Alexander Mathys is an R&D manager with strong links to academic and applied research, as well as successful implementation initiatives. He is currently active as head of the Bioeconomy Department at the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL) in Quakenbrück, leading research and implementation activities with focus on food biotechnology and bioprocessing and on value chains in food and feed. Alexander is an expert in food preservation and sterilization technologies for multi categories, mainly food service, liquid preservation and RTD.
He also served as lecturer, teacher, reviewer and supervisor with several universities and organizations, mainly TU Berlin and the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
Eileen Diskin is working in the Innovation Academy UCD, on the 'Postgrad Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise' programme. There, she is a facilitator for the 'Creative Thinking and Innovation' module and also provides support in the 'Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation' and 'Action' modules.
She has an educational background and work experience in the areas of environmental science, biodiversity and conservation, and wildlife and ecosystem health. Alongside her PhD, she became interested in developing novel ways of communicating science to the general public, and in making links between academic institutions and society.
In her current role, she is committed to the use of untraditional educational experiences as a way of providing students with skills needed to tackle challenges on both personal and societal levels.
Francesca Rossi is a full professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy, where her research interests focus on artificial intelligence (AI), with a particular emphasis on preference modeling and reasoning, constraint processing, multi-agent systems, and voting theory. She is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence and serves as president of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence from 2013 until 2015.
Oliver Vornberger is Professor for Computer Science at the University of Osnabrück where he serves as acting head of the Institute of Computer Science and as a founder and board member of virtUOS, the Center for Information Management and Virtual Teaching.
Over the course of his career Oliver worked in different places in Europe and in the US and also topically covered questions from very different areas within computer science ranging from theoretical computer science to computer graphics and e-learning. This reflects in his broad spectrum of teaching activities which also earned him several awards including the German national Ars legendi Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching.
Rainer Malaka is Professor for Digital Media at Bremen University, where he leads the Digital Media Group and serves as director of the Center for Computing and Communication Technologies. Before his move to Bremen in April 2006, he headed the research department of the European Media Laboratory (EML).
The focus of Rainer Malaka’s work is intelligent mobile systems, but he and his group are also involved in research on entertainment computing, human computation, human-computer interaction, semantics and context, spatial media and computing, and visual computing.
Tony Veale is a senior lecturer in the department of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. He has been a researcher in the areas of Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence since 1988, both in industry and in academia. He is the author of Exploding The Creativity Myth: The Computational Foundations of Linguistic Creativity (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012) and a founder member of the international Association for Computational Creativity (ACC).