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Mohamad Kassab

Mohamad Kassab

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Mohamad Kassab graduated from the University of Windsor, Canada, in 2003, got Master’s Degree in Concordia University, Canada and obtained there his PhD in Computer Science in 2009. He taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate software engineering and computer science courses at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and Concordia University. These courses include: Requirements Engineering, Software Systems Design, Advanced Software Engineering Studio, Pattern-Oriented Design, System Requirements Specification, Software Process, Measurement in Software Development, Operating Systems, Software Engineering, Software Verification and Testing, Software Architecture, Software Development Project and Software Measurement: Theory and Practice.
His teaching activities were rewarded by receiving the Teaching Fellowship Award twice at Concordia University. He has also helped in mentoring several undergraduate and graduate students during their research projects, a position that involved instruction in methods of establishing a scientific investigation.

The teaching methods he usually applies depend on the learning objectives. He often employs a wide range of instructional strategies into the face-to-face sessions; including: case study analysis, debates, role play, simulational exercises, Group Collaborative Project, and Problem-Based Learning Exercises.

Also Mohamad has wide industrial experience, e.g. he worked in such companies as “SAP AG”, “Nokia”, “Positron Public safety systems”, “TCC The Computer Center” etc.
Qiang Qu

Qiang Qu

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Qiang Qu did his Ph.D. at Aarhus University and his research was supported by the GEOCrowd project under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. He obtained his M.Sc in Computer Science from Peking University, and B.Sc. in Management Science from Dalian University of Technology. His current research interests include spatial data management and query processing, data mining, social network analysis, and sensor networks.
He is a Visiting Researcher in Systems Group at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2014-2015).

He was also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, USA (2013-2014).

Qiang was a holder of the Canon Scholarship, China Excellence National Scholarship, and Honorable Awards of International Mathematics Modeling Competition and Java Cup Competition.

He worked for the Sun Microsystems and IBM China Research Lab, and was involved in several projects supported by governments and companies.
  • Spatial Data Management
  • Data Mining
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Mobile and Sensor Data
  • Qiang Qu, Siyuan Liu, Bin Yang, Christian S. Jensen. Efficient Top-k Spatial Locality Search for Co-located Spatial Web Objects. 2014.
  • Qiang Qu, Siyuan Liu, Christian S. Jensen, Feida Zhu, Christos Faloutsos. Interestingness-Driven Diffusion Process Summarization in Dynamic Networks. 2014.
  • Qiang Qu, Siyuan Liu, Bin Yang, Christian S. Jensen. : Integrating non-spatial preferences into spatial location queries. 2014.
  • Biying Tan, Feida Zhu, Qiang Qu, Siyuan Liu. Online Community Transition Detection. WAIM. 2014.
  • Feida Zhu, Zequn Zhang, Qiang Qu. A direct mining approach to efficient constrained graph pattern discovery. SIGMOD Conference. 2013.
  • Xin Cao, Lisi Chen, Gao Cong, Christian S. Jensen, Qiang Qu, Anders Skovsgaard, Dingming Wu, Man Lung Yiu. Spatial Keyword Querying. ER. 2012.
Kenneth Dawson-Howe

Kenneth Dawson-Howe

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Kenneth Dawson-Howe (M.A., Ph.D., Dip. Mgt.) has been a tenured lecturer (assistant professor) with the School of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity College Dublin since October 1991. He has taught a variety of courses, although his main teaching is in the area of computer vision to both final year undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is course director for the Integrated Computer Science programme.
    He headed the Computer Vision and Robotics research group (CVRG) from 1991 until 1997 and from 2000 until 2006. His research interests have ranged from industrial vision, to medical imaging, visual surveillance, landmine detection, 3D object recognition, and a variety of other vision applications.  Dr. Dawson-Howe is the author of over 50 publications in the area of computer vision, virtual reality, ultrasound image analysis and robotics. He is also a member of the research group GV2, which deals with computer graphics, recognition and visualization.
Salvatore Distefano

Salvatore Distefano

  • Visiting professor
  • Salvatore Distefano achieved his Master degree in 2001 at University of Catania and his PhD in 2005 in University of Messina. He has been involved in several national and international research projects.
Salvatore Distefano is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific papers. He is member of international conference committees and he is in the editorial boards of the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Journal of Cloud Computing, International Journal of Engineering and Industries, International Journal of Big Data, International Journal of Computer Science & Information Technology Applications.

He also acted as guest editors for special issues of the Journal of Risk and Reliability, Journal of Performability Engineering, ACM Performance Evaluation Review and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.
  • Performance evaluation
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Grid
  • Cloud
  • Autonomic
  • Volunteer
  • Big Data
  • Software engineering
  • Service engineering
  • Reliability techniques
  • Quality of Service/Experience
  • Service Level Agreement
  • Non-Markovian modelling
  • Performance and reliability evaluation
Bertrand Meyer

Bertrand Meyer

  • Head of SE lab and visiting professor
  • Bertrand Meyer received a master degree in engineering from the École Polytechnique in Paris, a second master's degree from Stanford University, and a PhD from the Université de Nancy in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle.
Bertrand Meyer had a technical and managerial career for nine years at Électricité de France, and for three years was on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since October 2001, he has been Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zürich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where he pursues research on building trusted components (reusable software elements) with a guaranteed level of quality.

His other activities include being adjunct professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia (1998–2003) and membership of the French Academy of Technologies. He is also active as a consultant (object-oriented system design, architectural reviews, technology assessment), trainer in object technology and other software topics, and conference speaker. As former head of the ETH Computer Science department, he is one of the founders and the past president of Informatics Europe, the association of European computer science departments.

Mats Nordlund

Mats Nordlund

  • Visiting Professor
  • Dr. Nordlund has a unique background from executive positions in academia and industry in Europe, USA, and Russia. He spent 15 years in industry, first as director of corporate technology strategy and acquisition at Saab AB, a major aerospace company, and later as Director of Research and Development for Emerson Process Management – Level and Marine. Dr. Nordlund recently served three years as Vice President of Research Programs at Skoltech - the key transformational entity within the Russian Federal Economic Modernization Program and a new university being established in Moscow in partnership with MIT. 
In the 1990s, he launched and managed the System Design and Management (SDM) program at MIT. Dr. Nordlund has also served on several national and international (EU) panels in innovation, research and higher education, including the High Level Expert Group that in 2005 laid the foundation for the European Research Council (ERC). Currently, Dr. Nordlund is engaged in a start-up company working in the area of cyber physical systems and their applications in the construction industry.
Gregory Kucherov

Gregory Kucherov

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Gregory Kucherov received the PhD degree in computer science from Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk in 1988 and the habilitation degree from Henri Poincaré University in Nancy, France, in 2000. His current research interests include algorithm design and engineering, algorithmic complexity, word combinatorics, data structures, sequence analysis with applications to bioinformatics and computational biology.
Gregory Kucherov has been an editor of a book, a (co)-author of about 40 journal publications and 50 conference papers. He supervised several software development projects in bioinformatics, including mreps, Yass, Norine or SToRM. He regularly serves on program committees of major international conferences, and is invited to present his work to various international forums. He has been a (co-)advisor of eight PhD students.
Panagiotis Fitsilis

Panagiotis Fitsilis

  • Visiting Professor
  • Professor Dr. Panagiotis Fitsilis has extensive project management experience with the development and deployment of large IT systems and extensive management experience in various senior management positions such as:Director of School of Business and Economics at TEI of Thessaly, Vice President of TEI Thessaly Research Committee, Head of Project Management department at TEI Thessaly, Head of Business Unit at international IT company, Intrasoft International, etc.
In his work as Business Unit manager at Intrasoft International he was responsible for the development, deployment and operation of a number of prestigious IT systems for European Commission.

Further, he has worked in more than 50 research or commercial projects, at various roles. He is the author of four books, the last one, having as title Contemporary Business Information Systems and author of approximately 100 papers published at scientific journals and international conferences. His research interests include: Project Management, Software Engineering, Business Information Systems, Social Media Applications, Smart Cities, etc.
Engelbert Hubbers

Engelbert Hubbers

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Approximately since 2005 Engelbert Hubbers’ main focus there has been on education. He teaches a lot of courses, mainly in the bachelor phase of Computer Science. The topics are typically related to Mathematics: logic, discrete mathematics, combinatorics, formal semantics of programming languages and term rewrite systems. In 2014 he was awarded 'best teacher of the Science Faculty'.
Between 2001 and 2005 he did research in the area of smart cards and electronic voting systems. Between 1998 and 2001 he worked as a mathematics teacher and as a software developer for the Dutch police. From 1994 till 1998 he worked on his PhD-thesis 'Nilpotent Jacobians' at the Mathematics department at the university of Nijmegen. In 1994 he graduated both in Mathematics and Computer Science at the same university.
Leon Derczynski

Leon Derczynski

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Doctor Leon Derczynskiwas awarded his PhD in 2013, under an Enhanced Doctoral Training Grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He has published extensively since then and is a committer on two text processing frameworks, GATE and NLTK. His main interests are machine learning, information extraction and social media, and he has published extensively in these areas. He co-authored the FP7 PHEME project on veracity in social media, and has lead production of successful tools for social media processing. Currently Co-Investigator on the H2020 COMRADES project, Dr. Derczynski also has a strong research community involvement record, organising workshops and evaluations such as W-NUT and a number of SemEval tasks, where he is also a chair. He has publish in high profile venues, including best paper at WEBIST'15 and founding the vision track at EDBT, and regularly delivers invited tutorials and talks.
Sebastian Denef

Sebastian Denef

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Sebastian Denef is an expert for human computer interaction with an interdisciplinary background in design, computer science and economics. As research fellow at Fraunhofer Society, he leads European research efforts on ICT in safety-critical contexts. As CEO and co-founder of OWN, he runs a software startup that creates an intelligence interface for teams. As a board member of the IPERF Institute, he explores the role of design in futuring and innovating. Previously, Sebastian worked at iconmobile group, managing the innovation team in developing mobile applications for clients such as BMW, Nokia, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile.
Sebastian holds a PhD in Design of Technical University Delft, the Netherlands. He graduated in Media System Design at the University of Applied Science Darmstadt, Germany as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation. His academic work has been publishedin international journals and conference proceedings.
Sara Busechian

Sara Busechian

  • Visiting Lecturer
  • Sara Busechian graduated magna cum laude in Veterinary Medicine in 2007 in Perugia, where she also received her PhD in Equine Sciences in 2011. She is a Resident of the European College of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Her main topics of interest are Inter
    nal Medicine, Endoscopy and Sports Medicine.

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