Laurent Beslay works as technology adviser, at the European Data Protection Supervisor, Brussels. He holds a Post-master's degree (DESS) in Global Management of Technological Risks and Crisis (University of Paris, la Sorbonne) and a Master's degree in International Relations. He previously worked, for six years, in the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies) as a project officer in the field of cybersecurity.
Senior researcher at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. He leads a small research team specialising in the study of the relation between socio-economic and technological developments, under globalisation trends. Marc Bogdanowicz graduated in Educational Sciences and holds postgraduate diplomas in Social Psychology and in Organisational Sciences of the State University of Liège. He has published numerous papers and articles in the field of the information society and its socio-economic impacts.
Brahim Dahmani received a PhD in Electronics, Instrumentation and Metrology from Paris VI University in 1981. He worked as scientist in the French National Bureau of Time and Frequency Standards and joined Corning International Science and Technology Organisation in 1989 where he was in charge of identification and development of new growth businesses as external technology project manager. He launched numerous pioneering activities in microsystems and smart materials and actively participated in the strategic development of display activities within Corning. In 2004 he set-up his own business, Lovalite, a micro optics company.
Director of Department of Biomedical Micro Sensors and Micro Systems of the CNRS of the INSA of Lyon (France). He is active in the research fields of micro, non invasive sensors for the Thermo-Neuro-MicroVascular parameters of the human body and microtechnologies in BME, and the study of vigilance, emotional response, mental workload and thermal comfort in man for local metabolism, microcirculation. He is a member of the World Academy of Biomedical Technologies UNESCO. He is also active in bio-inspired researches for the biomedical field.
Professor at the Institute of Computer Engineering, Control and Robotics, Wroclaw University of Technology. Starting from optimisation algorithms in 1970s, he moved to evolutionary simulations. His particular concern is with underlying dynamics of rapid adaptive shifts, which can be interpreted as breakthrough innovations or paradigm changes. He uses such computer-substantiated perspective in texts on the knowledge economy, innovative and education politics, cultural dynamics, etc. He is a co-author of the strategies of development for the city of Wroclaw and the region of Lower Silesia.
Director of Embedded Computing in Elektrobit Ltd. Previously he worked at VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) on mobile system development tools, embedded solutions, and automotive telematics. Prior to this he worked at Nokia on: in-car information systems, car audio systems and telematics solutions, wireless value-added service applications, and positioning technologies for mobile telephones.
David Jeffery BSc, CEng, MIEE, MinstP, FIHT, FRSA, is an electrical engineer with 40 years' experience in a wide range of transport-related matters, and a specialist in intelligent transport systems and services. Until he retired he was managing director of Atkins Transport Systems. He is now an independent consultant and visiting professor at the University of Southampton's Transportation Research Group.
Paul T Kidd
Dr Paul T Kidd is a control systems engineer who has pursued a dual career, one in manufacturing research and the other in writing. As a researcher he works in the field of manufacturing foresight, futures, visions and research policy, and is involved in European and international research programmes. As part of his research he has been involved in human-centred manufacturing and associated skill-based technologies. In parallel with this he developed expertise in future generation manufacturing enterprises. He is also interested in new technologies that have the potential to enable sustainable business practices. His long-term goal is to contribute towards the development of a non-fossil fuel dependent manufacturing industry. As an author he writes about new technologies and the important related wider non-technical issues.
Kazimierz Krzysztofek's areas of research include: sociology of media, internet and international communication, human development, impact of information and communication technologies on arts and society, and cultural industries. During 1997-2000 he was member of the board of CIRCLE (European network of culture research and information centres). He is professor of sociology at the University of Bialystok and Warsaw School of Advanced Social Psychology, and a member of the Polish Academy of Science Committee for Forecasting Poland 2000Plus. In the late 1980s he was a Fulbright scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 1996 a visiting professor at the Pennsylvania State University.
Marc Luyckx Ghisi
Born in 1942, married to Isabelle, with six children. Studied Mathematics, Philosophy and Theology (PhD). From 1990-99 Marc worked directly for Presidents of the European Commission, firstly Jacques Delors and then Jacques Santer, as a member of the Forward Studies Unit, the internal think tank of the European Commission in Brussels. He is now dean of CBA Business School in Zagreb Croatia; a Member of the Auroville International Advisory Council, near Pondichery, South India; and a Member of the Eco-Cities Project, in China, Brazil and other countries.
Liselotte Lyngsø is Managing Partner of the innovation and futurist company, Future Navigator. Prior to this she was Director at Fahrenheit 212, an ideas company owned by Saatchi. For eight years she worked as Director of Research at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Since 2002 she has been a member of the Foresight editorial board, a board member at Bolius A/S, and part of the Vallekilde Globalisation Team. Liselotte works extensively with scenarios for the future consumer and co-worker, and with the consequences of new technologies on the way people think, feel and behave. Born in Denmark, she has a MPhil in Economics and Politics from St. Antony's College, Oxford University.
José del R. Millán
Dr José del R. Millán is a senior researcher at the IDIAP Research Institute in Martigny, Switzerland, where he explores the use of brain signals for multimodal interaction and, in particular, the development of non-invasive brain-controlled robots and neuroprostheses. He is also an adjunct professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Prior to joining IDIAP, he was a research scientist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. His research on brain-computer interfaces was nominated finalist of the European Descartes Prize 2004. He was named Research Leader 2004 by the journal Scientific American, and the journal Science has reviewed his work as one of the world's key researchers in the field of brain-computer interfaces.
Alfonso Molina is Professor of Technology Strategy at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and Scientific Director of the Fondazione Mondo Digitale in Italy. His research interests focus on theories of innovation and technology management and strategy, particularly on the socio-technical constituencies approach, currently applied to research on sustainable enterprises for electronic inclusion, information and communications technologies based educational innovation and free(libre) and open-source software (FLOSS). Alfonso has worked as an advisor and consultant for various Directorates of the European Commission and has published numerous books, papers and reports. He also designed a web site (www.e-inclusionsite.org) to contribute to the global e-inclusion movement and to raise funding for grassroots e-inclusion projects in poor areas of the world.
Roberto Saracco, has 35 years research experience at the Telecom Italia Lab, where he has been involved in the various stages of the digitalisation of telecommunications. He is responsible for the understanding of the economic impact of technological evolution within Telecom Italia. He has led the World Bank FORWARD project in Latin America to foster the information society and stimulate business initiatives and has been involved in many activities of the European Union, included the Visionary Groups where he chaired the one on Super Intelligent Networks. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and Director of Comsoc for Sister Societies.
Anne Skare Nielsen
Anne Skare Nielsen is Managing Partner of the innovation and futurist company Future Navigator. By education she is a biologist with Master's degree in political science from Copenhagen University. Anne specialises in leadership, new value creation through customer insight, ethics and new technologies, as well as education and the future labour market. She regularly works with large international corporations. Anne is a member of the Danish Ethical Council, The Danish Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation's information and communications technologies forum, the Global Future Forum, and Strategy Lab. Anne has worked with futurology and innovation at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and as Director at Fahrenheit 212.
Emeritius professor of Public Administration at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. For the last 20 years he has specialised in the implications of information and communication technology applications in public administration. He has published several books on the subject and supervised many dissertations on the different aspects of informatisation. His main contention is that information and communication technologies are facilitating and furthering basic changes in all dimensions of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary of (post) modern countries.
Walter Van de Velde
Dr Walter Van de Velde approaches topics like wearable computing, context-aware systems and intelligent environments from a wide interdisciplinary perspective that includes interests in architecture, social science and anthropology. He was formerly co-director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Brussel's Free University (VUB) and Science Director of Starlab, a private research company that pioneered a new model of long-term research. Apart from being a guest professor at VUB he has working through his own firm CampoRosso as a consultant in science, technology, innovation and education. He now works for the European Commission.