Maria Sokhn is a professor at the HES-SO Valais – Wallis. She holds a PhD from Telecom Paris Tech in 2011. She graduated from the Engineering Faculty of Saint Joseph University, with a Computer and Communication Engineering diploma, and holds a specialized master diploma from Telecom Paris Tech in Multimedia production and creation. She led the eGov Technology Center at HES-SO Fribourg from 2009 until 2012. Her research interests focus on eGovernement, multimedia information retrieval and knowledge management.