Lucio Tommaso De Paolis

Lucio Tommaso De Paolis had a Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) and is an Assistant Professor of Information Processing Systems at the Department of Innovation Engineering of the University of Salento (Italy).

His research interest concerns the study of realistic simulators for surgical training and the development of applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality in medicine and surgery.

De Paolis is the Director of the Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory (AVR Lab) at the Department of Engineering for Innovation of the University of Salento and the responsible of the research area in “Advanced Techniques of Virtual Reality for Medicine” at the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Research Applied to Medicine (DReAM) of the Hospital of Lecce, Italy.

He teaches Computer Science at the Department of Engineering for Innovation of the University of Salento and has been a Visiting Professor in 2014 at the Tallinn University of Technology, in 2012 at the Vytautas Magnus University of Kaunas (Lithuania) and in 2011 at the University of Tallinn (Estonia).

He has been visiting researcher in 2007 and 2010 at the Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico (CCADET) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City (Messico) and in 2007 and 2009 at the Computer Graphics Laboratory of the Sabanci University of Istanbul (Turkey).


 Salvatore Livatino

Salvatore Livatino is a Senior Lecturer (Associated Professor) at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. MSc in Computer Science from University of Pisa, Italy (’93), PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark (’03). He has been a researcher at the Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa (’93-’97), University of Leeds, UK (’95), INRIA Grenoble, France (’96) and University of Edinburgh,UK (’01). He worked 12 years at Aalborg University, Denmark, first as Research Fellow, then as Assistant and Associate Professor. His research interests include 3D visualization and computer graphics, stereoscopic-3D viewing, virtual and augmented reality, immersive computer games, telerobotics and telemedicine. He is the author of several journal and conference papers, and has contributed to many European projects and UK grants. His teaching experience has mostly been within problem-based learning and multidisciplinary education. (More information under augment3d.org).


 Selim Balcisoy

Dr. Selim Balcisoy received his PhD on Computer Science in 2001 from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). Between 2001 and 2004 he was Senior Research Engineer at Nokia Research Center Dallas. Dr. Balcisoy co-authored over 50 publications and has been granted with one U.S. patent. His research interests are augmented reality, data visualization and cultural heritage. He is an Associated Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul since 2004 and founded VisioThink, a spatial business intelligence company in 2006.


 Johann Siau

Johann Siau is a Principal Lecturer in Digital Communication System. He is also the founder and academic leader for the Smart Systems Laboratory and research team at the University of Hertfordshire. He is an electrical and electronics engineer and his expertise and interest area includes embedded systems, smart systems, system integration, distributed systems, networks and IT security and cloud based services. He is the founder and lead academic for the Smart Systems Laboratory and research team leader for the Smart Systems research group at the University of Hertfordshire. His research and development interests are in the application areas of smart systems in support of service delivery, focusing on the design and integration of sensors, electronics and embedded systems through to the integration and formulation of service aggregation platforms encompassing InterHome – services for building, InterLiving – services for assisted living and InterVehicle – services for vehicle communications. Over the past years, he was involved, led and delivered on TSB funded projects, commercial and knowledge transfer work focused on smart homes/buildings and assistive living solutions.

Johann’s expertise also encompasses development of private and public cloud services, server and network and virtual network infrastructure design and management. This form part of the major services to support projects within the Smart Systems Lab. The network infrastructure within the laboratory enables research informed teaching into the encryption and security of embedded systems developments, digital systems and data communications infrastructure, private and public cloud infrastructure, and the design and development of digital services.


 Massimo Cafaro

Massimo Cafaro is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Innovation Engineering of the University of Salento. His research covers High Performance, Distributed and Cloud/Grid Computing. He received a Laurea degree (MSc) in Computer Science from the University of Salerno and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Bari. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and of IEEE Computer Society, Senior Member of the ACM, chair of Regional Centers and coordinator of the Technical Area on Data Intensive Computing for the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing. He is the author of more than 80 refereed papers on parallel, distributed and cloud/grid computing. He holds a patent on distributed database technologies. He focuses his research on High Performance and Distributed computing on both theoretical and practical aspects, in particular the design and analysis of sequential/parallel/distributed algorithms.


 Tomas Krilavičius

Tomas Krilavičius is a full professor in Applied Informatics department, Vytautas Magnus University and head of Information Systems Branch in Baltic Institute of Advanced Technology. He  received applied informatics bachelor and master degrees in Vytautas Magnus University, in 1996 and 1998, correspondingly. He spent some time in industry, i.e. Equinox Europe JSC (1995 – 2000), Elsis JSC (2000 – 2001), ElitNet JSC (2007-2008). He defended his PhD thesis Hybrid Techniques for Hybrid Systems in September, 2006 in University of Twente (The Netherlands). From 2007 he is part of Informatics faculty at Vytautas Magnus University and from 2010 – Baltic Institute of Advanced Technology. He is manager of Multimedia and Internet technologies bachelor programme. Tomas Krilavičius participated in a number of projects, e.g. Action Categories for Textucal Completion (ACAT), PARSEME, Real-time Patients Positioning with Feedback in Radiotherapy, Development of Autonomous Robotic Platform, Multilanguage Documents Analysis Environment, Credit Risk Model for Lithuania, Profiling of Electricity Users based on Smart Meters Data, Automatic Grouping and Topic Recognition of Customers Requests System Prototype, Stemmer for Lithuanian Language and others. His research interests are Data Mining, application of Natural Language Processing in Information Retrieval, data and information visualization, modelling and analysis of complex systems.


 Modris Dobelis

Modris Dobelis, Ph.D., Dr.sc.ing., Professor of Computer Aided Engineering Graphics at Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia. He graduated from the Faculty of Apparatus Design and Automation of Riga Polytechnic Institute with the degree of diploma-engineer of mechanics of automation (1974). He received his PhD degree in biomechanics from the Institute of Polymer Mechanics of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (1985). He has been teaching engineering graphics at several universities of Latvia since 1985 in Latvian, English and Russian. His research interests included experimental investigation of mechanical properties of hard biological tissue and numerical simulations of complex geometric structures.

He has a work experience as CAD engineer of nuclear power plant AP600 design when participated in an international exchange program (1994-1996) at the Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA and Southern Company Services, Birmingham, AL, USA. He has had short training or exchange visits to universities in Sweden, UK, Italy, Germany and Poland. He is a member of International Society of Geometry and Graphics, a member and ex-president (2002-2008) of Geometry and Graphics Association of Baltic states BALTGRAF. In 2011 he received a 6 month Fulbright Scholarship and performed research and education project in NCSU, Raleigh, USA.

His current research interests are Computer Aided Design in architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, and the facilitation of BIM and PLM concept implementation in early stages of engineering education. He is a co-author of four textbooks and more than 160 scientific papers.


 Giuseppe Notarstefano

Giuseppe Notarstefano has been an Assistant Professor (Ricercatore) at the Università del Salento (Lecce, Italy) since February 2007. He received the Laurea degree “summa cum laude” in Electronics Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2003 and the PhD degree in Automation and Operation Research from the University of Padova in April 2007. He has been visiting scholar at the University of Stuttgart (February 2013 and October 2009), at the University of California Santa Barbara (April 2009 and March-September 2005) and at the University of Colorado Boulder (April-May 2006). He coordinated the VI-RTUS team winning the International Student Competition Virtual Formula 2012. He serves as an Associate Editor in the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society and for the European Control Conference, IFAC World Congress and “IEEE Conference on Control Applications”. His research interests include distributed optimization, motion coordination in multi-agent networks, applied nonlinear optimal control, and modeling, trajectory optimization and aggressive maneuvering of aerial and car vehicles.


 Paolo Congedo

Paolo Maria Congedo is Assistant Professor in Applied Physics for Environmental Applications at the Department of Innovation Engineering of the University of Salento (Italy). His scientific activity at the CREA (center for energy and enviroment) the Department of Innovation Engineering of the University of Salento dealt with these main topics:

  • Thermo-photo-voltaic systems;
  • Study of high pressure spray;
  • High efficiency heat exchangers;
  • Geothermal heat pumps;
  • Nanofluids;
  • High efficiency systems in buildings.

He did the following research activities for the CREA:

  • “A Thermophotovoltaic Power Generator for Hybrid Electric Vehicles”, European Project “The REV”, V FP – Contract n. ERK6-CT-1999-00019;
  • “SETE project: Development of a combined system for microgeneration with negligible environmental inpact: solar, eolic and thermo-photo-voltaic”, in collaboration with the Environment Ministry;
  • “Teplan project: Development of innovative technologies for plasma thermal-destruction of waste on board of a ship”, in collaboration with CETMA – Brindisi (Italy);
  • “Enerwood project: Renewable energy and management of the woods”, PIC INTERREG IIIA Transfrontaliero Adriatico – Asse 1– Misura 1.1.

He is reviewer for ASME, American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
He is member of the following associations:

  • Centro Ricerche Energia e Ambiente CREA – University of Salento;
  • Centro Interuniversitario di Chimica, Fisica, Geologia e Ingegneria per l’Ambiente CICFGIA, University of Salento – Polytechnic of Bari;
  • Scientific Council of CIRPS (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile);
  • AICARR (Associazione Italiana Condizionamento dell’Aria, Riscaldamento e Refrigerazione);
  • ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).


 George M. Papadourakis

George M. Papadourakis was born in Patras Greece in 1959. He received he B.Sc. degree from the Michigan Technological University in 1978, his Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1981, and his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Florida in 1986, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1986 until 1988 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. From 1988 until 1992 he was a Visiting Professor  in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece. Since 1990 he has also been a researcher at the Institute of Computer Science-FORTH in Heraklion, Greece. In 1994 he became a Professor in the Computer Science Group of the Science Department at the Technological Education Institute of Heraklion in Greece and during 1999-2002  Head of the Department of Applied Informatics and Multimedia at the TEI of Crete. Since 2002 is  a professor at the Department of Applied Informatics and Multimedia of the TEI of Crete,  renamed Department of Informatics Engineering in 2013. In 1995 established and was director of the Neural Networks and Expert Systems Laboratory. His transfer to the Department of Applied Informatics and Multimedia resulted in the formation of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory where he is the director. His current research interests include Intelligent System applications, firmware and software development, telemedicine, Engineering Education, Open Distance Learning and Assessment of Technology to Health Care Systems. He has authored over 24 Journal and 120 International Conference publications. He has coordinated or participated in over  90 National, European and International projects. He has been Conference Chair in 11 International Conferences. He has been a member of several program committees of international Conferences and reviewer of several international conferences, Journals and agencies.  Currently he is supervising 1 Ph.D. candidate  and 1 Master Thesis.  He has supervised 7 Master Thesis, 1 Ph.D.  dissertation and participated in the  guidance of 4 Ph.D. dissertations. In addition, he participated in 3 Ph.D. examination committees. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Horizontal Action for all TEI Careers Services, 1996 – 2006 and Coordinator of the Career Office of TEI Crete from 2001 to present.  He has been a member of the Research Council of TEI of Crete 1998-2013 and Vice-President 1998 – 2001 and 2010-2013. In 2012 he was elected as an academic member of the newly formed   TEI of Crete Council which is the governing body of the Institution. He is a member of the International Neural Network Society, the European Neural Network Society, Technical Chamber of Greece and the Computer Society of Greece.


 Yuri Dekhtyar

Prof. Yuri Dekhtyar is from the Riga Technical University, Latvia. His research is directed to medical physics applications of nanophysics.   He has headed several international projects focused both nanotechnologies and medical physics.   Prof. Yuri Dekhtyar is the full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. He has got Latvian State Prize, Latvian Academy of Sciences award as well as grants internationally: Germany, Japan,  Norway, USA, etc.


 Teresa Donateo

Teresa Donateo attended the School of Material Engineering at the University of Lecce (Italy), and graduated in 1999 with first class honors.

In May 2000, she awarded a grant for the PhD school in Innovative Materials and Technologies at the ISUFI of Lecce, Italy in the field of Combustion and Energy Conversion and received the Ph.D. degree in 2003. Her PhD research project dealt with the optimization of direct injection Diesel engines combustion processes by means of numerical simulation and experimental investigation and was conducted at the Energy and Environment Research Center (CREA) of the Department of Engineering for Innovation. From September 2005 to December she held a visiting position at the Center for Automotive Research of prof. Rizzoni at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and gave a series of lecture on the application of multi-objective algorithms and Multi Criteria Decision making to the optimization of diesel engines and hybrid vehicles.

She practiced in the field of patents and trademarks and gave a series of lectures on “Patent search on the Internet”.

In November 2001 she joined the Faculty of the University of Lecce as Assistant Professor. In January 2014 she achieved the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor.

Specific research topics:

  • Numerical simulation of Internal Combustion Engines. She developed a modified version of the Shell model for the prediction of autoignition in diesel engines and improved the simulation of transient sprays in the KIVA3V codes by adding the effect of fuel density variability and introducing a correlation for the spray cone angle;
  • Modeling of ignition and emissions mechanism of formation in HCCI engines;
  • Evolutionary optimization techniques. She developed a web portal for the optimization of the combustion chamber in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Computational Technologies/ISUFI Dept. of Engineering for Innovation, University of Lecce. The portal is based on a multi-objective genetic algorithm called HiPeGEO (High Performance Genetic Algorithm for Engine Optimization) and allows reducing computational time using a collection of distributed resources in the framework of the SPACI consortium;
  • Simulation of low pressure sprays for SCR application;
  • Development and optimization of hybrid power-trains with either engines or fuel cells;
  • Use of Vehicle to vehicle and Vehicle to grid communication for the adaptative control of energy management;
  • Testing and modeling of plug-in electric vehicles.


 Luciano Tarricone

Luciano Tarricone received the Laurea degree (cum-laude) in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree from Rome University ”La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy, in 1989 and 1994, respectively. Since 1994, he has been a Researcher at the University of Perugia, Italy, and since 1998, he has been a ”Professore Incaricato” of EM fields and EM compatibility. Since November 2001, he is a Faculty Member with the Dept. of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, where he is Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields. He has authored approximately 300 scientific papers. His main contributions are in the modeling of microscopic interactions of EM fields and biosystems, and in numerical methods for efficient computer-aided design (CAD) of microwave circuits and antennas. He is currently involved in bioelectromagnetics, EM energy harvesting and wireless power transmission, novel CAD tools and procedures for MW circuits, RFID, and EM high-performance computing.


 Luca Catarinucci

Luca Catarinucci was born in Todi, Italy, in 1972. He received the Laurea degree (with honors) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Perugia, Italy, in 1998. Since 2003, he has been with the Department of Innovation Engineering at the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of electromagnetic fields. His research activity has been mostly focused on the implementation of high-performance electromagnetic simulation tools, on the electromagnetic characterization of heterogeneous materials, on the use of time-domain reflectometry for the qualitative and quantitative characterization of fluids. Currently he is strongly involved in RFID-related activities, ranging from antenna and system design, integration between sensors and RFID tags, RFID-based robot navigation, and new techniques for tag characterization, optimization, and design.


 Dimitrios Kosmopoulos

Dimitrios Kosmopoulos received B. Eng. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1997 and the PhD degree from the same institution in 2002. Dimitrios Kosmopoulos is currently an Assistant Professor at the Technological Institute of Crete, Department of Informatics Engineering and a research associate in ICS-FORTH. Formerly he was with the Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ), Computer Science Department, CBIM Lab and at the University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX), Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He has been a research scientist in the Computational Intelligence Laboratory of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications in the NCSR Demokritos (Athens, Greece). He was also affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (Athens, Greece). He was employed as a researcher and developer for various companies and institutions. His research interest are machine learning and computer vision.


 Viktors Gopejenko
Dr.Sc.Ing Viktors Gopejenko received his Doctor degree in Riga Aviation University.
He is a state professor of Natural Sciences and Computer Technologies Department in ISMA – University of Applied Sciences, Riga, Latvia.
His research interest concerns the study of Computer Simulations in the sphere of nanoelectronics.
He teaches Computer Graphics Algorithms, Mathematics simulations, System Dynamics base on Vensim software and Computer Security.
He has been involved in many European projects. He is director of ISMA Computer Technologies Research Institute and Member of Latvian Simulation Society.
Viktors Gopejenko is author over 70 scientific and study publications.


 Jevgenija Dehtjare

Jevgenija Dehtjare, dr.oec. ISMA (Information Systems Management Institute, Riga) Head of Tourism Program Coordinator of International Relations department Lectures, prof. assistant, subjects in the area of tourism operations and marketing. Couch in the international project of socially responsible entrepreneurship New Do(o)r. Invited lecturer in other educational establishments, private couching consultant. More than 10 years of practical experience in international tourism, including sales manager position in 5* Baltic Beach Hotel (Latvia), member of the board of  outgoing tour operator BMTRAVEL (Latvia),  regional manager position in major tour operator Viajes Terramar Tour S.L. (Spain),  office director in incoming tour operator Terra Atlantica (US) and others. More than 25 scientific publications, international including. Winner of the prize “Teacher of the Year 2013″ (award by Hotel School students choice, Riga) Education: Riga Technical university, Latvia.


 Jaume Segura

Jaume Segura was born in Algemesí (Valencia, Spain), on 1973. He studied Physics in the University of Valencia. After, he began his PhD studies in Applied Physics Department at the same University and defended his PhD thesis in 2003. His main interests were related to electromagnetism and acoustics. Then, he began working at the Institut of Robotics (IRTIC) where he participated in several research projects on transport telematics (ITS). In 2008, Jaume started his work as assistant professor in the Computer Science department. Currently, he is associate professor (since 2012), teaching in different grades. He has also done several research stays in different national and international centres (UK, Greece, Germany and Italy). He is coauthor of more than 90 papers published in national or international congresses and journals. He has also participated in and published several research books. He is member of the Spanish Acoustic Society (SEA) and the European Acoustic Association (EAA). Also he has participated in the organization of several congresses and he is panelist of several research prizes.


Beniamino Murgante

Beniamino Murgante is Senior Lecturer of Spatial planning at the University of Basilicata (Southern Italy). He took his PhD in “Sciences and methods for European cities and territory” at the Department of Civil engineer of the University of Pisa and he carried out other researches in Lyon at the Laboratory for Information System Engineering directed by Robert Laurini. His main research interests are focused on the use of technologies in supporting spatial decision. He has published papers and books in the field of spatial analysis, modelling, geocomputation and planning.  He has been member of scientific committees of several international conferences and he has been Chair/Co-chair of several international workshops. Programme Committee Co-chair of the International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications (ICCSA). He is member of Editorial Board of the following journals: “International Journal of Knowledge Society Research (IJKSR)” IGI Global, “International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems” IGI Global, “Future Internet” MDPI – Open Access Publishing, Territorio Italia. Land Administration Cadastre and Real Estate and “GEOmedia”. More details are available at the following link.