DigiTeRRI is a 12-partner collaborative project coordinated by the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (Vienna, Austria) and conducted in conjunction with European quadruple helix stakeholders in the consortium formed by AIT, Montanuniversität Leoben (Leoben, Austria), Nordlandsforsking AS Nordland Research Institute (Bodø, Norway), Wedo Project Intelligence Made Easy, SL (Barcelona, Spain), Materalia (Metz, France), Zentrum Fur Angewandte Technologie Leoben GmbH (Leoben, Austria), The Paper Province (Karlstad, Sweden), Värmlands Läns Landsting (Karlstad, Sweden), Standort und Marketing Bruck an der Mur Gesmbh (Bruck an der Mur, Austria), Karlstads Universitet (Karlstad, Sweden), Grand E-nov (Mulhouse, France) and Université De Lorraine (Nancy, France).

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The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is the largest non-university specialised research institute in Austria and a powerful development partner for industry.

Researchers at its Centre for Innovation Systems & Policy focus on the key infrastructure issues of the future, collaborating in R&I networks worldwide and serving as an advisory body in the development of Austrian and European projects and policies.

The Centre for Innovation Systems & Policy maps R&I systems to identify emerging technologies and the agents behind them. More specifically, their work in social network analysis and advanced econometric techniques helps to build a better understanding of the determinants and drivers of innovation dynamics.

The Centre for Innovation Systems & Policy will coordinate the DigiTeRRI project and provides valuable expertise in future studies, foresight processes, visioning, and roadmap design with multiple stakeholders.

Marianne Hörlesberger PhD (Mathematics) graduated from the University of Vienna and has worked at AIT since 2001, where she began using informetrics, scientometrics and bibliometrics to identify emerging technologies and the network of agents behind them. She focuses on projects that involve stakeholder engagement, such as foresight and road mapping, often combining analysis with a qualitative approach. Responsible for stakeholder involvement in EU projects IAMRRI (SwafS-2016-17, GA 78836S) and SeeRRI (SwafS-2018-2020, GA 824588), she has led national and international (including 3D-LightTrans (€7.8 M) with 18 partners, which won an innovation award) and organized conferences, overseeing the scientific programme.

Manfred Paier is a trained physicist (University of Graz) at the Centre for Innovation Systems & Policy and deputy head of Innovation Dynamics & Modelling research. He studied energy and industrial economics before joining AIT in 1996. His research focuses on the socio-economics of R&I, with an emphasis on spatial aspects and transition processes. He has supervised PhD and Master’s students on a multi-university innovation economics course since 2009 and covers innovation system indicators, agent-based modelling, econometrics and network analysis. He is experienced in conducting and leading national and international research projects, organises international scientific conferences and consults on R&I policy on a regional, national and European level.

Andrea Kasztler has worked at the Centre for Innovation Systems & Policy at AIT since 2001. She studied Technical Physics at the University of Technology, Vienna, and worked there as Assistant in superconductivity, gaining her PhD. Her recent research topics have been RTI strategies for organizations, innovation models and social network analysis in collaboration structures. Andrea has cooperated on or led national and international research projects, carrying out studies, assessments or process guidance for Austrian Ministries, educational institutions, research organizations, companies and the European Commission. Her work has been published in the Journal of Intellectual Capital, in Science and Public Policy and in Physica C.

Montanuniversität Leoben

Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL) (www.unileoben.ac.at) is a highly specialized technical university in Austria and was founded in 1840 to support the region’s iron and steel industries. Many important inventions like e.g. the LD process which revolutionised the steel production were made in cooperation with Professors of the Montanuniversität Leoben.

Over the years Montanuniversität Leoben has turned to a future oriented technology offering university in Material Science, Polymer Engineering, Environment and Energy Engineering, Mineral Resources Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Product Engineering. New research orientation addresses the field of circular economy and sustainable engineering.

Montanuniversitaet Leoben and its Department on Industrial Liaison have an important role as an innovation hub and a promoter for regional development in Styria. The Department of Industrial Liaison was founding member of the Materials Cluster Styria and the Centre for Applied Technology (ZAT), the university’s start-up centre.

In the last ten years the Department on Industrial Liaison has been involved in national roadmaps and foresight projects as well as European projects. It has headed research on additive manufacturing, new steel production routes or European RRI-based initiatives, like the H2020 project I AM RRI: Webs of Innovation Value Chains of Additive Manufacturing under Consideration of RRI. New activities within the Austrian Technology Transfer Centers  WTZ (https://www.wtz-sued.at/en/) raise the topics of responsible research and innovation, focusing on digital ethics.

In DigiTeRRI project the Montanuniversität Leoben acts as the main contact point for the Styrian region.

Dr. Brigitte Kriszt holds a PhD in Material Science and has more than 15 years experience in materials research. Since 2004 she has been working in Department of Industrial Liaison at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. Since 2015 she is a certified Knowledge and Technology Broker according to ISO 17024, specialisation on innovation and RRI.

She collaborated with the Materials Cluster Styria from 2004 to 2015, managed many Styrian networks like Nanonet Styria or Simnet Styria, has been coordinating numerous research and training activities on innovative engineering topics, such as Austrian flag ship project addmanu (2015, www.addmanu.at) or the addmanu knowledge training program (2019). She was coordinating member of the project teams of the Austrian Roadmap on High Performance Materials (2009), of the Austrian Materials Foresight (2014) and the Austrian Roadmap on Additive Manufacturing (2018).  She is the coordinator of the H2020 I AM RRI project (www.IAMRRI.eu)

In 2018 she was founding member of the national Technology Platform on Additive Manufacturing Austria and has been holding the position of a member of the managing board since then. She was also member of the Austrian national Nano Information Commission. Within the DigiTeRRI project she is coordination the activities of the territory of Styria and leader of work package on roadmapping  process.

Karin Rehatschek graduated in 1997 with a master of arts in Business Administration at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz with half a year studying abroad at the University of Warwick (Great Britain). After that she gained valuable knowledge in the areas of Financial & Administrative Project Coordination at Joanneum Research (an applied research centre in Austria). So, for example she acted as Coordinator of the Integrated Project CLINICIP (FP6 – www.clinicip.org). Since June 2010, she works as Project Manager and Coordinator of EC funded projects at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. So, for example she took over the role as Project Manager of two FP7 projects DRAGON (www.dragonproject.eu) and RecoPhos (www.recophos.org). Until autumn 2019 she acted as Project Coordinator of the H2020 project ThermoDrill (www.thermodrill-h2020.org).

Dr. Martha Mühlburger was CEO of Material Cluster until 2018. She is head of Industrial Liaison Department and founder of the University’s Centre of Applied Technology –ZAT (the Spin-off start up centre). Since 2004 she has been Vice Rector of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

Nordlandsforskning As

Nordland Research Institute (Nordlandsforskning, NRI) is a research institute headquartered in Bodø, Norway. The institute, which was founded in 1979, is majority-owned by Nord University. NRI conducts research on topics related to business and industry, social science, and the environment. NRI’s thematic scope is extensive and cross-sectional, and the institute also participates in collaborative research and development projects together with public and private clients.

The Business and Entrepreneurship research group at NRI has long and wide-ranging experience in research related to business and industry. The expertise of the group covers the spectrum from the company level to the industry and regional levels, and the group cooperates actively with institutions from both the private and the public sector in searching for timely solutions to real-world problems faced by policymakers and industry actors. International cooperation is a priority of the group, and the European Union is an increasingly important source of funding for the group’s project portfolio through the Horizon 2020 program and the European Regional Development Fund.

Link: http://nordlandsforskning.no/?lang=en_GB

Nhien Nguyen is a senior researcher at Nordland Research Institute (NRI), an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Associate Editor of The Learning Organization journal (Emerald). She holds a PhD in Innovation Management & Strategy from NTNU. She is also a member of the Norwegian Research School in Innovation (NORSI), a visiting fellow at Stanford University (SCANCOR program), MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA program), and cross-registrant at Harvard Business School (MBA program).

Nhien Nguyen has been leading and coordinating several research projects focusing on innovation strategies, both at the organizational level and the national/regional policy level. She is the scientific leader of the SeeRRI project (H2020 –SWAFS14- 2018 for building self-sustaining R&I ecosystems in Europe through RRI), WP leader of IAMRRI (H2020-SWAFS12-2017 for developing the model of innovation value chains in Additive Manufacturing under RRI), WP leader of DigiTeRRI, and team member of the evaluation work package for the CityLoops project (H2020-SC5-2018).

Link: www.nhien.org

Åge Olav Mariussen is a senior researcher at NRI and an institute leader at the University of Vaasa, Finland. He has covered regional development, restructuring, transnational learning and innovation at several universities in Norway, Sweden and Finland, including the University of Tromsø, NIFU and the University of Vaasa. He is an expert in Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) and participates on the EC’s S3 Platform, which provides information, expertise, and advice to national and regional policymakers, promoting mutual learning, transnational co-operation and academic debate. He has organized several seminars in his field of expertise and presented his work at numerous international conferences.

Jens Ørding Hansen is a senior researcher at Nordland Research Institute, Norway. He holds a doctoral degree in International Management from University of Agder, Norway, and a master’s degree in Applied Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His research interests include corporate governance, corporate finance, regional development, responsible research and innovation (RRI), and organization studies. He has taught finance, economics, and accounting at colleges and universities in Denmark, China, and Vietnam. At Nordland Research Institute he works on several Horizon 2020-funded projects focusing on RRI and regional development.

Are Jensen, PhD, is a senior researcher at Nordland Research Institute, Bodø Norway, where he works as an analyst and researcher. He holds a PhD in Management from Nord University, Norway. His research interests include organization studies, innovation management, public policy, and agent-based modelling. He has taught methodology and entrepreneurship at Nord University, Norway. At Nordland Research Institute he works on several Horizon 2020-funded projects focusing on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, and public policy.

WeDo project intelligence made easy

WeDo specializes in the management of complex, distributed international research and innovation projects. Based in Barcelona, the company works with the public and private sectors, applying a strategic, holistic lean project management approach to creating effective collaborative frameworks for results-driven decision making. Its multi-disciplinary team of skilled professionals has broad experience in international collaborative projects and EC-funded initiatives since FP6 (ICT, health, environment, NMP, IMI-JU, SSH, SWAFs).

WeDo will guide the design and implementation of dissemination plans and the communication strategy (including stakeholder engagement) in DigiTeRRI, in addition to completing project management tasks such as controlling deliverables and tracking milestone achievements. It will also support the project coordinator (AIT) in quality control, risk management, overall financial management and administration.

Co-founder and CEO Ángel Honrado has a BSc (Tourism Planning), MSc (Local Development & Territorial Innovation) and postgraduate studies in fundraising. A project manager since 2004, he has supported 15 major multidisciplinary collaborative research projects, acted as evaluator for the EC in SME-focused calls for proposals and developed communication and outreach plans in more than 65 R&I proposals.

Angel has taught courses on proposal preparation, complex distributed project management and communication of research project results and is co-author of the Guide To Managing Horizon 2020 projects, published by the Catalan Innovation Agency. He is Public Funding Manager at FreeOx Biotech S.L., a startup he co-founded to develop a neuro-protective treatment to prevent reperfusion damage in stroke patients.

Co-founder and CEO Mireia Manent is a psychologist and MBA graduate (Pompeu Fabra University). Since 2008, she has been a project manager, submitting proposals to European public and private funding agencies, contributing to the management of EC-funded projects and revising research proposals for the FP7, H2020, ERC, and MSCA calls. Her duties have included project governance, managing a portfolio of projects for HIV vaccine strategies, auditing projects, assessing progress with coordinators and/or managing boards, communication and outreach, including design and production of materials, meetings and conferences. Mireia has applied for and managed Spanish national grants (ISCIII, MINECO, AGAUR), managed patent portfolios and gained experience in implementing and evaluating adapted teaching courses.

Mario Magaña has over 15 years’ experience in visual communication and design project management for EU-funded projects, including brand and communication tool development, social media management, and outreach support material. His skillset allows him to contribute to every aspect of the project, portfolio and/or project management office communication (internal and external, as well as for the project outreach), and he assists in the development and implementation of tools, templates, procedures and best practices. He also capitalizes on his project assistant background to perform back office duties, from meeting organization to budget control, knowledge management and archiving, team coordination and team-building activities to reporting.


Materalia is the leading French competitiveness cluster for cooperative innovation in materials and processes, gathering companies, laboratories and higher education to study industrial transport markets, medicine, energy and industry and tackle the challenges posed by the materials and processes of tomorrow: greater efficiency, lighter materials, functionalities and sustainable development in additive manufacturing. An initiative of the French government and the Great East authorities, it acts as an interface between research and industry to promote the area’s economic development and focuses on structural materials, additive manufacturing, metallurgy, sustainable processes and factory of the future.

Materalia’s main role in the DigiTeRRI project is to engage stakeholders, work on future scenarios in innovation value chains and contribute to use cases, best practices and guidelines.

Jeremy Keller, Innovation Coordinator, is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering (Master II) and International Business Negotiation (Master II). He has worked as business manager in an engineering company that specialized in new technologies, where his main task was to create a division focused on Big Data technologies. He later joined F-Iniciativas, a leading company in the funding of innovative project on a national level. Currently, his main task within the cluster is to help companies, laboratories and academic institutions to work together to create co-innovation projects.

Zentrum für angewandte Technologie Leoben GmbH

The Centre for Applied Technology Leoben (ZAT) was set up as a start-up centre for academic entrepreneurs, aiming to retain university graduates in the region, to support new businesses and to generate local employment in order to contribute to the regional development. With 20 years of experience in sustainable support of innovative start-up projects, the centre has a high success rate, a large network of partners, lean structures and is a powerful instrument of technology and knowledge transfer in the region.

In 2018, ZAT extended its scope of action to allow non-academics with innovative, technology-oriented ideas to benefit from the funding programme and receive significant support for their company’s development.

ZAT has broad experience in regional development and exchange with authorities and experts, and brings its knowledge, networks and experiences to the DigiTeRRI project, providing data for mapping, analysing the region’s current situation and the roadmap process in a bid to implement an RRI approach to address society and train entrepreneurs.

DI Teresa Riedenbauer holds a degree in Technical Mathematics (Operations Research). She worked as a consultant at Austin, Pock + Partners GmbH for tech-oriented organizations such as R&D companies and regional and national authorities (2006-2009) and as a Project Manager for eseia (European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance) at Graz University of Technology (2010). In 2011 she became a Start-up Consultant and Programme Manager at the Centre for Applied Technology focusing on coaching and supporting entrepreneurs as well as knowledge transfer.

Julia Egerer graduated in 2017 with a master in IT-law and management at the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum. Afterwards she worked as a researcher at the University of Applied Sciences, where she was involved in different EU projects in the field of project management. In 2020 she became a Start-up Consultant and Programme Manager at the Centre for Applied Technology focusing on coaching and supporting entrepreneurs as well as knowledge transfer.

Värmlands Läns Landsting

The Värmland Regional Council employs close to 8,000 people and is responsible for the county’s publicly funded regional development, health care, culture, education and public transport. It invests in diverse areas to create favourable conditions for citizens and companies, focusing on quality of life, growing and strengthening local industry, greater competence and improved communications to promote the region’s growth.

The region’s development strategy – Värmlandsstrategin – is a tool for negotiations with the government, national authorities and the EU when allocating funding and investments and is also an important keystone for Värmland’s relations with the European Structural Funds Programme. The Värmland Regional Council acts as a forum and point of contact to give the districts insights into the issues that are important for them, especially within regional development.

Paper Province

Paper Province (PP) is a non-profit cluster organization that was awarded the GOLD Quality Label in Cluster Management Excellence in 2017 by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis. It is owned and managed by over 100 member companies active in different forest-based value chains, such as packaging, wood construction and energy. The member companies range from forest companies, pulp and paper mills, sawmills to consultancy firms, ICT- companies, component suppliers and different start-ups.

In 2013, Sweden’s innovation agency, Vinnova, granted PP funding to support its strategy to develop a world-leading forest-based bioeconomy innovation environment. Thanks to the longterm support from Vinnova and regional actors, PP´s role as an innovation cluster and influential regional stakeholder has been strengthened. The main goal in the strategy is to develop, test and commercialize new products and services in bio-based value chains in conjunction with public actors, academia and civil society thus contribute to a sustainable fossil free society.

Värmland has prioritized the forest-based bioeconomy in its Regional Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3) and PP will also contribute to DigiTeRRI with its network of contacts with other traditional industry clusters.

Paul Nemes has an MA in Social Sciences from UCL and is Deputy CEO. Before joining the company, he worked as Baltic Sea Region Strategy and Interreg Coordinator at the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. In that position he was NCP and member of the Monitoring Committee for the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme and member of the Interreg North Sea Region Programme’s Steering Committee. At Paper Province, his work focuses on cluster management, developing the cluster strategy and managing the cluster’s project portfolio.

Magnus Persson holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management and is Head of International Affairs at Paper Province. He is responsible for managing European projects and establishing international cooperation with clusters. Magnus is also Senior Advisor Innovation & Development and is engaged in the regional transition to a bioeconomy society. Since 2007, he has participated in several European projects including as lead partner. Before PP, he spent 12 years working at different manufacturing companies in the forest industry.

Per Myhrén holds a Licentiate in Business Administration. His research focused on open service innovation in industrial networks. He is a Project Manager at Paper Province with a focus on collaboration with researchers at Karlstad University, coordinating regional test beds such as LignoCity, ligninbased residual, TWR, a centre for fossil-free laminate and bio-based additive manufacturing. He is also PP’s expert on service innovation, coordinating education and development projects.

Standort und Marketing Bruck an der Mur GesmbH

Standort und Marketing Bruck an der Mur GesmbH is owned by the municipality of Bruck an der Mur, Austria, and acts as a service centre and one-stop-shop for economic activities and events in the city. The company operates the Business Park Bruck an der Mur and manages an events agency and the city’s marketing strategy, in addition to providing guidance on business settlements, startups, property searches and event organization.

The company’s management team has more than 20 years’ expertise in economic development and the area of labour market, employment and skills, including experience in European research and development programmes, creating and managing development partnerships.

Sabine Steinkellner is a certified adult educator and is currently training as a certified life and social counsellor on a “women-specific counselling” course . Her role in the company is Business Enterprise Supervisor. Before joining Standort und Marketing Bruck an der Mur GesmbH, she spent 6 years as an educator and corporate consultant in a women’s qualification programme.

Erich Weber is the company CEO. He has held executive positions in regional development, active labour market policy, business consulting and project management for more than 25 years. Erich has gathered project management experience in various funding programmes and special programmes launched by the European Commission including transnational partnerships.

Karlstads Universitet

Karlstad University (KAU), located in central Sweden, offers some 70 educational programmes and 900 courses in humanities, social studies, science, technology, teaching, health care and the arts. At present, KAU has approximately 16,000 students, 800 academic staff and 400 support staff at its campuses in Karlstad and Arvika.

KAU’s broad-reaching research programmes position it well for engagement in successful collaborations with a range of regional, national and international partners both within academia and beyond, from companies such as BillerudKorsnäs, Stora Enso and Uddeholm to public bodies such as Region Värmland. Its Grants & Innovation Office (GIO) acts as a hub, connecting researchers and research groups at KAU with partners; this strongly-rooted collaborative approach provides KAU with significant expertise in, and opportunities for, the utilization of research in change and improvement processes.

Magnus Lindh is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at KAU. His current work explores the regional relationship to Europe and how regions can exert horizontal and vertical influence on European policy. He also looks at the development of border regions within Europe from a holistic perspective that encompasses history and political science.

Éamonn McCallion is a GIO Research Advisor and has worked at KAU since 2010, starting on the Cooperation and Conflict journal in Political Science while leading an INTERREG IVC project financed by the European Regional Development Fund to help regions share knowledge and transfer experience to improve regional policy. This ‘Best Practice in Cluster Management’ project explored brain flow and attracting and maintaining human and social capital in border regions. Since 2012, Éamonn has focused on Horizon 2020 and competence development and quality assurance processes for research applications. He has experience in attracting external funding and embedding research utilization and impact by looking for opportunities to bring theory and practice together.

Malin Stegmann McCallion is a reader in Political Science at KAU. Her research interests include multi-level governance, Europeanization processes, paradiplomacy/sub-state diplomacy, sub-national regionalization processes, differentiated integration in Europe, and awkward states/awkwardness in European integration. In her research, she mainly uses Sweden as her case.

Margareta Dahlström is Professor of Cultural Geography and Director of the Centre for Regional Studies at KAU. Her research is in the field of Regional Studies, particularly the intersection between economic geography and community planning. Her current research focuses on issues related to knowledge dynamics, regional innovation systems, regional development, the transition to a sustainable bioeconomy and policies related to these themes. She also works with methodological perspectives and methods for interdisciplinary research.


Grand E-nov is Région Grand Est’s innovation agency and is funded by the regional government, Chamber of Commerce and the European Commission. It employs 40 people on 6 sites and aims to support companies and territories in innovation projects and policies in four main areas:

  • Innovation management and funding: structuring projects and innovation processes, identifying bottlenecks, solutions, partners and funding sources;
  • Digital transformation: support services to companies in conjunction with regional authorities to digitalize industry;
  • Accelerator: Scale’E-nov accelerates 24 start-ups in the digital, MedTech and materials sectors with a view to achieve private investment;
  • Clusters: incubating networks in various sectors (e.g., AI, creative industries and energy transition).

The agency’s extensive knowledge of the regional R&I ecosystem will be a significant asset in the mapping, visioning and analytical phases of the DigiTeRRI project.

Dr. Jean Jacques Bernardini holds a PhD from the University of Strasbourg and an MBA from EM-Lyon. He has more than 20 years’ experience in innovation management and European affairs. Jean Jacques has gained vast knowledge of regional industry and innovation ecosystems and is involved in two European INTERREG projects as an expert in the digital transformation of industry (SMART SPACE and Upper-Rhine). He is also involved in European networks related to industry and circular economy.

Stéphanie Toussaint has more than ten years of experience in Institutional structure devoted to : economic development and innovation. She’s an expert in Business intelligence; she realized market studies like benchmark about companies or territories or activity sector, she put settlement of BI system (strategic information transmission), CRM development (Customer Relation Management),
Since 2018, she advises companies or territories about their innovation project on funding, project structuration and realize report synthetic about benchmark or a specialized field linked to the innovation agency strategy. She’s involved in missions related to business intelligence on topics as industry of the future, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity.

Isabelle Kuhn is Head of the Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 Department. She gained a Master’s degree in ICT in 1985 and has occupied different positions in SMEs and larger companies. During her career, she has developed skills in strategic marketing and innovation management. Isabelle works with businesses and local authorities on ICT issues and is the contact for regional authorities for the regional plan for the digital transformation of industry.

Université De Lorraine (UL)

UL is one of the largest universities in France, with some 60.000 students and more than 3,900 teaching and research staff. Its location bordering three European member states ‒ Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg ‒ places it in a privileged position for forging international connections in a cross-border network of 6 major universities and participating in multi-partnership projects.

UL offers 60 research laboratories, the 4D Lorraine Fab Living Lab2® platform and 6 research federations that cover an extensive range of disciplines. It acts as a point of contact and exchange between academia and industry, playing a major role in the socio-economic development of the Lorraine region and France itself.

The ERPI Laboratory (Research Team for Innovative Processes) develops new methods and tools for innovative projects with an emphasis on evaluating processes and project memory and embodies the competencies called for in DigiTeRRI, particularly roadmapping and citizen involvement.

Professor Vincent Boly co- created ENSGSI (1992), an engineering school dedicated to innovation management. Anticipating a new profession ‒ innovation manager ‒ he built a corpus of knowledge in an original global teaching programme based on real industrial projects. His interests include new product design, metrology and integration concepts and he has moved toward data collection approaches and treatment models to compare companies in terms of innovation capacity. Once the head of ERPI Research Laboratory, he maintains contact with municipalities, international industry and small enterprises and has taken part in developing recent French and European norms on innovation management. Boly spent ten tears as a consultant in international companies and SMEs.

Davy Monticolo is Professor at the ERPI Laboratory and a specialist in Digital Knowledge Management & Industry 4.0. He teaches knowledge engineering, web intelligence and agile project management at the Department of Innovation & Industrial Engineering and gained his HDR (accreditation to supervise research) in 2015.

Davy gained his MSc at University of Savoie (2015) and PhD at the Belfort-Montbélaird University of Technology (2008). He has published 20 scientific papers, presented more than 40 at international conferences and created an online MOOC course on Digital Transformation. He is on the steering committee of the French Association for Artificial Intelligence (AFIA) and organizes and chairs the International Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition Reuse & Evaluation (KARE) since 2008.

Brunelle Marche holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and is Assistant Professor at the ERPI Laboratory and ENSGSI. Her research focuses on supply chain design and in particular on the importance of a combined prospective and multi-scale optimization approach in supply chain design to meet the increasingly complex requirements of a new product. Her work combines innovation engineering and systems engineering to provide tools that facilitate the design and implementation of supply chains. As part of her research, she has collaborated with the University of Delft and is a member of the European NiTiM network of researchers in innovation and technology management.