Carmen Holotescu teaches at the Computer Science Department of “Ioan Slavici” University of Timisoara, Romania, having a large experience in using Social Media / Web2.0 technologies in education and collaboration. She has participated in many European projects, and has written papers and books/ebooks related to eLearning, Web2.0 technologies, teacher training. Ms. Holotescu is also the Director of Timsoft, a company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications, and a certified online instructor for University of Maryland University College, USA since 2001.
Francesca D’Errico, PhD, Uninettuno University, Rome, Italy, Presentation: Horizontal Political Media 2.0. Beyond the “Crowd toward a socio-political Empowerment of being follower Francesca D’Errico is a Researcher at the Faculty of Psychology (Uninettuno University, Rome) and member of the SSPNet Project (Social Signal Processing European Network of Excellence) – where she works on help and overhelp behavior in multicultural contexts, social emotions and self conscious emotions like bitterness and pride, the multimodal analysis of social signals of agreement, disagreement, evaluation and dominance in political debates. As to psycho-social processes, she is also author of several studies on social media and political participation where she explores in depth both thereotical and methodological aspects. She is author and co-authors of 50 articles and book chapters, and she is the Guest Editor of a book Multimodal Communication in Political Speech Shaping Minds and Social Action and a Special Issue on Social Signal Processing for Cognitive Processing.