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2009/07/14-Presentation of BITrum's Scientific Committee

posted 14 Jul 2009, 10:16 by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated 22 Jul 2010, 16:05 ]
A scientific committee has been formed in which especially involved BITrum members assume the tasks of both encouraging research developments and steering the course of the project. The committee is open to all members interested in becoming especially involved in the project. Current members have been nominated with the objective of covering all relevant scientific areas in the project.
From the coordination board we wish to express our gratitude to the invaluable support of all committee members for the future course of the project. Although their biographies may fulfil thick volumes, we merely make here a very short biographical outline flanked by their portraits. There are still scientific areas -of interest for the project objectives- which are not covered yet. They may be considered as empty chairs of the present scientific commitee that will be taken in the future.
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 Sociocybernetics at the International Sociological Association (ISA). He is currently 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.
Area: Control Theory, Fuzzy System Theory

(B. Sc. and M. Sc. in control & systems engineering by the Technological University of Bagdag, Iraq; Doctor Engineer, specialized in process control and artificial intelligence by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) he is Professor at the Universidad Alfonso X since 1999 and researcher at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid since 1997. He was previously docent and researcher at the 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.
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 ranges from Methodology of Science to Philosophy of Biology and the Social Sciences, including the History of Science and Technology.
Elizabeth 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; Adjunct 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.
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.
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.
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) as well as the Institut für Machtforschung (since 2006). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Area: Informacion Science, Bio-information

(Engineer from Universidad de Zaragoza and Doctor in Cognitive Neuroscience, PhD Thesis on "Natural Intelligence", Universidad de Barcelona, 1989) is senior researcher at the Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud, where he leads the "Bioinformation Group" and former Director of the SAMCA Chair at the Engineering School of the University of Zaragoza (CPS). During more than 20 years, he has advanced research on the nature of information & communication, and on biological intelligence, looking at both the molecular-cellular and organismic (brain) realms: He was co-founder with Michael Conrad of FIS (Foundations of Information Science); organizer and co-organizer of several relevant international conferences. Author of numerous works, among them The Dual Brain (book in Spanish: "El cerebro dual")
Area: Neuro-science
(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.
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 is or 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.
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…
Jèrôme SEGAL
Area: History of Science
(1998: Ph.D. in History, University of Lyon, France; 1993: Engineering Diploma, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France) is senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR) in Vienna, Austria; and lecturer at the University of Vienna (Philosophy) and 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 to mentions his “Le Zéro et le Un. Histoire de la notion scientifique d’information au 20e siècle”.