Artur Serra

i2Cat

Artur is doctor in cultural anthropology from the University of Barcelona (UB) and has been working over 15 years in technological research institutions like the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Center for Internet & i2cat Foundation. His was to analyze "the tribe" of computer scientists and their research projects in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. (1990-1993).

Back in Europe, Artur started working on the UPC as a researcher within the European project COMIC, dedicated to the design of collaboration systems networks. At the same time, Artur got involved in the European project Epithelium, rolling out a civic network in the city of Barcelona and started collaborating with the City of Cornella, where a similar initiative was initiated entitled CornellaNet. Since then, Artur tried to combine these two lines of research and innovation: a more technology-oriented focus within the UPC and i2cat Foundation, aimed at developing new architectures, applications and new Internet services, and a more social focus, aiming at a society dedicated to fostering innovative knowledge for all citizens, which has resulted in the project Citilab.

Artur believes technology and culture can be the main building blocks for the current era, just as science and the economy still are or religion and war have been in previous eras. In 2006 he started the Cultural Ring, an advanced Internet platform for the cultural and creative community of Catalunya that finally has helped to start the SPECIFI project, a recently approve ICT-PSP proposal for lauching the European Creative Ring between Flanders, Catalonia and Trentino in Italy. Artur is currently leading the eCulture SIG at ENoLL.

 

Participates in following conferences:
iMinds
Living Labs for Innovation in eCulture