Conference Personalities

Conference Vice-chairman
PLENARY SESSION CHAIRMAN

BACKGROUND


Academician, Prof., Dr.
Academician of the European Academy (2011), Russian Academy of Cosmonauticsnamed after K.E. Tsiolkovsky (2012), the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors (2009). Foreign member of the European Academy of Economics and Management (2010). Principal Member (Fellow) of the International Pattern Recognition Association (1998).
In the period from 2002 to 2008 he was a General Director of the United Institute of Informatics Problems of The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. In 2008 he became a Rector of the Belarusian State University. In 2017 he left the position.
Author of over 450 scientific papers, 15 books, 5 of which are published abroad. He developed the theory, methods and algorithms for processing and recognition of graphic images, principles of construction and methodology for creating automated image processing systems. Under his leadership, a number of specific automated graphic information processing systems were created with applications in cartography, the study of the earth's surface, medicine and mechanical engineering

Astsatryan
INVITED SPEAKER
Session: GÉANT Session

PRESENTATION


Armenian Data Cube: Lessons Learned


BACKGROUND


Hrachya Astsatryan studied mathematics and graduated from the Yerevan State University in 1998. In 2001 he received his Ph.D. from the the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of NAS RA and in 2020 habilitation degree (HDR) from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse. His research experience is related to the topics of e-infrastructures and scientific computations. He has authored more than 70 articles in the revised journals and proceedings. Now he is the director and head of the center for scientific computing of the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.

GÉANT SESSION MODERATOR

BACKGROUND


Chris Atherton is a Research Engagement Officer at GÉANT, focusing on providing cutting-edge pan-European networking, and trust and identity services. His role focuses on supporting International user communities and organisations, as well as identifying new solutions to specific research requirements primarily in the Earth Observation, Astronomy and Planetary Science communities. Chris has over 10 years’ experience working in the IT and Space industry prior to joining GÉANT and holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Security.

INVITED SPEAKER
Session: GÉANT Session

PRESENTATION


SURFnet8 - Evolving from Device Automation to Service Orchestration


BACKGROUND


Peter Boers graduated with a Bachelors degree in IT from the Hanze University in Groningen (NL) in 2014. Initially he worked as a S.R.E at a Dutch Internet Service Provider. In 2016 he graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master in System and Network Engineering with a specialty in Advanced Networks. From 2016 onwards he has been involved in the Automation and Orchestration effort at the SURF network department. Together with a small team of Architects and Software Engineers he works on the Orchestration platform which delivers services seamlessly across The Netherlands and parts of Europe.

Conference Organizer / Program Committee Co-chairman
SESSION MODERATOR

BACKGROUND


PhD, Head of Intelligent Information Systems Department.
An expert in space domain, Space National Contact Point in Horizon Europe (HEU) and Belarusian representative at the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). National Coordinator of the World Space Week in Belarus  and leader of “BYspace” community .
Professional interests are: Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Image Processing, Data Mining for technical and medical diagnostics.
Starting from 2012 – a chief executer of projects dealing with satellite image processing, UAV navigation, intelligent systems development to support modeling of unmanned vehicle flights.
International cooperation pillars: Roscosmos, EU Copernicus, Eastern Partnership, H2020/HEU and GÉANT as marketing communication and research engagement strategy.

INVITED SPEAKER
Session: GÉANT Session

PRESENTATION


Does AI Dream of Electric Sheeps


BACKGROUND


Juraj Bilić holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek. He began his career in 2001, as a translator for the United Nations. He soon became the coordinator of educational projects in the non-governmental sector, where, among other things, he led the project “New School – Integrated School Vukovar” to establish the first integrated and intercultural primary school in Vukovar.
During his work in the non-governmental sector, he gained extensive experience in the development, application and testing of educational projects funded by the European Commission, the World Bank, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Croatia and other large donors.
After joining CARNET he took over the position of Expert in EU projects. He participated in operational programming in education for the operational programs “Competitiveness and Cohesion” and “Effective Human Resources” in the Republic of Croatia. He initiated and led the development of the e-School project, the largest informatization project funded by the European Union, which digitally transforms the teaching and business processes of primary and secondary schools and raises their digital maturity.
He also led the cooperation with the European Investment Bank to develop the e-School project following EU regulations, digital and educational programs and strategies, and national indicators. In July 2021, he was appointed Vice CEO of CARNET.


BACKGROUND


Dr. Nikos Bogonikolos has a mathematical background (Diploma of University of Patras, Greece) and delivered post-graduate and doctorate research in Kharkiv National Economic University, Ukraine.
Since 1987 he has been President, Managing Director and shareholder of business entities related to Information Technologies, Space Technologies, Education and Training, Management Consulting and Business Development in Greece (Athens, Patras, Thessaloniki) and abroad. Expert in Commissions of European Commission, European Parliament and Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE) - now “Business Europe” in the field of Entrepreneurial assistance, Innovation, Research and Technological Development, Training and in Relations with Third Countries. Senior Consultant of the Association of Industries of Peloponnese and Western Greece for European issues.
He is the creator of the unique T.S.P.R. holistic security methodology “Total Security Process Re-engineering”. He has published 4 books and 42 scientific abstracts in journals and conferences. He has participated in 200+ EC funded Research and Technological Development Projects as Project Manager and Project Coordinator. He has received the European Business Award as a Greek National Champion for Innovations and Environmental and Corporate Sustainability for the years 2013-2015.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Plenary Session: TBA

PRESENTATION


Towards Creative Robots and AI with a Human Touch


BACKGROUND


I am based in London, U.K., since the Autumn of 2004. I joined the Computing Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, to develop and contribute to novel (or less explored) areas of research and teaching in computing and beyond. I explore areas of research bringing together creative artistic activities, vision and perception understanding, with computing.
More details : https://www.linkedin.com/in/folleymarie/


BACKGROUND


Bioinformatics specialist with 30+ years’ experience, studied and worked in Europe and United States. Participated in many pioneering investigations, including sequencing and annotation of the first Human genome. Taught multiple courses for students and researchers, covering bioinformatics databases and tools. As Program Officer, managed six NIAID-funded Bioinformatics Resource Centers (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases). Dr. Andrei Gabrielian is currently involved in development of TB Portals Program resources and support of Program's international collaborations.


BACKGROUND


Data scientist at Poznan Super Computing and Networking Center (PSNC) in Poland. My specialization is developing Deep Learning models for image processing, but recently I am also involved in delivering such models to production, both in European and commercial projects.

KEYNOTE CO-SPEAKER / PANELIST
Plenary Session: TBA
Session: AI Panel Discussion

PRESENTATION


Towards AI-based diagnosis of lung tuberculosis.
Lung lesion segmentation, visualization, and assessment based on Deep Learning


BACKGROUND


Dr. , Head of Biomedical Image Analysis Department.
Vassili Kovalev is working in the field of biomedical image analysis for about 30 years. Currently his research interests are focused on computer assisted diagnosis of lung diseases and cancer diagnosis based on the whole slide imaging using Deep Learning methods and Artificial Intelligence approaches. Along with typical setups of biomedical image segmentation and classification, his particular interests are in the field of generation of realistic biomedical images using generative networks with the aim of resolving of a number of ethical, legal and Deep Learning problems as well as on the security problems associated with the Adversarial Attacks.
He authored more than 150 publications. His Hirsch indices are h=19 (SCOPUS, 1681 citations) and h=25 (Google scholar, 3458 citations).
Lab platform: https://image.org.by/

Program Committee Co-chairman
SESSION MODERATOR

BACKGROUND


PhD. Marina Lukashevich is working in the field of image processing, pattern recognition and machine learning. Currently her research interests are focused on medical image processing. She has over 21 years’ experience working in at the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics. In present time she is AI/ML Scientist in Softeq Development Corporation

Pierre-Philippe Mathieu
INVITED SPEAKER
Session: GÉANT Session

PRESENTATION


The Advent of Artificial Intelligence for Space Applications


BACKGROUND


Head of the ESA Φ-lab Explore Office
He is heading the Φ-lab Explore Office at the European Space Agency in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy), aiming to connect people, ideas & digital technologies to help shape the future of Earth Observation. He spent 20+ years working in the field of environmental and ocean modelling, weather risk management and remote sensing.
He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc from ULiège (Belgium), a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Univ. of Louvain (Belgium), and a Management degree from the University of Reading Business School (UK).


BACKGROUND


Joined GEANT’s Project Management team in September 2017.
Previous professional experience includes delivering business objectives in a global commercial setting (American Express) as well as project management in education (adoption of learning technology) and developing associated professional competencies in the non-profit sector (further education sector and local government UK).
Main focus of professional interests includes the transformative impact of technology for life-long learning; human capital development, organisational development and transforming communities via international development projects.
Educated to the university level (University of semantics Moscow, Russia), also hold Foundation Degree in Computing, HND in Business and Development, Certification in Further Education (UK) and ILM (Institute for Learning and Management) Executive coaching.
At present:
Associate member of the Learning and Performance Institute (UK)
Associate member of the European Mentoring and Coaching council (UK)
Member of the Advisory Committee of the OEB (The Global cross-sector conference and exhibition on technology-supported learning and training).

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Plenary Session: TBA

PRESENTATION


Molecularly Interpretable Machine Learning for Computational Pathology


BACKGROUND


Axel Mosig is professor for Bioinformatics in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum (RUB) Germany. He is also heading the Bioinformatics Department at the Research Center for Protein Diagnostics (PRODI) at RUB. His research is focused on machine learning for experimental and clinical research, in particular in computational pathology.


BACKGROUND


Henning Müller studied medical informatics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, then worked at Daimler-Benz research in Portland, OR, USA. From 1998-2002 he worked on his PhD degree in computer vision at the University of Geneva, Switzerland with a research stay at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Since 2002, Henning has been working for the medical informatics service at the University Hospital of Geneva. Since 2007, he has been a full professor at the HES-SO Valais and since 2011 he is responsible for the eHealth unit of the school. Since 2014, he is also professor at the medical faculty of the University of Geneva. In 2015/2016 he was on sabbatical at the Martinos Center, part of Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA to focus on research activities. Henning is coordinator of the ExaMode EU project, was coordinator of the Khresmoi EU project, scientific coordinator of the VISCERAL EU project. Since early 2020 he is also a member of the Swiss National Research Council.


BACKGROUND


Jos B. T. M. Roerdink received a PhD in theoretical physics (1983) from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. After a postdoctoral position (1983-1985) at the University of California, San Diego, he joined the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, working on image processing and tomographic reconstruction. In 1992 he was appointed associate professor at the University of Groningen, where he has been full professor of Scientific Visualization and Computer Graphics since 2003. His research interests include mathematical morphology, biomedical visualization, neuroimaging and bioinformatics.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Plenary Session: TBA

PRESENTATION


From Differentiable Reasoning to Self-supervised Embodied Active Learning


BACKGROUND


Ruslan Salakhutdinov is a UPMC Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Machine Learning at CMU. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto. After spending two post-doctoral years at MIT, he joined the University of Toronto and later moved to CMU. From 2016 to 2019 he was a director of AI research at Apple.


BACKGROUND


PhD. Eduard Snezhko is Leading Researcher at the Mathematics Cybernetics Department of UIIP NASB. He has extensive experience in medical image analysis, including CT, NMR, X-ray and Ultrasound, as well as satellite and aerial image processing and analysis. Currently, his research is focuses on development of Deep Learning methods for computer-aided diagnosis and monitoring of lungs diseases.

Conference Chairman
PLENARY SESSION CHAIRMAN / PANELIST
Session: AI Panel Discussion

BACKGROUND


Prof., Dr. General Director.
Alexander V. Tuzikov is a Belarus State Prize Laureate (2002), Belarus representative in IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition). Alexander Tuzikov graduated from the Belarus State University (Minsk, 1980), received the candidate of physics-mathematical sciences degree of Institute of Mathematics (1985) and doctor of physics-mathematical sciences degree of the Institute of Engineering Cybernetics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (2000), Professor (2005), Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (2014).
His research subjects include bioinformatics, computational biology, image processing and analysis, medical imaging, mathematical morphology, remote sensing, discrete applied mathematics. He is an author of more than 390 publications in these fields.

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