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       Prof. Dr. Geert Verdoolaege

       1 Research Unit Nuclear Fusion, Department of Applied Physics, Ghent
          University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
       2 Laboratory for Plasma Physics, Royal Military Academy (ERM/KMS),  
          Renaissancelaan 30 Avenue de la Renaissance, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Geert Verdoolaege leads the group on Advanced Fusion Data Analysis at Ghent University. He has been working on various topics related to the foundations and applications of probability theory and machine learning methods since 1999. He was among the first to use various modern data analysis techniques in fusion science and he introduced the field at Ghent University. He first concentrated primarily on integrated data analysis for fusion diagnostics using Bayesian probability theory, later also including probabilistic modeling and analysis of textured images in remote sensing applications and functional brain scans obtained from magnetic resonance imaging. In addition, Geert Verdoolaege initiated research on pattern recognition in fusion data, modeled as probability distributions on information manifolds. His group develops new probabilistic techniques for analyzing highly stochastic fusion data and phenomena, with current applications to plasma instabilities (ELMs and disruptions), plasma turbulence and fusion scaling laws. Further activities include Bayesian analysis of fusion diagnostics with application to reflectometry and charge-exchange spectroscopy, and Bayesian real-time tomography for soft-X-ray spectroscopy.

       Dr. Cemal Basaran

       Professor and Director
       University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

Dr. Cemal Basaran is a Professor and the Director of Electronic Packaging Laboratory at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He specializes in computational and experimental damage mechanics of electronics materials. He has authored 135+ peer reviewed archival journal publications and several book chapters in the fields of damage mechanics of electronics packaging materials. His research includes but not limited to unification of Newtonian mechanics and thermodynamics using entropy, 2-D materials for power and nano electronics, electromigration, thermomigration, and computational fatigue life prediction without use of curve fitting models. Some of his awards include 1997 US Navy ONR Young Investigator Award, and 2011 ASME EPPD Excellence in Mechanics Award. He is a Fellow of the ASME. He has served and continues to serve on editorial board of 13 peer reviewed international journals, including IEEE Trans. on Advanced Packaging, IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Tech , ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, ASCE Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, as well as numerous other journals. He has been the primary dissertation advisor to 24 PhD students.

His research has been funded by NSF, ONR, DoD, State of New York, and many industrial sponsors including but not limited to Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Delphi, Intel, DuPont, Texas Instruments, Micron, Tyco Electronics, Analog Devices and many others. He serves as advisor to many national and international research funding agencies around the globe.

       Prof. Dr. Andrea Puglisi

       Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche),
       p.le A. Moro 5, 00185 Roma, Italy

       Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza University, p.le A. Moro 7, 00185 Roma,

Born in 1973, Ph. D. in Physics at Sapienza University (Rome) in 2002, from 2004 to 2005 postdoc Marie-Curie fellow at Paris-Sud University. After a few other postdocs at Sapienza University, I have passed the ERC Starting Grant 2007 selection with the "Granular Chaos" project which has been funded by Italian MIUR (ERC-MIUR agreement) in the period 2009-2014. In 2009 I got a permanent research position at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and I am now researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems (ISC) at CNR. I have been teaching the Course on Stochastic Processes at the Sapienza University (Physics Deparment) in the last 5 years. I have habilitation as Full Professor in Theoretical Physics (for fundamental interactions and for condensed matter). I've given about 50 talks (roughly 35 invited) at national and international conferences. I have been in the organising committee for 7 international conferences. I published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, and a book ("Transport and fluctuations in granular fluids", Springer 2015). My scholar metrics states 3067 citations and h=32.

       Prof. Dr. Karsten Keller

       Universität zu Lübeck, Institut für Mathematik, 23562 Lübeck,

       Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Karsten Keller is working in time-discrete nonlinear dynamical systems and time series analysis with special emphasize on symbolic dynamics. The idea of coarse-graining is ubiquitous in his work reaching from combinatorial descriptions of dynamical systems to complexity quantification of time series and systems behind them. Recent research of Karsten Keller is mainly concentrated to the application of entropies and entropy-like measures to time series analysis, especially of ideas related to the relatively new concept of permutation entropy.

       Dr. Joseph Lizier

       ARC DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Complex Systems Research Group and  
       Centre for Complex Systems, Faculty of Engineering and IT, The University
       of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Dr. Joseph Lizier is an ARC DECRA fellow, and Senior Lecturer in Complex Systems, in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at The University of Sydney (since 2015). His research focusses on studying the dynamics of information processing in biological and bio-inspired complex systems and networks, in particular for neural systems. He is a developer of the JIDT toolbox for measuring the dynamics of complex systems using information theory, and the related IDTxl toolbox for inferring effective network structure in neural data. Before joining The University of Sydney, Dr. Lizier was a Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO ICT Centre (Sydney, 2012-2014), and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig, 2010-2012). He has also worked as a Research Engineer in the telecommunications industry for 10 years, including at Seeker Wireless (2006-2010) and Telstra Research Laboratories (2001-2006). He obtained a PhD in Computer Science (2010), and Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering (2001) and Science (1999), from The University of Sydney.

Prof. (em.) Ingo Müller

Technical University Berlin, Faculty III of Process Sciences
Institute of Process, Engineering, Thermodynamics
Fasanenstr. 90, D-10623 Berlin, Germany

Interests: Irreversible and extended thermodynamics; Kinetic theory of gases; Shape memory alloys; Ferroelectricity; Phase transitions and phase diagrams; Hysteresis; Polyelectrolytic gels; Relativistic thermodynamics; Rubber and rubber balloons; Socio-thermodynamics; History of thermodynamics; Cosmology



           Dr. Wolf Weiss

           retired from the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics,
           Mohrenstrasse 39, 10117 Berlin

Wolf Weiss received the Dipl. Ing. (M.S.) and the Ph.D. degrees from the Berlin University of Technology (TUB), Berlin, Germany, in 1985 and 1990, respectively. From 1985 to 1999, he worked as a Research Assistant with the Institute of Thermodynamics at the TUB, and received his Habilitation in thermodynamics in 1998. He is retired from the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Berlin.

Interests: Irreversible, extended and relativistic thermodynamics; Kinetic theory of gases; Cosmology

       Dr. Karoline Wiesner

       Associate Professor, School of Mathematics, Centre for Complexity Sciences,

       University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TW, UK

Karoline Wiesner received a PhD in physics from Uppsala University, and has held postdoctoral positions at the Santa Fe Institute and at the University of California, Davis. Since 2007 she is faculty member of the School of Mathematics at the University of Bristol, where she also co-directs the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences. Her work focuses on information theoretic methods for applications in the sciences (e.g. protein dynamics, glass formers, stem cells), and on one foundations of complexity.


       Prof. Dr. Mikhail Prokopenko

       Director, Complex Systems Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and IT,  
       University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
       Director, Centre for Complex Systems, Faculty of Science, University of
       Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia