Chair: Igor Emri, Professor of Mechanics and Director of Center for Experimental Mechanics, Institute for Sustainable Innovative Technologies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Professor Emri has developed an innovative theoretical-experimental approach, known as Knauss-Emri model, to study the non-linear behavior of time-dependent materials. He is one of the founders and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials, published by Springer publishing house. He is a fellow grade member of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (USA), Russian Academy of Engineering, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, European Academy of Sciences, among others. He has more than 150 publications with around 1000 citations in peer reviewed journals and books.
Antonia Bertolino, Research Director of the National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Antonia Bertolino has been a researcher at CNR since 1987. She is an internationally renowned researcher in Software Engineering, having more than 150 co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has worked in several national and European research projects, and is regularly appointed into international committees and panels for evaluation of research projects and institutions. Currently she serves as an Area Editor for the Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software, and as an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, and of Springer Empirical Software Engineering. She has recently been the General Chair of the flagship ACM/IEEE Conference ICSE 2015, Florence (Italy).
Frede Blaabjerg, Professor in Power Electronics and Drives, Aalborg University, Institute of Energy Technology, Denmark
Frede Blaabjerg obtained his M.Sc and PhD titles at the Aalborg University. He has been shortly in industry and had for many years successful collaborations with national and international companies in research and innovation in power electronics, renewables and energy efficiency. He has also served as Dean of Engineering and Science at the University for five years. He has been member and Chair of many national funding bodies, international consulting groups and Advisory boards, including a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants Panel and the FP7 Programme Committee for Energy. Professor Blaabjerg has published many important papers in the field. He is aslo an IEEE Fellow.
Ján Bujňák, Full Professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Žilina, Slovakia
Ján Bujňák has held his current position since 1998. During his career he has been visiting Professor to many International Academies, and he has published more than 70 publications in scientific journals. He was the rector of the University of Žilina from 2002 to 2010, and he is currently serving as Head of the Department of Building Structures and Bridges in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Žilina.
Paul Colonna, Head of Sustainable Development, National Institute for Agronominal Research (INRA), Paris, France
After studies in agronomics and a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Paris VI, Dr. Colonna spent periods of residence abroad. He is the Head of Sustainable Development at INRA and Director of Carnot Institute for Bio-energies, Bio-molecules and Bio-materials of Renewable Carbon. Paul Colonna is an elected member (Fellow) of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IUFOST). He is the author of more than 130 publications in the domain of agricultural technology.
Philip de Goey, Dean of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Professor in Combustion Technology, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Philip de Goey received his PhD at the Department of Physics of the Technical University of Eindhoven, after which he was Assistant Professor until 2000 when he took up his current position. He has been Dean of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since May 2011. He is the co-author of more than 200 scientific publications. In 2010 he was awarded the ‘Simon Stevin Meester’ Prize, which is the highest Dutch award in the area of technical sciences.
José Manuel Guisan, Deputy Director of the Institute of Catalysis at the Department of Biocatalysis, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
José Manuel Guisan has conducted his research career at the Institute of Catalysis of the Council for Scientific Research since 1979, after obtaining a PhD in Chemical Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He is the author of more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed international journals with more than 7500 citations.
Guy B. Marin, Chair of Department of Chemical Engineering and Technical Chemistry, University of Ghent and Head of Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT), Belgium
Guy B. Marin received his chemical engineering degree from Ghent University in 1976, from where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1980. He previously held a Fulbright Fellowship at Stanford University and Catalytica Associates (USA) and was Full Professor from 1988 to 1997 at Eindhoven University of Technology where he taught reactor analysis and design. He is author of more than 300 papers in international journals. In 2012 he received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) on “Multiscale Analysis and Design for Process Intensification and Innovation (MADPII)”.
László Monostori, Professor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
László Monostori covers different functions besides his professorship. He is the Deputy Director Research of the Institute for Computer Science and Control (Hungarian acronym SZTAKI), Head of the Engineering and Management Intelligence Laboratory, and Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Production Management and Informatics at SZTAKI. He is also Vice President of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), full Member of the European Academy on Industrial Management (AIM), and Chairman of the Coordinating Committee on Manufacturing and Logistics Systems, International Federation of Automation Control (IFAC). Prof. Monostori is a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, and foreign member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB).
Mathias Noe, Director of the Institute for Technical Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Mathias Noe received his diploma in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Hannover in 1991, where he also later completed his PhD studies, before becoming a Researcher in 1998. He was the Technical Coordinator of the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment and the Group Leader for Applications of Superconductivity in Power Systems. He had published more than 100 papers in International journals, and he is currently the President of the European Society of Applied Superconductivity (ESAS). He has been holding his current position since 2006.
Moira Norrie, Professor of Computer Science and Head of Institute for Information Systems, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Moira Norrie has been a Full Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich since 1996. She obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Dundee, and M.Sc. from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow. Her previous posts include lectureships at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hertfordshire and Abertay, and research positions at the Swedish Institute for Systems Development (SISU) in Stockholm and the University of Glasgow. She was a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation from 2004 to 2012. She has also served on ERC Starting Grants Panels.
Ernst Rank, Chair of Computation in Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Professor Ernst Rank obtained his doctoral degree from the Technical University of Munich in 1985. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Maryland he became Senior Scientist at SIEMENS AG in Munich. He was appointed Professor for Numerical Methods and Information Science at the University of Dortmund in 1990 and has held the chair for Computation in Engineering at TUM since 1997. He published more than 330 papers in scientific journals and in reviewed conference proceedings. In 2006, he became Founding Director of the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering at TUM. Professor Rank has been the Chairman of the University Council of TU Dortmund since 2007, and Director of the TUM Graduate School since 2008. He was awarded the Konrad-Zuse Medal and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Frans van der Helm, Professor in Biomechatronics and Bio-robotics, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Professor Frans van der Helm has a MSc in Human Movement Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1985) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Delft University of Technology, 1991). Besides his current position adjunct-professor at the University of Twente, at the University of Leiden, at the Northwestern University (Chicago) and at the Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland). He was a Member of the Board of the International Society of Biomechanics (2005-2009), and participated in the board of the Technical Group of Computer Simulation and the International Shoulder Group. In 2012 he received an ERC grant for a research project ‘4D EEG’, improving temporal and spatial resolution of EEG source localisation. He has published over 150 papers in international journals.