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Newsletter of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of NCSR Demokritos
Issue 21  |  January 2018Past issues


Dear Readers,

It is great to see those doing great work being recognised for it. Many from our Institute received great distinctions and a number of important awards during the last months of 2017. I would like to congratulate every one of them. Recognition motivates all of us to be more innovative in 2018, stepping up our effort and initiatives for disseminating our achievements.

Scientific reputation boosts creativity which leads to bright new ideas, new funded projects, and new jobs. These last months, we exceeded our past record with eleven new funded research projects: six that have already started and the rest five been accepted and starting soon. All this activity has resulted in more than twenty new job openings at IIT, and even more to come. At the same time, our Institute, in cooperation with Universities in USA and Canada, is offering nine new PhD scholarships.

As always, the end of the year was very busy for us, joggling Christmas holidays with more proposals writing, R&D dissemination activities, important research publications, conferences, workshops, seminars and lectures in Greece and across the world.

My best wishes to all of you for a creative, healthy and prosperous 2018!

Stelios C. A. Thomopoulos, IIT Director


Public R&D dissemination

The Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) of IIT is participating in a video competition organized by the European Commission, aiming to inform a wider audience about projects that have been developed or are in progress under the EU funding frameworks. The ISL lab has submitted 3 videos in this competition, related to 3 different H2020 projects: Marine-EO PCP, SAINT and FLYsec. Each of these 3-minute videos present briefly the project's profile, its objectives and its impact on European society. Like our videos by 16 April 2018! Read more
6-8 November: Best Demo Award for MNL lab
The Media Networks Laboratory (MNL) of IIT received the Best Demo Award, between 23 participations, at the IEEE NFV-SDN 2017 International Conference, in Berlin, Germany. The demo titled "NFV-based network protection: the SHIELD approach", has been prepared in the context of the Horizon 2020 project SHIELD (Securing against intruders and other threats through an NFV-enabled environment). The aim of the project is to create a cyber-security platform using Big Data technologies, mainly for software-based networks. Read more
25 October: "Best Demo People’s Choice Award" for SKEL lab
The Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (SKEL) of IIT won the "Best Demo People’s Choice Award" at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2017, in Vienna, Austria, for its Big Data Europe (BDE) environment pilot titled "Big Data Processing and Semantic Web Technologies for Decision Making in Hazardous Substance Dispersion Emergencies". The BDE project also won the Best Demo Award for the SANSA Notebooks: "The Tale of Sansa Spark". Read more
24 October: Best Pitching Award for SKEL lab
The YDS (Your Data Stories) project team, from SKEL lab of IIT, received the Best Pitching Award for the best Sustainability and Exploitation Plan, between all the H2020 eGovernment Projects, in a ceremony held in Bruxelles, Belgium. Read more
20-22 October: SKEL with 2 projects at eHealthForum 2017
SKEL Lab participated this year also at the eHealthForum 2017, in Athens, with two EU projects, RADIO (Robots in assisted living environments) & iASiS (Big Data for Precision Medicine). On Oct. 20, Dr. G. Paliouras presented the iASiS project. During the 3 days of the event, in the context of the Digital Health Exhibition, the general public was invited to meet Robot Joe from RADIO project. Read more
16-20 October: Best Demo Award for NeL lab
The Telecommunications Network Laboratory (NeL) of IIT received the Best Demo Award, between 22 participations, for its demo titled "Orion - A Radio Access Network Slicing System", at the ACM MobiCom 2017 International Conference, which took place in Snowbird, Utah, USA. Read more
7 October: iASiS project in "Prisma" magazine
Tribute by "Prisma" magazine to iASiS (Big Data for Precision Medicine) project of SKEL lab of IIT, with a two-page article entitled "Big data at the service of personalized medicine". Read more
Distinctions and important citations to Net Media Lab of IIT by governmental institutions and other scientific and educational policy makers
Four (4) Net Media Lab scientific articles were included in governmental reports of various countries around the world such as Australia, Portugal, Spain, etc. regarding e-inclusion, e-culture, m-learning and ICTs in education policy. Read more
Governmental Institutions and Policy Makers included the scientific work of Net Media Lab -IIT- in their Strategic Plans
Three (3) Net Media Lab scientific articles were included in governmental reports of various countries around the world such as the UK, Ukraine and Malaysia, regarding e-government, virtual learning environments and dyslexic children. Read more

More in Research

New projects for Integrated Systems Laboratory
Five new projects have been added to the already rich list of successful proposals for the Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL). In both projects (Tresspass and CIVILnEXT) that will be funded by the Horizon2020 framework, ISL is the coordinator. The other three projects will be funded by the EPAnEK, NSRF 2014-2020 framework relating to the action "Research-Create- Innovate". Read more

Publications: Books, Journal articles, Conference papers


IIT present in EU Info Days
8 December: Dr. G. Tzortzis, from SKEL lab, participated in the 'Info Day, Horizon 2020 – Health, demographic change and wellbeing', which took place in Brussels, Belgium. Read more
5 December: Dr. C. Spyropoulos participated in the Information Day about the "The European AI-on-Demand platform", which took place in Brussels, Belgium. Read more
9-10 November: Dr. C. Spyropoulos participated in the ICT Proposer's Days 2017, which took place in Budapest, Hungary. Read more
22 November: Data Economy Workshop
The new economic reality is heavily influenced by online data and multi-faceted applications. The Data Economy Workshop, co-organised by SKEL Lab, tried to open up the dialogue between different scientific approaches, with a main question "how online data is transformed by & are transforming the economy and entrepreneurship". Read more
15 November: "Code and Youth" Event by Net Media Lab
Net Media Lab of IIT organised a Multiplier Event to disseminate the Erasmus+ project "Coding and Youth: An Innovative Program in the Digital Era". The project team presented the e-Learning Platform and the Edison Robots used during the "Code and Youth" Summer School. Read more
18 October: project iASiS at SciFY Academy
Dr. V. Rentoumi, from SKEL lab, presented the developments in personalized medicine for Alzheimer, from the H2020 project iASiS (Big Data for Precision Medicine), in a workshop organised in the context of the 21st SciFY Academy, at InnovAthens. Read more
2 October: opening ceremony for "MSc in Data Science"
The two-year long Postgraduate Program is a result of collaboration between the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR "Demokritos" and the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of the Peloponnese. The courses are attended by 25 selected graduates, from various specialties, most of them professionals who are interested in widening their professional prospects. Read more
28 September: new SPM system demonstrated by ISL lab
The demonstration of the new Situational Picture Management (SPM) system, developed by ISL lab of IIT, in the context of the "Hellenic CISE" project, took place in the headquarters of the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG). SPM, a new Coast Guard surveillance system, integrates the maritime status from all existing subsystems of the HCG and provides a single surveillance picture. Surveillance functionalities include, among other, the automatic detection of suspicious vessel movements and the production of alerts at the HCG operational centre. Read more
27 & 29 September: IIT at Researcher's Night
Research Centers and Academic Organizations invited the audience for another year at the Researchers Night. 300 European cities, including 9 Greek and more than 1.500.000 visitors, participated this year at this great event, hosted at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center. The Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) of IIT has been there, enhancing the entertainment atmosphere of the evening through interactive applications and digital games that have been implemented in recent years. With the WayGoo app, offered by ISL, all the information about the event was easily and quickly available to visitors. Read more
IIT participated in numerous scientific events
Between September and December 2017 researchers from IIT participated in Conferences like 'CogInfoCom 2017', 'Commonsense-2017', 'EMNLP 2017', 'HSCBB 2017', 'ILP 2017', 'INSCI 2017', 'OpenSience Fair 2017', 'RANLP 2017', 'RE:PUBLICA 2017', 'ROSCon 2017', 'VLDB 201' & Workshops like 'eHealth Forum 2017', 'Data Economy Workshop', 'Workshop on Argument Mining'.


IIT offers nine (9) new scholarships for PhD dissertation, in collaboration with Universities in USA and Canada. Researchers from SKEL lab will be supervising the candidates, in research areas like Robot motion, NLP, Big Data, Biology and Biomedicine. Read more
4-6 October: AI Business School
SKEL lab of IIT in collaboration with SciFY, have organized with great success, a 3-day seminar titled "AI for Business - Using Artificial Intelligence to Boost Business Results", at the NCSR "Demokritos" premises. AI scientists from top research institutes have analysed practical issues such as: 'What Intelligent Systems are and how we can use them in a Business Setting', 'How Business Data and Big Data can be analysed' & 'How we can do Brand Monitoring and Emotion Analysis'. Read more
30 September & 1 October: Free educational seminar on 'Special Education and ICTs'
Net Media Lab of IIT organizes, for the 6th consecutive year, an annual series of 10 seminars, constructing a "400 hours annual seminar", which kicked-off with a free 2-day seminar on 30 September and 1 October 2017, on "ICTs and Special Education: Development of Cognitive and Socio-emotional Skills of students with Special Educational Needs", attracting 2000 teachers, educators and psychologists. Read more
PhD thesis completed, congratulations to:
- Akasiadis Charilaos, "Multiagent Demand-Side Management for Real-World Energy Cooperatives", October 2017. 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: Ilias Christou, Ikonomou Katerina - Maria, Karampas Lefteris, Myrto Kanaki, Nikolaou Maria - Stella, Lemonidis Vasileios, Siglidis Ioannis, Chotzebekoglou Nikolaos, Plastras Stefanos & Doumenis Athanasios. Read more


22 job openings and 9 PhD scholarships at IIT!
IIT keeps on expanding: twenty two (22) new job openings and nine (9) new PhD scholarships were announced by IIT between September and December 2017.
Complete list of job openings

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