IIT initiated in 2008 a PhD scholarships programme, jointly with Universities in Europe and the US. In the case of European Universities, students spend half of their PhD time at the University and the rest at NCSR Demokritos. In the case of US Universities – where the students must attend courses during their first 2 years – students remain there and then return to NCSR Demokritos for about 1.5 year to carry out the core research of their Thesis. In both cases, full scholarships are provided, covered by the university when the student resides there and from IIT when the students resides at NCSR Demokritos. The scholarship also covers travel costs and conference fees. Currently IIT has ongoing research collaborations with the following universities.
Some of our successful PhD students share their experience about their participation in the programme below:
Konstantinos Tsiakas did his PhD at the University of Texas at Arlington, at the Human-Centered Computing Laboratory, HERACLEIA, while part of his research was done at SKEL Lab at NSCR Demokritos. His internship took place at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA. He has been at Yale University for post-doctoral research since June 2019.
Alexander Papagelis has completed his doctoral thesis in the field of adaptive interactive systems in collaboration with HERACLEIA – Human-Centered Computing Laboratory and SKEL Lab at NCSR Demokritos. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Articulab at Carnegie Mellon University and as a researcher and head of the interactive systems team at Toshiba’s CRL (Cambridge Research Laboratory). He currently works as a researcher at Uber AI’s Conversational AI team.
Michalis Papakostas has completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Texas at Arlington, in the field of Machine Learning, with applications in Human-Computer Communication in collaboration with “HERACLEIA – Human-Centered Computing Laboratory” and SKEL Lab at NSCR Demokritos. During his doctorate, he was interned in England and at Toshiba’s CRL (Cambridge Research Laboratory), as a member of the Speech Technology Group.
Eleni Litsa has completed her doctoral thesis in Computer Science at Rice University, in collaboration with Kavraki Lab (Computational Robotics & Biomedicine Lab) and SKEL Lab at NCSR Demokritos. Her research work is on developing algorithms that will enhance the process of developing new drugs. Her research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and graph theory.
Christos Smailis has completed his doctoral thesis in the Computational Biomedical Laboratory (CBL) at the University of Houston. His research interests are in Machine Learning and Computer Vision.