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Serge Miranda
Professor, Dept of Computer Science - University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
Serge Miranda is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNSA), France, a position he has held since October 1983 after a PH-D in Toulouse University (France) and an MS at UCLA (Univ. of California, Los Angeles) with an INRIA research scholarship.

Serge Miranda has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications (60 in English), and published six successful French books on databases (15 Editions). The 6th one on object-relational data bases and related standards  was published by Dunod on October 2002. He has been invited in more than 60 countries to give research and strategic seminars on IT technology and data base systems.

He is presently director of (Master) MBDS the highest French University graduate degree devoted to data base systems, wireless Internet and enterprise computing with huge involvement of industry partners at the world level (Oracle, Sun, Microsoft,.). MBDS he founded in 1992, is unique in Europe by its original framework of industry partnership based upon a tutored prototyping project of 500 hours as kernel of the curriculum. Every student receives industry scholarships to build prototypes under contracts. MBDS is fully supported by every DB vendor and IT world company along with multimedia and telcos companies since 2000. Five full time engineers sponsored by industry are working with the 24 graduate students and university faculty. MBDS is located in the science park of Sophia Antipolis (the European Telecom valley) which is the oldest in Europe. Several world-premiere in the area of wireless information services were performed at MBDS in the last 5 years: the first UMTS car with Mercedes in June 2002 demonstrated in Berlin, Monaco, Singapore , NFC applications for hotels and rental cars in 2005 with Amadeus, Oracle, Siemens VDO and Renault, robots for elderly people management at home in 2006 with Robosoft, Microsoft, GDF, .., NFC m- payment applications in 2007 with Credit Agricole, IBM, Nokia, fair trade coffee tracking in 2008 with RFID/NFC with Malongo and Alcatel with a pilot project in rural area in Haiti.
A university foundation JMAGINE is being lauched in 2008 in Nice with the major industry partners of MBDS.

Thomas de Lazzari
NFC Project Manager, Winner (City Life category) of the NFC Awards in 2007 and 2nd in 2008 with the TicketTap application (OTA)
He is a Project Manager at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis working with MBDS ( Master students on new mobile applications and usages around the Near Field Communication technology and RFID. He works in a center for applied research in new mobile technologies which aims to prototype services of the future with high added value. He had the chance to lead technically some mature NFC projects and trials such as Campus Nova. He also teaches a graduate course on mobile development and RFID technologies on a contactless smart card.
Winner (city life category) of the first European NFC Competition at WIMA in Monaco, April 2007.
MBDS Master's degree in Computer Science (2006).

Vincent Berge
Co-Founder and CEO - Mobile Distillery
Vincent has 20 years of international experience in high tech, including Internet, 3D, Video and Mobile, in various Marketing and Business Development positions, within games, film, broadcast and telecom market segments.

Before co-founding Mobile Distillery, Vincent worked at Discreet/Autodesk Europe, Middle East & Africa for 7 years as European Marketing Director. Before that he spent 7 years with IBM as European Segment Manager across a variety of high tech sectors including European eBusiness, 3D and VR business. Prior to IBM, Berge worked for 2 years at Scientific Software as project manager in Australia.

Vincent has a degree in Computer Engineering from the HEI/ESTIT School.

Jean-Luc Fretard

Jean-Yves Granger

Stéphane Lebas
Directeur Services Mobiles Personnels et Objets Communicants - SFR

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