Universität Stuttgart (USTUTT)

Dr. Kurt Rothermel mail-icon-16
Dr. Kurt Rothermel received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart in 1985. From 1986 to 1987 he was a post-doctoral fellow at IBM Almaden Research Centre and joined IBM’s European Networking Centre 1988. He left IBM in 1990 to become a Professor for Computer Science back at the University of Stuttgart, where he now leads the Distributed Systems Research Group and serves as the head of IPVS. He was also head of the DFG funded Collaborative Research Centre Nexus, with more than 40 researchers conducting research on context-aware mobile systems. Currently, he has published over 230 scientific papers at international journals and conferences, including ACM Mobicom, ACM Sigcom, ACM Sensys, IEEE Percom, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE Infocom.
M. Adnan Tariq mail-icon-16
M. Adnan Tariq received his doctoral degree from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Currently, he is leading the “Self-Organizing Software Systems” group at the distributed systems department of the University of Stuttgart, where his research is focused on scalability, reliability and adaptability aspects of the applications running in pervasive environments. He is also actively involved in the research targeted towards the development of efficient communication middleware systems using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN).
Dipl.-Inf. Michael Matthiesen mail-icon-16
Dipl.-Inf. Michael Matthiesen is the project coordinator of the institute (since 1997), being responsible for the acquisition and management of the third party activities on national and international level. He has long experience (since 1989) in the management of collaborative research projects in industry and academia.
Dipl.-Inf. Thomas Bach mail-icon-16
Thomas Bach is a PhD student in Computer Science at the Institute of Parallel and Distributed Systems at the University of Stuttgart. He received his degree (Dipl. Inf.) in Software Engineering from the University of Stuttgart in 2013 and is experienced in the fields of distributed computing and automotive IT. His research focuses on the development of robust execution methods in distributed and pervasive systems.
Dipl.-Inf. David Richard Schäfer mail-icon-16
David Richard Schäfer is a PhD student at University of Stuttgart in the Distributed Systems group at IPVS. He received his Dipl. Inf. degree from the University of Stuttgart in 2013. His research interests include distributed execution, consistency, robustness and resiliency in pervasive environments.
Dr. Vasilios Andrikopoulos mail-icon-16
Dr. Vasilios Andrikopoulos is a senior researcher at IAAS, University of Stuttgart. His research is in the areas of services science, cloud computing and infrastructures, and software engineering with an emphasis on evolution. He received his PhD cum laude in 2010 from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, where he was also a member of the European Research Institute in Service Science (ERISS). He has experience in research and teaching Database Systems and Management, Software Modeling and Programming, Business Process Management and Integration, and Service Engineering. He has participated in a number of EU projects, including NoE S-Cube and 4CaaSt.
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dimka Karastoyanova mail-icon-16
Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dimka Karastoyanova is a Junior Professor in Simulation Workflows at IAAS and in the Cluster of Excellence “Simulation Technology” (SimTech) at the University of Stuttgart. She received her Ph.D. form the TU Darmstadt Germany in 2006, where she was part of the Database and Distributed Systems Group. Her research interests and teaching activities include Business Process Management, Middleware, Web Services, service composition, scientific workflows, reusability and flexibility of processes in a service-oriented environment and their application in scientific simulation and in cloud infrastructures, security aspects of service-based applications.
Prof. Dr. Frank Leymann mail-icon-16
Prof. Dr. Frank Leymann is the director of IAAS. His research and teaching are in the areas of Workflow Management Systems, Architecture of Application Systems, Service Middleware, Cloud Computing and Scientific Workflows. He is a Former IBM Distinguished Engineer and has twenty years of experience in software architecture and development at IBM. He was the lead architect of IBM’s workflow products, co-architect of IBM’s entire middleware stack, IBM lead architect for Web service Technology, and lead architect “On Demand computing” for IBM Software Group. He is co-author of many Web service standard specifications and since recently participates in standardization activities in Cloud Computing.
Santiago Gómez Sáez mail-icon-16
Santiago Gómez Sáez received his Dipl.-Inf. degree from the University of Stuttgart in 2013. Currently, he is a PhD student and research associate in the Institute of Architecture of Application Systems at the University of Stuttgart. His experience and research interests include Service Oriented Architectures and EAI frameworks, focusing on distributed data management and ESB solutions.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI)

Embedded Intelligence Research Group

Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz mail-icon-16
Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz is Full Professor of AI at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Germany where he will head the Embedded Intelligence group at DFKI. From 2006 till 2011 he was a full Professor (W3) of Computer Science at the University of Passau. He has also been a senior researcher (“Oberassistent”) at the Electronics Laboratory at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering of ETH Zurich Paul Lukowicz has a MSc. (Dipl. Inf.) a Ph.D. (Dr. rer nat.) in Computer Science and a MSc. in Physics (Dipl. Phys.). His research focus is in context-aware ubiquitous and wearable systems including sensing, pattern recognition, system architectures, models of large scale self organized systems, and applications. Paul Lukowicz coordinates the SOCIONICAL projects, is Associate Editor in Chief IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine, and has served on the TPCs (including TPC Chair of all the main conferences in the area.
Dr. George Kampis mail-icon-16
Dr. George Kampis is founding chairman and Professor (since 1994) of the department of History and Philosophy of Science at Eötvös University in Budapest ( He holds a PhD and a Habilitation in Biology and a D.Sc. in Philosophy of Science. His main research interests are in Artificial Life, cognitive science (Director of the Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science,, complex systems ( and evolutionary modeling ( He was guest professor at Hokkaido University, Fujitsu Chair of Complex Systems at JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, in 2002/3), Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence at East Tennessee State University in 2007, and Fulbright fellow at Indiana University in 2009. Dr Kampis has about 150 scientific publications, and he is the author or editor of several books with international publishers Elsevier, Kluwer, and Springer.

Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)

Dr. Marco Pistore mail-icon-16
Dr. Marco Pistore, PhD in Computer Science at the University of Pisa in 1999, is currently research director at FBK-IRST (Trento, Italy), where he directs the “Service Oriented Applications” research unit. He has an h-index of 35 and more than 100 publications in international journals, conferences, and symposiums, and has been program chair of conferences and workshops in the area of artificial intelligence and service-based systems. He has been local coordinator of various national and European research projects (including the FP7 projects ALLOW and SLA@SOI) Steering committee member of the FP7 NoE S-Cube, and coordinator of industrial projects in the areas of SOA and of e-Government.
Dr. Antonio Bucchiarone mail-icon-16
Dr. Antonio Bucchiarone (PhD) is a researcher in SOA Research Unit. His main research interests include formal modeling and analysis of adaptable Service-Based Applications and Component-Based Systems. He has been actively involved in various research projects including the FP7 projects ALLOW, S-Cube, Sensoria and ModControl.
Dr. Claudio Antares Mezzina mail-icon-16
Dr. Claudio Antares Mezzina is a junior researcher in the SOA Research Unit at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento, Italy. He received his PhD in Computer Science and Engeneering, from both Université Joseph Fourier (France) and Università di Bologna (Italy) in February 2012. Since February 2009 he has been a member of the the SARDES Project at INRIA Rhône Alpes in Grenoble. His PhD thesis was on Reversibility in Higher Order Pi. His main research interests include formal methods, concurrency theory, programming abstractions for fault-tolerant systems and SOA.
Dr. Heorhi Raik mail-icon-16
Dr. Heorhi Raik is a researcher in the SOA Research Unit of Fondazione Bruno Kessler(FBK) (Trento, Italy). He received his MSc degree in Computer Science from the Belarusian State University (Belarus) in 2007 and his PhD from the University of Trento (Italy) in 2012. Heorhi’s main areas of interest include automated planning, service composition, user-centric services, self-adaptive systems.
Dr. Annapaola Marconi mail-icon-16
Dr. Annapaola Marconi (PhD) is a researcher in the SOA Research Unit. Her research interests include automated composition of Web Services, adaptation of Service-Based and Context-Aware Applications, modeling and monitoring of Service Agreements. She has been actively involved in various research projects, among which FP7 projects ALLOW, S-Cube, and SLA@SOI.

Imperial College London (Imperial)

Department of Computing

Dr. Naranker Dulay mail-icon-16
Dr. Naranker Dulay is a Reader in Computing. His research interests are in the design, analysis and implementation of distributed, mobile and pervasive systems. He is particularly interested in executable specification languages that are used to define the adaptation, security, structural and contextual aspects of systems. This separation of concerns is used to develop systems that easier to describe, construct, secure and evolve, as well as being more amenable to reasoning, more dependable, and more scalable. In the past 5 years he was the principal investigator of 8 EU/UK research projects and co-investigator on 6 others. He has over 120 publications in international conferences and journals and has served on many program committees including PERVASIVE, MIDDLEWARE, ICDCS, POLICY, IFIPTM.
Dr. Alessandra Russo mail-icon-16
Dr. Alessandra Russo is a Reader in Applied Computational Logic. Her research interests include Logic, Artificial Intelligence and their applications in Computer Science, with a focus on the development of formal frameworks, based on inductive learning and abductive reasoning, for the analysis and management of security specifications for distributed multi-agent systems. Dr Russo is the author of over 90 publications in international conferences and journals, including ICSE, ETAPS, ASIACCS, OAKLAND, IM, ECAI, AAMAS, ICDE, TSE, TNSM and JAAMAS. She has been investigator on various UK funded research projects, and ITA funded projects in collaboration with IBM Watson Research Center. Dr Russo is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IET Software journal.
Dr. Anna Lavygina mail-icon-16
Dr. Anna Lavygina is a research associate at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, evolutionary computation, biologically-inspired algorithms, fuzzy systems identification, optimization of multi-objective / combinatorial / dynamic / constrained problems.

University of Crete (UOC)

Department of Computer Science

Prof. Christos Nikolaou mail-icon-16
Christos Nikolaou is Professor of Computer Science at the U. of Crete, and founder of the Transformation Services Laboratory. Member of the European Commission IST Advisory Group (ISTAG, 2007-2009) and Institutional Evaluator of the European University Association (EUA). Rector of the University of Crete, Chairman of the National Education Council, and of the Executive Committee of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). PhD (’82) and M.Sc. (’79) from Harvard University, Diploma (’77) from National Technical Univ. of Athens. Coordinator of several IST projects and consultant to the European Commission. Current research interests are on service value networks, Service Science and Engineering. Research Staff Manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; his research on market-oriented resource allocation for high-performance transaction processing systems and highly available computing systems led to four US Patents, several IBM awards and numerous refereed publications in scientific journals and conferences.
Prof. Marina Bitsaki mail-icon-16
Marina Bitsaki: visiting professor, department of applied math., U. of Crete. Diploma in mathematics, 1996 from U, of Athens, Greece, M.Sc. degree in statistics and operational research in 1998, U. of Essex, Great Britain, Ph.D. degree in computer science, 2004 U. of Crete. Member, Network Economics and Services Laboratory in Athens U. of Economics and Business. Currently member, Transformation Services Laboratory (TSL) at U. of Crete. Extensive research experience in mathematical techniques for developing models and solving games in terms of strategic behaviour. Current research interests: development of business models and game theoretic methodologies for competing service networks, digital economy and eBusiness models, pricing schemes based on auction theory applied to telecom markets and queuing theory applied to computer networks.
Mariana Karmazi mail-icon-16
Mariana Karmazi is a PhD student in Computer Science Department at University of Crete and a member of the Transformation Services Laboratory at University of Crete. Researcher in S-Cube. Her research addresses service systems and architectures; focuses on designing, modeling and implementation of service-based applications. She has extensive experience in designing and developing systems including a service-oriented system supporting orchestration and delivery of electronic resources in the e-learning domain.