Keynote speaker: Abdel-Badeeh M. Salem

Faculty of Computer and Information sciences Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Prof. Dr. Abdel-Badeh M Salem is a professor emeritus of Computer Science since September 2007 till now. He was a former Vice Dean of the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences at Ain Shams University, Cairo-Egypt (1996-2007). He was a professor of Computer Science at Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University from 1989 to 1996. He was a Director of Scientific Computing Center at Ain Shams University (1984-1990). His research includes intelligent computing, expert systems, medical informatics, and intelligent e-learning technologies. He has published around 350 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these areas. He has been involved in more than 400 conferences and workshops as an Int. Program Committee , organizer and Session Chair. He is author and co-author of 15 Books in English and Arabic Languages. He was one of the founders of the following events, First Egyptian Workshop on Expert Systems 1987, Int. Cairo Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications in 1992 and Int. Conf. on Intelligent Computing and Information Systems 2002, and one of the main sustainers of annual Int. Romanian Internet Learning Workshop Project (RILW), 1997. In addition he was Secretary of Egyptian Computer Society (1984-1990), Member of National Committee in Informatics – Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (1992-200), Member of Egyptian Committee in the Inter-Governmental Informatics Program, IIP-UNISCO, Paris (1988-1990) and Coordinator of the Annual International Conference for Statistics, Scientific Computing, and Social and Demographic Research (1983-1990). In addition he was a partner of a MEDCAMPUS Projects on Methodologies and Technologies for Distance Education in Mediterranean (1993-1995) He is a member of the Editorial Board of many international Journals.He is a member of Int. Scientific Societies: American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), USA; British Computer Society, Expert Systems Specialist Group (SGES), Int. Neural Network Society (INNS), USA; Association for the Advancement of Computing Education (AACE), USA; Int. Society for Computers and their Applications ((ISCA), NC, USA, Dec. 95); Int. Society for Telemedicine & eHealth ISfTeH,, Switzerland; Member of Int. Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee WG 12.5, Knowledge-Oriented Development of Applications, Austria (2000 till now), Member of Int. Association for Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), TC on AI and Expert Systems, Int. Association for Science and Technology for Development, Canada, (2000 till now). Elected member of Euro Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences (EMAAS), September 25,2015, Athens, Greece. Member of Alma Mater Europaea of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, January 2016.

Invited speaker: Peter Mutschke

GESIS department, Germany

Peter Mutschke is acting head of the GESIS department “Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences” (WTS) since March 2010. His research interests include Information Retrieval, Network Analysis and Science 2.0. He worked in a number of national and international research projects such as the DFG-funded project "Value-Added Services for Information Retrieval" (IRM) and the EU-funded project “Where eGovernment meets the eSociety” (WeGov). Currently, he is involved in the EU projects „Data Insights for Policy Makers & Citizens“ (SENSE4US), "Open Mining Infrastructure for Text and Data" (OpenMinTeD) and "TraininG towards a society of data-saVvy inforMation prOfessionals to enable open leadership Innovation" (MOVING) as well as in major national und European research networks such as the COST action “Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes” (KNOWeSCAPE) and the research alliance “Science 2.0” of the German Leibniz Association. For both research networks Peter Mutschke serves as a member of the management committee.

Invited speaker: Nick Bassiliades

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Nick Bassiliades received his MSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence from the Computing Science Department of Aberdeen University, in 1992, and his PhD degree in parallel knowledge base systems from the Department of Informatics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1998, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He currently also serves as an academic coordinator at the School of Science & Technology of the International Hellenic University, where he also teaches Knowledge Management in the Web. His research interests include knowledge-based and rule systems, multiagent systems, ontologies, linked data and the Semantic Web. He has published more than 180 papers in journals, conferences, and books, has coauthored 4 books and co-edited 8 volumes. His published research has received over 2200 citations (h-index 25). He was the Program Chair of 8 conferences / workshops, he has been member of the Program Committee of more than 100 and on the Organizational Committee of 6 conferences / workshops. He has been involved in 32 R&D projects leading 9 of them. He has been the general secretary of the Board of the Greek Artificial Intelligence Society; he is a director of RuleML, Inc., and also a member of the Greek Computer Society, the IEEE, and the ACM.

Invited speaker: Kostas Stefanidis

University of Tampere

Kostas Stefanidis is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences of the University of Tampere, Finland. Prior to that, he was a research scientist with the Information Systems Lab of ICS-FORTH, Greece, and a postdoctoral researcher at the IDI Dept. of NTNU in Norway and the CSE Dept. of CUHK in Hong Kong. He got his PhD in personalized data management from the University of Ioannina, Greece. Kostas's research interests lie in the intersection of databases, information retrieval and the Web, and include personalized and context-aware data management systems, recommender systems, keyword-based search, and information extraction, resolution and integration. He has been involved in several international research projects and co-authored more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, including ACM SIGMOD, IEEE ICDE and ACM TODS. He is also actively serving the scientific community. Currently, he is the General co-Chair of the Workshop on Exploratory Search in Databases and the Web (ExploreDB), the Web & Information Chair of SIGMOD/PODS 2016 and the Proceedings Chair of EDBT/ICDT 2016.

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