Invited speakers


Francesco Bandarin

Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO
Paris, France
Francesco Bandarin, architect and planner, served as Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre from September 2000 to March 2011. He was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture in May 2010. He trained as an architect (Venice, 1975) and as an urban planner (UC Berkeley, 1977) and has pursued an academic career as Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Venice (IUAV) and a professional career as a consultant for international organizations in the field of urban conservation and development. He was Director of the Italian Special Projects Office for the Safeguarding of Venice and its Lagoon, and Director of Special Programmes for the 2000 Jubilee Preparations in Rome. He has written numerous specialized publications and articles, and co-authored “The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing in an Urban Century”, published in 2012.

Jānis Kārkliņš

Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
Paris, France
Before assuming duties of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information of UNESCO in July 2010, Mr Jānis Kārkliņš served as Latvian Ambassador to France, Andorra, Monaco and UNESCO, as well as the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations in Geneva.Prior to the post in Geneva, he served as the Undersecretary of State in Latvia. Previously, he served as Counselor in the Latvian Embassies in both France and Finland. He has an Engineering degree from the Riga Technical University in Latvia and attended an executive education programme for Eastern European diplomats at Hoover Institute at Stanford University, USA.He has also served as Chairman of the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN, Former President of the Preparatory Committee of the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society.

Javier Hernàndez-ros

Head of « Creativity » unit, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology’ (DG CONNECT), EU Commission
Joined the European Commission in 1986 and was involved in technology transfer and innovation policies.
From June 2002 to December 2010 he was Head of the « Access to Information » unit, promoting legal initiatives to support the development of the digital content industry, notably the « directive for re-use of public sector information ». He was responsible for the e-Content and the Safer Internet programmes for the period 2002-2005.
In January 2011, he took over as Head of « Cultural Heritage and Technology Enhanced Learning » unit, responsible for research and innovation actions in the domains of Technology Enhanced learning, Digital Preservation and ICT for Access to Cultural Resources.
In July 2012 the Directorate General underwent a reorganisation and he now heads the « Creativity » unit within the DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. It provides research and innovation funding for the creative and cultural industries and promotes policies for the digitisation and on-line accessibility of Europe’s cultural heritage

Pascal Lievaux

Head of the department of research and science policy, French Ministry of Culture and Communications
Pascal Liévaux is chief curator of the heritage. PhD in art history, specializing in modern architecture, he taught at the University of Tours. He had numerous articles and books on architecture and urban planning from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century published. Since 2010 he’s the Head of the Department of research and science policy of the Directorate General for Heritage. As such, he is specifically monitoring the researches which open up new perspectives for the application of digital technologies in favor of the knowledge and heritage conservation (archival, archaeological, museographical or architectural). He’s chief editor of the online magazine In Situ ( ) and teaches at the Ecole de Chaillot which trains specialized architects in the restoration of old buildings

Patrice Bourdelais

Head of the Division for Social Sciences & Humanities, CNRS
Paris, France
Patrice Bourdelais is currently the head of the Division for Social sciences and Humanities at the CNRS (since 2010). Historian and demographer, Full Professor at the EHESS (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales), he had also be trained in epidemiology and bacteriology at the Pasteur Institute.
He has worked on the population history, the urban population of industry and the urban mortality penalty, the population aging, the epidemics and Public Health issues mainly during the 19th and 20th centuries.
He has been the Editor of the Annales de démographie historique (1996-208) and the Director of the Centre de recherches historiques (UMR EHESS-CNRS).
He has been active in the European scientific networks, and coordinated a European master funded by the European Commission (Dynamics of Health and Welfare 2005-2010)) and a European doctorate (Dynamics of Health and Welfare) since 2010.

Bruno Suzzarelli

President, MuCEM
By decree by the President of the Republic dated 16 April 2013, Bruno Suzzarelli was appointed President of the public institution of the Museum of Civilisations From Europe and the Mediterranean. A graduate of IEP Paris holding a DESS in public law, former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Bruno Suzzarelli has been the Deputy Director of the Musées de France (1984-1988) and delegate adjoint of Arts Plastiques (1988-1992). In 1992 he was named director of the administration and external services of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, then in 1995 Chief of the Commission for State Reform. In 1998, he became general director of the Union des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris (association including the musée des Arts décoratifs, the musée de la Mode, the musée de la Publicité, the musée Nissim de Camondo, The école Camondo, and the ateliers du Carrousel). He was then director of general administration at the Ministry of Culture and Communication, then Inspector General of Cultural Affairs until his nomination in 2009 as director of the MuCEM (project of transferring the existing museum in Paris, and prefiguration of the future institution in Marseille).

Dieter W. Fellner

Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD
Dieter Fellner is a professor of computer science at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Computer Graphics (IGD) at the same location. Previously he has held academic positions at the Graz University of Technology, Austria, the University of Technology in Braunschweig, Germany, the University of Bonn, Germany, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and the University of Denver, Colorado. He is still affiliated with the Graz University of Technology where he chairs the Institute of Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization he founded in 2005.Dieter Fellner’s research activities over the last years covered algorithms and software architectures to integrate modeling and rendering, efficient rendering and visualization algorithms, generative and reconstructive modeling, virtual and augmented reality, graphical aspects of internet-based multimedia information systems and digital libraries. In the latter field he has initiated/coordinated the first strategic initiative on ‘General Documents’ (funded by the German Research Foundation DFG, 1997-2005) followed by a DFG-Research Center on ‘Non-Textual Documents’ (2006-2011). In 2006 he initiated a new funding initiative on ‘Visual Computing’ funded by the Austrian Ministry BMVIT.In the areas of computer graphics and digital libraries Dieter Fellner is a member of the editorial boards of leading journals in the respective fields and a member of the program committees of many international conferences and workshops.He is a member of the EUROGRAPHICS Association where he serves in the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Publications Board, ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) where he serves as a member of the extended Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Graphics Chapter (Fachbereich Graphische Datenverarbeitung). In 2009 he became a member of the Academia Europaea.Furthermore, Dieter Fellner is an advisor for the German Scientific Council, the German Research Foundation.
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Lior Wolf

Professor, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Lior Wolf is a faculty member at the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University. Previously, he was a post-doctoral associate in Prof. Poggio’s lab at MIT. He graduated from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Shashua. Lior Wolf was awarded the 2008 Sackler Career Development Chair, the Colton Excellence Fellowship for new faculty (2006-2008), the Max Shlumiuk award for 2004, and the Rothchild Fellowship for 2004. His joint work with Prof. Shashua in ECCV 2000 received the best paper award, and their work in ICCV 2001 received the Marr prize honorable mention. He was also awarded the best paper award at the post ICCV 2009 workshop on eHeritage, and the pre-CVPR2013 workshop on action recognition. Prof. Wolf research focuses on computer vision and applications of machine learning and includes topics such as document analysis, digital palaeography, video action recognition, and face identification.
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Harry Verwayen

Deputy Director, Europeana
Harry is responsible for the strategy, business- and product development of Europeana, Europe’s Library, Museum and Archive. His main passion is the design and implementation of new business models that will support Europe in its aim to make our complete Heritage openly accessible for work, learning and pleasure. Prior to this Harry worked at the Amsterdam based thinktank Knowledgeland where he was responsible for business model innovation in the cultural heritage sector. Harry holds a MA in History from Leiden University and has worked over ten years in the Scientific Publishing Industry. Mediocre football player, reasonable cook, aspiring photographer.

Tim Zaman

Young Innovator
Delft University of Technology
Tim Zaman (1988) received his BSc degree in mechanical engineering and a MSc degree in biorobotics from the Delft University of Technology, where he specialized in computer vision. For his thesis he developed a 3D scanner for paintings that simultaneously captures color and topography. This scanner has recently been used to replicate the (2 square metre big) Jewish Bride by Rembrandt yielding a 3D pointcloud containing over a billion points. He is currently a PhD student at the Delft University of Technology, developing novel imaging systems for cultural heritage.