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Dr. Anna Hristoskova received her M.Sc. degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University, Belgium, in June 2008. In January 2013, she obtained the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science Engineering. Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University. Additionally, she is member of the Bioinformatics Special Interest Group based at the TU-branch Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In the course of 2011 she was a visiting scholar at two institutions abroad. The research at the Computational Medicine Lab of FORTH, in Heraklion, Greece focused on an ambient intelligence framework supporting the remote monitoring of patients suffering from chronic heart disease. The objective of the research at the MultiRobot Lab of the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, USA was on a distributed swarm behaviour supporting the autonomous cooperation among a group of heterogeneous robots. Her main research interests include autonomous frameworks focusing on the dynamic composition and management of service workflows using semantic reasoning and planning techniques. Relevant case studies are situated in the domain of eHealth, gene clustering and swarm robotics. This work has been applied in several research projects, such as WTEPlus, Astute, SymbioNets and SmartPro.

 

Dr. Femke Ongenae graduated from Ghent University, Faculty of Engineering in Summer 2007. A month later she joined the IBCN research group of the Department of Information Technology as a Phd Student. She received her PhD in August 2013 and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher. She is doing research in the area of knowledge management and discovery, specifically focusing on the use of semantic web technologies and ontologies for the optimization of continuous care. Within this eCare/eHealth domain, she is especially interested in researching methodologies for participatory ontology co-creation, algorithms and architectures for self-learning ontology-based applications, scalable and performant algorithms for real-time trigger-based reasoning and methodologies for lowering the learning curve for the software developers of semantic applications. She also worked on 4 eCare projects to improve the continuous care of patients in institutionalized care settings, such as ACCIO, Care4Balance, OCareCloudS and FallRisk. She has experience in organizing academic events as she is/was a member of the organizing committee of the PhD Symposium and the Closing event of the Healthy Society Brokerage Event.

 
Jelle Nelis collaborates with industry within iMinds in a number of Flemish and European projects mainly focused on dynamic network management and discovery and usage of smart devices/services in a network.
In Video Q-SAC, he was responsible for Quality of Service management in the home network. During this project, an implementation was developed of the then newly standardized UPnP-QoS v3. After being asked as reference implementers by the UPnP Forum, CableLabs suggested to demonstrate our implementation on Entropic MoCA hardware on the CableLabs Summer Conference 2009.
In the FP7 ALPHA project, our UPnP-QoS v3 implementation has been used for network management of existing devices of HomeFibre and Telsey, and even extending it towards an GMPLS network (emulated by Acreo), proving that every network technology can possibly be managed by the UPnP-QoS standard.
Additionally, he provides assistance in student courses on software architecture and software development processes. During my research at iMinds, the growing frustration of incompatibility sparked interest in developing an interoperability framework to solve the most common issues encountered. Through a number of student projects, the DYAMAND framework was formed (architecture and implementation) and is used as a basis for further research and student projects.
 

Dr. Stijn Verstichel graduated magna cum laude at Ghent University, Faculty of Engineering in Summer 2005. A month later he joined the research group of Piet Demeester, IBCN (Internet Based Communication Networks and Services) to be employed as a Jr. Researcher on two European Projects. The first, Geant2, consists of the development and deployment of a new-generation pan-European Research Network, and corresponding monitoring software. InteGRail, the second project, also focuses on the development of specific semantic software, but this time for the railway industry. Its aim is to create a holistic, intelligent and integrated information and data sharing platform for the European Railway Network. On the 1st of January 2007, he received a PhD grant from IWT, Institute for the Support of Innovation through Science and Technology, to work on my research in distributed reasoning techniques for the Semantic Web. He successfully defended his PhD, titled "Distributed Reasoning for Context-Aware Services" on June 15th, 2011. He is currently still with IBCN-iMinds as a post-doctoral researcher, performing research on semantic technologies applied in a variety of domains, such as eHealth, wireless sensor networks and transportation as well as being involved in the follow-up of four bachelor's and master's courses at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University. He is author or co-author of more than 20 papers published in international journals or in the proceedings of international conferences and is a regular reviewer for conferences and journals in his research field.

 

Dr. Ann Ackaert received her Master in Physics in 1984, and her Master in Engineering Physics at the Ghent University in 1986. She obtained her PhD in Electronic Engineering at the same University in 1990. She was involved at the INTEC (Information Technology) research group in the domain of epitaxial crystal growth until 1990. From 1990 until 1995 she worked in the research department of Alcatel, Belgium. She was responsible for the research program on advanced laminate substrates and assembly technology. The domain of expertise was predominantly hardware for broadband switches. Since 1995 she works at the IBCN (INTEC Broadband Communication Networks) research group with her expertise domain evolving more towards network technologies. She has been co-ordinating EU co-ordinating action projects from 1996 until 2003 in the area of Optical Networking. Since the foundation of the IBBT research institute mid 2004, she became active in the definition and co-ordination of ICT supported Health and Care services R&D projects (Coplintho, IM3, TranseCare, ACCIO). She has also been involved in several other inter-disciplinary projects focusing on the development of ICT and FI services. Ann is currently the coordinator of the AAL call5 Care4Balance project, more info on the project can be found on http://www.aal-care4balance.eu

 

In 2002, Jeroen Hoebeke received the Masters degree in engineering (Computer Science) from the University of Ghent. Since August 2002, he has been affiliated with the Internet Based Communication Networks and Services research group (IBCN) that belongs to the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University and is part of the Future Internet Department of iMinds. He obtained a PhD in 2007 on adaptive ad hoc routing and Virtual Private Ad Hoc Networks. He is currently postdoctoral researcher where he is conducting research on mobile and wireless networks, personal networks, self-organizing virtual networks, Future Internet and sensor networks. Currently his main focus is on solutions for realizing the Internet of Things including sensor technology, IETF CoAP, IPv6, deployment and self-organization of smart objects.
 

Frederic Vannieuwenborg received a MSc degree in engineering, option Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Ghent University (Belgium) in July 2011. He joined the Techno-Economics research group at IBCN (INTEC Broadband Communication Networks) in August 2011, at the same university. His research domain focuses on the Techno-economic aspects of the telecom services, with specific attention to the eHealth and eCare sector. He is working towards a PhD in this domain.

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