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).

Ioan Dumitrache

Professor of Automatic Control Engineering at Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania

Title: The next generation of Cyber-Physical Systems

Abstract: Cyber Physical Systems are physical, biological and engineered systems whose operations are monitored, coordinated, controlled and integrated by computing and communication core. CPSs represent a new technological revolution, they are more than Networking and Information Technology, the Information and Knowledge in action are integrated on physical objects: they are manifested from the nano-world to large-scale wide-area systems of systems and at multiple time-scales. New generation of CPSs promise to transform our world with systems that respond more quickly, are more precise, work in dangerous or inaccessible environments, provide large-scale distributed coordination, and are highly efficient.

BIO: Ioan Dumitrache is member of the Romanian Academy. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1962 and obtained the title of Doctor in Automatic Engineering in 1970. He completed his studies through specialization programs conducted in the U.S. (1969, 1971, 1991, 1994), in Germany, France, and so on. He has held several senior positions within the university, including: Dean (1984-1990) Dean of Automation and Computer Science (1976-1984), Head of Automation and Systems Engineering 1996-2012) and Rector of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (2000-2004). The main areas of research are: Algorithms and Advanced Leadership Strategies, Intelligent Leading Systems with applications in Biotechnology, Complex Integrated Systems (Cyber-Physical Systems). He is the author of over 40 books and monographs, covering areas such as intelligent robot management, numerical process management, process optimization, and more, and more than 270 scientific papers published in journals and scientific journals and volumes of specialized International Conferences.

Horacio Gonzalez Velez

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.

Francisco Jose Melero

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

Title: COST Action CA16226 – “Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly”

Abstract: SHELD-ON aims to foster knowledge exchange and the development of a joint research agenda in terms of design and development of multifunctional indoor environments to meet the requirements of Europe’s ageing population while promoting healthy and safe ageing. We shall also discuss some lessons learned from the work in SHELD-ON, a major European COST Action on Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly.

BIO: Dr. Francisco Melero represents R&D International Projects en CETEM – Technical Research Centre of Furniture and Wood. He is the Coordinator of the COST Action CA16226, SHELD-ON, focusing on smart habitats for older adults.