Sirris is a private non-profit collective research centre founded in 1949 by Agoria, the multi-sector federation for the Belgian technology industry. Sirris has about 2500 member companies, which range from small and medium-sized businesses to multinational companies (>95% SMEs), active in the sectors of Materials, Metal Products, Automobile, ICT & Mechatronics, Industrial Automation. Its mission is to improve the competitiveness of its member companies through technology and innovation. The ICT and Software Engineering group of Sirris has set up several different industry- driven research programs through which it has acquired extensive knowledge in various areas related to Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), SaaS and software engineering, etc.
Prof. Dr Philippe Thiran coordinates the Cloud computing research theme in the ICT and Software Engineering group of Sirris. He is also a professor of computer science at the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Namur. His interests cover distributed information and software technologies like Web technologies, SOA and SaaS (Cloud computing) and ICT applications for smart cities (smart mobility and urban planning). He has been involved in several European and national R&D projects as well as standardization bodies (W3C, IEEE and OASIS). He has co-authored more than 80 scientific papers and co‐organized more than 10 international conferences (including IEEE Service Congress and MobiWIS). Philippe Thiran holds a Master in Geography (University of Louvain and University of Rennes II), a Master and a PhD in Computer Science (University of Namur). He was a professor of computer science at the HEC Business School of the University of Liege, at the University of Lyon I and at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2005, Philippe Thiran has been a professor at the University of Namur.
Dr Nicolás Gonzalez-Deleito is project leader in the Sirris ICT and Software Engineering group, where he focuses on helping companies build new products and services out of the data they manipulate or have access to, and where he contributes to several industrial European and regional R&D projects in this area. He also coordinated VariBru, a project supported by the Innoviris ICT Impulse program. Nicolas holds a PhD degree (2005) in Computer Science from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, where he worked as a post–‐doctoral teaching assistant in the QualSec group. His research focused then on reducing trust requirements in fair exchange (i.e. e-commerce) protocols.