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BDMA Programme Coordinator

Esteban Zimányi

Esteban ZimányiEsteban Zimányi is a full professor and the director of the Department of Computer & Decision Engineering (CoDE) at ULB. He started his studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Centro América, Costa Rica. He received a B.Sc. (1988) and a doctorate (1992) in computer science from the Faculty of Sciences at the ULB. During 1997, he was a visiting researcher at the Database Laboratory of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. He co-authored and co-edited 16 books, 18 book chapters, 19 articles in international journals, and 82 papers in international conferences. He is coordinator of the BDMA and IT4BI-DC Erasmus Mundus programmes. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Data Semantics published by Springer. His current research interests include data warehouses, spatio-temporal databases, geographic information systems, and semantic web.

Local Programme Coordinators

Mahmoud Sakr

Mahmoud SakrMahmoud Sakr is an Assistant Professor at the CoDE Department of the ULB, where he teaches Business Process Management and Data Mining. He received a Dr.rer.nat (2012) in Computer Science and Information Systems from FernUni-Hagen, Germany. Previously he was a postdoc researcher in the same department in ULB, and an assistant professor in the Information Systems department in Ain Shams University in Egypt. He was a visiting researcher at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. His current research interests include moving object databases, mobility data analytics, and data mining. Many of his research work is also contributed to the open source moving object databases SECONDO and MobilityDB. He also serves as a reviewer for relevant journals in the area.

Oscar Romero

Oscar RomeroOscar Romero has an MSc and a PhD in computing from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Currently, he is a tenure-track 1 lecturer at the Barcelona School of Informatics. He is also a member of the MPI research group at the same university, specialized in software engineering, databases and information systems. His research interests are data warehousing, OLAP tools, multidimensional modeling, the semantic web and ontologies. He is the author of articles and papers presented and published in national and international conferences and journals on these subjects.


Volker Markl

Volker MarklVolker Markl is a Full Professor and Chair of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU-Berlin). Prior to joining TU-Berlin, Dr. Markl lead a research group at FORWISS, the Bavarian Research Center for Knowledge-based Systems in Munich, Germany, and was a Research Staff member & Project Leader at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, USA. His research interests include: information as a service, new hardware architectures for information management, information integration, autonomic computing, query processing, query optimization, data warehousing, electronic commerce, and pervasive computing.

Volker has presented over 100 invited talks in numerous industrial settings and at major conferences and research institutions worldwide. He has authored and published more than 50 research papers at world-class scientific venues. Volker regularly serves as member and chair for program committees of major international database conferences. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the VLDB Endowment. Volker has 5 patent awards, and he has submitted over 20 invention disclosures to date. Over the course of his career, he has garnered many prestigious awards, including the European Information Society and Technology Prize, an IBM Outstanding Technological Achievement Award, an IBM Shared University Research Grant, an HP Open Innovation Award, and the Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award.

Boudewijn van Dongen

Boudewijn van DongenBoudewijn van Dongen is an Associate Professor and chair of the Analytics for Information Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The research group distinguishes itself in the Information Systems discipline by its fundamental focus on modeling, understanding, analyzing, and improving processes. Boudewijn’s research focuses on conformance checking: anything where observed behavior needs to be related to previously modeled behavior. Conformance checking is embedded in the larger contexts of Business Process Management and Process Mining. Boudewijn aims to develop techniques and tools to analyze databases and logs of large-scale information systems for the purpose of detecting, isolating, diagnosing and predicting misconformance in the business processes supported by these systems. The notion of alignments play a seminal role in conformance checking and the AIS group is world-leading in the definition of alignments for various types of observed behavior and for various modelling languages. Next to the theoretical foundations, he also develops the tools to actually measure conformance. These tools are typically implemented in Java in the open-source framework ProM.


Nacéra Seghouani Bennacer

Nacéra Seghouani BennacerNacéra Seghouani Bennacer is a full Professor at Computer Science Department of CentraleSupélec, member and co-coordinator of ModHel team of LRI laboratory (Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique). She is the coordinator of Decision Support and Business Intelligence Master International track program of Paris-Saclay university. Her research topics are related to information extraction from massive, real time, ambiguous, multilingual text data and graph data for different purposes such as building user profiles from social networks, discovering user interests for recommandation systems, analyzing hidden dimensions revealing some personality traits of users, with a strong focus on how to represent, store, integrate, evolve and query such massive data using flexible and NoSQL Datastores and the underlying technologies.



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