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The Academic profile of scholars lecturing in the workshop directed by José María Díaz Nafría (Munich University of Applied Sciences and Universidad de León) and Enrique Díez Gutiérrez (Universidad de León) is offered herewith.


Scholars

Jose Francisco ÁLVAREZ ÁLVAREZ
 

(Islas Canarias, 1950), Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UNED, Madrid and Founding Member of the Cybersociety Observatory. Doctor in Philosophy by the University of La Laguna where he was Professor of Logic from 1974 to 1984. He was Vice-chancellor for research and vice-chancellor for International Relations of UNED. He has ben associated researcher at the Darwin Collega, Cambridge, UK (1992-1993), researcher with chair of excellence CANACYT -México- in 1994. He has partaken in a number of national and international projects, particularly in the field of bounded axiological rationality, argumentation theory, the emergence of norms in scientific activity, knowledge transference, social and cultural transformations associated to ICTs.
Lecture: New landscapes of rationality at the global village (Friday).
Round Tables: Global Scenarios, Reasonable Hopes (Friday); Firm handholds over feeble terrains at the era of the global information (Saturday).

José María DÍAZ NAFRÍA

(Doctor in Telecommunication Engineering by the Technical University of Madrid and graduated in Philosophy by the National University for Distance Education, UNED) he is currently Scholar at the Univerity of León, Spain, and at the Hochschule München, Germany. Between 1997 and 2009, he was associate professor at the University Alfonso X el Sabio. He worked as researcher 
at the Vienna University of Technology (in 1996), and at the Technical University of Madrid (1997-2002). He has been invited Professor by several universities in Germany and Austria. He is Vice-president for Communications of theInternational Society of Information Studies (ISIS), part of the board of directors of the Science of Information Institute (SoII), member of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group (UTI), of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE), of the editorial teams of the Journal TripleC and IRIE. His research interests lie in the observation problem (both in the electromagnetic field and in general), and in models of technological development (telecommunication; culture, society and man).

Lecture: Feasible Utopias at the network society (Saturday).
Round Table: Possible Worlds and Avoidable Illusions (Saturday).

Enrique DÍEZ GUTIÉRREZ

(Doctor in Education Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid; M.S. in Philosophy, B.A. Social Work, B.S. Social Education, B.S. Specialist in educational organization) he is Professor at the Faculty of Education, where he carries out teaching and research in the fields of intercultural education, ICTs in education, as well as gender and diversity education. He has participated in more than 15 R&D projects. He has published 11 books (among them "Neoliberal globalization and its repercussions on education", 2007), 79 chapter books, 124 scientific articles, more than 132 contributions to national and international conferences, and numerous popular contributions in media<Biography in Wikipedia>
Lecture: Alternatives to the Dogma of Growth (Sunday)
Round Table: Global Scenarios, Reasonable Hopes (Friday), Building a Decent World for all (Sunday)

Gordana DODIG-CRNKOVIC

(Ph.D. in Theoretical Physicas at University of Zagreb, 1988; Ph.D. in Computer Science at Mälardalen University Sweden, 2006) is Associate Professor of Computing at Mälardalen University, Sweden. After finishing her PhD in Physics, she worked as a researcher at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb. She moved to Sweden working at ABB Atom as criticality safety analyst. In the third phase, she joined Mälardalen University, making her second PhD in Computer Science, entitled Investigations into Information Semantics and Ethics of Computing. Her research includes info-computational modeling and philosophy of computing and information. She is teaching courses in Theory of Science, Computing and Philosophy, Ethics, and Formal Languages and Automata. She organized ECAP 2005 conference and published around hundred articles including one authored ("Information and Computation Nets") and two edited books: "Computation, Information, Cognition" (with S. Stuart) and "Information and Computation" (with M. Burgin).<personal page>
Lecture: Information and Computation: Heads and Tails of the Universe’s Evolution (Saturday).
Round Table: Cosmological Perspectives of the possible worlds (Saturday).

Daniel DOMÍNGUEZ FIGAREDO

Professor and researcher at the Faculty of Education, UNED, Madrid. His research interests focus on the technological mediation and educational theories that support learning in cybersocial environments. In his latest contributions he has deepened the analysis of social learning in open networked spaces, the distributed knowledge management, open educational resources and virtual worlds heuristics, since the focus of lifelong learning. He has participated in numerous conferences and coordinated research projects at national and international level. He was Head of Digital Services at UNED (www.uned.es), 2007-2010. He is currently Chairman of the CyberSociety Observatory (www.cibersociedad.net). He has coordinated and managed a number of relevant projects in the fields of Education and ICTs, and cybersociety.
Lecture: Ubiquitous Participation in Hybrid Environments (Sunday).
Round Tables: Possible Worlds and Avoidable Illusions (Saturday), Building a Decent World for all (Sunday).

Peter K. FLEISSNER

(Born 1944, telecommunication engineering from the Vienna University of Technology; MS in economy and PhD in econometrics from the Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna) is currently Chair of the association Transform!at (he co-founded in 2006) and Scientific Curator of the Technisches Museum Wien (since 2010). He was Head of the Institute of Design and Assessment of New Technologies (1990-2006) at the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria. For seven years, he was temporary agent for the European Union by the European Commission and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. Before 1990, he worked for the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis; as research scholar at MIT (USA) and at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria). He has successfully managed many national and international projects and has worked as member and consultant at many academic, industrial, labour and social institutions. He has authored and edited numerous scientific publications. <personal page>
Lecture: Man does not live by information alone: an economy at human’s height is of course possible! (Saturday).
Round Tables: Firm handholds over feeble terrains at the era of the global information (Saturday), Building a Decent World for all (Sunday).

Beatriz FRANCO MIELGO

Certified soundpainter, she was trained under direction of Walter Thompson, author of the language, in Paris and Belgium. Pianist of classical training, she established in Paris in 2004 granted by Auditorio Ciudad de León. Interested in contemporaneous music, improvisation and scenic arts, she partakes in a number of improvisation courses, premieres and continues training in corporal mime since 2007 with Hippocampe ensemble. Nowadays her artistic activity focuses on multidisciplinary-, improvisation- and soundpainting performances with Trafic ensemble she co-founded in 2009.
Direction of the Soundpainting Workshop: Lyrical performance concerning Solidarity (Friday to Sunday)

Wolfgang HOFKIRCHNER

(born 1953 in Vienna; Dr.phil. in political science and psychology) is Professor for Internet & Society at the ICT&S Center, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg since 2004 and Associate Professor for technology assessment at the Institute for Design and Technology Assessment, Vienna University of Technology Since 2001. Specialised in Science-Technology-Society, current focus on Information Society Theory and Foundations of Information Science. He directs the Research Group in Unified Theory of Information (UTI) and is member to, and serving on the board of, numerous scientific societies, member of 3 editorial boards and editor of the open-access online journal TripleC and a book series. Published 130 contributions in the field, including 18 monographs or edited volumes. <personal page>
Lecture: Foundations of hope for a global and sustainable knowledge society (Friday).
Round Tables: Global Scenarios, Reasonable Hopes (Friday), Building a Decent World for all (Sunday).

Julián MARCELO COCHO

(Naval  Engineer and Computing Engineer; MSc. Industry Management; PhD. in Computing Engineering) Professor emeritus of information systems at the Universitat Politècnica de València. He is expert in information technology and Information Organisation and Management, fields in which it is worth highlighting his research in risk and security of systems  and projects of high complexity or general uncertanity. He has been scholar in several universities; international officer between 1982 and 1988, directing the UN's Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics (IBI) and Board of News Agency IBIPRESS; direction of IBI's International Institut for Industrial Informatics.
Lecture: Security without excluded in an uncertain world (Saturday).
Round Tables: Firm handholds over feeble terrains at the era of the global information (Saturday), Building a Decent World for all (Sunday).

Silvia MAZZINI

Lecturer at the Faculty of General and Interdisciplinary Studies of the Hochschule München and at the Institute for Cultural Sciences of the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany. She studied Philosophy and Theatre Sciences in Milan. MA in Aesthetics and PhD in Phylosphy from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is co-founder of IF, an experimental theatre project in Italy, and works as dramaturge and theater author for different theatre companies. On her fields of expertise, she has a number of relevant publications, for instance, book: "Für eine mannigfaltige mögliche Welt. Kunst und Politik bei Ernst Bloch und Gianni Vattimo" (For a plural, possible World. Art and Politics from Ernst Bloch and Gianni Vattimo, Frankfurt a.M., 2010). <personal page>
Lecture: Other worlds are posible (an aproximation to art and politcs from Bloch and Vattimo) (Saturday)
Round Table: Possible Worlds and Avoidable Illusions (Saturday).

F
rancisco SALTO ALEMANY

(Doctor in Philosophy by the Universidad de Salamanca) He studied in theRuhruniversität Bochum (Germany) and was visiting scholar in Leuven (Belgium) and Princeton (New Jersey, USA). He is professor of Logic at the University of León, Spain since 2002 and collaborates with the Institute for Logic, Cognition, Language and Information at the University of the Basque Country. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the Science of Information Institute (SoII), of the Research Group on Philosophical Logic at the Universidad de Salamanca, of the Humanities Quality Research Group at the Universidad de León, of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group (UTI), of the editorial board of the journalTripleC. His research on mathematical logic and philosophy has been published in different papers and journals.

Round Tables: Global Scenarios, Reasonable Hopes (Friday); Cosmological Perspectives of the possible worlds (Saturday).


Modestos STAVRAKIS

Lecturer at the Department of Products and Systems Design Engineering of the University of the Aegean. He holds a PhD in Design from the same university, MSc in Computer Aided Graphical Technology Applications and BA(hons), in C.Visualisation from the University of Teesside (UK). He worked as a researcher in the areas of interaction design, distance learning, multimedia design, 3D modeling, virtual reality installations design, collaborative systems design for supporting design processes and the development of assistive technologies (VR and web) related to the support of visually impaired. His research has led to the co-authoring of journals and conference publications and book chapters in the areas of Interaction Design, User Experience Design, HCI, computer aided collaborative design, web information systems, computer assistive technologies, virtual reality, digital media design, digital arts and distance/e-learning. In these areas he lectures to undergraduate and post-graduate students. <personal page>
Lecture: Virtual Ecosystems of Collaboration (Sunday).
Round Tables: Building a Decent World for all (Sunday).

Jorge VALENCIA

MSc. in Education, specialized in Music, but with so many abilities as books at home, Jorge Valencia has carried out his professional activity mainly thanks to his reputation achived autodicatically in the realm of informatic, electronics and telecommunications. Outstanding for the development of multiple projects in the fild of GNU, fundation of new associations, user groups and social movementes directly related to new technologies. <Personal Web>.
Ponencia: Del software libre al gobierno abierto, Comprendiendo las redes sociales (domingo).
Mesa redonda: Possible worlds and Avoidable Illussions (Sat.), Building a Decent World for all (Sun.)

Rainer E. ZIMMERMANN

Dr. Zimmermann receives his PhD in Mathematics in 1977 from Frei Universität Berlin; PhD in Philosophy in 1988 from TU Berlin. Since 1995, he is Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of General and Interdisciplinary studies (FK 13) at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. His interdisciplinary profile can be clearly observed in the varied positions he has held in his academic career: In 1998, Habilitation in Natural Philosophy (University of Kassel) – since then member (Privatdozent) of the department there; 1999/2000 Visiting Scholar at the History and Philosophy of Science Department and Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, both at Cambridge (UK) – since then Life Member of Clare Hall; 2001 Research Visitor to the University of Bologna, Cooperative Research Project there under the title "Reconstruction of the Historical City Centre"; 2003 Senior Visiting Fellow to the Institute of Advanced Studies, Villa Gandolfi Pallavicini, University of Bologna; 2006 International Visiting Professor at the Information and Communication Technologies and Society program, University of Salzburg; 2010/2011 Visiting Professor, Centre for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin
Lecture: A cooperative universe: from the space-time structure to the social structure (Saturday). 
Round Table: Cosmological Perspectives of the possible worlds (Saturday).


Departments / Involved Centers

  • Faculty of General and Interdisciplinary Studies of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Department of General and Specific  Didactics and Education Theory of the University of León, Spain
  • Department of Mechanical, Informatics and Aerospatial Engineering of the University of León
  • Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science of the UNED, Spain
  • Institute for Design and Technology Assessment, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering of the University of the Aegean, Greece
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