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.    

Dr Ana Maria de Almeida is an Assistant Professor at ISCTE-IUL Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, with a graduation in Mathematics - Computer Science and PhD in Applied Mathematics. Her research interests include algorithmics, complexity theory, modelling, machine learning and pattern recognition, with current work focus in Machine Learning, Evolutionary Optimisation. has chaired or co-chaired important international conferences in Complexity Sciences and Computer Science. She has been participating as an investigator in fundamental and in applied research projects and in research & innovation projects between academia and industry. Ana de Almeida is an independent Expert Evaluator under the EU Programmes, both for research proposals evaluation and follow-up, as expert evaluator in Marie-Curie, OLAF ethics evaluation investigations, COST evaluations and with ANI - Agência Nacional de Inovação  Ana de Almeida is an IEEE Senior Member, IEEE IMS Portuguese Chapter founding member of the and ACM member.

Prof Isabel Salavisa is Associate Professor with Aggregation 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.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mário Figueiredo is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, where is also holds the Feedzai Chair of Machine Learning. His research areas are signal processing, machine learning, and optimization applied to those topics. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the IAPR and he has received several major awards, namely the 2011 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, the 2014 IEEE Baker Award, the 2016 EURASIP Technical Achievement Award. From 2014 to 2018 he appeared in the Highly Cited Researchers list. He is a member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering and a corresponding member ofthe Lisbon Academy of Sciences.

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.

His last books are: Ce matin, maman a été téléchargée, Buchet-Chastel, 2019 (under the pen name of Gabriel Naëj); Le mythe de la Singularité : faut-il craindre l’intelligence artificielle ?, éditions du Seuil, 2017; L’intelligence artificielle : vers une domination programmée ?, éditions du Cavalier Bleu, 2017.

Mini Track Chairs

Ali Hessami is the Director of R&D and Innovation at Vega Systems-UK.  He specialises in systems assurance and safety, security, sustainability and knowledge assessment/management methodologies. He is a UK expert at systems safety and security standardization in CENELEC and IEC, chairs IEEE P7000 Ethics in Technology standard and is the VC of Ethics Certification Programme at IEEE. Ali is a Visiting Professor at London City University’s Centre for Systems and Control and at Beijing Jiaotong University School of Electronics & Information Engineering. He is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and a Senior Member of IEEE

Evgeny N. Pashentsev, DSc Is a leading Researcher in the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, senior researcher at Saint Petersburg State University. He is also a Professor at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and a Director at the International Centre for Social and Political Studies and Consulting. He is a member of the international Advisory Board of Comunicar (Spain) and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Political Marketing (USA). Evgeny is author, co-author and editor of 38 books and more than 160 academic articles published in Russian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Serbian and Bulgarian languages. He has presented papers at more than 190 international conferences and seminars for the last 20 years in 24 countries. His areas of research interest include strategic communication, international security, advanced technologies and social development.