Keynotes BAI 2011


The Beyond AI conference will host the following keynote speakers:

  • János Fodor (Óbuda University, Budapest)
  • Matjaz Gams (University of Ljubljana)
  • Ivan M. Havel (Center for Theoretical Study, Prague)
  • Søren Holm (School of Law, University of Manchester)
  • Jozef Kelemen (Silesian University, Opava)
  • Paulo Leitão (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança)
  • Anders Sandberg (University of Oxford)


János Fodor is full professor in the Institute of Intelligent Engineering Systems, at the John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics of Óbuda University (formerly Budapest Tech), Budapest, Hungary. He has been Vice Rector since 2005. He received his Master Degree in Mathematics in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1984 from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He received his C.Sc. degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1991, and also the Dr. Habil. degree in 2000, the latter from the Eötvös Loránd University. He is Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been pursuing research in mathematical foundations of fuzzy logic, computational intelligence, preference modelling, inference, and uncertainty management since 1987. He is co-author of two monographs published by Kluwer and by Springer, and of over 250 publications. He has presented papers at more than 150 international and domestic conferences. He has delivered numerous plenary and invited talks, and acted as General Chair, Program Committee Chair or Member at diverse scientific international conferences. He is Editor-in-Chief of Acta Polytechnica Hungarica, Area Editor of Fuzzy Sets and Systems, member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, editor of the European Journal of Operational Research, Computing and Informatics, Acta Mechanica Slovaca, ROMAI Journal on Computer Science, Transactions on Automatic Control and Computer Science. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Springer Book Series entitled Topics in Intel ligent Engineering and Informatics. He acts as president of the Hungarian Fuzzy Association, chair of the IEEE Hungary Section Chapter of Computational Intelligence Society, and coordinator of the EUROFUSE EURO Working Group on Fuzzy Sets. He has been a coordinator of several research projects. He has been Invited Professor at various universities in Belgium, Italy, France and Spain.


Matjaz Gams is Head of department of intelligent systems at the Jozef Stefan Institute and professor of computer science at the University of Ljubljana and MPS, Slovenia. He received his degrees at the University of Ljubljana and MPS. He is or was teaching at 10 Faculties in Slovenia and Germany. His professional interest includes intelligent systems, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, intelligent agents, business intelligence and information society. He is member of numerous international program committees of scientific meetings, national strategic boards and institutions, editorial boards of 11 journals and is managing director of the Informatica journal. He was co-founder of various societies in Slovenia, e.g. the Engineering Academy, AI Society, Cognitive Society, and was president and/or secretary of various societies including ACM Slovenia. He is president of institute and faculty union members in Slovenia.  He headed several national and international projects including the major national employment agent on the Internet first to present over 90% of all available jobs in a country. His major scientific achievement is the discovery of the principle of multiple knowledge. In 2009 his team was awarded for the best innovation in Slovenia and in 2011 for the best joint project between business and academia.


Ivan M. Havel graduated in 1966 from Czech Technical University in Prague, Czechoslovakia. During 1969-71 he attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning his Ph.D. in Computer Science. For several years he worked as a research scientist with the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. His fields of interest are theoretical computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive sciences, and related philosophical issues. Before the communist regime collapsed in late 1989, besides his semiofficial scientific work, he hosted discussion groups in his apartment in Prague and cooperated with samizdat editions. From November 1989 till June 1990 he was engaged in political work (as a member of the Council of the Civic Forum Coordination Center). Presently he is a docent (associate professor) at Charles University and until recently he was the director of the Center for Theoretical Study, an international cross-disciplinary institution affiliated with Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague. He also has teaching responsibilities at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. Since 1990 he is the editor-in-chief of Czechoslovak scientific journal Vesmír (The Universe). He is a member of Academia Europea and serves on boards of several academic institutions and educational foundations.


Søren Holm is a bioethicist and philosopher of medicine. He holds a chair in bioethics at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, part of the School of Law at the University of Manchester in Great Britain and the University of Oslo. He also serves as editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics. Holm holds a masters degree in health care ethics from the University of Manchester and two doctoral degrees in medical ethics from the University of Copenhagen. He is currently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and is a member of the Council’s Working Party on Emerging biotechnologies (report to be published autumn 2012). Holm and John Harris co-authored a seminal paper in Nature (1999) that challenged the value of the precautionary principle in modern scientific research.


Jozef Kelemen is a professor of computer science at the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic, and at the School of Management in Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his degrees at the Comenius University, and at the Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia. His professional interest includes artificial intelligence, knowledge systems, advanced robotics, cognitive science, and knowledge management. He is the member of numerous international program committees of scientific meetings, some editorial boards, editor or coeditor of several collective works published by international publishing houses, the author or coauthor of monographs and university course books, and the author of several books containing his scientific essays. He is the honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, and of the Hungarian Fuzzy Association.


Paulo Leitão received the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, both from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1997 and 2004, respectively. From 1993 to 1999 he developed research activities at the CIM Centre of Porto, from 1999 to 2000 at IDIT – Institute for Development and Innovation in Technology, and since 2009 at LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory. He joined the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, in 1995, and currently he is Coordinator (Associate) Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of that institute. Currently, is the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the field of industrial informatics, collaborative factory automation, reconfigurable production systems, intelligent supervisory control, agent-based and holonic control, service-oriented architectures, bio-inspiration engineering, robotics and Petri nets.


Anders Sandberg is a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford. His research centres on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as estimating the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies. Topics of particular interest include enhancement of cognition, cognitive biases, technology-enabled collective intelligence, neuroethics and public policy. He has worked on this within the EU project ENHANCE, where he also was responsible for public outreach and online presence. Besides scientific publications in neuroscience, ethics and future studies he has also participated in the public debate about human enhancement internationally. Anders also holds an AXA Research Fellowship. He has a background in computer science, neuroscience and medical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, Sweden, for work on neural network modeling of human memory. He has also been the scientific producer for the major neuroscience exhibition „Se Hjärnan!“ („Behold the Brain!“), organized by Swedish Travelling Exhibitions, the Swedish Research Council and the Knowledge Foundation that toured Sweden 2005-2007. He is co-founder and writer for the think tank Eudoxa.