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Allan Gross is using applied and analytical mathematics, computational algorithm and optimisation technics (data assimilation and parameter optimisation) to solve engineering problems and processes in areas like renewable energy systems and traffic movements, and link these studies to their impact on human behaviour. Working on the interface between informatics, engineering and sociology, Allan will share his insights on the opportunities and challenges of using big data for modelling and decision-making in people-friendly urban planning.

Bart ROSSEAU (°1970) is leading the Data and Information Unit of the Ghent City Council. Data-analysis, management, privacy and open data are included in the team’s scope. While investigating the possibilities of digital cocreation he started with the ‘apps for ghent’ hackaton series.

He’s also chairing the Data Working group of Eurocities, where cities exchange information and best practices, and are a partner of the EU to define what the specific role of cities can be to face the challenges of tomorrow.

With a background in non-profit management, Benita has lead and advised European associations, networks and projects on questions of member and stakeholder engagement. Through her work, she promotes innovation and co-creation on the interface of science, innovation and culture through networking people, curating knowledge and supporting professional management on an international level. Currently, Benita serves as the co-chair of the Research Working Group of the People-Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World Action, as communication advisor for the Central European FabLab Network ‘FabLabNet’, as coordinator of Theatron – Engaging New Audiences and board member of the European Society of Association Executives.

Carolina Vasilikou (Dr) is an Architect and Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Reading teaching design studio and with a focus on urban design, housing, environmental design and technology. She is also Senior Associate at Urban Transcripts a nonprofit organisation bringing together research, community participation and design. She holds an MSc in Façade Design & Engineering from the University of Bath and a PhD in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Kent. Carolina also teaches at postgraduate level at the School of Architecture, University of Kent and carries research in collaboration with Architecture et Climat at l’Université Catholique de Louvain. She leads projects on sensory research and well-being in urban spaces based on primary fieldwork, including a Digital Humanities project on sensory mapping (University of Kent), an AHRC Engagement Fund in sensory navigation in heritage cities. Her research work focuses on sensory perception and urban comfort of pedestrians in complex urban environments. Carolina is active in people-centred and evidence-based design and research and has participated in several international conferences and workshops. She has given lectures, among others, at the Architectural Association, ENSA Paris-Malaquais and Glasgow School of Arts and is currently a member of the Urban Living Research Centre at the University of Reading, the EU COST Action People-Friendly Cities in a Data-Rich World Project and the Academy of Urbanism.

Chiara Certomà is forthcoming Marie Curie Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Development, Ghent University. She’s currently Research Fellow at the Dirpolis Institute – CDG Lab, and the Institute of Management – SUM Lab, working on  governance and planning  for sustainable cities and communities. Principal research topics include: the politics of space and place ; the social understanding of nature and technology ; the effects of informal urban planning practices, and the role of new ICTs in urban sustainability governance.  |  |   |

Dimitri Lemaire is the founder of PARTICITIZ, a Belgian think-tank promoting citizens’ deliberation and developing innovative participatory and deliberative designs which enable random citizens to interact with their politicians and institutions.  He is also the founder of Inventio Group, a communication and event agency. 

After studies of Environmental Management in Buenos Aires, he lives several years in Germany before becoming advisor to the Vice-president of the European Parliament between 2009 and 2014. He is the architect of the 2011 and 2013 Agoras and conferences of consensus of the European Parliament, on “Crisis and Poverty” for the first one and “Youth Unemployment” for the latter.  With PARTICITIZ he designs democratic innovation projects such as “WAM1080 – We Are Molenbeek” and “Climacteurs – 100 voix pour le climat”. With Inventio, he is partner of H2020 “EUENAGE” project, managing the 20 moderators of this large online debate.


Dimitra Xidous joined TrinityHaus in 2014. She has a Masters (MSc) in International Health from Queen Margaret University (Scotland). Her interests lie in human rights, gender, participatory processes, and the role of art and the creative process in promoting the subjectivity and empowerment of the individual. She has significant experience working with multi-lateral organisations, including WHO, PAHO, and the UN, on a wide range of health, gender and human rights issues, and she brings with her extensive experience in dissemination and stakeholder management and engagement. Dimitra’s collection Keeping Bees (Doire Press) was published in 2014 and she has had work published in a number of literary journals, including Room (Canada), Visual Verse (UK), NAGVILAG (Hungary), and The Stinging Fly (Ireland).  She was a finalist in The Malahat Review Open Season Awards (2014),  short-listed for The Bridport Prize (2013), and long-listed for the Montreal International Poetry Competition (2011).  She has read her work at a number of literary festivals including the Belfast Book Festival (United Kingdom), The Dublin Book Festival (Ireland) and the Valencia International Literary Festival (Slovenia). Originally from Ottawa, Canada, she has lived in Greece, Scotland, Spain, and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland.

Dov Winer is a psychologist formed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and specialized in Online Education and Training. He established MAKASH Advancing ICT Applications following the first experiment in Israel with community/education application of ICT. He took the initiative to include Israel (1998) in the EUN/European Schoolnet association of the European Ministries of Education for ICT and participate in its Steering Committee.  Founded the Israel Internet Society (1993) and promoted the W3C Office in Israel. 

He introduced Israel (2002) to the MINERVA European cluster for digitising cultural heritage. He co-Chairs the annual EVA/Minerva Jerusalem International Conference on Advanced Technologies for Culture since 2004.  He taught a post-graduate seminar on Digital Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He is involved in many international collaboration initiatives, in the areas of ICT in education, digital culture and Jewish cultural heritage. Among them: CELEBRATE; iTEC (Designing the Future Classroom); MOSAICA (Semantic collaborative access to cultural heritage); Athena; Linked Heritage; Digital Manuscripts to Europeana. He wrote the proposal for Judaica Europeana that ran in 2010-2011, served as its Scientific Officer, and is active in the consortium that continues its operation.

Dries is one of the pioneers of the Living Street. In 2012 he, as a civil servant of the Ghent Department of Environment, gathered a group of 25 volunteer ‘front runners’, all with divergent backgrounds, into a so-called ‘transition arena’. This group created a vision on the future of mobility in a sustainable Ghent and started experimenting. What started as a two-street experiment has, after 4 years of experimenting, resulted in a huge wave of Living Street experiments. Nowadays Dries is working for the Trojan Lab, a temporary network in Ghent. The Lab – through its unique approach – demonstrates that structural changes are possible and that experimenting and envisioning are solutions which can take away humans’ resistance to change. Together with Pepik Henneman, Dries connects all Living Street initiatives in an European Living Street network.

Edeltraud Haselsteiner is a lecturer and Key Senior Researcher at the Faculty for Architecture and Urban Planning, Technical University Vienna. Edeltraud’s work includes project management, consultancy and research within the fields of sustainable architecture and sustainable urban planning; lecturer with study programme renewable urban energy systems, course on sustainable urban architecture; initiating and managing research projects in interdisciplinary fields of architecture, urban planning, gender and sociology; professional work experience and consultant for social and community work; architectural journalist.

Fanney Frisbaek is an energy engineer and has long-standing experience within energy and environmental research in interdisciplinary contexts. Most of her projects draw together all three strands of sustainability, putting special weight on social aspects, in addition to environment and economics. In recent years, she has mainly been exploring the people friendliness of sustainability solutions for cities and how more efficient solutions can be created through the collaboration of citizens in urban development. She is also the Vice Chair of COST Action People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World.

Architect, MSc in History and Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Heritage. Since 2007 I am researcher at SiTI – Higher Institute on territorial Systems for Innovation, working in the Urban regeneration unit. SiTI is a research centre hold by Politecnico di Torino and Compagnia di San Paolo, that promotes innovation and applied research in North-West Italy, particularly focused on transdisciplinary collaboration at the interface between academic research and policy practice.

I am involved in several projects on strategic planning and urban renewal, ranging from EU to local level. My main research interests encompass participatory methods – Urban Living labs in particular-, spatial Decision Support System (sDSS) as collaborative tools, re-use of urban areas and design of public spaces, impacts of the built environment on citizens’ health and inequalities. Recently, I started exploring the use of big data/data from social media as a powerful source of information for better understanding behaviours and impacts related to urban mobility. I am currently involved as ECI in the Cost Action TU 1209 –  Transport Equity Analysis, and as Working Group co-leader in the Cost Action TU1204 – People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World. I am member of the AESOP Transport group. 

Municipal Architect with Cork County Council since 2005, Giulia has embraced a new focus on excellence design in public works and townscape for small to medium sized towns. Working closely with local communities, public representatives and officials, her aim is to deliver urban design masterplans that create people friendly places.

Town centre regeneration outcomes are evidence of the success of Architect led design team and early stage public engagement.  She is an advocate for place-making measures to promote people re-inhabiting the streets of the Irish towns that are under depopulation and economical pressure too often generated by ill considered out-of-town retail development and traffic focus road design.

Her recent urban regeneration schemes include the award winning “Clonakilty 400 Urban design master-plan Ph1 and Thomas Davis Square, Mallow. 
In the last two years Giulia has been working with the Office of Public Works and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (the funding agents of infrastructure projects like drainage and flood defence schemes), where she implements an architectural design approach aiming to deliver “multi-functional infrastructure” for public amenity and community outcomes.

Giulia is an active member of the Academy of Urbanism and Cost Action researcher- people friendly cities, in a data-rich world- where she has researched on the Italian historical town of Lucca.


MSc in Architecture, PhD Candidate and teaching assistant in Urban Planning, Design and Policy at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of Politecnico di Milano. Since 2009 she has been working as Early Stage Researcher at the Universidad de Belgrano-Buenos Aires (Double Degree Program), Moscow Institute of Architecture, SiTI – Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation and Politecnico di Torino.

With an international background and extended experience in the urban regeneration sector, she has been involved in several European projects and research networks (JPI Urban Europe, VII European Framework Programme, COST Action TU1204 ‘People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World’). She has also been actively engaged in some bottom-up community initiatives for the design and implementation of urban spaces.

Her research focuses on the collaboration between civic activism and the public sphere in the contemporary city. She’s currently collaborating with Labsus – Laboratory for subsidiarity, providing consulting services to local governments for the implementation of collaborative practices within the urban context.

Gui and Guy are two passionate practitioners of the use of transversal and participatory structures to boost citizen engagement, political responsiveness and the overall richness of policy decision making. They focus on issues of governance, using collective intelligence activation, participatory decision-making techniques, experiment with horizontal organizations and explore ways to bring people back to Democracy. They have recently organized a “Citizen Cabinet” with the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles: Bursting the Bubbles – Building bridges between Expats and Locals.

The project had 3 main goals:
·  learn to activate a team of volunteers, working in a lean and effective manner, to create a simple/replicable but impactful event
·  document the process (team setting, institutional contact, logistical needs, workshop design and facilitation and harvest)
·  share the resulting document to foster replication around Brussels, Belgium and Europe

 Having jumped on the opportunity to link a participatory workshop with a political decision making body (BurgerKabinet Brussels), we quickly assembled a group of volunteers, identified needs, split tasks per team and defined a Scrum-like timeline. The process involved a profesional facilitators team, the goal was to run an effective participatory cabinet with direct link to a decision-maker – a fundamental issue to engage, galvanize and revive democracy in cities and municipalities around Europe. 

We had a great response and plan to do it again in Brussels and elsewhere – and we would love to work with you!

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Hana is currently situated in Barcelona working as a freelance sustainability consultant. Hana’s background is in environmental studies, and she has a Masters (MES) in urban planning and design.  Her work and studies have brought her to India and Denmark to work on different projects including the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems. She has also been a part of the Municipality of Clarington’s Planning department where she reviewed municipal planning policies and development applications. As a LEED Green Associate, today Hana looks for green building projects, as well as corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Ina Šuklje Erjavec (M.Sc) is graduated (Diploma and Master of Science) in Landscape Architecture at the University of Ljubljana. She has a national status of researcher (code 10532) and is also authorized landscape architect and spatial planner with the licence, registered with the Chamber of Architecture, and Space of Slovenia where she was also a president of the Section of the Landscape Architects (2011-2013). She has comprehensive research experience in the theoretical and empirical studies of urban landscape planning and design, as well in practical issues of urban landscape and public open space design and implementation ( At the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia ( where she works since 1997, she is senior researcher and has been a project leader of different projects at the local, national and international level, preparing methodologies for green space strategies, urban landscape typologies, and guidelines for urban development, models for spatial quality evaluation and similar. She got prizes on many urban design and landscape design competitions, has lectured on different conferences and universities and is author and co-author of different articles. She as been an active member of many COST Actions and is a Vice-chair of the COST TU1306 CyberParks.

Irit is an architect, urbanist and social entrepreneur who has been in practice since 1984 in the private, public and civic sectors. Irit’s passion is Quality Urbanism and she has been promoting this passion in her private practice, as senior partner at Irit Solzi – Dror Gershon Urban Architects, as a Sub-Committee Head of Planning in the Central Regional Planning Committee of the Ministry of Interior Affaires, and since 2004 as co-founder and chair of the NGO- Movement for Israeli Urbanism (MIU).

After completing the NCI training in 2006 in Miami, both the firm & NGO have been the only ones in Israel which use the participatory process of Charette.  Since 2007 the firm has used the charette process to design 14 urban projects, mainly on Urban Renewal projects in the centres of towns and cities in Israel.

Irit’s research includes  designing public buildings to support the city form; Israeli city densities compared to cities throughout the world; developing commercial streets that relate to the urban traffic network; and regeneration and intensification of aging neighborhoods in Israel.

Jim Segers is a co-founder of City Mine(d) in Brussels in 1997 and in London in 2003. With it he realised over 100 prototypes in 15 European cities -of which Limite Limite and Micronomics won both international critical acclaim and awards-; he contributed to academic and wide-audience publications about bottom-up urban development, micro-initiatives and radical prototyping; and organised debates and conferences in Brussels, London, Barcelona and Milan.

His current interest lies with the role of personal competences in local development – in the project Elephant Path in London’s Somers Town area; with the triple challenge that face the electricity sector of fairer pricing, rethinking ageing infrastructure and reducing climate impact – in the project #ElectriCityMined; and the opportunity for citizens in big data and smart cities– in the project Pacco-TestHe holds a Ba Hons in Politics, a BSc Hons in Econometrics and is trained as a theatre director.

John is a social entrepreneur building scalable sustainable urban media platforms that benefit society and the arts. Educated as an Industrial and Systems Engineer with substantial career in global operations and marketing. The last 15 years has focused on static and digital signage industries. His current research areas cover arts, academics, technology, industry, media theory, mediated urban commons and digital social innovation. He uses business acumen to translate ideas and make new connections that grow opportunities for a socially responsible future. John has developed several opportunities in the arts and social landscape. He also leads a European Commission initiative on Smart Cities on citizen engagement and co-creation. 

Born and educated in Silicon Valley California, John is a product of northern California mindset that makes this region a center of innovation. He has lived in Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Netherlands, Czech and Slovak Republics. In addition to Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Boston in the America.  |

Katarina Kristianova holds a Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Architecture, Master Degree in Urban Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, and PhD in Landscaping from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Civil Engineering. Since 2003 she has worked in architectural studio together with Juraj Illes, and since 2009 she works at Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, as senior lecturer and researcher. In 2013 she was a Guest Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, California. Her research focuses on management of urban green space, green infrastructure, public urban space, cultural landscape and history of landscape architecture. She is member of the Slovak Architects Association – Slovak section of IFLA and Slovak Association for Garden and Landscape Design, member of ECLAS and LE:NOTRE.

Kevin M. Leyden is a Professor of Political Science & Public Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses primarily on urban liveability and the inter-relationship between urban design, planning, social capital, health, and well-being.  His research has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Environmental Health Perspectives, Environment International, Social Science & Medicine, the British Journal of Political Science. Urban Affairs Review, Health & Place, the American Journal of Health Promotion, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning, and Policy Studies Journal, among others.  Most recently, Professor Leyden was a member of the core bid team (Phase 1) of Galway’s bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2020 which was successfully awarded in July 2016.  From 2004 to 2009, Professor Leyden served as the Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Coordinator of the Local Government Leadership Academy at West Virginia University. Both the Institute and the Academy worked with public officials with the purpose of improving public policy.

Mark Dyer is Chair of the EU COST Action People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World and Dean of Engineering at University of Waikato, New Zealand.  His professional career entailed working for engineering consultants and contractors in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa specializing in construction of large infrastructure projects ranging from tunneling, deep foundation, flood defenses, bioremediation of contaminated land and highways, waste management facilities comprising landfills, tailing dams, sewage treatment facilities. His leadership of the COST Action stems from directing the TrinityHaus research center at Trinity College Dublin which focuses on people centered design of the built environment from streetscapes to individual buildings, hospitals and educational campuses for all ages, sizes and abilities.  Stemming from these activities he received Foresight Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship. He has been Fellow of Academy of Urbanism, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering ICE, Board Member of the ICE National Council, and Research Advisor to the UK Engineering and Physical Research Councils). He has held visiting fellowships and professorships at Scoula Supriore Sant Anna (Pisa), University of Sienna, University of Kyushu, and University of Karsetsat, Bangkok.

Michela Tiboni is Professor of Town and Country Planning at the University of Brescia (IT), and town councillor for Urban Planning and Sustainable Development at the Municipality of Brescia. She graduated in Civil Engineering in Brescia and holds a PhD in Town planning technique at the Polytechnic of Milan. She is author of more than 100 scientific publications and her research mainly focuses on land-use dynamics and environmental hazards, environmental assessments of plans, urban policies and techniques for more sustainable and safer towns. She has been involved in many projects on safety in mobility and urban management, like the DUMAS and the SOL EU projects. She was also delegate in the EU COST Action C27 on Minor Deprived Urban Communities and in the EU COST Action TU1204 on People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World.

Onny Eikhaug is a Programme Leader at the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, responsible for pioneering and developing the Centre’s activities in the field of people-centred, inclusive design. She is also responsible for the Centre’s government funded Innovation for All programme promoting inclusive design to business as an effective strategy for innovation. Central to the programme is knowledge transfer and exchange, competence building, focusing on projects with industry, trade and government, research, seminars, workshops, and international conferences as well as building lasting networks in the field.

She is committed to sustainable, people-centred design and aims to demonstrate the potential and benefits of this approach. A key aspect of this is presenting motivating and effective methods and tools that can be easily adopted and implemented in everyday practice. Central to this is delivering Executive Education in Inclusive Design targeting decision makers and executives in public sector, business and design. She writes, publishes, and lectures both in Norway and internationally, and works closely with designers, education, research institutions, industry and government. She is responsible for the Centre’s book “Innovating with people –The Business of Inclusive Design» – distributed worldwide as a design school curriculum and the platform for the Executive Education in Inclusive Design concept.

She has a broad experience in international marketing, sales, innovation, product development and design management in the fields of personal products, ergonomic lighting, and contemporary furniture having worked for companies such as Unilever and Luxo across Europe and the US. She was also Managing Director of a Norwegian Graphic design company and holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Onny was recently appointed Inclusive Design Champion Award by an international jury at the Include conference 2015 at the Royal College of Art in London.

Pepik Henneman is director of Mister Lion, an Amsterdam based lab for societal change. Mister Lion organizes local and transnational innovation communities around sustainability issues and has expertise in co-creation and transition management. His work includes interventions in regional development, urban mobility, urban climate mitigation, energy saving, youth employment, international cooperation, refugee shelter, healthcare and civic participation. Since 2012 he helps the City of Ghent and the Trojan Lab with the Living Street experiment. Together with Dries Gysels, Pepik connects all Living Street initiatives in an European Living Street network.

Renaud Arents is originally from Brussels: a social worker and interdisciplinary community development worker with professional experience in different projects (child poverty, cultural diversity, socio-artistic projects, community participation approaches, etc.). Actively engaged in different NGO’s, he is currently also collaborating with “Toestand vzw” on an international youth exchange project to Granada Spain, that aims at reactivating abandoned public spaces. Out of passion for the city of Brussels, he furthermore offers guided tours with the focus on themes like gentrification or urban segregation.

Rosie Webb is the Senior Architect in Economic Development at Limerick City and County Council. She leads programmes of work to stimulate and consolidate the historic city centres of Limerick City, its towns and villages. She provides strategic vision and plan implementation using projects, programmes and initiatives dedicated to place-making and physical development. Rosie is a Registered Architect in the State of Illinois and a Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. Prior to her role as a public service architect, Rosie worked in private practice in London, Chicago and Dublin where she worked on projects ranging in scale from housing to civic offices, to museums and stadium.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in the USA and a Masters in Architecture (Urban Design) from the University of Limerick.  ​She is a lecturer at the School of Architecture at University of Limerick and founder of the Adaptive Governance Lab at SAUL. The AGL Living Lab is testing new ways to build strong community networks for greater citizen involvement to influence the design and operation of shared public spaces. The co-design process coordinated by the AGL uses a human centred approach.  Her research focuses on linking top down built environment projects with bottom up approaches to public space design.

Relevant publications“The Adaptive Governance Lab: Learning about Government in the Architecture Design Studio” in ‘Globalizing Architecture: Flows and Disruptions’ 102nd Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Publication of Proceedings , 2014.

Assistant professor at the University of Porto, Spatial Planning and Environment Division, and senior researcher at CITTA – Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment. Concluded the PhD in Urban Planning in 2004, and since then her work has been divided between teaching and researching.

Her main research interests focus on urban and environmental planning, namely urban development, production and management in urban areas. In particular, she is interested in studying uses and appropriations in public spaces, urban changes and the processes that shape the city, looking at the physical and socio-economic context.

She has been involved in several European and national research projects related to topics such as: the publicness of public spaces, generative urban spaces, planning and active ageing, sustainable land use policies for resilient cities, sustainable urban metabolism, impact of closed condominiums in urban form, and improving the implementation of environmental impact assessment.

She is author and co-author of various scientific publications and has organized national and international conferences. She is member and responsible for research affairs of the AESOP thematic group on Public Spaces & Urban Cultures, and Member of the Program Follow-up Committee of the Master in Spatial Planning and Urban Project of the University of Porto.  |  |

Silvia Rossetti is an Environmental Engineer. She works as research fellow at the University of Brescia (IT), Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land, Environment and Mathematics (DICATAM), within the Urban and Transport planning research group. In 2013 she obtained a PhD in “Places and Times of the City and its Territory”. Her research interests focus on GIS, collaborative urbanism, sustainable mobility, road safety and accessibility issues. She was involved in several research project, both at local and European level, and she is author of more than 40 scientific publications.

Tom Grey graduated from DIT Bolton Street in 1998 with an honours degree in Architecture. He moved to New Zealand in 2003 to complete a two-year Masters (Sustainability of the Built Environment) at the University of Auckland. With over 10 years in architectural practice working on projects in Ireland, the UK, Croatia, the US and NZ, Tom joined TrinityHaus Research Centre in TCD as a Research Fellow in 2009. Since then he has undertaken a variety of urban design and building design research projects examining how people-friendly design can support human performance, health, well-being and social participation. Much of this research focuses on age-friendly and dementia friendly environments, and is underpinned by Universal Design and participatory design processes.  |

I am professor at Institute of Design at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. For over 35 years I have been teaching Ergonomics and  now Universal Design to design students. I have experience in lecturing these topics at many universities and organizations in addition to conferences.

The last years I have published books and articles and have for four years been leader of the Design for All category in the annual Design Award program organized by the Norwegian Design Council. Since 2012 I have been a member of Management Committee (MC) in EUs COST Action no. TU1204 – People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World.

My research interest is how to teach user centred design, social sustainability and inclusive design processes.  |

Projects: COST Action TU1204: People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World|DDDE (Designerly Designed Design Education)|Design for Diversity

Victoria Høisæther is working with inclusive design under the Innovation for All Programme at Design and Architecture Norway. She has a bachelor degree in design and technology from the Vestfold University and a masters degree in visual communication from the Norwegian University of Design and Technology, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Some activities includes co-ordinating and communication for the 24-Hour Citizen Hackaton, the European Business Workshops on Inclusive Design – Innovation for All, the Innovation Award for Universal Design and the exhibition Design that Makes a Difference arranged both in China, USA, UK and Norway.

She is also Co-editor and assistance for the book Innovating with People – the Business of Inclusive Design (2010).

Vlatko P. Korobar is a professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Faculty of Architecture, University SS. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Currently he is Head of the Institute for Urbanism at the Faculty. From 2001 to 2009 he was dean of the Faculty of Architecture. He has been a visiting critic at the Ion Mincu School of Architecture in Bucharest and the University of Volos and has conducted workshops at the School of Architecture in Antwerp, the Gazi University in Ankara and the University in Trabzon.

He has coordinated or participated in numerous national and international projects dealing with current urban conditions and with issues of education in planning. 
His research interest is related to the ongoing changes of cities in transition countries, the transformations of the system of urban planning and the challenges of contemporary education in planning.

He has been on the editorial boards of national and international reviews for architecture and planning and published articles in a number of international journals. 
He is a licensed architect and licensed urban planner and a member of the Chamber of Licensed Architects and Engineers of Macedonia.

Wietse Van Ransbeeck has, as co-founder and CEO of the Brussels-based civic startup CitizenLab, the bold mission of revitalising local democracy in the digital age. CitizenLab helps governments connect to their citizens through their easy-to-use web platform. Today, already over 20 European cities are making use of CitizenLab to give their citizens a direct say in the local decision-making.”

Dr. Zvi Weinstein is the CO-Founder of the Israel Smart Cities Institute. He teaches at the Tel Aviv University the Urban Design Lab and lead a research on Spatial Poverty in Israel and Project Renewal as the case study. During the years 1978-2015 he served as the National Coordinator of Project Renewal of Disadvantaged Neighborhoods at the Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing dealing with multi-disciplinary issues of physical, social, economic, developing of community services, educational, health and employment. He holds a PHD in Urban Regeneration, MSc. In Town Planning, MA in Public Policy, School of Education. Zvi Weinstein represents Israel in four Scientific Committees in the EU – People Friendly City in a Data Rich World; Cyberparks; Citizen Science, and Rethinking the Built Environment. He runs two personal initiatives for the last 9 years: Vocational training for young people living in distressed neighborhoods and contributing computers for families with children in poor neighborhoods as a mean to limit the digital gap. Besides, he participates in international conferences as well as a guest speaker to Smart City Expo Barcelona for the last five years and publishes papers in the international magazines.