Invited speakers


Javier Hernández-Ros

Head of Unit G2 – Creativity – DG Communication networks, Content and Technologies (CNECT), European Comission

Carried out Civil Engineering studies and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Joined the European Commission in 1986 and was involved in technology transfer and innovation policies.

From June 2002 to December 2010 he was Head of the "Access to Information" unit, promoting legal initiatives to support the development of the digital content industry, notably the "directive for re-use of public sector information". He was responsible for the e-Content and the Safer Internet programmes for the period 2002-2005.

In January 2011, he took over as Head of "Cultural Heritage and Technology Enhanced Learning" unit, responsible for research and innovation actions in the domains of Technology Enhanced learning, Digital Preservation and ICT for Access to Cultural Resources.

In July 2012 the Directorate General underwent a reorganisation and he now heads the "Creativity" unit within the DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. It provides research and innovation funding for the creative and cultural industries and promotes policies for the digitisation and on-line accessibility of Europe's cultural heritage


Guy Berthiaume

Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Guy Berthiaume assumed the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada on June 23, 2014. Prior to joining Library and Archives Canada, he was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec between 2009 and 2014, following a 30‑year career in academia. Dr. Berthiaume holds a Doctorate in History.

In addition to serving as a professor of Ancient History at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he held administrative positions focusing on research and university development. Previous roles include Vice-Rector, Development and Public Affairs, Université de Montréal, and Vice-Rector, Research and Creation, UQAM.


Milagros del Corral

Chair of Expert Advisor Board, European SUCCEED Program
Madrid, Spain

Milagros del Corral Beltrán (born in Madrid) is an Spanish librarian. She has been secretary General of the Spanish Federation of Publishers, and Deputy Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (1990-2005). She was Director-General of the National Library of Spain (2007-April 2010) and jury , Jury Prince of Asturias Awards on Cooperation and Literature. Consultant of international organizations (UNESCO, WIPO, ITU, European Commission and CERLALC), currently chairs the Board of the European Expert Advisor SUCCEED program dedicated to promoting the quality of the digitization of European libraries.


Tatjana Dzambazova

Technology Whisperer, Autodesk
San Francisco, USA

Tatjana Dzambazova is a trained architect with 12 years experience in architecture and design in Vienna and London. Perennially fascinated by how technology enables a more creative life, she decided to continue her career in the digital design world and has now been with Autodesk for 14 years.

A staunch believer that we are all born with a sense of creativity and innovation and the need to express it, she has been telling stories about technologies that empower while at the same time leading product development teams to transform powerful algorithms into tools accessible by wide range of people. In the past few years, Tanja was focusing on all things digitizing reality and has been leading the development of Autodesk Memento to empower artists, scientists, curators, archeologists, media professionals and others to tell their stories though digitization of captured reality. Tanja was the Autodesk producer of the Smithsonian X 3D and ongoing technical collaborator for the


Luc Van Gool

Computer Vision Laboratory, ETH Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Luc VAN GOOL studied EE at the KU Leuven (Belgium), where he became a research assistant in the Computer Vision group of prof. Oosterlinck in 1982. He holds a PhD degree from the same university. Since 1998 he is a full professor at both KU Leuven and ETH Zurich. He teaches computer vision at both universities and also leads research groups on computer vision in each.

Luc Van Gool has worked on a broad variety of computer vision topics. His experience includes texture analysis and synthesis, 2D and 3D object and object class recognition, multi-view and structured light 3D reconstruction, visual (robot) navigation, tracking and motion analysis, and visual gesture and emotion interpretation. Increasingly, parts of the research are focused on the integration of recognition – 3D – tracking. Luc Van Gool has a particular interest in how (class) recognition can influence the other two aspects. With his research, he tries to strike a balance between theoretical innovation on the one hand, and practical relevance and societal impact on the other. Several Best Paper Awards testify to the former, whereas several patents, license agreements, and spin-offs (10 so far) have resulted from the latter.

Luc Van Gool has taken part in many national and European projects. Currently, he is involved in the EU projects Remedi, Rovina, EurEyeCase, ITN-DCT, and Europa2. He also holds an Advanced ERC Grant (project VarCity). He served as Program Chair for the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2005 (Beijing) and as General Chair of the ICCV 2011 (Barcelona) and the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2014 (Zurich). He will also act as Honorary Program Chair for the ECCV 2016 (Amsterdam). He is editor-in-chief of the journal Foundations and Trends in Graphics and Computer Vision, and is or has been a member of the editorial board of several, main computer vision journals (currently Machine Vision and Applications, but he also served his terms for the International Journal on Computer Vision, the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage).


Mª del Mar Villafranca

Former Director of the Council of the Alhambra and Generalife
Granada, Spain

Maria del Mar Villafranca Jiménez studied History of Art in Granada University in 1984. Her specialist researches of heritage was manifested in her Doctoral Thesis dedicated to the origin and History of the Granada's museums. She is a cultural management and museology expert. From 2000 to 2004 she was General Director of heritage institutions in Andalucía where she developed new TICs interesting projects: the virtual library of Andalucía, the virtual visits of museums of Andalucía and the data base of collections museums in the same region. She was deputy-president of the Museo Picasso in Málaga at the same time.

Since June 2004 to July 2015 was the general Director of the Council of the Alhambra and Generalife. During her responsibility she has achieved a very important Master plan of management of the Alhambra. This plan is a reference for international heritage community. This plan has been considered example of guide of good practice in sustainable tourism and an integral vision of heritage. One of the strategic of this plan is dedicated to relations between the Alhambra and new technology of Information and Communication.

She is author of many books, papers and articles about museology, heritage and cultural management and was the general director of the restoration process of the fountain of the lions of the Alhambra.