Informal Advisory Groups

Informal Advisory Groups (IAGs)
provide a conduit between CLAIRE and the communities within AI (in both directions), and their members should be motivated to participate, on behalf of their communities, in the further development of CLAIRE.

To fulfil their role, IAGs consist of excellent researchers who are well respected and connected within the respective communities (relative to their career stage) and who strongly support the vision of CLAIRE. IAGs are formed such that they capture geographic diversity within Europe and are thus constrained to contain no more than one member per country and to cover at least some of the major European regions (i.e., Northern Europe, Central Europe, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe).

Machine Learning (ML):

  • Kristian Kersting, TU Darmstadt, Germany (also a supporter of ELLIS)
  • Nuria Oliver, Vodafone Research, UK and Data-Pop Alliance, USA (also a supporter of ELLIS)
  • Massimiliano Pontil, Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy, and University College London, United Kingdom (also a supporter of ELLIS)
  • Michèle Sebag, CNRS, LRI-Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, France (also a supporter of ELLIS)
  • Josef Šivic, INRIA, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France, and Intelligent Machine Perception, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic (associated member, also a supporter of ELLIS)

Search and Optimisation (SO)

  • Enrique Alba, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Krzysztof Krawiec, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
  • Kaisa Miettinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Michela Milano, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Marc Schoenauer, INRIA Saclay and LRI-Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, France (also a supporter of ELLIS)


  • Ronen Brafman, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • Hector Geffner, ICREA and Universitat Pompeu, Spain
  • Malte Helmert, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Jörg Hoffmann, Saarland University, Germany
  • Paolo Traverso, Center for Information Technology – IRST (FBK-ICT), Italy

Multi-Agent Systems (MAS):

  • Catholijn Jonker, Delft University of Technology and Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Ana Paiva, INESC-ID and University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Michal Pěchouček, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
  • Michael Wooldridge, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Franco Zambonelli, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KRR):

  • Thomas Eiter, kM Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna University of Technology , Austria
  • Giuseppe de Giacomo, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Gerhard Lakemeyer, Aachen University,Germany
  • Jérôme Lang, Université Paris-Dauphine and CNRS,France
  • João Marques-Silva, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Luc De Raedt, KU Leuven, Belgium

Natural Language Processing (NLP):

  • Núria Bel, University Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Marcello Federico, FBK Trento, Italy, and Amazon, US
  • Jan Hajič, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Joakim Nivre, University of Uppsala, Sweden


  • Wolfram Burgard, Freiburg University, Germany
  • Raja Chatila, SMART and ISIR, Pierre and Marie Curie University, France
  • Danica Kragic, Centre for Autonomous Systems, KTH, Sweden (also a supporter of ELLIS)
  • Daniele Nardi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Computer Vision (CV):

  • Horst Bischof, TU Graz, Austria
  • Rita Cucchiara, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Luc van Gool, ETH Zurich and KU Leuven, Switzerland
  • Jiri Matas, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
  • Bernt Schiele, MPI for Informatics, Germany (associated member, also a supporter of ELLIS)

Ethical, Legal, Social Issues (ELS):

  • Virginia Dignum, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Luciano Floridi, Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute, Data Ethics Group, University of Oxford and The Alan Turing Institute, United Kingdom
  • Emiliano Lorini, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse University, France
  • Pablo Noriega, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC), Spain
  • Barry O’Sullivan, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Francesca Rossi, IBM and University of Padova, Italy
  • Leon van de Torre, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Peggy Valcke, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Bart Verheij, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Marija Slavkovik, University of Bergen, Norway


  • Thomas Bäck, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Senta Cermakova, Deloitte Czech Republic, Czech Republic
  • Andreas Dengel, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany
  • Emanuela Girardi,Pop AI & High-Level Expert Group on AI of the Italian Government, Italy
  • Jayshree Kottapalli, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), United Kingdom
  • Karsten Kraume
  • Bruno Le Dantec, National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), France
  • Paolo Traverso, Bruno Kessler Center in Information and Communication Technology (FBK ICT), Italy
  • Henk-Jan Vink, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Netherlands