The members of the 1st Europe Summer School program committee are ACM and ACM Europe leaders as well as experts from the scientific community.


Yannis Ioannidis  is currently a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens, as well as the President and General Director of the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center. His research interests include database and information systems, personalization and social networks, data infrastructures and digital libraries & repositories, scientific systems and workflows, eHealth systems, and human-computer interaction, topics on which he has published over one hundred articles in leading journals and conferences. He also holds three patents. Yannis has been a (co-)principal investigator in over thirty five research projects funded by various government agencies and has been a member of the program committees of over sixty conferences, six times as (co-)chair. Yannis has served as the ACM SIGMOD Chair (July 2009-June 2013), following a 4-year term as Vice-Chair, and is or has been a member of several other executive bodies of professional organizations  and Scientific Advisory Boards. In 2017, Professor Yannis E. Ioannidis received the 2017 ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award for his sustained leadership and dedicated service to the database community, especially as part of the SIGMOD Executive Committee and the VLDB Endowment.


Panagiota Fatourou (ACM-W, ACM-Europe Council) an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete, Greece and an affiliated faculty member at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). She has been an EcoCloud visiting Professor at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences,École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Prior to joining the University of Crete and FORTH ICS, she was a full-time faculty member at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Ioannina. She has worked as a postdoc at Max-Planck Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken, Germany, and at the Computer Science Department of theUniversity of Toronto, Canada. She got a degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete, Greece, and a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. Her research interests focus on theoretical aspects of computer science with emphasis on the theory of parallel and distributed computing. Panagiota Fatourou is an elected member of the ACM Europe Council and a member of the Executive Committee of ACM-W Europe. She has served as the editor of the Distributed Computing Column of the Bulletin of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (BEATCS) and as the General Chair of the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC 2013). She is an ACM Distinguished Speaker.

Fabrizio Gagliardi is Distinguished Research Director at Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain, where he oversees the long-term international alliance strategy of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. He is founding member and Chair of the ACM Europe Council, and serves on the boards of Informatics Europe and several other technology groups. Previously, he was Director, Microsoft Research, External Research (Microsoft Research Connections) for Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2009 to 2013. A pioneer in developing and introducing Grid computing in Europe, he was Principal Investigator and Director of the EU-DataGrid and EGEE (Enabling Grids for E-sciencE) projects in Europe from 2000 to 2005. Over his 30-year career at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Gagliardi had responsibility for data acquisition and management. He also managed joint research and development projects between CERN and computing companies, managed CERN-IT computing support to the CMS experiment (one of two CERN experiments which discovered the Higgs particle), and directed the CERN School of Computing. His research interests in HPC technology include design, development and operation of large distributed HPC computing infrastructures for science, research and industry, and management of large international projects.

Wendy Hall,  DBE, FRS, FREng is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, and was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2014. She was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) from 2002 to 2007. She is now a Director of the Web Science Institute. One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. 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 was elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in July 2008, and was the first person from outside North America to hold this position. Until July 2008, she was Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, was a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and was a founder member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council.  She was President of the British Computer Society (2003-4) and an EPSRC Senior Research Fellow from 1996 to 2002.

Pat Ryan (ACM COO), ACM’s Chief Operating Officer, has been with ACM nearly a quarter of a century. She has gained a mastery of nearly all headquarters procedures, systems and operations, including much that is technical. Pat has been a tireless advocate for ACM, and has been the steady, leading icon for staff and volunteers. Pat has maintained quality relationships with volunteers and staff alike, and is known, throughout the ACM, as a straight shooter and a person who puts ACM and the needs of its members first. She started her career at ACM as a part-time employee, and worked her way up the corporate ladder under the tutelage of a number of top ACM volunteer and staff leaders. Those who have worked closely with Pat over the past decade have seen her blossom into a true leader, one capable of managing day-to-day details as well as looking forward and seeing the larger picture of what ACM can be.

Gerhard Schimpf (ACM Europe Council of European Chapter Leaders chair) has been honoured for over four decades, and his unremitting work to increase ACMs visibility across Europe. Gerhard was a leading supporter of ACM Europe, serving on the first ACM Europe Council in 2009. He was also instrumental in coordinating ACMs spot as one of the founding organizations of the Heidelberg Laureates Forum. The HLF, an annual gathering of top students and foremost scientists in the field, including ACMs Turing Award recipients, has received worldwide recognition for excellence since its debut in 2012. ACM is indebted to Gerhard for his dedication and global vision.

Bobby Schnabel (ACM CEO) is the Dean Emeritus of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. He was the Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing from 2007-2015, presiding over a multi-campus school of nearly 150 faculty members and 3,000 students at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, including undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and informatics at Bloomington and informatics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and graduate programs in information science and library science at Bloomington and library science at IUPUI. He also is a Professor Emeritus of computer science and informatics at IU Bloomington. From 2009-2010 he served as interim IU vice president for research. Schnabel is currently the executive director and CEO of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Joseph Sifakis (ACM Turing Award Winner)  is Emeritus Senior CNRS Researcher at Verimag, and the director of “Centre de la Recherche Intégrative” (CRI) in Grenoble. His current research interests cover fundamental and applied aspects of embedded systems design. The main focus of his work is on the formalization of system design as a process leading from given requirements to trustworthy, optimized and correct-by-construction implementations. Joseph Sifakis has been a full professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for the period 2011-2016. He is the founder of the Verimag laboratory in Grenoble, which he directed for 13 years. Verimag is a leading research laboratory in the area of embedded systems, internationally known for the development of the Lustre synchronous language used by the SCADE tool for the design of safety-critical avionics and space applications. In 2007, Joseph Sifakis has received the Turing Award for his contribution to the theory and application of model checking, the most widely used system verification technique today.


Ioanna Doutsou, “Athena” Research and Innovation Center
Tasos Patrikakos, “Athena” Research and Innovation Center
Eleni Sotiropoulou, “Athena” Research and Innovation Center
Lydia Themeli, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens