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Invited Speakers

.Martina Hirayama  

Martina Hirayama

State Secretary, Swiss Confederation

Martina Hirayama is State Secretary in the Swiss Federal Government. She is the Head of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) at Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.
She holds a PhD in Chemistry from ETH Zurich. She became the head of the Polymer Chemistry Group in 2001. During this time, she co-founded a start-up in new coating technologies, and was CEO of the company until 2008. Later, she became a professor at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur ZHAW. From 2011 to 2018 she was Director of the ZHAW School of Engineering, a member of the university’s executive board and from 2014 head of International Affairs.

.Wendy Hall  

Dame Wendy Hall

University of Southampton, UK

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Associate Vice President (International Engagement) and is an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year’s Honours list and is a Fellow of the Royal Society. Dame Wendy was co-Chair of the UK government’s AI Review, which was published in October 2017, and is the first Skills Champion for AI in the UK.
She chairs the Informatics-for-All Committee and is Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute. Many of Wendy’s previous roles include: President of the ACM, President of BCS, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a founding member of the European Research Council, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy.

.Pierre Dillenbourg  

Pierre Dillenbourg

EPFL

Pierre Dillenbourg is a full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences of EPFL, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: “Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction”.
A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. In 1986, he has been one of the first in the world to apply machine learning to develop a self-improving teaching system. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK). Before joining EPFL in 2002, he has been an assistant professor at the University of Geneva.
At EPFL, he has been the director of Center for Research and Support on Learning and its Technologies, then academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL. He is the director of the leading house DUAL-T, which develops technologies for dual vocational education. With EPFL colleagues, he launched in 2017 the Swiss EdTech Collider, an incubator with 80 start-ups in learning technologies. He (co-)founded 5 start-ups, does consulting missions in the corporate world and joined the board of several companies or institutions. In 2018, he co-founded LEARN, the EPFL Center of Learning Sciences. He is a fellow of the International Society for Learning Sciences. He currently is the Associate Vice-President for Education at EPFL.

.Ulrich Ultes-Nitsche  

Ulrich Ultes-Nitsche

University of Fribourg

Ulrich Ultes-Nitsche is a professor of Computer Science and the head of the Foundations of Dependable Systems research group at the University of Fribourg. He holds a PhD degree from the Computer Science Department of the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He has been the coordinator of the recent program for educating high school teachers in Informatics: GymInf.

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Terms and Conditions of Registration

The following terms and conditions apply for all registrations to SITC 2022.

1. Registration

1.1 Registration Fees

Registration is free for members of SI or SIRA and for invited guests with a valid invitation code. For all other participants, registration only becomes effective after the applicable registration fee has been received by SI.

1.2 Cancellations and Substitutions

Cancellations or substitutions must be made by contacting the SI Office at office@swissinformatics.org. For cancellations up to February 15, 2022 the total amount paid, minus a processing fee of CHF 10.00, will be refunded. Thereafter, the full amount paid will be forfeited.

1.3 Abusive Registrations

Participants must provide their real name, affiliation and address when registering. Registering with nicknames or fake names is considered abusive and is prohibited. Also, the abuse of invitation codes is prohibited.
SI reserves the right to cancel abusive registrations or decline participants holding an abusive registration access to SITC 2022 and to its resources. Registration fees paid for abusive registrations will not be refunded.

2. Remote Participation

All attendees with a valid registration who cannot attend SITC 2022 physically will receive a link for remote participation.

3. Data and Privacy Protection

SI will process the participant data supplied in the registration process solely for the purpose of organizing SITC 2022. SI may engage third party service providers for handling registrations and processing participant data.

4. Photos and Videos

Participants grant SI full and royalty-free permission to publish photos or videos taken at SITC 2022. If a participant feels harassed by the way they are pictured on a photo or in a video published by SI, they may send a deletion request in writing to the SI Office.
Attendees of SITC 2022 are permitted to take photos and videos for personal, non-commercial use, provided the photography is not disruptive. Using photos or videos taken at SITC 2022 for any commercial purposes is forbidden without prior written permission by SI.

5. Changes to the SITC 2022 Program

We have carefully prepared SITC 2022 and will do our best to run SITC 2022 as scheduled and published. However, we retain the right to make changes to the program if this should be necessary. We also reserve the right to convert SITC 2022 into a fully virtual event in case that this should become necessary due to force majeure, including Covid-19 safety restrictions. Such modifications do not entitle participants to any refunds of participation fees.

6. Covid-Safety

The Covid-19 safety restrictions implied by federal and cantonal authorities and by the University of Fribourg apply for SITC 2022 in the version that will be valid on March 10, 2022. We expect that a Covid-19 certificate will be required for attending physically.

7. Dispute Resolution

All disputes or claims arising from registering for or participating in SITC 2022 shall be governed by Swiss law and heard by a court of competent jurisdiction in Bern, Switzerland. Participants consent to jurisdiction in Bern for that purpose.

8. Liability Waiver

By registering for SITC 2022, participants release SI and SIRA, as well as their employees or volunteers tasked with the organization of SITC 2022, from any liability for any expense, loss, damage or personal injury suffered in conjunction with SITC 2022, unless that expense, loss, damage or personal injury has been caused by the sole, gross negligence of SI, SIRA or one of their employees or volunteers tasked with the organization of SITC 2022.

9. Validity

Should any of the provisions of these Terms and Conditions or parts thereof be held invalid or unfeasible, such provisions or parts thereof shall be considered severable and such invalidity shall not affect the remainder of the Terms and Conditions.