The Science and Technology Expert Group fosters the analysis of innovative research on topics purely related to research and innovation in ICT.

Expert Group Chairs


Nikos Sarris

Dr Nikos Sarris, is the Head of the ATC Innovation Lab. He has received his PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his Master of Engineering degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Nikos has been working since 1996 in R&D projects as a researcher, project manager and coordinator of large multinational consortia. He has authored numerous publications for international journals and conferences. In the latest years he has been involved in media related projects focusing on the semantic analysis and ‘understanding’ of multimedia news content. Dr Sarris is a member in the Steering Committee of the NESSI European Technology Platform and a representative of ATC in the General Assembly of the Big Data Value Association.

Peter Van Daele obtained a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1988 at Ghent University. Since 1984 he has worked in the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of Ghent University. From 1988 he has been a permanent member of the staff of IMEC at INTEC. Since 1993, he has been a part time Professor at the University of Gent and since 2004 has also been involved in the IBBT. He has been directly responsible for several RACE, ACTS, ESPRIT, IST and ICT-projects such as the FP6-project BREAD on “Broadband for All” and the FP7 Network of Excellence “BONE”. Moreover, Dr. Van Daele is author or co-author of about 400 publications and has been involved in the organisation of several major international conferences such as ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications), BBEurope (Broadband Europe) and SPIE Photonics Europe.


Peter Van Daele

When shaping the evolution of the Internet, scientific and technological topics must be at the core of the discussion. Therefore, this Expert Group focuses on the discussion of leading science and technology trends and topics of interest within the NGI community, addressing similarities and differences between the EU and the US.

The topics below are of special relevance to the Science and Technology Expert Group:

AI + Autonomous Machines
Blockchains + Distributed Ledgers Big Data Internet of Things (IoT)
5G Cybersecurity Edge Computing Open Data Cloud Computing Future Interactive Technologies Future Social Networks, Media + Platforms
Human-centric Internet