Researcher’s Night celebrated its 14 years on 2019!
Approximately 1.500.000 visitors in 370 cities around Europe simualtenously celebrated the 2019 Researcher’s Night, on 27 September 2019 for the 14th year in a row.
This yearly event is a Europe-wide science and research action funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. The purpose of the Researcher’s Night is to bring researchers closer to the general public and to increase awareness of research and innovation activities, and the impact that researchers’ work has on citizen’s daily lives, whilst encouraging young people to embark on research careers.
For one more year, NCSR Demokritos hosted in its premises in Aghia Paraskevi, the pre-event on Wednesday 25/9, for students, families and the general public aiming to get them acquainted with the research work that takes place at NCSR Demokritos.
The main Researcher’s Night event took place at the premises of Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre on Friday 27/9, during which IIT reseachers demonstrated to the public some of their labs’ activities through presentations, demonstrations, experiments, workshops for teachers and a variety of educational activities. The activities that IIT labs organised were:
Robots at Play: Meet the NCSR Demokritos robots. INDIGO, RAFA and PEPPER robots were there to interact with the public. The activity was organised by SKEL Lab.
Digital Processing and Document Recognition: Dr. V. Gatos, Computational Intelligence Laboratory, demonstrated CIL’s achievements in the context of H2020 READ project. Parts of the process of Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents that were shown are the documents’ pre-processing to improve their quality and purity and the access to the contents of archival documents using word recognition and tracking tools.
Purebills: Invoices and Receipts Recognition: CIL Lab demonstrated the innovative tools for automatic analysis, processing and record of invoices and receipts that provides to the Australian company Purebills. More concretely, the learning process was presented by annotating the patterns, the automatic recognition and the storage and management of the information in a variety of formats.
The workshop on Edison Robots in the frame of Erasmus+ CODESKILLS4ROBOTICS project was attended by 44 primary school students from Athens, organised by Net Media Lab. It was an activity to introduce them to the world of Coding & Robotics.