Authors of the present issue


N. 31 - Special Issue on

Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development




Razvan Bogdan


received his BSc in Computer Science (2006), and PhD (2009) from 'Politehnica' University of Timisoara. Now he is assistant professor of Embedded Systems in Department of Computers and Information Technology, Faculty of Computers and Automation, 'Politehnica' University of Timisoara, Romania. His current research interests include different aspects of Embedded Systems and e-learning technologies. He has (co-) authored 2 books and more than 30 papers. He is member of IEEE and ACM, being reviewer for Elsevier and more than 10 conferences.




Estela Daukšienè


is a researcher and project manager from Kaunas, Lithuania, working at Vytautas Magnus University for more than 10 years. Her research focus on technology enhanced learning, innovations and virtual mobility, which was also the focus of her doctoral dissertation.Estela has participated in several virtual mobility projects, lead by the university, implementing research, organizing virtual mobility and teaching virtual mobility courses. Having experience in the field she also teaches students on technology application at education and provides consultations for teachers on virtual mobility curriculum design and organization.Estela is also the President of Lithuanian Association of Distance and e-Learning (LieDM) which unites 47 Lithuanian institutions that implement online learning, organize joint events, and share their experiences in the field of technology enhanced learning.




Christoph Emmerling


is Associate Professor of Soil Science at the Soil Science Department, Faculty of Regional and Environmental Sciences, University of Trier. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1995 and his Habilitate degree in Soil Science in 1998 at the University of Trier. His main emphases in research and teaching are Land-use Change, Renewable Resources, Soil Organic Matter and Soil Biodiversity. From 2001 until 2005 he was head of the commission Soil Biology of the Soil Science Society of Germany. Recently he is member of the steering committee Bioenergy 2.0 of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.




Diego Galego


holds a MSc degree in Multimedia Communication from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, with a thesis: 'Smart Campus UA: a comparative study with other universities'. He is currently engaged in a PhD programme on Public Policies at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences of the University of Aveiro. He has also participated in mobility programs included in his research agenda, namely Univ. of Rome Tor Vergata, integrated in ASLERD ( common research framework and at Trinity College Dublin concerning Smart City issues.




Carlo Giovannella


Graduated in Physics, he worked long time in solid state physics as an expert of complex systems. Nowadays can be considered a 'Designer for the experience': expert in the technology-enhanced learning, interaction design, computer-mediated communication, design and management of processes, process and product innovation, ecosystems monitoring and benchmarking. Since 2015 is the President of ASLERD (Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development). It has been the Scientific Director of the Creative Industries Area at the Consorzio Roma Ricerche from 2013 till 2016. 
He is member of the Dept. of History, Cultural Heritage, Education & Society of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he is chair of the ISIM_garage (Interfaces and Multimodal Interactive Systems), a research lab devoted to design and development of TEL-environments, tools and methods for education, interaction design, and more. 




Fabian Lorig


started studying Business Information Systems at Trier University in 2009. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 2012 and his Master’s degree in 2014, focussing on multi-agent system, artificial intelligence, and computer simulation. Since 2014 he is research assistant (PhD student) at the chair for Business Informatics 1 at Trier University (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ingo J. Timm) and works on an intelligent assistance system for the design and conduction of simulation studies.




Oscar Mealha


is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Art, University of Aveiro, Portugal. He develops his research in the area of 'Information and Communication in Digital Platforms' in the context of 'Knowledge Media and Connected Communities' with several projects, masters and doctoral supervisions and publications on interaction design and analysis techniques and methods, namely for usability evaluation, UX and visualization of interaction/infocommunication activity. He is now (2017) involved in infocommunication mediation projects such as 'Visualization of Open Data Dashboards for Citizen Engagement and Learning' in intelligent territories, eg. Àgueda Smart City, Murtosa cyclable, Aveiro Smart Schools, and in ASLERD -




Serban Meza


Lecturer integrates his passion for video and multimedia systems and applications into developments and research endeavors for society in general. He has been actively involved in Romanian (national scale) educational projects like,, As a researcher he is interested mainly in socially-interactive educational platforms, 3D reconstructions and 360° augmented reality videos and applications. He also thinks that polarized vision/imagery provides new opportunities in knowledge extraction.




Danut Mihon


is part of Hypermedia’s eLearning and multimedia department that aims at providing cutting-edge solutions in education and video collaboration domains. The research and innovations are expressed in technologies such as HyperTalk, HyperEDU, or HyperCareers that are currently available for the worldwide audience.

His area of expertise was also enriched by his Ph.D thesis and by three international projects funded by the European Union that focused on Environmental Applications development using the Grid and Cloud infrastructures.




Roxana Moldovan


is a PhD student within the Communications Department of Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. With about 6 years of involvement in software development projects with Romanian and foreign partners, she is also a passionate member of Hypermedia’s eLearning and multimedia department. The department’s research and innovations are related to new concepts regarding the multimedia distributed systems, specially, interactive and virtual collaboration applied to e-services and expressed in robust and powerful technologies such as HyperTalk, HyperEDU or HyperCareers.




Bogdan Orza


Associate Professor focuses both at education and research level on information management, video and television engineering, digital image processing, multimedia systems and applications, eLearning solutions, database design and programming. He acts as the coordinator of the MSAL group and the director of the TUCN’s Department of Continuing Education and Distance Learning, being actively involved in national and regional coordination of numerous educational projects. 




Cosmin Porumb


is one of the HyperMedia co-founders, a fully dedicated IT guy with 15+ years of experience proven by his technical and managerial responsibilities assumed in 50+ R&D projects.

He masters all the knowledge and skills on cutting-edge technologies such as video collaboration systems, mobile multimedia applications, interactive learning platforms, computer-supported collaborative learning environments, complex e-business solutions, and advanced human-computer interaction tools.

Since his PhD defense in 2005, he still continues to innovate in different areas with imaginative business orientation and important impact on the social segment. This is the way HyperTalk, HyperEDU, HyperMED or HyperCareers came to life as a robust and powerful technologies. Nevertheless, Cosmin has been involved as HyperMedia representative in many other software development projects with Romanian partners, as well as foreign partners from USA, Korea, Germany, Italy, France, etc.




Lukas Reuter


studied Business Information Systems at Trier University and received his Bachelor’s degree in 2014 and his Master’s degree in 2016. Since his graduation, he is working as a research assistant at the chair for Business Informatics 1 at Trier University (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ingo J. Timm). His research focus is on multiagent-based modelling and simulation. 




Margarita Teresevicienè


Department of Educational Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Personal research area: adult learning, recognition of prior learning, technology enhanced learning. She supervised ten doctoral theses on adult learning and teaches in the study programmes of Andragogy. She has been trainer in variety in-service training programmes of adult educators. Has acted as expert in the field of adult education at the Ministry of Education and Science Republic of Lithuania; expert for Research Council of Lithuania. She is also a member of board Lithuania Distance and eLearning Association. 




Ingo J. Timm


received Diploma degree (1997), PhD (2004), and venia legendi (professoral thesis) (2006) in computer science from University of Bremen. From 1998 to 2006, he has been PhD student, research assistant, visiting and senior researcher, and managing director at University of Bremen, Technical University Ilmenau, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In 2006, he was appointed full professor for Information Systems and Simulation at Goethe-University Frankfurt. Since fall 2010, he holds a chair for Business Informatics at Trier University. In 2016 he founded and is now heading the Center for Informatics Research and Technology (CIRT) and its Research Lab on Simulation. He is author, co-author as well as editor of more than 100 scientific publications on simulation, information systems, knowledge-based systems for environmental protection, decision support in medicine, and theories and applications of multi-agent systems, especially in logistics.




Thomas Udelhoven


has been working in the field of environmental remote sensing and geoinformatics since 1992 in the framework of many international research projects. He received his PhD degree 1997 at Trier University. From 2007 until 2010 he headed the Geomatics platform at the Centre de Recherche Public Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg). Since 2010 he is full professor in the remote sensing department at Trier University. His main research topics include environmental modelling, the retrieval of biochemical and structural properties of vegetation and soils using airborne and satellite remote sensing data, pattern recognition, and (geo-)statistics. He is author and co-author of many publications in this area.




Radu Vasiu


received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania in 1982 and 1997, respectively. He is currently a professor at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering of the Politehnica University of Timisoara. His research interests in the last years are in the area of open data , smart cities, mobile applications, e-learning, multimedia and web technologies. Since 1993 he was involved in more than 30 international projects (Tempus, Phare, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Life Long Learning, FP6, etc), especially in the field of multimedia and e-learning, both as coordinator or as contractor.

He is now the President of the Politehnica University Senate and the Director of the Multimedia Research Centre.

He acted as invited professor in different universities from UK, Finland, France, Austria, Greece and Netherlands.

The publication list includes 12 books and more than 100 papers presented at different international conferences. He was involved in 32 research or international cooperation projects.

Currently, he acts as President of the International Association for e-Science (IAFeS), that promotes at international level the use of ICT in science and technology.

He is also a member of IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Communications Society, European Association for Telematics Applications (EATA), European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN), International Association of Science and Technology Engineers for Development (IASTED), European Portal for Advanced Collaboration in E-learning (EuroPACE) and of the Commission for European Integration of the Romanian Academy, Timisoara branch.




Silviu Vert


received his Ph.D. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in 2015, with the topic “Integrating linked open data in mobile augmented reality applications”.

He is currently research and teaching assistant professor at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Politehnica University of Timisoara.

His research is in the area of open data, augmented reality applications, mobile applications for culture and tourism and smart city topics and he is actively involved at local and national levels in open government activities and advocacy events.

He is co-author of 4 book chapters and author or co-author of 10 research papers presented at different international conferences.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.




Airina Volungevicienè


is an Associate Professor and has been working among leading researchers, methodology specialists and education policy makers in the area of technology enhanced learning (TEL) development in Europe since 1997. Having established the national network for distance and e-learning in the country, she continued as a leader in research and project work to promote the development of TEL in Lithuania and Europe, introducing many innovations in different education organizations from school, VET, adult learning and higher education sectors.

Since 2007, her research activities are based at Vytautas Magnus University, where she is the head of Innovative Studies Institute and an associate professor at the department of Education. Airina is responsible for TEL integration into university studies and curriculum designing. She coordinates international projects and implements research with the focus on TEL curriculum designing and quality assurance, virtual mobility, open educational resources and TEL integration into an organization. She published more than 30 papers on TEL, virtual mobility and OERs, as well as 5 research studies and 2 monographs.

She established and was the first president of Lithuanian Distance and eLearning (LieDM) association in Lithuania (2010 – 2016). Since 2016 she is the Chair of the Board of this association. Airina was the Vice President for Research of European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN). She was elected the President of EDEN in 2016. 




Jan-Felix Zolitschka


In 2016 he obtained a MSc in Business Informatics at University Trier (Germany) and in 2014 a BSc in Business Informatics at the same university. After his MSc graduation, he worked in the finance industry as a business IT consultant for Senacor Technologies in Frankfurt. In cooperation with Senacor, he is currently working on his doctoral thesis at the institute of technology and process management (ITOP) of University Ulm (Germany). His work focuses on the design and evaluation of new methods and practices for big (social) data analytics.