Nantes Events Center - FRANCE
September 17,18,19 2014






dedicated to digital society and cultures

The main objective of #di2014 is to bring together researchers, practitioners and students from a large variety of fields and to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions and research achievements as well establish worldwide cooperative research and developpement.

Areas of research include but are not limited to: Data, Social Web, Digital Humanities, Digital Identity, The commons, Digital Art, Smart Cities, Media and Digital Cultures, Human-Computer Interface, Digital Literature, Digital Literacy, Computational Thinking, Secutity, Safety and Privacy, e-Learning, Business intelligence.

The mindset of #di2014 is unique in bringing these disciplines together in creative and critical dialogs. We broadly invite contributions that describe original research, analysis, practices, and works-in-progress in all areas of Digital Cultures.

#di2014 will be organized jointly with Scopitone, the major French digital arts and music festival (Sept. 16-21, 2014).

FESTIVAL SCOPITONE 2014 - Sept 15th to 21th

Scopitone is a week-long festival of digital arts and electronic cultures, held in Nantes every September. Offering a concentrate of today’s musical and digital creativity, its concerts, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks, visits and screenings attract almost 40,000 visitors of every age.

Program co-chairsConference co-chairs




MAY 16, 2014
JUNE 30, 2014
SEPT. 17-19, 2014





Director of Senseable City Lab,


Caterina FAKE

Co-Founder of Flickr,

Findery and Hunch


Director of Hexagram Concordia Centre,



European commission,

DG Connect

Jeffrey T. SCHNAPP

Director of MetaLAB,

Harvard University


INRIA, French Academy of

Sciences, Collège de France

Gérard BERRY

INRIA, French Academy of Sciences,

Collège de France

Carlo RATTI (Director of senseable city LAB, MIT)

Carlo F. Ratti is an Italian architect, engineer, inventor, educator and activist who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, where he directs the MIT Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live in cities. Ratti was named one of the «50 most influential designers in America» by Fast Company and highlighted in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world”.

Caterina FAKE (Co-Founder of Flickr, Findery and Hunch)

Caterina Fake is the Founder and CEO of Findery, a social mobile application for places. Previously, Fake was the cofounder of Hunch, a search and discovery engine, and Flickr, the popular photo sharing site. Fake is Chairman of the Board of Etsy, on the Board of Directors of CreativeLive and Southern Exposure, and serves on the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley School of Information. She was named to the Time 100 most influential people in the world, and has received Honorary Doctorates from RISD and The New School.

Chris SALTER (Director of Hexagram Concordia Centre, Montreal)

Chris Salter is Director of the Hexagram Concordia Centre for Research and Creation in Media Art and Technology, Co-Director of Hexagram|CIAM and Associate Professor, Computation Arts in the Department of Design and Computation Art at Concordia University, Montreal. His artistic and research interests revolve around the development and production of real time, computationally-augmented responsive performance environments fusing space, sound, image, architectural material and sensor-based technologies.

Nicole DEWANDRE (European commission, DG Connect)

The Human Condition in an hyperconnected Era

Rethinking the human condition in a hyperconnected era requires balancing the omniscience/omnipotence utopia with a renewed sense of natality and plurality, as described by Hannah Arendt. Firstly, I shall address and criticize the influence of the omniscience/omnipotence prejudice over policy-making. Secondly, I shall present how the notions of plurality and natality allow overcoming such prejudice. Thirdly, I shall re-examine the distinction between the private and public spheres under the light of natality and plurality. Fourthly, I shall propose a shift of policy-making from a risk-governance approach to a literacy-companion approach. In conclusion, I'll suggest seeing what practical wisdom means for an agent in a hyperconnected era.

Nicole Dewandre is advisor for societal issues to the Director General of the Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission. She studied applied physics engineering and economics at the University of Louvain, operations research at the University of California (Berkeley) and philosophy at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She entered the European Commission in 1983. She worked in "science and society" issues (women and science, research and civil society), before being in charge of the "sustainable development" unit that has been put in place in DG Research between 2007 and 2010. She is now working on the societal interface of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Jeffrey T. SCHNAPP (Director of MetaLAB Harvard, Harvard University)

Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Jeffrey T. Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford, where he founded and led the Stanford Humanities Lab in 1999. A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, his most recent books are The Electric Information Age Book, Modernitalia, and Digital_Humanities. Faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he is Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and also on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is the faculty director of metaLAB@Harvard.

Serge ABITEBOUL (INRIA, French Academy of Sciences, Collège de France)

Turn your "digital self" into a knowledge base

A Web user today has his/her data and information distributed in a number of services that operate in silos. Computer wizards already know how to control their personal data to some extent. It is now becoming possible for everyone to do the same, and there are many advantages to doing so. Everyone should now be in a position to manage his/her personal information. Furthermore, we will argue that we should move towards personal knowledge bases and discuss advantages to do so.

Serge Abiteboul obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and a State Doctoral Thesis from the University of Paris-Sud. He has been a researcher at Inria since 1982 and is now Distinguished Affiliated Professor at ENS Cachan. He was a Lecturer at the École Polytechnique and Visiting Professor at Stanford and Oxford University. He has been Chair Professor at Collège de France in 2011-12 and Francqui Chair Professor at Namur University in 2012-2013. He became a member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2008, and a member the Academy of Europe in 2011. Abiteboul's research work focuses mainly on data, information and knowledge management, particularly on the Web. He has recently started a blog about computer science (binaire.blog.lemonde.fr).

Gérard BERRY (INRIA, French Academy of Sciences, Collège de France)

Why Informatics Generates Mental Inversions

The digital revolution is often thought of as a technical revolution that impacts a wide variety of human activities. Using a variety of examples involving children as well as adults, we argue that its reach is far wider in the sense that it modifies or inverts many of our basic perceptions such as those of space and time, and explain why algorithmic thinking deeply changes many elementary ways of reflecting and acting in field as varied as science, engineering, medicine, and art.

Gérard Berry is a French computer scientist, member of the French Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Technologies and Academia Europaea. He was researcher at Ecole des Mines and Inria from 1973 to 2000 and the Chief Scientist Officer of the Esterel Technologies company from 2000 to 2009. He joined back Inria from 2009 to 2012. He held two yearly chair at Collège de France: Liliane Bettencourt chair of Technological Innovation in 2007-2008 and Informatics and Digital Sciences chair in 2008-2009. He is currently Professor at Collège de France where he holds the Algorithms, Machines and Languages chair







INRIA, French Academy of

Sciences, Collège de France


Jeffrey T. SCHNAPP

Director of MetaLAB,

Harvard University


Philippe AIGRAIN

La Quadrature du Net,

Sopinspace, France


Stéphane ROCHE

Université Laval,



Alexandre GEFEN

Université Paris-Sorbonne,

Paris 4, France



INRIA Rennes,



Yuichiro ANZAI

Japan Society for the Promotion

of Science, Japan


Gérard BERRY

INRIA, French Academy of Sciences,

Collège de France


Ryohei Nakatsu

National University

of Singapore


Rory McGreal

Athabasca University,



Pascal Van Hentenryck

Australian National University,


Serge ABITEBOUL (INRIA, French Academy of Sciences, Collège de France)

Serge Abiteboul is a computer scientist working in the areas of data management, database theory, and finite model theory. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California. He is currently a senior researcher at the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA), the French national research institute focusing on computer science and related areas, and a professor at the Collège de France. He is known for his many contributions in the areas of finite model theory, database theory, and database systems. Member of the French Académie des Sciences (since 2008) and Conseil National du Numérique (since 2013), he is the president of Conseil Scientifique de la Société Informatique de France.

Jeffrey T. SCHNAPP (Director of MetaLAB Harvard, Harvard University, Berkman, Center for Internet & Society)

Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Jeffrey T. Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford, where he founded and led the Stanford Humanities Lab in 1999. A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, his most recent books are The Electric Information Age Book, Modernitalia, and Digital Humanities. Faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he is Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and also on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is the faculty director of metaLAB@Harvard.

Philippe AIGRAIN (La Quadrature du Net, Sopinspace, France)

Philippe Aigrain is a passionate advocate of the right to share digital works and a promoter of new policies for the internet age. He is also CEO of Sopinspace, Society for Public Information Spaces, which develops free software and provides services for democratic processes and collaborative work over the Internet. He is also the cofounder of the La Quadrature du Net group.

Stéphane ROCHE (Université Laval, Canada)

Stéphane Roche is a French engineer and geographer. He is full professor at the University Laval, Quebec (Canada) where he teaches sciences of the geographical information. His research focuses on the interactions between technological innovation and cultural and social development, from the standpoint of spatial dimension. He particularly focus on the role of social geo-localization, open data and crowdsourcing in the development of new forms of digital spatiality and urban intelligence. He fully participates in the development of a living laboratory (Living Lab Circle) centered on smart cities and civil participation.

Alexandre GEFEN (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris 4, France)

Alexandre Gefen is a French critic and a academic. His research deals with literary theory, in particular applied to French contemporary literature. Publisher of Marcel Schwob’s work, he has contributed to the study of biofiction or bibliographic fiction. In 1999, he created Fantasized website, known as a reference website for research, as well as the university Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV‘s digital publishing platform, named CEPM. Alexandre Gefen is one of the most dynamic French specialists in the field of digital humanities (knowledge dissemination, networks and collaborative scientific tools, digital publishing, TEI digitalization).

Anne-Marie KERMARREC (INRIA Rennes, France)

Anne-Marie Kermarrec is a research director at INRIA Rennes in France where she leads the group ASAP (As Scalable As Possible) focusing on large scale distributed dynamic systems. She was with Microsoft Research in Cambridge (UK) from 2000 to 2004 and postdoc researcher at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 1997. She’s the principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant Gossple (2008–2013), associate editor of IEEE Internet computing and the chair of the ACM Software System Award. In 2011, she has been awarded the Montpetit Award from the French Academy of Science.

Yuichiro ANZAI (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan)

Yuichiro Anzai has worked on cognitive and computer sciences for more than thirty-five years. He started research on human cognitive processes and machine learning in mid 1970’s, and spent 1976-78 and 1981-82 at Carnegie-Mellon University as a post-doc and a visiting assistant professor, respectively. After coming back to his country, he has kept working on learning and problem solving as well as doing extensive research on human-robot interaction since 1991. He is the President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Anzai has received many awards, including Medal with Purple Ribbon from Japanese government for his academic contribution to informatics, Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from French government for his contribution to Japan-France academic collaboration.

Gérard BERRY (INRIA, French Academy of Sciences, Collège de France)

Gérard Berry is a French computer scientist, member of French Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Technologies and Academia Europaea. He was the Chief Scientist Officer of Esterel Technologies from 2000 to 2009. He held the 2007-2008 yearly Liliane Bettencourt CHAIR of Technological Innovation at the Collège de France. He is currently Director of Research at INRIA and is holding the 2009-2010 yearly Informatics and Digital Sciences chair at the Collège de France.

Ryohei NAKATSU (National University of Singapore)

Ryohei Nakatsu is Professor at the National University of Singapore and Director of the Interactive & Digital Media Institute (IDMI) till 2011. He received his PhD from Kyoto University and mainly worked on speech recognition technology. He joined the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR) in 1994, as the President of ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories. From the spring of 2002, he has been a Professor at School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University. His research interests include emotion extraction from speech and facial images, emotion recognition, nonverbal communications, and integration of multimodalities in communications. He is a member of the IEEE, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Japan (IEICE-J), as well as the Acoustical Society of Japan.

Rory McGreal (Athabasca University, Canada)

Rory McGreal is a Professor at Athabasca University - Canada’s Open University where he holds the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources. He is the director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) and co-editor of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), and founder of the OER Knowledge Cloud. His research interests include the use of Open Educational Resources, and standards in technology assisted learning, particularly in the development and application of learning objects. He is also researching how these would be applied and formatted on mobile devices for M-learning.

P. Van Hentenryck (Vice-Chancellor Strategic Chair in Data-Intensive Computing, Australia)

Pascal Van Hentenryck holds the Vice-Chancellor Strategic Chair in Data-Intensive Computing at the Australian National University and is the leader of the Optimization Research Group at NICTA, whose focus is on infrastructures, transportation, and logistics, energy systems, and environmental and societal resilience. He was formerly Professor at Brown University. Van Hentenryck is the author of five books and the designer of many influential optimisation systems that are in daily academic and industrial use.





Reda S. Alhajj, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada
Gérard Assayag, STMS Lab - Sciences & Technologies Musique & Son, IRCAM, France
Francis Bach, Computer Science Laboratory, Ecole Normale Supérieure / INRIA, France
Christine Balagué, Chair Marketing and Social Networks, Institut Mines-Telecom / Vice-President of Conseil National du Numérique, France
François Bancilhon, Data publica, France
Christoph Bartneck, Human Interface Laboratory, Canterbury University, Australia
David Bates, Berkeley Center for New Media, University of California - Berkeley, USA
Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Computer sciences laboratory, Université Paris Sud, France
Ben Brabon, Department of English and History, Edge Hill University, UK
Daren C. Brabham, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California, USA
Patrick Y.K. Chau, School of Business, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Philippe Codognet, Japanese-French Laboratory for Informatics / University Pierre & Marie Curie / University of Tokyo, Japan
Jozef Colpaert, Director R&D of Language Institute Linguapolis, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
Sir John Daniel, Open and Distance Learning, UK
Manuel Fernandez, Human Scale City, Spain
Patrick Gallinari, LIP6 - Laboratory in Computer Science, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Krishna Gummadi, Networked Systems Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany
Lynda Hardman, Information Access research group, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), The Netherlands
Colin de la Higuera, LINA, Université de Nantes, France
Katja Hose, Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University, Denmark
Joaquin Huerta, Department of Computer Languages and Systems, Universidad Jaume I de Castellón, Spain
Erkki Huhtamo, Department of Design Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Michita Imai, Department of Computer Science, Keio University, Japan
Sirkka Jarvenpaa, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Florian Kerschbaum, SAP, Germany

Marie-Noëlle Lamy, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, Open university, UK
George Legrady, Experimental Visualization Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Dominique Lestel, Department of Philosophy, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
Manuel Lima, Parsons School of Design / Founder of VisualComplexity.com, USA
Michel Lussault, French National Institute For Education, ENS of Lyon - University of Lyon
Amélie Marian, Computer Science Department, Rotgers University, USA
Alessandro Marianantoni, REMAP, University of California, Los Angeles USA
Cathy Marshall, Microsoft Research, USA
Carlos Moreno, Groupe GDF-SUEZ, France
Neil Morris, Digital learning team, University of Leeds, UK
Mir Mostafavi J., Department of Geomatics, Université Laval - Québec, Canada
Beniamino Murgante, School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, Italy
Liam Murray, School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick, Ireland
Frank Nack, Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
Enrico Nardelli, Dipartimento di Matematica, Universita' di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy
Nicola Nova, Research Institute of Art and Design, Haute-Ecole d'Art et de Design, Genève / Near Future Laboratory, Switzerland
François Pachet, Computer Science Laboratory, SONY, Paris, France
Nicolas Reeves, NXI GESTATIO Design Lab, Université du Québec à Montréal, École de Design, Canada
John Savage, Computer Science Department, Brown University, USA
Françoise Soulié, KXEN, France
Christoph Sorge, Institute of Law and Informatics, Saarland University, Germany
Bernard Stiegler, Ars Industrialis, Centre Pompidou, France
Steve Tadelis, eBay research Lab, eBay / University of California - Berkeley, USA
Naoko Tosa, Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
Laurier Turgeon, Institute for Cultural Heritage, Université Laval
Pascal Van Hentenryck, Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne
Lena Wiese, Institute of Computer Science, University of Goettingen, Germany
Tien-Tsin Wong, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Eiko Yoneki, Computer laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
Christian Zimmerman, Institute of Computer Science and Social Studies, Department of Telematics , University of Freiburg, Germany








• Regular registration: June 13 - September 1, 2014

• Late registration: September 2 - September 15, 2014

• On-site registration: September 17-19, 2014

A surcharge will be added to your registration fees if you register after September 1, 2014. We strongly discourage you from registering in person at the conference venue.


• Regular Conference fees: 120€

• Late registration fees: 150€

• Lunch: 25€ each

• Thursday evening reception: 45€

Payment is required upon registration. We accept Visa and Mastercard cards. All payments made must be in Euros (€).
Payment by bank transfer is not possible for this event.

Conference fees include:

• Conference and keynote sessions
• Coffee and tea breaks
• Opening Plenary
• Closing Plenary

Conference fees do not include:
• Lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
• Thursday evening reception





Château des Ducs de Bretagne


French FabLabs networks


Opened to international and European Cantines


within the European network of creative cities (ECIA, European creative Industrie Alliance)




Located on the banks of the Loire estuary, in the heart of the Val-de-Loire region, Nantes is nicknamed the Venice of the West thanks to its numerous rivers and proximity with the Atlantic Ocean and its 450km of coastline. Nantes is France’s sixth largest city: its metropolitan area comprises some 600 000 inhabitants and constitutes a large metropolis with the city of Saint-Nazaire. Regularly voted France and Europe’s best city to live in thanks to an exceptional living environment, Nantes hold in 2013 the title of the European Green Capital, awarded by the EU.
Nantes was the former capital of the dukedom of Brittany, which became united with France in 1466. Nantes deeply benefit from the maritime trade stemming from the discovery of the Americas: it became soon one of the most prosperous European cities in the 18th century, before becoming an industrial city. Located on the Ile de Nantes until the 1970s, its harbor and shipyards moved to Saint-Nazaire, allowing a redevelopment scheme to be launched in order to revitalize this island which will soon become the new city center.





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