Science Advisory Board

One of the pillars of domusBITae initiative is the engagement with inter- and trans-disciplinary research in the field of information studies, as well as the long-term focus on the consolidation of a Science of Information as a framework in which transdisciplinary research and academic programmes are developed. Furthermore, domusBITae as virtual research community is focused on the scientific usability of the developed tools. This advisory board veils for the satisfaction of good scientific usability of domusBITae system and a link with best research in the field.

Luis Emilio BRUNI

Semiotics, cultural and technology studies

Dr 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. His current research covers relations between cognition, technology and culture with focus on sustainability. He has been guest lecturer in bioethics and sustainability at University of Copenhagen; researcher at the Communication Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Centre "Semeion" of Rome, Italy; especial adviser on biodiversity, bioethics and sustainable development to the Amazonian Parliament; and researcher at the Venezuelan Centre for Global and International Relations of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was founder member of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS), currently serves in its executive committee and is member of the editorial boards of the Biosemiotics Journal (Springer).

Mark BURGIN

Mathematical theories of information and knowledge

Dr. Mark Burgin received his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Moscow State University and Doctor of Science in logic and philosophy from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at UCLA, USA. Previously he was a Professor at the Institute of Education, Kiev; at International Solomon University, Kiev; at Kiev State University, Ukraine; and Director of the Assessment Laboratory, Research Center of Science, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
He is Chief Editor of the International Journal "Integration: Mathematical Theory and Applications", Chief Editor of the International Journal "Information", and Associative Editor of the International Journal on Computers and their Applications. He is also a chair of the IEEE SFV Computer and Communication Chapter.
Dr. Burgin is doing research, has publications, and taught courses in mathematics, computer science, information sciences, artificial intelligence, logic, psychology, education, social sciences, and methodology of science. Dr. Burgin has authorized and co-authorized more than 500 papers and 17 books.

Søren BRIER

Cybernetics, Semiotics

Dr. Brier received his Masters degree in Biology in 1979 from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He earned his first Ph.D. in Theory of Science in 1994 from the University of Roskilde in Denmark and his second Ph.D. in Management Philosophy from the Copenhagen Business School in 2006. He
is currently Professor of the semiotics of information, cognition and communication science at Department of International Studies of Culture and Communication at the Copenhagen Business School. His major focus is on the theory of science and cognition with special focus on information, cognition and communication including cross-disciplinary research programs such as cybernetics, semiotics, concepts of knowledge and their utility for understanding and designing knowledge organizing and propagation of science.

Rafael CAPURRO

Information ethics
Dr. Capurro received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Düsseldorf University, 1978 (Thesis: Information). He is currently director of the Steinbeis Transfer Institute - Information Ethics (STI-IE, Steinbeis University Berlin) and was Professor of information management and information ethics at the Stuttgart Media University (until 2008) and lecturer at the Stuttgart University. He is founder and director of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE); member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) to the European Commission (since 2001); member of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT); Founding Member of The World Technology Network (WTN); Member of The Nanoethics Advisory Board (since 2006); Senior Fellow in Information Ethics, since 2007, at the Center for Information Policy Research, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. He is Chief Editor of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) and co-editor or adviser of other 5 international journals in the field. He has authored hundreds of articles, reviews, book chapters and books.

John DARZENTAS

ICT design, Intelligent systems, Human-Computer interation

is Professor of Operational Research at the Department of Mathematics, University of the Aegean (Greece). He is also the head of the newly opened Department of Information and Communications Systems in that University. He is Docent at the Abo Akademi in Finland, and he is visiting professor at the University of Athens, where he lectures to postgraduate students on electronic commerce. His interests include: Information systems design, intelligent systems and decision support systems, human computer interaction, systems thinking, computer supported collaborated work, learning systems, and learning technologies, brokerage (mediation) systems and interaction agents in electronic commerce. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals and has authored many papers published in books, journals and conference proceedings. Professor Darzentas is the Greek national representative to IFIP TC 13 (HCI), and a member of the CEN/ISSS Working Group for Learning Technologies.

Gordana DODIG-CRNKOVIC

Info-computation approach, Physics of Information

Dr. Dodig-Crnkovic is Associate Professor of Computing at Mälardalen University, Sweden. After finishing her PhD in Physics, she worked as a researcher at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb. She moved to Sweden working at ABB Atom as criticality safety analyst. In the third phase, she joined Mälardalen University, making her second PhD in Computer Science, entitled Investigations into Information Semantics and Ethics of Computing. Her research includes info-computational modeling and philosophy of computing and information. She is teaching courses in Theory of Science, Computing and Philosophy, Ethics, and Formal Languages and Automata. She organized ECAP 2005 conference and published around hundred articles including one authored (Information and Computation Nets) and two edited books: Computation, Information, Cognition (with S. Stuart) and Information and Computation (with M. Burgin).

Igor M. GUREVICH

Theoretical Informatics, Physical Informatics, Networks of classical and quantum computers

Born in 1945 in Moscow, Russia. Was educated in Moscow Institute of Electronic Machinery, 1968 - degree in "Automation and Remote Control ", 1971 - degree in "Applied Mathematics". Doctor of Technical Sciences - degree in "Technical Cybernetics and Information Theory", 1974. He is Senior Researcher of the Institute of Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences;  main designer at «Hetnet Consulting Corp.», Moscow, Russia; and lecturer at the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute. He has published more than 150 scientific works and inventions, as well as several books. His research fields include: Physical Informatics -confirming priority of information laws-; Information laws (informatics laws) defining and constraining physical laws. His most recent book: “Information characteristics of physical systems” (In Russian). Moscow: 11th Format; Sevastopol: Сypress, 2009.

Wolfgang HOFKIRCHNER

System science

Dr. Hofkirchner, born in 1953 in Vienna, Austria, was educated as Political Scientist and Psychologist. He has been working in the field of Science–Technology–Society. He worked at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Vienna University of Technology where he gained tenure, and the University of Salzburg and was Visiting Professor at different universities in Brazil and Spain. He was appointed to several scientific societies or institutions. He founded the Unified Theory of Information Research Group and the open-access online journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, triple-C. He published more than 150 books and articles. His most recent book: "Twenty questions about a unified theory of information: a short exploration into information from a complex systems view" (Emergent Publications, 2010)

Lazlo KARVALICS

Information Science, social theory of information

MA in History, Literature and Linguistics; PhD and Hab. in History, ELTE, Budapest. He is Founding director of the BME-UNESCO Information Society Research Institute; associate professor, Head, Department of Library and Human Information Science, University of Szeged. Fulbright Research Scholar, George Washington UniversityCenter of International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP). Teaching and research on social impacts of information technology, comparative analysis of national information strategies, information history and education in the information age. Invited expert in several EU-projects and events. Has written books, studies and plenty of small articles for the dissemination of the "Information Society thinking" and Internet-culture.

Zong-Rong LI

Computer Software Engineering, Theoretical Informatics

Born in Hubei, China, Zong-Rong Li was awarded with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and M.Sc. in Computer Science and Technology, both at the Wuhan University (China); a Ph.D. in System Science at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He was visiting scholar in the Medical Informatics Group, University of Missouri-Columbia (USA) and post-doctoral researcher in the department of philosophy at McGill University, Montreal (Canada). Currently professor and vice-Director of the Social Information Science Institute at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), has also been lecturer in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Zhushan Norm School, Wuhan University, Hubei Medical School and Hubei University.

Gang LIU

Infomation philosophy

Dr. 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), http://cass.academia.edu/LIUGang

John MINGERS

Information theory, information and meaning, semiotics

Dr. John Mingers received his Masters degree in Systems Thinking from Lancaster University and his PhD titled “Knowledge and Action in Management Science” from Warwick University in 1994. Originally an operational researcher at British Leyland and Unilever, John joined Warwick Business School in 1987 and became a Professor of OR and Systems in 1998. He joined Kent Business School in 2003 as Director of Research. He was elected as an Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 2009. 
He has been a member of the Council of the OR Society and Chair of the UK Systems Society, and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of MIS Quarterly and is a past member of the Editorial Board of European Journal of Information Systems, Systems Research and the Behavioural Sciences, and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
He has published the only comprehensive study of autopoiesis – “Self-Producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis”. His latest monograph is “Realizing Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science”. His theory of information, and its relationship to meaning, has been developed in papers in Information Systems Research, Information and Organization, and Knowledge Management Research and Practice.  

Jorge MORATO LARA

Interoperability and Semantics

Dr. Morato obtained his PhD in Library Science from the Carlos III University in 1999 on the subject of Knowledge Information Systems and its relationships with linguistics. He is currently a professor of Information Science in the Department of Computer Science at the Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain). From 1991-1999, he was granted or hired by the Spanish National Research Council. 
His current research activity is centered on text mining, information extraction and pattern recognition, NLP, information retrieval, Web positioning, and Knowledge Organization Systems. He has published mainly on semi-automatic construction of thesauri and ontologies, topic maps, and conceptual and contextualized retrieval of semantic documents. His last project deals with Semantic Metadata Interoperability and Search (SEMSE).
He has lectured on Information Retrieval, Search Engine Optimization, Software Engineering, and Knowledge Modelling Techniques and Management Systems.

José Antonio MOREIRO

Information and Knowledge organization

Dr. Moreiro received his PhD. in History from the National University of Distance Education, Spain. He is currently Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science of Carlos III University of Madrid, where he is chair of the Information Engineering Group, which conducts research on knowledge organization systems. He teaches courses on Knowledge Organization Systems and Indexing Techniques. He is the author of 8 monographs and co-author of another 12. In addition, he has around 64 articles in international and national magazines. Jose Antonio has participated in two European projects and directed or collaborated in 8 national projects. He was a member of 12 publication committees. He has close connections with Latin American universities. Jose Antonio taught courses and organized seminaries in 28 European and Latin American universities, as well as in 20 professional institutions. He was a scientific advisor for 20 doctoral dissertations in the domain of Library and Information Science.

Kang OUYANG

Philosophy

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, he 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.

Rainer ZIMMERMANN

Philosophy of Complex Systems

Dr. Zimmermann receives his PhD in Mathematics in 1977 from Frei Universität Berlin; 
PhD in Philosophy in 1988 from TU Berlin. 
He is Professor of Philosophy at the Falculty 13 (HM) since 1995. 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.
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