Schahram DustdarTowards Active Inference for Distributed Intelligence in the Computing Continuum

Schahram Dustdar

Head of the Research Division of Distributed Systems at the TU Wien, Austria

Schahram Dustdar is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the TU Wien, heading the Research Division of Distributed Systems, Austria. He holds several honorary positions: University of California (USC) Los Angeles; Monash University in Melbourne, Shanghai University, Macquarie University in Sydney, and University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA.
From 1999 – 2007, he worked as the co-founder and chief scientist of Caramba Labs Software AG in Vienna (acquired by ProjectNetWorld AG), a venture capital co-funded software company focused on software for collaborative processes in teams. He is the co-founder of (an EdTech company based in the US) and co-founder and chief scientist of, a Nanjing, China-based R&D organization focusing on IoT and Edge Intelligence.
He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). Dustdar is the recipient of multiple awards: IEEE TCSVC Outstanding Leadership Award (2018), IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing (2019), ACM Distinguished Scientist (2009), ACM Distinguished Speaker (2021), IBM Faculty Award (2012). He is an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, as well as an IEEE Fellow(2016) and an Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) Fellow (2021) and was AAIA president (from 2020-2021).


Modern distributed systems also deal with uncertain scenarios, where environments, infrastructures, and applications are widely diverse. In the scope of IoT-Edge-Fog-Cloud computing, leveraging these neuroscience-inspired principles and mechanisms could aid in building more flexible solutions able to generalize over different environments. A captivating set of hypotheses from the field of neuroscience suggests that human and animal brain mechanisms result from a few powerful principles. If proved to be accurate, these assumptions could open a deep understanding of the way humans and animals manage to cope with the unpredictability of events and imagination.


Maribel Yasmina SantosUnlocking Insights: Empowering Decision-Making in Data-Driven Environments

Maribel Yasmina Santos

Department of Information Systems, University of Minho, Portugal

Maribel Yasmina Santos is a Full Professor in Information Systems and Technologies at the Department of Information Systems, University of Minho, Portugal. She is a Senior Researcher at the ALGORITMI Research Centre and at the CCG/ZGDV ICT Innovation Institute, where she leads the data engineering and analytics group. Her research interests include Business Intelligence and Analytics, with a focus on Big Data Analytics, including data architectures, data processing, data analysis, and data visualization. Maribel Yasmina Santos was Vice-Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Minho (2019-2022), Dean of the Pedagogical Council of the School of Engineering at the University of Minho (2019-2022), and Associate Director of the Department of Information Systems at the University of Minho (2010-2014). Maribel was actively involved in AGILE (Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe), serving as Secretary-General (2013-2015) and Member of the AGILE council (2011-2015). Maribel Yasmina Santos is a member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), contributing to advancing data science and analytics and enhancing the role of data to drive business insights and innovation.


In today's data-driven landscape, strategic deployment of data architectures is pivotal for facilitating decision-making in data-intensive applications. From streamlining data ingestion to enabling complex analytics workflows, these architectures support extracting actionable insights from vast and varied datasets. This talk explores the intersection of data architectures and decision-making, highlighting their close relationship in driving business value and innovation, and discusses common data architectures such as traditional data warehouses, massive storage in data lakes, emerging data lakehouses, and the decentralised data mesh, highlighting their role in fostering data science and analytics capabilities, and in enabling informed decision-making in our increasingly data-centric world.


Raimundas MatulevičiusInformation Security in Digital Business and Intelligent Systems

Raimundas Matulevičius

Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu, Estonia

Raimundas Matulevičius received a Ph.D. degree in computer and information science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is currently a Professor of information security at the University of Tartu, Estonia, and leads the Information Security Research Group ( His publication record includes more than 120 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops. He is the author of the book Fundamentals of Secure System Modeling (Springer, 2017). His research interests include information security and privacy, security risk management, security and privacy by design, and model-driven security in intelligent infrastructure, blockchain, and information systems. He has been involved in the SPARTA H2020 project, Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership programs CyberPhish, BlockNet, and BLISS. Currently, Raimundas Matulevičius is the principal researcher in CHESS (EU Horizon Europe) and CHAISE (Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances program) projects.


Nowadays, digitalization and intelligent infrastructure change human activities and industrial systems. Disruptive technologies, such as cloud computing, blockchain, AI/ML systems, and others, have become applicable in various domains, including self-driving vehicles, e-health, innovative city applications, and industrial automated systems. The intensive use of these technologies also generates sand manages a lot of data and information, which should be used for the intended purposes, made available when needed, and integral to making correct decisions. It means that security should be treated as the first-level citizen in the digitalized processes and intelligent infrastructures.
This talk will consider the assets and values of digitalized systems and intelligent infrastructures. We will discuss the necessity to protect them against unauthorized access, harm, and risks. We will highlight how one can apply disruptive technology to protect intelligent infrastructures. However, we will also discuss the security weaknesses of this technology and countermeasures to mitigate them.