Keynote speakers

ROBERTO SARACCO

Roberto Saracco is the President of EIT ICTLABS Italy and Italy Node Director of EIT Digital (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). His background is in math and computer science. Up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Future Directions Committee. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.

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ORIOL NEL·LO

Oriol Nel·Lo is professor of Urban Geography at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), where among other tasks he served as Director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona (1988–9). Also a politician, he was Member of the Catalan Parliament (1999–2004) and served from December 2003 to January 2011 as Secretary for Spatial Planning in the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, playing a leading role in land policy, neighbourhood rehabilitation and the long-awaited strategy for the vast metropolitan region around Barcelona.

EDOARDO CALIA

Edoardo Calia graduated from Politecnico di Torino in Electronics Engineering, and he obtained his PhD from the same institution in 1992. His background is in Internetworking and IP routing protocols, and his first research activities were in the field of parallel and distributed architectures and systems.

In 2001 he joined Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), an applied research center created as a joint initiative of Politecnico di Torino and the banking foundation Compagnia di San Paolo and focused on wireless technologies and applications. He is currently Vice Director for Strategic Programs at ISMB, and his responsabilities include coordination with the research labs, establishment and management of cooperation relationships with other research institutions on a national and international basis.

Current international cooperation agreements include the creation of a joint research program with UCLA (USA) on wireless technologies applied to the vehicular communications, and one with the Hokkaido University (Japan) on advanced multimedia applications to safety and entertainment.Edoardo Calia also holds a teaching position at Politecnico di Torino for Internetworking courses and application of wireless technologies.

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