Carmelo Ardito received the PhD in Computer Science in May 2008 at the University of Bari, Italy. Since April 2008 he is research fellow at the Computer Science Department of the University of Bari. He is member of the Interaction, Visualization and Usability (IVU) Lab, coordinated by Prof. Maria Francesca Costabile. His current research interests are in interaction with mobile and ubiquitous systems, information visualization, usability and user experience, educational pervasive games, end-user development. Dr. Ardito served as Demo Co-Chair in the International Conference IDC 2009 (Interaction Design and Children). He is Local Arrangement Chair of the third International Symposium on End-User Development (IS-EUD 2011). He is member of ACM, ACM SIGCHI and SIGCHI Italy (the Italian Chapter of ACM SIGCHI). He is Working Group Member in the EU COST Action IC0904 “TWINTIDE (ToWards INtegration of Trans-sectorial IT Design and Evaluation).
Nikolaos Avouris is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Patras, Greece and Head of the HCI group (hci.edu.gr). His research interests include Software Technology in relation to Industrial, Educational and Environmental Applications. Special interest and experience in areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Interactive Systems Design, Distributed Intelligent Systems, machine Learning, application of Knowledge -based techniques in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), educational, industrial and environmental fields. He has been a key researcher in many national and international funded research projects in the frame of IST, ESPRIT, Environment, PENED, YPER etc. He has served as Editor of two international volumes and is the author of over 100 scientific papers and technical reports in the above research areas. Professional memberships include Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (1979), Greek Electrical Engineers Association (1979), Greek Computer Society (1992), IEEE Computer Society (1995), founding member of the Greek Artificial Intelligence Association (ΕΕΤΝ) and Hellenic Associaton of Computer and Communication Technonologies in Education.
Stefan Göbel holds a PhD in computer science from TUD and has long-term experience in Graphic Information Systems, Interactive Digital Storytelling, Edutainment applications and Serious Games. After five years work as researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, from 2002 to 2008 he was heading the Digital Storytelling group at the Computer Graphics Center in Darmstadt. In late 2008 he moved to TUD and is heading the prospering Serious Gaming group at the Multimedia Communications Lab. Dr. Göbel is the author of numerous papers and member of different program committees such as ACM Multimedia, ICME, Edutainment, Foundations on Digital Games, Serious Games Conference and serves as jury member of the Serious Games Award.
Eva Hornecker is a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where she leads the Mobiquitous Lab. Her main research area is in tangible, embedded and embodied interaction, applied UbiComp, and CSCW. Her research often focuses on social or collaborative use situations, and on the user experience of novel 'beyond-the-desktop' interaction styles. Over her career, she has been involved in several projects related to collaborative learning and to museum and cultural heritage settings. Before coming to Glasgow, Dr. Hornecker did her PhD in Bremen, Germany, and worked at TU Vienna (Austria), the University of Sussex (UK), the University of Canterbury (NZ), and the Open University (UK) as an acting lecturer and as a senior research fellow. She was one of the initiators of the TEI conference series, paper chair for TEI 2007, and currently chairs the TEI steering committee. She is currently a poster chair for Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2012, a theme chair for ACM DIS 2012, and a ACM CHI 2012 Interactivity chair, and forum editor for ACM interactions magazine forum on tangible and embodied interactions. She has published over 50 papers in conferences and journals, and served on a range of program committees.
Monica Landoni is a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Informatics, Università della Svizzera italiana, since January 2007. Previously, she was a lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences of the University of Strathclyde since 1998 and spent 2005 on a sabbatical position at PARC (formerly Xerox Parc) in Palo Alto, USA. She holds a PhD in Information Science, Department of Information Science, University of Strathclyde, 1997 and a Laurea in Scienze dell´Informazione from Università degli Studi of Milan. She has authored more than thirty papers in the area of Electronic Publishing and Hypermedia. In the past she has been involved in a number of projects, including the JISC Project EBONI, Electronic Books ON-screen Interface, EU Projects: STAMP, PENG, REVEAL-THIS and PuppyIR, as well as SNSF sponsored: DEDUCE and HEBE. Her research interests lie mainly in the fields of Information Retrieval and Electronic Publishing, particularly in the area of design and evaluation of user interfaces for electronic books. Other interests include: Hypertext and Hypermedia, Human Computer Interaction, Affective Computing, Electronic Libraries, and E-learning.
Max Mühlhäuser is head of the Telecooperation Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Informatics Dept. The Lab works on smart ubiquitous computing environments for the ‘pervasive Future Internet’ in three research fields: middleware and infrastructures, novel multimodal interaction techniques, and human protection in ubiquitous computing (privacy, trust, & civil security). He is also heading the ‘RBG’ division for e-Learning and computing services at the department. Directorate member of CASED, the center for advanced security research, he is heading the Secure Services division and a cross-section effort on civil security there. Max has also led several university wide programs that fostered E-Learning research and application. He heads or co-supervises various multilateral projects, e.g., on the Internet-of-Services, smart products, ad-hoc and sensor networks, and civil security; these projects are funded by the National Funding Agency DFG, the EU, German ministries, and industry. His academic and technology transfer appointments include, e.g., the chair of the academic steering committee at SAP Research, CEC Darmstadt lab. Max has over 25 years of experience in research and teaching in areas related to Ubiquitous Computing (UC), Networks and Distributed Systems, E-Learning, and Privacy&Trust. He held permanent or visiting professorships at the Universities of Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Linz, Darmstadt, Montréal, Sophia Antipolis (Eurecom), and San Diego (UCSD). In 1993, he founded the TeCO institute (www.teco.edu) in Karlsruhe, Germany, which became one of the pace-makers for Ubiquitous Computing research in Europe. Max regularly publishes in Ubiquitous and Distributed Computing, HCI, Multimedia, E-Learning, and Privacy&Trust conferences and journals and authored or co-authored more than 300 publications. He was and is active in numerous conference program committees, as organizer of several annual conferences, and as member of editorial boards or guest editor for journals like Pervasive Computing, ACM Multimedia, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Web Engineering, and Distance Learning Technology.