Open Thinkers

Angel A. Juan

Angel A. Juan

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, IN3 – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)

Dr. Angel A. Juan is an Associate Professor of Applied Optimization, Simulation, and Data Analysis in the Computer Science Department at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). He is also a Researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3). Dr. Juan holds a Ph.D. in Applied Computational Mathematics (UNED), an M.S. in Information Systems & Technology (UOC), and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics (University of Valencia). He completed a predoctoral internship at Harvard University and a postdoctoral internship at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. He has given invited seminars at the University of Southampton (UK) and at the LAAS-CNRS (France). His research interests include Applied Optimization, Randomized Heuristics, Computer Simulation, Educational Data Analysis, and Mathematical e-Learning. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, books and proceedings regarding these fields. Currently, he is the coordinator of the ICSO-HAROSA and the CYTED-HAROSA@IB Networks.

Read Juan’s contributions: How can distributed e-research make us smarter? and Simheuristics: a new smart tool for a complex world.

Aleix Valls

Aleix Valls

Capabilities, Festival and Centre Director, Mobile World Capital (Barcelona, Spain)

Aleix Valls arrived at Mobile World Capital in 2012, where he is responsible for the Mobile World Center, a brand new space to spread the latest mobile technologies and solutions to citizens. The organisation is global partner for the Mobile World Congress, the most important event on mobile technology that takes place once a year in Barcelona. Valls holds a degree in Mathematics (University of Barcelona), two MSc (Civil Engineering and Engineering and Design) and a PhD on turbulence and fluid mechanics (all three obtained at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). Throughout his professional career, he has specialised in management of professional services, business strategy and new business launch either in national and international corporations.

View Valls’ contribution: Mobile technology for a smarter world

Javier Faulin

Javier Faulin

Professor, Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Public University of Navarre (Spain)

Professor of Operations Research and Statistics at the Public University of Navarre, Dr. Faulin is also a lecturer at the UNED (Pamplona), and was consultant at UOC (Barcelona) between 2001 and 2003 and Associate Professor at the University of Surrey (Guilford, UK) in the period 2002-2005. He holds a PhD in Economics and Business from the University of Navarre (Pamplona), a MS in Operations management, Logistics and Transportation from UNED (Madrid) and a MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Zaragoza. He has extended experience in distance and Web-based teaching at several European universities. His research interests include logistics and simulation modelling and analysis.

Read Faulin’s contribution: Environmental criteria for logistics

Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland

Toshiba Professor of Media, Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

Besides his position as Professor of Media, Arts and Science at MIT, Pentland also directs the Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program. He is also co-leading the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives. His work revolves around the development of human-centered technology to help companies and communities to reinvent themselves to be both human and productive. Through his research group and entrepreneurship program, he also promotes the creation of ventures to bring this technology into the real world. In 2011, he was chosen as one of the world’s top data scientists by Tim O’Reilly in Forbes magazine. His most recent book is Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World.

Read Pentland’s contribution: Rethinking the approach

Antoni Pérez-Navarro

Antoni Pérez-Navarro

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunication Department, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)

Antoni Pérez-Navarro is responsible for the Physics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses at UOC, where he has been working during the last 10 years, first as external collaborator and since 2005 as member of the academic staff. Within UOC, he is also postgraduate study coordinator and academic director for the postgraduate studies on GIS. His research interests are focused on location based systems and e-learning of physics. He obtained a PhD in Physics in 2000 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Between 2000 and 2005 he was GIS project manager at Aurensis, S.L.

Read Pérez’s contribution: How can location based systems save us time?

Patrick Hirsch

Patrick Hirsch

Assistant Professor, Deputy Head of the Institute of Production and Logistics, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria)

Patrick Hirsch arrived at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), based in Vienna, in 2003 after a period of working in the mechanical engineering industry and as teaching assistant at the University of Vienna. His research interests are transportation logistics, health care and disaster management. Besides his work within BOKU, Hirsch is also visiting lecturer at the Universidad Pública de Navarra and partner of the company Ingentus decision support KG. He has published a number of journal articles and book chapters and acts as a reviewer for several scientific journals.

Read Hirsch’s contribution: Optimization, sustainability and technology

Rubén Ruiz

Rubén Ruiz

Professor, Department of Applied Statistics, Operational Research and Quality, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)

Ruiz holds a PhD in computer science from the Universitat Politècnica de València and since 2012 he is full professor at the same university. He is also head of the Applied Optimization Systems group (SOA), which is based within the Technological Institute of Computer Science (ITI). His research interests are mainly scheduling, routing and metaheuristics for real life problems. He is coeditor of the European Journal of Industrial Engineering (EJIE), associate editor of the journals Applied Mathematics and Computation, TOP and Mathematical Problems in Engineering and member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Operational Research, among others.

Read Ruiz’s contribution: How to be smarter without public investment in research?

María Jesús Salido

María Jesús Salido

Consultant, The Project (Spain)

An IT engineer and project manager, María Jesús Salido is currently a consultant on The Project, a professional relationship platform that leverages network dynamics for productive collaboration. Expert in collaborative enterprise strategies, community managing innovation and professional development, she has more that 20 years’ experience of participating in a range of projects in Spain, Italy and Germany in the field of technology and the organisation of persons to create and share knowledge.

Read Salido’s contribution: Technology for new forms of organisation

Meritxell Roca

Meritxell Roca Sales

Researcher, IN3-UOC, and associate professor, Universitat Ramon Llull (Spain)

Dr. Roca is member of the Communication & New Media research group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3-UOC), and from 2009 to 2012 she was also the Associate Director of the Institute. Within Universitat Ramon Llull, she teaches undergraduate courses on rhetoric, news-writing, speech and media theory and communication and health. Roca holds a PhD in Communication and Humanities and a Bachelor in Communication (Journalism). Currently she is also a visiting scholar at the The New School (Milano School for International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy) in New York.

Read Roca’s contribution: Are consumers smarter than ever?

Carles Ferreiro

Carles Ferreiro

CEO, Dotopen (Spain)

With a BA in Law and a MS in Business Administration, Ferreiro has devoted the last years to start up Dotopen, an open innovation company that facilities development of innovation ecosystems for cities, companies and institutions worldwide as AppCircus. Ferreiro also co-founded MobileMonday Barcelona and MobileMonday Madrid, both open communities for mobile professionals. Before he was the director of Art Center in Barcelona and previously he led strategic development at Barcelona Media and directed the mobile communications global practice at Frost & Sullivan.

View Ferreiro’s contribution: Concretising a smarter world

Christopher Kingdon

Christopher Kingdon

Founder and CEO, Plotagon AB (Sweden)

Founded in 2010, Plotagon AB is a tech company whose purpose is to allow anyone to create their own movies. Before putting his efforts on that venture, Kingdon worked for several telecom, internet, media and entertainment enterprises, such as Mobile Arts AB, Factory46, Networks in Motion Sweden AB, Teleca AB and Ericsson, among many others. He holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering (Royal Institute of Technology) and an executive MBA (Stockholm School of Economics). He reckons his favourite movies are about effortlessly extraordinarily people, like Mr. Chance in Being There and Brian in Life of Brian.

Read Kingdon’s contribution: Vanishing limits

Rolf Dobelli

Rolf Dobelli

Writer and entrepeneur (Switzerland)

With an MBA and a PhD on economic philosophy by the University of St. Gallen, Dobelli is a writer, novelist and entrepreneur. He is best know as the author of The Art of Thinking Clearly, a bestseller translated into many different languages, but he has also written six novels published by Diogenes. He co-founded getAbstract, the world’s largest published of compressed business knowledge, and he is also founder and curator of Zurich.Minds, an invitation-only community of the most distinguished thinkers, scientists and artists, which has recently spread to Berlin as well. Dobelli is also member of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers, and serves on the boards of Life Science Zurich and Sosense. He is passionate about pilotage, sailing and Alpine skiing.

Read Dobelli’s contribution: Traditional technology vs the latest “killer app”

Irene Compte

Irene Compte

Deputy director, Urbiotica (Spain)

Formed in 2008 to link urbanism and technology, and specializing in “urbiotics” (from the concept “urban domotics”), Urbiotica S.L. is a Barcelona-based company aimed to help urban services to become more efficient and closer to citizens. Compte holds a degree in Geography (University of Barcelona – University of Girona) and a specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and management (University of Utrecht). Her main focus now is to hybridize the geo-ICT world with the emerging sensor technologies which provide continuous real-time information from our environment. The combination brings along a revolution in the way we manage resources, services, security and sustainability in our growing cities.

Read Compte’s contribution: Towards a data-driven city management

Helena R. Lourenço

Helena R. Lourenço

Associate professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

With a PhD in Operations Research obtained at Cornell University (USA), Helena Lourenço is associate professor at the Department of Economics and Business of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) since 2005. Lourenço also holds a MS in Operations Research, Cornell University, and a MS in Statistics and Operations Research, University of Lisbon (Portugal), the same centre where she obtained her BA. Her research interests include several areas: from supply chain management, logistics, production and operations management to operations research, scheduling, combinatorial optimization, metaheuristics and heuristic search optimization.

Read Lourenço’s contribution: The contribution of operations research to the society

Fatos Xhafa

Fatos Xhafa

Professor, Technical University of Catalonia (Spain)

With a PhD in Computer Science from the Department of Languages and Informatics Systems of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Xhafa holds a permanent position as full professor within the same university department. He has also been visiting professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck, University of London (2009-2010), and Research Associate at College of Information Sciences and Technology, Drexel University, Philadelphia (2004/2005). His research interests include parallel and distributed algorithms, combinatorial optimization, approximation and meta-heuristics, networking and distributed computing.

Read Xhafa’s contribution: Hybridizing to be smarter

Cristóbal Fernández

Cristóbal Fernández

Director of Communications, Tuenti (Spain)

Doctor in Information Sciences (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Masters in Strategic Communications Management (ESADE), Cristóbal Fernández has been Director of Communications at Tuenti since 2011. He boasts extensive experience in the communications sector, developing communications programmes for more than 15 years in firms such as Llorente and Cuenca, where he was Account Manager, and at multinational Burson-Marsteller, where he worked on the launch of idealista.com and facilisimo.com and started up the firm’s digital team, which worked on projects such as Spain’s EU Presidency and the image and communications campaign for Spanish brewers’ organisation Cerveceros de España. Today, he combines his office at Tuenti with his teaching duties as lecturer in the Public Relations Department of the UCM’s Faculty of Information Sciences and as tutor in the Masters in 2.0 Communications at the University of Alcalá.

Read Fernández’s contribution: Ready?

Arnau Roca

Arnau Roca

CEO, Abalit Technologies (Spain)

Arnau Roca is a Mobility Software Engineering specialist and holds a Computer Sciences engineering degree (Pompeu Fabra University). He has over seven years of experience in mobility software development and project management, which have given him the chance to develop high team leading and consulting skills. Furthermore, he also has four years of experience in marketing which gave him communication and opportunity detection abilities. He is CEO of Abalit Technologies since earlier 2012 and software is his passion.

Read Roca’s contribution: How smartphones changed our lives

Josep Prieto

Josep Prieto-Blázquez

Professor, Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunication Department, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)

Dr Prieto-Blázquez obtained his doctorate in Computer Science from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in January 2009. He also holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech, UPC). Since 1998, he has worked as a lecturer in the Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunication Department at the UOC, where he has been the director of the Computer Engineering (CE) programme since 2001 and a vice-dean since 2009. His line of research focuses on exploratory and application technology in the field of ICTs. He has participated in wireless, free software and virtual learning environment projects, and is also a member of the Mobility, Multimedia and Multidevice innovation group (mUOC) and of the Cryptography and Information Security for Open Networks (KISON) research group.

Read Prieto’s contribution: Mobile learning in higher education

Carlos A. Méndez

Carlos A. Méndez

Professor, Center for Advanced Process Systems Engineering (Argentina)

Professor of Industrial Engineering at National University of Litoral (UNL) and independent researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Méndez received his PhD in Engineering from UNL in 2002, and his BS in Information Systems Engineering from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in 1998. He is also head of the Center for Advanced Process Systems Engineering (CAPSE) in Santa Fe. His research contributions have been in the areas of planning and scheduling of batch and continuous processes, optimal process synthesis, design and operation, supply chain operational management, hydrogen network operation, oil pipeline planning and scheduling, dynamic vehicle routing and pickup and delivery problems. He has also developed consulting activities on optimal process design and operation for major international companies like British Petroleum, ASEA Brown Boveri and Repsol.

Read Méndez’s contribution: Towards integrated manufacturing and routing scheduling

Marcela Riccillo

Marcela Riccillo

Robotics and artificial intelligence researcher (Argentina)

Marcela Riccillo is sales executive at IBM SPSS Software and a researcher in robotics and artificial intelligence. She holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Buenos Aires and has worked on robotic arms, mobile robots, and now she is focussed on humanoid robots. She has been jury in several robotic competitions in Argentina. Riccillo is a regular lecturer about robotics and artificial intelligence in universities and other institutions and she is very passionate about science and technology popularization, with regular collaborations in several magazines and radio shows.

View Riccillo’s contribution: Ready to get used to robots?

Thanasis Daradoumis

Thanasis Daradoumis

Assistant professor, University of the Aegean (Greece)

Daradoumis holds a PhD in Computer Science obtained in 1997 at the Polytechnical University of Catalonia. He combines his role as assistant professor of the University of the Aegean, at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, with his collaboration at UOC, within the Department of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications. Daradoumis is also researcher of the Distributed, Parallel and Collaborative Systems group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) as well as at the eLearn Center (eLC). His research interests are computer-mediated collaborative learning, interaction analysis, and adaptive, personalized and affective learning. He is also specialist on instructional design, e-learning content design, e-assessment and e-monitoring.

Read Daradoumis’ contribution: Intelligent adaptation and personalization for smarter e-learning

Adrian David Cheok

Adrian David Cheok

Professor, City University London (UK)

Recently appointed as a professor of Pervasive Computing at the School of Informatics of the City University London, Cheok is former professor at Keio University in Japan, position he held when this interview took place. Cheok is also founder of the Mixed Reality Lab at the National University of Singapore, a centre of excellence devoted to interactive media and entertainment technology. He obtained his PhD at the University of Adelaide in 1998 and since then he has specialised in mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable and ubiquitous computing, fuzzy and embedded systems and power electronics. He is author of Art and Technology of Entertainment Computing and Communication (Springer-Verlag, 2010).

View Cheok’s contribution: An enhanced way of experiencing the digital world

Raúl León

Raúl León

Assistant professor, Business and Management Department, Universitat Jaume I (Spain)

León is an assistant professor in the Business and Management Department at the Universitat Jaume I, and a member of the SoGReS research group. He received a B.S degree in Computer Engineering for Business Management from the University of Zaragoza, and a M.S. and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering, as well as a M.S. degree in Finance and Accounting, from the Universitat Jaume I. His research is focused on enterprise information systems, business strategic planning and management, modelling and simulation of business processes, as well as the integration of corporate social responsibility into business strategies and information systems.

Read León’s contribution: Can corporate social responsibility become smarter?

Yvonne Rogers

Yvonne Rogers

Professor, Department of Computer Science, University College London (UK)

Yvonne Rogers is professor of interaction design at UCL and director of the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), which is concerned with human-computer interaction teaching and research. Rogers’ interests focus on how to design interactive technologies that can enhance life by augmenting and extending everyday activities, and this requires informing, building and evaluating novel user experiences through the creation and assemblage of a diversity of pervasive technologies. She is also the principal researcher at UCL for the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities, and she is one of the authors of the textbook Interaction Design. Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (Wiley, 2011).

View Rogers’ contribution: Smarter people rather than a smarter world

Aníbal Goicochea

Aníbal Goicochea

Business Intelligence consultant and blogger (Spain)

Goicochea is a computer scientist and a consultant in information technology specialized in Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM or CPM). He counts with nearly two decades of experience as an IT consultant, working on BI projects, planning and financial consolidation, assuming duties as manager, functional consultant, technician or trainer. Goicochea has also extensive experience in SAP BusinessObjects BI, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) and MicroStrategy. He obtained an MBA at the EADA School and a master on SAP at the Universitat Ramon Llull.

Read Goicochea’s contribution: Intelligent systems that take into account people’s emotional intelligence

Andrés Flores

Andrés Flores

Marketing Business Intelligence Manager at Privalia (Spain)

Andrés Flores Received an Industrial Engineering degree and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Since 2005 involved with Internet marketing, helping companies improve the way they measure the performance of their online assets and understand their customers. In 2011, he started working at Privalia, an online private-sales club with operations across Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil and Mexico. This gave him the opportunity to work with really interesting data sets, shifting his interests towards statistical modelling and data mining techniques.

Read Flores’ contribution: Data analysis for a smarter e-commerce

Leo Nascimento

Leo Nascimento

Managing Director, Deezer Spain

Leo Nascimento has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Río de Janeiro State University, a Master’s Degree in Music Industry Business Management from the Pompeu Fabra University and an MBA from the IE Business Institute. He has more than eight years’ experience in the digital music market. Leo Nascimento joined Deezer in September 2012 as Managing Director with the task of expanding its business in Spain. Before joining Deezer, he was the Special Project Manager at Universal Music, where he was responsible for developing the record company’s digital business in Spain. He has also previously worked at Sony Music Spain.

Read Nascimento’s contribution: Democratisation of the range of music on offer

Nuria  Oliver

Nuria Oliver

Scientific director, Telefonica Research (Spain)

Nuria Oliver is scientific director of the Multimedia, Data Mining, Mobile HCI and User Modelling research areas at Telefonica Research, the R&D division of the Spanish multinational company. She received the BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the ETSIT at the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. Then she moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she obtained her PhD, and immediately started working for Microsoft Research. Oliver finally returned to Europe at the end of 2007, when she was appointed to create and lead the Multimedia Scientific Team at Telefonica Research in Barcelona. Her research interests include mobile computing, multimedia data analysis, smart environments, artificial intelligence, social network analysis and human computer interaction, among many others.

View Oliver’s contribution: Will we get a smarter world on time?

Alfredo Candia-Véjar

Alfredo Candia-Véjar

Associate Professor, Department of Modeling and Industrial Management, Universidad de Talca (Chile)

Alfredo Candia-Véjar has a degree in Mathematical Engineering from Universidad de Concepción, and a Master’s Degree and PhD in Systems Engineering and Computer Science from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His research interest includes Combinatorial Optimization and more recently Humanitarian Logistic. Candia-Véjar has published several papers in leading academic journals and at the present he is involved in a research project on robust optimization. He has also previously worked at Universidad de Tarapacá and Universidad de Concepción, both in Chile.

Read Candia’s contribution: Robust solutions for complex management problems: the case of maritime transport

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Founder and digital curator, The Foundation for Peer-to-peer Alternatives

Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance and property. He has co-produced the 3-hour TV documentary Technocalyps with Frank Theys, and co-edited the two-volume book on anthropology of digital society with Salvino Salvaggio. Bauwens is currently Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He is also member of the board of the Union of International Associations, advisor to several organisations and chair of the technology/ICT working group at Hangwa Forum, which aims to develop economic policies for long-term resilience, including through distributed manufacturing.

Read Bauwens’ contribution: Openness, a necessary revolution into a smarter world

Djamila Ouelhadj

Djamila Ouelhadj

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Portsmouth (UK)

Dr. Ouelhadj received her PhD from the University of Nottingham and currently she is associate professor in Operational Research at the University of Portsmouth, member of the Logistics and Operational Research Group and the course leader of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Her main research interests are operational research and the development of novel mathematical optimisation models, advanced meta-heuristic methods, and intelligent decision support systems for automatically producing high quality solutions to a wide range of real world optimisation, scheduling and logistics problems, like, for instance, manufacturing, healthcare, personal scheduling, vehicle routing and transportation, supply chain and production management, sustainability and renewable energy.

Read Ouelhadj’s contribution: Hyper-heuristics and agent-based search: the future of meta-heuristics

Theodora Middleton

Theodora Middleton

Press officer, Open Knowledge Foundation (UK)

Theodora joined the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) in 2010, and has helped out with a range of stuff including managing the blog, putting together the newsletter and organising the first Open Government Data Camp. She currently lives in London and works as the OKF’s Press Officer. Offline, her background is in grassroots campaigning for social and environmental justice. She’s also studying law, and sometimes works in adventure playgrounds.

Read Middleton’s contribution: How to make technology and data work for the many not the few

Eduardo Zapata

Eduardo Zapata

Director, CITET, and general secretary, UNO (Spain)

Zapata holds an electrical engineer degree obtained at the Technical University of Madrid and a master’s degree in computer engineering by the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA). Currently, Zapata is director of CITET, a centre devoted to innovation in logistics and road transportation; as well as secretary general of UNO, a Spanish employer’s organization related to logistics and transportation. Previously, he gained extended experience as a logistics director at Transportes Azkar and business development manager at Tibbett&Britten Iberia (now part of DHL supply chain). Zapata has also experience in manufacturing and strategy consulting at Beakert Consulting (now Asenta Consulting) and as a process engineer at the Unilever plant in Aranjuez (Madrid).

Read Zapata’s contribution: Smart logistics in a smart world

Lina María Aguirre-Jaramillo

Lina María Aguirre-Jaramillo

PhD, journalist and researcher on internet and society (Spain)

Dr. Aguirre-Jaramillo’s research topics are related to journalism, science, web trends and English literature. She is contributor writer for La Vanguardia newspaper (Spain) since 2003, where her blog Teclado Móvil is published. She is convinced that we are living fascinating times for high level professional journalism, the one that dares to take risks, embrace change and keep moving.

Read Aguirre-Jaramillo’s contribution: Almost ready?

Marta Aymerich

Marta Aymerich

Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)

Dr. Aymerich is currently the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She holds a PhD in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a Master in Public Health from the Harvard University (1999). Previously, she had been the Head of Health Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia, and earlier the Director of the Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Research, where she developed her professional career as a researcher since 1995. Since 2008, she is also assistant professor at the School of Medicine of the University of Girona (UdG) and member of the research group Translational Medicine and Decision Science Lab (TransLab). From 2004 to 2006 she was appointed Director of the Interministerial Council for Research and Technological Innovation by the Government of Catalonia. She had been the Vice Secretary of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands (1997-2002) and many years ago she worked as a general practitioner (1994-1995).

Read Aymerich’s contribution: From eHealth to uHealth

Neil Yorke-Smith

Neil Yorke-Smith

Assistant professor, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Dr. Yorke-Smith is an Assistant Professor of Business Information and Decision Systems at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut. His research centres around the intersection of technology and decision making in complex socio-technical systems. Yorke-Smith is also a Visiting Scholar at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (UK), and the author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He holds a Ph.D. in Optimization from Imperial College London.

Read Yorke-Smith’s contribution: Business as usual?

Dave Evans

Dave Evans

Chief Futurist, Cisco Systems Inc. (USA)

Dave Evans pursued computer science and computer engineering at San Jose State University in California (USA) and is currently Cisco’s chief futurist ― an evangelist who shares his vision of technology’s evolution in anticipation of the coming decades. In his role, Evans assesses technology’s future impact on Cisco customers, businesses, and industries, with the goal of evoking inspiration when it comes to the practical application of technological advances. Previously, Evans was with Cisco’s Information Technology (IT) organization, where he managed the global architecture team, focusing on IP telephony, unified messaging, wireless, networked home, and Internet-related technologies. He was designated by LinkedIn as one of the 150 Most Influential Thought Leaders in the world.

Read Evans’ contribution: The Internet of Everything: where technology and innovation meet to make the world a better place

Carlos A. Scolari

Carlos A. Scolari

Professor, Department of Communication, Pompeu Fabra University (Spain)

Doctor in Applied Linguistics and Communication Languages by the Università Cattolica di Milano, Scolari is a specialist in the study of digital media and the new media ecology from a semiotic perspective. Before working at the UPF he was coordinator of the Digital Interaction Research Group (GRID) in the University of Vic. He participates with Hugo Pardo Kuklinski and Cristóbal Cobo in the Outliers School project and is also co-editor of the blog Digitalismo and author of the blogs Hipermediaciones and ModernClicks . He has written: Hipermediaciones. Elementos para una teoría de la comunicación digital interactiva (2008), El fin de los medios masivos. El comienzo de un debate (with M. Carlon, 2009), Crossmedia Innovations (with I. Ibrus, 2012) and Narrativas Transmedia. Cuando todos los medios cuentan (2013), among other titles.

Read Scolari’s contribution: The effects of new technologies: History repeats itself

Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff

Author, teacher and documentarian (USA)

Douglas Rushkoff earned his PhD in New Media and Digital Culture from Utrecht University with a dissertation entitled Monopoly Moneys: The media environment of corporatism and the player’s way out. His latest book is Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, where he explores the always-on, simultaneous society in which we live, as well as how this new temporal landscape influences media, culture, economics, politics, and meaning. Author of a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, Rushkoff has also signed the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.

Read Rushkoff’s contribution: Democracy: There’s an App for That

Manu Fernández

Manu Fernández

Researcher and consultant on urban policies, founder of Human Scale City (Spain)

Manu Fernández is a researcher and consultant specialised in urban economy, local sustainability, urban innovation processes and actions, digital cities and civic engagement in public space. His research and consulting activity revolves around three main fields: adaptive urbanism, a bottom-up approach for smart cities and sustainable creative local economies. Fernández is promoter of UrbApps, a platform that engages citizens and policy makers to take advantage of digital media to build smart sustainable cities. He is also pursuing his Ph.D. on the narratives of the smart city and its meaning in future urban policies.

Read Fernández’s contribution: Cities in a smarter world

Radamés Molina

Radamés Molina

Publisher (Spain)

Radamés Molina studied history in Cuba and philosophy in Barcelona. When he was studying philosophy, he became interested in Wittgenstein’s work and did brief stages at the Wittgenstein Archive in Cambridge, working on an interactive version of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. At the same time he began working as a publisher at Paidós. In 2002 he released his own catalogue with Linkgua, which specialises in classic works of Latin American literature. Linkgua has published over 1,600 titles in both digital and printed versions on demand, and aims to become a global library of Hispanic literature.

Read Molina’s contribution: The DNA of books

Germán Tenorio

Germán Tenorio

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator, Colegio de San Francisco de Paula (Sevilla, Spain)

Dr. Tenorio teaches biology within the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Diploma Programme in Colegio de San Francisco de Paula. He is also the Head of the Science Department, as well as the IBO Diploma Programme Coordinator in the school. In addition, Tenorio is also biology assistant examiner and workshop leader for the IBO. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology, having carried out his investigation on biochemistry and plant molecular biology. He has published some papers in international journals on research and for high school education in science.

Read Tenorio’s contribution: New technologies and the Flynn Effect

Renatas Kizys

Renatas Kizys

Senior lecturer, Subject Group of Economics and Finance, Portsmouth Business School (UK)

Dr. Kizys is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance at Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Alicante (Spain), and he completed the Advanced Studies Programme at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Germany). He also holds a M.A and a B.A in Economics by the Vilnius University (Lithuania). Prior to joining University of Portsmouth, Kizys spent more than three years working as an assistant professor at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (México). He was also a P.K. Woolley Research Fellow in the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York (UK). His research interests centre on asset pricing, financial markets and the economy, credit default swaps, international financial integration, portfolio optimisation and macroeconomics of speculative bubbles.

Read Kizys’ contribution: Information technologies and liquidity management in SMEs: a good partnership?

Yishay Mor

Yishay Mor

Independent consultant in learning, design, technology and research (UK)

Dr. Yishay Mor is a consultant in educational innovation and technology with an initial training as a computer scientist and a PhD in educational technology. His main areas of expertise are learning design, educational design research, and teacher professional development. Recently, Mor has established himself as an expert on Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). He is also the co-editor of the book Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology, which offers a ground-breaking approach to bridging the gap between theory and practice in education. Mor’s interests focus on the design and use of technology for social and individual empowerment, through opening opportunities for participatory learning, collective action and expression.

Read Mor’s contribution: Smarter world? But how do we make sure that it doesn’t outsmart us? (by smarter education)

Lorenzo Sabatelli

Lorenzo Sabatelli

Principal Scientist and Founding Director, GLOBMOD (Spain)

Dr. Lorenzo Sabatelli is an expert in measurement, modelling, forecast, and evaluation of health and economic outcomes associated with technologies and policies. He spearheads and takes full responsibility for planning, execution, and delivery of all projects at GLOBMOD, a company he founded in 2012 with the purpose of developing and integrating advanced quantitative analyses and tools to enhance global public-health and strengthen health systems. He has recently been focusing on novel methods to evaluate digital and mobile health technologies, and on new metrics capturing the global impact of human activities on human health, food production, and environmental sustainability.

Read Sabatelli’s contribution: Will better health-technology help us build a smarter world?

Rhonda Walker

Rhonda Walker

Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Brand, Jasper Technologies (USA)

Walker joined Jasper, the global leader in cloud-based platforms for the Internet of Things (IoT), in 2014 as Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Brand, bringing to the role over 15 years of experience launching, marketing and growing global brands. Prior to Jasper she held CMO-level responsibility as the head of the Global Marketing Organization at Dolby Laboratories. She also spent a decade at Intel in various leadership roles where she was responsible for the corporation’s 2006 rebranding initiative.

Read Walker’s contribution: The Internet of Things: what is it, where is it gaining traction and what does the future hold?

Roger Magoulas

Roger Magoulas

Director of market research, O’Reilly Media (USA)

Roger Magoulas is the director of market research at O’Reilly Media. Magoulas runs a team that is building an open source analysis infrastructure and provides analysis services, including technology trend analysis, to business decision-makers at O’Reilly and beyond. In previous incarnations, Magoulas designed and implemented data warehouse projects for organizations ranging from the San Francisco Opera to the Alberta Motor Club.

Read Magoulas’ contribution: The view of a skeptical optimist

Ramon Ribera Fumaz

Ramon Ribera Fumaz

Director, Urban Transformation Research Group, IN3-UOC (Spain)

Dr. Ribera Fumaz obtained his PhD in Geography in 2005 at the University of Manchester. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute of Advanced Studies at Lancaster University, he joined UOC as a lecturer at the Economics and Business Department. Ribera Fumaz is currently located at IN3, where he leads the Urban Transformation Research Group. His research interests gravitate around the urban political economy, and the geographies of internet and capitalism.

Read Ribera’s contribution: This Be the Smart City Verse

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Ready for a SMARTer World?

Internet is all around us. Ubiquitous computing power and telecommunication technologies are growing at an astonishing rate. At the same time, the world is changing rapidly.

Computer simulation, artificial intelligence techniques, cloud computing, green tech-solutions, metaheuristics, location based systems… In this blog, we invite you to explore how technological advances and engineering new knowledge can help us to build new societies, new enterprises, new horizons; a SMARTer ones.

But… are we ready?