Speakers and Moderators

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Paulo Nunes de Abreu

Founder of the Health Data Forum

Paulo Nunes de Abreu, facilitator, master of ceremonies, author, and publisher of the book series Architecting Collaboration. Paul is an IAF Certified Facilitator™ who designs and hosts events for clients ranging from large companies to municipalities and regional governments. His background as a PhD researcher combined with +15 years of experience as a CEO and business manager have sharpened a client-oriented mentality eager to co-create win-win solutions. As an NGO founder, he hosted the Iberian Healthcare Leaders Forum, Portugal sem Fumo, the Forum Hospital do Futuro, Digital Health Portugal, the Health Data Forum, and several other initiatives guided by a new public purpose. As both a GroupMap™ and Howspace™ certified facilitator he co-founded the Digital Collaboration Academy with the vision of creating and sustaining a new emerging field - Digital Facilitation - augmented by the core competencies of the IAF - Internacional Association of Facilitators.

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Maria Marques

Senior Researcher at UNINOVA

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Carlos Agostinho

Senior Researcher at UNINOVA

Carlos Agostinho is a senior researcher at UNINOVA Center of Technology and Systems (CTS) and digital transformation expert. He holds a PhD in the area of industrial information systems by the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL) and has an MsC in Computer Science from the same school. Having a large experience in industrial driven research projects since CEN/AIDIMA/2002/004 funSTEP AP-DIS until the most recent H2020 VesselAI, Carlos is deeply committed to take research results closer to the industrial paradigm. Being quite experienced in research and coordination activities due to his work in several national and international research and development projects since 2001, Carlos has authored of more than 100 scientific publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings and developed skills in the areas of the Internet of Things (IoT), Enterprise Interoperability, Knowledge and Data Management, Integration of Complex Systems and Components, as well as Model-Driven Development. Currently, and always believing that technology across domains is an enabler of progress and social transformation, he has also been working in digital transformation in the healthcare sector, to improve interoperability, efficiency, safety and care quality.

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Pablo Guerrero

Team Lead for Collaborative Projects at Data4Life

Pablo Guerrero is a software engineer with a passion for building digital products. Pablo obtained a Systems Engineering degree in Argentina, followed by a PhD in Computer Science in the area of distributed systems at the TU Darmstadt in Germany. For over 10 years, his work in the software industry has focused on bringing innovative products in the health-tech space to the market. Pablo has worked both in a startup as well as large enterprise, global setups, often with data-intensive applications that require an underlying reliable infrastructure. At Data4Life, he and his team support the definition and end-to-end execution of public-funded projects that enable developing company products further.

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George Bravos

Director of Research and Development at ITML Solutions

Dr. George Bravos (male) is the co-founder of ITML and the Director of Research and Development. He received his Electrical Engineering and Computer Science diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2002 and his PhD from the University of Piraeus at 2008. He has a solid background as a research scientist and an innovator. From 2002 to 2008 he worked as a research engineer at the University of Piraeus in several international research projects. From 2009 to 2014 he worked as a scientific assistant - professor at the Technical Educational Institution of Chalkida, Greece. Since 2016 he has successfully managed more than ten (10) National and EU funded research and innovation projects. His research interests mainly focus on physical layer techniques and MAC protocols for energy efficient wireless sensor networks. He is a member of IEEE and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

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João Martins

Professor at FCT NOVA and Head of Energy Efficiency Group at UNINOVA

Professor at Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (FCT NOVA) and Head of Energy Efficiency Group at UNINOVA João Martins was born in Lisbon in 1967, and received a master's and a PhD degree in Electromechanical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, respectively in 1996 and 2003. Currently he is an Associate Professor with Habilatation at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal. João is a senior member of IEEE and a senior researcher at UNINOVA-CTS, Portugal, where he coordinates the Energy Efficiency Group and integrates the Board of Directors. He is the co-author of more than 60 scientific articles in refereed journals and books and more than 180 articles in refereed conference proceedings. João Martins is an active member in various program committees of scientific conferences and serves as an associate editor of IEEE IES Industrial Electronics Magazine, IET Power Electronics and MDPI Energies. He was, and is, involved as member and/or project coordinator in several national and international energy efficiency related research projects. In addition, he is an evaluator of research proposals and projects for several national and European funding agencies. His research interests are mainly in energy efficiency, alternative energies and power quality, intelligent and energy efficient buildings, heritage buildings, energy awareness, smart grid renewables integration.

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Gash Bhullar

Chief Executive Officer / Chairman at European Factory Foundation

Over 30 years' experience in Control Systems within manufacturing related Industries. Contracts with Ford Motor Company Ltd, L'Oréal, Bosch and many SMEs. Fields covered include Industrial Control, Systems Integration, Web Interfacing and Supply Chain Connectivity. Started business life as self-employed in 1991 trading as GSB Services, sub-contracting to Ford Motor Company Ltd for over 30 years carrying out various roles including co-ordinating and delivering a wide range of control systems training at various Ford locations. As a Director of the Digital Manufacturing Innovation hub Wales (DMIW), based in the Waterton Technology Centre, in partnership with Control 2K Limited, we develop Industry 4.0 software and services to support businesses around the UK. Also participate strongly around Europe through European funded H2020 projects and became CEO of the European Factory Foundation (EFF) to be at the fore-front of technological research and implementation. Range of experiences include public speaking and role modelling.

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Pierre-Damien Berger

Directeur Business Development at Minalogic & EDIH MinaSmart

Dr. Pierre Damien Berger was born in 1969. He graduated in optoelectronics engineer at Grenoble University France in 1993. He received his doctoral level for the work on VCSEL characterization at the INSA-Lyon, France in 1997. From 1998 to 2000, in a local public agency, he promoted the technological research from labs to industry in the sensor field. From 2000 to 2007, he has been appointed as R&D Program Manager at ATMEL Grenoble dealing mainly with CMOS Imaging sensor. He has been in charge of several European programs, and for most of them as project leader. He has also been involved as expert in the EURIMUS/EURIPIDES technical committee. From early 2007, he moved to CEA Tech - LETI where he headed the Smart Device Programs within the System Department dealing mainly with industrial partnership. He moved in 2012 to MOVEA, a startup company dedicated to motion sensing and set the product line for consumer market. Beginning 2013 he was promoted to VP BizDev & Communication at the CEA Tech - LETI Head Office. Since Jan 2015, he has been promoted to Strategic Partnership Manager at CEA Tech - CEA Tech being an entity covering 3 institutes of CEA including LETI (micro & nano Electronics), LITEN (Materials and Renewable Energy) and LIST (Embedded Software) - and covers the whole IoT landscape. In 2016, co-founder of the start-up MORPHOSENSE, he was Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. From Sept 17, he is the European Projects coordinator for the CPS (Cyber Physical System) activity at CEA Tech - LETI. Since 2016, he is member of the French Tech #IoT#Manufacturing thematic network and has been elected National Secretary of this thematic Network and is strong link with the start-up ecosystem.

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Silvia de la Maza

CIO Innovalia Group

Silvia de la Maza is the CIO of the Innovalia Group. She graduated as mechanical engineer in the University of the Basque Country (Spain), and MSc for Knowledge management in Cranfield university (UK). She has 13 years of experience in the creation, coordination and management of a vast portfolio of research Projects at national and European level mainly in areas related to manufacturing, the digitalization of industry (Industry 4.0), innovation and knowledge management.

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José Ferreira

Senior Researcher at UNINOVA

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Isidora Trucco

Research Fellow at Politecnico di Milano

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Bastien Hualpa

European project Manager at MINALOGIC

After earning a degree in European Affairs and PMP® Project Management, Bastien embarked on an eclectic career path that has taken him behind the scenes of France's economy (with experiences at a government agency, cluster, and chamber of commerce), and on to Europe (consulting firm, EU association of chambers of commerce). He has gone to school or worked in six different countries, half in Latin America, and half in Europe, with stays in France, Spain, and Belgium. Bastien brings in-depth knowledge of how EU policies are implemented, which will help him to effectively position the cluster in Europe for the benefit of its members. Bastien will be handling Minalogic's European project activities for all projects that concern the digital transformation of SMEs and digital transformation processes. This focus reflects the strategic nature of digital technology in ensuring that businesses can stay competitive and grow, both nationally and on international markets.

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Manuela Azevedo

Operational support and execution of R&D+I projects at PRODUTECH

Experienced Researcher and Consultant with a demonstrated experience of working in research and industry environment. Skilled in Optimization, Flexible and Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems, Operations Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, Industrial Engineering, and Safety Management Systems. Strong research professional with a PhD in Leaders for Technological Industry from MIT Portugal from University of Porto and an Engineer's degree focused in Production Engineer from University of Minho.

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An Stevens

Head of Research Engineering & Instrument Services (IDEE) at Maastricht University

While the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven, BE) was her alma mater, her professional path took her to Hasselt University (BE) to obtain a PhD in rehabilitation sciences and later to Maastricht University (NL). Her first passions were exercise therapy and cardiac rehabilitation, and she was both researcher and trainer in this field. Even now, she trains persons with chronic diseases next to her main job in Maastricht. As a project manager at IDEE (a brilliant team of engineers developing tools for researchers and clinicians) in Maastricht, she combined the viewpoints of researchers-clinicians-patients-developers when looking at technical developments in the health domain. IDEE and affiliated product incubator Maastricht Instruments participate(d) in Interreg projects (e.g. i2-CoRT, WIT4Health, WIT4COVID) and European projects (e.g. EnSo, Smart4Health, Pharaon, Moore4Medical, STARS). The focus for future developments lie in the field of wearable healthcare including health data management, automation in life sciences and indirect calorimetry.

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George Zissis

Data Protection Officer at Athens Technology Center

Mr. George Zissis (m) (BSc, MSc in Laser Physics from Moscow State University M.V.Lomonosov). He is Certified Data Protection Officer Executive by TUV Austria. Currently a Senior Project Manager at ATC, he has more than 20 years of experience in R&D projects, having worked for Systema Technologies SA (1999-2011) as a senior researcher and project coordinator, and for the Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI/CERTH) (2011-2012) as a Research Associate. He has participated in various ICT National and European projects in the field of Personal Data Protection and GDPR deployment, IoT Technologies and Services, Big Data processing and analytics, Smart Cities Services, Assistive Technologies for the Elderly and the Disabled and Healthcare Services.

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Robin Rae

Researcher in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at University of Vienna

Robin Rae is a social scientific researcher at the STS department at the University of Vienna. He is affiliated with the department since his STS specialization in his study of Sociology combined with Psychology and Educational sciences. After graduating in 2008, he deepened his research interest through a Postgraduate program at the Center for Social Innovation (CSI), Vienna, and a Postgraduate program at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, in the "Sociology of social practices". During his PhD at the STS department, which investigates practices of (e)valuating technological change in everyday life, Robin was a visiting fellow at the Science and Justice Research Center (SJRC), University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), and conducted ethnographic field work in the US and Austria. His main research interest is located at the broad intersection of users and technology, how each affect another, and how everyday life spaces matter for evaluative practices. Currently, Robin is part of the Social Sciences and Humanities research team that leads the Work Package 1 on co-creation in the citizen-centered H2020 project Smart4Health.

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Ioannis Basdekis

Team leader at SPHYNX Technology Solutions AG

Dr Basdekis is the SPHYNX leader of the team specialising in the technical analysis of the compliance of the systems and processes of enterprises to required security and privacy standards, including GDPR (Privacy by Design). Ioannis holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering (University of Kent, UK), a MSc (distinction) in Computer Science and a BSc in Applied Mathematics (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), and has extensive expertise in e-accessibility, e-health and e-privacy. He has also extensive experience in the development of accessible eServices in the context of EU and national funded projects. These include the F6-7 projects DfA@eInclusion and EMBalance, and the H2020 projects TOREADOR, EVOTION and SmartBear. Ioannis created and headed the ad hoc activity of eAccessibility monitoring of the Greek Web and has served as a member of several advisory technical committees on E-government (Ministry of E-governance), on Design for All principles & e-accessibility (Municipality of Sparta), and as a scientific IT advisor of the Minister of Health & Welfare, and the Hellenic National Public Health Organization (NPHO). He has also held research positions at City, University of London and the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas.

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Alissa Zaccaria

EU project coordinator at Intellimech

Ph.D. Alissa Zaccaria (female). Ph.D. in biomechanical engineering in 2021. She has experience in Digital Twin and Product Validation. She is currently working at Consorzio Intellimech as European projects coordinator.

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Spiros Mouzakitis

Senior Researcher at National Technical University of Athens

Dr. Spiros Mouzakitis is a senior research analyst for the Decision Support Systems laboratory at the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) at NTUA. His current research is focused on decision analysis in the field of decision support systems based on machine learning / deep learning, big and linked data analytics, as well as optimization systems and algorithms, decision support systems and semantic and enterprise interoperability. Spiros Mouzakitis has more than 10 years of industry experience in software engineering for banking, e-commerce systems and energy suppliers. Spiros Mouzakitis has worked as a project manager for 16 years in more than 20 projects related to the big data, open data, market / impact analysis in the context of ICT technologies, web development and enterprise interoperability. Indicative projects include H2020, FP7, FP6 and FP5 research projects co-funded by the European Union, eParticipation projects and evaluation reports of National projects. He is currently the project manager of the I-NERGY and VesselAI project. He has published in numerous journals including Computer Standards & Interfaces, Information Systems Management, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, Electronic Journal for eCommerce Tools and Applications, and Lecture Notes in Computer Science, and has presented his research at international conferences.

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Zou Guangrong

Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

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Catarina Nunes

Chair of the Board at idD Portugal Defence

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Rui Vieira

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Paulo Simões

Director of Maritime Operational Experimentation Centre

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Maria Santofimia

Assistant Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha

Dr. Maria J. Santofimia (F) received the Ph.D. degree in Computing Engineering by the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, where she is working in the Department of Technologies and Information Systems. She has been a research visitor in Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (USA) in 2009 and 2011, where she has collaborated with members of the Language Technologies Institute. Her research interests include intelligent systems, ambient intelligence, Internet of Things, digital solutions for active and healthy aging and ehealth. She is currently member of the CSN Sub-Group on Artificial Intelligence, connected products and other new challenges in product safety of the European Commission.

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Christos Kontzinos

Researcher at EPU-NTUA, National Technical University of Athens

Mr. Christos Kontzinos is a researcher specializing in technologies such as Blockchain, AI, and Big Data and their implementation in thematic areas such as Education, Maritime, Healthcare, and Manufacturing among others. He holds an M.Eng. degree from Electrical and Computer Engineering school of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the DSS lab of the NTUA. Mr Kontzinos has over six years of experience as a researcher mostly focusing on EU-funded projects and other research initiatives. He has worked for several EU-funded research projects including ToyLabs, QualiChain and VesselAI as a researcher. He is competent at researching and project management tasks, preparing and executing pilot cases, as well as preparing and submitting proposals for H2020 programmes. His research interests include Blockchain, AI, and Big Data as well as legal and ethical compliance of ICT solutions focusing mostly on the GDPR and various Ethical AI frameworks and initiatives.

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Pedro Pereira

Assistant Professor at NOVA School of Science and Technology - FCT NOVA

Pedro Pereira holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering by Nova University Lisbon - NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA). He is working as an Assistant Teacher at the Department of Electrical Engineering - FCT NOVA. At the same time, he has been working with the Energy Efficiency Research Group (CTS - UNINOVA), where in the last few years he has acquired expertise in Engineering, Computation, Renewable Energy, Buildings Efficiency, Evolutionary Algorithms, Innovation and Tourism.

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Daniel Basulto

European R&D Project Manager at Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico

Project Manager of European projects, management and technical work. Coordinator of three European projects and participant in seven more. Has managed teams of high level professionals in a multinational environment. Manager of teams of high-level professionals in a multinational environment. Development of master plans. Architectural and topographical survey. Development of intervention and rehabilitation projects. Drafting of conservation and monitoring proposals. Analyst of the system of control and measurement of environmental parameters in the heritage. Author of many papers in scientific and technical peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international conferences and seminars

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Milada Šťastná

Full Professor and Head of the Department of Applied and Landscape Ecology at Mendel University in Brno

Professor Milada Šťastná is the Head of the Department of Applied and Landscape Ecology at Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, and the Editor in Chief of the European Countryside journal. Her professional interests focus on cultural tourism, landscape and land-use changes, environmental protection and sustainability. During her 23year professional career, she has published as an author and co-author of 75 scientific papers, participated in 16 monographs and presented 125 other publications. Since 2020, she is the coordinator of the H2020 SPOT project: Social and Innovative Platform on Cultural Tourism and its Potential towards Deepening Europeanization.

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Felix Villanueva

Assistant Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha

Dr. Felix Jesus Villanueva received the Ph.D degree in Computing Engineering by the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, where he is working in the Department of Technologies and Information Systems. He has been a research visitor in university of Twente (Netherland) in 2004 and in Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nunberg (Germany) in 2009. His current research line focuses on next generation IoT platforms in smart agriculture and smart cities.

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Francesco Torelli

Senior researcher at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica

Francesco TORELLI is a senior researcher at Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (EII). He holds a master's degree in Physics and a post-degree qualification in Software Engineering. His main IT competencies are in Software requirements specification and design, Object Orientation and SOA, Data modelling, Knowledge Representation, Logic programming, Semantic Web. He is a certified PMP since 2008, ITIL since 2011, SCRUM (Master and Product Owner) since 2018, TOGAF 9 since 2019. In 2002 he joined EII and since then he has been involved in conceiving and developing several Italian and European research projects (e.g. SLA@SOI, MARKOS) aiming to produce tools and frameworks to simplify the development of Object Oriented and Service Oriented applications. During last years he contributed to research projects for health care (e.g. I-DON'T-FALL, PATHway, eHealthNet, CrowdHealth) focusing on health data integration, decision support, execution and monitoring of clinical pathways, applied to domains such as wellness, fall prevention, cardiac rehabilitation, breast cancer management and prevention. Currently Mr. Torelli is the Scientific and Technical coordinator of InteropEHRate, a European Research and Innovation Action aiming at defining and experimenting, a set of new open (i.e. vendor independent) communication protocols, for the secure exchange of health data among citizens, healthcare organisations and research institutions.

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Dimitris Kikidis

Coordinator of the Neurotological Laboratory of the Otolaryngology Clinic in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dr. Dimitris Kikidis is Coordinator of the Neurotological Laboratory of the 1st Otolaryngology Clinic in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research interests include hearing loss, tinnitus and vestibular disorders. He has published more than 50 scientific papers and has more than 100 announcements in scientific congresses. He has also participated in 8 EU-funded projects in the field of Neurotology with use of Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and use of new drugs targeting hearing loss. He is also one of the main authors of the European Tinnitus guidelines.

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Samira Maghool

Assistant Researcher at Università degli Studi di Milano

Samira Maghool received her Ph.D. degree in Physics of Complex Systems at the Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran in 2020. She has been a visiting researcher at the SESAR LAB in 2018-2020. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Dipartimento di Informatica “Giovanni Degli Antoni” of the Università degli Studi di Milano. Her research interests are Complex networks, Graph Representation Learning, Graph Embedding, Epidemic spreading, Computational Social Science, Explainable Artificial Intelligence and Modelling complex phenomena as agent-based simulations. She is currently co-supervising and collaborating in several research projects such as: SMART BEAR European project H2020, MindFoodSHub, UNIMI SEED 2020 Project POPULITE

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Nuno Mateus

Project Manager and R&D Engineer at EDP NEW

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João Cravinho

R&D Engineer at EDP NEW

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Marco Lopes


Marco Lopes holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering from UM. He is the CEO and founder of Vieira & Lopes, Lda; Air Ocram, SA; VLopes Clim (based in Paris), and VLopes Scandinavia Aps (based in Copenhagen, Denmark) operating in the manufacture and marketing of Air Handling Units and associated products. Since its creation, the OCRAMclima brand has followed a path with a strong ID component, having obtained in 2012 the prize of the National Competition of Innovation, Clean Tech. The brand offers a full range of air conditioning (industrial/commercial) products, with Eurovent Certification, ILH Berlin Hygienic Certification, and AHRI USA.

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Nuno Amaro

Assistant Professor at NOVA School of Science and Technology - FCT NOVA

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Rui Lopes

Assistant Professor at NOVA School of Science and Technology - FCT NOVA

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Ioanna Kanellou

Data Scientist at DSS Lab EPU-NTUA, National Technical University of Athens

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Roberto Vettor

Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico

Strong R&D professional focused in ship routing and vessel performance, with a demonstrated working history in the higher education industry and key roles in scientific projects. Skilled in ship performance management, onboard monitoring systems, naval architecture, modeling marine environment, mathematical modeling, programming languages.

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Andreu Belsa

Senior Researcher at Universitat Politècnica de València

Andreu Belsa is a Senior Researcher at the Universitat Politècnica de València. He completed his degree in Computer Engineering in 2009 and his PhD in Telecommunications in 2022. His PHD is focused in the interoperability of IoT platforms. He complemented his training with a Master in Corporate Networks and Systems Integration, completed in 2012. Andreu began his professional career in 2009. He worked as developer, software analyst, system and network administrator and integrator in different medium and large companies related with different sectors (ports, health, communications, television...). In 2016 he joined the SATRD research group at the Universitat Politècnica de València to work as a researcher. Since then he has participated in different H2020 European projects such as: INTER-IoT, Activage, PIXEL, DataPorts, ASSIST-IoT and RE4DY.

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Elina Furustam

Product Marketing Manager, Shipping Solutions at NAPA

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