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The Scientific Advisory Board of CHIST-ERA consists of high-level experts from leading public research institutes, industry as well as other relevant stakeholders in ICT. Its members have a high scientific profile, experience in research management, and deep insights into the emergence of new scientific questions and into the evolution of scientific practices. The board is involved in the selection of the CHIST-ERA call topics. It can also be consulted 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 other research management institutions.


Elisabeth André Augsburg University Germany
Yiannis Kompatsiaris Center for Research and Technology - Hellas Greece
Sharon Sputz Columbia University United Stated
Siobhán Clarke Trinity College Dublin Ireland
Didier Galmiche University of Lorraine France
Eero Hyvönen Aalto University and University of Helsinki Finland
Teresa Zielińska Warsaw University of Technology Poland
Begoña García-Zapirain University of Deusto Spain
Patrick Eugster Università della Svizzera italiana Switzerland
Philippe Cudré-Mauroux University of Fribourg Switzerland
Guillaume Ducournau University of Lille France

Short CVs

Elisabeth André, Augsburg University (Germany)

Elisabeth André Elisabeth André is Full Professor of Computer Science (W3), Chair of Human-Centered Multimedia, Faculty of Applied Informatics, Augsburg University since 2001 (to be completed).

Yiannis Kompatsiaris, Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas (Greece)

Yannis Kompatsiaris Dr. Ioannis (Yiannis) Kompatsiaris is the Director of CERTH-ITI and the Head of Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory. His research interests include AI/ML for multimedia, Semantics (multimedia ontologies and reasoning), Social Media and Big Data Analytics, Multimodal and Sensors Data Analysis, Human Computer Interfaces, e- Health, Cultural, Media/Journalism and Security applications. He is the co-author of 178 papers in refereed journals, 63 book chapters, 8 patents and 560 papers in international conferences. He has been the co-chair of various international conferences and has served as a regular reviewer, associate and guest editor for a number of journals and conferences. He is a member of the National Ethics and Technoethics Committee and an elected member of the IEEE IVMSP - TC. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and ACM.  

Sharon Sputz, Columbia University (United States)

Heiko Schuldt Sharon has combined experience in business strategy and technical research. As the Executive Director of Strategic Programs at the Data Science Institute, she is responsible for the outreach to Industry and Government. Her focus is to drives interdisciplinary research across the University advancing both the field of data science and the application of data science. Prior to joining the Institute in 2014, Sharon spent 11 years at BAE Systems identifying and pursuing new business opportunities in leading edge technology. She began her career at Bell Laboratories managing and coordinating material characterization as well as developing new and innovative tools. Sharon moved on to become the Strategic Marketing Manager at Lucent/Agere with a variety of responsibilities: from leading the technical evaluation of merger and acquisition candidates to defining product planning for the optical networking group and components. Sharon received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from State University of NY at Binghamton and a Masters of Science in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Siobhán Clarke, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Siobhan Clarke

Siobhán Clarke is Professor of Software Systems at Trinity College Dublin. Her research expertise is in software engineering models for the provision of smart and dynamic software services to urban stakeholders, addressing challenges in the engineering of dynamic software in ad hoc, mobile environments. She has >200 publications, with her team more recently publishing on topics relating to a middleware for resilient, QoS-aware service discovery and orchestration for mobile consumers/providers, and on service placement models at the edge. 
Prof. Clarke is the founding Director of Future Cities, the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities, and leads the Enable national Science Foundation Ireland Research Programme on Connecting Communities to Smart Urban Environments through the Internet of Things. 

Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University and University of Helsinki (Finland)

Eero Hyvonen Eero Hyvönen is professor of semantic media technology at the Aalto University, Department of Computer Science, and director of Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG) at the University of Helsinki. He directs the Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo) specializing on Semantic Web technologies and applications. A major recent theme (since 2001) in his research has been development of the national level semantic web infrastructure and its application in different areas such as digital humanities. Eero Hyvönen has published some 500 research articles and books and has got several international and national awards. He acts in the editorial boards of several international journals and has co-chaired and acted in the programme committees of tens of major conferences.

Teresa Zielińska, National Science Centre (Poland)

Teresa Zielinska Teresa Zielinska received her M.Sc. degree in automatic control  from Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology and Ph.D. degree in robotics (both from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland). For several years she was employed as a software engineer in a computing center. In 1995, she obtained a habilitation (D.Sc.)  in biocybernetics at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a full professor at the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology. She was a SERC scholarship holder in Great Britain, Senior Research Fellow at Nanyang University of Technology (Singapore), visiting professor at Keio University (Japan), Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), Griffith University (Australia), National University of Singapore (Singapore). Her research area includes control theory, bio-robotics and biocyberenetics, real-time control systems, sensing  and navigation, intelligent robotic systems, and human-robot interactions. Prof. Zielinska is the author or co-author of over 300 publications and co-holder of 2 patents. She is a member of the Council of  the National Science Center – Poland (till end of 2022).

Begoña García-Zapirain, University of Deusto (Spain)

Begoña García-Zapirain Begoña García-Zapirain was born in San Sebastian (Spain). She graduated in Communications Engineering, specializing in Telematics at the Basque Country University, Bilbao (Spain) in 1994. In 2004, she defended her doctoral thesis in biomedical signal processing research area. After four years of working for ZIV Company, in 1997, Prof. García-Zapirain joined the University of Deusto as a lecturer in signal theory and electronics at the Engineering School. She was the head of the Telecommunication Department at the University of Deusto from 2002-2008 and head of DeustoTech-LIFE Department from 2008-2018. In 2001 she created eVIDA research group ( She has participated in more than 120 research projects on international, national and regional levels, published more than 140 papers in international scientific ISI indexed journals, and presented more than 160 papers in international and national scientific conferences. She has been supervising 11 thesis and has ongoing 5 PhD students. She has strong collaborations with research labs in USA, France, Ireland, and Netherlands among others. She has 6 research awards at national level.

Patrick Eugster

Patrick Eugster Patrick is a professor of computer science at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. Before joining USI in 2017, he was a regular faculty member at Purdue University (2005-2016), where he remains an adjunct professor, and at TU Darmstadt (2014-2017). He was also a visiting faculty member at MIT (2012-2013). Patrick is interested in distributed systems and its intersection with other areas such as programming languages, networks, and security. He has been awarded for his research by several funding agencies (e.g., NSF CAREER 2007, DARPA CSSP 2011, ERC Consolidator 2013), as well as corporations (e.g., Google Faculty Award 2013, NetApp Faculty Fellowship 2014, Facebook Research Award 2020), and was inducted into Purdue University’s Innovator Hall of Fame in 2014. He served as program chair of ACM’s international conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Languages, Systems, and Applications (OOPSLA) in 2015 after serving as its general co-chair in 2013. Currently he is serving as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and as committee member for ACM SIGPLAN’s Software Award and AITO's Dahl-Nygaard Prize. Patrick holds MS and PhD degrees from EPFL.

Philippe Cudré-Mauroux

Philippe Cudré-Mauroux

Philippe Cudre-Mauroux is a Full Professor and the Director of the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, where he won both the Doctorate Award and the EPFL Press Mention in 2007. Before joining the University of Fribourg, he worked on information management infrastructures at IBM Watson (NY), Microsoft Research Asia and Silicon Valley, and MIT. He recently won the Verisign Internet Infrastructures Award, a Swiss National Center in Research award, a Google Faculty Research Award, as well as a 2 million Euro grant from the European Research Council. His research interests are in next-generation, Big Data management infrastructures for non-relational data and AI. 


Former members

Martin Curley Intel Labs Europe Europe
Klaus Ensslin Swiss Federal Technology Institute of Zurich Switzerland
Thomas Henzinger Institute of Science and Technology Austria Austria
Eugene Simon Polzik University of Copenhagen Denmark
Anna Tzanakaki University of Bristol United Kingdom
Louis Laurent French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety France
Tommaso Calarco Ulm University Germany
Martin McGinnity  Nottingham Trent University United Kingdom
Michèle Sebag CNRS France
Claudia Eckert Technology University of Munich Germany
Sergio Verdu Princeton University United States
Volkan Ozguz Sabanci University Turkey
Ezio Biglieri University of California Los Angeles & University Pompeu Fabra United States & Spain
Gianluca Bontempi Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
Charles  Despins  Prompt-Quebec, INRS-EMT Canada
Heiko Schuldt Universtiy of Basel Switzerland
John Cunningham University of Leeds United Kingdom
Luis Castedo University of A Coruña, Group of Electronic Technology and Communications Spain
Mark Liberman  University of Pennsylvania & Linguistic Data Consortium United States