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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
Gianluca Bontempi Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
Luis Castedo Ribas University of A. Coruña Spain
Siobhán Clarke Trinity College Dublin Ireland
John Cunningham University of Leeds United Kingdom
Charles Despins Prompt & University of Québec Canada
Yiannis Kompatsiaris Center for Research and Technology - Hellas Greece
Mark Liberman University of Pennsylvania United States
Heiko Schuldt University of Basel Switzerland
Sharon Sputz Columbia University United Stated

Short CVs

Elisabeth André, Augsburg University (Germany)

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

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 ( 

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.

Siobhán Clarke, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Siobhán ClarkeSiobhán Clarke is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. She joined Trinity in 2000, having previously worked for over ten years as a software engineer for IBM. Her current research focus is on 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. Prof. Clarke is the founding Director of Future Cities, the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities, with contributors from a range of disciplines, including Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Social Science, Geography, Law, Business and the Health Sciences. She is also Director for Enable, a national collaboration between industry and seven Higher Education Institutes, which is focused on connecting communities to smart urban environments through the Internet of Things.  She leads the School’s Distributed Systems Group, and was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2006

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.

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.

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

Yannis KompatsiarisDr. Ioannis (Yiannis) Kompatsiaris is a Researcher Director at CERTH-ITI, the Head of Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Institute. His research interests include multimedia, big data and social media analytics, semantics, human computer interfaces (AR and BCI), eHealth, security and culture applications.He is the co-author of 129 papers in refereed journals, 46 book chapters, 8 patents and more than 420 papers in international conferences. Since 2001, Dr. Kompatsiaris has participated in 59 National and European research programs including direct collaboration with industry, in 15 of which he has been the Project Coordinator and in 41 the Principal Investigator. He has been the co-organizer of various international conferences and workshops and has served as a regular reviewer, associate and guest editor for a number of journals and conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and member of ACM.

Mark Liberman, University of Pennsylvania (United States)

Mark LibermanMark Liberman is the Christopher H. Browne Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Professor of Computer and Information Science, Faculty Director of Ware College House, and Director of the Linguistic Data Consortium. Before moving to Penn, he was member of technical staff and head of the Linguistics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1975 to 1990. He is a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and co-editor of the Annual Review of Linguistics. He received the Antonio Zampolli Prize from the European Language Resources Association in 2010, and the IEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award in 2017. His current research focuses on features of speech, language, and communicative interaction that are associated with neuropsychological categories and with relevant dimensions of variation in the population at large.

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.

Sharon Sputz, Columbia University (United States)

Heiko SchuldtSharon has combined experience in business strategy and technical research. As the Data Science Institute's Director of Strategic Programs 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.

Former members

Name Affiliation Country Term
Ezio Biglieri University of California Los Angeles & University Pompeu Fabra United States & Spain 2011-2018
Martin McGinnity Nottingham Trent University United Kingdom 2010-2018
Volkan Ozguz Sabanci University Turkey 2011-2016
Tommaso Calarco Ulm University Germany 2010-2015
Michèle Sebag CNRS France 2011-2014
Claudia Eckert Technology University of Munich Germany 2011-2014
Sergio Verdu Princeton University United States 2011-2014
Louis Laurent French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety France 2010-2013
Martin Curley Intel Labs Europe Europe 2010-2011
Klaus Ensslin Swiss Federal Technology Institute of Zurich Switzerland 2010-2011
Thomas Henzinger Institute of Science and Technology Austria Austria 2010-2011
Eugene Simon Polzik University of Copenhagen Denmark 2010-2011
Anna Tzanakaki University of Bristol United Kingdom 2010-2011