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DigiCULT 39
THE ESSEN FORUM PARTICIPANTS
Franca Garzotto
Franca Garzotto is Associate Professor of Com-
puter Science at the Department of Electronics and
Information, Politecnico di Milano. She has a Degree
in Mathematics from the University of Padova (Italy)
and a PhD in Computer Science from Politecnico di
Milano. Her research interests are hypermedia and
Web design, usability,Web application quality, and
context-aware applications, mainly in the domains of
cultural heritage and eLearning. Since 1988, she has
been involved in various European research projects
in the above fields. She has been tutorial chair
and/or member of the technical programme com-
mittee of several editions of many international con-
ferences, including ACM Hypertext and
Hypermedia, ACM Multimedia, ICHIM,WebNet.
She has served as Programme Co-Chair of: the First
International Workshop on `Hypermedia Design`
(Montpellier, France, June 1995), the First
International Workshop on `Evaluation and Quality
Criteria for Multimedia Applications` (San Francisco,
CA, November 1995), and ICHIM'01-International
Conference on Informatics and Museums (Milan,
Italy, September 2001). From 1997 to 1999, she was
European Chair of SIG-WEB (the ACM Special
Interest Group on Hypermedia & the Web).
Guy Hellier
Guy Hellier is the Director of European Opera-
tions for Artesia Technologies. He has been with Artesia
Technologies since its inception in June 1999, starting
as a Project Manager in the Professional Services
organisation. One of Mr Hellier's first projects was
the General Motors Media Archive project, which
replaced GM's legacy asset repository with TEAMS.
In this capacity, he was responsible for the business
process requirements, architecture decisions, data
conversion, and overall management of this effort to
convert over 500,000 photographs into TEAMS.
Soon thereafter, Mr Hellier was chosen to open up
Artesia's office in London and was promoted to
Director, European Professional Services. In this
capacity, he built their European business and led
project efforts in the UK, Germany, Norway, France
and the Netherlands. His European customers inclu-
de Cappalens in Norway, EMAP in France, Sony
Music in Austria and Courtaulds Institute of Art in
London. Prior to joining Artesia Technologies, Mr
Hellier worked for The Harris Group as a technical
consultant and later with Sallie Mae Servicing
Corporation, where he served in numerous informa-
tion technology positions culminating as Assistant
Vice President of Quality Assurance.
Graham Higley
Graham Higley is Head of Information and
Library Systems of the Natural History Museum in
London. Before this position Mr Higley worked
with The Carbon Trust (2001-2); was Director of
Communications & Information at Investors in
People UK (1999-2001); Operations Manager at
BBC Information & Archives (1994-99), and
Information Resource Centre Manager at British
Telecom (1990-4). In these positions his various
duties in particular revolved around developing new
information systems and services, and change and
process management, emphasising customer focus.
Yannis Ioannidis
Yannis Ioannidis is currently Professor at the
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications
of the University of Athens. He received his PhD
degree in Computer Science from the University of
California at Berkeley in 1986. He joined the faculty
of the Computer Sciences Department of the
University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1986, where
he became Professor before leaving in 1999. His
research interests include database and information
systems, scientific systems, digital libraries and
human-computer interaction - topics on which he
has published over 50 articles in leading journals and
conferences and holds two patents. Dr Ioannidis was
the recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator
(PYI) award in 1991, awarded by the President of the
United States to the top young scientists in each
field. He spoke on `Next-Generation Experiment