NGI Expert Group

The NGI Expert Group consist of experts in a variety of key R&D areas relevant to build and grow the Next Generation of the Internet as an Internet capable of overcoming its current limitations and reflecting the European social and ethical values of freedom, openess and interoperability.

The NGI Expert Group will contribute to identify and indicate R&D priorities for NGI within Horizon 2020 and beyond in the next Framework Programme.

Director of Research, advisor to the Chairman and the CEO of Inria in Data Science with concern to the socioeconomic impact of Big Data and fostering AI capabilities. Director of  I2DRIVE “Interdisciplinary Institute for Data Research: Intelligence, Value and Ethics”, French Convergence Institute on Data Science and its Interfaces recently accepted by the French government and founded by academic partners of University Paris-Saclay. Project leader of TransAlgo scientific platform for algorithmic systems transparency and accountability. Scientific Head of IMEDIA research group for over 10 years (till 2010) and the Director of Inria Saclay Research Center for 5 years (till 2015).

Knight of the National Order of Merit, Founding Director of Digital Society Institute (ISN), Elected Member of the Board of Directors of Big Data Value Association, General-chair of European Big Data Value Forum 2017 (Versailles), International Advisor for Japanese Science and Technology Agency Program “Advanced Core Technologies for Big Data Integration“, Member of the board of Data Transparency Lab.

Her domain of expertise covers Large Scale Multimedia Content Search, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning in the context of Big Data. She develops methods for automatic visual content enrichment, structuring and browsing together with interactive and personalized information retrieval mechanisms based on Semi-Supervised Learning & Active Learning. Her research activities have impact on diverse real-life application domains including web content search, cyber-security, biodiversity, audio-visual archives, and earth observation & satellite images. More recently, she is focusing on responsible and ethical data science.

Pompeu Casanovas is Research Professor at La Trobe University (Melbourne). He is also Director of Advanced Research and Professor of Philosophy and Sociology of Law at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB Faculty of Law), and since 2014 onwards, Honorary Professor at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His research interests encompass intellectual history, legal theory, anthropology, ethics, AI, and semantic and data analysis.  He is developing regulatory models to implement principles of linked democracy, privacy, and the rule of law (meta-rule of law) on the web of data. At present, he is working on rights, legal compliance and governance in the Australian government-funded Data to Decisions CRC Project, and the EU H2020 Projects TakeDown (cyber-security) and LYNX (knowledge graph of legal and regulatory data).  He belongs to the scientific board of several associations and serves as general co-editor of three scientific publications (at Springer, de Gruyter, and Cornell).

Oscar Corcho is Full Professor at Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial (ETSI Informáticos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), and belongs to the Ontology Engineering Group. He was previously a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Manchester, and has co-founded Localidata, a company focused on providing support on open data for public administrations. His research activities are focused on the application of semantic technologies to a variety of domains, with a strong focus on open data publishing and usage, and data integration, as well as on different aspects of Open Science. He was recently awarded the Juan López de Peñalver award by the Royal Academy of Engineering in Spain, for his contributions as a young researcher in these areas.

Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D. is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at ADLINK Technology Inc. As CTO he leads the  Advanced Technology Office (ATO) and looks after corporate technology strategy and innovation.  Angelo is a well-known and cited expert in the area of high performance and large scale distributed systems, IoT, Edge/Fog Computing.  He is a well published author with well over 100 of publications on referred journal, conferences, workshops, and magazines. Angelo is the funder and co-chair of the DDS Special Interest Group,  a member of the OMG Board of Directors and a member of the ECC Technical Advisory Board.

Mathieu d’Aquin is Professor of Informatics specialised in data analytics and semantic technologies at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics of the National University of Ireland Galway. He was previously Senior Research Fellow at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University, where he led the Data Science Group. Mathieu is leading research and development activities around the meaningful sharing and exploitation of distributed information. He has worked on applying the technologies coming out of his research, especially Semantic Web/Linked Data technologies, in various domains including medicine, education especially through learning analytics, Smart Cities & the Internet of Things, personal data management, etc.

Pierre-Yves Danet is graduated from a high French engineer school EFREI and has joined Orange (France Telecom) in 1992 taking the responsibility of a research group on ISDN. He setup a lab on Home Automation and then move to application server research domain. In 2005, at the creation of the NEM European Technology platform, he was representing Orange at the steering board and was appointed vice-chair in charge of Strategy since 2007. In 2010, he received the Senior grade of SEE (Société de l’Electricité, de l’Electronique et des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication). Since 2013, he is in charge of collaborative research – Europe at Orange Labs. Also vice-chair of FIWARE Mundus committee which has the objective to evangelise FIWARE outside Europe. He is also leading the ETNO Research & Innovation group and represents Orange at the AIOTI.

John Domingue is a full Professor at the Open University and Director of the Knowledge Media Institute in Milton Keynes, focusing on research in the Semantic Web, Linked Data, Services, Blockchain and Education. He also serves as the President of STI International, a semantics focused networking organization which runs the ESWC conference series.

His current work focuses on how a combination of blockchain and Linked Data technologies can be used to process personal data in a decentralised trusted manner and how this can be applied in the educational domain (see This work is funded by a number of projects. The Institute of Coding is a £20M funded UK initiative which aims to increase the graduate computing skills base in the UK. As leader of the first of five project Themes John Domingue is focusing on the use of blockchain micro-accreditation to support the seamless transition of learners between UK universities and UK industry. From January 2019, he will play a leading role in the EU funded QualiChain project which has the aim of revolutionising public education and its relationship to the labour market and policy making by disrupting the way accredited educational titles and other qualifications are archived, managed, shared and verified, taking advantage of blockchain, semantics, data analytics and gamification technologies.

From January 2015 to January 2018 he served as the Project Coordinator for the European Data Science Academy which aimed to address the skills gap in data science across Europe. The project was a success leading to a number of outcomes including a combined data science skills and courses portal enabling learners to find jobs across Europe which match their qualifications.

He currently also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Applied Ontology Journal and the Journal of British Blockchain Association.

Twitter: @johndmk

Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth is the managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and a full professor for “Open Distributed Systems” at TU Berlin. His research is on Internet of Things, Linked Data, stream data processing, semantic sensor networks and distributed information systems. He has won several international awards for his work in these areas and is active in many scientific and political committees around digitization, for example, he co-organized the Linked Data Group of the Future Internet Assembly (EU) and he was a member of the Experts Reference Group of the Future Internet Architecture CSAs Coordination Group (EU). Manfred Hauswirth is a partner in the “Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories” (WSTNet), a member of the IEEE Computer Society Conference Advisory Committee and the speaker of Fraunhofer’s “Berlin Center for Digital Transformation” as well as a member in numerous boards, committees and networks around digitization.

Richard Hill is currently an independent consultant.  Prior to that, he was Counsellor for Study Groups 2 and 3 at the International Telecommunications Union, that is technical secretary for the ITU groups dealing with operational aspects of service provision, networks and performance, including numbering issues (for example, assignment of international country codes) and charging and accounting matters.

Prior to joining ITU, Richard was Department Head, IT Infrastructure Delivery and Support, at Orange Communications (a GSM operator). He previously was the IT Manager at the University of Geneva; held various IT and telecommunications positions in Hewlett-Packard Europe; worked as a Research Statistician for A.C. Nielsen; as a systems designer and manager for software for econometric modeling and the management of financial portfolios at M.I.T and spinoffs.

Richard holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Mathematics from M.I.T.  Prior to his studies in the U.S.A., he obtained the Maturita’ from the Liceo Scientifico A. Righi in Rome, Italy.

Since September 2015, Sabrina has been employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and director of the Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab.  She is also the Scientific Coordinator of the Scalable Policy-awarE linked data arChitecture for prIvacy, trAnsparency and compLiance (SPECIAL) H2020 project which will run from January 2017 to December 2019. Her research interests include: privacy, security, reasoning, querying, data analytics, Semantic Web, and Linked Data.

A scientist by background, Chantal Lebrument worked for the French daily newspaper Libération for 22 years. She first connected to the Internet in the mid-1980s and participated in the first meetings on Internet usages. She became an expert in the technical DNS management and used to make internet industrial projects (Sanofi, Snecma, Safran Group).

Since the 1990s, she has been working with Louis Pouzin within EUROLINC, an association working for multilingualism and a better Internet governance. In this capacity, she participated in the WSIS as part of the French delegation in 2003 (Geneva) and 2005 (Tunis). Since 2012 she has been managing a TLD sales company, Open-Root, and in 2017, she and Louis Pouzin launched an industrial development based on the new Internet protocol, RINA. In 2018 she published a Louis Pouzin’ biography (Economica Publisher).

Axel Polleres heads the Institute of Information Business of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) which he joined in September 2013 as a full professor in the area of Data and Knowledge Engineering. Since January 2017, he is also a member of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna Faculty. His research focuses on querying and reasoning about ontologies, rules languages, logic programming, Semantic Web technologies, web services, knowledge management, Linked Open Data, configuration technologies and their applications. He has worked in several European and national research projects in these areas. Axel has published more than 100 articles in journals, books, and conference and workshop contributions; co-organised several international conferences and workshops in the areas of logic programming, Semantic Web, data management, Web services and related topics; and acts/acted as editorial board member for JWS, SWJ and IJSWIS. Moreover, he actively contributed to international standardisation efforts within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where he co-chaired the W3C SPARQL working group.

Born in 1931, Louis Pouzin has built an international reputation as an expert in communications and computer networks. Throughout his career, he has worked on the design and implementation of computer systems, such as CTSS, the first major “time-sharing” system at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he designed the Shell script that became a basic computer language. Back in France, he launched CYCLADES, a computer network, the first worldwide implementation of packet switching by “datagram”, a model later adopted by the Internet, under the name TCP-IP.

He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique in Paris. He is a former chairman of the IFIP-TC.6 committee. Among the awards he has received: IFIP Silver Core, ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE Internet, ISOC Hall of Fame, and Officier de la Légion d’Honneur.

  • 2013, Louis Pouzin in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace was awarded Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QE Prize) by Her Majesty. Louis Pouzin is recognized for having invented the datagram and as one of the creators of the Internet.
  • 2014, Louis Pouzin was awarded a Lovie Award for the invention of the datagram.
  • 2016, Louis Pouzin was named Digital Man of the Year and was received as an official guest by the President of the Republic of Armenia.
  • 2017, Louis Pouzin is involved in RINA, the protocol for a new Internet.
  • 2018, he announced at the Francophonie Summit in Yerevan (Armenia) the launch of the RINArmenia project with a first training centre dedicated to RINA developments.

Currently Louis Pouzin is President of the Savoir-Faire company which distributes the Open-Root product for the sale of top-level domain names (TLDs).

A biographical book was published in November 2018, “Louis Pouzin, L’un des pères de l’internet“, C. Lebrument/F. Soyez, Ed. Economica, Paris.

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller chairs the Communication Systems Group CSG, Department of Informatics IfI, University of Zürich UZH. He is and was involved in the coordination and operation of various Swiss and European industrial and research projects, such as AAMAIS, BC4CC, SmoothIT, SmartenIT, SESERV, Econ@Tel, symbIoTe, M3I, Akogrimo, EC-GIN, EMANICS, FLAMINGO, and ACROSS.
Burkhard’s main research interests are published in well over 200 research papers and include systems with a fully decentralized control (blockchains, clouds), network and service management, economic management, charging and accounting of Internet services, and telecommunication economics.

Dr. Dirk Trossen is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital Europe, the European branch of InterDigital Inc. Dirk has more than 20 years of experience in network architectures, services and wireless technology. He is currently leading the 5G networking efforts in the International Labs of InterDigital in London. He is currently technical leading the European efforts FLAME, POINT and RIFE, developing novel service routing solutions for upcoming 5G networks. Prior to joining InterDigital, Dirk was co-founder of TecVis LP, a UK-based software solution company in the mobile, context-aware solution space and he held prior positions as a Senior Researcher with Cambridge University, Chief Researcher with BT Research and as a Senior Principal Scientist at Nokia Research. He is also a research affiliate with the Advanced Network Architecture group at MIT CSAIL. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences and journals and has currently more than 35 international patents.

Athena Vakali is a professor, Vice Chair at the Department of Informatics, Aristotle University, Greece, where she leads the Laboratory on Data and Web science (Datalab). She holds a PhD degree in Informatics (Aristotle University), a MSc degree in Computer Science (Purdue University, USA) and a BSc in Mathematics (Aristotle University).

Her current research interests include big data mining and analytics, Next Generation Internet applications and enablers, smart cities data analytics, online social networks mining, as well as on online sources data management on the cloud. Her publication record of over 160 papers received over 6090 citations (h-index 30 in Google scholar). She has served as a member in the EU Steering Committee for the Future Internet Assembly (2012-14) and she has participated in more than 30 research projects (EU FP7, H2020, and national funds). She has co-chaired major Conferences Committees such as EAI 2016 Conference on Future Internet Infrastructures and Enablers and EU Internet Science Conference 2015.

Christiane Wendehorst is Professor of Private Law at the University of Vienna and Vice-President of the European Law Institute (ELI), of which she is also a Founding Member. As an expert of European and national private law with a special focus on contract, consumer protection and conflict of laws, she is a Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL) and of the American Law Institute (ALI).Ms. Wendehorst sits on the boards or advisory boards of various academic bodies and associations and serves in international research groups. She regularly provides expert advice to governments and legislative bodies at a European or national level.