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Event Chairs

Conference Co-Chairs

Markus Helfert
Dublin City University

Brief Bio
Dr. Markus Helfert is Director of the Business Informatics Group at Dublin City University, and a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the School of Computing, Dublin City University (Ireland). He is senior academic at Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre ( He is a research affiliate at The Open Government Institute at Zeppelin University in Germany. His research interests include Information Management, Innovation, Cloud Computing, Service Science, Enterprise Architecture and Open Data and Smart Cities. Currently he advises several small and medium siz d Enterprise in relation to Innovation and IT Management. Markus Helfert has authored more than 200+ academic articles, journal and book contributions and has presented his work at international conferences. He is member of international programme committees and reviewer and associate editor of several IS journals. Dr. Helfert has received national and international grants from agencies such as European Union (FP7; H2020), Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. Prior to his appointment at Dublin City University, he held a research position at the Institute of Information Management at the University of St. Gallen. Dr. Helfert holds a PhD from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), an MSc from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and a BSc from Napier University in Scotland (UK). ... More >>

Claus Pahl
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Brief Bio
Prof. Pahl is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Prior to moving to Italy in early 2016, he was a Principal Investigator and the Architecture Theme Lead of the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) Prof. Pahl was also involved as a Funded Investigator in the Irish Software Research Centre Lero as well as a Funded Investigator at the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology (formerly CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content CNGL).


Program Co-Chairs

Donald Ferguson
Columbia University
United States

Brief Bio
Dr. Donald F. Ferguson is vice president and chief technology officer for Dell’s Software Group. Dell named Don a Senior Fellow in January 2013 Don is the only person to have been an IBM Fellow, Microsoft Technical Fellow and Dell Senior Fellow. Don leads the architecture, implementation design, technical strategy and innovation for Dell Software Group products and solutions. Don also works with colleagues across Dell to help ensure integration and innovation for software solutions spanning all of Dell’s businesses. Some of Don’s recent solution focus at Dell has been on hybrid cl ud management, BYOD/mobility management and security, and end-to-end next generation connected security. ... More >>

Víctor Méndez Muñoz
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB

Brief Bio
Dr. Víctor Méndez Muñoz has a main background in big data management and distributed systems. He participated in scientific international projects in physics and bioinformatics like AGATA, LHCb, ENRM and EISCAT, collaborating with several more. Currently, he is Head of Software Development at Mind the Byte, a bioinformatics company specializing in computational drug discovery using a pay-per-use SaaS platform (Software as a Service). He also works in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) as a part time professor. He holds the program chair in INSTICC conferences in the fields o cloud computing, big data, complexity and the internet of things, as well as editorial collaboration in some journals of high impact. ... More >>

Jorge Cardoso
University of Coimbra, Portugal and Huawei European Research Center

Brief Bio
Prof. Dr. Jorge Cardoso is Associate Professor and joined the Information System Group at the University of Coimbra in 2009. He is currently undertaking research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Previously he worked for several major companies such as SAP Research (Germany) on the Internet of Services, the Boeing Company in Seattle (USA) on Enterprise Application Integration and CCG/Zentrum für Graphische Datenverarbeitung on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Dr. Cardoso has a PhD from the University of Georgia (USA). From the scientific side, he has authored/co-aut ored/edited more than 130 scientific publications and has been part of more than 120 program committees and organization bodies, mainly on the fields of services, semantic web, and business process management. He is the Vice-Chair of the Semantic Keyword-based Search on Structured Data Sources COST Action. His current interests include service networks on the web, their (re)construction, analysis, and visualization using semantic web, linked data, and Linked USDL approaches. ... More >>


Doctoral Consortium Chair

António Pinto
Polytechnic of Porto

Brief Bio
António Pinto has a PhD in Electrical and Computers Engineering from Porto University (2010). Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão (ESTG) of the Polytechnic of Porto, where he gives courses in computer networks, operating systems, network security and digital forensics. He is also a researcher of CRACS at INESC TEC research institute, and the head researcher for the Group for the study of Cybersecurity and Cybercrime (GCC) of CIICESI. His current research interests include information security management systems, computer and network secur ty, and digital forensics. António Pinto has published 15+ papers and participated in 5+ research projects, including the following European projects: Smart UNattended airborne sensor Network for detection of vessels used for cross border crime and irregular entrY (SUNNY), Media Ecosystem Deployment Through Ubiquitous Content-Aware Network Environments (IST ALICANTE), and End-to-End QoS through Integrated Management of Content, Networks and Terminals (ENTHRONE). ... More >>


Local Chair

Ricardo J. Machado
Universidade do Minho

Brief Bio
Full Professor at the Department of Information Systems (DSI) and Director of the ALGORITMI Research Centre, School of Engineering of University of Minho (U.Minho). Chairman of the General Assembly of the Portuguese ICT Cluster ( and President of the National Council of Informatics Engineering Society at the Portuguese Engineers Association. General coordinator of the IEEE Computer Society in Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) [2007-08]. Founding member of the IEEE-IES Technical Committee on Education in Engineering and Industrial Technologies (EEIT). Portuguese coo dinator of the IFIP Technical Committee in Computer Systems Technology (TC10) [2006-09]. Founding member of the IFIP Working Group on Embedded Systems. He received several technical and scientific awards, such as the "2009 IEEE MGA Achievement Award". ... More >>