Speakers and Co-authors

  Branislav Rovan
Branislav received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1972. He is currently President of the Slovak Society for Computer Science and a full professor at the Comenius University in Bratislava. His broad scope expertise is in informatics and information technologies with a main focus on foundations, education, and information society issues.
  Bruno Lamborghini
Bruno Lamborghini is Chairman of the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO). He was president of AICA until 2010. Bruno is currently Vice President of AICA and professor on Information Society at the Catholic University of Milan.
  Carlos Oliveira
Carlos Oliveira is presently an officer at DG Information Society and Media, Strategy for Research and Innovation.
  Diana Šimić
Diana Šimić is a professor of information and communication sciences at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organisation and Informatics. She has held positions of assistant minister for information technology at the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2002-2004, and deputy state secretary at the Central State Administrative Office for e-Croatia in 2004-2008. She is a member of two working groups for negotiation of the Croatian accession to the EU. She represented Croatia in a number of UN and EU working groups related to the development of information society. Diana is a member of the eSEE Initiative working group since 2002, and its Chair since 2007.
  Franci Pivec
Franci Pivec was President of the Government Council of High Education in 2010 when the  Strategy for Higher Education in Slovenia was prepared and adopted by the Government. He is a member of the Slovenian Sociaty INFORMATIKA (SSI) Board and is president of the SSI Chapter of Seniors. He is active in ethical aspects of informatics and is the author of the SSI Code of Ethics.
  Imants Freibergs
Dr. Imants Freibergs is an IT consultant. He is a member of the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA) and its past-president 2001-2009. From 1976-99, he was Professor of Informatics at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Canada. His research and professional consulting activities focus on software engineering. He has been a member and IT expert of various academic, governmental and non-governmental committees and working groups in Latvia and for UNESCO, 2000-2009.
István Lepsényi
István Lepsényi is General Director of Knorr-Bremse Hungary, President of the Hungarian Associationof Managers, Vice President of the International Organization of Automotive Manufacturers (OICA).
  Juraj Stancik
Juraj is currently a scientific fellow in the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), where he works on the International Digital Economy Analysis project. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education in Prague. Juraj also holds a M.Sc. in Mathematics of Economy and Finance from Comenius University in Bratislava. His areas of interest cover international economics and econometrics.
  Kiril Boyanov
Prof. Boyanov is Academician (Full Member) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Bulgarian representative to IT STAR.  Kiril has provided long-term leadership within the Bulgarian ICT industry and in ICT R&D, notably as Director of the Institute of Parallel Processing at BAS.
  Laszlo Palkovics
  Linas Eriksonas
Dr. Linas Eriksonas is Project Manager at Europarama, an R&D and innovation consultancy firm, a member of the European Techno-Economic Policy Support Network. He has conducted policy analysis for DG INFSO, DGRTD, DG REGIO and DG Enterprise, and has been managing the ICT RTD technological audit in Lithuania.
  Marek Holynski
Marek Hołynski is Director of the Computer Science Institute in Warsaw. He was President of the Polish Information Processing Society until June 2011 and is currently its Vice-President and representative to IT STAR. After graduating from the Warsaw Institute of Technology in 1975 he received his Ph.D. at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1981-89 he was professor at Boston University and research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Then he worked in Silicon Valley, designing computer graphics workstations (Indigo, Indy and O2) used for animation, special effects and TV/film postproduction.
  Marek Tiits
Marek Tiits, Ph.D., is the chairman of the board, Institute of Baltic Studies, Estonia. His particular field of expertise lies in the domain of science and technology policies and development economics. For the past 10 years he has been holding different national and international expert and advisory positions in the field of innovation, research and development with, among others, the Estonian R&D Council and the European Commission DG INFSO.
  Niko Schlamberger
Niko Schlamberger is President of the Slovenian Society INFORMATIKA. Niko has served the international ICT community in various functions including as IT STAR coordinator, IFIP Vice-President and CEPIS President.
  Norbert Kroo
Norbert Kroo is past Vice-President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and founding director of the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of HAS. He is the former president of the European Physical Society and member or honorary doctor of several distinguished scientific institutions including the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, and has received awards from many states and their academies. His latest decorations are the Wallis E. Lamb Award for Laser Physics and Quantum Electronics (USA), and the Commander of the Order of the Lion (Finland).
Renata Anna Jaksa
Renata Anna Jaksa is Director of the ICEG European Center in Budapest. Her research areas include ICT and knowledge based economy research projects, focusing mainly on innovation, R&D, the ICT sector, broadband developments and eServices (eGovernment, eHealth, eLearning, eBusiness).
  Roberto Bellini
Roberto Bellini is President of the AICA Milan Chapter and EUCIP Manager, Italy.
  Saulius Maskeliūnas
Dr. Saulius Maskeliūnas is President of Lithuanian Computer Society. He is head of Artificial Intelligence section, deputy director and researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of Vilnius University.
  Stefan Dodunekov
Prof. Stefan Dodunekov is Academician (Full Member) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at BAS. He is Editor-in-Chief of Serdica Journal of Computing, President of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians and of the Mathematical Society of South-Eastern Europe (MASSEE). Stefan’s research interests include Algebraic and Combinatorial Coding Theory, Finite Fields Theory: polynomials, computations, Elementary Number Theory, Cryptography, Coding for Communications and Memories and Education in Mathematics and Informatics.
  Tarmo Kalvet
Tarmo Kalvet, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Fellow in the field of technology governance at the Department of Public Administration, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. For many years, he was the founding head of the Innovation Policy Research Programme at the Praxis Centre for Policy Studies, Estonia’s leading policy think tank, as well as one of its board members.
  Zoltan Horvath
Zoltan Horvath received his PhD degree (title of the thesis: „A Relational Model of Parallel Programs“) in 1996 and completed his habilitation process (title of the thesis: „Verification of Distributed Functional Programs“) in 2004. He has been head of the Department of Programming Languages and Compilers since 2003, and full professor since 2008. He is coordinator of the Budapest Associate Partner of the EIT ICT Labs Consortium and the CEEPUS HUII-19 Network.  Between 2007 and 2010 he was vice-dean for scientific affairs and international relations of the Faculty of Informatics, and since 2010 he has been vice-rector for international affairs of Eotvos Lorand University.
  Short presentation by Barnabás Málnay
Barnabás Málnay is Director of the Hungarian Mobility and Multimedia Cluster’s management office. Before joining the MMCluster, he was director of external relations and development at Kitchen Budapest, and prior to that, senior advisor at Magyar Telekom’s Innovation and Business Development Directorate.