Data access for research: current challenges and directions towards the future

The amount of data in in society is growing but so are the challenges. This session looks at accessibility, ethical dilemmas like societal benefit vs. private integrity and aim to formulate a path forward in research policy regarding data access.

Prof. Sebastiaan Meijer


Professor and Vice Dean at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sebastiaan Meijer is professor of health care logistics and serving as vice dean for KTHs school of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, and head of department for Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems.  He is a driving force in crossing the borders between academia and real-world complex systems, particularly in health and care.

Dr. Mathias Ekman

Director industry solutions Health Care at Microsoft

Mathias Ekman is part of the Health and Life Science team in Microsoft Western Europe. He works with key stakeholders at Governments and Healthcare organizations as well as innovative start-ups to accelerate the digital transformation. He joined Microsoft in 2014, prio to this he held several leading positions at different consultant companies working with clients in the field of connected vehicle, advanced analytics in the financial sector as well establishing national health services for screening for cancer.

Mathias holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics focusing on large scale computing for solving problems explained by quantum physics.

Prof. Hedvig Kjellström

Professor Computer Vision and Machine Learning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Hedvig Kjellström is a Professor in the Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She is also a Principal AI Scientist at Silo AI, Sweden and an affiliated researcher in the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany. She received an MSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 1997 and 2001, respectively. The topic of her doctoral thesis was 3D reconstruction of human motion in video. Between 2002 and 2006 she worked as a scientist at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, where she focused on Information Fusion and Sensor Fusion. In 2007 she returned to KTH, pursuing research in activity analysis in video. Her present research focuses on methods for enabling artificial agents to interpret the behavior of humans and other animals, and also to behave in ways interpretable to humans. These ideas are applied in performing arts, healthcare, veterinary science, and smart society.

In 2010, she was awarded the Koenderink Prize for fundamental contributions in Computer Vision for her ECCV 2000 article on human motion reconstruction, written together with Michael Black and David Fleet. She has written around 100 papers in the fields of Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics, Information Fusion, Cognitive Science, Speech, and Human-Computer Interaction. She is mostly active within Computer Vision, where she is an Associate Editor for IEEE TPAMI and regularly serves as Area Chair for the major conferences.

Prof. Dan Hill

Director of Strategic Design, Vinnova

Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency. A designer and urbanist, his previous design leadership roles include Arup, Future Cities Catapult, Fabrica, SITRA and the BBC. He’s lived and worked in UK, Australia, Finland, Italy and Sweden. Dan is Professor at Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Visiting Professor of Practice at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Visiting Professor at Design Academy Eindhoven, and Adjunct Professor in Design at RMIT University. He is a founding member of the UN Council on Urban Initiatives, a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London, and a Trustee of Participatory City Foundation, and author of ‘Dark Matter & Trojan horses: A strategic design playbook’, amongst numerous other articles and books.

Silvia Bottaro

Legal Officer – Open Science at the European Commission´s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Silvia Bottaro is Legal Officer at the European Commission´s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Silvia works in the Open Science unit, where she contributes to the further development and implementation of the European Open Science agenda. Before joining the European Commission, she coordinated the Open Science Working Group of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities. She has also worked as a policy officer for European federations representing academies of medicine and hospitals, working on various research policies and projects. Silvia is a graduate in European policies and public affairs from the universities of Padua and Strasbourg.