K4A currently has six trustees, nominated by the founding partners.
Davor Orlic is an MA graduate in Digital Humanities from University College London, co-founded VideoLectures.Net with 25.000 educational videos, created OpeningupSlovenia national educational test bed, established the UNESCO Chair in Open Technologies for OER and Open Education, and UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence. Now managing the K4A Foundation. Works at the intersection of research, technologies, policies and business innovation in education. Has international professional experience in project management and familiar with the Edtech and AI landscape. Managed portfolio of multinational projects exceeding € 10 million (total value) with an extensive experience in grant proposals for research funding. Included in EC experts’ database. He curated the 2nd UNESCO World OER Congress with 500 policy makers and co-designed UNESCO Recommendation on OER, ratified by 195 governments. Launched the first large-scale automatic translation service for open education Translexy and micro-credentials blockchain service for universities Credentify.
John Shawe-Taylor (Chairman) has contributed to a number of fields ranging from mathematics of graph theory through cryptography to statistical learning theory and its applications. In graph theory central contributions were to the classification of cubic distance regular graphs, while in cryptography his RSA prime generation algorithm was incorporated into an international standard. However, his main contributions have been in the development of the analysis and subsequent algorithmic definition of principled machine learning algorithms founded in statistical learning theory. This work has helped to drive a fundamental rebirth in the field of machine learning with the introduction of kernel methods and support vector machines. His work in this area has progressed on several parallel fronts: the refinement of the fundamental statistical results that underpin the approach and can be extended to related algorithms and data analysis techniques; the mapping of these applications onto novel domains including work in computer vision, document classification and brain scan analysis; and the extension of learning to improving the representations that are created for learning on different application domains. He has also been instrumental in assembling a series of influential European Networks of Excellence (initially the NeuroCOLT projects and later the PASCAL and PASCAL2 networks). The coordination of these projects has influenced a generation of researchers and promoted the widespread uptake of machine learning in both science and industry that we are currently witnessing. He has also coordinated two influential European research projects, the KerMIT project and most recently the CompLACS (Composing Learning for Artificial Cognitive Systems). Reviews have frequently commented on his effective leadership in both network and other project coordination. John is also UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence.
Mitja Jermol received MSc. in 1996 from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. In 1996 he became head of the R&D department in DZS Inc., educational publishing division. His interests have been focused on psychology in learning, knowledge management, digital publishing system, multimedia and the ICT in education. He is head of the Centre for knowledge Transfer at JSI working in the area of eLearning and dissemination and promotion of research results. It operates the VideoLectures.Net website. He has been involved in 15 FP6 and FP7 projects, among others, FP6 ECOLEAD-IP, SEKT-IP, FP7 COIN-IP, ACTIVE-IP and EURIDICE-IP. Before joining the Institute, Mitja was heading the research group for distance education and eLearning at Slovenian major publishing house. Mitja is was conference chair for “Open Course Ware Consortium” Global Conference 2014 and holds the UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning.
Colin de la Higuera is the author of more than 70 reviewed research papers in the areas of Machine learning, algorithmics and formal language theory, and of a monograph, Grammatical Inference: Learning Automata and Grammars, published in 2010. He has been involved in grammatical inference and machine learning for the past 20 years. He is a trustee of the Knowledge for All foundation, and is involved in the issues of producing open educational resources. In this setting, he acted as chair of the Open Courseware Conference Global held in Ljubljana in 2014. He is head of the COCO project at University of Nantes, former President of the French Computer Science learned society from 2012 to 2015 and current President of the organising and steering committees of Class’Code project which objective is to train teachers and educators, in France, in coding and computational thinking. Colin will be extending the goals of the project to train hundreds of thousands of teachers and education professionals to code and computational thinking via the soon to be UNESCO Chair in technologies for the training of teachers by OER (open educational resources).
Dunja Mladenić is a researcher, project manager and head of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at JSI. She is an active researcher in the area of machine learning, text mining and semantic Web. She graduated in Computer Science from the University of Ljubljana and continued as a PhD student focused on Artificial Intelligence. She got her MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Ljubljana in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Among others, Dunja was a long-term visitor at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University/USA in 1996/1977 and in 2000/2001. She is the author and editor of several books and papers on machine learning, data/text mining and semantic technologies. She has experience in coordinating EU projects and acting on management board of several EU FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects. She was a program co-chair of ECML 2007, a general chair of ECMLPKDD 2009. Dunja Mladenić is the Slovenian representative in EC Enwise STRATA ETAN Expert Group, she serves as project evaluator and reviewer for various EC programmes.
Rayid Ghani is the Director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, Research Director at the Computation Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He used to be Chief Scientist at Obama for America 2012 campaign focusing on analytics, technology, and data. Senior Research Scientist and Director of Analytics research at Accenture Labs where he led a technology research team focused on applied R&D in analytics, machine learning, and data mining for large-scale & emerging business problems in various industries including healthcare, retail & CPG, manufacturing, intelligence, and financial services. Rayid is a member of IEEE and ACM and has published widely in Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Knowledge Management journals and conferences. He has also organized several machine learning and data mining workshops and has been on Program Committees for a variety of major conferences. He is currently organizing the Data Science for Social Good Conference August 24-25, 2016 in Chicago and running the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship.
Marko Grobelnik is an expert in the areas of analysis of large amounts of complex data with the purpose to extract useful knowledge. In particular, the areas of expertise comprise: Data Mining, Text Mining, Information Extraction,Link Analysis, and Data Visualization as well as more integrative areas such as Semantic Web, Knowledge Management and Artificial Intelligence. Apart from research on theoretical aspects of data analysis techniques he has considerable experience in the field of practical applications and development of business solutions based on the innovative technologies. His main achievements are from the field of Text-Mining (analysis of large amounts of textual data), having leading role on scientific and applicative projects funded by European Commission, having projects with industries such as Microsoft Research, British Telecom, New York Times, Siemens, and organizing several international events on the related topics.