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BITrum welcomes new members

posted 22 Jan 2014, 03:18 by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated 18 Aug 2014, 18:17 ]
Nothing is more important to the fulfilment of our objectives than gathering efforts and enthusiasm around them, thus nothing can be more effusively saluted than the willing to participate in the group of new researchers who have indeed amounted since 2012 new contributions, proposals, ideas… In name of the group our most cordial and grateful welcome.

First we must grateful mention Francisco Álvarez and Julian Marcelo, who were actually part of the group in the past General Assembly but not properly presented to the rest of the group, both have done significant contributions in the past years in the areas of Philosophy of Science and Technology and Information Uncertainty respectively; but we also joyful greet Enrique Díez, who has contributed in the field of ICT and education as well as in organisational matters, Paz Benito, expert in geography and co-organiser of upcoming events; Marcelo León, expert in regional economic development and contributor to some webinars held in May and December, and promotor of the collaboration with Ecuador; Cecile Malaspina, expert in aesthetics and translator of Simondon and Morin, who has contributed to the event recently held;  Mahmoud Rasmi, expert in aesthetics and finances and contributor to several activities since past year; and Balu Athreya, interested in clarifying information phenomena in medical concerns and eager to lead an article of glossariumBITri regarding the issue.

Francisco Álvarez Álvarez

(Islas Canarias, 1950), Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UNED, Madrid and Founding Member of the Cybersociety Observatory. Doctor in Philosophy by the University of La Laguna where he was Professor of Logic from 1974 to 1984. He was Vice-chancellor for research and vice-chancellor for International Relations of UNED. He has ben associated researcher at the Darwin Collega, Cambridge, UK (1992-1993), researcher with chair of excellence CANACYT -México- in 1994. He has partaken in a number of national and international projects, particularly in the field of bounded axiological rationality, argumentation theory, the emergence of norms in scientific activity, knowledge transference, social and cultural transformations associated to ICTs.

Paz Benito del Pozo

Doctor in Geography and History. Expert in the analysis of industrial and urban areas. Professor at the Department of Geography of the Universidad de León. She has been EEC expert-consultant in industrial ruins (1991-1994), director of urban planning in Asturias (1994-1997), expert and advisor in territorial policy and regional planning in Asturias (1993-1995). She has been visiting professor at the universities of Turin and South California (2000, 2009 and 2011). She also spent periods in other European universities. President of the research group INVESTER of the University of León. Board Member of the Spanish section of the The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage; Expert board for industrial heritage of Castilla y León; Board of the Spanish Association of Geographers, and Fellow of the Real Geographic Society.

Julian Marcelo Cocho

(Naval  Engineer and Computing Engineer; MSc. Industry Management; PhD. in Computing Engineering) Professor emeritus of information systems at the Universitat Politècnica de València. He is expert in information technology and Information Organisation and Management, fields in which it is worth highlighting his research in risk and security of systems  and projects of high complexity or general uncertanity. He has been scholar in several universities; international officer between 1982 and 1988, directing the UN's Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics (IBI) and Board of News Agency IBIPRESS; direction of IBI's International Institut for Industrial Informatics. 

Cecile Malaspina

was trained as a curator in contemporary art at the Royal College of Art in London (2001) and has collaborated as assistant curator and researcher on exhibitions at the Tate Gallery before studying contemporary philosophy and critical theory (2005-2007) at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CREMP) then at Middlesex University (now Kingston University). Her research into French epistemology led her to register for PhD at the University Denis Diderot, Paris 7, supervised by Prof Alain Leplege and Dr Iain Hamilton Grant, University of the West of England (2009 – ). She is translator of G. Simondon and E. Morin -among other French authors-.

Enrique Díez Gutiérrez

Doctor in Education Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid; M.S. in Philosophy, B.A. Social Work, B.S. Social Education, B.S. Specialist in educational organization) he is Professor at the Faculty of Education, where he carries out teaching and research in the fields of intercultural education, ICTs in education, as well as gender and diversity education. He has participated in more than 15 R&D projects. He has published 13 books (among them Neoliberal globalization and its repercussions on education", 2007), 79 chapter books, 130 scientific articles, more than 140 contributions to national and international conferences, and numerous popular contributions in media (Biography in Wikipedia)

Balu Athreya

Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the Schools of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Thomas Jefferson University, both in Philadelphia. He graduated at the University of Madras (currently known as Chennai) in India. He did his postgraduate studies and research in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a pioneer in the field of pediatric rheumatology and has played a significant role in the elucidation of several new syndromes. He has published extensively in pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology. His current interest is in understanding the nature of information, its interplay with matter, energy and how defects in the structure and transmission of information lead to human diseases.

Marcelo León

is commercial Engineer, MSc in Social Education and Development, PhD in regional economic Development, and works as consultant and professor in the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial and the Universidad Estatal de Santa Elena in Ecuador. His research interests focus -among other areas- on the transition from the economy of autonomous agents to a popular and solidary economy based on current experiences of socio-economical change in Ecuador trascending the neo-liberal model intensively developed therein in previous decades. The analysis of this evolution in terms of the dynamic of social networks converges with the critical study of the information society.

Mahmoud Rasmi

Mahmoud Rasmi is a Part-Time Instructor of Philosophy at the Lebanese American University, and a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Salamanca. In his PhD dissertation he focuses on aesthetics and the philosophy of art of Friedrich Schelling arguing for a tautegorical interpretation of the cinematic image taking as an example the films of the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. Some of his philosophical interests include film and philosophy, aesthetics and philosophy of art, Friedrich Schelling and German Idealism. Tentative title of the disseration: “Making Sense of Reality through Film. Andrei Tarkovsky and the Cinematic Image as Tautegory.”

Mauricio Ortiz Osorio

is student of mechanic engineering at the University of León, where he is member of the University council, social activist, and participant in research groups on education and interdisciplinarity. He has contributed organisationally and thematically in the deployment of PRIMER initiative. His research interest focus on information and system theory and particularly concerning politic-economical matters.