Vincent Tripodi

Vincent Tripodi

VP, Engineering @ Associated Press (AP), one of the largest and most trusted independent newsgathering organizations in the world. Vince is responsible for enterprise architecture, research, software development and operations, and quality assurance across all platforms, products and services. Vince has 33 years’ experience delivering innovative solutions for companies spanning a variety of industries including healthcare, finance and news. His passion for technology and delivering customer value have contributed to AP having won multiple innovation awards since 2010.

Peter Cochrane

Peter Cochrane

Professor of Sentient Systems @ The Univerity of Suffolk, OBE, CEng, BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, CGIA, FREng, FRSA, FIEE, FIEEE, FITP. With over 50 years in industry as a practising engineer, scientists, manager and entrepreneur Peter has always been an agent of change. His career in BT saw him become CTO, and he also started over 30 new companies. After 30 years as a part-time academic, he recently assumed a stronger presence to build a new research group at the newly founded UoS. Peter has worked for many of the Fortune 500 Companies as a consultant and he currently advises FaceBook, QCRI and the MoD.After gaining his second doctorate Peter decided never to specialise again, and to this day he remains a generalist with an interest in everything...

Andreas Ventsel

Andreas Ventsel

Senior Researcher @ The University of Tartu. Andreas Ventsel defended his PhD thesis on semiotic theory of hegemony in the department of semiotics of Tartu University (2009). His main research interests are related to political semiotics, online communication, semiotic analysis of strategies of information warfare.

Vladimir Sazonov

Vladimir Sazonov

Senior Researcher @ The University of Tartu, dr. phil. History, Centre for Oriental Studies, Analyst in Estonian National Defence College. He has also worked at the Estonian National Defence College as Associate Professor and Researcher and at the Baltic College as Lecturer. V. Sazonov has studied at universities in Tartu, Tallinn, Basel and Göttingen. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Innsbruck, Bar-Ilan University, Istanbul, Berlin, Göttingen, Würzburg, Münster and Basel. His research fields comprise iddle Eastern state ideology and religions. His another sphere of interest is Russian (state) ideology.

Mark Pfeiffer

Mark Pfeiffer

Chief Visionary Officer @ Sail Labs Technology. Educated in Germany and the United States in economics and aeronautics, Mark Pfeiffer has spent over two decades consulting in those fields and works in many nations across the globe. His clients include various governments and international governmental bodies including the European Commission.In 2003, Mark Pfeiffer joined SAIL Labs and has since helped shape the company’s development both in terms of building a solid client base and by acting as an active link between the research environment of the company and customers, involving the latterm in the development of new products and features. In 2006, he co-founded the EUROSINT forum as a venue for exchange of ideas and concepts. He currently still holds the chair in technology gaps on the board.

Philippe Wacker

Philippe Wacker

Executive Director @ LT-Innovate.org, the Language Technology Industry Association. Digital catalyst & evangelist. Facilitator of digital networks and alliances. Promoter of innovation and entrepreneurship. Passionate about digital transformation powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) technologies.

Victoria Ertelthalner

Victoria Ertelthalner

Teaching Assistant @ The University of Vienna. Education
Since 2016: Journalism and Communication Studies- Master, Interdisciplinary East European Studies-Master (University of Vienna) 2009-2015: Journalism and Communication Studies- Bachelor, Slavonic Studies- partially (University of Vienna)
Professional experience
2016-2018: Teaching Assistant (University of Vienna)Since 2014: Tutor for Communication theories and assistant (2018, Qualitative Research Methods) (University of Vienna)

Rosemary Wolfe

Rosemary Wolfe

Consultant specialising in international media and monitoring services. From 1992-2016, Rosy she was Head of Business Development at BBC Monitoring, a specialist part of BBC News responsible for monitoring and tracking international media. BBC Monitoring was set up to counter propaganda broadcast by Axis powers in WW2 and verification and reporting of stories where fake news is part of the media is still part of its work today. Prior to joining the BBC, Rosy worked in a number of international media monitoring organisation in the UK and overseas.

Gerald Czech

Gerald Czech

Head of New Media and Campaigning @ Austrian Red Cross. Gerald studied socioeconomics at the Vienna University of Business Administration with a focus on non-profit management. He did a College for technical Chemistry before, so he has a technical as well as a social-science background. Gerald's main Job is Head of New Media and Campaigning at the marketing department of the Austrian Red Cross. As Redcross emergency-officer he managed emergencies and disasters on local, regional and national levels. He is an official Expert in European Civil Protection Mechanism (EU/CP) and Trainer for National Disaster-Management-Cooperation.

Andy Secker

Andy Secker

Language Technology Lead @ BBC News Labs. After gaining a Ph.D. from the University of Kent in machine learning he worked as a Research Associate then joined the BBC in 2009. Working for BBC News, Andy leads a number of projects, many of which involve academic partnerships. He specialises in the transfer of the knowledge and technologies from the research space into the business, concentrating on the BBC World Service’s 40 non-English language services.

Christian Gsodam

Christian Gsodam

Advisor @ Austrian Presidency of the European Council. Previously Mr Gsodam served as Head of Press at the European Committee of the Regions, was Head of Unit for «Subsidiarity Control, Inter-institutional Relations & Relations with national/regional Parliaments» and worked several years at the European Parliament.Mr Gsodam holds a PhD in Law (magna cum laude) from Innsbruck University in Austria and has Masters degrees in Political Science and International Politics from Innsbruck University and the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Since 2005 he has taught European law and comparative constitutional law at the Université de Strasbourg, France. He has published numerous articles on federalism, subsidiarity, regional development and the European integration process.

Markus Glanzer

Markus Glanzer

Head of Department for European Civil Protection Mechanism and Deputy Federal Commander in Charge @ Austrian Red Cross. Markus studied business administration as well as public administration with focus on disaster management. Markus' main job within the Austrian Red Cross Headquarters is . He is responsible for disaster response operations at national and European level, training courses for civil protection experts as well as organisation of civil protection and disaster response exercises. Markus managed several national disaster operations and has also long experience in international projects and missions.

Gerhard Backfried

Gerhard Backfried

Head of Research @ SAIL LABS Technology. Gerhard has been actively working in AI and NLP for more than 25 years. Prior to co-founding SAIL LABS, he worked in the fields of expert systems for the finance sector and personal dictation systems (IBM’s ViaVoice). More recently he has been focussing on the combination of traditional and social media, particularly in the context of multilingual and multimedia disaster-communication.

Christian Rainer

Christian Rainer

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the leading Austrian news weekly profil.

Allan Hanbury

Allan Hanbury

Professor for Data Intelligence @ Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien) and Faculty Member of the Complexity Science Hub, where he leads research and innovation to make sense of unstructured data. Prof. Hanbury  is initiator of the Austrian ICT Lighthouse Project, Data Market Austria, which is creating a Data-Services Ecosystem in Austria. He was scientific coordinator of the EU-funded Khresmoi Integrated Project on medical and health information search and analysis, and is co-founder of contextflow, the spin-off company commercialising the radiology image search technology developed in the Khresmoi project. He also coordinated the EU-funded VISCERAL project on evaluation of algorithms on big data, and the EU-funded KConnect project on technology for analysing medical text.His areas of research include Data Science, Information Retrieval, Semantic Analysis and Search, Information Retrieval Evaluation, Recommender Systems, Data Mining and Machine Learning. He is author or co-author of over 150 publications in refereed journals and refereed international conferences. He contributes to research and innovation strategy development in Austria and Europe, and regularly gives talks on topics related to his research.

Mustafa Isik

Mustafa Isik

Co-founder and CEO @ media technology start-up Kerngedanke. After stints at BMW Research and Google in California, Mustafa Isik worked at media technology start-up NxN Software (acquired by Avid Inc.) and in CTO roles for eCommerce platforms at start-up incubator M Cube in Berlin.Since 2013 Isik has been responsible for consultants and software developers at Fintech-Startup Wirecard and media companies such as e.g. ProSieben.Sat1, Sky and Bayerischer Rundfunk while acting as manager for Swedish consultancy Netlight.For the last four years, Mustafa Isik has been the head of software development and platforms at Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. He has been responsible for digital product development and platform strategies. His team of approx. one hundred designers, project managers, administrators and software engineers has increased audience numbers, growth rates and diversified BR’s digital product portfolio while continuously reducing overall investment and maintenance costs.

Bettina Paur

Bettina Paur

Researcher and Assistant @ The University of Vienna. Bettina focuses on radicalization in Social Media, conflict communication and social change. Before she started a scientific career, she was Head of Social Media, Chief Editor and Head of Marketing particularly in the technological and economic fields.

Iryna Gurevych

Iryna Gurevych

Director @ UKP Lab in the Department of Computer Science at the Technical University Darmstadt. Prof. Gurevych has a broad range of research interests in natural language processing, with a focus on computational argumentation, computational lexical semantics, and semantic information management. She has co-founded the workshop series "Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources and their Applications to NLP", "Argument Mining", and has recently served as the ACL 2018 Program Co-Chair.

Andreas Hanselowski

Andreas Hanselowski

Researcher @ the UKP Lab in the Department of Computer Science, Technical University Darmstadt. Andreas is working in the area of automated fact-checking, where he is developing machine learning methods for the validation of online articles. He has successfully taken part in a number of international competitions, such as the Fake News Challenge or the Fact Extraction and Verification task.

Stuart W. Shulman

Stuart W. Shulman

Founder & CEO @ Texifter and inventor of DiscoverText. Stuart was formerly a Research Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the founding Director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) at the University of Pittsburgh and at UMass Amherst. Dr. Shulman is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

Florian Laszlo

Florian Laszlo

Secretary General @ FIBEP & CEO of »OBSERVER«. Florian Laszlo attended the Lycée Francais de Vienne before continuing onto higher economics school and then achieving a law degree. He has worked as a journalist and event organizer since 1992, as well as working in several positions within the family companies and at other companies. As of 2001, Laszlo has worked as CEO at »OBSERVER« GmbH in Vienna and Budapest and with »OBSERVER« GmbH Slovenia from 2003. The »OBSERVER« GmbH is a market leader in media intelligence in Austria and Hungary and strives to be at the technological top of its industry: first with the use of the copying machine, then the scanner, then database service, then the web and now with the social web and analysis techniques.

Kristof Varga

Kristof Varga

Director @ Bakamo Public, a social media insight research company serving the not for profit and public sectors. Kristof Varga has two decades of experience in international development, philanthropy and government. He was twice elected to the Budapest City Council where he focused on budgeting, and – as the Information Commissioner - implemented the first IT action plan for the city. He was research director for DEMOS Hungary, a progressive think tank. Kristof holds MAs in public policy (Johns Hopkins University), and psychology (Eötvös Loránd University).

Nadejda Komendantova

Nadejda Komendantova

Governance in Transition Theme Coordinator @ The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Gari Owen

Gari Owen

President @ EUROSINT Forum

Vassilis Kappis

Vassilis Kappis

Lecturer in Security and Intelligence Studies @ The University of Buckingham. Bill holds a PhD degree from the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney (2016) and Master’s degrees in Strategic Studies and European Integration from the Australian National University (2007) and the London School of Economics (2006) respectively. His doctoral thesis, submitted in 2015, assessed the impact of tense security crises on leadership perceptions across rival and non-rival state dyads.Bill’s academic interests lie in the strategic and psychological aspects of security crises and foreign policy decision-making. His current research is focused on the changing security dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean and supported by an Israel Institute (USA) research grant. Bill maintains affiliations with universities, think tanks and consultancies in Australia, Europe and the United States. An expert on the Eastern Mediterranean, having lived, studied and worked in Greece, Cyprus and Israel, Bill is also an awarded academic instructor by the University of Sydney (Excellence in Teaching Practice, 2013) and a policy-oriented scholar, with regular international conference presentations and focused media contributions.

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