Antoine van Kampen - NBIC
Dr. A.H.C. van Kampen has a background in chemometrics and did his PhD at the Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry (University of Nijmegen) where he worked on the development of global optimization techniques and their application in chemistry (e.g. protein structure determination from NMR, classification of ion chromatography methods). Part of this work was conducted at the laboratories for Analytical Chemistry and Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales (Sydney). In 1997 he received the Clemens Rothaan price from the section “computertoepassingen” of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) for his research. After a short post-doc period on the project ‘Computer supported education’ he moved to the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam. There he started bioinformatics research and initiated the Bioinformatics Laboratory of which he became head.
Ruben Kok - NBIC
Bill Melton - Melton Foundation
William (Bill) Melton, is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Internet Ventures, an Internet Holding Company. For more than 20 years, Mr. Melton has been an entrepreneur bringing technology to the financial industry.
He was the original founder of VeriFone Inc, the transaction automation company that has made credit authorization terminals ubiquitous on retail counters throughout the world. He was also an early investor in America Online and served on its Board of Directors for several years. He currently serves on the BOD for several private early stage technology companies. He holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies and Chinese Philosophy.
Albert Mons - Concept Web Alliance
In October 2005, Albert Mons and his brother Prof. dr. Barend Mons founded Knewco, Inc. The company’s goal is to develop Science Management tools for supporting the fun part of science, scientific discovery, in the mean time optimizing the less interesting but necessary tasks of science management. Knewco, Inc. was well funded by Bill Melton and Alfred Berkeley, both well known financial supporters of the development of advanced technologies.
Albert Mons has been invited at numerous occasions to lecture for international organizations in over 25 countries on Knowledge Management in general and on Concept Based Knowledge Discovery techniques more in particular.
Starting in 2009 Albert Mons will spearhead the founding of the Concept Web Alliance as its Executive Director.
Stephen Uzzo - New York Hall of Science
Dr. Stephen Uzzo’s current research interests include: network science, sustainability, scientific/data visualization, cybernetics and epistemology. As lead technologist for the New York Hall of Science, Dr. Uzzo worked on the development team for “Connections: the Nature of Networks” a public exhibition on network science and mesh wireless distance learning networks. He was also the local organizer for the 2007 International Conference and Workshop on Network Science. He serves on the graduate faculty of the New York Institute of Technology and previously worked in the NYIT Computer Graphics, Video Production and Interactive Technologies research labs developing computer graphic and digital video compression systems and distance learning programs. Other projects he worked on include the launch of MTV, Broadcast systems for the Summer Olympic Games, one of the first all digital television transmissions via satellite and other large-scale media production and satellite network engineering systems. As part of a team of scientists and engineers at Princeton’s Space Studies Institute, Dr. Uzzo worked to develop and test lunar teleoperation simulators. His work on various projects important to conservation includes ecosystems studies and superfund site cleanup planning. He has worked on preservation and open space education programs on Long Island and the San Francisco Bay Peninsula. He holds a terminal degree in Network Theory and Environmental Studies from the Union Institute.