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12-14 October 2009, Mrągowo, Poland
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Keynote Speakers






stephan_pascall.jpgDr. Stephan Pascall

Adviser, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, Directorate C

Stephan Pascall has extensive engineering and policy background in the Telecommunications and Space industry with British Telecom (BT) and the European Commission. In BT he initially carried out research work in Advanced Pattern Recognition Technologies and later on Space Communication, Satellite Communication and Launcher Design and Procurement. In the Commission he played a major role in the launch of the GSM (Frequency Directive etc.) and a number of areas of the Framework Programmes in Information and Communication Technologies, both in technology and application.

Stephan Pascall has extensive understanding of the political and technological developments and status of the Central and Eastern European Countries including Russia. He plays an active role in sensitive high level international negotiations both with the EU member states and with the various public and industrial organisations. He has extensive financial and management experience in leading skilled professional teams in achieving complex and challenging objectives with concrete results.

After leading the eTEN Programme he is now an Adviser to the Director for Directorate C, "Lisbon Strategy and Policies for the Information Society". His current responsibilities include International Cooperation, Integration of New Member States and Regional Aspects for RTD in the area of the European Commission 7th Framework Programme ICT-Theme.
  
Stephan Pascall is an author of a number of books and publications in telecommunication topics including Mobile and Space Communication. He is a frequently engaged lecturer on Space Communication, Rocket Technologies and European Integration at a number of European Universities. Stephan graduated in Electronic Engineering in London and was awarded a PhD in his work on Pattern Recognition Technologies.

 

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Professor Juliusz Lech Kulikowski

Born  in 1931 in Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Poland. In the years 1949-1955 he  studied at the f-ty of Communication of the Warsaw University of Technology and he got the degree of communication engineer in 1952 and  a M.Sc. degree in ultra-high frequency technology in 1955. Since 1952 he  also was employed as a junior lecturer in the Warsaw University of Technology. In 1955  he started  his post-graduate studies at the Higher School of Technology in Moscow (USSR) and in 1959 he  got there the candidate of sciences (1st level doctoral) degree. His first scientific interests were connected with statistical methods of signals detection in noise. In the years 1959-1966 he came back the Warsaw University of Technology where he worked for  seven years as an assistant professor  and in 1966 he got there the 2nd level doctoral (habilitation) degree. Since 1966 he was employed in several institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Inst. of Automation (1966-1971), Inst. of Applied Cybernetics (1971-1974), Inst. of Organisation and Management (1974-1976), Inst. of Computer Sciences (1976-1982) and, since 1982, till now,  in  the Inst. of Biocybernetics  and Biomedical Engineering. In 1973 he  has  been nominated  associate professor and  in 1989 – full professor.  As a scientific worker of the above-mentioned institutes he organised and for many years he headed  the laboratories and departments of information systems and information processing methods. His scientific interest were connected with statistical methods in signal processing, pattern recognition, operational research, theory and design of information systems, artificial intelligence, computer-aided image processing  methods and applications of computers in medicine. In these domains he contributed, in particular, to: application of non-parametric statistical tests to signal detection in noise, a concept of multi-aspect assessment of information value, application of extended algebra of relations to structural image analysis, application of relative logics to decision making under uncertainty,  some concepts concerning distributed computer systems design and evaluation methods, mathematical models used to computer-aided cardiac diagnostics based on ultrasound imaging, using multi-aspect and partial similarity concepts to pattern recognition and image retrieval, using morphological spectra to texture analysis, etc. For several years he also coordinated research projects concerning design of pilot computer systems in selected areas of national economy and he headed a group elaborating a concept of structure and organization of a national scientific information system (SINTO).


In the above-mentioned domains he has published more than 250 original works (papers in widely distributed scientific journals, papers  in the proceedings of national and  international scientific conferences, chapters in books) as well as several dozens of scientific popular or review papers. He also is an individual  author of  4 books and 4 monographs.  He was a chief-editor of several collective publications, and for the last years he is a chief- editor of a scientific quarterly Machine Graphics and Vision (edited by the Institute of Computer Science PAS). Heading  for more than 25 years the Department of Biomedical Information Processing Methods in the Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering PAS he paid a particular interest to the development of methods of computer-aided image processing in cardiology and oncology, as well as to the development of tools and methods (speech synthesis, spatial orientation systems) helping disabled (blind, mute, etc.) people.

For his scientific  activity he was awarded by the Scientific Secretary of the Polish Academy of Sciences  (in particular, in 1973, for heading a group which constructed the first computer-based image processing system in Poland) and by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology. He also was awarded for his scientific-popular activity  and he was decorated with some governmental orders.

In 1971, 1975 and in 1976 he spent several weeks as a visiting professor in the International Centre of Mechanical Sciences (CISM) in Udine (Italy), where he  gave  lectures concerning algebraic methods in pattern recognition and operational research problems. In 1985 and 1988 he was invited as a visiting professor to the Otto von Guericke University of Technology in Magdeburg (Germany) where he gave lectures on pattern recognition and image processing methods. For several years he also gave lectures in the domain of information theory (Warsaw University of Technology), theory of graphs (Mathematical Institute of PAS), image processing  and computer graphics (Private Higher School of Business and Administration, Warsaw), and of computer aided decision making (Higher School of Computer Science and Management, Rzeszow).

He is a member of the Polish Mathematical Society and an ordinary member of the Warsaw Scientific Society.  He is  a vice-chairman of the Information Processing Association in Poland. He also was a member of Scientific Councils of several institutes, of Scientific Committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences ,  and of the Central Commission for Scientific Title and Scientific Degrees in Poland. Since  many years he is a member of the group TC-13 (Human-Computer Interaction) of  IFIP. Since 1999 he was several times nominated, by the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the chairman of the Polish National Committee for co-operation with CODATA  (the Committee for Data for Science and Technology).

He is married, his daughter is an university lecturer.
 
 
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qsf-small.jpgJames Quentin Stafford-Fraser

was instrumental in the creation of the Trojan room coffee pot: the first webcam. He wrote the XCoffee client program which allowed the state of the coffee pot to be displayed on a screen.

Quentin studied Computer Science at the University of Cambridge and became the first college Computer Officer in 1989 working for his old college, Gonville and Caius. Quentin is credited with operating the first web-server in the University of Cambridge in 1992 and working on the Interactive Whiteboard project at Xerox EuroPARC in Cambridge.

Quentin wrote the original VNC client (viewer) and server for the Windows operating system, while at the Olivetti Research Laboratory.

Quentin has founded or co-founded various companies and other organisations including:

  • Newnham Research (now DisplayLink)
  • Exbiblio
  • The Ndiyo project (of which he is currently managing director)
  • Cambridge Visual Networks ('CamVine') (of which he is currently CEO)
 
(source: Wikipedia)
 
 


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