Invited Speakers

Maarten de Rijke

Maarten de Rijke is full professor of Information Processing and Internet in the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. He holds MSc degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics (both cum laude), and a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science. He worked as a postdoc at CWI, before becoming a Warwick Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. He joined the University of Amsterdam in 1998, and was appointed full professor in 2004. De Rijke leads the Information and Language Processing Systems group, one of the world’s leading academic research groups in information retrieval. During the most recent computer science research assessment exercise, the group achieved maximal scores on all dimensions. His research focus is on intelligent information access, with projects on self-learning search engines, semantic search, and social media analytics.

A Pionier personal innovational research incentives grant laureate (comparable to an advanced ERC grant), De Rijke has helped to generate over 40MEuro in project funding. With an h-index of 57 he has published over 650 papers, published or edited over a dozen books, is editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Information Systems, co-editor-in-chief of Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval and of Springer’s Information Retrieval book series, (associate) editor for various journals and book series, and a current and former coordinator of retrieval evaluation tracks at TREC, CLEF and INEX. He was co-chair for SIGIR 2013, general chair for ECIR 2014, co-chair “web search systems and applications” for WWW 2015, short paper co-chair for SIGIR 2015, and program co-chair for information retrieval for CIKM 2015. He is also general co-chair of WSDM 2017.

He is the director of Amsterdam Data Science and of the University of Amsterdam’s Ad de Jonge Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. He’s a former director of the Intelligent Systems Lab (ISLA) and of the Center for Creation, Content and Technology (CCCT).


Philippe Cudré-Mauroux
Philippe Cudre-MaurouxPhilippe Cudré-Mauroux  is the director of the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg and the CTO of Scigility. He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), where he won both the Doctorate Award and the EPFL Press Mention in 2007. Before joining the University of Fribourg, he worked on distributed information and media management for HP, IBM Watson Research (NY), Microsoft Research Asia, and MIT.

His research interests are in next-generation, Big Data management infrastructures for non-relational data.

Currently, he is of the 16th International Conference on Web Engineering. Previously he was Program Chair of the International Semantic Web Conference in 2012 and General Chair of the International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis in 2012 and 2013. He recently won the Verisign Internet Infrastructures Award, a Swiss National Center in Research award,  a Google Faculty Research Award, , as well as an ERC grant.


Tutorial Lecturers

Emanuela Merelli 

Emanuela Merelli is full professor of Computer Science at the University of Camerino. Recently, she has been the coordinator of the TOPDRIM (Topology driven methods for complex systems) FP7-FET project. She founded the BioShape laboratory, a multidisciplinary environment for conceiving innovative data-driven formal and computational methods targeted to understand the behaviour of complex systems.




Matteo Rucco

Matteo RuccoMatteo Rucco is a research fellow at the Italian National Council of Research, Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies. In 2016 he earned his PhD in Computer Science, specializing in Topological Data Analysis for Modeling Complex Systems, at University of Camerino under the supervision of Prof. E. Merelli.





Marco Alberto Javarone

marcojMarco Alberto Javarone is a researcher in the area of complex systems. He graduated at Politecnico di Milano (2009) and obtained a PhD in Computer Engineering (2013, Cagliari) studying Complex Networks and Machine Learning. Then, he started working as postdoctoral researcher (Italy and French), and enrolled in a second PhD in Mathematics (to be completed in 2016). Currently, he works in Statistical Physics and Applications, with a keen interest for evolutionary game theory, socio-economic systems, and optimization methods.

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