European Conference 2018 - Keynotes and Contributors
Keynotes and Contributors
Keynotes and Contributors
Professor Gunnar Bovim became Rector of NTNU in 2013. Bovim was educated as a medical doctor and completed his PhD in neurology in 1993. Bovim assumed the position of NTNU Rector after serving as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at NTNU, Chief Executive Officer of St. Olavs Hospital, and Chief Executive Officer of the Central Norway Regional Health Authority.
Georgia Abeltino works at the Google Cultural Institute as Director of Public Policy for Google Arts & Culture and Director of Public Policy for Italy, Greece and Malta. She is also a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture of Vatican and a Board member of Assinform, the Italian association of Information Technology companies. Abeltino is a Law graduate from the Università Federico II» and received an LLM in European Studies from the College of Europe.
Nina Elisabeth Sindre
Nina Sindre is Coordinator of International Affairs at NTNU. Her work includes administrative responsibility for NTNU’s international action plans, NTNU’s participation in the European framework programmes for research and innovation, as well as bilateral international cooperation with countries outside of Europe. She was instrumental in setting up NTNU’s Brussels Office, and heads NTNU’s EU forum and NTNU’s International forum. Sindre holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo.
Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes
Professor Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes is Pro-Rector for Innovation at NTNU. Before taking up the position as Pro-Rector, she was Head of the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging at NTNU and Vice President for Research at SINTEF Medical Technology. As Pro-Rector, Hernes is responsible for innovation and collaboration with businesses and industry on a regional, national and international level.
Georgios Papanagnou is Policy Officer at DG Research and Innovation – Open and Inclusive Societies at the European Commission. He has previously worked as a consultant on UNESCO’s MOST Programme and at the United Nations University – Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Panteion University and an MSc in International Relations from Bristol University.
Toril Aalberg is Head of Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU. She is professor of Sociology and has a PhD in Political Science. Since 2014 she has been chair of the European network COST Action IS1308: Populist Political Communication in Europe. Her main research focus is political communication, comparative politics and political behaviour, including studies on media effects, the relationship between media and politics and the role of stereotypes.
Stefaan Walgrave is a professor of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He was the recipient of an advanced ERC grant (2012-2017) examining the information selection by individual political actors in three countries. Apart from his interest in politicians and how they connect to society, his research deals with media and politics, with public opinion, elections, and protest.
Gijs Schumacher is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is interested in the causes and consequences of (changing) political rhetoric. He is the PI of POLEMIC – an ERC starting grant project, and Director of the Hot Politics Lab. His work has appeared in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics and the Journal of European Public Policy.
Pieter de Wilde
Pieter de Wilde is an associate professor in European Studies at NTNU. He directs the project Trondheim Analytica on social media and democracy in Europe and is a work package leader in Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law (RECONNECT). Before, he was Senior Researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. His research focuses on political conflict over European integration and globalization.
Stephen Boucher is Managing Director of Fondation EURACTIV. Prior to this, he was CEO of consoGlobe.com, France’s largest online media on sustainable lifestyles. He has broad experience with European matters, including the position of Director for European policy at the ECF and as Ministerial Adviser for the Belgian Government. Boucher is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Sciences Po Paris.
Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Humanities, NTNU
Bjørn K. Myskja is Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU. He is professor of ethics and political philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. His research interests include the issues of trust and the interaction between lay people and experts in the implementation of new technologies.
Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk is a social activist and politician in Poland. She represents Razem in the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), where she is a member of the National Board. In 2016, Foreign Policy magazine included Dziemianowicz-Bąk, together with Barbara Nowacka, on its annual list of the 100 most influential global thinkers for their role in organizing the «black protest» against a total ban on abortion in Poland.
Stefan Geiss is an associate professor of Political Communication (Onsager Fellowship) at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU. He holds a PhD in Communication Science from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His research in political communication focuses on the dynamics of agenda and frame building, public opinion formation, and the effects of conflict and (in)civility in political discussions.
Cécile Huet is Deputy Head of the Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the European Commission. Before joining the EC, she worked for the industry in the field of signal processing after a post-doc at the University of California Santa Barbara and a PhD at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. In 2015, she was selected as one of the 25 women in robotics you need to know about by Robohub.
Professor Bjarne Foss is Pro-Rector for Research at NTNU with a specific responsibility for research and internationalization. He has been a professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU since 1989 and holds a PhD in Engineering Cybernetics from the same institution.
Egil Eide is an associate professor at the Department of Electronic Systems, NTNU and project manager for the construction, testing and operation of NTNU’s autonomous ferry. Eide holds an MSc and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from NTNU. His main research focus is on autonomous systems, radio communications, antennas, radar and remote sensing systems. Eide was the founder and CEO of the company 3D-Radar AS, working with ground penetrating radar technology.
Peter Hellinckx is an assistant professor and the Head of the Department of Electronics-ICT at University of Antwerp. He is teaching in Advanced Programming Techniques and Distributed Systems (bachelor’s and ioT Distributed Embedded Software and Computer Graphics. His research focuses on Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Iot and Cyber Physical Systems with as main application domains: autonomous driving/shipping, logistics, mobility, Industry 4.0 and smart cities.
Associate Professor, University of Antwerp, Director at the research centre Imec, Belgium
Professor Steven Latré is an associate professor at the University of Antwerp and director at the research centre Imec, Belgium. He leads the IDLab Antwerp research group, which performs applied and fundamental research in the area of communication networks and distributed intelligence. His personal research interests are in the domain of machine learning and its application to wireless network optimization.
Vice President of Telenor Research, Head of Start IoT, Member of European High-Level Expert Group on AI
Dr. Ieva Martinkenaite heads the AI task force at ETNO and is a key figure at Telenor Group working on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and innovation ecosystem in Norway. She has led the Telenor-NTNU AI Lab development project, a Centre of Excellence for AI and Machine Learning in Norway. Martinkenaite is a member of the European High-Level Expert Group on AI and the NCP for Norway in Horizon 2020 AI4EU consortium project.
Siri Granum Carson
Siri Granum Carson is an associate professor of philosophy at the Programme for Applied Ethics at NTNU, where she teaches research ethics and business ethics. She directs the NTNU Ocean pilot programme HAVANSVAR – Humanities Ocean Initiative, and her main research area is corporate social responsibility.
Geir Egil Dahle Øien
Professor Geir Egil Dahle Øien is Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at NTNU and is a professor in telecommunications. He sits in the Signal Processing Research Group and is author/co-author of around 150 publications in international journals and conference proceedings with referee. He has managed and participated in several large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and the EU Commission.
Torbjørn Svendsen is a professor at the Department of Electronic Systems at NTNU and the Director of NTNU Digital, NTNU's strategic programme for ICT. Prior to this, he was Head of the Department of Telecommunications and Vice Dean at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. He is also the Vice President of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). Svendsen is the leading Norwegian expert on automatic speech recognition.
Pernille Feilberg has a background in Information Science. She works with external and internal communications at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU. Her responsibilities include public relations, communications management, press contact, and assisting researchers in their public outreach through different communication channels. She is co-editor of the blog NTNU TechZone and contributes to NTNU's research magazine Gemini.
Professor Olav Bolland is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at NTNU. He has worked at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU since 1987. He has worked with energy issues and specifically thermal power generation and CO2 capture.
Vanessa Debiais-Sainton is Head of the Unit in charge of Higher Education policies and programme at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. In previous posts in the European Commission, Debiais-Sainton has worked in DG Research and Innovation. Before moving to the European Commission in 2006, Debiais-Sainton spent eight years working for several petroleum and chemical companies.
Erlend Alfnes is an associate professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NTNU. He has 15 years’ experience as a senior researcher at SINTEF Technology and Society. Alfnes has broad experience as a leader of national and international research projects in production management. He is currently project manager of the Erasmus+ strategic alliance project Eurolean+, and the Knowledge alliance project Lean 4.0.
Lise Rye is professor of Contemporary European History at NTNU. She directs the Erasmus+ funded Jean Monnet module «Differentiated integration: The Norwegian case in perspective» and is part of the NTNU team in the H2020-funded RIA project RECONNECT. Her research focuses on economic and political integration, with emphasis on EFTA-EC relations, the European Economic Area and perceptions of democracy on national and EU level.
Andries Verspeeten is a policy adviser for International Relations at Ghent University. He provides overall follow-up of the EU higher education policy and liaison with networks including EUF, CESAER and EAIE. He advises UGent promotors in the development and implementation of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degrees and coordinates the UGent IRO Erasmus+ project team. Verspeeten holds a Master’s Degree in Eastern European languages and cultures.