Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators



Margot Dor

Strategy Director of ETSI a European Standards Organization, driver of the Carl Bildt Report on Strategic Standardisation for Europe in the Digital Era

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Alfonso Fuggetta (Politecnico di Milano)

Alfonso Fuggetta is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano.

Since 2003, he’s been appointed Scientific Director of Cefriel (the innovation center of several Universities of Milan, the Lombardy Region and 17 multinational companies).

In past years, he has been a member of several committees of the Italian Government including the Government Committee on Open Source Software in the Public Administration. He has also collaborated with AIPA, CNIPA, Department of Innovation of the Italian Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education and University. He also regularly collaborates with Regione Lombardia and other local and regional administrations.
He was member of several program committees for international conferences and of editorial boards of scientific journals.

He’s also been Faculty Associate at the Institute for Software Research of University of California, Irvine.


Barbara J. Grosz (Harvard, USA)

Barbara J. Grosz is Higgins Research Professor of Natural Sciences in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Her groundbreaking contributions to Artificial Intelligence include pioneering research in dialogue processing and in theories of multi-agent collaboration and their application to human-computer interaction. Recent research has explored ways these theories can improve computer system design for health care coordination and science education. Professor Grosz co-founded Harvard’s Embedded Ethics program, which integrates teaching of ethical reasoning into core computer science courses. She is known for leading roles in the establishment and leadership of interdisciplinary institutions and contributions to the advancement of women in science. Grosz received the 2009 ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award, the 2015 IJCAI Award for Research Excellence, and the 2017 Association for Computational Linguistics Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society, and fellow of several scientific and multi-disciplinary societies.


Lynda Hardman (CWI – Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam and Utrecht University)

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.


Deborah G. Johnson (University of Virginia, USA)

Deborah G. Johnson recently retired as the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program in the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia.  Best known for her work on computer ethics and engineering ethics, Johnson’s research examines the ethical, social, and policy implications of technology, especially information technology.


Jeff Kramer (Imperial College London, UK)

Jeff Kramer is Professor of Computing at Imperial College London. He was Head of the Department of Computing from 1999 to 2004, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2009 and Senior Dean and Member of Council from 2009 to 2012.

His research work is primarily concerned with software engineering, with particular emphasis on evolving software architectures, behaviour analysis, and self organising adaptive software systems. He has published 2 books and over 200 papers. He has been involved in many major conferences and journals, notably as general co-chair of ICSE 2010 in Cape Town, and Editor in Chief of IEEE TSE from 2006 to 2010. 

His awards include the 2005 ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award and the 2011 ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the ACM, and a Member of Academia Europaea.


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). Prior to joining IC in October 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.

Since March of this year, James has co-led the DP3T decentralized privacy-preserving contract tracing project, which proposed the protocol adopted by Google and Apple for their Exposure Notification system, one the basis for most COVID-19 contract tracing apps throughout the world. DP3T also built the Swiss app, SwissCovid.


Ciaran Martin

UK, first CEO of the GCHQ/National Cybersecurity Centre, the leading UK government agency in cybersecurity, Oxford University (Blavatnik School of Government)

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Helga Nowotny (Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Former President of the ERC)

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of ETH Zurich and Former President of the European Research Council, ERC. Currently she is Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her active engagement in scientific advisory boards includes the Walling Falls Foundation; Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings ; Complexity Science Hub Vienna (Chair); Centre de la Recherche Interdisciplinaire, CRI, in Paris; Institut des Etudes Avancées, Paris and others. She has received numerous awards from Academies of Science and Honorary Doctorates from Universities in Europe and abroad, most recently an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oxford and the Leibniz- Medal from the BBAW in Berlin. Her latest book publications are „The Cunning of Uncertainty“ (2015) and „An Orderly Mess“ (2017). more details


Erich Prem (eutema & TU Wien, 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 published more than 70 scientific papers and was a guest researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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.


Elissa M. Redmiles (Microsoft Research)

Dr. Elissa M. Redmiles is a faculty member and research group leader of the Digital Harm group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. She additionally serves as a consultant and researcher at multiple institutions, including Microsoft Research and Facebook. Dr. Redmiles uses computational, economic, and social science methods to understand users’ security, privacy, and online safety-related decision-making processes. Her work has been featured in popular press publications such as Scientific American, Wired, Business Insider, Newsweek, Schneier on Security, and CNET and has been recognized with multiple Distinguished Paper Awards at USENIX Security and the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Research Award. Dr. Redmiles received her B.S. (Cum Laude), M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. As a graduate student, she was supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and a Facebook Fellowship.


Stuart Russell (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, holder of the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering, and Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI. He is a recipient of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award and from 2012 to 2014 held the Chaire Blaise Pascal in Paris. He is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His book “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach” (with Peter Norvig) is the standard text in AI, used in over 1400 universities in 128 countries. His research covers a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on the long-term future of artificial intelligence and its relation to humanity. He has developed a new global seismic monitoring system for the nuclear-test-ban treaty and is currently working to ban lethal autonomous weapons.


Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Viola Schiaffonati is associate professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches Computer Ethics and Philosophy of Computer Science. Her main research interests include: the philosophical issues of artificial intelligence and robotics,  the epistemology and methodology of experiments in computer engineering and autonomous robotics, the analysis of the ethical issues of intelligent and autonomous systems. 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.


Georg Serentschy

advisor on telecoms and IT, senior advisor SquirePattonBoggs, Board of Directors International Telecommunications Society, former Head of BEREC (European Telecoms Regulators)

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Guglielmo Tamburrini (University of Naples, Italy)

Guglielmo Tamburrini is Philosophy of Science and Technology Professor at Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology). His main research interests include the ethics of human interactions with robotic and AI systems. 

He was coordinator of the first European project on the ethics of robotics (CA ETHICBOTS, 2005-2008, VI FP). In 2014, he was awarded the Giulio Preti International Prize by the Regional Parliament of Tuscany for his research and teaching on ethical implications of ICT and robotic technologies. He is member of ICRAC (International Committee for Robot Arms Control).


Paul Timmers

Research Associate Oxford University/Political Sciences, Adjunct Prof European University Cyprus, former European Commission Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity

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Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice University, USA)

With over 46,000 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


Yi Zeng (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Yi Zeng is a Professor and deputy director at Research Center for Brain-inspired Artificial Intelligence, and Director of China-UK Research Centre for AI Ethics and Governance, both at Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Director for the Research Center on AI Ethics and Governance, Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence. He is also a Professor at School of Humanity and School of Artificial Intelligence, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a board member for the Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Governance Committee, Ministry of Science and Technology China. He is an expert in the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group on AI Ethics, and an expert in the WHO Expert Group on AI Ethics and Governance for Healthcare.

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