ECIAIR Biographies

Below are the ECIAIR Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Florinda Matos holds a PhD in Social Sciences, Organizational Behavior Studies from the Technical University of Lisbon. She is a professor in Post-Graduate courses at the ISCTE – IUL and a researcher at DINÂMIA'CET – IUL . Presently, she is leading the project "KM3D - Knowledge Management in Additive Manufacturing: Designing New Business Models" in a national consortium, funded by FCT.    

Prof Isabel Salavisa is Professor of Economics at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, in Lisbon. Her research is conducted at DINAMIA’CET-IUL, Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies, of which she has been Director (2004-2013) and is joint coordinator of the Research Group ‘Innovation and Labour’. Currently she works on project SPLACH - Spatial Planning for Change (2017-2020) – funded by Compete 2020, coordinated by CITTA (UPorto) with the participation of GOVCOPP (UAveiro) and DINAMIA´CET-IUL. She is advisor to the Jean Monet Centre of Excellence on “Labour, Welfare and Social Rights in Europe” (2018-2021). Her research subjects comprise economics of innovation; transitions and sustainability; and Welfare State policies in Europe. She coordinated and participated in a large number of projects. She wrote, edited and contributed to a number of books, published articles and presented papers in a great deal of conferences. She has supervised PhD. dissertations and taught mostly Economics of Innovation, Economics and Policies of the EU, and Sustainability Policies. She is a member of international associations and networks and referee of several international journals.

Carlos Serrão, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Information Sciences and Technologies Department at Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. Concluded his PhD in 2008, in Computer Architecture and Distributed Systems (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya - UPC) in Barcelona. Main research topics are Information Security, Distributed Systems and Secure Access to Digital Assets. Lectures subjects related to Information Security and Development and Management of Information Systems at ISCTE-IUL and is part of the Software Systems Engineering group (ISTAR-IUL) as an integrated researcher. Participated on several national and international projects: ACTS AC051 OKAPI, ACTS AC242 OCTALIS, IST-1999-11443 OCCAMM, IST-2000- 28646 PRIAM, IST-2001-34144 MOSES, FP6 IP MEDIANET, FP6 NoE E-Next, FP6 STREP WCAM, QREN AAL4ALL, P2020 AppSentinel and Trustchain. Participated on a European Space Agency project (HICOD2000). Author and co-author of several papers in international conferences, journals, books and project deliverables. Contributes to different standardisation initiatives (MPEG-4/21, JPEG2000, Blockchain and DLT) and global activities (ODRL, DMP, MPAI and OWASP).

Keynote Speakers

Engineer and philosopher by education, Jean-Gabriel Ganascia is presently Professor of Computer Science at Sorbonne University, EurAI fellow, senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France, chairman of the COMETS (CNRS Ethical Committee) and member of the LIP6 (Laboratory of Computer Science of Sorbonne University) where he heads the ACASA team. He is also deputy director of the OBVIL Laboratory of Excellence (Labex) which activities are focused on the literary side of Digital Humanities. Lastly, Jean-Gabriel Ganascia chairs the steering committee of the CHEC (Cycle des Hautes Études de la Culture). His current research activities are focused on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Symbolic Data Fusion, Computational Ethics, Computer Ethics and Digital Humanities. He published more than 450 papers in conference proceedings, scientific journals and books.


Luis Paulo Reis is an Associate Professor at the University of Porto in Portugal and Director of LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory. He is an IEEE Senior Member and he was president of the Portuguese Society for Robotics and is now President of APPIA - Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence. During the last 25 years, he has lectured courses, at the University, on Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Robotics, Multi-Agent Systems, Simulation and Modelling and Educational/Serious Games. He was the principal investigator of more than 15 research projects in those areas. He won more than 50 scientific awards including wining more than 15 RoboCup international competitions and best papers at conferences such as ICEIS, Robotica, IEEE ICARSC and ICAART. He is the author of more than 400 publications in international conferences and journals (indexed at SCOPUS or ISI Web of Knowledge).

Mini Track Chairs

Karen Cham is Professor of Digital Transformation Design and academic lead of Connected Futures research at the University of Brighton. She heads up a £1.3m big data project with Gatwick airport in a Digital Catapult Centre B2B Data Innovation Lab and lead their £1.2m 5G Brighton testbed in partnership with 5GIC as part of the Govts 5G Strategy. She has 25 years in technology transformation and human centred design. Clients inc. Which?, Top Shop, EDF & EY. She is a NED of Nest, the UK Govts £10bn pension fund with 12m users, leading on its pivot to digital first FinTech transformation. In 2018 she was part of the 2018 DIT CreaTech mission to India alongside NHS Digital and CEO of Jaguar Landrover.


Marija Cubric is a Reader in e-learning and Principal Lecturer in Information Systems and Project Management at University of Hertfordshire Business School.  She has published and presented her work in peer-reviewed publications and international conferences, and completed externally funded projects (JISC, HEA, EU COST) in the area of e- learning and information systems. Her current work is focused on exploring applications and implications of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data-driven innovation in e-learning and healthcare systems. She is a Fellow and a Chartered IT professional of the British Computing Society, and a journal Editor for EJEL (Scopus, ABS, ESCI).

Dr Mitt Nowshade Kabir is a serial entrepreneur, technology evangelist, business accelerator and an investor. He holds M. Sc. in Computer Science, MBA, PhD in Information Technology, and a DBA in management. His current interests are Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Consciousness, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management. He is the CEO of Trouvus.com, an AI consulting and development company.  Dr Kabir penned numerous scholarly papers and generic articles. He also published a book on Knowledge-based Social Entrepreneurship.  He worked as an advisor to various levels of government. Presently, he is writing a book on “AI and the future of humanity”. 

Prof Ali Hessami is Director of R&D and Innovation at Vega Systems-UK. He represents UK on CENELEC & IEC safety & security systems, hardware & software standards and chairs the IEEE Humanitarian Technologies and the Systems Council Chapters in the UK and Ireland Section. He is Technical Editor and Chair of IEEE 7000 standard on technology ethics and the VC and Process Architect of the IEEE ‘s global Ethics Certification Programme for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Ali is Visiting Professor at London City University and Beijing Jiaotong University. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Prof. Evgeny Pashentsev is a leading researcher at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and a director of the Center for Social and Political Studies and Consulting, Russia. Evgeny is an author of more than 200 publications on international security, MUAI and psychological warfare issues.

As an academic Elena Serova is working in National Research University Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg Branch, Russia. Her role combines teaching and research in equal measures. Her research interests are related to Artificial Intelligent, Intelligent Data Analysis, Business Analysis, Strategic Management, Marketing, and Information Management. She has co-authored the books and contributed chapters to several books and collections of essays, regular key presenter at national and international conferences and workshops.

Workshop Facilitators 

Sara Eloy is an architect, Ph.D. in Architecture, and an Assistant Professor at ISCTE in the Architecture and Urbanism Department. Eloy’s main research areas include Digital Technologies applied to Architecture, Shape Grammars, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Space Perception, and Housing Rehabilitation. She has curated several exhibitions that use digital technologies for Architecture, including Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2013 and 2019). She is the director of the Information Sciences, Technologies, and Architecture Research Centre (ISTAR) at Iscte, where she is a fellow researcher at the Digital Living Spaces group. She has participated in several funded national and international research projects.