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Newsletter of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of NCSR Demokritos
Issue 16  |  May 2016Past issues


Dear Readers,

the robots are coming and their presence will eventually bridge the digital-physical divide, dramatically impacting human life, experts say. That's why, different research labs and groups from our Institute put special emphasis on Robotics and Autonomous Systems. It may sound commonplace, but education is essential, as in every scientific area, that's why we also focus our efforts in Robotics with education-related actions. In this direction, we organised with great success, a pioneer Educational Program on Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Greek schools, which lasted 8 months, we participated with many robotic demos at the Athens Science Festival 2016, one of the biggest celebrations of science and technology in Greece, and we continue with the upcoming SMARTcamp, a summer science workshop for high-school students.

Continuing the collaboration with and the sponsorship of the Athens Science Festival 2016, the Integrated Systems Lab (ISL/IIT), provided a special edition of its wayGoo information geocoding and navigation platform to ASF free of charge. The wayGoo mobile app, available for both i-phones and androids, optimizes the visitors' experience by providing content-rich, georeferenced information about each event and/or exhibit, their location, and navigation instructions on how to get to them.

Apart from the above, during these first months of 2016, people of IIT have organised or participated in a number of important events. We organised the 4th BioASQ, a benchmark Biomedical Challenge, the 12th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems, and we currently prepare the European School of Antennas 2016. IIT projects, like RADIO and Big Data Europe, were presented in several US institutions, and research results from other projects, like AF3, FlySec, GrecoRisks, ProFouND, PYRONES, ReAAL, SYNAISTHISI, and YDS, were presented in numerous conferences and events in Greece and abroad.

Stelios C. A. Thomopoulos, IIT Director


Public R&D dissemination

5-10 April: IIT at the Athens Science Festival 2016
Within the six days of the 2016 Athens Science Festival (ASF), more than 31,000 peolpe visited Technopolis of the City of Athens and had the opportunity to explore science in fun, innovative and interactive ways. Since its first organisation in 2014, the Athens Science Festival managed to establish itself as one of the biggest celebrations of science and technology in Greece. Researchers from the Integrated Systems Lab (ISL) and the Software & Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL) of IIT demonstrated how research in IT is having an impact in everyday life, attracting great public interest.
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wayGoo's special edition for ASF2016
The Integrated Systems Lab (ISL) of IIT, provided a special edition of its wayGoo information geocoding and navigation platform to the Athens Science Festival 2016, free of charge. The wayGoo mobile app, available for both i-phones and androids, optimizes the visitors' experience by providing content-rich, georeferenced information about each event and/or exhibit, their location, and navigation instructions on how to get to them.
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8 February to mid-May: 4th BioASQ Challenge
Research teams from Universities, Research Institutions and Companies from around the world entered the 4th BioASQ Challenge On Large-Scale Biomedical Semantic Indexing and Question Answering. For another year in a row, BioASQ achieves high rates of participation, more and more establishing itself as a benchmark Biomedical Challenge.
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4-9 March: SKEL dissemination tour in USA
Software and Knowledge Lab (SKEL) team members travelled to the USA promoting collaboration and disseminating information about European projects RADIO and Big Data Europe at various institutions.
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Publications: Books, Journal articles, Conference papers


Upcoming! 11-15 July: 4th Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation
Registration is now open for the 4th Hellenic Forum for Science Technology and Innovation taking place at NCSR "Demokritos" premises. IIT will be represented with the organisation of various ICT sessions. The agenda is currently building up but you can get a glimpse of what's coming by clicking here.
Upcoming! 27 June-8 July: SMARTcamp - summer science workshop for students
Knowledge, Creativity, Digital Arts & Informatics! For another year in a row, the Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) of IIT will organise the SMARTcamp summer workshop, at the NCSR "Demokritos" premises. 3 courses will take place for students from 14 to 18 years old.
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Upcoming! 20-24 June: European School of Antennas
The Wireless Communications Laboratory (WiCom) of IIT, in collaboration with Loughborough University, organises the European School of Antennas 2016 (titled: "Advanced Materials for Antennas"), at the premises of NCSR Demokritos, and welcomes everyone who might be interested to attend.
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17-22 April: ISL participation in SPIE Congress
In the context of SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing Congress 2016, in Baltimore, USA, and for the 25th continuous year, Dr. S. C. A. Thomopoulos has served as a member of the Program Committee for the "Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXV" Conference. The Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) showed a strong presence with 8 papers in Security, Navigation, Crowd Simulation, and other areas that ISL specializes on.
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YDS project presented in various events
M. Vafopoulos from the Software and Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL) presented the EU-funded project "Your Data Stories" (YDS) at the following events.
- 16-17 April: the 9th ‪#‎FOSSCOMM2016‬ (Free and Open Source Software Communities Meeting) at the University of Piraeus,
- 13 April: the IT4Gov awards ceremony at Megaron Athens Concert Hall,
- 10 April: the DiploHack Athens event at the Orange Grove, and
- 30 March: the "Smart Cities – Digital Citizens" conference at Novotel Athens Hotel.
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16 April: Archaeological Workout (AW) - Where are the limits of Knossos?
An experimental workshop, at Mytilene, Lesvos, exploring digital arts and games, languages and archaeology. Combining elements of gaming with spatial/architectural and artistic approaches, every game begun from a different starting point: from a version of Knossos, from a drawing we make, from a «foreign» word.
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11-14 April: CIL co-organized the DAS 2016 workshop
Dr. B. Gatos from the Computational Intelligence Laboratory (CIL) of IIT, in cooperation with A. Antonacopoulos from the University of Salford, UK, organized the 12th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS) at Santorini, Greece.
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18 March: agreement between NCSR 'D', IIT and IBM
The National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" and IBM signed an agreement for the provision of Specialized Technical Services from the Intelligent Software Solutions Lab (ISS) of IIT.
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23-24 February: ProFouND project at the EU Falls Festival
With short films and posters, ProFouND consortium showcased their work at the EU Falls Festival, in Bologna, Italy, during the EU Market Place session. IIT, NCSR as WP2 leader presented its own developments and activities within the project.
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8-9 February: introducing AIOTI to the Greek audience
Dr. C. Spyropoulos presented the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) at the "8th Connected World: Cloudonomics – The Cloud Of Things" conference and also at the "AIOTI Open Day - Funding and innovation through IoT in Greece".
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27 January: MNL at the Space 2016 Workshop
Dr. A. Kourtis, head of the Media Networks Laboratory (MNL) of IIT, gave a presentation entitled "Implementation of virtualization techniques in satellite networks, to improve their performance" at the "Space 2016: Challenges and Perspectives" Workshop.
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23-25 January: workshop on "Prevention of falls in the elderly"
As part of 25th Annual Panhellenic Conference on Physiotherapy and in the field of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Dr. H. Papadopoulos from IIT, NCSR Demokritos and prof. V. Sakellaris from TEI Central Greece organised a clinical workshop on "Prevention of falls in the elderly".
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IIT participated in numerous Conferences, Workshops and Events
During the first quarter of 2015 researchers from IIT participated in numerous conferences like EUCAP 2016, EU Falls Festival, FOSSCOMM2016, HICSS-49, ICT4AWE 2016, PSF2016, SPIE Defence and Security 2016, 8th Connected World, and workshops, like the AW 2016, DAS 2016, Space 2016, etc.
Conferences & Workshops IIT participated in
  • 20 April: Dr. Klampanos from the Software and Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL) participated in the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, in Vienna, Austria. Read more
  • 23-24 March: IIT was represented by Dr. H. Papadopoulos (ReAAL project Scientific Representative) in the IoT World Expo, in Paris - Porte de Versailles, France. Read more
  • 11 February: Dr. C. Spyropoulos participated at the 8th South-East Europe IT-SM Conference. Read more
  • 25 January: Dr. C. Spyropoulos participated in the Info Day about Horizon 2020 ICT-LEIT and IoT 'cross-cutting actions' opportunities for research funding grants, in Brussels, Belgium. Read more


Are you a teacher and you want to show to your students real Robots?
The pioneer Educational Program on Robotics and Autonomous Systems organised by the Roboskel Research Group of the Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (SKEL) of IIT, went better than expected! The Program started last October and will continue till the end of May 2016, but the scheduled time slots for group visits were not enough to satisfy the increased demand both from primary and high schools.
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Lecture series at IIT - The IIT Seminar series gives the opportunity to postgraduate students, to new or existing members of the Institute's labs, to internal and external (invited) speakers to present their work and establish collaborations.
List of upcoming and past seminars
2015-16: topics for MSc/BSc Theses and internships by IIS
See all the topics proposed by the Intelligent Information Systems (IIS) Division of IIT, for MSc/BSc theses and internships for 2015-16, in scientific areas like algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, image analysis, and many more.
  • Internships completed by: Ioannidou Poluxeni-Parthena, Melkonian Orestis, Karamanolakis Ioannis & Mpargiampas Konstantinos. Read more


25 job openings at IIT!
IIT keeps on expanding: twenty five (25) new job openings were announced by IIT between January and April 2016.

Complete list of job openings
  • 18 April: Dr. C. Spyropoulos participated, as a member of the Evaluation Committee, in the selection of an Assistant Professor at the University of Piraeus. Read more.
  • 24 March: Presentation at IIT of the ENTRANET company and examination of cooperation opportunities in audio processing applications. Read more.
  • 1 March: Dr. C. Spyropoulos is member of a doctoral thesis Evaluation Committee at the Ingeneria dell' Informazzione dept. of Politecnica delle Marche, in Ancona, Italy. Read more.

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