Vinton G. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet and is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is a member of the National Science Board and National Academy of Engineering and Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and BCS. Cerf received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Prince of Asturias Award, Japan Prize, ACM Turing Award, Legion d'Honneur and 29 honorary degrees.
Prof. de Laat chairs the System and Network Engineering (SNE) research group in the Informatics Institute of the Faculty of Science at University of Amsterdam. The SNE lab conducts research on leading-edge computer systems of all scales, ranging from global-scale systems and networks to embedded devices. Across these multiple scales our particular interest is on extra-functional properties of systems, such as performance, programmability, productivity, security, trust, sustainability and, last but not least, the societal impact of emerging systems-related technologies. Prof. de Laat serves on the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Policy Board for ESnet, chairs the iInternational Advisory Board of CESNET, is co-founder of the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF), founder of GRIDforum.nl and founding member of CineGrid.org. His group is/was part of a.o. EU projects GN4-2, SWITCH, CYCLONE, ENVRIplus and ENVRI, Geysers, NOVI, NEXTGRID, EGEE, and national projects SARNET, COMMIT, GIGAport and VL-e.. He is a member of the Advisory Board Internet Society Netherlands and Scientific technical advisory board of SURF Netherlands. See: http://delaat.net/.
Joe Mambretti is director of the International Center for Advanced Internet Research at Northwestern University in USA, which is focused on developing digital communications for the 21st Century. The Center, which was created in partnership with a number of major high-tech corporations, focuses on large scale next-generation communications infrastructure, networks, and applications (metro, regional, national, and international). He is also Director of the Metropolitan Research and Education Network (MREN), an advanced high-performance network interlinking organization providing services in seven upper-midwest states. With its research partners, iCAIR has established multiple major national and international network research testbeds, which are used to develop new architecture and technology for dynamically provisioned communication services and networks, including those based on lightpath switching.
Valter Nordh is the member of Board of Directors of GÉANT Association. He is also chair the GÉANT Community Committee former TERENA Technical Committee (TTC) since 2013. Valter Nordh is a CTO at SUNET since 2013. From 2006 he has been employed by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, as IT coordinator. In SUNET he has been leading the Swedish identity federation, SWAMID, since its formation in 2007. Since 2009 Valter was the task leader of the eduGAIN project, a project implementing a interfederation service within the GÉANT project.
Steve Goldstein joined National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1989 as a Program Director in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) Directorate's networking division. At NSF, he quickly gravitated to the international arena and launched the International Connections Management (ICM) project, awarded to Sprint, in 1991. Over the next six years, ICM implemented the connection of academic networks from about 25 countries (one of them Czech Republic) to the NSFnet and to its advanced networking successor, the vBNS. He was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013 in recognition of his role in connecting 25 countries to the global Internet.
Oliver Popov is a professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University, and a head of the Cyber Systems Security (CS2) lab. From 2009 until 2015, he was a director of the Systems Analysis and Security (SAS) unit at DSV. Since 1995, he also has been a member of the management committee of the Central and Eastern European Networking Association (CEENet), serving 25 countries, where he was also a vice-chairman from 1999-2003, and chairman from 2003 until 2007. Through CEENet, Dr. Popov has directed over twenty-five network technology, management and policy workshops, which were organized in collaboration with NATO. He is author of more than two hundred scientific publications, edited and co-authored seven books, and has been a professor of Computer science at Saints Cyril and Methodius University and professor of Computer networks and Internet technology at Mid Sweden University, as well as President of the Executive Board of Macedonian Academic and Research Network (MARNet) from 1995 until 2002. Throughout the years, Dr. Popov has participated in a number of EU and other international projects.
President of Slovak Academic Network Association, professor at the Faculty of Informatics and Information Technology of STU (part Time), director of University Computing Centre 1978 -2016, representative of SANET in GEANT Association, head of infrastructure projects SANET II – establishing of new optical network infrastructure and SANET in the Schools, to establish optical connection to secondary schools, relevant Publications books Scientific Vocabulary-Cybernetics Systems, Co-Author, Peripheral Devices, Co-Authors, Data Networks, Co-Author, UNESCO Informatics Training Courses (on CD ROM), 35 Articles published in Scientific Journals in Slovak, English , more than 60 Papers on Conferences and Workshops (publish in Proceedings).
Vice-president of SANET Association (Slovak Academic and Research Network director of the Center for Information Technology at the Technical University in Zvolen (Slovakia). He started to work in SANET in 1992. He has been actively involved in developing SANET optical infrastructure in projects Project SANET II and SANET in the Schools. He represents SANET in GEANT Association.
Jiří Peterka witnessed the arrival of the Internet to his homeland as a university lecturer and journalist, and is still fond of these pioneering times. He wrote numerous articles about Internet history and engages in internet archaeology - collects remnants of those wonderful old times and runs a web museum of the Czech Internet (at muzeuminternetu.cz). He still teaches networking at Charles University, Prague, and currently is a member of the council of the Czech Telecommunication Office.
Mr. Lukáš Levák joined the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic in 2009 after completing his studies at the Charles University (bachelor degree in History, master and doctor degree in Latin-American Studies). Before being appointed Director of Department for Research and Development (2014), he had been responsible for development of bilateral cooperation of the Czech Republic in R&D and participation of the Czech Republic in the Joint Technology Initiatives ARTEMIS and ENIAC implemented within the 7th EU Framework Programme. His current duties and responsibilities comprise particularly formulation and implementation of the strategy for cross-border and international cooperation of the Czech Republic in R&D, mainly within the European Research Area, and defying the research infrastructures policy of the Czech Republic. In 2015 he was the main co-author of "Roadmap of the Czech Republic of Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovation for the years 2016-2022". In 2016 he was the main coordinator of preparation of the "ERA Roadmap of the Czech Republic for the years 2016-2020". Since 2014 he is the leading delegate of the Czech Republic to the ERAC (European Research Area and Innovation Committee)
Petr Konvalinka graduated in Construction and Transport Structures from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of CTU in Prague. He has been teaching at CTU since the 1980s. He is involved in engineering applications and theory, is a co-author of patents, and is an authorized engineer in the field of statics and dynamics of structures. He has worked on structures implemented in the Czech Republic and abroad, for example the Kadlín observation tower, the footbridge in Beroun, and three bridges on the motorway between Gatwick and London. In recent years, he has been in charge of the Faculty of Civil Engineering’s Experimental Centre, and for eight years he was the president of the Academic Senate of CTU. He has been the rector of CTU since February 1st, 2014.
Jan Gruntorad was responsible for establishment of the first Internet type network in the Czech Republic – CESNET. Since creation of CESNET legal body in 1996 he is member of Board of Directors of CESNET and Chief Executive Officer. In the period of 1998 to 2003 he was the Chairman of the CEENET and for more five years he served as consultant for NATO in the field of computer networks for R&D community. In years 2003 to 2009 he was member of Board of Directors in DANTE – company operating pan-European network GÉANT. Jan Gruntorad represents Czech Republic in the e-IRG and in the Future Internet Forum.
Vladimír Kořen has worked in Czech Television since 1995, first as an editor, later as a host of Večerník and then as Chief Editor of the “21” and Události, komentáře news programmes. His primary focus is on broadcasting news on ecology and science. He has been awarded the Česká hlava prize for promoting science.