European Data Space
Connecting Data Ecosystems

Workshop 3.1

Wednesday 14th / 15:30h - 17:30h
Siemens Conference Center Vienna
Meeting Room to be confirmed

Session Description & Objectives

  • Distinguish between Data Spaces, Data Platforms and more refined concepts like Data Markets.
  • Bring key persons and experts from industrial and academic initiatives providing data platforms together with stakeholders that will benefit from the establishment of a European Data Space (data producers, consumers) and interoperable platforms that can raise the value of its data.
  • Present an overview of existing conceptual and effective intra-organisational data platform setups and identify bottlenecks to their European-wide scaling and use.
  • Explore parallels to the set-up of data platforms that can handle personal data and identify risks, possibilities and legal terms for their potential contribution to a European Data Space.
  • Foster networking activities and identify possible collaborations for upcoming H2020 calls (e.g., ICT-13-2018-2019, DT-ICT-07-2018-2019).

Target Audience

  • Experts (Academia; Industry) in data management and sharing, data privacy, security and legal matters, data exchange and data markets, related standardization and application.
  • Data producers and consumers (large industry/SMEs); private users (personal data).
  • Data Space and Platform solution providers and representatives from related projects and initiatives.


Introduction (Simon Scerri, Fraunhofer; Tuomo Tuikka, VTT)

Part I: Invited Talks

Theme: “Challenges and Opportunities for an integrated European Data Ecosystem”

  • Requirements from the FP9 perspective: Horizon Europe, Digital Europe and AI (Kimmo Rossi, DG Connect)
  • Legal Requirements: Personal Data and Liability (Natalie Bertels, KU Leuven)
  • Enabling Trust in Data Marketplaces using Smart Contracts and Multi-Party Computation (Dumitru Roman, Sintef)
  • Non-personal data sharing in the Private Sector (Sergio Gusmeroli, Engineering S.p.A )
  • Data Spaces, Platforms and Markets: An overview of existing approaches
    • Veracity - Open Industry Platform (Torstein Kongshem, DNG GL)
    • Building a transversal platform for multiple vertical scenarios (Anys Boukli, Digital Partners)
    • A Reference Architecture for an International Data Space (Christoph Mertens, IDSA)
    • Boost 4.0 Project: A Data Space for Industry 4.0 (Óscar Lázaro, Innovalia)
    • SafeDEED Project:
      • Trust in Data Markets (Mihai Lupu, Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellchaft)
      • The MindSphere open cloud Platform (Thomas Hahn, Siemens)

Part II: Panel Discussion

Theme: “Exploring the gaps in the current European Data Landscape”

Conclusion (Simon Scerri, Fraunhofer; Tuomo Tuikka, VTT)


Kimmo Rossi
Head of Research & Innovation sector, European Commission

The past 18 years I have been working with European research and innovation programs and projects. I have been dealing with socio-economic challenges such as competitiveness, inclusion, multilingualism and access to information. The science and technology areas I have dealt with include Big Data technologies, language/semantic technologies, artificial intelligence, statistical data processing and modelling, interfaces and interaction. Our future challenges in the "Data Policy and Innovation" unit include: creating a functioning market and re-use infrastructure for Big Data, Open Data, Linked Data, and harnessing and integrating language technologies, analytics and visualisation technologies to generate the best value from data.

Natalie Bertels
Senior legal researcher privacy and data protection

Natalie Bertels is a senior legal researcher privacy and data protection. She specializes in new technologies and the development of data-driven services and products. Her research focuses on the data protection challenges of a big data/cloud/IoT/HPC setting and the methodologies and implementation of privacy by design.

Currently, she is involved in the PRiSE project (Privacy-by-design Regulation in Software Engineering, internal KUL funding, 2017-2021), working on an integrated (legal-technical) risk assessment methodology and in the imec Smart City initiative City of Things. She is the vice-chair of the Policy and Societal Task Force of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA). Before joining CiTiP, Natalie practised law as an IP and ICT law attorney.

Dumitru Roman
Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF

Dumitru Roman works as a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF (Norway) – the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. He has wide experience with initiating, leading, and carrying out data-driven and research-intensive projects, participating in dozens of large international projects during the past 14 years in which he has collaborated with various private companies, public sector organizations, universities, and research institutes. He is currently active in the data management field, focusing on innovation projects enabling data-driven business products and services. He has a PhD from University of Innsbruck (Austria) and currently holds an adjunct associate professorship at the University of Oslo (Norway).

Mr Sergio Gusmeroli
Research Coordinator at Politecnico di Milano

Born in Sondrio (Italy) in 1961, he finalised his education at Politecnico di Milano in 1986. After several experiences in different branches of the ICT domain, in June 2000, he was appointed the director and operating manager of the International Research & Innovation Unit of TXT e-solutions, an IT company leader in EU for Supply Chain management solutions. In TXT he coordinated diverse FP7 EC funded projects in the ICT for Manufacturing domain: COIN, MSEE, TELLME, FITMAN, OSMOSE. Since 2015, Sergio is a senior consultant for Politecnico di Milano and is in charge of the H2020 Factories of the Future PSYMBIOSYS project about Product-Service innovation ecosystems and BEinCPPs about Industry 4.0 Digital Transformation. Since 2016, Sergio is also collaborating with Engineering Ingegneria Informatica in the field of Industrial Analytics and is part of the MIDIH project about Data-driven architectures for Industry 4.0. He is the author of more than 30 publications/papers in Italian and International magazines and conferences. His main areas of competence and experience include Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, Industrial Analytics, Enterprise Interoperability, Open Source Digital Platforms.

Anys Boukli
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Partners SA

Anys Boukli is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Partners SA. Anys combines 20 years of International Leadership experience. Expert in Digital Strategy, Transformation, Technologies, Disruptive Business Models, Board Advisory. Innovation Expert at the European Union and the United Nations (Big Data & Analytics, Open Innovation, Data Driven Policy Making). Digital Innovation Process, Business Innovation, Innovation Maturity assessment, Digital Roadmap.

Torstein Kongshem
Lead of Development of DNV GL

Torstein is the Lead of Development of DNV GL´s open industry digital platform, Veracity. He is an experienced Engagement manager working 20 years with large national and international corporations of banking and finance, utilities and risk management. He was recently the head of PMO of Next Generation Finance for DNV GL. Earlier, he held the position of Assistant General Manager for IT projects and systems on international cash management in one of the largest financial institutions in the Nordic region, and the position of Chief of Projects in an IT consultancy company that delivered solutions and services to the power market in northern Europe. Torstein has led a team of software specialists, onshore and offshore, in the migration of more than a dozen legacy systems’ data into one.

Mr. Christoph Mertens
Senior Consultant & Innovations Manage EU Projects, IDSA

Christoph Mertens studied computer science at the Technical University of Dortmund.
After his time at the university, he worked for the Fraunhofer IML where he mainly worked
in the area of ERP software selection projects and Industry 4.0 related projects. Since
June 2018 Christoph works for the IDSA. In his current position as Senior Consultant and
Innovations Manager for EU Projects, he mainly is responsible for the European research
initiatives, the IDSA is participating in. One of the projects to name is BOOST 4.0 – Big Data
Value Spaces for Competitiveness of European Connected Smart Factories 4.0.

Óscar Lázaro
Manging Director, Innovalia

Óscar Lázaro is Managing Director of Innovalia Association, the Associated Research Lab founded by the Innovalia Alliance, one of the 3 strategic technology groups in the Basque Country. Innovalia develops technology in the fields of E2E cybersecurity (chip to the cloud), quality assurance for high-performance IoT/CPS systems, mobile 3D visualisation and big data analytics. Innovalia develops manufacturing quality control instrumentation, quality control software platforms for industry 4.0 and integrated solutions for zero defect manufacturing in automotive, aeronautics, railways and renewable energy markets.

Óscar Lázaro has more than 20 years of experience in the ICT and manufacturing field. He is also Visiting Professor at the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department of the University of Strathclyde in the area of wireless & mobile communications. He is permanent representative of Innovalia in EFFRA and he has also served to the Future Internet Advisory Board and the Sherpa Group on 5G Action Plan.

Dr Óscar Lázaro has been one of the 3 experts in the high-level group supporting the EC in the analysis of the 15 national initiatives in Digitising European Industry (DEI), he is supporting the activities of the I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs) Programme since its very beginning and leads the I4MS Competence Centre for Advanced Quality Control Services in Zero Defect Manufacturing at the Automotive Intelligence Centre DIH in the Basque Country. He is also part of the Industry 4.0 Domain Committee of the FIWARE Foundation and a regular contributor to the activities of the Industria Conectada 4.0 DIH and Platform working groups. Since January 2018 he is coordinating the European lighthouse initiative BOOST 4.0 on Big Data Platforms for Industry 4.0.

Mihai Lupu
Studio Director, Studio Data Science, Research Studios Austria

Mihai Lupu is, since January 2018, the Studio Director of the Data Science Studio at Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellchaft. Before that he has been a researcher at the TUW as well as a private entrepreneur, consulting small and large companies on search technology, with focus on search in the intellectual property domain. He graduated from the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2008 and since then has published over 100 publications and three books on search technology. He is now the co-coordinator of Data Market Austria and the Coordinator of the H2020 Safe-DEED project.

Simon Scerri
Senior Researcher at Fraunhofer IAIS

Simon Scerri is a senior researcher at Fraunhofer IAIS. There, he leads the ‘Big Data Management and Value Extraction’ unit which explores linked data methods to augment big data infrastructures and support dynamic data value chains. He also supports related research efforts at the affiliated Computer Science Department at the University of Bonn, as a member of the "Smart Data Analytics" group. Amongst other projects, Simon was involved in the coordination of the H2020 CSA BigDataEurope and has since 2017 represented Fraunhofer in the BDVA (including as a member of the Board of Directors). Simon received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Tuomo Tuikka
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Tuomo Tuikka accomplished his PhD in information systems science on the topic of computer simulation systems and product design. He is now Research Manager in Data-driven solutions research area at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He is participating BDVA activities especially on data platforms, other duties include member of the board in NESSI ETP, IDSA and ERCIM. Current work role is mainly coordination of H2020 and national research projects at VTT on AI, digitalization, software architectures, simulation, methods and tools in domains such as energy, industry, health and wellness, and remote sensing. During the 10 years at VTT, other research roles have been principal scientist, and senior researcher on mobile technologies. Before VTT he was in software industry for 7 years, in Finland, USA, and Japan and eventually as a R&D director at CCC Software. In 1990’s he had various positions in the University of Oulu, for example assistant professor on User Interface and Computer Supported Collaboration research.

Thomas Hahn
Corporate Technology Siemens

Thomas Hahn, born in 1960, has been Chief Software Expert at Siemens AG since 2011. After studying computer science at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen he joined the company in 1986 and worked as a product developer in the field of industrial networks in Erlangen. In 1993 he moved to Nuremberg, where he worked in product management for SIMATIC and as a project manager responsible for the development of SIMATIC STEP 7. From 1997 he worked as Head of Development at Traffic Control Systems in Munich for two years. In 1999 he returned to Nuremberg, where he was Head of Software Development for Industrial Automation Systems. He held this post until 2011. In addition to his function as Chief Software Expert, he was Head of the Business Analytics and Monitoring technology field from 2011 to August 2013. Beyond his activities at Siemens, Thomas Hahn is a member or board member of various bodies, including the OPC Foundation, Big Data Value Association, Openlab CERN and Platform Industrie 4.0.