Speakers and Sessions Moderators
Mr. Oscar Salgado, PhD
Senior Researcher at Ikerlan S. Coop.
Dr. Oscar Salgado is an accomplished Mechanical Engineer with expertise in kinematics and dynamics modelling of complex mechanical systems and manipulators, vibroacoustics, NVH and modal analysis. He obtained his MSc degree with honours in 2004 and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from the University of the Basque Country, UPV-EHU (Spain). With over 15 years of experience, he has led industrial projects in various sectors like vertical transportation systems, wind energy, railway, and industrial machinery. Since 2014, he has been a key actor on Condition Monitoring, Digital Twin and Industry4.0 technologies research at IKERLAN, driving numerous research projects and publishing several papers and articles in this field. Dr. Salgado has also represented IKERLAN in several research and innovation forums like EFFRA, and has actively participated in research projects funded by public institutions like the Basque Government, the Spanish Government, and the European Commission.
Managing Director at Industry 4.0 Factory Solutions
Tonny Velin graduated in Computer Science Engineering from the Universities of Bordeaux and Toulouse. He has 35 years’ experience in ICT. He started his career at the European Space Agency (ESA) and then he has been developing and managing projects and missions in France, Germany, Belgium, Canada and Spain in the Aerospace and Defense sector (for both industrial and public customers). From 2002 till 2020, he created and managed Answare, an SME focusing on ICT consultancy and software innovation projects. He has managed and participated in ICT R&D projects at European level for H2020, FP7, FP6 and EUREKA clusters (ITEA, CELTIC and EUROSTARS), and at national level (Spain). He worked as Consultant to boost the participation of ICT-based SMEs in R&D European programmes through programmes from the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid and the Spanish Technological Centre for Industrial Development (CDTI). He collaborates with European initiatives such as AIOTI, and has collaborated with NESSI, BDVA and PLANETIC, the Spanish ICT-based Technology Platform. He has contributed to CONECTA 2020 and MOSAIC to foster International Cooperation between Europe and LatAm and Mediterranean countries around ICT. Since 2016, he is President of CENTIC, the Technology Centre of ICT of the Region of Murcia and since 2021, he is Managing Director of i4FS, a company focusing on exploiting innovative solutions for Zero Defect Manufacturing.
Senior Project Manager at ITI - Instituto Tecnológico de Informática
Santiago Cáceres, PMP, is a telecommunication engineer with a networking specialisation for the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He worked in ETRA Research and Development and has been a senior project manager at ITI since four years ago. Santiago has over 15 years of experience managing and coordinating large EU research projects in the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and Security (both cyber and physical) programmes. He has participated in more than 16 innovative projects, coordinating three of them, PRECYSE, LetsCrowd and DataPorts, and being the technical manager in others, as is the case of ZDMP (Zero Defects Manufacturing Platform) and Humboldt projects. Furthermore, Santiago has recently worked for the European Commission as an evaluator of innovation proposals. His main research interests are closely related to industry 4.0 and manufacturing solutions, the data life cycle, and its potential application areas, especially using big data and artificial intelligence techniques.
Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF, Norway
Phu Nguyen is a senior research scientist at SINTEF, Norway. He works in the Trustworthy Green IoT Software group, developing new tools and methodologies for software development and operation of intelligent and trustworthy systems spanning across the IoT, edge, and cloud continuum with a particular focus on sustainability. Phu has an international education and research background, from Vietnam (BSc) to the Netherlands (MSc), Luxembourg (Ph.D.), and Norway. He is highly experienced in international research projects, mostly in Europe, as well as research and development projects with industry in Norway. He has actively worked in two big research and innovation projects for Zero-Defect Manufacturing that have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme: InterQ under Grant Agreement No. 958357, and DAT4.Zero under Grant Agreement No. 958363.
PhD Researcher at Politecnico di Milano
Roberto Rocca is PhD candidate in the Manufacturing Group at the Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano, where he has been collaborating since 2017. His research interests are focused on Sustainable Manufacturing paradigm, Sustainability Metrics and Assessment, Circular Economy, Data Spaces and I4.0 technologies supporting sustainable operations in manufacturing field. He has been and is involved in various European and industrial projects, such as FAR-EDGE, FENIX, EIT Manufacturing TF KnowNet, OPTIBEND, L4MS. He is Sustainability-topics coordinator and WP1 Leader in CLARUS project. He is also responsible of different project with companies related to Life Cycle Assessment, Energy Efficiency, Circular Economy, and Twin Transition roadmapping tools.
Ana Gonzalez Segura
Project Manager at NTT DATA SPAIN
Project manager expert at NTT DATA SPAIN, she currently belongs to the External Funding unit, devoted to the promotion of the innovation in the company. In particular, her main expertise is the preparation of different National and European R&I proposals and the management and coordination of funded projects. Despite having a strong background in health (having been part of the Health Innovation department for four years) she has participated in several projects in different areas (ICT, banking, cybersecurity, education, manufacturing, etc.). She obtained her Physics degree and PhD in Medicine from the University of Valencia “Estudio General” (UVEG). She has been working and coordinating R&D projects for about 10 years, both form the LLP and Erasmus + program and also from H2020 and Horizon Europe programs.
EU Project Director at Carr Communications
Linda Henriksson is the EU Project Director at the Dublin-based communications company Carr Communications. She has 7 years’ experience with EU framework programmes (FP7, H2020 and Horizon Europe), accrued as a beneficiary and proposal writer. In her role as Dissemination Manager on a number of Horizon projects, she supports her team and develops and implements communications and dissemination strategies designed to achieve far-reaching impact. She has worked on multiple projects focused on Industry 4.0 technologies, circular economy, citizen science, energy efficiency and other topics. Previously, she worked in and with the EU institutions as a translator and communications officer explaining EU policies and programmes and making complex concepts more accessible to non-specialist audiences. Linda holds a BA and an MA in Translation Studies and European Studies from the University of Turku, Finland.
Senior Researcher at Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS)
Dr. Kosmas Alexopoulos has graduated from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of University of Patras, Greece in 1999. He has received a Ph.D. in engineering (2006) from the University of Patras – Greece. Since 1998 he has been working at the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics of the University of Patras as a software engineer, senior researcher and project manager in more than 20 European and National research projects: SYRIOS, RealMan, VIRTUE, LicoPro, x-Change, MyCar, DIFAC, VISION, Sense&React, INTERACT, ICP4Life, MANUWORK, MARKET4.0, Connected Factories II, MAS4AI and FLEX4RES are indicative projects. His research area and expertise are in the fields of smart factory, digital factory, flexibility of manufacturing systems, digital transformation, virtual and augmented reality, internet of things, cyber-physical-systems, industrial product service systems, computer-aided ergonomics analysis and modelling, human motion modelling and simulation, semantics, production scheduling and artificial intelligence. He has been leading researcher teams towards accomplishing technical engineering achievements in manufacturing mainly by investigating new technology for the digital and smart factory. He is the coordinator of Gaia-X Hub in Greece and leads the International Dataspaces Association (IDSA) Competence Center in Greece. He has currently more than 80 publications, including papers in international refereed scientific journals, chapters in books, and papers in conference proceedings with review in the full paper.
Wael M. Mohammed
Researcher at Tampere University
Wael M. Mohammed is a Doctoral Researcher at Tampere University. He received a M.Sc. in Automation Engineering from Tampere University of Technology in 2017 and a B.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering from university of Jordan in 2010. As he is a Doctoral candidate in Engineering Sciences, Mr. Mohammed’s research interests include Robotics, Digital Twins, Knowledge Based Reasoning Engines and Factory Automation. In addition, Mr. Mohammed has been involved in working in EU funded project and writing proposals for research and innovation project funded by the EU commission. In 2010, he worked as a research assistant in the Production Engineering Department at Tampere University of Technology. Then in 2011, Mr. Mohammed worked as a head of the technical department in the Traﬃc Management System project at Etihad Alafandi L.L.C. in Saudi Arabia.
Research Engineer at Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation
Dr. Nikos Nikolakis holds a diploma (MSc. equivalent) from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology of the University of Patras, a PhD from the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of Patras, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the open Greek university. He works as a researcher in the Laboratory of Production and Automation Systems (LMS) and has participated in various European and nationally funded projects (such as KAP, Know4Car, INTERACT, SYMBIO-TIC, SERENA, Sense&Mine4.0, RAMEN, ASSETUP4.0, UPMASS, OPENZDM). In the context of the projects, he participated in the management, design and development of software components related to statistical and artificial intelligence, human motion recognition, regression analysis and modelling of cyber-physical systems mainly in the manufacturing sector.
Senior Researcher at Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
Dr. Ilias Gialampoukidis received the Bachelor degree in Mathematics and the M.Sc. in Statistics and Modelling from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he also received a PhD degree in Mathematics, with a special interest in applied mathematics, time series analysis, stochastic modelling, and network analytics. Dr. Ilias Gialampoukidis is a senior postdoctoral researcher at Centre for Research and Technology Hellas at Information Technologies Institute, with extensive experience in EC-funded research projects through project coordination, technical management, risk manager, work package leaderships in several projects. His research interests involve multimodal fusion, multimodal information retrieval, Earth Observation and Big Data analytics, supervised (deep) and unsupervised learning, social media mining and industrial IoT analytics. He has co-authored more than 60 publications in international journals and conferences. At the moment, Ilias Gialampoukidis is a senior project manager at the M4D group (https://m4d.iti.gr) of CERTH, leading a team of 31 associate and postdoctoral researchers and is contributing in 19 active EC-funded projects.
Senior Researcher at Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Information Technologies Institute
Dr. Stefanos Vrochidis received the Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, the MSc degree in Radio Frequency Communication Systems from University of Southampton and the PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from Queen Mary University of London. Currently, he is a Senior Researcher (Grade C) with the Information Technologies Institute of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (ITI-CERTH) and the Head of the Multimodal Data Fusion and Analytics (M4D) Group. His research interests include multimedia understanding and retrieval, multimodal fusion, computer vision, multimodal analytics, artificial intelligence, as well as industrial, media & arts, environmental and security applications. Dr. Vrochidis has participated in more than 80 European and National projects and has been member of the organization team of several conferences and workshops. He has edited 3 books and authored more than 300 related scientific journal, conference and book chapter publications. He has served as a reviewer in several international Journals and as Technical program committee in well reputed conferences and workshops.
Project Manager & LCA Consultant at EurA AG
Shashank Goyal works as a Project Manager & LCA consultant at EurA AG for more than 4 years and has extensive experience in the quantification of environmental impacts of products and/or processes. He has experience in complementing national and international projects for environmental impact assessment. Some of the projects in his basket are LemnaHermetia, Smart Protein, ZDZW, Aid4Greenest to name a few. In addition to the EU projects won by EurA AG, he supports the proposal writing for diverse EU calls for funding. Shashank Goyal accompanies various projects of different domains for sustainability analysis and has a broad network and extensive experience in this field. He is very client-oriented and always proactive with an eagle eye on deadlines. Before joining EurA AG, he was working as a research associate at the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL e.V.). Shashank Goyal acquired his Master of Science from the Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany in Environmental and Resource Management, spent a semester at the University of Texas, Arlington, USA, and a Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering from India.
Researcher at Università Politecnica delle Marche
Giulio Marcucci is a researcher at Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy) and he works at the Engineering Faculty, within the Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical science, with the research group of Maurizio Bevilacqua – head of the faculty – and Filippo Emanuele Ciarapica, full professors of the university. Giulio Marcucci research regards Resilience within organizations and Supply Chains.
Inés Arias Iglesias
Project Manager at FundingBox
Inés Arias Iglesias is a Project Manager for Manufacturing and Tech Transfer projects at FundingBox. Inés holds a MSSc. in International Affairs and European Studies from Aalborg University in Denmark and a BA in Communication from the Spanish University of Santiago de Compostela. She has over 8 years of experience in European Affairs.
Prof. Raul Poler
Director of CIGIP of Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)
Raul Poler is Professor in Operations Management and Operations Research at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering. He is Director of the Research Centre on Production Management and Engineering (CIGIP). He is founding partner of the Spin-off UPV EXOS Solutions S.L. He has led several Spanish Government and European R&D Projects. He has published more than 450 research papers in a number of leading journals and in several international conferences. He is member of the Board of Directors of INTEROP-VLab. His key research topics include Enterprise Modelling, Collaborative Networks, Supply Chain Management, Decision Support Systems and Optimisation Algorithms.
Mr. Paulo Rodrigues PhD
Director at CONSULGAL, S.A.
He is currently responsible for CONSULGAL's commercial and marketing division, as well as the company's R&D&I activity, particularly international R&D&I projects, and has worked in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, electromechanics, and, in the last 20 years, construction engineering consulting. He has expertise in international project lifecycle management, procurement, quality management, and production management. Since 2013, he has coordinated the company's participation as a construction pilot in EU-funded IT-related R&D&I projects, defining use cases and desining, coordinating, and testing IT solutions.
Ms Cinzia Rubattino
Senior Researcher at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A.
Cinzia Rubattino is a Senior Researcher in the Smart Industry and Agrifood unit of Engineering Ingegneria Informatica. She is the ENG responsible for two ZDM projects: i4Q (Industrial Data Services for Quality Control in Smart Manufacturing https://www.i4q-project.eu/) and OPTIMAI(Optimizing Manufacturing Processes through Artificial Intelligence and Virtualization https://optimai.eu/) where She is acting as the exploitation manager and is part of the advisory board. She is also part of the management team of the Eur3ka (EUropean Vital Medical Supplies and Equipment Resilient and Reliable Repurposing Manufacturing as a Service NetworK for fast PAndemic Reaction https://www.eur3ka.eu/) and Circular TwAIn (AI Platform for Integrated Sustainable and Circular Manufacturing) projects.
Mr Hezam Haidar Dr
Technical Manager at INTEROP-VLab
He is currently the Technical Manager of INTEROP-VLab, He has received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Grenoble University. He has two master degrees in received his International Business management and in systems, control and automation from Grenoble University. He obtained an engineering degree in electronics majoring in telecommunication from Multimedia University, Malaysia. He was previously an Automation Engineer in Siemens power plant for 3 years, Yemen. He is involved in multiple European projects and contributes in interoperability, performance evaluation, software quality control, operation management, value proposition, business model and sustainability.
Product & Innovation Manager at HSD S.p.A.
Paolo Galli, 57 - Italy. Education: Electronic Engineer & Master Degree in Law. Over 30 years in machine tools business worldwide covering different Managing roles in Sales, Marketing, Product Development. Co-inventor in two patents related to IoT applied to Electrospindle and similar Machining devices.
Mr. Jan Mayer MSc
Researcher Associate at Technical University of Berlin
Jan Mayer studied International Information Systems at the University of Bamberg until April 2021, following mainly quantitative courses with a focus on Data Science. He laid the foundation for his professional career with his training as a logistics services clerk at Geberit AG, where he had his first contact with key figure systems. He gained further practical knowledge of data analysis during internships abroad at GIZ GmbH in Kyrgyzstan and at Tesla Inc. in the Netherlands. Furthermore, he has several years of student experience from research activities at Fraunhofer IIS. Especially the implementation of digital transformation using smart apps and data analytics was in his area of responsibility. Since June 2021, Jan Mayer has been a research associate at the Department of Quality Science at the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF) at the Technische Universität Berlin. There, he works on the i4Q project and is predominantly involved with predictive quality control.
Dr. Foivos Psarommatis
Senior Researcher at University of Oslo
Foivos Psarommatis is an engineer active in the areas of design and quality improvement of manufacturing systems. Currently, he is a senior researcher at University of Oslo (UiO) and Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). More specifically is a pioneer in the area of Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM), as is the first who modernized and set the foundation of modern ZDM. His scientific interests and motivation are around Industry 4.0/5.0 and on how ZDM can be applied efficiently to production systems, focusing on the decision making, scheduling and design of systems, with ultimate goal to achieve true sustainable manufacturing.
DI Daniela Kirchberger
Project Manager at PROFACTOR GmbH
Daniela Kirchberger is Research Engineer at the Machine Vision Group at PROFACTOR GmbH located in Steyr, Austria. She received her master degree in Mechatronics from the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria in 2007. She is working at PROFACTOR since 2008 in many different research fields, eg. noise vibration harshness, acoustics and robotics. Since 2011 she is mainly working as projectmanager of national (FFG, FIT-IT) funded and international (EU) funded research projects. She is also projectmanger of industrial projects, eg. in the automotive manufacturing (eg. BMW) and fuel cell production field (eg. Fronius). She is currently involved as workpackage leader in the european funded project ZDMP- Zero defects manufacturing platform, workpackage leader in the national funded project HyTechnomy and as project leader in the national funded project ZDM – Zero defect manufacturing for thermo dynamical processes.
Data & AI Director at Habber Tec
Patrícia Narciso is Data & AI Director at Habber Tec. She has a degree in Informatics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a Master in Information Systems Management, with a specialization in Analytical Systems. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in analytics projects and She was a postgraduate and master's teacher for more than 10 years in Portuguese universities.
Digital Transformation Manager at Volkswagen
Martin Mikoleizig studied mechanical engineering and production technology at the RWTH Aachen University before starting to work in Dr. h.c. Ing. F. Porsche AG 2015 as a production planner for the engine assembly. In several years as a Project Manager on inline testing technology for new engine models he also introduced several innovations like human-machine-collaborations and intelligent assistance systems. From 2017 he was responsible for the Shopfloor IT team of the module lines in Zuffenhausen before he became responsible for the planning of the e-drive assembly at Porsche. Beside this he was responsible for the Digitalisation Strategy of the Production Ressort at Porsche. Since October 2022 he is assigned to Volkswagen Autoeuropa in Portugal in the Role of a Digital Transformation Manager for the plant.
Mr Manfredi G.ppe Pistone ENG
Researcher at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A
Researcher, member of “Digital Industry and Agrifood” Unit within the Industry and Security Technologies, Research and Innovation (IS3) Lab at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica. I've graduated in 2018 in Computer Engineering (MSc) at the University of Palermo (Italy). Since 2018 I have been involved in EU and Italian research projects as solution designer and developer, and technical leader of many activities, fostering the adoption of Open Source technologies in the manufacturing domain.
Researcher at UNINOVA
Paulo Figueiras a Computer Engineering and Data Science researcher at UNINOVA, Portugal, with a PhD in Data Science and Engineering. I'm also a full-stack developer who enjoys the challenges of working with cutting edge technologies, especially Data-related. Lately, I am Technical Team Lead and Research Manager for European Research Projects (i4Q, VesselAI, RE4DY).
Estela Nieto Ramos
Researcher in the intelligent control team at Ikerlan
Engineer in Automation and Industrial Electronics since 2017 with a Master in Control, Automation and Robotics Engineering since 2019, both from the University of the Basque Country. Currently, since 2020, working in the Intelligent Control and Monitoring team at Ikerlan developing advanced and intelligent control algorithms, optimization techniques, and applications. Worked in multiple technological projects for local companies and in various European projects.
Karl John Pedersen
Principal Consultant at DNV
Karl John is Principal Consultant at DNV and educated as a geographer and has a master's in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Edinburgh (1994). He works in DNV's Assurance Services, with responsibility for data services. The focus is on helping customers to reduce risk in the use of data and to maximize the value of data assets through data governance, data management and data quality.
Mr. Mauro Isaja
Research Area Manager at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA
Mauro Isaja is now responsible for the Distributed Ledger & Fintech research area in Engineering's Research and Innovation Department. Previously, he worked at Engineering's Software Laboratory, where he played a leading role in the design and implementation of several large-scale software solutions for international banking customers.
Mr. Rafał Prabucki PhD
Assistant of Professor at University of Silesia
Assistant in projects on the use of new technologies in industry: MAS4AI at the University of Silesia and SHOP4CF at the University of Opole. Head of postgraduate studies "Tokenisation and process automation in the digital economy" at the University of Silesia.
Tino Martínez Molina
Blockchain Lead at Dekalabs
Tino Martínez Molina is a Full Stack Engineer and Blockchain Lead at Dekalabs, a team of developers and designers focused on helping its clients as an external R&D department with customized solutions on mobile, web, AI and blockchain applications. Some of the blockchain use cases we work on include NFTs, ICOs, digital identity, asset tokenization, and smart contracts.
Dr. Francisco Fraile
Senior Researcher at Universitat Politècnica de València
Senior researcher in the Research Center on Production Engineering and Management (CIGIP) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, with +10 years of experience in collaborative research projects. Main research areas of interest are digital manufacturing platforms, artificial intelligence, and zero defects manufacturing.
Mr. Dr. Alexander Lepschi
Innovation Manager at KEBA Group
Alexander Lepschi studied material- and process engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wels, Upper Austria, and earned his doctorate at Johannes Kepler University in Linz. He has worked at ENGEL Austria and EREMA Engineering Recycling Machinery as a process engineer on improving the polymer processing process. Now he works at the KEBA Group as an innovation manager in the Business Innovation department, where he leads several research projects on upcoming future topics.
Mr. Ion Baratas
Communication techinician at Aldakin
Ion Baratas studied advertising and public relations in the University of the Basque Country. He have been working for corporative communication since 2012 and currently He has one of the responsibles of the communication department in Aldakin Group.
Mr Alessandro Liani
CEO at Video Systems Srl
Alessandro Liani is a co-founder of Video Systems, a company that has been involved in edge computing, machine vision, AI, and IoT for the last 30 years. He is an active member of many associations such as IEEE, ACM, AIOTI, SPIE, EMVA, AIdAM, and others, where he has held various roles such as chair or co-chair. Nowaday he is highly engaged in AI implementation in manufacturing and study the ethical aspects of AI. Alessandro hopes to make significant contributions towards the advancement of technology in the manufacturing industry.
Mr Vasilis Siatras
Researcher at LMS
Master of engineering from University of Patras, department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics. Been working as a researcher for more than 4 years at the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, delivering innovative solutions in manufacturing for the European industrial sector, participation in 9 EU projects and publications of 13 research papers in journals and conferences. Research interest is oriented towards, production planning and scheduling, mathematical optimization, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, IoT and Augmented Reality.
Mr. Stefano Riga
Research Fellow at Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Riga is a Research Fellow at Politecnico di Milano. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Management Engineering with a focus on industrial management. In his research activities, he focuses on the environmental sustainability of the manufacturing sector, and how Industry 4.0 technologies can foster its development. He is currently involved in European and business consulting projects. In the CLARUS project, he contributes to the research activities that deal with the Green Deal Performance Assessment methodology and the Green Deal Index (GDI) for optimizing production and logistic resources in the time-critical bio-production industries in Europe through AI solutions.
Researcher in the Smart Systems & Smart Manufacturing Area at AIMEN
B. Sc. in Electronics and Automation Engineering and M. Sc. in Mechatronics at the University of Vigo. He has been working at the Robotics and Control department of AIMEN Technology Centre since 2014, where he has participated in several R&D projects related to thermography, multispectral imaging, computer vision in robotized cells and machine learning. At the present, he is also working on tasks related to the industry digitization by developing embedded systems for process monitoring/control, mainly focused on metal additive manufacturing processes and welding.
Mr. Adrián Cervera Andés
Engineering Manager / Software Developer at ITI
Master's degree in Internet of Things (University of Salamanca), BSc degree in Computer Science Engineering (Polytechnic University of Valencia), BSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering (University of Valencia). Engineering Manager at ITI (Technological Center for Research, Development and Innovation in Information and Communication Technologies). Currently, I belong to the ZeroGravity3D team and I have more than 10 years of experience working on software and hardware development (mainly for Computer Vision projects).
Research Coordinator at Politecnico di Milano
Sergio Gusmeroli is a Research Coordinator at Politecnico di Milano in the domain of Digital Manufacturing. His carrier started in 1986 when he graduated at Politecnico di Milano with a thesis in "Expert Systems for Manufacturing". Since then, Sergio has been coordinating several EC-funded Research & Innovation projects, some of them still ongoing: H2020 I4MS AI REGIO; H2020 AI on Demand DIH4AI; HEP AI REDGIO 5.0; HEP CLARUS.
Ms. Lucía Castiñeira
Research Assistant at Innovalia Association
Lucia Castiñeira is a Research Assistant in the ICT department of Innovalia Association (Bilbao). She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has gained experience in different manufacturing activities, specifically on the biomedical, supply chain and logistics field during her stay at Germany. Currently, she is part of the Innovalia Association team dedicated to R&D national and European projects to drive manufacturing industry towards the digitalization of processes and products particularly focused on data spaces deployment.
Eneko Rada Martin
R&D Consultant at Innovalia Association
Eneko holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Basque Country and a Master's Degree in Advanced Materials Engineering. He has a strong background in Materials, IoT and Circular Economy related R&D projects, as well as practical experience in the manufacturing of metallic, ceramic and polymeric components. He currenlty works as R&D consultant, a position in which he is able to apply his knowledge in research, development and innovation, understanding the client's needs and, at the same time, all that a project implies beyond the research work. Eneko has found in Innovalia an opportunity that can help her to develop skills in different areas of R&D and to learn new concepts on a daily basis in a highly technological environment.
Dr. Leire Bastida
Head of Advanced Interaction Platform at TECNALIA
Leire Bastida received a Ph.D. in Science Computing from Deusto University, which she earned in 2008. She also holds a PMP certificate, an Executive MBA and a Master degree in ""Gamification and Transmedia Narrative"" from IEBS. She joined European Software Institute in 2002 as researcher. In 2011 she became a project manager working in the ICT/ESI Division of Tecnalia, where she was responsible for Programs in the eServices Area, defining the strategic positioning at European and national level. Currently, she is the head of Advanced Interaction platform, leading several projects focused on Human Factors, user experience, human-centric design and gamification.
Mr. Gerardo Beruvides PhD
CEO at Xymbot Ltd.
Gerardo Beruvides received his PhD (with honours) in Informatics and Telecommunications from the Autonomous University of Madrid, in 2017. Since 2021, he cofounds Xymbot Digital Solutions, adopting the role of CEO and leading several National and EU public and private projects such as Activa Startup, SHOP4CF and KYKLOS 4.0 focused on the research, development and innovation of AI-based, Industrial IoT and Cloud Computing solutions for Industry 4.0. Previously, he worked as Senior Manager in the Social Innovation Business Unit in Hitachi Europe, Munich, focusing on new AI-based digitalization business models for the EMEA markets. He has done several international fellowships at Institute for Production System and Design Technology-Fraunhofer, Berlin-2015; Warwick Manufacturing Group, UK-2016; Yokohama Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd., Japan-2017; Tampere University, Finland-2018; Hitachi’s Big Data Research Lab, Palo Alto, USA-2019.
Mr. Pablo Malvido Fresnillo
Doctoral researcher at TAU
Pablo Malvido Fresnillo is a Doctoral Researcher at Tampere University (Finland). He received a M.Sc. in Electronics and Automation Engineering from University of Vigo (Spain) in 2019 and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from University of Vigo (Spain) in 2017. As he is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Engineering Sciences, Mr. Malvido’s research interests include Robotics, Programming by Demonstration, Robot Bimanual Manipulation, Computer Vision and Factory Automation. In addition, Mr. Malvido is part of the FAST-Lab research group and, since 2020, he is working in the project REMODEL, part of the EU H2020 funding program, whose aim is the development and implementation of hardware and software technologies to manipulate complex Deformable Linear Objects (DLOs) using robotic manipulators.
Dr. Angel Dacal-Nieto
"Factory of the Future" Area Manager at CTAG - Automotive Technology Center of Galicia
Angel Dacal-Nieto, Computer Science Engineer and PhD in Intelligent Software Systems. “Factory of the Future” Area Manager at CTAG. More than 16 years of experience in the application of ICT in manufacturing, especially automotive and agrofood. His main interest is the application, in manufacturing environments, of intelligent software, machine vision, automation, AI and robotics to improve productivity, efficiency and quality in the factory. Co-author of more than 30 scientific contributions, participating in more than 50 R&D projects. Evaluator and reviewer for the European Commission in ICT and FoF and other EC open call processes. Teacher in business schools and mentor in acceleration programs.
Mr. Asif Mohammed
Digital Manufacturing Lead at AIMEN Technology Centre
Asif Mohammed [Male] has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Skövde, Sweden. He worked both in industrial & research organisations with focus in the area of advance manufacturing systems, leading and developing several software projects related to intelligent maintenance systems, Manufacturing IT systems integration and business intelligence tools for manufacturing companies. He was part of several research projects both in national(Portugal2020) and European R&D (FP7/H2020) and also in I4.0 consulting projects. Currently working at AIMEN in Smart Systems and Smart Manufacturing unit as Digital Manufacturing Lead with a focus on connectivity,interoperability and digital platforms.
Dr. Christian Grunewald
Project Manager at DIN e. V.
Christian is a project manager in the group research and transfer at DIN. He made his PhD in chemistry as physical and analytical chemist with a background in proteins, nanoparticles, and synchrotron radiation. His area of responsibility is the support of national and European R&D projects in standardization, mainly in the fields of industry 4.0 and circular economy.
Mr. Mihail Babcinschi
Researcher at University of Coimbra
Mihail Babcinschi is a researcher and invited assistant at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has gained extensive experience working on various European projects in recent years. Notably, he has played pivotal roles in the successful execution of high-profile projects such as Integradde, Penelope, and R3Group, among others. Babcinschi's primary focus is to drive digital transformation across the manufacturing industry, with particular attention to data exchange in the Additive Manufacturing, Welding, and Gluing processes. His expertise and proficiency have enabled him to contribute significantly towards the development and implementation of advanced techniques and technologies that facilitate the smooth transfer of data and information between different stages of the manufacturing process. The innovative contributions to the field of efficient data exchange had a positive impact on the sector and pave the way for an enhanced manufacturing process.
CTO, software development at EVT
Andreas studied computer science at the University of Karlsruhe KIT. After he finished his study, he started his career at EVT as a software developer. During the last 13 years he was one of the leading developers and architects of the main product EyeVision. He is in close contact with customer projects and incorporates the experience gained from these into the software.
Mr. William Motsch
Researcher at DFKI GmbH
William Motsch is a Researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in the Innovative Factory Systems (IFS) department, Kaiserslautern, Germany. He received the M.Sc. in Information Management from the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and worked for 10 years in the field of ERP systems. His research focuses on energy-adaptive production systems and Multi-Agent Systems. He has participated in several research projects, for example MAS4AI, AUTOWARE and BaSys 4.2.
Mr. Aleksandr Sidorenko
Researcher at DFKI GmbH
Aleksandr Sidorenko is a researcher in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Kaiserslautern, Germany. His research topics include design and development of novel control concepts in the field of Cyber-Physical Production Systems and Industry 4.0, such as skill-based production and holon-based reconfigurable production lines. He is currently a researcher and a project manager in the European projects: MAS4AI and DIMOFAC.
Researcher at Tecnalia
Imanol Echeverría has studied the double degree in Computer Engineering and Business Administration at the University of Deusto (2019), the Master in Computational Engineering and Intelligent Systems at the EHU (2020) and the degree in Mathematics at the UNED (2021). During the last years he has done internships in several research centers (Azti-Tecnalia, DIPC and CEIT) in projects related to computer-vision and software development and as a professor at the University of Deusto teaching Algebra and Discrete Mathematics for two years. Currently, he works as a software developer at Tecnalia in different projects related to digitization and data analysis.
Mr. Nicolás García Sastre Eng
Researcher at ITI
Nicolás García Sastre is a Computer Science graduate from the Politechnic University of Valencia. He also holds a Master's Degree in Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, and Digital Imaging. With a keen interest in these fields, Nicolás has been working at ITI, a technological center dedicated to Research, Development and Innovation in Information and Communication Technologies, where he has been honing his skills in software development, data analysis, and machine learning. He has contributed to several projects involving image recognition and computer vision.
Mr. Jose Luis Lanzagorta Dr.
Senior Researcher at IDEKO S.Coop.
Dr. Jose Luis Lanzagorta obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Navarra in 2011. Actually, he is the main researcher in NDT technologies at IDEKO. His research activity focuses on designing and implementing NDT systems in Industry 4.0 manufacturing environments. He is the primary coordinator of the InterQ project and has led and participated in other 17 national and international research projects, as well as more than 30 projects directly with the industry. He has published 22 articles in different national and international journals and conferences.
Dr. Cristina Cristalli
Co-Founder of U-SENSE.IT srl
Cristina Cristalli had the Electronics Engineering degree at the University of Ancona and the Ph.D. in Bioengineering and she was a fellow at the Electronic Design Center of the Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland (OH), where she worked on thin film technology for sensor fabrication. From 1996 she works in Industry; first as Innovation Director in Loccioni, a system integrator company active in the field of Quality Control in manufacturing and since two years she co-founded a start-up, U-Sense.IT, for the industrialization and commercialization of IIoT sensors. The start up is based on a result of a H2020 European Project, GO0DMAN.
Managing Director at Inovako
Emin Eksi is an experienced professional with over 15 years in manufacturing. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA in Entrepreneurship. As the CEO of Inovako, an industrial vision-AI startup, he has expertise in innovation and startup management, as well as industrial vision and AI. Emin's background in mechanical engineering and practical experience in manufacturing provide a solid foundation for his role as a leader in the industrial vision-AI industry.
Francisco de Arístegui
Director of Innovation Studies at Zabala Innovation
Francisco has worked in Zabala Innovation for more than 35 years -since 1988- as consultant on business Innovation support, and he is the director of innovation studies in Zabala Innovation. He was agreed by DG REGIO as external expert specialised in the review and definition of new research and innovation policies funded by ERDF at regional and national level. In 2014 he assessed for DG REGIO the Spanish national Research and Innovation Strategy (RIS3), and the Catalonian and Madrid regional RIS3. Since 1991 he has participated as external consultant in the design of RTD and Innovation policies and strategic planning for several Spanish regions.
Mr. Spyridon Paraschos
Research Associate at CERTH
As a highly motivated individual with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and a Master's Degree in Artificial Intelligence, I am currently thriving in my role as a Research Associate at CERTH. My educational background has provided me with a solid foundation in computer science, which I have further developed with my expertise in Artificial Intelligence. As a result, I have acquired a strong ability to analyze complex data sets, design algorithms, and develop models that deliver insightful and innovative solutions. My current position has honed my research and analytical skills, and allowed me to contribute to cutting-edge projects in the field. With a commitment to continuous learning and a passion for innovation, I am confident in my ability to make valuable contributions and advancements to the field of AI.
Dr. Xavier Beudaert
Senior Researcher at IDEKO
Xavier Beudaert is a senior researcher in the Dynamics and Control team of IDEKO.
Research Associate at CERTH
Christina Tsita is a Research Associate at CERTH-ΙΤI since 2016 and she has worked in various EU, national and private sector funded projects.
Dr. Cécile Girardot
EU Project manager at CEA Liten
She obtained a PhD in materials science at the Grenoble Institute of Technology (France), followed by a research career devoted to thin films and nanomaterials, from process to characterisation, with several years of experience in the field of microelectronics. After an enriching two-year interlude in Victoria (Canada, BC), she switched to project management activities, first at the European synchrotron (ESRF) dedicated to the IRT-nanoelec and NFFA projects, then at CEA-liten with as main activities the coordination of the project DIMOFAC dedicated to the technological and digital developments related to Industry 4.0
Head of Technology Transfer at Fundingbox
Kuba Kruszelnicki is working on innovations since 2007 working in the field of international R&D&I projects management and exploitation. His practical experience ranges from academia (Director of Technology Transfer Centre of Cracow University of Technology; Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) via private industrial research and its exploitation (LEITAT Technological Center; Knowledge Innovation Market) through researching european innovation ecosystems (H2020 OaSIS) as well as co-founding accelerator (Creative Labs) and Transfer of Technologies developed via cascade funding sources (Fundingbox). Connecting those fields of expertise Kuba is exploring the technological and business aspects of innovations and developing tailor-made methodologies for public and private market.
Mr. Chandana Ratnayake PhD
Chief Scientist at SINTEF
Chandana Ratnayake serves as a Chief Scientists at SINTE, Norway, and holds a PhD in Process Technology with a specialization in Powder & Particulate Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). With over 15 years of experience, he is an expert in Powders and Bulk Material Technology, including storage, transport, processing, and characterization of particulate materials, as well as their applications in industrial system design, optimization, and troubleshooting. Throughout his career, he has participated in various research, innovation, and development projects, funded by Norwegian Research Council, EU, and direct industrial contributions. Chandana represents Norway in the Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids in EFCE (European Federation of Chemical Engineering), and he holds a position as Professor II (Adjunct Professor) at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN). He is the main coordinator and point of contact for the DIY4U Project (EU H2020, GA No. 87048).
R&D line coordinator at ITI - Instituto Tecnológico de Informática
Dr. Gerardo Minella holds a PhD from the Universitat Politècnica de València and is a senior information systems engineer from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Facultad Córdoba. His professional experience is mainly focused on the area of analysis, design and development of computer systems applied to the optimisation of production processes and logistics. He has also carried out research work, having currently published 4 scientific articles. As part of his work, he has participated in more than 20 subsidised R&D projects and more than 25 R&D contracts with companies in various sectors. In 2007 he started working at ITI as a project leader and since 2023 he has been carrying out his main activity as a researcher and coordinator of the SOA group research line.
Fernando García Torres
Researcher at UPV-CVBLab
Fernando García Torres is a researcher at the Universitat Politècnica de València. Since obtaining his degree in industrial engineering, he has worked on research and industrial projects, such as designing and developing medical devices for the health sector. Currently, he works at the Computer Vision and Behaviour Analysis Lab (CVBLab) as a researcher in artificial intelligence applied to health and industry projects. Throughout his professional career, he has participated in several projects with private and public funding, such as European projects.
Mr Nicolas Jourdan
Research associate at PTW, TU Darmstadt
Nicolas Jourdan, M. Sc. has been a researcher and PhD candidate at the Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at the Technical University of Darmstadt University since 2020. His research interests include the robustness analysis of machine learning models for manufacturing applications.
Mrs Beatriz Bretones Cassoli
Research associate at PTW, TU Darmstadt
Beatriz Bretones Cassoli, M. Sc. has been a researcher and PhD candidate at the Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at the Technical University of Darmstadt since 2019. Her research evaluates the use of knowledge graphs and graph neural networks for predictive quality applications in discrete manufacturing.
Ms. Katharina Hengel
Researcher at DFKI
Katharina Hengel graduated in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart. She works as a researcher at the German Research Center of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Her work at the Research Department of Innovative Factory Systems (IFS) in Kaiserslautern (Germany) focuses on reinforcement learning, scheduling and multi-agent systems. She is involved in the European research project MAS4AI.
Pepe Llavori Sendra
Data and Analytics Manager at NTT Data
I’m a Computer Science engineer and passionate about technology and how it helps us on our lives. I’ve been working with Data, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud since 2006. My mission is to develop our business on those technologies from Valencia for the Benelux and Switzerland región on both private and public sector, increasing our business, ensuring development and evolution of our teams, coordintating assets and accelerators creation while ensuring our customers satisfaction.
Dr Emma Teodoro
Senior Researcher at Autonomous University of Barcelona
Dr. Emma Teodoro received her PhD degree in Political Science and Public Law in 2015 from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Currently, she is a senior researcher at the Institute of Law and Technology (IDT-UAB). She has a wide expertise assessing ethical and legal implications of data-driven technologies of European Projects in the field of Security, Justice and Industry projects. Her participation in EU projects focuses on identifying EU/National ethical and legal applicable frameworks; assessing the potential risks posed by the research activities from an ethical, legal and societal perspective; setting up a monitoring and enforcement strategy to ensure that the outcomes project comply with the legal, ethical and societal requirements identified for the project; and providing continuous legal and ethical advice and support to the project’s Consortium. She also serves as independent ethics advisor of the Ethical Advisory Boards in EU Security projects.
Ms. Andrea Guillén
Junior Researcher at Autonomous University of Barcelona
Ms. Andrea Guillén holds an LLM. in Innovation, Technology and the Law from the University of Edinburgh (2020) and is currently a PhD law student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She joined the Institute of Law and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2020 where she has participated in several European Projects as ethical partner: SPIRIT, ITFLOWS (ongoing) and OPTIMAI - Optimizing Manufacturing Processes through Artificial Intelligence and Virtualization (ongoing). She is the Secretary of the IEEE Standards Association program ‘Meta Issues in Cybersecurity’.
Dr. Marina Cugurra
R&I Lawyer and Ethics Expert at ExpertAI-Lux S.à r.l
Marina is a lawyer specialised in the R&I projects, in particular in legal issues of new technologies and Information Society (e.g. AI, GDPR, data ownership,…), with a Ph.D. Degree at the “Telematics and Information Society” Ph.D. School in University of Florence. She is also an expert in ethical and societal themes related to ICT research and technological developments. She is serving as independent Ethical Expert in European Commission and European Defense Agency. Consolidated experience in national projects and international and European projects. Scientific collaboration with CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications) and CNR - ITTIG (Italian National Research Council, Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques). Legal Advisor in the R&I Division of multinational companies. Contribution to the activities of the legal working groups of Eu-wide initiatives (EU Blockchain Observatory Forum,…) and Chair of the Ethics, Data Protection and Privacy (EDPP) Task Force of the “Citizen’s Control of Personal Data” Initiative within Smart City Markeplace.
Dr. Nikolaos Dimitriou
Postdoctoral Research Associate at CERTH
Dr. Nikolaos Dimitriou is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CERTH-ITI. He holds a Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a PhD in the same field and an MBA. His research focuses on the areas of machine vision, augmented reality and artificial intelligence for Industry 4.0 applications.
Mrs. Ana Rodríguez Vidal
Project Manager at AIMEN
Currently working as Project Manager on EU projects. Degree in Physics and Masters in Welding Engineering and Integrated Management. She has been working in AIMEN since 2007 with a strong industrial experience in welding, non-destructive testing, coatings and corrosion protection, Quality control and Quality assurance.
Eric López López
Researcher at AIMEN
Graduated in Physics from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) with a master in Computer Vision (CVC). Has received a Ph.D in Information Techonolgies (CITIC) at 2021. Actually, working in AIMEN Technology Centre as a researcher in signal processing department (Smart Systems and Smart Manufacturing).
Ms. Zoi Arkouli
Research Engineer at Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation
Ms. Zoi Arkouli holds a Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering diploma from the University of Patras and has been employed as a research engineer in the Laboratory of Manufacturing Systems and Automation since 2018. She has been involved in several R&D projects and scientific publications, focusing on intelligent cooperating robots for reconfigurable manufacturing, human-centric design of hybrid production cells, and intuitive interfaces for human-robot interaction.
Mr. Alfredo Gimenez
Innovation Director at Factor Ingeniería s.l.
Alfredo Gimenez is pleased to work with people on Processes Improvement implementations, wherever added value is detected. During his experience with digital tools Alfredo Gimenez has been able to integrate different functional systems and redesigning new methodologies. He has work experience in industrial environment in Global and local companies. Alfredo Gimenez deals with sustainability and environment domains with respect and deep interest.
Dr. Sarah Fletcher
Senior Research Fellow at Cranfield University
Sarah Fletcher has been conducting human-system interactions research for over 23 years, and established the Industrial Psychology and Human Factors group in 2012 to directly meet growing industrial needs for high quality social science to advance human-robot collaboration. Her work especially focuses on integrating people with automation and robotics more effectively by promoting trust, acceptance, satisfaction, performance and safety behaviours. Sarah has led human analysis and the application of novel scientific methods in a number of UK and EU research projects. At Cranfield University she has developed a number of Masters modules on psychology and ethics for robotics and artificial intelligence, and also works on the development of safety standards with ISO, BSI, and IEEE for robotics, robot ethics, human-system ergonomics, and workplace safety.
Principal Research Engineer at GKN Aerospace
Gabriele Ridolfi is Principal Research Engineer at GKN Aerospace in Papendrecht, The Netherlands. He holds a MSc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He is responsible for the development of automated assembly processes for aircraft structures manufacturing. His expertise is in the fields of Robotic Integration, Collaborative Robots, Autonomous Mobile Robots and Industry 4.0.
Mr. Simeon Andersen Tverdal
Master of Science at SINTEF
Simeon Andersen Tverdal is a Msc. of Science at SINTEF. He recieved his Msc. in Information Systems from the University in Oslo in 2021 and has since been a member of the group Trustworthy Green IoT Software. He has experience with data analysis, applied machine learning and cyber-risk assessment. Research interests include cybersecurity, cyber-risk assessment, IoT, and machine learning.
Dr. Christopher Fischer
Research Analyst at Trilateral Research
Christopher Fischer is a Research Analyst at Trilateral Research focusing on the impact of new technologies. He holds a PhD in Law from the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition, a JD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and a BA in Design from Nuremberg Institute of Technology.
Mr. Arcadio Garcia
Head of R&D at EXOS Solutions
Arcadio Garcia is an EU Projects Manager and Systems Analyst, who as Head of R&D at EXOS Solutions is participating in several EU projects in the field of Industry 4.0/5.0, such as i4Q and TALON. His keen interest in Blockchain technologies has led him to study in depth all aspects of p2p architectures, platforms like Ethereum and Hyperledger, consensus protocols like BFT, PoW and PoS, cryptography such as asymmetric key algorithms and hash functions up to zero-knowledge proof protocols, as well as their tools for development, implementation and use, currently being carried out some of then in the LogiBlock project for internal logistics robotic applications.
Mr. Rodolfo Haber, DEng
Director at Center for Automation and Robotics (CSIC-UPM)
Rodolfo Haber (IEEE, IFAC member), Since January 2020, he has been appointed Director of the Center for Automation and Robotics of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). In particular, he is the principal investigator from CSIC in European projects related with Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Cyber-physical systems/IIoT: KITT4SME (2020-2024) and PowerizeD (2022-25). He has authored 3 books, 16 patents, 2 trade secrets, 21 book chapters, and dozens of articles in indexed journals and conference papers. He has been co-founder of start-up Kinequo S.L. (2015), Xymbot Digital Solutions S.L. (2020) and Invofox ltd (2022). Since 2002, he has belonged to the IFAC’s Technical Committee 3.1 Computers for Control, ASME Technical Committee on Model Identification and Intelligent Systems and IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS). Since 2002, he has been an expert evaluator and Vice-Chair for the European Commission collaborating with various research agencies such as REA and EACEA. His main research activities are focused on cyber-physical systems, Internet-of-Everything, intelligent systems, modelling, control and supervisory systems, artificial cognitive systems and Industry 5.0.