domusBITae Circulus

Although this is proposed as an horizontal site for developing editorial and planning work in the frame of the DomusBITae initiative, there is a premature managing structure for driving the initiative. 
  • The teams plan and are prepared to carry out the proposed infrastructure, they integrate a Consortium founded in November 2010.
  • The coordination gathers, informs and looks after the necessities and chances of the initiative.
  • A Science Advisory Board will veil for the procurement of an optimal scientific and technical quality

Coordination of Domus BITae

José María Díaz Nafría
Doctor in Telecommunication Engineering by the Technical University of Madrid and graduated in Philosophy by the UNED, he is currently visiting Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of León, Spain. He worked as associate Professor in the University Alfonso X, and as researcher in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, and the Technische Universität Wien, Austria. He has been invited Professor by several universities in Germany and Austria. He is part of the board of directors of the Science of Information Institute (SoII), coordinator of BITrum Research Group and is member of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group (UTI), of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE) and belog to the editorial team of the Journal TripleC. His research interests lie in the observation problem (both electromagnetic and general), and models of technological development (telecommunication; culture, society and man).

Francisco Salto
Doctor in Philosophy by the Universidad de Salamanca. He studied in the Ruhruniversität Bochum (Germany) and was visiting scholar in Leuven (Belgium) and Princeton (New Jersey, USA). He is professor of Logic at the  la Universidad de León since 2002 and collaborates with the Institute for Logic, Cognition, Language and Information at the University of the Basque Country. He is coordinator of the BITrum Research Group, Scientific Advisor of the Science of Information Institute (SoII), member of the Research Group on Philosophical Logic at the Universidad de Salamanca, of the Humanities Quality Research Group at the Universidad de León, of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group of the Technische Universtät Wien, and others. His research on mathematical logic and philosophy has been published in different papers and journals.

domusBITae Teams

University of León, Spain (ULE)

Representative of domusBITae coordinationJose María Díaz Nafría (
Representative of repository development teamLeticia Barrionuevo

The University of León (at the Northwest of the autonomous community of Castilla y León, Spain) has been recognised by the excellence of their information technologies infrastructures and has constituted the promoting and management centre of an open community in information studies. The participation of University of León is articulated in two teams: coordination (see above), and repository development.

Leticia Barrionuevo is Dipl. in Biblioteconomy and Documentation by the Universidad de León and graduated in Documentation by the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid). She is in charge of the Library at the Faculty of Filosofía y Letras in the Universidad de León and currently works on her PhD. with a thesis about Evaluation of Institutional Repositories. She has contributed in the design and development of the collaborative working system of BITrum and glossarium BITri.

Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany (HM)

Represented by:
Rainer Zimmerman
HM is one of the largest Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany. Particularly Faculty 13 (for General and interdisciplinary Studies) plays a significant role in the provision of a general education and has a special focus in intercultural communication and virtual education, both of significant added value to the purposes of domusBITae.

Rainer Zimmerman (PhD in Mathematics in 1977 from Frei Universität Berlin; PhD in Philosophy in 1988 from TU Berlin). Since 1995 he is Professor of Philosophy at the Falculty 13 (HM). His interdisciplinary profile can be clearly observed in the varied positions he has held in his academic career: In 1998, Habilitation in Natural Philosophy (University of Kassel) – since then member (Privatdozent) of the department there; 1999/2000 Visiting Scholar at the History and Philosophy of Science Department and Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, both at Cambridge (UK) – since then Life Member of Clare Hall; 2001 Research Visitor to the University of Bologna, Cooperative Research Project there under the title "Reconstruction of the Historical City Centre"; 2003 Senior Visiting Fellow to the Institute of Advanced Studies, Villa Gandolfi Pallavicini, University of Bologna; 2006 International Visiting Professor at the Information and Communication Technologies and Society program, University of Salzburg; 2010/2011 Visiting Professor, Centre for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin.

University of the Aegean, Syros, Greece (UAE)

Represented by: Modestos Stavrakis

The University of the Aegean is an international research oriented university. It is an inspiring, innovative, socially committed institution situated in the Aegean Archipelago, the ancient cradle of knowledge. The scientific subject of the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering (DPSD) of the University of the Aegean and member of the consortium, is the integrated design of Products and Systems, using creatively the knowledge and the ideas emerging from a wide variety of arts and sciences, emphasizing in the exploitation of new technologies. In particular, the research unit of the department specialises in Interactive Systems design, Media Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction and User Experience Design, Information Systems Design, Collaborative Systems Design, Complex Systems Analysis and Design of Audiovisual Arts.

Argyris Arnellos [] (PhD in Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean;  MSc. in Data Communication Systems, Brunel University, UK; BSc. in Electronics, Department of Electronics, Τechnological Εducational Institute of Athens, Greece) is instructor in the Department of Product and System Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean. He is member of the editorial boards of Cybernetics and Human Knowing (Imprint Academic) and Biosemiotics (Springer) and also member of the executive committee of the International Society of Biosemiotic Studies. He was organizer and Scientific Advisor in the international conferences: SETN 2008, BIOSEMIOTICS 2008 and ETHICOMP 2004. His research interest focuses on: Systems Theory, 2nd-order Cybernetics, Semiotics, Biosemiotics, Complex Systems, Design Theory, Information Theory, Information Systems Design, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life. <>

Modestos Stavrakis [] is a Researcher/Lecturer in the Department of Products and Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean. He holds a PhD in Design from the same university,  MSc in Computer Aided Graphical Technology Applications and BA(hons) in C.Visualisation from the University of Teesside (UK). He worked as a researcher in the areas of interaction design, multimedia design, 3D modelling, virtual reality installations design, collaborative systems design for supporting design processes and the development of assistive technologies (VR and web) related to the support of visually impaired. His research has led to the co-authoring of journals and conference publications and book chapters in the areas of Interaction Design, User Experience Design, HCI, computer aided collaborative design, web information systems, computer assistive technologies, virtual reality, digital media design, digital arts and distance/e-learning. <>

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain (UNED)

Represented by: Francisco Álvarez Álvarez

The National Distance Education University (UNED) has as its mission the public service of higher education through the modality of distance education. At more than 205,000 students, UNED has the largest student population in Spain and is one of the largest universities in Europe, and it is present in 13 counties. Since 1972, UNED has sought to translate into action the principle of equal opportunity in access to higher education through a methodology based on the principles of distance learning and focused on the needs of the student. UNED is the leader in the implementation of cutting edge technologies applied to learning, with the largest offer of virtual courses in Spain.

Francisco Álvarez Álvarez (PhD in Philosophy by Universidad de la Laguna) is professor of logic and philosophy of science at UNED, where he has been vice-chancellor for research and vice-chancellor for international and institutional relations. He has been associated reseachers in the Darwin College, Cambirdge, UK (1992-1993), investigator with CONACYT chair, México (1994). Since 1983 he has actively participated in a number of national and international funding projects, collaborating with inter-university research groups, in particular with the Insitute of Philosophy of CSIC anf the Institute of Philosophical Investigations at UNAM. His reseach focus on bounded axiologic racionality, argumentation theory, the emergence of scientific activity norms trying to find applications in the evaluation processes, knowledge transference and management, as well as in social and cultural transformations generated by the Information and Communication Technologies.

Institut für Design Science

Represented by: Michael Keller

The institute pursues the theoretical research and the practical application of this new science, stablished as a general science of the form and the form giving (Gestaltung), chiefly oriented a science of the information relevant for the organization and the transformation related to specifc problems in particular situations and contexts. Design Science yields a sort of cognitive metatheory of other theories and applications in science and arts which investigates -among othes- the two conceptual sets: Cognition-Communication-Cooperation and Space-network-system. The Institutes aims at developing a curricula for its teaching, as well as problem-oriented service packages for consulting purposes.

Michael Keller (Communication Design by the Fachhochschule Darmstadt) is professor for Graphic Design at the Hochschule München, Department of Design, where he was dean from 2004 to 2009. He is a founder member of the Institute für Design Science, where he has taken an active role from its beginning co-organising events, managing editions, partaking in open debates. He as well a free designer mainly focused on Editorial Design.

Bertalanffy Center for the Study of System Science

Represented by: Wolfgang Hofkirchner
Founded upon some heritage from the great Austrian scientist Ludwig von Bertalanffy, father of the General System Theory, BCSSS is an association by Austrian law, member of the International Federation of System Research. BCSSS aims to foster research in the field of systems sciences and supports systems thinking.Furthermore it administrates the archive of Ludwig von Bertalanffy and makes it open to the public, as well as other collections which are of interest to the systems movement.It carries out and supports research projects in the field of systems sciences, and scientific activities like lectures, workshops, conferences and international co-operations of scientists interested in General System Theory and related fields.

(born 1953 in Vienna; Dr.phil. in Political Science and Psychology) is Professor for Internet & Society at the ICT&S Center, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg since 2004 and Associate Professor for Technology Assessment at the Institute for Design and Technology Assessment, Vienna University of Technology Since 2001. Specialised in Science-Technology-Society, current focus on Information Society Theory and Foundations of Information Science. He is member to, and serving on the board of, numerous scientific societies, member of 3 editorial boards and editor of the journal TripleC and a book series.

International Society for Information Studies

Represented by: Robert Jahn (General Secretary) r.ja@gmx.atThe International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) was founded as a new framework for transdisciplinary, global research to support scientists and research institutions worldwide in their efforts to inquire information. It aims to support all those who need to use results of information studies for their specific application. ISIS was founded as a decision among worldwide scholars meeted in the 4th International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science (FIS2010) at Beijin, 2010, as an endeavour for the advancement of global and collaborative studies in the sciences of information, information technology and information society as a field in its own right.

Robert (Dr. in Information and System Science by the Vienna University of Technology) created an interdisciplinary study program, approved by the ministry of science, of information science combining courses of biology at Vienna University with those of information technology at Vienna University of Technology as a new field of studies in Austria and graduated as PhD. In the 1980s he worked as systems engineer and project manager for large international software development projects. In the 1990s he joined an interdisciplinary project of the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology at the Vienna University of Technology investigating the usage of the concept of Information in Ethology and defined information as an attribute of a system, which is defined by autopoietic characteristics. Since 1997 he has been working in IT management focusing on information management strategies.

Unified Theory of Information Research Group, Austria (UTI)

Represented by:
Peter Fleissner

UTI Research Group is a non-profit organization that aims at the advancement of reflection and discourse in academia and society about the role of Information, communication, media, technology, and culture in society. Besides relevant theoretical developments like the Unified Theory of Information, they have organised and managed the ICT & Society Network of international reach, and managed the scientific journal TripleC -Cognition-Communication-Cooperation ( <> 

Peter Fleissner
 (Born 1944, telecommunication engineering from the Vienna University of Technology; MS in economy and PhD in econometrics from the Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna) is currently Chair of the association Transform!at (he co-founded in 2006) as well as the Institut für Machtforschung (since 2006). He was Head of the Institute of Design and Assessment of New Technologies (1990-2006) at the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria. For seven years, he was temporary agent for the European Union by the European Commission and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. Before 1990, he worked for the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis; as research scholar at MIT (USA) and at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria). He has successfully managed many national and international projects and has worked as member and consultant at many academic, industrial, labour and social institutions. He has authored and edited numerous scientific publications. <>

Vienna University of Technology, Austria (TUW)

Represented by: 
Wolfgang Hofkirchner

Founded in 1815 as the "Imperial-Royal Polytechnic Institute" (k. k. Polytechnisches Institut), it currently has about 17,600 students (19% foreign students/30% women), 8 faculties and about 4,000 staff members (1,800 academic). The university's teaching and research is focused on engineering and natural science.

Wolfgang (born 1953 in Vienna; Dr.phil. in Political Science and Psychology) is Professor for Internet & Society at the ICT&S Center, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg since 2004 and Associate Professor for Technology Assessment at the Institute for Design and Technology Assessment, Vienna University of Technology Since 2001. Specialised in Science-Technology-Society, current focus on Information Society Theory and Foundations of Information Science. He is member to, and serving on the board of, numerous scientific societies, member of 3 editorial boards and editor of the journal TripleC and a book series. <>

Science of Information Institute, USA (SCII)

Represented by: Dail Doucette

The Science of Information Institute, established in February 2006, grew out of discussions with scholars in diverse disciplines across the United States and Europe, as well as leaders of key international governmental and non-governmental organizations whose missions span science and information. The Institute strives to mobilize, correlate, and coordinate both innovative research and usable development. By promoting Domus BITae initiative the Institute pursues to gather the critical mass for building up a new Science of Information.

Dail Doucette is a scientist and systems designer, retired from the U.S. Air Force. His major subject of work has been interoperability, intercommunication, interconnection of Information Science and Technology issues across sciences, policy makers and cultutes. He has been an instructor in advanced information theories and display systems for the Engineering School at the University of California at Los Angeles, the American University Center for Technology (Washington, D.C.), and the NATO Science division (Brussels, Belgium). He was guest lecturer on the information aspects of cultural anthropology at the University of Kyoto (Japan), the American University in Beirut, the University of Southern California (USC), Cambridge University (United Kingdom). He was also Executive Vice President of ComFac, a commercial telecommunications corporation. He is a long-time active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “Section T” (information, computing, and communications). He was an NGO delegate to the UNESCO World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland in 2003, and the second session in Tunis, Tunisia, in 2005. He was a member of the original team that established the Air Force Data Design Center and the directorate of information technology for the Assistant Chief of Staff Operations, HQ, USAF. He was a member of the committee that founded the Society of Information Display, helped start the World Future Association, and is assisting in establishing the Foundation for Information Science as a professional society, as well as founding the Science of Information Institute.

University of Barcelona, Spain (UB)

Represented by: 
Mario Pérez-Montoro

The University of Barcelona is the principal centre of university research at Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity. The team part of the consortium constitutes a research group integrated at Faculty of Library and Information Science. The participation of UB’s research group in the project’s development is transversal, taking a general advisory design role.

Mario Pérez-Montoro: Doctor in Philosophy and Education Sciences by the Universidad de Barcelona, where he has been researcher at the Departamento de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la Ciencia. He studied in the Istituto di Discipline della Comunicazione in the  Università di Bologna and was Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University. He has been docent and researcher in several universities: Complutense de Madrid, Autònoma de Barcelona, Oberta de Catalunya and he is currently at the Departament of Information Science, University of Barcelona. One of his most known works is the book: The Phenomenon of Information (Scarecrow Press, 2007, published in Spanish by Trotta).

INTECO (National Institute for Communication Technologies), Spain (INT)

Represented by: 
Félix Barrio Juárez

Promoted by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, it is a platform for the development of the Knowledge Society through projects in the area of innovation and technology, having a two-fold objective: 1) to contribute towards the convergence of the Spanish and European Information Society and 2) to promote regional development, establishing a project in with a global approach in León (SPAIN). INTECO will develop, among other things, initiatives of technological security, accessibility and inclusion in the digital society, as well as communications solutions for companies and individuals. It has also deployed a quality of software laboratory as a means to promote competitiveness.

Félix Barrio Juárez: Ph.D. in Science & Technology Management. With both a technical and humanistic background, Félix Barrio is a creative ICTS Manager, specialized in the organizational application of cutting edge Technologies and Research & Development. He is focused on the organization and implementation of New Technologies Programms, R&D Management and e-Accesibility. He is currently working at the National Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO) as Quality Software, eAccesibility and Industry Development Manager. He has worked as Director of Planning and Projects and as R&D Management in different Universities (León, Salamanca, Burgos), Foundations and Companies.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain (UC3)

Represented by:
José Antonio Moreiro
UC3 is a public university well-known for the quality of its teaching and academic research, its international orientation and its higher than average study workload. The team partaking in domusBITae is constituted by researches in the fields of Library and documentation science and informatics. It has conducted significant research in the field of information and knowledge organisation.
José Antonio Moreiro is Professor in Library and Information Science (s. short biography in the Science Advisory Board page). Jorge Morato is professor of Information Science at the department of Computer Science (s. Science Advisory Board page) and Sonia Sánchez-Cuadrado is assistant professor at the same department.

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (CBS)

Represented by: Søren Brier

Using traditional fields within business economics and language as a starting point, CBS gives very high priority to cross-disciplinary and problem-oriented approaches. Therefore, sociology, psychology, anthropology, politology, law, philosophy and intercultural understanding are also important areas in CBS’ academic and research profile. 
Søren Brier is professor in the Semiotics of Information, Cognitive and Communication Science at the department of International Culture and Communication Studies attached to the Centre for Language, Cognition, and Mentality of CBS. He has conducted significant research in the fields of Theory of Science, Cognitive Science, Cross- and trans-disciplinary function and possible autonomy in relation to mono-disciplinary science, Cybernetics, Bio-semiotic cognition- and communication theory, Information theory, Cybersemiotics. Among his publishing activities, it is worth to mention: editor in chief of "Cybernetics and human knowing", author of the famous book "Cybersemiotics: Why information is not enough" (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark (AAU)

Represented by:
Luis Emilio Bruni

The research and training programmes of the department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology are focus on the studies of human and computer relations, audio-visual effects, the human perception, immersive computer systems and new interfaces. Its laboratories provide the state of the art equipment in media technology (motion capture, visualization, sensors, etc).

Luis Emilio Bruni
Born in 1963 in Caracas - Venezuela. Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Theory of Science at the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (M.S. International and Global Relations, Universidad Central de Venezuela; B.S. Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, USA). Since 2004 he is at Aalborg University (Denmark) where he is associate professor at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, teaaching courses on multimodal perception and cognition, digital culture and theory of science.

FUNIBER (Fundacion Universitaria Iberoamericana), Spain (FUN)

Represented by:
Arturo Ortega-Mansilla 

FUNIBER is a non-profit private organization devoted to online education, collaborative and multidisciplinary R+D+i projects and international cooperation projects. In education, FUNIBER promotes inter- university programs (Masters, post-degrees, specializations) with double-titled academic degrees. <

Arturo Ortega-Mansilla (
Doctor in Electronic Engineering by the University of Barcelona and Bachelor in Telecommunications by the Ramon Llull University), he currently holds the position of R+D+i Manager at FUNIBER. He worked in Barcelona Digital, the Catalonian Institute of Technology and also at Agile Contents private company in R+D, while combining the tasks of associate professor at the University of Barcelona.

His expertise is related to overall processes of innovation, R+D in ICT technologies and intensive market knowledge. He has participated at a diversity of projects in telecom, mobility, e-Administration, e-banking, Open Innovation, Living Labs,.. while maintain interest in Academic areas as artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, digital signal processing and self-organizing maps.

China Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories, China (CCO)

Conducted by: 
Gang LIU 

The center (CCOSPT) established in September 2009, grew out of debates with scholars in diverse disciplines in China and abroad as a 
research center under the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau (CCTB)
. The Center strives to mobilize and coordinate both innovative research and usable development.

Prof. Gang LIU
born in 1954 in Anshan, Liaoning, China) was educated as a philosopher of information and information society policy researcher during his PhD period. He works in the field of STS (Science-Teconology-Society). He got his tenure at Institute of Philosophy, Chineses Academy of Social Sciences in 1998. He founded the Association of the Foundation of Science, Technology and Internet, The Chinese Society for Dialectics of Nature (Philosophy of Nature, Science and Technology). He published more than 100 articles, several books and reports. His most recent book: "An inquiry into the origin of philosophy of information" (Jincheng Press, Beijing, 2007), (

Social Information Science Institute, China (SIS)

Conducted by: 
Kang Ouyang 

The Social Information Science Institute (SISI) is dependent of the Huazhong Univesity of Science and Technology (HUST), a national key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education of P. R. China, and among the first Universities joining the national “211 Project” and “985 Project”. The SISI was established in 2006, aimed at: developing systematic innovation research in social information science; promote discipline innovation in information science and humanities; and foster interdisciplinary approach in humanities and science. <>
Dr. Kang Ouyang, born in 1953 in Sichuan Province, China, is the Director of Social Information Science Institute (SISI), and Vice President of Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST). Before that, Professor Kang Ouyang taught philosophy in Wuhan University as the Dean of School of Humanities and of the Philosophy College. Among the direction of many other gathering activities, h
e was general chair of the 4th International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science (FIS2010), Beijin, 2010, where the International Association for Information Studies was founded. His research fields include social epistemology, social information science, and philosophy. He has published more than ten academic books and two hundred research papers.

University of São Paulo, Brasil (USP)

Represented by: Waldomiro Vergueiro <>

The University of São Paulo is the biggest and most important university in Brazil. The team partaking in domusBITae is constituted by researchers in the fields of Library and documentation science and informatics, who are formally part of the Department or collaborate regularly with it. It has conducted significant research in the field of information, information market and information and library management. <>

This team is represented by Waldomiro Vergueiro, who is Doctor in Communication Sciences by the Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil, where he has worked as a lecturer and researcher since 1983. He is now Full Professor and Vice-Head of the Departamento de Biblioteconomia e Documentação da Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo (ECA/USP). He completed his post-doctorate at the Loughborough University of Technoloch, United Kingdom, in 1994. He has published several books on Library Science in Portuguese, contributed to many others in Brazil and other countries and written many articles for Brazilian and international journals. His research interests in library Science focuses on library, quality and collection management. He also researches on comics and comic books, having written extensively on the subject.

Universidad de Antioquía, Colombia (UA)

Represented by: Alejandro Uribe Tirado <>

Universidad de Antioquía is a public, departmental, coeducational, research university based primarily in the city of Medellín, Antioquía, Colombia. It is the largest higher education institution by student population in the northwest of the country, and the second in Colombia, with more than 34,096 students. The team joining domusBITae is constituted by the research group "Information, Knowledge and Society". It gathers researchers from different disciplines and institutions interested in the study of social, cultural, economic, political and institutional settings of the information and knowledge. Moreover, they have carried out relevant activities of information literacy of international reach and focus their investigation on information cycles and flows in organizations, communities, networks and processes of social transformation. <Page of the team>

The team is represented by Alejandro Uribe Tirado, (B.Sc. in Social Communication-Journalism; M.Sc. e-Business, Information Services Management and Education Computer; PhD candidate in Information Science and Scientific Documentation at the University of Granada, Spain). He is professor at the Inter-American School of Information Science at the University of Antioquia from 2002, and carries research on knowledge management, information and communication technologies and information literacy. His teaching job is characterized by the raid on "virtual learning platforms" for their students, in addition to subject knowledge, develop skills, both for e-learning, and for information and knowledge management (Information Literacy –INFOLIT–). He is the coordinator of: Information Literacy-Colombia (; Information Literacy-Ibero-America (; IASIS Information Technologies (

Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México (IPN)

Represented by: Miguel Angel López Flores <>

The Instituto Politécnico Nacional is one of the largest public universities in Mexico. It is based primarily in Mexico City and its suburbs, and is dedicated to research and education at high school, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It offers 65 technical careers, 78 different undergraduate and 128 postgraduate programs to 153.027 students in 81 different academic units. The Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones y Estudio sobre Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (CIEMAD, Interdisciplinary Center of Research in Environment and Development) participating in domusBITae provides interdisciplinary education at postgraduate level, research and services in environmental and sustainability development. <>

The Center of Research in Environment and Development (CIEMAD) is conducted by Miguel Angel López Flores (M.Sc. Environmental sciences, Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela; PhD.Engineering sciences, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain), who has relevant experience in interdisciplinary environmental research projects. His investigations are focus on environmental impact, health and environment and environmental risks prevention.

Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP)

Represented by: Martin E. Candanedo <>

Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá is the second largest university in Panama. It is a state university –formerly a polytechnic institute- comprising six faculties in seven campuses nationwide. The vice-rectorate of investigation, postgraduate and extension –partaking in domusBITae- aims at furthering the scientific and technologic capability of the University. It directs the activities of the Experimental Center of Engineering and a Specialized Center of Languages. <>

The vice-rectorate is directed by Martin E. Candanedo (Civil Engineering, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá; M.Sc. and Ph.D. Earth sciences, Ohio State University), who has carried out relevant international research under American and European support in the fields of geographic information, architecture and engineering. He has also broad professional experience as consultant in civil engineering, telemetry and topography. 

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

Represented by: Ignacio Casas Raposo <>

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is one of Chile's oldest universities and one of the most recognized educational institutions in Latin America. It maintains cooperation and shared educational programs with best ranked higher education institutions worldwide. The participating of PUC in the domusBITae initiative is integrated by two teams: the Department of Computer Science and the Latin American and Caribbean Collaborative ICT Research Federation (LACCIR).

The Department of Computer Science at the School of Engineering carries out relevant and highly esteemed research and education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the fields of computer science, software engineering and information technologies. The computer engineering program has been considered by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) as substantially equivalent to programs in the United States. <>

The Latin American and Caribbean Collaborative ICT Research Federation (LACCIR) is a virtual Institute created in 2007 as a response to a Microsoft Research’s request for Proposals to provide Latin American and Caribbean Universities with a sustainable virtual collaborative environment to promote cross-country research and education solutions. The LACCIR Virtual Institute is also supported by the Inter-American Development Bank. The primary goal of the LACCIR Federation is to encourage academic collaborative research in ICT as an enabler of economic and social development. LACCIR has held 4 Request for ICT Proposals since 2007, involving 500 researchers, 50 institutions, 19 countries and funded 22 projects. <>

Ignacio Casas is a full-time faculty professor of information technologies at the Department of Computer Science (DCS), School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) Chile. He graduated in 1976 as a Civil Electrical Engineer from PUC Chile and has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. (1986) in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. His main research interests are in the areas of BDT (Business Driven Technologies) and TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) environments and tools. Ignacio has been a main participant in Chile’s ICT development: is a co-founder of DCS-PUC (1981) and has served as its Head between 1988 and 1992; co-founder and President (1989-1990) of the Chilean Computer Science Society; Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at PUC Chile (1995-2005). He is responsible of introducing TEL systems, Wi-Fi and e-Learning services in his university. Ignacio is the co-founder and co-director of the 13-years-old RELATED network for the development and use of TEL in Latin America, and is actually the executive director of the LACCIR Federation Virtual Institute for the advancement of ICT applied research in the region. He is an active member of IEEE and Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile and serves as a member of the board of directors of several technology development enterprises.