Mirko Presser is head of the EngTech section and associate professor in digital business development at Aarhus University. Previously he was head of research and innovation for the smart city lab at the Alexandra Institute working on linked open data and the internet of things. He has been studying and working on digital technologies research since 2000.
Mirko holds a Master’s degree in physics with astrophysics and a Master’s degree in telecommunications and systems engineering, both from the University of Bristol, and received his PhD in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Surrey. He has also been heavily involved in European framework programmes since 2002, and has served as technical manager and coordinator in several projects.
The Department of Business Development and Technology (BTECH) is part of Aarhus BSS, one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS holds the distinguished accreditations AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS for its business-related activities.
Professor Rajarajan (Raj) is the founding Director of the Centre for Cyber Security for Society (MOBS) at City University of London. Raj’s expertise are in the areas of identity management, Cloud Security, network security, data privacy and IoT security. Raj has led several cyber security and privacy related research and commercialisation projects in the UK and internationally. He has published more than 350 conference and journal papers, four books and hold four patents in the area of data privacy. He continues to work closely with many deep tech start-ups by translating his research into commercial products to make a societal impact through technology. He is an advisory board member for London Cyber Resilience Centre, founding member of the London Cyber Security Cluster (UKC3) and also a Visiting Fellow at the British Telecommunications Security and Innovation labs.
Prof. Dr Georg Rehm is principal researcher in the Speech and Language Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and adjunct professor at Humboldt University of Berlin. Georg currently coordinates the Language Data Space (LDS) project, co-coordinates the European Language Equality (ELE and ELE2) project and is involved as principal investigator in many more. In 2018, he was appointed DFKI research fellow for outstanding scientific achievements and special accomplishments in technology transfer.
Since 2013, he has headed the German/Austrian Chapter of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in Berlin. Georg is also a member of the DIN Presidential Committee FOCUS.ICT which addresses ICT and standardisation matters, and in 2021/2022 was secretary of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL).
Georg holds an MA in computational linguistics and artificial intelligence, linguistics and computer science. After completing his PhD in computational linguistics, he worked at the University of Tübingen leading projects on the sustainability of language resources and technologies. He joined DFKI in early 2010 after being part of an award-winning internet start-up. Georg has authored, co-authored or edited more than 250 research publications.
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit public-private partnership. It has research facilities in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen, Niedersachsen, laboratories in Berlin and Darmstadt, and branch offices in Lübeck and Trier. In the field of innovative commercial software technology using Artificial Intelligence, DFKI is the leading research center in Germany. Based on application oriented basic research, DFKI develops product functions, prototypes and patentable solutions in the field of information and communication technology. Research and development projects are conducted in 28 research departments, nine competence centers and eight living labs. Funding is received from government agencies like the European Union, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the German Federal States and the German Research Foundation (DFG), as well as from cooperation with industrial partners. Twice a year, a committee of internationally renowned experts (Scientific Advisory Board) audits the progress and results of state-funded projects. Apart from the state governments of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Bremen, numerous renowned German and international high-tech companies from a wide range of industrial sectors are represented on the DFKI supervisory board. The DFKI model of a non-profit public-private partnership (ppp) is nationally and internationally considered a blueprint for corporate structure in the field of top-level research. DFKI is actively involved in numerous organizations representing and continuously advancing Germany as an excellent location for cutting-edge research and technology. Far beyond the country's borders DFKI enjoys an excellent reputation for its academic training of young scientists. At present, approx. 930 highly qualified researchers, administrators and 630 graduate students from more than 76 countries are contributing to more than 560 DFKI research projects. Over the years, more than 160 staff members have been appointed professors at universities in Germany and abroad.