Vittore Casarosa graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pisa in 1966. After a few years spent as a researcher at CSCE (Center for Study of Electronic Computers), a research center newly established in Pisa by CNR (the Italian National Research Council), he has spent many years in the R&D laboratories of IBM in Italy, France and in the US.
Since 1996 he is a Scientific Advisor to the Italian National Research Council, at the Institute for Information Science and Technology in Pisa (ISTI-CNR), where he is associated with the activities of the Multimedia Laboratory in the field of Digital Libraries.
Between 2002 and 2008 he was a Deputy Director of DELOS, the Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries. Between 2008 and 2010 he collaborated with the Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute (HATII) at Glasgow University, driving training activities on the preservation of digital objects.
Since 1996 he has a teaching assignment at the Department of Engineering at the University of Pisa, where he teaches a course on Technologies for e-Commerce (Web Services). Since 2007 he is also teaching assignments at the Open University of Bolzano (Department of Computer Science), at the University of Parma (DILL International Master Programme) and at the University of Pisa (Department of Digital Humanities), where he teaches courses on Digital Libraries.
He has worked with Parma University to develop a joint distance education International Masters Programme on information science. She also works as a part time lecturer for University of Parma and has been a teacher in the Digital Library Learning (DILL) master programme since 2008.
Aira Lepik is a lecturer at the Institute of Information Studies, Tallinn University, Estonia. She is working at Tallinn University since she received PhD in Library and Information Science (1983) from Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. She has been Head of the Department of Information Studies (1993-1996; 1997-1999) and Head of Graduate School of Social Sciences (2001-2008) at Tallinn University.
She has served as Tallinn University’s representative on a number of international committees, and been a board member of the Nordic Research School in Library and Information Science (NORSLIS) since 2004, and served as a member of the program committee of the International Master’s Program in Digital Library Learning (DILL) under the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Program (2007–2013). She has served as a member of the IFLA’s Standing Committee of Education and Training for three terms (1995-1999, 2001-2005 and 2005-2009, she was a Secretary of Section on 1997-1999). She has been Chairperson of Research Council of the National Library of Estonia for two terms (2003-2005 and 2005-2007) and nominated as member of Research Council of the National Library of Latvia since 2007.
Her areas of research and teaching are the assessment of information services, the marketing of information in the digital environment, and the management of human resources in digital libraries.
Aira Lepik has published more than ninety papers in various journals and conference proceedings both nationally and internationally, and has been a visiting professor and scholar in the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Finland, Norway, Italy and Russia.
Throughout his career, Carlo Meghini has carried out research in the area of information systems, starting with databases, then moving on to multimedia information retrieval, and finally to digital libraries. He has worked on the theoretical aspects of information modelling of these three fields, using mathematical logic as a modelling language and computational complexity as an evaluation tool. In more than thirty years of research, he has published more than ninety papers in international scientific conferences and journals. Sub-section 6.1 gives a very condensed summary of this large body of work, highlighting the major achievements. Parallel to this theoretical stream of work, he has carried out an applied stream of work, aimed at transfering the results of research into prototypical information systems, used in various application fields. This applied activity has been carried out in the context of projects, mostly international, funded by the European Commission. As his career progressed, he has moved towards leading roles in these projects, culminated in the Coordination of PRELIDA, an FP7 Coordination Action on the preservation of Linked Data ended in 2014. Sub-section 6.2 gives the list of projects in which he has been involved, providing only general information about each project.
Anna Maria Tammaro
Anna Maria Tammaro is a professor at Parma University, where she has served as Rector Delegate for eLearning since 2008 and Local Coordinator of the Master Erasmus Mundus Digital Library Learning since 2007. Her international expertise in the field of Digital Libraries has been recognised through her roles as Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, U.S. and as Education and Research Division Chair as a Member of Governing Board and of Standing Committee with IPA-International Publishers Association on behalf of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Her publications and research interests span DL curriculum; quality assurance and inter-university, international educational programmes and eLearning.
Sirje Virkus is a professor at the Institute of Information Studies, Tallinn University, Estonia. She is working at Tallinn University since 1985 and has been the Head of the Department of Information Studies (1999-2002 and 2005-2007) and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1999-2000) at Tallinn University. Since October 2012 she is a Head of the Centre for Information and Knowledge Management of the Institute of Information Studies. Since 2007 she has been engaged in the consortium of the international collaborative MA programme Digital Library Learning (DILL) and works as the coordinator of the programme at Tallinn University.
She is a board member of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) since 2003 and served as the member of the EADTU Executive Committee for the period 2009-2011. In 1998 – 2001 she was a representative of Tallinn University at the Nordic Information Studies Research Education Network/NordIS-Net. In 2012 she was elected as an Erasmus Ambassador in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Erasmus programme by the European Commission. Since 2011 she has been involved as a member of the expert commission in the process of accreditation of higher education in Estonia, Croatia and Greece. In 2011 – 2015 she was a member of the Council of the National Library of Estonia.
Her research interests are focused on the development of information-related competencies (information literacy, digital literacy, media literacy), ICT innovation in education and internationalisation. She has written more than 150 research publications. She belongs to the editorial board of several high quality scientific journals (e.g. Information Research, Education for Information, Library Review, Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, International Information & Library Review, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML)) and conference programme committees. She received her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom (“Development of Information-related Competencies in European Higher Open and Distance Learning: An Exploration of Contextual Factors”).
She has been a visiting professor in many countries, including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Francesco Zanichelli received the Dr.Eng degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Bologna and obtained a research grant from IBM Italy in the area of industrial robotics at the same university. In 1993 he spent a research period at the University of Florida to work on mobile robotics. In 1994 Francesco Zanichelli received his Ph.D. degree in Information Technologies at the University of Parma.
Francesco Zanichelli is currently an Aggregate Professor with the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Parma where he is currently teaching Information Systems in the Master’s degree course of Computer Engineering, for which he is also Responsible of Quality Assurance. He previously taught Operating Systems (Bachelor degree course of Computer, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering), Multimedia Systems (Master’s degree course of Computer Engineering) and Information Systems and Databases courses (Master’s degree course of Engineering Management). Francesco Zanichelli is the Programme Coordinator for the 8th edition of the International Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science – Digital Library Learning, whose partners are Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Tallinn University and University of Parma. He is also the local Programme coordinator for the 7th edition as well as a teacher for the Access module. Francesco Zanichelli taught in several Master courses at the University of Parma, namely in the Supply Chain Management for Food Industry and in the Information and Network Security in Enterprises and Public Administration courses (for which he was also a member of the Programme Committee). He is currently coordinating the participation of the University of Parma and is member of Technical and Scientific Committee for the IFTS “”Tecnico superiore specialista in applicazioni informatiche mobile con competenze HTML5, Android, iOS, Win8 e crossplatform” course funded by Emilia Romagna region.
Francesco Zanichelli is member of the Doctoral School Committee of the Doctorate School of Information Technologies at the Department of Information Engineering and has been the Thesis Supervisor for several Ph.D. students.
The research activity of Francesco Zanichelli was initially focused on intelligent robotics, in the areas of software control architectures and of sensor-based interaction for manipulator and mobile robots, as wells on real-time systems. Most significant results were achieved in the fields of programming models and environments for semi-autonomous robot systems and of adaptive algorithms for soft real-time scheduling.
Current research activity is oriented to peer-to-peer, service-oriented systems and middleware, to multimedia architectures and protocols, including security and Quality of Service issues. Particular attention has been devoted to models and architectures for information system and multimedia streams delivery to mobile systems, taking into consideration physical and network location. Performance evaluation is achieved out through simulation analysis, by emulation on the PlanetLab testbed and by means of prototypes. Among the most important scientific results achieved so far notable are:
– Advanced methodologies for the integration, access and search of services and contents in the Grid for multimedia e-learning applications;
– Innovative techniques and tools for a massively scalable decentralized representation of position information for nodes in the same area, sharing location-based services;
– Modeling and realization of a middleware endowed with autonomic capabilities for large-scale, distributed pervasive systems, and particularly for ambient intelligence applications;
– Novel architectural models for service-oriented P2P networks which have been evaluated with a new, general-purpose discrete-event simulator (DEUS).
The research activity, resulting into over 80 international journal and conference papers, has been carried out in the framework of several regional, national and international research programmes, such those funded by region Emilia-Romagna, the national Research, NATO and the European commission. Francesco Zanichelli leads the Distributed Systems Group (DSG) of the UniPR Department of Information Engineering
(http://dsg.ce.unipr.it). Francesco Zanichelli is the local coordinator of the University of Parma participation to the CINI National Laboratory for Smart Cities and Communities. He is Principal Investigator of the University of Parma participation to PlanetLab Europe. Francesco Zanichelli is the Vice Director of Co-Lab Interdepartmental Center of the University of Parma, and is member of the RFID & VIS Labs Interdepartmental Center and of National Interuniversity Consortia for Informatics (CINI) and Telecommunications (CNIT). Applied research and technology transfer activities have been performed in
several projects with multiple local companies.