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PhD MENTORS Panel

This panel is for those who are looking for insights in finding a topic or guidance for their future project leading to a Philosophy Degree in Computer Science. In particular, the last year Master Students are welcome to get tuned in this vibrant discipline with plenty of emerging and developing lines of research.

The panel will include several very short enlightning presentations by recognized Computer Science experts. They will share their thoughts and prognoses regarding an answer to one important question which has been posed to them:

If you were thinking of kicking-off a (yet one more) PhD project of your own, what would be the topic of your choice? Why this?

The panel will be moderated by Prof. Vadim Ermolayev and, in addition to the presentations of the experts, will allow you a chance to ask your questions, or talk to the experts in a coffee break after the panel is finished.

The experts, who confirmed their participation, are (alphabetically):


Oscar Corcho

Oscar Corcho is a Professor at Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), where he co-leads the Ontology Engineering Group (OEG). He is also the co-founder of Localidata, a start-up company that develops information technology services focused on open data. Previously, he worked as a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Manchester, and was a research manager at iSOCO. He holds an MSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from UPM.

For his work as a researcher and educator, Prof. Corcho was awarded the Third National Award by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2001. At Localidata, he is mainly focused on helping cities in improving their open data management processes. Improvements are sought by taking as much advantage as possible of the open data that the cities are already releasing, and coming to agreements on how to expose their data in a homogeneous manner. In this scope of activity, Prof. Corcho also looks at helping developers in making use of the wealth of open data that public and private institutions are releasing. At OEG-UPM, his research activities are mainly focused on Ontological Engineering, Linked Data, Semantic e-Science and the application of semantics to the Internet of Things (IoT).


Athula Ginige

Athula Ginige is a Professor of Information Technology at Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia. He graduated with B.Sc. first class honours from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England. He is now a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, a member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Web Engineering and Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions. He has over 200 Journal and Conference publications. He has given many Keynotes, invited talks, seminar presentations and tutorials at various local and international conferences on video coding, multimedia information systems, Web Engineering, and eBusiness.

Prof. Ginige has done some pioneering work to establish the discipline area of Web Engineering which he is now extending to mobile based applications. He now leads the Social Computing and Knowledge Ecosystems Research Program at School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at WSU. This program focuses on developing knowledge driven Social Computing solutions delivered via mobile based systems to range of applied problems in diverse areas such as agriculture, healthcare, business and education. His current research areas include both autonomous and participatory sensor networks, knowledge aggregation and event detection, large scale knowledge organisation based on ontologies and Semantic web technologies, context modelling, designing mobile based systems for user empowerment and Social Computing. Digital Knowledge Ecosystems integrate all these technologies and methodologies to provide innovative and sometimes disruptive solutions to real world challenges.

Presentation slides by Prof. Ginige


Heinrich C. Mayr

Heinrich C. Mayr received his doctorate from the University of Grenoble (France) in 1975. Until 1983 he was an assistant professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Germany) and a visiting professor at several universities. From 1984-1990 he was CEO of a German software company. Since 1990 he has been full professor at Universität Klagenfurt, Austria. For 9 years he served as Dean, from 2006 until 2012 as the Rector.

His research focusses on human centered informatics including IS design methodologies, natural language based user centered requirements analysis, knowledge management and modeling; it is documented by more than 190 publications.

He has been, among others, Vice President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), President of Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), and member of the OCG (Austrian Computer Society) board. Currently he is the editor in chief of the GI-Edition “Lecture Notes in Informatics”, council member of the Carinthian College of Education, member of the TC Information Systems of the academic accreditation agency ASIIN, chairman of the board of trustees of Stadtwerke Klagenfurt AG, vice-chairman of the ER steering committee, and chairman of the scientific council of the Software Internet Cluster SIC.

He has been awarded as Fellow of GI, ER Fellow, Honorary Doctor (Nat. Technical University Kharkiv), and Honored Professor of Sciences (State University Kherson); and he is a recipient of the Golden Medal of the city of Klagenfurt.

Presentation slides by Prof. Mayr



Dimitris Plexousakis
Dimitris Plexousakis is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete and a Researcher at the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH in Greece, head of the Information Systems Laboratory since 2012. As of 12/2009 he is the head of the University of Crete’s Data Processing Laboratory and Computing Center and since 2012 he is the head of the Information Systems Laboratory of FORTH-ICS. He received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Crete in 1988 and M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto in 1990 and 1996 respectively.

His research interests span the following areas: Knowledge Representation and Knowledge Base Design with emphasis on the representation and management of temporal knowledge; Distributed Database Systems and Databases on the Web with focus on the study of formal knowledge representation models and query languages for the Semantic Web; Formal reasoning systems and applications of artificial intelligence in database systems with focus on dynamic action theories and belief revision; Business process and e-service modeling over wide-area distributed information systems. He has published over 180 articles in international conferences and journals and has served on the program committees of numerous international conferences. He was the executive chair of the 9th
International Conference on Extending Database Technology (March 14-18, 2004, Heraklion, Greece) and the Program Committee co-Chair of the 3rd International Semantic Web Conference (November 7-11, 2004, Hiroshima, Japan).

Dimitris has extensive experience in the scientific coordination of research projects at the National and European levels. He served as the Scientific Coordinator of the FET Coordination Action "Beyond the Horizon" and as a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the
FET Coordination Action "InterLink".

Presentation slides by Prof. Plexousakis


Prof. Wolfgang Reisig
Wolfgang Reisig, full professor at the Computer Science Institute of Humboldt‐Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany.

Prof. Reisig studied Physics and Computer Science in Karlsruhe and Bonn, where he graduated with a masters degree in 1974. He served as a research assistant and assistant professor at the University of Bonn and at RWTH Aachen, where he received his PhD in 1979. He was a visiting professor at Hamburg University 1983/1984, and a project manager at Gesellschaft fuer Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD) at St. Augustin. He received his Habilitation from the University of Bonn in 1987 and hold the position of a professor at Technical University of Munich, 1988‐1993. Since 1993 he is a full professor at Humboldt‐Universitaet zu Berlin. He twice kept the position of the manager of the Institute (1994‐1996 and 2002‐2004) and was the Dean of the faculty of Natural Sciences II, 1996‐1998.
Prof. Reisig was a senior research fellow at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, California in 1997 and got the "Lady Davis Visiting Professorship" at Technion, Haifa (Israel) in 2000-2001. In 2002 and 2005 he received the IBM Faculty Award for his contribution to Cross-organizational Business Processes and the Analysis of Service Models. In 2006, he held the Beta Chair of Technical University of Eindhoven. Prof. Reisig has been a scientific visitor at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA for several months in 2007 and 2009. He has ben the speaker of the PhD school on Service-oriented Architectures for the Integration of Software‐based Processes, exemplified by Health Care Systems and Medical Technology (SOAMED) 2010-2015.
Prof. Reisig is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea. He published and edited numerous books and articles on Petri Net Theory and Applications. He is a Member of the Petri Net Conference Steering Committee since 1982 and a co‐editor of the journal "Software and Systems Modeling“.