Invited Speakers


Prof. Mérouane Debbah

Prof. Merouane Debbah

Mérouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. Since 2007, he is a Full Professor at CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). From 2007 to 2014, he was the director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. Since 2014, he is Vice-President of the Huawei France R&D center and director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab. His research interests lie in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information & communication sciences research. He is an Associate Editor in Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications and was an associate and senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing respectively in 2011-2013 and 2013-2014. Mérouane Debbah is a recipient of the ERC grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He is a IEEE Fellow, a WWRF Fellow and a member of the academic senate of Paris-Saclay. He has managed 8 EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects. He received 14 best paper awards, among which the 2007 IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the 2010 Newcom++ best paper award, the WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 and 2013 Award, the 2014 WCNC best paper award, the 2015 ICC best paper award, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize and 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, CrownCom2009, Valuetools 2012 and SAM 2014 best student paper awards. He is the recipient of the Mario Boella award in 2005, the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award in 2011 and the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award in 2012. He is the co-founder of Ximinds.

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Assoc. Prof. Rafael Capilla

Assoc. Prof. Rafael Capilla

Rafael Capilla is Associate Professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid. He received a PhD in Computer Science from his Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain. His research focuses on Software Architecture, Software Product Line Engineering, Variability Management and Dynamic Variability among other topics. He is co-editor and co-author of the first book on Systems and software Variability Management (Springer, 2013) with Jan Bosch and Kyo-Chul Kang. He has also participated in several EU and Spanish research projects and development projects with Spanish companies. Capilla is regular reviewer of well known international Journals and Magazines (TOSEM, JSS, TSE, Computer, Software), and co-author of more than 80 conference papers, Journals and book chapters including guest co-editor in three special issues for Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution (2010), Journal of Systems and Software (2010) and IEEE Software (2015). He has co-chaired several International Workshops and General Chair of the 14th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, CSMR 2010 (Madrid). At presents, he heads the Software Architecture & Internet Technologies (SAIT) research group in his university.

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Dr. Mathieu Roche

Dr Mathieu Roche

Since October 2013, Mathieu Roche is CIRAD Research Scientist (PhD, HDR) at TETIS lab. Between 2005 and 2013, he has been Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) at University Montpellier 2, France. Mathieu Roche obtained a PhD in Computer Science from University Paris XI (Orsay) in 2004. He defended his HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches - Accreditation to supervise research) in December 2011. At LIRMM, he was co-leader (2010-2012) and leader (2012-2013) of TEXT group. At the University Montpellier 2, he was in charge of the Master "Intégration de Compétences" (2008-2011). This Master welcomes more than 100 students in Computer Science. Mathieu Roche led several academic projects in text-mining such as two PEPS-CNRS projects together with linguists (2010 and 2013), MSH-M project (2012-2013),  MASTODONS-CNRS project (2013-2014), Languedoc-Roussillon Project (2016-2018). Moreover he managed numerous industrial projects. He has supervised 11 PhD students (7 PhD have already been defended) and 13 internships (Master 2 Recherche). He was co-chair of 10 conferences and workshops. He has co-edited a book in Information Retrieval in Biomedecine and 4 special issues of journals: social network (TAL), data quality (RNTI), opinion mining (RNTI), DEFT challenge (RNTI). With Jérome Azé, he created in 2005 the DEFT challenge ("DEfi Francophone de Fouille de Textes" meaning "Text Mining Challenge") which is a francophone equivalent of the TREC Conference. Since 2005 a new track of this challenge is organized each year. In 2014, he was co-chair of the Program Committee of NLDB conference (Natural Language Processing and Information Systems). A special issue of DKE journal associated to NLDB'2014 has been published in 2015.

Mathieu Roche published more than 160 papers in major international conferences (NAACL, EACL, CICLING, DEXA, etc.), and journals (Information Retrieval Journal, Information Processing & Management, Expert Systems with Applications, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Intelligent Data Analysis Journal, SIGMOD Record, etc.).

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