Patras until his retirement in 2012.

He has contributed to the establishment of international institutions (including the launch of the World Wide Web consortium in 1993), has received a number of awards and honorary degrees and is a corresponding member of several National Academies. He is currently visiting professor at the University of Southampton, Adjunct Professor at the European University of Cyprus, President of the Digital Enlightenment Forum, and Advisor to several international organizations. He is involved in the analysis of the economic, political and social impact of digitization, related cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory issues and the promotion of international cooperation towards a digital ecosystem respecting shared human values.

Irina Nalis (Universität Wien, Austria)

Irina Nalis holds a PhD in psychology from the department of applied psychology, University of Vienna. Recently, she joined Julia Neidhardt in the faculty of informatics for an interdisciplinary research project driven by principles of the Vienna Manifesto for a Digital Humanism, for which she also was a contributor. Her broad research areas are individual, social and contextual resources for coping with challenging contexts and cocreating societal transformation (e.g., in the world of work, media communication, architecture, democracy and political participation). She serves in the board of the Austrian association of Digital Humanism.

Enrico Nardelli (Univ. Roma “Tor Vergata” & Informatics Europe)

Enrico Nardelli is full professor of Informatics at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and the President of Informatics Europe, the association representing Informatics university departments and research labs in Europe. He is member of the ACM Europe Council and represents his university in the Management Board of CINI (National Interuniversity Consortium in Informatics). Since 2014 he coordinates “Programma il Futuro”, a project run by CINI, in accordance with the Italian Ministry of Education, to introduce in Italian schools the basic concepts of Informatics as a scientific discipline. He is the director of the national laboratory “Informatics and School” of CINI and member of the Steering Committee of the “Informatics for All” coalition, advocating the introduction of Informatics as component of fundamental education in all schools in Europe.

His current research activity is Informatics Education and interdisciplinary study of Informatics systems and their social impact, within the Link&Think Research Lab and the CINI National laboratory “Informatics and Society”. Previously he did research in various fields of Informatics, from algorithms to databases, from geographical information systems to man-machine interaction and cooperative information systems. He also carries out dissemination activity towards the general public regarding Informatics education and the role of Informatics in the digital society. Website of Enrico Nardelli.

Julia Neidhardt (TU Wien, Austria)

Julia Neidhardt is a researcher at the Research Unit E-Commerce at TU Wien, Austria. She has a background in mathematics and computer science. Her main research areas are user modeling, recommender systems and network science. In 2013 and 2014 she was visiting scholar at Northwestern University, USA. Since 2019, she is a guest researcher at the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and co-principal investigator of several interdisciplinary projects. She was in the program committee of numerous conferences and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism as well as in the Editorial Board of Recommender Systems of Frontiers in Big Data. Julia Neidhardt was research track co-chair of ENTER 2020 and ENTER 2019 conference and a co-organizer of a number of workshops and conferences. She is part of the Digital Humanism Initiative at TU Wien.

Clara Neppel (IEEE, Austria)

Dr. Clara Neppel is the Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, where she is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. Clara serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implement IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich and a Master in Intellectual Property Law and Management from the University of Strasbourg.

Helga Nowotny (Former President of the European Research Council)

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich and former President of the European Research Council. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, New York, and a doctorate in jurisprudence, University of Vienna. She has held teaching and research positions at universities and research institutions in several countries in Europe and has been actively engaged in research and innovation policy at European and international level during her entire professional career. Among other, she is currently a member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; member of the Board of Trustees of the Falling Walls Foundation, Berlin; and Vice-President of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. She has received numerous awards such as the rarely awarded Gold Medal of the Academia Europaea, the Leibniz-Medaille of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the British Academy President’s Medal. Helga Nowotny is the recipient of many honorary doctorates, among them from the University of Oxford and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. 

She has published widely in science and technology studies, STS, and on social time. Her latest publications include “The Cunning of Uncertainty” (2015), “An Orderly Mess” (2017) and „In AI we trust. Power, Illusion and Control of Predictive Algorithms“ (2021).

Reinhard Pichler (TU Wien, Austria)

Reinhard Pichler holds a master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Innsbruck and a master’s degree in Mathematical Computation from the University of London as well as a PhD  in Computer Science from the TU Wien.  

He has been a professor in the Databases and Artificial Intelligence Group (DBAI) of the TU Wien since 2005. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as software developer in the Program and Systems Engineering Department (PSE) of the Siemens AG Österreich. His research focus is in database theory. Together with his colleague, Nysret Musliu, he has been in charge of the Welcome.TU.Code initiative of the TU Wien since 2015.

Erich Prem (eutema GmbH, Austria)

DDr. Erich Prem is chief RTI strategy advisor and CEO of eutema GmbH. He is an internationally renowned expert in research and innovation strategy with more than two decades of work experience in research and innovation management and RTDI policy. Erich Prem is a certified managerial economist and works scientifically in artificial intelligence, research politics, innovation research and epistemology. He was a guest researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked at the Austrian Research Institute of AI. He received his Dr. phil. (epistemology) from the University of Vienna, his Dr.tech. from TU Vienna where he also completed his master’s in computer science (Dipl.Ing). He was a lecturer at TU Vienna’s Informatics Innovation Center. He received his MBA in General Management from Donau University.

Dietmar Schabus (Wiener Stadtwerke, Austria)

Dietmar Schabus works on topics in the area of data science in the department for IT strategy at Wiener Stadtwerke since 2018. Among other tasks, this includes implementation of concrete AI use cases in the context of mobility, energy, and infrastructure. Furthermore, he oversees Wiener Stadtwerke’s cooperation with IEEE on AI and ethics.

Before joining Wiener Stadtwerke, Dr. Schabus worked in scientific research for ten years at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) and the Research Center for Telecommunications Vienna (FTW). He has a computer science background from TU Wien and holds a PhD degree from TU Graz with a dissertation on statistical speech modeling. In addition to his role at Wiener Stadtwerke, he teaches machine learning courses at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien.

Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Viola Schiaffonati is associate professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Università di Genova. She has been visiting scholar at the Department of Philosophy of the University of California at Berkeley and visiting researcher at the Suppes Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Technology of the Stanford University. Viola Schiaffonati is Director of the CINI National Laboratory on Informatics & Society (IeS) and Editor-in-Chief of Mondo Digitale, a magazine published by AICA (Italian Association of Computing).

Her research interests are in the philosophy of AI and robotics, the epistemology and methodology of experiments in computer engineering and autonomous robotics, the ethical issues of intelligent and autonomous systems.

Michael Stampfer (WWTF, Austria)

Michael Stampfer is Managing Director of the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), a private non-profit funding organisation for scientific research in Vienna (www.wwtf.at). WWTF funds larger projects and group leader positions in Vienna in fields like Life Sciences, ICT, Cognitive Sciences or Environmental Systems Research.

He holds a doctoral degree of the faculty of law of the University of Vienna and has a long-time experience in the field of Austrian and international research and technology policy. Michael has done work on research policy, funding and university governance in a number of national, EU and OECD projects.

Allison Stanger (Santa Fe Institute, USA)

Allison Stanger is Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College; 2021-22 Research Affiliate (co-lead, Theory of AI Practice Initiative) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; an External Professor and Science Board member at the Santa Fe Institute; and a Senior Advisor to the Hannah Arendt Humanities Network. In 2020-2021, she held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress. She is the author of Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump (Chinese edition to appear in September 2022) and One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy, both with Yale University Press. She is the co-editor (with W. Brian Arthur and Eric Beinhocker) of Complexity Economics (SFI Press). Stanger’s writing has appeared in The AtlanticForeign AffairsForeign PolicyFinancial TimesInternational Herald TribuneNew York TimesUSA Today, and the Washington Post. She has been called to testify before Congress on five occasions and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Stanger received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. 

Paul Timmers (Oxford University, UK | European University, Cyprus)

Prof Dr Paul Timmers is research associate at the University of Oxford (Oxford Internet Institute), professor at European University Cyprus and co-founder of the cybersecurity expertise centre CYBER.EUC. He is also a visiting professor at TU Wien, KU Leuven and Rijeka University, senior advisor to EPC Brussels, board member of Digital Enlightenment Forum and supervisory board member of the Estonian eGovernance Academy.

He has been Director at the European Commission dealing with EU legislation and funding for cybersecurity, e-ID, digital privacy, digital health, smart cities, e-government. He was also cabinet member of European Commissioner Liikanen and until recently advisor to the European Commission, DG SANTE on digital health. Paul worked as manager in a large ICT company and co-founded an ICT start-up.  He holds a physics PhD from Nijmegen University, MBA from Warwick University, was awarded an EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill, and obtained cybersecurity qualification at Harvard.

Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice University, USA)

With over 50,000 citations, Moshe Vardi is one of the most cited computer scientists worldwide. Since 1993, Moshe Vardi has been a professor at Rice University (Texas, USA). He is a leading researcher in the field of logic applications in computer science and plays a leading role in the discussion of the role of computer science in society. The lectures and articles by Moshe Vardi on the implications of robotics and artificial intelligence (up to the question of whether intelligent robots are stealing your job) have strongly influenced public discourse. Until 2017, he served as Editor‐in‐Chief of Communications of the ACM (CACM). Moshe Y. Vardi studied Physics and Computer Science at BarIlan University and at Weizmann Institute. He received his doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel). He spent several years in various positions at top institutions such as the Hebrew University, Stanford University and the IBM Research Center in San Jose (USA). more details

Hannes Werthner (TU Wien, Austria)

Hannes Werthner is a retired Professor for E-Commerce at the TU Wien. From 2016 to 2019 he served also as the dean of the Faculty Prior to joining TU Wien, he had professorships at Austrian and international Universities. His research is in E-Commerce and E-Tourism, Recommender Systems, and in Network Analysis. Besides research and teaching he was and is active in starting new initiatives, such as the Vienna PhD School of Informatics. the i2c (Informatics Innovation Center), the initiative to support refugees welcome.TU.code, and recently, the Digital Humanism Initiative. Since 2011 the International Federation for IT and Tourism (IFITT) grants the “Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award” to outstanding academics and/or professionals in the field.

Susan J. Winter (University of Maryland, USA)

Dr. Susan Winter, Associate Dean for Research, College of Information Studies, the University of Maryland.

Dr. Winter studies the co-evolution of technology and work practices, and the organization of work. She has recently focused on ethical issues surrounding civic technologies and smart cities, the social and organizational challenges of data reuse, and collaboration among information workers and scientists acting within highly institutionalized sociotechnical systems.  Her work has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She was previously a Science Advisor in the Directorate for Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences, a Program Director, and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation supporting distributed, interdisciplinary scientific collaboration for complex data-driven and computational science.  She received her PhD from the University of Arizona, her MA from the Claremont Graduate University, and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Stefan Woltran, (CAIML TU Wien)

Stefan Woltran is full professor of Formal Foundations of Artificial Intelligence at TU Wien and head of the research unit Databases and AI. His research focuses on problems in the area of knowledge representation and reasoning, argumentation, complexity analysis in AI and logic programming. In the winter term 2013, he held a deputy professorship at Leipzig University. In 2013, he also received the prestigious START award from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). He acted as PC Chair for the 10th International Symposium on Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems (FoIKS’18) and for the 15th International Conference on Logic Programming and Non-monotonic Reasoning (LPNMR’19). He has lead several research projects funded by FWF and Vienna Science and Technology Fund. Since 2018 he is a fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence. Since 2020 he serves as Vicedean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Informatics at TU Wien. In 2021, he co-founded the Center of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at TU Wien.

Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Sally Wyatt is Professor of Digital Cultures at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She is also one of the national coordinators of the Dutch Digital Society programme in which all Dutch universities collaborate, and a member of the Strategy Team of the Dutch AI Coalition. Originally trained as an economist, Wyatt has been working on social issues arising from greater digitalisation for more than 30 years. Her research focuses on social inclusion and on the uses of digital technologies in the provision of health information and healthcare.