Keynote Speakers

Dr. Peter Paul Buitelaar

Paul Buitelaar is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Vice-Director of the Data Science Institute at NUI Galway where he also leads a team in Natural Language Processing. He is co-Director of the SFI Centre for Research Training in AI and co-PI of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics. His research interests are in the development and use of Natural Language Processing methods for knowledge extraction and semantic-based information access. He has been involved in a large number of national and international funded projects in this area, among which the EU funded projects: Monnet, which developed the lemon model for ontology based lexicons; MixedEmotions, which developed the MixedEmotions toolbox for multilingual, multimodal emotion analysis; and Pret-a-LLOD, which develops the LingHub repository for linguistic data, among other focus areas. He has further been the originator and lead on the development of the Saffron framework for knowledge extraction from text.

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Dr. Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox is a senior lecturer at the Information School, Sheffield, UK. Much of his research relates to the information professions and their response to contemporary trends such as artificial intelligence, datafication and managerialism.


Karolina Andersdotter is a doctoral student in information studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Her research focuses on the perceptions of freedom of expression, privacy, and trust in government among librarians and library users in a European context. She has previously worked as a digital scholarship librarian at Uppsala University Library, Sweden (2017- 2021), and as policy and advocacy assistant at IFLA HQ in The Hague, Netherlands (2016-2017). She is frequently commissioned as a speaker by Swedish library organisations on the topic of libraries in relation to the 2030 Agenda.

Dr. Edmund Balnaves is enthusiastically involved in his profession – as a standing committee member and current chair of the International Federation of Library Associations IT Section, a past director of  the Australian Library and Information Association and a member of IEEE. Edmund Balnaves is a library technologist who is actively engaged in the promotion and development of open source systems for libraries.  His doctoral research was in the area of systematic content reuse of metadata.  His business, Prosentient Systems,  provides hosted open source library services and Artificial Intelligence enhanced discovery systems, with cloud-based services that are used by over 500 libraries in the Asia Pacific region and internationally.

Emmanuelle Bermès, Deputy Director of Services and Networks at the NationalLibrary of France and co-chair of the AI4LAM Secretariat (
Emmanuelle Bermès has been deputy director for services and networks at BnF since 2014. Previously, she worked in different positions at the National library of France (BnF) and used to be in charge of multimedia and digital services at the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France). In the course of her career, Emmanuelle has held a number of responsibilities at international level: within Europeana, the W3C, IFLA, the International internet preservation consortium (IIPC), and the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) consortium.

John Cox is University Librarian at National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. He has a particular interest in digital libraries, open scholarship and scholarly communications. Projects led include planning for a library building transformation at NUI Galway, digitisation of the Abbey and Gate Theatre archives, and Irish consortium negotiations with publishers. His publications include review articles on the higher education environment driving academic library strategycommunicating new library roles to enable digital scholarship and positioning the academic library in the institution.

Sanghamitra Dalbehera has over 20 years of experience in Library and Information Science and at present working as Librarian in Institute of Technical Education & Research (ITER), SOA University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha of India. She has completed PhD from Utkal University, Odisha, in 2013, and published many articles in national and international journals. Being the Head of Digital Library, she had involved in planning and implementation of digital libraries and institutional repository of SOA University, helping the administration by analyzing the research output of SOA scholarly communities, established the E-Resource center at ITER Central library and developed and updated long-range strategic plan to support and promote end user for all IT-related technology and services across SOA University Libraries and supervised the purchase, utilization, maintenance, and upgrading of technology to deliver, monitor, and enhance library services. She holds M.Tech. degree in Computer Science & Engg. from SOA University, Bhubaneswar, and involved with various national and international level library associations including ILA, IASLIC, DLA,ALA,DLF, and ACRL. Her research interests are research data management, IT literacy including desktop operating systems and software across Windows and other environments, digital archiving, digital curation, digital preservation and digital imaging technologies, library administration and management, cloud-based services, and open source and innovative new technologies.

Florian Engel completed his studies in Business Informatics at the TU Dresden. His majors were data science, business intelligence, and operations research. Since October 2021, he has been employed at the German National Library as a research assistant and Data Scientist. He is part of the team of the research project on automatic indexing using AI methods, which is being implemented as part of the Artificial Intelligence strategy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Neil Fitzgerald leads the Digital Research Team that works across the organisation to ensure the Library’s collections, systems, policies, and processes meet the emerging needs of those who want to deeply integrate digital content, data, and methods, into their work. He is a digital cultural heritage professional with extensive practical and management experience across the international cultural heritage and higher education sectors. A member of a number of advisory boards in the fields of digital humanities and digital cultural heritage. He has also been accountable for the successful delivery of a number of major digital initiatives in the UK and internationally. Before joining the Library, he worked in the commercial sector.

Anna Kasprzik: After obtaining their PhD in Theoretical Computer Science Anna Kasprzik entered the library world via an additional qualification as subject librarian. They have worked at the Bavarian State Library and in research and development at TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology before coming to ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics as coordinator for the automatization of subject indexing. Their interests cover both symbolic approaches (such as ontologies, knowledge graphs, and the Semantic Web) and sub-symbolic approaches (i.e., from the realm of artificial intelligence), and the question of how to intertwine them in a more fruitful way

Dr Mojca Rupar Korošec works at the National and University Library as a member of the NUK Research Group. Her current research interests are in the area of ethical values of data handling in the information community.

Aline Le Provost: After studying library and information science, became a metadata librarian at Abes in 2013. Works mainly on the automatic generation and assessment of links between bibliographic data and authority data. What began as a research project (with a team of logicians) is now a key Abes service : Qualinka, implemented as a web API and embedded in the web application The software Qualinka will be released as open source in 2022. Aline joined Abes' lab in 2021.

Céline Leclaire is in charge of designing, writing and disseminating various strategic media, mainly dealing with digital issues, for the needs of the Services and Networks Directorate at the National Library of France (BnF) since 2015. She also collects and analyses the Directorate’s key performance indicators. Previously, she worked at the National Center for Children's Literature (BnF) and in several public libraries: in particular, she was in charge of collections management at the Roubaix Public Library from 2010 to 2014.

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Jean-Philippe Moreux is the Gallica scientific advisor at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. He works on all the BnF heritage digitization, digital mediation and digital humanities projects and actions. He participates in national and international research projects on these topics, with a particular focus on AI since 2015. Prior to that, he was an IT R&D Engineer and project manager, and worked as a science editor and a consultant in the publishing industry. He's also the CENL "AI in Libraries Network Group" chairman (2020-), member of the Council (2019-) and a former member of the METS and ALTO editorial boards.

Yann Nicolas: After studying and teaching philosophy, became a metadata librarian at Abes in 2003. Has since been contributing to or leading various applications and projects :,,,, Qualinka,, with a strong focus on authority data and semantic web approach. As head of the Abes lab, Yann now gives priority to efforts to enhance Abes data and services with artificial intelligence

Dr. Annu Sible Prabhakar is a Professor of Information Technology in the School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Her research lies at the intersection of Human- Computer Interaction Design (HCI /D), Health Informatics, and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT 4D). Her research has been presented at international conferences such as SIGCHI, IEEE CHASE, and Pervasive Health. Her papers have won the Best Paper Honorable Mentions at SIGCHI conferences, and the Best Paper award at the Pervasive Health Conference.

Josette Riep is the Executive Director of Software Development in Innovation & Partnerships at the University of Cincinnati. Josette is also a PhD Student in the School of Information Technology where her research focuses on the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to create bias aware services and structures specifically in the area of STEM education. Josette is committed to creating a more inclusive environment within STEM through the discovery of AI driven pathways for success. Josette is committed to creating an environment that does not tolerate but embraces our differences and thus empowers individuals and organizations to excel.

Lucie Termignon: As "data and AI" project manager in the BnF's Services and Networks Department, Lucie Termignon works on the development and implementation of projects carried out as part of the institution's AI implementation program and included in the AI roadmap as such. She also contributes to the project of redesigning the cataloguing tool of the BnF.

Dr. Raymond Uzwyshyn is Director of Collections and Digital Services for Texas State University Libraries. Previously, he served as Director of Online Libraries for American Public University System, Head of Digital and Learning Technologies for the University of West Florida and Web Services Librarian for the University of Miami. Ray possesses a Ph.D. (NYU, Media Studies), MBA (IT Project Management) American Public University and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. He has chaired the American Society of Information Science & Technology, SIG in Information Visualization and served as a reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Access to Learning Technology Awards and IMLS ( Institute for Museum and Library Services). He currently serves on the IT standing Committee for the International Federation of Library Associations (2021-2025) as editor of IFLA’s IT Trends and Issues in Library Technology. Ray's interests include artificial intelligence, research data repositories, digital scholarly ecosystems, online education, data visualization, multimedia digital libraries and new IT infrastructure implementation.

Thomas Zaragoza: Received his bachelor’s degree in computer science at the university of Montpellier and nearing the end of his master’s degree specializing in the field of data science. Currently interning at the Abes’ lab department on how to apply machine learning approaches to data quality issues of bibliographical nature.