Organisers and Program Committee


Four senior researchers will organize PATCH 2014. Their complementary knowledge represents four domains: [1] cultural heritage and museum studies, [2] information science, [3] user modeling and personalization and [4] distributed computing. Together, their expertise covers the various perspective relevant to explore this edition of PATCH.

Drs. Johan Oomen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) Drs. Johan Oomen is head of the R&D Department of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and researcher at the Web and Media group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Since 2012, he is elected as Network Officer for Europeana and board member of CLICK-NL, The Dutch Creative Industries knowledge and innovation network. His PhD research focuses on how user engagement can help to establish a more open, smart and connected cultural heritage. Web address:

Dr. Lora Aroyo is an associate professor at the Web and Media group, at the Department of Computer Science, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research interests are in using semantic web technologies for modeling user interests and context, recommendation systems and personalized access of online multimedia collections, e.g. cultural heritage collections, multimedia archives and interactive TV. Web address:

Dr. Cristina Gena is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Torino where she teaches at the School of Multimedia and Arts. Her research interests include user modeling, adaptive user interfaces, intelligent user interfaces, interaction design, semantic and social web. She is currency the scientific coordinator of a research project on the recommendations of cultural contents in an open data environment .Web address:
Alan J. Wecker MSc is Doctoral Candidate in a joint program both at University of Haifa and University of Trento and a Senior member of the ACM. His research deals with lifelong user modeling to enhance the cultural heritage experience. He has extensive experience in conducting research in a for-profit context, primarily the IBM Haifa Research Lab, where he has received numerous awards and filed over 10 patents. His research interests include: Technology for the Cultural Heritage Environment,  Human-Computer Interaction, Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, XML, and Information Retrieval. Web address:

Programme Committee

Alan J. Wecker (University of Haifa)
Cristina Gena (Università di Torino)
Eero Hyvönen (Helsinki University of Technology)
Ivan Cantador (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Johan Oomen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
Joris Pekel (Europeana Foundation)
Dick van Dijk  (Waag Society)
Liliana Ardissono (Università di Torino)
Lora Aroyo (VU University Amsterdam)
Otmar Moritsch (Technisches Museum Wien)
Raffaella Santucci (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)
Susan Hazan (Israel Musem)
Tsvi Kuflik (University of Haifa)



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