We are very proud to present our outstanding keynote speakers for 2015:

Luciano Floridi

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford

Abstract: Big Data, Small Patterns, Subtle Consequences

It is estimated that humanity accumulated ca. 0.8 zettabytes between the beginning of human life and 2009. By 2020, the total amount of data will have grown forty times and reached 35 zettabytes. This figure is expected to grow, meaning that most data humanity ever recorded will soon be digital and produced within living memory. In this presentation, I shall analyse the phenomenon, and argue that one of the main challenges posed by “big data” is small patterns, and that small patterns have subtle consequences in terms of understanding human knowledge and behaviour.


Prof Luciano Floridi (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is the Director of Research of the Oxford Internet Institute. His most recent books, all published by Oxford University Press, are: The Fourth Revolution – How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014), The Ethics of Information (2013), The Philosophy of Information (2011). Among his current positions, he is member of Google Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten” and Chairman of the Ethics Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework (EMIF).

Pablo N. Mendes

Research Scientist at IBM Research Almaden

Abstract: Cognitive Computing for the Masses with IBM Watson

In 2011 IBM’s Watson supercomputer defeated grand champions Rutter and Jennings in the American TV game show Jeopardy. Since then, Watson’s capabilities have been extended to process specialized information in a number of industry sectors. With the creation of the IBM Watson group, the cognitive computing capabilities of Watson are being brought to the cloud to foster partnerships with small, medium and large enterprises. This is a huge opportunity: the IDC predicts that by 2018, 1 in 2 people will regularly use services based on cognitive computing.
In this talk I will present an overview of IBM Watson and the cognitive computing research and development conducted by our group at the IBM Almaden Research Center. I will discuss opportunities that arise from using our technology to solve complex problems, and show how you can customize IBM Watson to help with your particular challenges.


Pablo N. Mendes is Research Scientist at IBM Research Almaden within the innovation division for the IBM Watson Group. Before coming to IBM, he worked as a Research Associate for 3 years in Germany at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, leading research efforts as part of European Union-funded projects. Before his stay in Berlin, Pablo was a Research Assistant for 5 years in the USA at the University of Georgia and at the Kno.e.sis Center at Wright State University. He has worked as an intern at Yahoo! Search in California (summer 2008) and Yahoo! Research Barcelona (summer 2009). He is interested in research and development of efficient and effective information extraction, knowledge discovery and analytics. He is the author of 37+ research papers (cited over 1300 times, h-index 16) and open source projects such as DBpedia Spotlight, Twarql, Sieve and Cuebee.

Klaus Tochtermann


Director ZBW, Professor at Kiel University

Abstract: Science in Transition: How important actually is Research Data Management?

The talk starts with examples highlighting the importance of appropriate management of research data in economics. In a next step it reports about a public consultation on „Science 2.0 – Science in Transition“ conducted by the European Commission in 2014. Within this context the talk clarifies the notion of different terms such as eScience, Science 2.0 and Open Science and shows how they are related to one another. After this the key drivers and barriers for Science 2.0 will be presented. One of the most important barriers is the lack of integration of research infrastructures to properly manage scientific information including research data. To this end, the talk will propose solutions which might help overcome the identified limitations.


Klaus Tochtermann studied Computer Science at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (Germany) and at Dortmund University (Germany). He earned his doctorate degree in Computer Science in 1995. In 1996 he received a scholarship of the Max-Kade Foundation, Inc. USA and spent his post-doc at the Center for the Studies of Digital Libraries at the A&M University in Texas (USA). During this time he conducted studies in the field of digital libraries and Internet-based applications and services for digital libraries. From 1997 to 2000 he was department head for Environmental Information Systems at the FAW Ulm (Germany). Since October 2000 he has been the director of Austria’s first industry-based research institute on knowledge management Know-Center. In 2004 he was appointed as professor for knowledge management at Graz University of Technology. Since 2010 Klaus Tochtermann has been director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and professor for Computer Science at Kiel University. ZBW is the world’s largest library in economics. For its excellence and radical innovation, ZBW has been awarded as „Library of the Year 2014“ in Germany. The current research of Klaus Tochtermann includes Science 2.0 and Social Media and Semantic Technologies. He serves as expert in several advisory boards of German and European research bodies.