Prof. Dr. Massimo Aria
Universita‘ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Massimo Aria is a full professor in Statistics for Social Sciences at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Naples Federico II and Ph.D. in Computational Statistics.
His main research fields are bibliometrics, science mapping, systematic literature reviews, and machine learning. He led several statistical surveys about economic, social, ethological, and healthcare phenomena.
He is co-founder of the academic spin-off K-Synth and author of four open-source statistical software:

  • Bibliometrix R Package
    An R-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis and quantitative research in scientometrics and bibliometrics.
  • pubmedR
    A set of tools to extract bibliographic content from the ‚PubMed‘ database using the ‚NCBI‘ REST API.
  • dimensionsR
    A set of tools to extract bibliographic content from ‚Digital Science Dimensions‘ using ‚DSL‘ API.
  • PLS-SEM Matlab Toolbox
    A Matlab/Octave package to estimate Structural Equation Models with Partial Least Squares algorithm (SEM-PLS, PLS-SEM, or PLS Path Modeling).

Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Qu66YZQAAAAJ&hl=it

Alick Bird
International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR), Elsevier

Alick Bird is a Junior Data Scientist at the International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) at Elsevier, and supports researchers using ICSR Lab, a computational platform used for analysis of large bibliometric datasets. He previously worked in a statistics and modelling team at Oxfordshire County Council, and has a MPhil in Environment, Society and Development from the University of Cambridge.

Prof. Dr. Corrado Cuccurullo
Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy

Corrado Cuccurullo, Ph.D., is a full professor in Accounting and Corporate Governance at the Department of Management and Economics of the University of Campania – Luigi Vanvitelli.
He has an extensive teaching, research, managerial and consulting experience. He currently is the Chairman of State-Owned enterprise (1.3 billion in turnover) that operates in purchasing, technological infrastructure, and digital innovation in healthcare and public administration.

Together with Massimo Aria, he founded the academic spin-off K-Synth and designed Bibliometrix (2016). He founded, with other colleagues, other digital start-ups and designed other business intelligence and data analytics software.

Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=it&user=mfW3fRwAAAAJ

Dr. Nicola De Bellis
Bibliometric Office (CSBA) – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Graduated in philosophy at the University of Bari, Italy, De Bellis obtained a PhD in history of science in 1998 with a doctoral dissertation on Renaissance natural history. Seven years later, that job provided the background for an Italian prize-winning manuscript on the role of bibliographic citations in the scientific communication system. Having joined a medical library in 2002, he has been working since then on the boundary line between information science, history and philosophy of science. He is currently contract professor of information science for the Department of Education and Humanities and runs a full time bibliometric office supporting research evaluation activities at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Silvia Dobre, MBA
International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR), Elsevier

Silvia Dobre is Research Evaluation Manager for the International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) at Elsevier, responsible for conducting research projects with external collaborators to develop and enhance research evaluation and supporting researchers using ICSR Lab. Prior to this Silvia was Research Information Manager at the University of Kent, leading on sourcing, analysis and visualisation of research-related data, platforms, and intelligence tools. Her work was focused on promoting the responsible use of bibliometrics / altmetrics indicators for research evaluation, advising on international collaborations and supporting the REF2021 submission. As a member of the JISC Lis-Bibliometrics Committee she contributed to the development of the New Competencies Model for Bibliometrics. Silvia has an MBA from the University of Warwick and she previously worked in market research and business intelligence roles.

Prof.Dr. Roberto Navigli
DIAG Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Roberto Navigli is Professor of Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he leads the Sapienza NLP Group. He is one of the few researchers to have received two prestigious ERC grants in AI on multilingual word sense disambiguation (2011-2016) and multilingual language- and syntax-independent open-text unified representations (2017-2022), selected among the 15 projects (out of 10,000) through which the ERC transformed science. In 2015 he received the META prize for groundbreaking work in overcoming language barriers with BabelNet, a project also highlighted in The Guardian and Time magazine, and winner of the Artificial Intelligence Journal prominent paper award 2017. He is the co-founder of Babelscape, a successful company which enables Natural Language Understanding in dozens of languages. He served as Associate Editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal (2013-2020) and Program Chair of ACL-IJCNLP 2021. He will serve as General Chair of ACL 2025.

Asst.Prof. Dr. Bart Thijs
Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM), KU Leuven, Belgium

Bart Thijs is a research expert in bibliometrics at the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) and professor at the department of Management, Strategy and Innovation both at KU Leuven. His main research focusses on application of network analysis techniques in areas like Science Mapping.
In 1999 he graduated at the same university in Psychology with a specialization in Statistics. He spent several years in industry as a statistical consultant, there he gained experience in the application of automated data analysis. In 2002 he joined the newly created policy research centre on R&D statistics at the KU Leuven. In 2010 he received his PhD from the Leiden University.
He co-authored more than 60 journal and conference contributions on a broad range of topics in scientometrics. Along his research he also teaches a course on large scale network analysis at the Master of Artificial Intelligence program at KU Leuven.

Dr. Jürgen Wastl
Director Academic Relations and Consultancy, Digital Science

Jürgen Wastl leads the Digital Science Consultancy, supporting research institutions, funders, governments and other institutions with research capabilities to make better use of data to inform their strategies and decisions. He also currently works on improvements in research classifications, most notably UoA (UK REF) and UN SDG (Sustainable Development goals). Since October 2019 he is also Associate Director at the Research on Research Institute (RoRI).
Before joining Digital Science, he headed the research information team in the Research Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge where he deputised for the PVC Research in national and international committees in all matters Research evaluation, assessment and interoperability. In his role as Deputy REF Manager he has been responsible for the development and advancement of tools and applications to meet a diverse set of research information needs. He supported the University’s extensive Strategic Research Review process with analyses and reports.

The intelligent use of scientometrics, which is increasingly a must, requires rigorous training in the nooks and cranny of bibliometric methods. The esss is a timely response to this urging need, and the four organisations behind the initiative have demonstrated their professionalism in this field which is a guarantee that summer students will be exposed to sound practice and clever thinking.

— Éric Archambault, Ph.D., Former President and CEO of Science-Metrix Inc.

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