Tuesday 6/27
3:30 – 5:00pm
Location: F1

Roundtable Discussion: Digital University Campuses in International Alliances

This roundtable aims to bring together educational stakeholders, policy-makers, teachers, and researchers to collect and share experiences and good practices in the integration and enhancement of campuses potentialities in the digital world, considering the nature of various environments and systems, especially about university alliances like UNITA Universitas Montium.

Panel Moderator

Mario Giacobini obtained a degree in Mathematics at the University of Torino (IT) in 1998, and after a PhD a post-doc in Computer Science at the University of Lausanne (CH) he came back to Torino as Assistant Professor first, and now as Associate Professor in Computer Science at the Department of Veterinary Sciences, where he leads the Data Analysis and Modeling Unit. His research interests concentrate on Artificial Life, both as bio-inspired computational techniques – mainly Machine Learning and Evolutionary Algorithms and their application to biodata mining – and as modeling of biological phenomena – ranging from Epidemiology to Molecular Biology – mainly using concepts and instruments of Network Science. He is currently Vice Rector for European Relations of the University of Torino, and Coordinator of the Management and Coordination Work Package of the European University UNITA – Universitas Montium.


Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, responsible for planning and implementing digital education and associate professor in multimedia, interactive and web technologies. Since 1998, she teaches course modules in universities from UK, France, USA, Finland, Italy, Greece. She has extensive research experience with intense publication (over 17 books, 100 research papers, 11 Best paper Awards, reviewer at 6 major journals and several other publications, associate editor at IEEE Transactions on Education, co-chair IEEE ICALT iOpenLearn) and more than 30 research and educational international projects. Dr. Andone is EDEN Senior Fellow, IEEE Education Society 2021 Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award winner, EDEN Vice-President for Communication and Communities (2018-2021), and member in IEEE Education Society Board of Governors (2021-present), in IEEE Romania Section the Educational activities Chair (2019-present) and in EUA Digital Transformation Steering Committee. She also acts in the Board of Romanian NGOs (Pentru Voi Foundation), in Timisoara 2023 European Capital of Culture Task Force and in other voluntary organisations (Rotary International). She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s life, she actively supports the use of OERs, MOOCs and the open education principles, developing UniCampus.eu for training for digital skills, but also the local start-up movement, women in tech, and the digital culture. She initiated several projects for transforming communities, is invited as speaker at conferences and in the last 25 years involved in the digital education community movement in Romania, recently through the Together Online webinars and the digital culture and heritage with Spotlight Heritage Timișoara.

Roberto Cavallo Perin is full professor of Administrative Law at the University of Torino. Actually Director University Decentralization, previously Personnel Deputy Rector (2004-2006) and President of the Degree Program in Political Sciences (1997 – 2001). His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Public Administration; Public Procurements; Public Utilities. He teaches in several graduate and postgraduate courses, with a special interest in e-learning methodologies.


Manuela Consito is Full Professor in Public law at the School of Law of the University of Turin and holds a PhD in Public Law. She is Director of First Cycle Degree in AI & Administrative Studies of the School of Law of the University of Turin and Coordinator of the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic UniTo. She is author of numerous scientific publications and her research interests concern the regulation of public services, particularly social and health services, the legal condition of foreigners, the citizenship and the freedom of movement of foreigners with a specific focus on skilled migration. She has been teaching Public Law, Administrative Law, Migration Law, Public Procurement Law, Welfare and Social Service Administrative Law, Administrative Environmental Law for many years. She has been Invited Visiting Professor at the Universitad Complutense de Madrid within the LLP – Erasmus Teaching Exchange Program and Visiting Scholar at the Boston University School of Law.

Laura Corazza is Assistant Professor at the Department of Management, University of Turin. She is also the Editor of the University’s sustainability report and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Public Affairs. She has visited Laurea University of Applied Science (Finland), The Open University (UK) and University of Agder (Norway). She has authored/coauthored books and peer-reviewed journals, including the IEEE Transaction on Engineering Management, Accounting Auditing Accountability Journal, The British Accounting Review, Sustainability Accounting Policy and Management Journal, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, and Journal of Business Research. Her research interests include stakeholder engagement, sustainability accounting and accountability in private, public, and social enterprises. She has recently led a European project oriented to the adoption of the New European Bauhaus concept for sustainable universities

Ernesto Damiani is Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical System at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, and Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, where he leads the SESAR research lab, and President of the National Interuniversity Consortium for Computer Science. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cyber-physical systems, secure service-oriented architectures, privacy-preserving big data analytics and cyber-physical systems security. Ernesto holds/has held visiting positions at a number of international institutions, including George Mason University in Virginia, US, Tokyo Denki University, Japan, LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) at Lyon, France. He is a Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Progress of Science. He has been Principal Investigator in a number of large-scale research projects funded by the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Research and by private companies such as British Telecom, Cisco Systems, SAP, Telecom Italia, Siemens Networks (now Nokia Siemens) and many others. His serves in the editorial board of several international journals; among others, he is the EIC of the International Journal on Big Data and of the International Journal of Knowledge and Learning. He is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Service-oriented Computing and of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. His served as vice-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics. In 2008, Ernesto was nominated ACM Distinguished Scientist and received the Chester Sall Award from the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. Ernesto has co-authored more than 870 scientific papers and many books, including “Open Source Systems Security Certification” (Springer 2009).

Since 2016, Ernesto Exposito is Full Professor at “Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour”. Between 2006 and 2016, he worked as Associate Professor at INSA Toulouse and researcher at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse, France. Between 2004 and 2005, he worked as Researcher at the National ICT Australia Limited (NICTA) research center in Sydney, Australia and as Conjoint-lecturer at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, he earned the “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France (INPT). In 2003, he earned his PhD in “Informatique et Télécommunications” from the INPT.

His research interests center on smart cyber-physical systems design and management. He has coordinated several actions in national and international research projects, in particular applied to the INDUSTRY 4.0 domains (transportation, agriculture and education). He is the head of the SIGLIS and INDUSTRY 4.0 Computer Science master programs at the UPPA. He coordinated the actions related to Education 4.0, in particular the implementation of Learning Analytics within the framework of the ANR-PIA3 HyPE-13 project. He has served as chairman and member for many Program Committees and he is author of more than 100 international publications. He is editorial board member of several international journals in the field of networking and distributed systems. Since 2021, he is the Vice-Rector for International Relationships at UPPA.