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FIA Steering Committee (was organising committee)

This section hosts information from and about the preparatory meetings of the organising committee (caretakers) for the Future Internet Assembly.

As of FIA Ghent (December 2010) the role and function of the organising committee was replaced by the steering committee and the programme committee. For more details about the structure of the FIA and its working methods please read about the undefinedFuture Internet Assembly (FIA).

Future Internet Assembly preparatory activities:

Who is the steering committee

The FIA Steering Committee (SC) is an advisory group of experts and EC officials that will guide the overall direction of the FIA. Members of the FIA SC are: Bernard Barani (chair), Petronela Burceag, Jorge Pereira, Anastasius Gavras, Didier Bourse, Michael Boniface, Nancy Alonistioti, Nick Wainwright, Ray Walshe, Athena Vakali, Gaby Lenhart, Pierre-Yves Danet, William Donnelly and Gary Mc Manus.

Bernard Barani

Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then served as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes. In 1994, he joined the European Commission Directorate General "Information Society", and worked on research and policy aspects of wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services. He has been Deputy head of the unit dealing with research and policy issues of RFID, Internet of Things and networked enterprise systems and is currently Deputy head of the unit in charge of the Network Technologies research of the CONNECT Directorate General.


Petronela Burceag

Jorge Pereira

Nancy Alonistioti

Nancy Alonistioti has a B.Sc. degree and a PhD degree in Informatics and Telecommunications. She has 15 years of experience in numerous national and European research projects, including project/technical management (e.g., SELFNET, CONSERN, E2RI&II, E3, SACRA, WHERE2, Univerself, ANWIRE, MOBIVAS). She is currently faculty member, leading the SCAN ( group activities in the Dept. Informatics and Telecommunications at N.K. University of Athens. She has served as organiser, TPC and reviewer in over 40 conferences and journals. She has over 100 publications in the area of Future Internet, cognitive and autonomic communications and reconfigurable mobile systems. She has been actively involved in FIA activities as well as FIRE/WEEK activities since 2008. Indicatively, she has participated in FIA conferences and took active role in the organisation of the conference sessions, Panels on experimentation results, Project Demos and served as reviewer for FIA, FIREWEEK etc. She is author of FIA book articles. She has also participated in several FIA caretakers’ meetings.

Michael Boniface

Michael Boniface is Technical Director of the IT Innovation Centre. He joined IT Innovation in 2000 after several years at Nortel Networks developing infrastructure to support telecommunications interoperability. His roles at IT Innovation include technical strategy of RTD across IT Innovation’s project portfolio, technical leadership, and business development. He has over 10 year’s RTD experience in innovative distributed systems for science and industry using technologies such as Semantic Web, Clouds and service-oriented architectures. He leads IT Innovation’s contribution to the Future Internet initiative through Expert Groups including leadership of the FIA socio-economic working group. Michael provides architecture and business modelling direction in RTD projects. Past projects include scientific leadership of industrial Grid projects IST SIMDAT and IST BRIDGE. Current projects include leadership of a PaaS cloud architecture in ICT IRMOS; construction, experimentation and sustainability activities for Future Internet testbeds in ICT BonFIRE, ICT TEFIS and ICT FIRESTATION; socio-economic impact assessment of Future Internet technologies in SESERV; and overall technical coordination for the open source software GRIA. Michael has a BEng in multimedia communications.

Didier Bourse

Dr. Didier Bourse currently holds the position of Director, European Research Cooperation inside ALU Bell Labs, coordinating the cross-locations cross-domains EU research co-operations. He received his diploma degree in telecommunications in 1992 from ENSTBr and obtained his PhD degree in 1997 from IRCOM. In 1997 he joined Thomson-CSF Communications and worked in the field of military tactical radio as technical manager and project manager. When working in Motorola Labs (2001-2008), he was coordinator of several EC IPs, e.g. the complete FP6 E2R Programme on Cognitive Radio Systems, and was also member of the eMobility ETP Steering Board. Since he joined ALU Bell Labs in 2008, he was key ALU contributor to the Cross-ETPs working group on Future Internet, the Future Internet PPP programme pre-definition, the EIT KIC ICT Labs proposal building and the FIA developments. He has numerous publications and patents in the areas of communications.

Anastasius Gavras

Anastasius Gavras has more than 20 years of professional experience in academic and industry research. He joined Eurescom, the leading organisation for managing collaborative R&D in telecommunications, more than 10 years ago as programme manager, focusing on the areas of management of networks & systems, security and middleware. In these areas he has managed a large number of studies and projects on topics which are of concern to the Eurescom member community of European telecom network operators and the European telecom industry at large. He has served as coordinator of several RTD projects under the European framework programmes.
His current interests are large scale testbed federations for enabling future Internet research and experimentation. He was the coordinator of the large scale integrating project PII – Pan-European Laboratory Infrastructure Implementation under FP7 and is actively involved in the Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) initiative. He is author or co-author of several papers and articles in the Future Internet area.

Nick Wainwright

Nick Wainwright is Director for European Projects for HP Labs, Europe. Nick has been with HP Laboratories in the UK for over 20 years. During that time Nick has held positions as a researcher in the field of internet communications technologies working on high speed networks and wireless networks, has explored computer architectures developing reconfigurable computing devices for embedded processing,  and held a position as research director research in the area of digital media systems creating services oriented platforms for digital media management. Nick currently leads HP’s participation in a number of European research projects in the area of internet cloud technologies and internet security research. Nick holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol. Nick chairs the UK’s Future Internet Strategy Group which provides a forward looking view on internet technologies including cloud to UK national stakeholders including the UK’s Technology Strategy Board and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.   Nick is a member of the steering committee of the EU’s Future Internet Assembly where he works to facilitate interaction across the European research community in cross-cutting issues of technology, applications, and usage of the internet of the future. Nick is also a board member on the NESSI European Technology Platform, and previously a Steering Committee member in the Networked Electronic Media Technology Platform. HP Labs is HP’s long term research organisation.  HP Labs’ European research facility is located in Bristol, UK which is home to HP Lab’s Cloud and Security research Lab.

Ray Walshe

Director of CloudCORE Research Centre @ DCU. Ray Walshe is Associate Dean for Education in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Dublin City University (DCU). He is the director of the CloudCORE Cloud Computing Research Centre and is a senior member of IEEE, where he is involved in cloud standards working groups. Ray has extensive experience in software consultancy and management with Ericsson, Siemens, Software & Systems Engineering Ltd, Siemens Nixdorf and ESB (Electric Ireland). Ray is Principal Investigator in a number of Enterprise Ireland funded Cloud Computing research projects in partnership with Industry, is a Science Foundation Ireland funded researcher and is involved in EU and EU-Japan Cloud Projects. He was previously Principal Investigator and Architecture Theme Leader for the National Cloud Technology Centre in Ireland and was awarded his degree from University of Limerick.

Athena Vakali

Associate Professor Athena Vakali, is a faculty member at the Department of Informatics of Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, where she’s leading the Web/Internet data management research group since 1997. She has a phD degree in Informatics (Aristotle University) and a MSc degree in Computer Science (Purdue University, USA) with a BSc. in Mathematics (Aristotle University). Her current research interests include Web usage mining, content delivery networks on the Web, social networks and Web 2.0 data clustering and Web data management on the cloud. Prof. Vakali has co-edited 3 books (Springer, IGI), co-authored more than 15 book chapters, and has published over than 150 papers in refereed journals and International conferences. She is in the editorial board of "Computers & Electrical Engineering" Journal (Elsevier), the International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing (IGI publishing) and the ICST Transactions on Social Informatics (EAI Community).She has participated in more than 25 research and development projects from which she has scientifically leaded 17. Prof. Vakali has served as a PC member to many international conferences, and she has been general chair and organizer of several Workshops and tutorials (recent ones focus on Communities on the Web and evolving Web data mining).

Gaby Lenhart

Gaby Lenhart is Senior Research Officer at ETSI and responsible for innovation and foresight. Her main task is to help and guide the ICT industry in evaluating new technologies towards standardization and to kick-start standardization at the right point in time. Originally coming from the network building area for GSM and UMTS in T-Mobile she is now looking back on about 15 years of experience in standardization, as head of delegation at T-Mobile and as chair person in various standards bodies. In 2005 she moved to ETSI, where she worked project leader for the Smart Cards  and eHealth. Since the restructuration of ETSI in 2007 she is responsible for strategy and new initiatives. She led the establishment of a number of ETSI committees and working groups, on eHealth, quantum key distribution, identity management, measurement ontologies, surface mount technologies etc. She has helped many of FP6 and FP7 projects bring their work to ETSI, in, and is member of the advisory boards of several  FP7 projects. In connection with this work she did publications on various network-related topics, mostly dealing with security issues. ETSI produces globally applicable standards for Information & Communications Technologies including fixed, mobile, radio, broadcast, internet, aeronautical and other areas, and is recognised as an official European Standards Organisation by the European Union, enabling valuable access to European and global markets.

Pierre-Yves Danet

Pierre-Yves DANET currently holds the position of Head of collaborative research – Europe at Orange Labs, he is as well vice chair of the NEM European technology platform in charge of strategy and also administrator of the SEE (Société de l'Electricité, de l'Electronique et des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication). He received his diploma degree in telecommunications in 1986 from EFREI. In 1986, he joined Cap Gemini as project leader of X25routers and then of ISDN test suite development. In 1992, he joined France Telecom/CNET as head of research unit on ISDN services then on smart home services. He has been involved in many collaborative projects and was coordinator of Eperspace  IP project. Now, he is involved in X-ETP working group, in Future Internet PPP projects, in the French Image&réseau cluster, and recently has been appointed in the FIA steering committee.

William Donnelly

Gary Mc Manus