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Edmond Hajrizi

Prof.dr. Edmond Hajrizi is the founder and rector of the private institution of higher education, UBT, which is a reflection of his experience and expertise gathered during the studies and work in many universities and international institutions. He graduated in engineering in University of Prishtina, and after two years became a master of Advanced Automotive Technology in the same university. During the same year, he enrolled for his doctoral studies in the University of Vienna in Systems Mangament parallelly with his studies in Information Technology. He finished his postdoctoral studies in England, City University of London…

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Anita Mirijamdotter

Dr. Anita Mirijamdotter is Professor of Informatics at Linnaeus University, Sweden, since 2008. In that role she serves as Head of Subject, which involves disciplinary responsibility for Informatic’s research and education, including its development. Additionally, she leads the research group Information Management. Anita’s research and teaching focus on design and management of information, communication, and decision systems in dynamic organisational settings. Her specialization include: Digital Capability including Implementation and Evaluation; Systems Thinking Methodologies and Models; Knowledge Sharing and Exchange in information intensive organizations; and Participatory Action Research in relation to change management…

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Peter Kopacek

Graduated from Vienna University of Technology in Automatic Control (1966) until 1985, Assistant Prof. at TU Wien. 1971 Cum-laude doctors degree in Control.
1986-1990 Full Professor for “Systems Engineering and Automation” at University of Linz, Austria. From 1990 – 2008 Head of the Institute for “Handling Devices and Robotics”,TU Wien; President of the Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation (SAT).
Since March 1985 Vice President and General Secretary of IFAC/Austria and of ÖGART ( Austrian Society for Automation and Robotics) the Austrian IFAC NMO.
1988 – 1995 Scientific Supervisor of the Scientific Academy of Lower Austria.

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Olli E. Kangas

Olli Kangas is Director of Government and Community Relations at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland. Previously he has occupied professorships in Turku, Copenhagen, Odense and Uppsala. His research interests revolve around comparative political economy of the welfare state – institutions, causes and consequences.

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Velizar Shalamanov

Velizar Shalamanov is currently a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Information and
Communication Technologies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
He has been working in various research, teaching as well as high-ranking Bulgarian Government and NATO related capacities. He specializes in security sector reform, primarily from an organizational management perspective and use of IT. Professor Shalamanov is a member of the International Advisory Board of DCAF, member of the Editorial Board of Information & Security: An International Journal, Chairman of George C. Marshall Association – Bulgaria, and member of the AFCEA Brussels chapter. At IC-PSIR, he will deliver the following lecture: “NATO readiness and interoperability in Eastern Europe (between Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas) for improved security environment in cooperation with EU”.

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Claire Gordon

Dr Gordon has been working as a Teaching Fellow in East European Politics at the European Institute of LSE since 2003 and prior to that as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Government.
She holds a MSc from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham and a D.Phil from St Antony’s College, Oxford University on ‘The Politics of Economic Policy-Making in the Soviet Union from 1988-1991’.
She is a member of the non-resident Senior Research Associate Network at the European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg and a member of the Steering Board of the Regional Research Promotion Programme for the Western Balkans at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

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Petros Groumpos

Professor Petros Groumpos is the Director of the Laboratory of Automation and Robotics / Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology.
Petros Groumpos did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the SUNYAB. He was awarded PhD degree for his work “A State Space Approach to Dynamic Hierarchical Systems”. He subsequently held a research position at Calspan Corporation in Buffalo before he moved as an Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University, Ohio and was promoted to Associate professor. Then he has been elected as a full Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Patras. He established the Laboratory for Automation and Robotics and became its director…

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