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Open Panel Discussion at ACM Europe Council Meeting, Athens, 19 September 2014

ACM Europe is continuing its series of open panel discussions with "The Need to Improve Computer Science Education in Europe". All ACM members and computing professionals in Europe are invited to attend this special session of the ACM Europe Council meeting, which will focus on digital literacy and CS education in Europe. Among other issues, the discussion will address how MOOCs could play a role in complementing the various actions of the European Commission H2020 programme.

A panel of leading European computing luminaries will discuss the topic with senior ACM scientists in a public debate. The event will take place at the University of Athens on Friday 19 September. It will start at 14:30 with a presentation by Michael Caspersen, who co-chairs the recently established ACM Europe/Informatics Europe Committee on European Computing Education (CECE).

Newly elected ACM President Alexander Wolf, from Imperial College, will be part of the panel. Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science at Southampton University and a former ACM President, will chair and moderate the panel, as she has in the past events.

The panel will be located at:
University of Athens
Kostis Palamas Building, 1st Floor
Akadimias 48 & Sina Str.
10679, Athens, Greece
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NOTE: Seating is limited. Attendees must pre-register. Registration is free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.

Listen to the previous panel session, The Future of Computer Science Research in Europe, held at the ACM Europe Council meeting in London, 3 March 2014.


Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng
Professor of Computer Science
University of Southampton, UK

Dame Wendy Hall is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton. She is one of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the Semantic Web, and Web Science. Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences. She is Managing Director of the Web Science Trust. She also helps shape science and engineering policy and education, and in promoting the role of women in science and technology. Hall became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2009. She was ACM President from 2008-2010.


Muffy Calder, OBE FRSE FREng
Chief Scientific Advisor, Scotland, UK
Professor of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Muffy Calder is Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland and Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University. Her research is in modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex software and biochemical systems using computer science, mathematics and automated reasoning techniques. In 2011 Calder was awarded an OBE for services to Computer Science and a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. Calder also played a key role in establishing the British Computer Society's Academy of Computing as a partnership between the UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC), the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and BCS. Before becoming Chief Scientific Advisor, she was a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow and Dean for Research in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

Michael E. Caspersen
Director of Centre for Science Education and Associate Professor
Aarhus University, Denmark

Michael E. Caspersen is Director of the Centre for Science Education and Associate Professor in Programming and Programming Didactics in the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University. His research interests are in computing education, programming didactics, programming methodology, and object-oriented programming. He has chaired or organized more than 30 international computing education conferences, and was member of the ACM Education Council from 2006-2009. He is Co-chair of the joint ACM Europe/Informatics Europe Committee on European Computing Education (CECE) and is an ACM Distinguished Educator.

Kathy Kikis-Papadakis
Principal Researcher, Head of Educational Research & Evaluation Group
Institute of Applied Computational Mathematics/Foundation for Research and Technology—Hellas, Greece

Kathy Kikis-Papadakis leads the Educational Research and Evaluation Group at IACM/FORTH. Her research focuses on educational policy and evaluation, as well as on gender equity issues in learning and working. She collaborates with international organizations and contributes to the design of international and EU programmes and studies. Her research interests include the study of innovation in education from an inclusiveness perspective; the effect of ICT on teaching, learning and policy; articulation of reflective evaluation frameworks; gender and socio-cultural effects; capacity building; effects in assessment approaches; effects of educational outcomes on society; and coherence of educational policy. She has coordinated more than 20 and participated in over 30 international research projects, funded by the European Commission.

Andrew McGettrick
Professor Emeritus
University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

Andrew McGettrick is Professor Emeritus in the Computing and Information Sciences Department at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He served as Chair of the Department there for around 14 years. In the UK he chaired various national committees that had responsibility for UK benchmark standards at bachelors level and Masters level. As Vice President of the British Computer Society he was involved in the creation of EQANIE, the European Quality Assessment Network in Informatics. His research interests are in software engineering (in particular formal methods in support of safety critical systems); use of computers in support of teaching and learning; and quality issues in higher education. He is Past Chair of the ACM Education Board and Education Council, and has been involved in the joint ACM/BCS committees producing curricular guidance.

George Metakides
University of Patras, Greece

George Metakides is Professor at the University of Patras, President of the Digital Enlightenment Forum, President of the Scientific Board of the Computer Technology Institute, and Advisor to several international organizations. Since 1984, he has held senior positions with responsibility for Research & Development policy, funding and international co-operation in European institutions. He established and headed the Department for Basic Research and International Scientific Relations in Information Technologies at the European Commission, then served as Director of the European Strategic Program for Information Technologies (ESPRIT) from 1993 until its completion in 1998, followed by the Information Society Technologies (IST) Program (1998-2002). He has contributed to the establishment of international institutions (including the launch of the World Wide Web consortium), and is a corresponding member of several national academies. Metakides is involved in the promotion of co-operation in Web Science and its applications in the EU and other regions.

Fabio Pianesi
Research Director, EIT ICT Labs
Senior Researcher, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Professor, University of Trento, Italy

Fabio Pianesi is Research Director of EIT ICT Labs and Senior Researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK). He served as head of the TCC (Cognitive and Communication Technologies) division (2003-2008) of FBK-irst, head of the joint FBK-UniTn Computational Cognition Laboratory (2008-2011) and manager of the Ambient Assisted Living activities of FBK (2008-2011). He teaches Cognitive Ergonomics at the University of Trento. His current research interests include Human Behaviour Analysis and Life Logging; Social Computing; and Independent Living.

Alexander Wolf
Professor, Department of Computing
Imperial College London, UK
ACM President

Alexander Wolf holds a Chair in Computing at Imperial College London. He is President of ACM (2014-2016). Wolf works in several areas of experimental and theoretical computer science, including software engineering, distributed systems, and networking. He is best known for seminal contributions to software architecture, software deployment, automated process discovery (the seed of the business intelligence field), distributed publish/subscribe communication, and content-based networking. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE, Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, holder of a UK Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award, winner of two ACM SIGSOFT Research Impact Awards, and is an ACM Distinguished Speaker.