Keynote Speakers

Adina Magda Florea

Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Dean of Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Title: Social Robots in Support of Elderly People

Abstract: Social robots are become more frequently nowadays. They can be of help and support for enhancing living conditions of elderly or people with special needs. The presentation covers such robots and a particular application in which the Pepper robot supports elderly, developed in the framework of an European project.

BIO: Adina Magda Florea is professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest. She is the coordinator of the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems (AI-MAS). She is Senior member of IEEE and ACM and President of the Romanian Association of Artificial Intelligence (ARIA).

Horacio González-Vélez

Associate Professor and Founding Head of The Cloud Competency Centre National College of Ireland

Title: Beyond Fast and Furious: Smart approaches to data-intensive  parallel programming

Abstract:  Large data-intensive multiprocessing systems have long posed a challenge to known distributed systems programming  techniques as a result of the inherent heterogeneity and dynamism of their resources. This talk presents some ideas on how to exploit the structure and behaviour of data-intensive parallel applications to efficiently allocate dispersed computational resources taking into account non-functional requirements. By abstracting commonly-used patterns of parallel computation, communication, and interaction,  programmers can arguably enable parallel applications with substantial data requirements to adapt to the most suitable computing resources. We shall also discuss some lessons learned from the work in cHiPSet, a major European COST Action on High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications

BIO: As associate professor and founding head of the Cloud Competency Centre at the National College of Ireland in Dublin, Horacio González-Vélez directs the NCI’s cloud and data analytics infrastructure, postgraduate programmes, and research with a clear emphasis on innovation, education  inclusion, and industrial partnerships. He started his career working for innovation-driven companies such as Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems. Horacio currently carries out applied research in parallel and distributed computing funded by a number of public and industrial organisations. He has been recognised with the European Commission ICT award for his efforts on scientific dissemination and the UK NESTA Crucible Fellowship for his inter-disciplinary research on computational science. He is the vice-chair cHiPSet and holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. Additional details on his career can be gathered from his LinkedIn profile at:

Rafael Maestre Ferriz

Head of Electronics Department, Technical Research Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia CETEM, Spain

Title: Technology in our not-so-distant ageing future

Abstract: Europe and most western countries are standing in the path of a coming tidal wave of exponentially growing assistance costs due mainly to an ageing society. Technology is becoming an invaluable tool as part of a long term solution. This keynote will provide an overview of existing solutions, what they have accomplished, but also what still needs to be addressed.

BIO: Dr. Rafael Maestre Ferriz is the Head of the Embedded Systems Department at CETEM. He holds a PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid under the doctoral program of Information and Computer Systems. He has an extensive international experience as a Project Manager and lead researcher in various R&D positions in both academia, and US industry, including one start-up (Morpho Technologies) and a world-class leading company (Qualcomm). In recent years, he has been the coordinator and main researcher of many EU-level and national projects funded with competitive R&D project grants, as well as company-funded ones. Dr. Maestre has been teaching ICT-related subjects at different universities for over a decade, while being a prolific inventor (8 patents currently in force). His non-confidential research has been published in prestigious international journals (one of which was recognised with a best paper award), several book chapters, and many international conference papers.