European Data Flow

Parallel Session 1.1


Monday 12th / 13:00h - 14:30h


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.

Martin Kaltenböck
CFO & Managing Partner, Semantic Web Company

Martin is CFO and co-founder of the Semantic Web Company. He is responsible for SWC’s research department and data portal business unit. He is an acknowledged Linked Data and Open Data expert with a focus on Government Organizations and NGOs.

Robert Ginthör
CTO, Know-Center

Robert Ginthör joined the Know-Center in 2015 as CTO and Head of the Big Data Lab. Prior to that, he worked for more than 15 years in the Telecom and IT sectors, mainly in software and business development. He lectures on the topics of Big Data and Data-Driven Business at Danube University Krems and Austrian Marketing University of Applied Sciences.


Panel Moderators
Peter A Bruck
Founder and CEO, Research Studios Austria

Prof Dr Peter A. Bruck studied law, economics, sociology and communications at the universities of Vienna, Iowa and McGill. He holds doctorates in law and communications and has taught at universities in Canada, the US and Western Europe plus Israel and Poland. He has more than 25 years experience in research, university teaching and information technologies in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Portugal, the US and Canada. Mr Bruck received numerous awards and fellowships in Europe, the US and Canada and is listed in the Canadian and Austrian Who's Who. He founded, built and headed research institutes at three universities, and he is a senior partner of the ICRA (International Communications Research Associates) in Ottawa, Canada.


Panel Members
Stephanie Lindstaedt
Professor and Head, Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology; Chief Executive Officer, Know-Center GmbH, Graz

Univ.-Prof. Dr Stefanie Lindstaedt is the Head of the Institute for Interactive Systems & Data Science (ISDS) at Graz University of Technology and CEO of Know-Center (, Austria‘s leading Research Center for Data-driven business and Big Data Analytics. By annually undertaking more than 50 applied science projects Know-Center effectively bridges the gap between science and industry, already since 2001.

Yvo Volman
Head of unit, European Commission; Unit G1 – Data policy and innovation, DG CONNECT

Yvo Volman (1965) is head of the 'Data Policy and Innovation' unit in the Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission.

Yvo studied at the Universities of Amsterdam and Strasbourg and holds a PhD in European law awarded by the European University Institute in Florence. He worked for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in the areas of industrial and technology policy, before joining the European Commission in 1998. In the Commission, he dealt with legislative and strategic issues as well as funding programmes related to the information market, digitisation and data.

Martin Semberger
Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

Martin Semberger (1980) studied translating and interpreting at the University of Vienna and international relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Language being at the core of digital technology and driven by his personal interest, his activities have concentrated ever more on European digital policy. After a traineeship at the European Parliament he first joined the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Technology and Innovation in 2009, where he was responsible for the coordination of European affairs with regard to research, innovation, space and telecommunications. Since 2013 he has been working for the Internal Market Unit, which is now in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, being responsible amongst others for EU Internal Market governance, the Digital Single Market, European industrial policy and the Competitiveness Council. At the moment he is the Council Chair of the Austrian Presidency in the Council Working Group on Telecommunications and Information Society for the Public Sector Information (PSI) Directive, a vital element for building a European data economy.

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.

Andre Golliez
Swiss Data Alliance

André Golliez, computer science at ETH Zurich (1986) worked as an IT manager in the engineering industry and the financial sector. Since 1999 he is a self-employed consultant in IT strategy and IT governance for public administrations and research institutions. From 2004 to 2009 André Golliez was president of the Swiss Computer Science Society. 2010 he started open data activities in Switzerland. Since 2012 he is the president of the Swiss Open Data Association Since March 2017 André Golliez is President of the Swiss Data Alliance, a non-partisan initiative for data-driven innovation, growth and well-being in Switzerland.

Ron Dekker
Director at CESSDA, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives

Ron is the chief executive officer and legal representative of CESSDA. His main responsibilities are the leadership of the organisation and the team, responsibility for relations with members, service providers, external relations and corporate communication.