The 54th Summer School of NCSR Demokritos took place from 1 to 11 July 2019 at the campus of NCSR Demokritos in Aghia Paraskevi.

The Summer School is a historic educational activity of Demokritos which offers, for more than 50 years, free courses to undergraduate and graduate students of the positive sciences (STEM) with technological direction.

For once more, the Institute of Informatics & Telecomunications was actively involved in the Summer School by contributing to round tables, providing researcher speeches and workshops on specific themes.

On the 1st of July, during the parallel sessions, IIT researchers Mr Lefteris Koukianakis, Mr Dimitris Kyriazanos, Mrs Maria Souvalioti, Mr Harilaos Koumaras and Mrs Maria Christopoulou delivered presentations to the students.

On the 3rd of July, SKEL organised a panel discussion concerning Artificial Intelligence and Ethics, coordinated by Mrs Lida Arnellou with the participation of renowned experts which included:

  • Antonis Argyros, Computer Science Professor, University of Crete and researcher at the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH
  • Theodore Scaltsas, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh and Director of the Digital Humanities Project Archelogos
  • Alexandros Nousias, Legal Advisor with expertise in technology issues and extensive experience in personal data management and
  • George Giannakopoulos, Associate Researcher at SKEL, co-founder of SciFY and Board Member of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN).

The video of the panel discussion is available to watch here.

During the plenary session, visiting speaker and saxophonist Mr Dimitris Vassilakis, University of Athens, gave a talk and demonstrated how Artificial Intelligence can be combined with music.

Additionally, during the parellel sessions IIT researchers Mr Stelios Thomopoulos, Mr Giorgos Thanos, Mr Alexandros Nousias, Mr Antonis Koukourikos and Mr Fotis Aisopos continued with presentations on various topics.

On the 4th of July, presentations continued with researchers Mr Athanasios Drigkas, Mr Nikolaos Dimitriou, Mr Aris Tsolis and Mr Panagiotis Kaddas.