- Liliana Ardissono – University of Torino. Liliana Ardissono is an Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Informatica of the Università di Torino, where she obtained her University Degree and her Ph.D in Computer Science. Her research interests include User Modeling e Adaptive Hypermedia, Context-aware
systems, Computer supported collaboration. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction (Springer) and Secretary of the Board of Directors of User Modeling Inc. Co-editor of international journals and books, among which the Special Issue on Cultural Heritage
Exploration (User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction -UMUAI, 2008). Program Chair of the UM 2005 Conference (International Conference on User Moodeling), Edinburgh and workshop/tutorial chair of UMAP 2011. She also organized several international workshops on Adaptive Hypermedia, personalization and recommender systems.
- Lora Aroyo, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Lora Aroyo is an associate professor at the Web & Media Group, Department of Computer Science, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research work is focused on semantic technologies for modeling user and context for recommendation systems and personalized access of online multimedia collections, e.g. cultural heritage collections, multimedia archives and interactive TV. She was a scientific coordinator of the NoTube project, dealing with the integration of Web and TV data with the help of semantics, and a number of nationally funded projects, such as CHIP and Agora, dealing with modelling events and event narratives. She has been co-chair of numerous workshops on crowdsourcing, social web and cultural heritage. Lora is actively involved in the Semantic Web community as a program chair for the European and the International Semantic Web Conferences in 2009 and 2011, as conference chair for the ESWC 2010 Conference, and the editorial board of the Semantic Web Journal. She is also actively involved in the Personalization and User modeling community as vice-president of the User Modeling Inc., and the editorial board of the Journal of Human-Computer Studies and the User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction Journal. In 2012 and 2013 she won IBM Faculty Awards for her work on Crowd Truth: Crowdsourcing for ground truth data collection for adapting IBM Watson system to medical domain. For more information visit her website http://lora-aroyo.org, twitter: @laroyo and slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/laroyo
- Cristina Gena – Università di Torino, Italy. Cristina Gena is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Torino where she teaches at the School of Multimedia and Arts. Her research interests include user modeling, adaptive user interfaces, intelligent user interfaces, interaction design, semantic and social web. She is currency the scientific coordinator of a research project on the recommendations of cultural contents in an open data environment. She has worked in several cultural heritage projects involving research topics as object-to-object interaction and internet of things (PIEMONTE project), storytelling and character animation as support in cultural heritage fruition (CARLETTO project), integration of user social data as heterogeneous sources of knowledge for improving the user-adaptation in cultural heritage fruition (iCITY project). In 2014 she has organized PATCH 2014 and AI*HCI, an AI*IA workshop bridging AI and HCI.
- Tsvi Kuflik – University of Haifa. Tsvi Kuflik is an associate professor and head of the Information Systems Department at the University of Haifa, Israel. His main areas of research are Ubiquitous User Modelling and Intelligent User Interfaces. For over than ten years Tsvi is leading a research group at the University of Haifa, focusing on “Active Museum” – applying novel computing and communication technology for supporting museum visitors. Previously he was a researcher at the scientific and technological research institution in Trento Italy. Prior to that, Tsvi coordinated an industrial consortium that developed and implemented software reuse methodology. In addition he worked and consulted in several industrial companies, in areas of personalization and also software quality assurance. Prof. Kuflik is the author of over 150 referred publications in journals and conferences and in addition to being a co-organizer of the series of PACTH workshops during the past seven years, has been the organizer of various international conferences and workshops: Chair of IUI 2014, PC chair of UMAP 2014, chair of international information systems conferences held in Israel – NGITS 2006 and NGITS 2009, co-organizer of workshops on Ubiquitous User Modeling co-located with ECAI 2006, UM 2007, IUI 2008, personalization in cultural heritage, co-located with UM 2007, co-organizer of the German-Israeli Minerva School for Ubiquitous Display Environments that took place in the summer of 2009 in Haifa, Israel, Workshops co-chair of IUI 2009 and IUI 2010 and a member in the program committee of numerous national and international conferences.
- Johan Oomen, Sound and Vision, The Netherlands. Johan Oomen is head of the R&D Department of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and researcher at the Web and Media group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is elected as Network Officer for Europeana and board member of CLICK-NL. His research at the VU University focuses on how active user engagement can help to establish a more open, smart and connected cultural heritage. Oomen holds a BA in Information Science and an MA in Media Studies. He has worked for the British Universities Film and Video Council and the RTL Nederland. Oomen has given talks at leading conferences, published numerous articles in journals and is lecturer at the ICCROM training course Sound and Image Collections Conservation.
- Alan J. Wecker – University of Haifa, Israel. Alan J. Wecker is a Doctoral Candidate in a joint Haifa- Trento program and a Senior member of the ACM. His research concerns itself with lifelong user modeling to enhance the cultural heritage experience. He has extensive experience in conducting research in a for-profit context, primarily the IBM Haifa Research Lab, where he received numerous awards and filed over 10 patents. His research interests include: Technology for the Cultural Heritage Environment, Human-Computer Interaction, Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, XML, and Information Retrieval. He holds an AB degree in Mathematics from Princeton University and an MSc degree in Information Systems from the University of Haifa.
- Oliviero Stock – FBK, Italy. Oliviero Stock has been at IRST since 1988 and has been its Director from 1997 to 2001. His activity is mainly in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, intelligent user interfaces, cognitive technologies, computational creativity. He is the author of over two hundred and fourty peer-reviewed papers and author or editor of twelve volumes, and member of the editorial board of a dozen scientific journals. He has been Chairman of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI), President of the Association for Computational Linguistics and of the Italian AI Association and is an ECCAI and a AAAI Fellow. He has been general co-chair of IUI-2014. OS has worked on intelligent interfaces for Cultural heritage appreciation for two decades. He has been the coordinator of PEACH and has co-directed the Collaboration Project on intelligent technologies for cultural heritage between FBK-Irst and University of Haifa.
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