Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of CHIST-ERA consists of high-level experts from leading public research institutes, industry as well as other relevant stakeholders in ICT. The SAB can be consulted by CHIST-ERA at all levels of the project, for example to suggest further activities, gauge the impact of the actions of CHIST-ERA, or ensure complementarity with the activities of the other European research management institutions. In particular, the SAB is highly involved in the selection of the two research topics of the yearly CHIST-ERA call.




Charles Despins
Prompt & University of Québec Canada
Ezio Biglieri
University of California Los Angeles & University Pompeu Fabra
United States & Spain
Gianluca Bontempi Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
Heiko Schuldt
University of Basel
John Cunningham
University of Leeds
United Kingdom
Luis Castedo Ribas University of A. Coruña
Martin McGinnity
Univeristy of Ulster
United Kingdom
Michèle Sebag CNRS
Volkan Ozguz
Sabanci University Turkey


Short CVs

Charles Despins, Prompt & University of Québec (Canada)

Charles DespinsCharles Despins’ career has spanned both the academic and industrial segments of the information technology and communications sector. In addition to having been a faculty member of INRS-Telcommunications (University of Québec) in Montreal, he later held various positions in the private sector including senior director of technology development at Microcell Telecommunications, vice-president and chief technology officer of Bell Nordiq Group, and has worked as a consultant for wireless network deployments in India and China. Since January 2003, he has been president & CEO of Prompt, a university-industry research consortium. For more than ten years, he has remained active in research and is currently adjunct professor at INRS. He holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is a former recipient (1993) of a Best Paper of the Year award in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and was the recipient in 2006 of the Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Canada.


Ezio Biglieri, University of California Los Angeles (United States) and University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)

Ezio BiglieriProfessor Ezio Biglieri received his formal training in Electrical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), where he obtained his Dr. Engr. degree. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. He has held visiting professorships in several countries. He was elected three times to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and he served as its President in 1999. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the IEEE Communications Letters, and the Journal of Communications and Networks. Among other honors, he received the IEEE Third-Millennium Medal, the IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Communications Society Armstrong Achievement Award, the IEEE Information Theory Society Wyner Award, the EURASIP Athanasios Papoulis Award, and the Journal of Communications and Networks Best Paper Award (twice).


Gianluca Bontempi, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Gianluca BontempiGianluca Bontempi graduated with honors in Electronic Engineering (Politecnico of Milan, Italy) and obtained his PhD in Applied Sciences (ULB, Brussels, Belgium). He took part to research projects in academy and private companies all over Europe. His interests cover data mining, machine learning, bioinformatics, time series prediction and simulation. He is author of more than 100 scientific publications. He is also co-author of software for data mining, bioinformatics and prediction, which was awarded, in two international competitions. Since January 2002 he is Professor in Computer Science in ULB Brussels and in 2004 he founded the ULB Machine Learning Group ( Since 2013 he is Director of the Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels (IB)2 (  


Heiko Schuldt, University of Basel (Switzerland)

Heiko SchuldtHeiko Schuldt is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Basel where he leads the Databases and Information Systems (DBIS) group. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT) in Tyrol, Austria. He studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe and received a PhD in 2001 from ETH Zürich. Between 2003 and 2006, he has been associate professor at UMIT. The main focus of his research is the application of database concepts to large-scale distributed information systems, in particular to Service-oriented Architectures, Process-based systems (workflows) Cloud and Grid environments. This includes aspects of reliability, scalability, mobility and dynamic adaptability. The results of this work are applied to fields like Digital Libraries, eHealth, and eScience. Heiko has published more than 70 papers in international journals and conferences. He is member of SI, GI, IEEE, ACM, SIGMOD, SIGIR, and DBTA. He serves on the steering committee of TPDL and the executive committee of DBTA.


John Cunningham, University of Leeds (United Kingdom)

John CunninghamProfessor John Cunningham is Chair of Nanoelectronics and Director of the Institue of Microwaves and Photonics at the University of Leeds, and leads the UK's EPSRC network 'Teranet'. He studied Semiconductor Science and Technology at Imperial College London and received a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge. His work concerns the development of high frequency (megahertz to terahertz) electronic and photonic techniques for the interrogation and manipulation of a wide range of systems, with particular current emphasis on semiconductor nanostructures, polycrystalline compounds, and protein crystals.


Luis Castedo Ribas, University of A. Coruña (Spain)

Luis Castedo RibasProfessor Luis Castedo Ribas is a full professor at the University of A Coruña (UDC). He studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and received a PhD degree. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Southern California (US) and Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (France). He has been Director of the Department of Electronics and Systems and a member of the Doctoral Committee of the UDC. He is the co-author of over 150 articles in international and prestigious journals and conferences in the field of electrical engineering. He is the founder and the coordinator of the research group in Electronics and Communications. More than thirty research projects of this group have been funded by public bodies at regional, national and European level. More than twenty technology transfer contracts have been designed with major companies in the ICT sector (Indra, Telefónica I+D, ATOS Origin, ...). His research interests focus on signal processing for wireless communications and prototyping communications terminal equipment.


Martin McGinnity, Univeristy of Ulster (United Kingdom)

Martin McGinnityProfessor McGinnity is the Dean of Science and Technology of the Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Formerly, he was Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre, Acting Associate Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering and Head of the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at the University of Ulster. He was also a Director of the University of Ulster's technology transfer company, Innovation Ulster, and a spin out company Flex Language Services. He has been awarded both a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship and a Distinguished Learning Support Fellowship from the University of Ulster in recognition of his contribution to research and teaching and is a Fellow of the IET, SMIEEE and a Chartered Engineer. His current research interests are focused on computational intelligence, and in particular on computational systems, which explore and model biological signal processing, specifically in relation to cognitive robotics and computational neuroscience. He is the author or co-author of approximately 300 research papers, and has attracted approximately £25million to support his research.


Michèle Sebag, CNRS (France)

Michèle SebagWith a background in maths (Ecole Normale Supérieure), Michèle Sebag went to industry (Thalès) where she started to learn about computer science, project management, and artificial intelligence. She got interested in AI, became consulting engineer, and realized that machine learning was something to be. She was offered the opportunity to start research on machine learning for applications in numerical engineering at Laboratoire de Mécanique des Solides at Ecole Polytechnique. After her PhD at the crossroad of machine learning (LRI, Université Paris-Sud Orsay), data analysis (Ceremade, Université Paris-10 Dauphine) and numerical engineering (LMS, Ecole Polytechnique), she entered CNRS as research fellow (CR1) in 1991. In 2001, she took the lead of the Inference and ML group, now ML & Optimization, at LRI, Université Paris-Sud. In 2003 she founded together with Marc Schoenauer the TAO (ML & Optimization) INRIA project. Her research interests include reinforcement learning, preference learning, information theory for robotics and surrogate optimization.


Volkan Ozguz, Sabanci University (Turkey)

Volkan Ozguz Volkan Ozguz is the director of the Nanotechnology Research and Application Center at Sabanci University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He was Fulbright and NATO Fellow during graduate studies. Dr. Ozguz has been working in the semiconductor processing, packaging and microelectronics manufacturing fields since 1979 (TELETAS-Alcatel, University of California, Irvine Sensors Corporation). He has extensive R&D and project management experience in the design and implementation of microelectronic, nanoeelectronic and optoelectronic systems including fabrication technologies, process design and integration, facility operations and technology transfer. He led pioneering development efforts in chip-to-chip optical interconnects and 3D packaging and integration for heterogeneous systems. Dr. Ozguz authored over 30 journal articles, 3 book chapters and 19 patents. He is senior member of IEEE Electron Devices, Communications and Components-Packaging-Manufacturing Technologies Societies. 


Former members


Anna Tzanakaki University of Bristol United Kingdom
Claudia Eckert Technology University of Munich Germany
Eugene Simon Polzik University of Copenhagen Denmark
Klaus Ensslin Swiss Federal Technology Institute of Zurich Switzerland
Louis Laurent French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety France
Martin Curley Intel Labs Europe Europe
Sergio Verdu Princeton University United States
Thomas Henzinger Institute of Science and Technology Austria Austria
Tommaso Calarco ULM University Germany