Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the IMFD is formed by renowned scientists specialized in the different areas our institute works in. They provide support to the IMFD Board in the strategic decisions and in the development in research, training, networking and outreach, with the aim of developing the scientific potential of the IMFD in the best possible way, being able to move swiftly towards new opportunities and/or challenges. In addition, it must ensure, from a scientific point of view, that the research carried out by the IMFD is aligned with the highest international standards in terms of the quality and impact of the publications, the academical level of the graduate students and the ability to attract new researchers.

Members of the Steering Committee

Serge Abiteboul

Since 2018 is Member of the Board of Arcep (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste). He is a researcher at Inria and ENS, Paris (as an external member of the Valda team). More information:

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Ernesto Calvo

Ernesto Calvo (Ph.D., Northwestern University 2001), Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics (GVPT) at University of Maryland, College Park. More information at

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Moshe Y. Vardi

Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology in the United States. For more information:

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René Vidal

Herschel Seder Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Mathematical Institute for Data Science, Professor of Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the Johns Hopkins University, USA. For more information, please visit

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Jeffrey S. Vitter

Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Mississippi, USA. He served on the faculty and in leadership roles at noted AAU universities Brown, Duke, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Kansas. More information at

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