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Newsletter of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of NCSR Demokritos
Issue 25  |  May 2019Past issues


Dear Readers,

The Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications (IIT) has set up its new Advisory Board, composed by five distinguished researchers in fields relevant to IIT research areas. Advisory Board members will provide expert advice on issues related to the Institute's strategic goals, scientific and technological priorities.

During the last 4 months, our labs have been quite busy with new projects kicking off (AI4EU, ExtremeEarth, INFORE, IS-ENES3, EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.). An important collaboration was set up between MNL Lab and the City of Aegaleo in Attica which is to be used as a pilot in the H2020 project 5GENESIS. Net Media Lab celebrated the Graduation Ceremony for the first academic cycle of the joint MSc program in ICTs & Special Education with the Democritus University of Thrace.

IIT Labs are also co-organising international summer schools (European School of Antennas, Athens Natural Language Processing Summer School) and scientific events (Big Data for Precision Medicine Symposium, DARE clustering event) that will be held during the coming months. This is a very productive period for our Institute with more initiatives to come and challenges to meet!

With my best wishes
Dr. Vangelis Karkaletsis, Director, Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications


IIT sets up its new Advisory Board
Institute's new Advisory Board is composed by five distinguished researchers in fields relevant to IIT research areas: Timos Sellis, Swinburne University of Technology, Data Science Research Institute, Christos Faloutsos, Carnegie Mellon University, George V. Eleftheriades, University of Toronto, Dimitrios Pezaros, University of Glascow, and Michalis Matthaiou, Queen's University Belfast. Advisory Board members will provide expert advice on issues related to the IIT's strategic goals, scientific and technological priorities. Read more
WiCom Lab obtains embroidery machine to produce wearable antennas
WiCom Lab completed the procurement of an embroidery machine, along with the appropriate conductive threads, which will allow researchers to implement prototypes of all-textile embroidered antennas for wearable applications. Read more
Successful experiments of unmanned networked devices by NeL Lab
The ATLAS-enhanced RAWFIE infrastructure, using the MAD routing protocol, a product of Telecommunication Networks Laboratory's (NeL) research, was engaged in a series of successful experiments realized in the HMOD testing site at the Skaramagkas naval base. Read more
WiCom Lab partners with ANTRUM to develop VHF antennas
WiCom Lab is currently working towards the conclusion of the MoU between II&T and ANTRUM Ltd, a spinoff company of Loughborough University, UK, so as to jointly claim funds from ESA and/or private companies for research in the area of innovative antennas and microwave devices design. Read more

Public R&D dissemination

7 February: interview of Thales' Research Director P. Gatellier
In the context of the AI4EU Athens project meeting, the coordinator of the project P. Gatellier, Research Director at Thales European Research Centre for Security & Information Systems (ThereSIS) and Dr. C. Spyropoulos, Founder of SKEL Lab, IIT, and President of the Hellenic Society of AI were interviewed for the Science and Technology magazine "Prisma". Read more

Publications: Books, Journal articles, Conference papers


Upcoming! 18-25 Sept.: SKEL Lab co-organises AthNLP 2019 Summer School
The Athens Natural Language Processing (AthNLP) 2019 Summer School will take place at the campus of NCSR "Demokritos" in Athens, Greece. The summer school is organised jointly by NCSR "Demokritos" (Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications), Athens University of Economics and Business, RC "Athena" and Heriot-Watt University. Apply by submitting your CV and a simple form by Friday, 31 May 2019. Read more
Upcoming! 10-14 June: WiCom co-organises European School of Antennas
The Wireless Communications Laboratory (WiCom) of IIT, in collaboration with Loughborough University, organizes for second time the European School of Antennas (ESoA) 2019 (titled: "Advanced Materials for Antennas and Microwave Devices") and welcomes everyone who might be interested to attend. This year the courses will be held at the premises of Loughborough University, UK. Read more
Upcoming! 4 June: 2nd Big Data for Precision Medicine Symposium
Following the successful organisation of the 1st Symposium which took place in Athens in July 2018, H2020 projects iASiS and PULSE co-organise the event for the 2nd time with the participation of all same PM18 call projects aiming to bring together organisations and European projects to further discuss and share updates in the fields of Big Data and their use in the field of Precision Medicine. Read more
14-18 April: ISL Lab at the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Conference
Dr. S. Thomopoulos attended the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Conference, in Baltimore, USA, and he presented six scientific papers co-authored with a number of his colleagues from the Integrated Systems Laboratory. Read more
22 March: ISL Lab organised the 2nd workshop of SAINT project on EU Cybersecurity
The workshop was held in the premises of the coordinator of the SAINT project, at NCSR "Demokritos", Athens. The highly successful workshop welcomed a significant number of notable speakers & organisations initiating the dialogue about cybersecurity status in Europe, issues & recommendations. Read more
19 March: 'Science & Technology in the Public Sphere' event
The event took place at Innovathens, attracting more than 200 people. On the occasion of completing 2 years of publishing, the Science & Technology magazine Prisma and the not-for-profit organization SciFY co-organised a panel discussion with notable speakers, like K. Fotakis, Alt. Minister of Research & Innovation and V. Karkaletsis, IIT Director. Read more
18 March: MNL Lab introduces high speed 5G technologies to the City of Aegaleo
Dr. A. Kourtis, MNL Lab, IIT, introduced the European program 5GENESIS for high speed 5G technologies during the successful event "Aegaleo Smart City 2020-2030". The promising 5G technology which will be used as a pilot stage was presented. Read more
25 January: ISL Lab organised the FocusLocus Info Day
The H2020 FocusLocus project, coordinated by the Integrated Systems Lab (ISL), organised the FocusLocus Info Day to present the REEFocus game system developed with the project as an alternative treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Desorder) in children. Read more
IIT participated in numerous scientific events
Between January and April 2019 researchers from IIT participated in Conferences like 'CICLing 2019', 'EOSC-hub Week 2019', 'SAC 2019', 'SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Conference' & Workshops like '4th Stream Reasoning Workshop', 'FocusLocus Info Day', 'SAINT project workshop'.
  • 17 March: Dr. S. Thomopoulos from ISL Lab gave the invited presentation "iGuide: From the Palace to Ariadne's Journey", at Avgoulea Schools, Peristeri, in Athens. Read more
  • 21 February: Dr. S. Thomopoulos from ISL Lab gave an invited presentation on "CY-CISE project: results and lessons learned," at the Member State Expert sub-Group on Integration of Maritime Surveillance and Security (MSEsG) meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Read more


1st February: Graduation Ceremony for the first academic cycle of the Postgraduate Diploma by Net Media Lab, IIT, and the Democritus University of Thrace
Graduation Ceremony for the graduates of the first academic cycle of the Postgraduate Diploma of the Hellenic Literature Department of the Democritus University of Thrace in collaboration with the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT)-╬Łet Media Lab, titled: "Specialization in ICTs & Special Education - Psychopedagogy of Integration". Read more
PhD thesis completed, congratulations to:
Papakostas Michalis, "From body to brain: using Artificial Intelligence to identify user skills & intentions in interactive scenarios", prepared at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in collaboration with and joint supervision by HERACLEIA, Human-Centered Computing Laboratory, UTA, and SKEL Lab, IIT. Successfully defended on April 2019. 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
2018-19: 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 2018-19, in scientific areas like algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, image analysis, and many more.


21 new job openings at IIT!
IIT keeps on expanding: twenty one (21) new job openings were announced by IIT between January and April 2019.
Complete list of job openings
  • A Net Media Lab study cited by a Strategic EU Report on "The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Learning, Teaching, and Education. Policies for the future". Read more
  • A Net Media Lab study cited by a USA Governmental report on "Educational Technology in Public Schools". Read more

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