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Scientific Committee


A very short biography of scientific committee members (alphabetically ordered) is next shown, highlighting the represented area within BITrum project frame.

Juan Miguel AGUADO TERRÓN

Area: Socio-cybernetics

(PhD in communication studies at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and Postgraduate Degree in philosophy and sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw). He is member of the Research Committee on Sociology of Communication, Culture and Knowledge (RC14) and the Research Committee on Socio cybernetics at the International Sociological Association (ISA). He is currently an associate professor of communication theory in the school of communication and information studies at the University of Murcia (Spain). His research and publications focus on epistemology of communication, complexity and constructivism as well as on the social impact of technology, mobility and the role of experiential mediation in cultural consumption processes.

B
asil Mohammed AL-HADITHI 

Area: Control Theory, Fuzzy System Theory
 
(B. Sc. and M. Sc. in control & systems engineering by the Technological University of Bagdad, Iraq; Doctor Engineer, specialized in process control and artificial intelligence by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) he is Professor at the Technical University of Madrid. Before 1997 was previously docent and researcher at the Technological University of Bagdad, and also editor of the journal Bagdad Observer (Published in English). His research has been focused at fuzzy logic, adaptative control, slide mode control and electronic design for reconfiguring devices.

Juan Ramón ÁLVAREZ BAUTISTA

Area: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology
 
(Doctor –Ph.D.– in philosophy by the University of Oviedo) he is Professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of León (Spain), where his teaching and research broadly range from methodology of science to philosophy of biology and the social sciences, including the history of science and technology.

Søren BRIER

Area: Semiotics, Cybersemiotics
(M.Sc. in Biology at
University of Copenhagen, 
Denmark,
1979; Ph.D. in Theory of Science from the University of Roskilde, Denmark, 
1994;
Ph.D. in Management Philosophy from the Copenhagen Business School, 2006) He
is currently Professor of the semiotics of information, cognition and communication science at Department of International Studies of Culture and Communication of the Copenhagen Business School. His major focus is on the theory of science and cognition with special focus on information, cognition and communication including cross-disciplinary research programs such as cybernetics, semiotics, concepts of knowledge and their utility for understanding and designing knowledge organizing and propagation of science.
Among his works, it is worth mentioning the book "Cybersemiosis" (
University of Toronto Press, 2008; See google book
) and the special issue he edited in the journal Entropy "
Cybersemiotic-Integration of the informational and semiotic paradigms of cognition and communication" (See special issue).

E
lizabeth A. BUCHANAN

Area: Information Policy
 
(1999: Ph.D. Multidisciplinary Doctoral Program, Ethics and Information Transfer, and 1996: Master of library and information science, both at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 1992: Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, english and philosophy, Rutgers University) is Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee, since 2005; Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin, since 2006; and Director of the Center for Information Policy Research, School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee, since 1999. She has authored numerous contributions in the field of information ethics and information policy. <www.cipr.uwm.edu>

Mark BURGIN

Area: 
Mathematical theories of information and knowledge
(M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Moscow State University and Doctor of Science in logic and philosophy from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) he is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. Previously he was a Professor at the Institute of Education, Kiev; at International Solomon University, Kiev; at Kiev State University, Ukraine; and Director of the Assessment Laboratory, Research Center of Science, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. 
He is Chief Editor of the International Journal "Integration: Mathematical Theory and Applications", the International Journal "Information", and Associative Editor of the International Journal on Computers and their Applications. 
Dr. Burgin is doing research, has publications, and taught courses in mathematics, computer science, information sciences, artificial intelligence, logic, psychology, education, social sciences, and methodology of science. Dr. Burgin has authorized and co-authorized more than 500 papers and 17 books. Among his very broad scientific production is worth to mention his recent book Theory of Information. Fundamentality, Diversity and Unification (World Scientific Publishing, 2010), which sets groundings for a research -he is promoting within BITrum frame- on General Theory of Information as formal foundations for a unifying approach to information. <http://www.math.ucla.edu/~mburgin/>

R
afael CAPURRO

Area: Information Ethics
 
(Born 1945 in Montevideo, Uruguay; Ph.D. in Philosophy at Düsseldorf University, 1978, Thesis: Information) is currently director of the Steinbeis Transfer Institute - Information Ethics (STI-IE, Steinbeis University Berlin) and was Professor of information management and information ethics at the Stuttgart Media University (until 2008) and lecturer at the Stuttgart University. He is founder and director of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE); member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) to the European Commission (since 2001); member of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT); Founding Member of The World Technology Network (WTN); Member of The Nanoethics Advisory Board (since 2006); Senior Fellow in Information Ethics, since 2007, at the Center for Information Policy Research, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. He is Chief Editor of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) and co-editor or adviser of other 5 international journals in the field. He has authored hundreds of articles, reviews, book chapters and books. <http://www.capurro.de/home-eng.html>

Gordana DODIG-CRNKOVIC

Area: Info-computation approach, Physics of Information

(Ph.D. in Theoretical Physicas at University of Zagreb, 1988; Ph.D. in Computer Science at Mälardalen University Sweden, 2006) is Associate Professor of Computing at Mälardalen University, Sweden. After finishing her PhD in Physics, she worked as a researcher at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb. She moved to Sweden working at ABB Atom as criticality safety analyst. In the third phase, she joined Mälardalen University, making her second PhD in Computer Science, entitled Investigations into Information Semantics and Ethics of Computing. Her research includes info-computational modeling and philosophy of computing and information. She is teaching courses in Theory of Science, Computing and Philosophy, Ethics, and Formal Languages and Automata. She organized ECAP 2005 conference and published around hundred articles including one authored ("Information and Computation Nets") and two edited books: "Computation, Information, Cognition" (with S. Stuart) and "Information and Computation" (with M. Burgin).

J
esús EZQUERRO

Area: Cognitive Science
 
(Autol, La Rioja, Spain 1951; Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Salamanca) is professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of the Basque Country. He was Head of the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science for 6 years and coordinator of the Epistemology, Ethics and Social Philosophy Unit at the Institute for Logic, Cognition, Language and Information (ILCLI) at the University of the Basque Country. He is member of the Management Committee of Logical Modelling in Interaction, Communication, Cognition and Computation (LogICCC) programme of the European Science Foundation (ESF). His research interest focuses on philosophy of science, mind and cognitive Science. He has authored numerous works and led several project in the field.

P
eter FLEISSNER

Area: Economic politics, Mathematical Modelling
 
(Born 1944, telecommunication engineering from the Vienna University of Technology; MS in economy and PhD in econometrics from the Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna) is currently Chair of the association Transform!at (he co-founded in 2006) and Scientific Curator of the Technisches Museum Wien (since 2010). He was Head of the Institute of Design and Assessment of New Technologies (1990-2006) at the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria. For seven years, he was temporary agent for the European Union by the European Commission and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. Before 1990, he worked for the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis; as research scholar at MIT (USA) and at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria). He has successfully managed many national and international projects and has worked as member and consultant at many academic, industrial, labour and social institutions. He has authored and edited numerous scientific publications. <http://members.chello.at/gre/fleissner/>

L
uciano FLORIDI

Area: Information Philosophy
 
(Laurea, Rome University "La Sapienza", M.Phil. and Ph.D. Warwick, M.A. Oxford) is Prof. of philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information, and Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford. He is the founder and director of the IEG, Oxford University Information Ethics research Group, and of the GPI, the University of Hertfordshire research Group in Philosophy of Information. In 2006, he was elected President of IACAP (International Association for Computing And Philosophy). He is the first philosopher to have been elected Gauss Professor by the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. In 2009, the American Philosophical Association awarded him the Barwise Prize, in recognition of his research on the philosophy of information. Floridi is best known as the founder of two major areas of research: information ethics and the philosophy of information. His research interests include the philosophy of information, information and computer ethics, epistemology and philosophy of logic and the history and philosophy of scepticism. His work is widespread and has been translated to many languages. <http://www.philosophyofinformation.net/>

Igor M. GUREVICH

Area: Theoretical Informatics, Physical Informatics, Networks of classical and quantum computers

Born in 1945 in Moscow, Russia. Was educated in Moscow Institute of Electronic Machinery, 1968 - degree in "Automation and Remote Control ", 1971 - degree in "Applied Mathematics". Doctor of Technical Sciences - degree in "Technical Cybernetics and Information Theory", 1974. He is Senior Researcher of the Institute of Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences;  main designer at «Hetnet Consulting Corp.», Moscow, Russia; and lecturer at the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute. He has published more than 150 scientific works and inventions, as well as several books. His research fields include: Physical Informatics -confirming priority of information laws-; Information laws (informatics laws) defining and constraining physical laws. His most recent book: “Information characteristics of physical systems” (In Russian). Moscow: 11th Format; Sevastopol: Сypress, 2009.

S
alvador GUTIÉRREZ

Area: Linguistics
 
(Biemes, Asturias, Spain, 1948; Ph.D. in hispanic philology at the University of Oviedo) is Professor of general linguistics at the University of León. He has been invited lecturer by many European and American universities. In 2007 was elected for the chair S by the Real Academia Española. He is president of the Spanish Society of Linguistics and sponsor of the Sierra Pambley Foundation. He was head of the Philosophy and Arts Faculty at the University of León and head of Hispanic Philology Department. He was disciple and follower of Emilio Alarcos’ Grammar School. His research has covered syntax, semantics and pragmatics, always under a functionalist methodology. He is author of a wide work and took seat in the editorial boards of numerous specialised journals.

W
olfgang HOFKIRCHNER

Area: System Theory, Information Society
 
(born 1953 in Vienna; Dr.phil. in political science and psychology) is Professor for Internet & Society at the ICT&S Center, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg since 2004 and Associate Professor for technology assessment at the Institute for Design and Technology Assessment, Vienna University of Technology Since 2001. Specialised in Science-Technology-Society, current focus on Information Society Theory and Foundations of Information Science. He directs the Research Group in Unified Theory of Information (UTI) and is member to, and serving on the board of, numerous scientific societies, member of 3 editorial boards and editor of the open-access online journal TripleC and a book series. Published 130 contributions in the field, including 18 monographs or edited volumes. <www.hofkirchner.uti.at>

J
uan LARA

Area: Biology, Genetics
 
(B.Sc. and Ph.D in biological sciences at the University of Seville, Spain) is Professor of cell biology at the University of Salamanca and researcher of the Institute of Neurosciences of Castille and Leon (Salamanca). His research –escorted by numerous specialised publications and the involvement in more than 40 research projects– is focussed on the understanding of the structural and molecular modifications in the spontaneous regeneration of the nervous system in fish.

Estela MASTROMATTEO LANZA

Field: Latin-American librarianship 

(Montevideo, Uruguay, 1961; Master in Communication and Information for Development; and Bachelor in Library Science by the Central University of Venezuela) is Professor and Coordinator for Academic Internships at the School of Librarianship and Archives, Central University of Venezuela since 1997. She is also a consultant in academic libraries and a member in several research groups. Her research interests are on the areas of curriculum for information studies, library and information science epistemology and information ethics in Latin America.

José Antonio MOREIRO

Area: Library and Information Science
 
(PhD. in History from the National University of Distance Education, Spain) is currently Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science of Carlos III University of Madrid, where he is chair of the Information Engineering Group, which conducts research on knowledge organization systems. He teaches courses on Knowledge Organization Systems and Indexing Techniques. He is the author of 8 monographs and co-author of another 12. In addition, he has around 64 articles in international and national magazines. Jose Antonio has participated in two European projects and directed or collaborated in 8 national projects. He was a member of 12 publication committees. He has close connections with Latin American universities. Jose Antonio taught courses and organized seminaries in 28 European and Latin American universities, as well as in 20 professional institutions. He was a scientific advisor for 20 doctoral dissertations in the domain of Library and Information Science.

T
omás ORTIZ

Area: Neuroscience
 
(MD, PhD in psychology and medicine at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid) Professor of medical psychology and Head of the Department of Psychology and Medical Psychiatry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Chair of the Magneto-encephalography at the same University. His research interest has been focused towards cognitive neuroscience, with more than 150 national and international publications in the field, based in analysis by electroencephalography (EEG), evoked potentials and magneto-encephalography.

Mario PÉREZ-MONTORO GUTIÉRREZ

Area: Information- management and architecture

Doctor in Philosophy and Education Sciences by the University of Barcelona, where he has been researcher at the Departamento de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la Ciencia. He studied in the Istituto di Discipline della Comunicazione in the Università di Bologna and was Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University. He has been docent and researcher in several universities: Complutense de Madrid, Autònoma de Barcelona, Oberta de Catalunya and he is currently at the Departament of Information Science, University of Barcelona. One of his most known works is the book: The Phenomenon of Information (Scarecrow Press, 2007, published in Spanish by Trotta).


M
ichel PETITJEAN

Area: Chemical information
 
(1979: Engineer in chemical engineering, I.N.S.A., Toulouse, France; 1982: Ph.D. –Docteur d’Etat, ès-Sciences–, Marseilles, France; 1988: Engineer in computer sciences, C.N.A.M., Paris) is researcher at the Département de Biologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire, URA 2096 CNRS-CEA, Saclay (France). He is member of FIS and the International Symmetry Association (ISA). He organised the Third Conference on the Foundations of Information Science, Paris, 2005. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Entropy and currently of Symmetry: Culture and Science. He has been member of the editorial boards of Int. J. Mol. Sci., Entropy, Int. J. Appl. Chem., TripleC, Symm. Cult. Sci. He has authored more than 50 international scientific journal articles. <http://petitjeanmichel.free.fr/itoweb.petitjean.html>


J
osé Miguel SAGÜILLO FERNÁNDEZ-VEJA

Area: Logic, Mathematical Logic
 
He is Full Professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He has been appointed visiting scholar on several occasions at Oxford (UK), Buffalo (NY-USA) and Berkeley (CA-USA).  He is the author of several contributions in the field of mathematical logic and its philosophy, deductive methodology, and argumentation theory. His recent books are El movimiento antimetafísico del siglo XX; with  Rom Harré, El pensamiento lógico-matemático;  El arte de persuadir. Algunos elementos de argumentación y retórica. He is also author of several articles published in specialized international journals, such as Analysis and Evaluation, Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, History and Philosophy of Logic, Logica Trianguli

J
èrôme SEGAL

Area: History of Science
 
(1998: Ph.D. in history, University of Lyon, France; 1993: Engineering Diploma, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France) is coordinator of the  Ph.D. Program „The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts“ at the University of Vienna, Austria; formerly researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR) in Vienna, Austria, and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. He is team member of the Vienna Jewish Film Festival. He was former Science attaché at the French Embassy, Vienna, Austria; researcher at the Ecole normale, Paris, and Assistant Professor at IUFM, Paris and at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science. Among his numerous publications is worth mentioning his famous book Le Zéro et le Un. Histoire de la notion scientifique d’information au 20e siècle.

Rainer ZIMMERMANN

Area: Philosophy of Complex Systems
Dr. Zimmermann receives his PhD in Mathematics in 1977 from Frei Universität Berlin; 
PhD in Philosophy in 1988 from TU Berlin. Since 1995, h
e is Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of General and Interdisciplinary studies (FK 13) at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. His interdisciplinary profile can be clearly observed in the varied positions he has held in his academic 
career: In 1998, Habilitation in Natural Philosophy (University of Kassel) – since then member (Privatdozent) of the department there; 1999/2000 Visiting Scholar at the History and Philosophy of Science Department and Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, both at Cambridge (UK) – since then Life Member of Clare Hall; 2001 Research Visitor to the University of Bologna, Cooperative Research Project there under the title "Reconstruction of the Historical City Centre"; 2003 Senior Visiting Fellow to the Institute of Advanced Studies, Villa Gandolfi Pallavicini, University of Bologna; 2006 International Visiting Professor at the Information and Communication Technologies and Society program, University of Salzburg; 2010/2011 Visiting Professor, Centre for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin.
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