Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Lecturers and Tutors

The current list of confirmed lecturers and tutors is as follows:

Andreas UnteidigAndreas Unteidig, Berlin Univ. of the Arts.

Andreas is a PhD-Candidate and Designer. He studied Design at Köln International School of Design in Cologne and at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City with a focus on Design Research & Theory and Communication Design. Andreas is a member of the research group Community Infrastructuring and co-leads the project Neighborhood Labs together with Jennifer Schubert and Florian Sametinger in the development of tools and infrastructures to foster communicative processes in urban neighborhoods.

Brett ScottBrett Scott, campaigner, former broker.

Brett Scott is a campaigner and former broker. He is the author of the book called The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money, published with Pluto Press. He has written publications for the Guardian, Wired, New Scientist, Ecologist, New Internationalist, Aeon Mag & openDemocracy among others and has appeared on shows such as BBC World Update, BBC Newsday, the Keiser Report, and Arte TV. He is a Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab.

Chris CookChris Cook, University College London.

Following an early career in the UK Department of Trade & Industry, Chris was a market regulator at the Association of Futures Brokers & Dealers, and then at the International Petroleum Exchange (latterly as a Director). At the IPE, he developed successful new trading mechanisms such as Exchange of Futures for Swaps; Volatility Trades; and Settlement Trades. Between 1998-2000, he founded and developed NewClear, a generic transaction confirmation concept, still widely used in global markets. Chris now works mainly in Scotland, with Nordic Enterprise Trust, to develop new partnership-based enterprise models, and related financial products and services. His work at ISRS is focused on a new generation of networked markets – which will, in Chris's view, necessarily be dis-intermediated, open, decentralised and, therefore, resilient.

Daniele QuerciaDaniele Quercia, Yahoo!

Daniele is passionate about mining data to answer multidisciplinary research questions. From urban informatics to personality studies, he is exploring the complex relationship between our offline and online worlds at Yahoo! Labs in Barcelona. He has recently lead the creation and launching of two crowdsourcing websites: 1), which extracts Londoners' mental images of the city, and 2), which crowdsources visual perceptions of quiet, beauty and happiness across the city using street View pictures.

George KoutitasGeorge Koutitas, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH.

George Koutitas (PhD) is a post doc researcher and an entrepreneur in smart grids and wireless networks. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an M.Sc. degree (with Distinction) in Mobile and Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey, UK and a PhD under EPSRC scholarship from Centre for Communications Systems Research, UK. George is a post doc researcher at the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH) and is the CEO-cofounder of Gridmates Inc. He has also worked as an academic associate at International Hellenic University where he introduced interdisciplinary modules in the area of Green ICT.

Giuseppe LitteraGiuseppe Littera,

Giuseppe Littera is one of the founders of He is currently in charge of the ICT department and his main areas of interest are credit, trust, and currencies in any variance and location in time and space. As of practical experience, Giuseppe and the team bootstrapped and developed into the largest community exchange/complementary currency network in Sardinia with over 1600 members and an annual economic activity of over 14 million credits (1 credit = 1 euro). The C3 model developed by the Sardex team is being replicated in numerous regions in Italy (e.g., Tibex/ Circuitosamex/ Piemex/ Sicanex/ Circuitomarchex involving even more local business and communities in a new way to create and share value.

Harris NiavisHarris Niavis, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH).

Harris Niavis received his B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer and Communication Engineering Department of University of Thessaly, in Volos, Greece, where he has lived for the past 10 years. Harris is a Research Associate in the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), participating in several European projects related to wireless networks experimentation. He is experienced in the control and management of wireless experimental facilities (testbeds) and in the programming of wireless drivers. His research interests lie in the area of wireless networking protocols.

Iordanis KoutsopoulosIordanis Koutsopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB).

Iordanis Koutsopoulos (S’99, M’03, SM’ 13) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Informatics of Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) since 2013. He obtained the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 1997 and the M.S and Ph.D degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He was Assistant Professor (2010-2013) and Lecturer (2005-2010) with the Department of Computer Engineering and Communications, University of Thessaly. He is also affiliated with Center for Research and Technology Hellas, Institute for Telematics and Informatics (CERTH-ITI).

Karmen GuevaraKarmen Guevara, Cambridge University.

Karmen Guevara, a Visiting Scientist at the Computer Laboratory at Cambridge University, is a Human Scientist who specialises in incorporating the human dimension in the design of interactive technologies. Her expertise lies in the socio-cultural, behavioural and psychological use of technology. Her 30 years experience spans the areas of user requirements capture, human-computer interaction design, user-system evaluation and cognitive adaptive system design. She has led several major projects for the Ministry of Defence in the areas of diagnostic research in human related breakdowns in critical software systems, failures in software intensive systems, usability and human requirements for system design.

Mark GavedMark Gaved, Open University.

Mark Gaved is a Research Associate at Open University exploring informal learning. He is interested in exploring how technologies can be appropriated and used in unexpected ways to support community needs. Supporting community goals with technologies requires both an understanding of how technologies work, but also how communities work, and the motivations and goals of the participants. His PhD thesis investigated how local communities in the UK formed their own networked communities as a means of addressing the digital divide, their goals and the challenges they faced. Mark's PhD developed from his own experience of building a street network in London.

Michael SmythMichael Smyth, Napier University.

Michael Smyth is the Coordinator of the UrbanIxD project that is funded under the EU FP7 programme and is part of the FET Open initiative ( He has worked in the fields of Human Computer Interaction and Interaction Design since 1987 and during that period has published over 60 academic papers in refereed journals, books and conferences. In addition he has had interactive installations exhibited at both UK and international conferences and arts & design festivals. He is co-editor of the book entitled Digital Blur: creative practice at the boundaries of architecture, design and art, Libri Publishing.

Sambit SahuSambit Sahu, IBM.

Sambit Sahu has been a research staff member at IBM since 2000. Dr. Sahu received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After joining IBM Research, Dr. Sahu has focused on systems and network services management, content distribution network and data center networking and more recently on cloud computing and smarter planet solutions. He has more than 50 technical papers and 60 patents filed in these areas. Dr. Sahu’s recent research has been on designing cloud platform and solutions for deploying smarter city services at city-wide scale. He is a master inventor at IBM Research and has Outstanding Achievement Award and Research Division Awards for his pioneering work in these areas.

Tamas David-BarrettTamas David-Barrett, University of Oxford.

Tamas is a postdoctoral researcher in the Experimental Psychology Department, and a fellow of Trinity College, where he tutors in economics. Tamas's intellectual background is in mathematical economics and human ethology, which he studied in Budapest in the early 1990s, before focusing on economics in Cambridge. Tamas spent 12 years as a macroeconomist, running a research team analysing emerging economies and developing countries. During these years he travelled extensively, conducting research in more than 30 countries. He returned to academia and theoretical modelling in 2009.