Semantic interfaces and key opportunities of SEPA #02


3 Jun 2008

During two science & industry lunches in May and June 2008, CROSSTALKS and EDS tackled the issue of the financial supply chain in the post-SEPA era: first from a more technical perspective aiming at more efficiency and cost reduction, secondly from the perspective of the business and consumers and their expectancies in post-SEPA and a cashless society aiming at a more efficient bank-to-customer integration.


Other session


During this session trust and regulations, education, communication and advertising and criteria for a cost-efficient and socially fair price setting will be highlighted.

09:30u Welcome + coffee
10:00u Talk 1 Leo Van Hove (Professor of Economics at VUB) Will SEPA increase the efficiency of our payment system? - (40 minutes + 10 minutes discussion)
10:40u Talk 2 Paul De Hert (professor of Law at VUB) Privacy and dataprotection (40 minutes + 10 minutes discussion)
11:20u Coffee
11:40u Talk 3 Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (Industrial and interaction designer) - Designing Trust in interactive systems (40 minutes + 10 minutes discussion)
12:30u Panel discussion
13:00u Apero + walking lunch

Bios / Slides

Leo Van Hove

Associate Professor of Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels), where he teaches courses in monetary economics, advanced IT, and ecommerce. His current research interests include currency usage, demand for e-money, and e-publishing. He has published extensively on these and other subjects in international journals (such as Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; International Journal of Electronic Commerce; De Economist; Netnomics; Energy Economics; and European Journal of Operational Research). He is invited regularly as a guest speaker by central banks and companies such as MasterCard and Visa. He also maintains a comprehensive reference database on e-purses as part of the ePSO website of the European Central Bank. Homepage:

Paul De Hert

The interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society or LSTS (founded in November 2003) is devoted to analytical, theoretical and prospective research into the relationships between law, science, technology and society. LSTS focuses upon the integratation of the legal perspective in current Science Technology and Society (STS)-research. The starting point is that notions or principles such as legal mediation between rights and interests, democratic participation, rule of law, transparency, accountability, public interest, human rights and individual freedom should form a part of the constraints of scientific work. Crucial for LSTS is the challenge of conceiving scientific practices in such way that they respond to the demands of the democratic constitutional state. LSTS is the successor of the former Centre for the Interaction Law & Technology (CIRT). In CIRT the researchers and promoters carried out research projects in the field of computer law (privacy and dataprotection, EDI, computer crime, intellectual property, ..), criminal investigation and police law, environmental law and urbanization, the relationships between law and psychiatry, etc. If these research-activities are continued by LSTS, today, however, the objective has significantly changed and broadened. As a result of broadening the scope, the monodisciplinary legal research is moving towards an interdisciplinary undertaking. That is why, since its foundation, LSTS comprises some researchers of the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science - CLWF ( covering disciplines such as philosophy, philosophy of science, mathematics and logic.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra was born in Montreal, Canada, but grew up in Europe and the Middle East. After completing a Bachelor's in Industrial Design at the Université de Montréal, she moved to Italy to complete a Master's degree in Interaction Design at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea .Now freelancing in Europe, she is interested in the service design process and mindframe. Through a user-centered approach, she always aims to design more meaningful interactions both on and offline, be it through objects, interfaces, services, systems or business ideas.


Download the booklet on Semantic Interfaces and Key Opportunities of S€PA here, an exploration of crucial parameters, technical and economic conditions and personal and social extrapolations with an eye on developing an open digital ecosystem. With contributions from all invited speakers.