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Prof. Dr. U. Schmid

U. Schmid was born in Munich, Germany, in 1972. He started studies in physics and mathematics at the University of Kassel in 1992. In 1995, he spent 6 months at the Transport Group in the Physics Department, University of Nottingham, UK, to gain experience in wide band gap semiconductor physics. He performed his diploma work at the research laboratories of the Daimler-Benz AG (now Daimler AG) on the electrical characterization of silicon carbide (6H-SiC) junction field effect transistors at high temperatures. During this time, he also investigated metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOSiC) based structures, such as gate controlled diodes, MOSFETs, and integrated circuits for harsh environment applications. He finished his studies in 1998 at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In 1999, he joined the research laboratories of DaimlerChrysler AG (now Airbus Group) in Ottobrunn/Munich, Germany. He developed a robust flow sensor for high-pressure automotive applications and received his Ph.D. degree in 2003 from the Technische Universität München, Germany. From 2003 to 2008, he was Post-doc at the Chair of Micromechanics, Microfluidics/Microactuators at Saarland University. Since October 2008, he is full professor for Microsystems Technology at TU Wien heading since the beginning of 2012 the Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems. U. Schmid has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in journals and conferences and holds more than 40 different patent families.


Filippo Ubertini, born in 1982, is an Associate Professor of Structural Design at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Perugia, Italy, where he currently teaches "Advanced Structural Design". He graduated cum laude in Civil Engineering at University of Perugia in 2005 and received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from University of Pavia in 2009. He was visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2008 and has been invited to give talks in several leading international universities around the world. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers among which 50 in refereed international journals. He is currently member of the editorial boards of Shock and Vibration, Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Journal of Smart Cities. Aided by a group of young and motivated researchers, he is currently leading a research effort focusing on novel solutions for structural health monitoring, with emphasis on dynamic methods and system identification, smart structural materials (smart concretes and smart bricks) and applications to earthquake engineering and cultural heritage structures.
Dr. Ubertini's research has been funded at European and National levels and has been acknowledged through mentions in media and awards.


Hugo J. Avila-Paredes was born in 1980. He obtained his B. S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Unidad Iztapalapa, in Mexico City (2003). Afterwards, he received his M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California – Davis (2009). He is a Professor at the Department of Hydraulic and Processes Engineering (Departamento de Ingeniería de Procesos e Hidráulica), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Unidad Iztapalapa, in Mexico City. As the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Alternative Energy Sources and Systems, he is currently leading projects on two lines of research: 1) development of materials and their integration in microtubular solid oxide fuel cell prototypes, and 2) microalgae culture for triacylglycerides production coupled with wastewater treatment and CO2 mitigation.