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Esteban ZimányiEsteban Zimányi is a full professor and the director of the Department of Computer & Decision Engineering (CoDE). He is the coordinator of the BDMA programme. 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. His current research interests include data warehouses and business intelligence, semantic web, geographic information systems and spatio-temporal databases.


Stijn VansummerenStijn Vansummeren is a professor at the CoDE Department of the ULB, where he teaches databases and web technologies. He received a Bachelor in Computer Science (1999) from the Faculty of Sciences at Hasselt University, Belgium; a Master in Computer Science (2001) from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands; and a PhD in Science from Hasselt University, Belgium. His research work covers all aspects of data management, both traditional on the Web. His recent work focuses on aspects of provenance in scientific databases; database programming languages; the foundations of query languages for XML and RDF; and query processing on the Web.


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.


Alberto AbellóAlberto Abelló is tenure-track 2 professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Polytechnical University of Catalonia). He received his PhD from UPC in 2002. He is also a member of the MPI research group (Grup de recerca en Modelització i Processament de la Informació) at the same university, specializing in software engineering, databases and information systems. His research interests are databases, database design, data warehousing, OLAP tools, ontologies and reasoning. He is the author of articles and papers presented and published in national and international conferences and journals on these subjects (e.g., Information Systems, Data and Knowledge Engineering (DKE), International Journal of Data Warehousing and Mining, Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE), International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA), International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery (DaWaK) and International Workshop on Data Warehousing and OLAP (DOLAP). He has also served in the program committee of DaWaK and DOLAP, among others.


Marcos EguigurenMarcos Eguiguren (52), PhD, Partner and Member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Empresarial Inmark, S.A. international group of consulting and professional services, specially focused in providing services to the banking industry in Spain and Latin America. Marcos is also the only Spanish member of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank NV, the world leading bank in sustainable and ethical banking, that was awarded the Financial Times prize 2009 as the most sustainable bank in the world. He has published articles and books on his areas of expertise. Marcos is currently professor of Business Administration at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and holds other supervisory board positions in companies in industries such as leisure, publishing and consultancy. Bachelor in Economics, Universitat de Barcelona, he also got postgraduate degrees in Business Administration, Universidad Politécnica de Madrids and IT and Business Management, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In 2000, Marcos got his PhD in Business Administration, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya with a Thesis on the profitability of intangible investments, specially focused in Training and HR investment in large corporations. He has written many articles and essays in both Spanish and foreign publications on organization, management and the economy of training and development. He has leaded organizational and financial consulting international projects for large banks and corporations. He conceived the “3.0 Corporation” concept about companies with an ethical purpose. His book on that topic “Empresa 3.0” published in Spanish in May 2011 by Ediciones Pirámide is being extremely succesful. In the past, Marcos had been an executive in international banks and consulting firms both in Spain and abroad. He had been a professor in organization and finance in several schools such as Les Heures–Universitat de Barcelona, Idec–Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional–Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


bdma_www_photo_angel_toribioAngel Toribio is an adjunct associate professor of the Computer Architecture Department at UPC. He is as well the Digital Marketing manager at Safelayer Secure Communications (a leading Public Key Infrastructure, Digital Signature and Digital Identity software company).
Angel received his bachelor and master’s degree in Computer Science from UPC, his master’s in Digital Business from ESADE (Univ. Ramon Llull) and his Postgraduate degree in Big Data Management and Analytics from UPC. Angel has been lecturing since 1990 in different topics related to Computer’s Architecture such as Distributed Systems, Operating Systems, Computer’s Structure or IT security. He has extensive experience designing, building, maintaining and teaching about the applications and services which are at the core of the Internet and Digital Business.


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.


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.




Ralf-Detlef KutscheDr. Ralf-Detlef Kutsche has a position as Academic Director in the “Database and Information Management DIMA” group at TU Berlin.

He studied Mathematics at FU Berlin, focusing on Numerical Mathematics, and Computer Science (as a minor at TU Berlin). After the diploma degree we has worked as scientist in Theoretical Computer Science at TU Berlin, then in applications of formal methods to clinical information systems at German Heart Institute Berlin, concluding his Ph.D. in this area.

As senior scientist at TU chair “Computation and Information Structures CIS”, he started building up the focus area “Heterogeneous Distributed Information Systems”. At the same time he was scientific coordinator, project leader and member of the board of leaders with the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST. For an intermediate period of more than 30 months, Dr. Kutsche acted as provisional head of the CIS group. He is advisor of many diploma theses at TU Berlin and (co-)advisor of several Ph.D. dissertations within the Graduate School Distributed Information Systems, at TU Berlin, at Fraunhofer ISST, and at other universities.

His hot topics in teaching and research are model building and modeling methodology, focusing on “model-based semantic integration of heterogeneous information systems”. Dr. Kutsche has many publications in the foundations and applications of this area, as well as comprehensive experience in national and international project leadership. In the past years, he was (co-)chair of several international conferences, and invited speaker in conferences, international cooperations and with industry. Presently, he is Science Chair of the BIZWARE initiative, after BIZYCLE a second large-scale project of TU Berlin and industry (SMEs), funded by German BMBF. Beside his activities at TU Berlin, he is engaged as research coordinator ‘Modeling’ at the institute Fraunhofer FIRST.


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.-



Nacéra Seghouani BennacerNacéra Seghouani Bennacer is a full Professor at Computer Science Department of CentraleSupélec, member of LaHDAK team of LRI laboratory (Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique). She is the coordinator of Decision Support and Business Intelligence Master and 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.

Brice MayagBrice Mayag is an Assistant Professor in charge of Bachelor  program in Computer Sciences at Paris Dauphine University and director of the International Research Group of Algorithmic Decision Theory of Lamsade Laboratory. His main research topics are:  Operation research and Decision Analysis  such as Multiple Criteria Decision Aid; Modelling of expert knowledge Preference modelling; Fuzzy measures and integrals; Social choice theory of voting and Linear programming.

Michèle SebagMichèle Sebag 

Petra Isenberg
Petra Isenberg is a research scientist (CR) at Inria, Saclay, France in the Aviz research group. Prior to joining Inria, Petra received her PhD from the University of Calgary in 2010 and her Diplom-degree in Computational Visualistics from the University of Magdeburg in 2004.
Her main research areas are information visualization and visual analytics with a focus on collaborative work scenarios, interaction, and evaluation. She is interested in exploring how people can most effectively work together when analyzing large and complex data sets on novel display technology such as small touch-screens, wall displays, or tabletops.



Prof. Marco Ferrante is the director of the Data-Science Master program at UniPd.

Marco act as liaison between the BDMA program and the Data-Science Master at UniPd. Marco Ferrante received a PhD in Functional Analysis and Applications from the SISSA of Trieste, Italy, in 1993. Currently, he is full professor of Probability Theory at the Department of Mathematics “Tullio Levi-Civita” of UniPd since 2002, and he served as Head of the Department from 2014 until 2018. His research interests include Probability theory, Stochastic processes and their applications to biological models, Stochastic calculus and Information retrieval. He has published more than 35 papers in international Journals on Stochastic differential equation, Malliavin calculus, Applied stochastic processes and Information retrieval.


Massimiliano de LeoniDr. Massimiliano de Leoni is an Assistant Professor for Computer Science at the University of Padua, Italy. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science at SAPIENZA – University of Rome on a thesis on Business Process Flexibility and Adaptation. Prior the current position, he was an Assistant Professor for Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology. His teaching experiences are in the area of Database, Distributed Systems, Business Process Intelligence, Process Mining, and Business Information Systems. He was demo chair at the Business-Process-Management conference in 2018, and currently he is general chair of the International Conference in Process Mining for 2020 (ICPM 2020). His research is in the Data-Science area with special emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Analytics of Business and Human Data, and Business Intelligence. To this date, his h index is 31.


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