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Newsletter of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of NCSR Demokritos
Issue 20  |  September 2017Past issues


Dear Readers,

I would say that last four months were some of the busiest, with lot of project proposal writing, numerous initiatives to disseminate achievements of running projects, many scientific events attracting our interest, and, last but not least, an ever-increasing activity in the area of Education.

The list of our recent dissemination initiatives is extensive and too numerous to mention all here: reading our newsletter below provides some insight into the extensive efforts of all our research groups. IIT has a great team of people that have a passion for what they do and for the wellbeing of NCSR 'Demokritos' and it makes me proud to be a part of that.

IIT Education has played an essential role in cultivating that passion and providing opportunities for numerous young people to be a part of IIT's mission to "excel in research and innovation required for the development of the knowledge society". What to mention first from a plethora of education-related activities we pursue? This month we launch a new MSc program in Data Science. We are on the 2nd year of our postgraduate studies program "Expertise in ICT & Special Education". We continue our "Special Education & ICT" Seminar Series. We organise summer schools and workshops for 13-18 years old, like the 'SMARTcamp', the 'Code & Youth' and the 'e-Challenge'. We actively participate in numerous scientific events with special focus on education, like the 'Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation' and the upocoming 'Researcher's Night'. We organise school visits during the whole school year. We have a continuous series of lectures and seminars, with internal and external speakers. We offer 64 different topics for MSc/BSc theses and internships.

Finally, as September has stepped in, I would like to invite you to join the European Researchers' Night, our pre-event, on September 27, for school visits only, and the main event, on September 29, for the general public. Come to discover science, meet researchers, and enjoy yourself!

Stelios C. A. Thomopoulos, IIT Director


Public R&D dissemination

For the 3rd consecutive year Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR "Demokritos" has developed the wayGoo app for the Researcher's Night. Download it for free, navigate around the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center and find out useful information about the exhibitions, the event and the participants. Read more
New project iASiS gains impact
17 August: "Personalized medicine for Alzheimer's disease and lung cancer", article at "Proto Thema" newspaper on iASiS project of SKEL Lab, IIT. Read more
3 August: the iASiS project was presented at the Dept. of Medical Genetics, University of Alberta, by Dr. G. Paliouras, SKEL Lab.
2 August: Dr. G. Paliouras gave a presentation "iASiS: Big Data to Support Precision Medicine & Public Health Policy", at the Manitoba Center for Health Policy.
1 August: the Canadian News portal 'Greek Vision' hosted a story about iASiS and interviewed Dr. G. Paliouras, in an article entitled "Targeted medicine for cancer patients". Read more
12 July: Marine-EO's open market consultation event
The Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) of IIT, coordinator of the Marine-EO PCP project, coorganised with success an Open Market Consultation & Brokerage Event, in the premises of IPMA, in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. S.C.A. Thomopoulos, IIT Director, gave the opening speech. Read more
11 July: Another IIT project selected by Google DNI
OpJ (OpenJournalism), coordinated by Dr. M. Vafopoulos, becomes the 2nd SKEL Lab project having been selected to be funded by the Google DNI Fund. The good news gain great media exposure (CNN Greece, ANT1 News, ICT Plus, ThePressRoom.gr, SofokleousIn.gr). Read more
datAcron project spreads the word
6 July: Prof. G. Vouros, University of Piraeus, and Dr. A. Artikis, IIT, NCSR Demokritos, presented the research approach and recent advances of the datAcron project, in a Workshop entitled "Challenges to exploit Big Maritime Data", organised by IIT, in the context of the 5th Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation. Read more
June: The European journal IMPACT hosted a tribute to the research project datACRON, whose scientific coordinator is Dr. G. Paliouras, from SKEL Lab. Read more
RADIO project: intense dissemination campaign
21-24 June: Two keynote speeches, presenting the latest advances of the RADIO project, were given by Dr. V. Karkaletsis, SKEL Lab, in two different conferences. The 1st keynote, entitled "RADIO Home: an integrated smart home and assistant robot clinical monitoring environment", was given at the PETRA 2017 conference, in Rhodes, Greece (21-23 June). The 2nd keynote, entitled "Unobtrusive clinical monitoring with robots in AAL environments: the RADIO ecosystem", was given at the 30th IEEE CBMS 2017 conference, in Thessaloniki, Greece (22-24 June).
5-11 June: RADIO project achieved Europe-wide acclaim during a week-long promotion through the International TV Channel Euronews. Selected amongst hundreds of other EU funded Horizon 2020 projects, the documentary aired repeatedly for a whole week. Read more

Publications: Books, Journal articles, Conference papers


The Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) invites you to join the European Researchers’ Night! Discover science, meet researchers, and enjoy yourself! It is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. It takes place each year, since 2005, on the last Friday in September, so for this year this is the 29/09. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved. A pre-event for schools is scheduled for 27/09 at the NCSR Demokritos premises. Read more
4 August: BioASQ challenge results presented at ACL 2017
The results of the fifth edition of BioASQ were presented by Dr. G. Paliouras, SKEL Lab, at an invited talk at the BioNLP 2017 workshop, during ACL 2017, at Vancouver, Canada. The goal of the BioASQ challenge is to engage researchers into creating cutting-edge biomedical information systems. Read more
5-7 July: another successful Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation
The 5th Forum took place at NCSR "Demokritos" premises. This year a selected group of distinguished scientists, from the fields of Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Environment, Energy, Biosciences, Nuclear & Particle Physics and ICT, have been invited, either to give plenary lectures or to participate in focused workshops. Dr. C. Spyropoulos, from IIT, coordinated the Program Committee. Find out more
IIT participated in numerous scientific events
Between May and August 2017 researchers from IIT participated in Conferences like 'CBMS 2017', 'DEBS 2017', 'Economic Challenges in Enlarged Europe', 'ESWC 2017', 'Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation', 'IEEE CBMS 2017', 'IoT Tech Expo Europe', 'MyData 2017', 'PETRA 2017', 'SMAP 2017', 'UMAP 2017' & Workshops like 'Challenges to exploit Big Maritime Data', 'EAN 17th', 'Federated Semantic Data Management', 'NERIS 3rd'.


Upcoming! New MSc program in Data Science, classes scheduled to launch October
The "MSc in Data Science" is the result of a collaboration between the National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications) and the University of the Peloponnese (Department of Informatics and Telecommunications). The high number of applications we received, even in this 1st year of the programme, reflects the ever-increasing interest in the field of BigData. Find out more
Upcoming! "Special Education & ICT" seminar series
For the 5th consecutive year, Net Media Lab will organise an annual seminar series entitled "Specialization in Special Education and Information and Communication Technologies", consisting of 10 individual seminars, each of which lasts 32 hours over a period of 2 weekends. Read more
Upcoming! Free 2-day seminar on ICTs & Special Education
For the 6th consecutive year, Net Media Lab organises a free educational seminar entitled "ICTs and Special Education: Development of Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Skills of Students with Special Educational Needs" at the Main Auditorium of NCSR "Demokritos", the weekend 30/09 to 01/10/2017. Read more
Upcoming! 2nd year of postgraduate studies program "Expertise in ICT & Special Education"
The 2nd round of classes for the postgraduate studies program entitled "Expertise in ICT and Special Education - Psychopedagogy of Integration" will begin on 01/10/2017, organised by Net Media Lab in collaboration with the Democritus University of Thrace. Read more
26 June-07 July: SMARTcamp summer 2017 - another successful year
The SMARTcamp training workshops for 14-18 year olds, were successfully organised for the 4th year in a row, by the Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) of IIT. Children and parents expressed their enthusiasm for the constructive interaction with the tutors / researchers. Read more
26 June-07 July: Programming & robotics summer school successfully completed
Net Media Lab of IIT, in the framework of the Erasmus+ Project 'Code & Youth: An Innovative Program in the Digital Era', organised a Summer School of Coding & Robotics for young people aged 13-16. The 1st week of the program was devoted to Programming, while the 2nd to Robotics. Read more
26 June-07 July: Summer e-Challenge school
Net Media Lab of IIT, in the framework of the Erasmus+ Project 'SeC: Summer eChallenge: Acquiring Soft & Digital Skills Through Non-formal Free-Time Practices', organised with success a Summer e-Challenge School for young people aged 13-16. The activities within the School, were holistic and IT-oriented, in order for participants to recognize and validate their core competencies and skills and develop personal qualities that are not highlighted in formal education. Read more
3-14 July: IIT present at the NCSR "D" summer school
NCSR "Demokritos", continuing a long tradition, organized its 52nd Summer School of Orientation and Information in a multitude of scientific areas. Our Institute was there: Dr. S. Andronopopulos, Dr. N. Dimitriou, Dr. T. Drigkas, Dr. V. Gatos, Dr. I. Giannoulakis, Dr. V. Karkaletsis, Dr. H. Klampanos, Dr. G. Petasis and Dr. C. Spyropoulos, from IIT gave presentations. Read more
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
2017-18: 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 2017-18, in scientific areas like algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, image analysis, and many more.
  • Internships completed by: Mitsou Alexandros, Tsamadias Gregory, Vernikos Ioannis, Bikos Georgios, Ikonomou Nikolaos, Nikolareas Konstantinos, Chatzistavris Ioannis, Kassianou Korina & Kechagias Giorgos. Read more


  • 20 July: [Opinion] Open Data bypassed! "We paid 9 million euros for a system that was given free of charge", article by M. Vafopoulos, from SKEL Lab, at news247.gr. Read more

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