Keynote Speakers

Dr Rahul Savani University of Liverpool, UK



Dr Rahul Savani is a Reader in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. He works on problems at the interface of economics/finance and computer science. He has worked extensively on equilibrium computation for game-theoretic models of strategic interaction. He has also worked as a consultant on a variety of algorithmic trading projects. Currently, he leads the Economics and Computation Research Group.

Prof Cipriani Christian The Biorobotics Institute, Italy


Prof Erol Gelenbe Imperial College, London

Energy Packet Networks: from Data Transmission to Smart Energy Systems

Energy Packets (EP) are a discrete representation of units of energy that we introduced in 2012. Based on recent work we will show how EPs can be dynamically dispatched in a computer system or network in order to optimise the energy consumption of Clouds and Networks. We will also show how the EP paradigm can be used to represent the energy efficient operation of wireless devices, and discuss how EPs can describe the efficiency of data transmission with quantum devices.



Erol Gelenbe, a Fellow of IEEE and ACM, founded the field of performance evaluation of computer systems and networks in Europe.
A native of Istanbul, Turkey, he is a Fellow of the Science Academies of Belgium, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, of Academia Europaea, and of the French National Academy of Engineering. He has invented new mathematical models such as G-Networks, and the Random Neural Network, and patented technical inventions such as the Cognitive Packet Network. Awarded Knight of the Legion of Honour (France), and Commander of Merit (Italy), he received the Dennis Gabor Medal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the ACM-SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award, the Grand Prix France-Telecom of the French Academy of Sciences, and the Oliver Lodge Medal of the IET (London).

Dr. Mark Winands Maastricht University, The Netherlands


Mark Winands received a Ph.D. degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Department of Computer Science, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 2004. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Data Science & Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht University. His research interests include heuristic search, machine learning and games. He has written more than eighty scientific publications on Games & AI. Mark serves as an editor-in-chief of the ICGA Journal, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games, editor of Game & Puzzle Design. He is a member of the Games Technical Committee (GTC) | IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and member of working group 14.4 – Entertainment Games | IFIP TC14 on Entertainment Computing.

Steve Cropper

The Business of Software: Software Asset Management (SAM) and the Software Supply Chain

The business, legal and technical issues related to using software commercially are not for the faint hearted and very often overlooked or ‘postponed’ leading to sometimes disastrous results. In his talk Steve will address the challenges of working in a fast paced product development company with software at its core. The ever changing commercial software business models and entitlement frameworks, open source and intellectual property contamination, security vulnerabilities and the resulting day to day headaches associated with compliance that every enterprise, small and medium business should be prepared for.



Steve Cropper is a seasoned Software business professional with over 30 years in the Software Industry, most of those working in Silicon Valley, CA. Steve spent 15 years working as a Senior Manager at Cisco Systems with responsibilities for Software license procurement, royalty management oversight and Software compliance. Steve is passionate about Software its use, license compliance and its pitfalls.