International Advisory Board

Formed in 2016, our International Advisory Board (IAB) reviews performance and offers guidance to influence and shape the strategy of TU Wien Informatics.

International Adivsory Board 2016–2019: Hans Akkermans, Edward Lee, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Carlo Ghezzi and Moshe Vardi (with Hannes Werthner, right, Gerti Kappel, center, and Uwe Egly, left).
International Adivsory Board 2016–2019: Hans Akkermans, Edward Lee, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Carlo Ghezzi and Moshe Vardi (with Hannes Werthner, right, Gerti Kappel, center, and Uwe Egly, left).
Picture: TU Wien

Functions Of The IAB

The experience and expertise of our IAB members reflect our international aspirations and our desire to provide students with an inspiring and world class learning experience. Board members volunteer their time to support our projects and initiatives. The board meets once a year with individual members engaged in School activities between meetings.

The members give advice and assist the Dean and the faculty on areas such as:

  1. Developing the faculty’s goals of leadership in research and learning, and to enhance the student experience.
  2. Developing an international and national presence within networks of practice.
  3. New ideas and developments, acting as a sounding board and constructively challenging assumptions and the operating routines of the faculty where appropriate.

Board Members 2020 – 2023

Due to the SARS CoV-2 pandemic, we had to postpone the appointment of board members for the 2020–2023 term until autumn 2020.

Board Members 2016 – 2019

Hans Akkermans

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)

Hans Akkermans is a professor and the head of the Business Informatics Section at the Free University Amsterdam and is an international consultant. His research interests are interdisciplinary information science, distributed intelligence, and innovation with advanced information and communication technologies (ICT). He’s the chair of the board of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Information and Knowledge Systems, the scientific director of EnerSearchAB, an international industrial consortium on ICT in energy, and the coordinator of this area for the European Commission. He also leads Vubis, the Amsterdam multidisciplinary research center for business infor-mation sciences. He holds a cum laude PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Groningen.

Carlo Ghezzi

  • Politecnico di Milano (IT)

Carlo is a Professor and Chair of Software Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He has been the Rector’s delegate for research, past member of the Academic Senate and of the Board of Governors, and past Department Chair. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, Member of Academia Europaea, Member of the Italian Academy of Sciences (Istituto Lombardo). Carlo has been awarded the 2006 ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award, and is a former President of Informatics Europe. He served on the evaluation board of several international research projects and institutions in Europe, Japan, and the USA. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of Communications of the ACM, Science of Computer Programming, Service Oriented Computing and Applications, and Computing.

Edward A. Lee

  • UC Berkeley (USA)

Edward is the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley. His group studies cyber-physical systems, which integrate physical dynamics with software and networks. He is the director of the nine-university TerraSwarm Research Center, a director of iCyPhy, the Berkeley Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center, and the director of the Berkeley Ptolemy project. He is a co-founder of BDTI, Inc., where he is currently a Senior Technical Advisor, and has consulted for a number of other companies. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, won the 1997 Frederick Emmons Terman Award for Engineering Education, and received the 2016 Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems (TCRTS).

Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann

  • University of Geneva (CH) and Nanyang Technological University (CN)

Nadia is the Founder and Director of the MIRALab, an interdisciplinary lab in Human Computer Animation, University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is also Director of the Institute for Media Innovation in NTU, Singapore. Her research domains are Social Robots, mixed realities and medical simulation. In Singapore, she has developed the robot Nadine alike of herself that is able to speak, recognize people and gestures, express mood and emotions, and remember actions. All over her career, she has received several artistic and scientific Awards, among them the 2012 Humboldt Research Award, and two Doctor honoris Causa (from University of Hanover in Germany and from the University of Ottawa in Canada). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal The Visual Computer (Springer-Verlag) and is a Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Moshe Vardi

  • Rice University (USA)

Moshe is a University Professor, the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University. He is the recipient of, amongst others, three IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award. Moshe is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Mathematical Society the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science, the IEEE, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the European Academy of Science, and Academia Europaea.