Our Team

Huma Shah

Director of Science (Co-PI), For more information on the project email Huma Shah.

Associate Member, Research Centre for Data Science and Senior Lecturer, School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at Coventry University.

I came up with the idea for the GDPR-compliance citizen science project while researching-for-teaching the ‘social, legal and ethical contexts of technologies’, and ‘Artificial intelligence, creativity and ethics’. Adopting citizen science methodology was a great way to informally educate citizens on their rights accorded under GDPR, and then engage citizen scientists to investigate opt-in consent, and to co-innovate a taxonomy of hidden marketing trackers in website cookies and smart phone apps. My previous experience collaborating with the general public was in engaging lay AI enthusiasts as Turing test judge/interrogators in Turing test experiments: 2008 Loebner Prize at Reading University, Turing100in2012 at Bletchley Park (this event gaining the London2012 Inspire Mark for Education), and Turing2014 at The Royal Society London. Among over thirty publications, I co-authored Turing’s Imitation Game: Conversations with the Unknown, published by Cambridge University Press.
Academia.edu: https://coventry.academia.edu/HumaShah
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=cmS6qXQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Huma_Shah2
Jaimz Winter

Creativity Manager

Research Assistant co-developing CSI-COP Repository, Coventry University.

Jaimz Winter will be creating the project’s newsletters and creating dissemination products. Jaimz will be applying Gamification for informal education learning and Data Privacy. Jaimz will contribute to the co-innovation tasks with the citizen scientists.
Neil Forbes

Project Co-ordinator

Professor, Faculties of Arts and Humanities at Coventry University

Neil led Coventry University’s participation in the FP7 project Citizen Epistemologies. He acted as Co-ordinator of the EU’s FP7 RICHES project, and is currently the Co-ordinator for the H2020 REACH project. His research interests and publications lie in the fields of Cultural Heritage (with an emphasis on citizen science.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=C3mH_YgAAAAJ&view_op=list_works
Jizheng Wan

Software Development Manager

IT Research Service Manager, IT Service at Coventry University.

As a fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), Jizheng is accountable for the strategy, strategic engagement, vision, development and delivery of IT Services in support of research. His research area includes Ontology Learning, NLP, Machine Learning/Deep Learning and Big Data. He is a reviewer for several international conferences and journals and be the publication chair and secretary for an international conference, Human Centered Computing (HCC), for many years. He is also one of the committee members of the Computational Psychophysiology, which is one of the Technological Committees under the IEEE SMC.
Yiannis Gialelis

Researcher

Adjunct Assistant Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept at University of Patras – UPAT, Greece.

Yiannis is involved in many Greek and EC funded R&D projects. His current research interests include security in wearables, artificial intelligence and semantics engineering.
Dóra GROÓ

Researcher

Medical doctor by training and has a PhD in experimental medicine.

Dora has been engaged in European research framework programmes since 1999. She has a long-standing experience as coordinator of FP5, FP6 and FP7 multi-partner projects, as well as Project Technical Assistant (FP5 Quality of Life) of the European Commission. She was involved in several gender related FP projects: CEC WYS, PRAGES, WS DEBATE, UNICAFE, GENDERA (as coordinator), SHEMERA, EFFORTI. She was national expert in the FP7 INCO Program Committee. She has worked as project evaluator in FP6, FP7 and H2020. She represented Hungary in the Enwise (ENlarge Women and Science to East) expert group in the field of women and science. She was national representative in the COST Action genderSTE.
Maria Hinsenkamp

Researcher

Project Manager at Association of Hungarian Women in Science – NaTE. Hungary

Maria has been engaged in Life Long Learning programmes in European Framework FP5, FP6 as partner, consultant and/or trainer. She was Expert of the Advisory Group of the EC Research Potential and Regional Aspects in 7th Framework Programme. She is consultant and trainer of Hungarian SMEs, research institutions, universities in Horizon 2020 projects. She is member of the Hungarian Scientific Association for Telecommunication (HTE), European Science Engagement Association (EUSEA), Association of Hungarian Women in Science (NaTE), First Hungarian Association for Corporate Social Responsibilities (EMVFE).
Dorottya Rigler

Researcher

has been in close professional cooperation with the Association of Hungarian Women in Science (Nok a Tudományban Egyesület – NaTE) and participated in the Horizon 2020 EFFORTI Project of the European Union, contributing to the creation of a framework for analysing the influence of gender equality measures in scientific research and development.

Dorottya Rigler was born in Budapest, Hungary. She graduated in economics at the Budapest Business School. She worked as an intern at the Government Office for Equal Opportunities. After that she earned a master’s degree in sociology and economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest, minoring in gender studies. She defended her thesis on the gender differences in the performance of Hungarian students in PISA 2000, focusing on the reading literacy skills. She spent 12 months working as a desk officer at the Department of European Union Affairs of the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office.

As a freelance sociologist she worked for the Research Institute of Economics and Enterprises of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and wrote articles that were published in Hungarian journals. Since 2017 she has been in close professional cooperation with the Association of Hungarian Women in Science (Nok a Tudományban Egyesület – NaTE) and participated in the Horizon 2020 EFFORTI Project of the European Union, contributing to the creation of a framework for analysing the influence of gender equality measures in scientific research and development.

Ulrico Celentano

Researcher

Assistant Professor at University of Oulu.

Ulrico Celentano holds a dott.ing. degree in electronics engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, a doctoral degree in technology from the University of Oulu, Finland, and has completed a block of studies in psychology at the University of Oulu. He is a research doctor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, where he has been doing research on dependable systems, adaptive systems and artificial interacting cognitive entities. His present research interests include dependable systems (include data privacy and information security), as well as networked artificial intelligent systems, human cognition and the social interaction of the above. In addition to scientific publications, he holds five granted patents. Dr. Celentano was a WP leader or researcher in EU projects (FP5 ULTRAWAVES, FP6 NEWCOM, FP7 QoSMOS) and currently is the technical coordinator and WP4 leader for H2020 project HYFLIERS and a researcher in ECSEL SECREDAS (dealing with security and privacy in autonomous vehicles). He was co-PI for Finland-US project SOCRATE and has been the PI for Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC) Finland-US projects. Link to Ulrico Celentano: https://www.oulu.fi/university/researcher/ulrico-celentano
Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet

Researcher

Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Science at Bar-Ilan University – BI, Israel.

Maayan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Science and chair of the Ethics Committee of the faculties of Humanities and Jewish studies in Bar-Ilan University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2006. She is an expert in data modelling and semantic web technologies. For the past decade Maayan’s research focuses on various aspects of ontology construction, crowdsourcing techniques and their application in the field of digital humanities. Recently, she has conducted a series of works in the field of personal data protection on the web, digital divide and online privacy paradox. She is the winner of the best paper award of 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Maayan received six national and European research grants in the last five years. Her works have been published in various prominent journals, such as: JASIS&T, Computers in Human Behaviour, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and PlosONE, and presented at major international conferences, e.g. ASIS&T, DH (Digital Humanities), ACL (Association of Computational Linguistics) and WWW.
David Goodman

Researcher

Senior Project Manager at Trust in Digital Life – TDL, Belgium.

David has over twenty-five years IT and telco experience in senior management positions, across a wide range of companies and organizations, both large and small. Having worked in industry liaison and research at University College London, David worked in senior product management roles in the United States and Europe for Lotus Development / IBM and later as CMO at Metamerge, a Norwegian start-up. More recently, he worked for eight years at Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson. In the last five years, he has acted as a consultant analyst for KuppingerCole, TechVision Research and Trust in Digital Life, specializing in the dissemination of the practical application of the GDPR, identity management, cybersecurity, open banking, blockchain and artificiall intelligence.
Olga Stepankova

Researcher

Professor of applied cybernetics at CVUT, department BEAT of CIIRC at Czech Technical University in Prague – CTU, Czech Republic.

Olga is focused on data mining, artificial intelligence and their utilization in development of assistive technologies. Olga participated in a number of Czech and EU projects, e.g. MAS: Nanoelectronics for Mobile Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Systems (201–2013, EUENIAC project No. 120228), SPES Supporting Patients through E-services Solutions (2010-2014, Operational Programme CENTRAL EUROPE). Since 2016, Olga is the head of the department Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technology (BEAT) of CIIRC. Olga actively promotes digital literacy for all and she represents Czech professional society CSKI in the Czech DigiCoalition. She is the author or co-author of more than 150 publications including 21 journal papers, editor of 3 monographs in English and 6 in Czech, and co-author of 2 textbooks.
Matthias Pocs

Researcher

Main GDPR expert at Stelar Security Technology Law Research – Stelar, Germany.

Matthias is a lawyer with Stelar Security Technology Law Research UG (haftungsbeschränkt). Stelar is research organisation based in Hamburg (Germany) specialised in research on data protection and privacy in the design and development of new ICT, including research on legal assessment methods for “Privacy by Design” of new security technologies and privacy management systems for manufacturers of ICT products and related service providers. STELAR has extensive expertise in legislation, GDPR, data protection, privacy and fundamental rights aspects of European ICT research and innovation projects and digital transformation projects (see website links below). As STELAR’s main researcher, Matthias gained valuable experience with the European consumer organisation for technical standardisation (ANEC) and the European Standardization Organizations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI and the International Standardization Organizations ISO and IEC concerning security, data protection, privacy and eHealth standardisation.
operando: www.operando.eu
project-shield: www.project-shield.eu
Tiberius Ignat

Researcher

Director at Immer Besser GmbH – IB, Germany

Tiberius heads up Immer Besser GmbH, a consulting company that has organised over fifteen events across Europe promoting the concepts and values of Open Science, with a particular reference to Citizen Science. Immer Besser GmbH develop consultancy and masterclasses for research organisations that would like to implement Open Science practices. Immer Besser GmbH delivers tailor-made solutions for research organisations that want to build Citizen Science Single Point of Contact. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4839-2344
Jordi Vallverdú

Researcher

Professor Philosophy Dept at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona – UAB, Spain

Jordi is a Catalan investigator who has devoted his researches to the cognitive and epistemic aspects of Philosophy of Computing, Philosophy of Sciences, Cognition, and Philosophy of AI. He has enjoyed research stays at Glaxo-Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (1997), J.F.K. School – Harvard University (2000), and Nishidalab – Kyoto University (2011, JSPS Grant). In 2019 won the Best presentation award of the HUAWEI Neuro-inspired, cognitive and unconventional computing workshop, Kazan (Russia). Jordi has three online free courses at COURSERA platform: Emotions: a Philosophical Introduction¸ ¿Cómo persuadir? Jugando con palabras, imágenes y números, Humanidades digitales. He also teach very summer at UAB’s Summer School Courses (6 credits, 55 hours) the topic “Critical Thinking”. UAB university: https://www.uab.cat/web/universitat-autonoma-de-barcelona-1345467954774.html
Researchgate: < a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jordi_Vallverdu"> https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jordi_Vallverdu
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9975-7780
JSPS Researchers Network: https://www-jsps-net.jsps.go.jp/j_vallverdu

Advisory Board Members

Darlene Cavalier

Advisory Board Member

Darlene Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Professor Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter (a popular citizen science portal and research platform connecting millions of people to real science they can do), founder of Science Cheerleaders…

Darlene Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Professor Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter (a popular citizen science portal and research platform connecting millions of people to real science they can do), founder of Science Cheerleaders (a non-profit organization comprised of current and former NFL, NBA and college cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers), and cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, an advisor and Fellow at National Geographic, a member of the EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and she was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences “Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning” committee. She is the co-editor of “The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science,” author of “The Science of Cheerleading,” and co-author of the “Field Guide to Citizen Science” (Timber Press, Jan 2020). She resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and their four children.

Diane H. Sonnenwald

Advisory Board Member

Diane H. Sonnenwald is Emerita Professor and Emerita Head of School, School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland. She currently is a consultant to the European Commission and CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Science Professional, and other organisations….

Diane H. Sonnenwald is Emerita Professor and Emerita Head of School, School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland. She currently is a consultant to the European Commission and CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Science Professional, and other organisations. She has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Endowed Chair at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan. She has also held professorial and visiting appointments at the University of North Carolina, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Borås (Sweden), and University of Tampere (Finland). Before joining academia, Diane worked at Bell Communications Research, Bell Laboratories and Warner-Lambert Company.

Sonnenwald’s research focuses on collaboration, socio-technical design methods, technology evaluation, and human information interaction in a variety of contexts. Diane has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly, peer-reviewed publications and edited four books. Her latest edited book, Theory Development in the Information Sciences, is published by the University of Texas Press. Sonnenwald has been an invited keynote speaker at conferences, universities, national research labs and businesses in 15 countries. She has served on the editorial boards of six international journals and on advisory boards at the University of Michigan, Oxford University, University of Warwick, University of North Carolina, and University College Dublin. She also served as a director of two multi-disciplinary research centres and as president of the Association for Information Science and Technology. She has been awarded over 20 grants from national and international foundations, corporations, and funding agencies, including the (US) National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, National Library of Medicine, the European Science Foundation, the Motorola Foundation and the HW Wilson Foundation.

The Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) recently awarded Sonnenwald the 2020 Award of Merit, which is a lifetime achievement award that recognises sustained contribution and achievements in the field of information science. Other awards and recognition include the 2016 ASIS&T Watson Davis Award, the 2014 Elfreda A. Chatman Research Award, the 2013 ASIS&T Lecture Series Award, Muhlenberg College Alumni Achievement Award, Springfield High School Achievers Hall of Fame Alumni Award, a Fulbright Professorship, U.S. Army Research Laboratory Scientific Contribution Award, University of North Carolina Junior Faculty Research Award, Association for Library and Information Science Education Research Methodology Best Paper Award, and the Bell Communications Research Award of Excellence. She has a PhD from Rutgers University.

Vian Bakir

Advisory Board Member

Vian Bakir is Professor in Journalism and Political Communication at Bangor University, UK. She is an expert in the impact of the digital age on strategic political communication, dataveillance, trust and the media (ORC ID: 0000-0002-6828-8384 )…..

Vian Bakir is Professor in Journalism and Political Communication at Bangor University, UK. She is an expert in the impact of the digital age on strategic political communication, dataveillance, trust and the media (ORC ID: 0000-0002-6828-8384 ). She sees this project engaging citizen scientists to research GDPR compliance while going about their daily business interacting with the web or apps on their mobile phones, as very important. This is because digital literacy is highly uneven across various socio-demographic categories, but companies and political organisations alike are relentless in extracting data from users in order to better manipulate and influence their choices and behaviour. There are few real-world user studies of ordinary people’s digital privacy behaviours, and the extent to which individuals are tracked. Such understanding is vital if we are to address wider problems of understanding the extent to which different types of people are targeted, with what content, by whom and with what outcomes

Amardeo Sarma

Advisory Board Member

General Manager at NEC Laboratories Europe in Germany, where he is responsible for R&D in the areas Security, Networking and Standardization.

Amardeo Sarma is General Manager at NEC Laboratories Europe in Germany, where he is responsible for R&D in the areas Security, Networking and Standardization. He is Chairman of the Trust in Digital Life Association (TDL). Amardeo has published in various areas including software engineering, communication protocols and identity management. Amardeo was previously Chairman at the ITU-T and is a member of the ACM and AAAS, and is an IEEE Senior Member. He is also active in science communication and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). Amardeo holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and a Master’s degree from Technical University of Darmstadt.

(Photo acknowledgement: Evelin Frerk)

Luigi Ceccaroni

Advisory Board Member

Innovation Lead, Earthwatch

Luigi Ceccaroni obtained a BSc degree in environmental sciences from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 1995, an MSc degree in information-technology languages and systems from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) (Spain) in 2000, a PhD degree in artificial intelligence from UPC in 2001, and an Executive MBA from EAE Business School in 2016. He leads innovation in citizen science at Earthwatch (UK) and was previously a Senior Member of Research Staff of the Health Informatics research group at Eurecat (Spain) and at 1000001 Labs (Spain). In 2003-2010, he was Director of Research at TMT Factory (Spain), where he developed interactive television for blind people. In 2003-2011, he was a Senior Member of Research Staff and Adjunct Professor of artificial intelligence of the Software Department at UPC, and a member of the Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning research group of UPC.

Academia.edu: https://1000001labs.academia.edu/LuigiCeccaroni

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=IX7TPGYAAAAJ

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luigi_Ceccaroni

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luigi/

Karen Yeung

Advisory Board Member

Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics at Birmingham University

Karen Yeung is an expert in the regulation and governance of, and through, new and emerging technologies. Her research focuses on the legal, ethical, social and democratic implications of a suite of technologies associated with automation and the ‘computational turn’, including big data analytics, artificial intelligence (including various forms of machine learning), distributed ledger technologies (including blockchain) and robotics. She is actively involved in several technology policy and related initiatives at the national, European and international levels, including as a former member of the EU High Level Expert Group on AI and the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT). Karen occupies a number of strategic and advisory roles for various non-profit organisations and research programmes concerned with responsible governance of technology. Her recent academic publications include Algorithmic Regulation (co-edited with Martin Lodge) Oxford University Press (2019) and The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (co-edited with Roger Brownsword and Eloise Scotford) in 2017. She is on the editorial boards of the Modern Law Review, Big Data & Society, Public Law and Technology and Regulation. .

Helen Bilton

Advisory Board Member

Professor of Outdoor Learning and Play, University of Reading

Helen trained as an early years teacher and for the last 36 years has been researching, teaching and disseminating about the outdoor teaching and learning environment for young children. She has a local, national and international reputation in the field of early years outdoor education and has many publications on the subject. She teaches on all programmes at the University of Reading, Institute of Education, as well as supervise PhD and MA students. Additionally, she is an expert on school support staff and managing behaviour. She has created two online courses through the FutureLearn platform, which helps staff in schools to become more able to support children’s learning and development. She is called upon regularly to comment in the media on any aspect of education- whether it be home schooling, education through the pandemic or the funding crisis. .

Antonella Fresa

Advisory Board Member

Vice-President of Photoconsortium International Association for valuing photographic heritage, Enterprise Fellow at Coventry University and founding member of IDEA International Digital Epigraphy Association.

Antonella Fresa is director of implementations at Promoter SRL, an SME located in the area of Pisa. In this role, she is technical coordinator and communication manager of national and European projects on digital cultural heritage and project manager of the digitalmeetsculture.net magazine published by Promoter. Her interests lay in particular on virtual museums, digital cultural archives, participatory approaches, smart cities, urban regeneration, digital preservation and e-infrastructures. She regularly serves as independent expert of the European Commission and of national and regional research bodies.

She is Vice-President of Photoconsortium International Association for valuing photographic heritage, Enterprise Fellow at Coventry University and founding member of IDEA International Digital Epigraphy Association. The interest of Antonella in the CSI-COP project is grounded in her daily practices of work. Being mostly carried out online, using a wide range of cloud-based services, international research and innovation activities represent a relevant case where a better understanding of what information is tracked online and a sound privacy protection in the collection of data are very important factors. Furthermore, the novel dimension of citizen science in this domain provides the opportunity to reflect, together with the project’s partners, on the future of the digital transformation, particularly nowadays, looking towards the digital life in the post COVID-19 crisis.

Steve Furnell

Advisory Board Member

Professor of information security and leads the Centre for Security, Communications & Network Research at the University of Plymouth.

Steven’s research interests include usability of security and privacy, security management and culture, and technologies for user authentication and intrusion detection. He has authored over 320 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings, as well as books including Cybercrime: Vandalizing the Information Society and Computer Insecurity: Risking the System. Steve is the current Chair of Technical Committee 11 (security and privacy) within the International Federation for Information Processing, and a member of related working groups on security management, security education, and human aspects of security. He is also a board member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security and chairs the academic partnership committee and southwest branch. University web page: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/steve-furnell
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=Wp9EpxAAAAAJ
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Steven_Furnell
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0984-7542

Julius Stuller

Advisory Board Member

Deputy Director at the Institute of Computer Science, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Since 2000, Julius Stuller has been a deputy director at the Institute of Computer Science, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. He is an expert in conceptual modelling and database design. Julius has a long-term teaching experience at various universities lecturing in database systems, knowledge base systems, data structures and databases, semantic web technologies and in pure and applied mathematics (Technical University Liberec – Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of Software Engineering; Czech Technical University in Prague – Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Department of Mathematics; the University of Centre – Faculty of Sciences and National School for Engineers, Monastir, Tunisia). Julius has been active in various professional bodies (CEPIS, IFIP, IT STAR, ERCIM), conference organization (long-term SOFSEM Steering Committee chair, several program and organizing committees) and national/international grants.