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Newsletter of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of NCSR Demokritos
Issue 6  |  January 2013Past issues


This newsletter reports on the last four months of 2012. A new open source platform, to support personalization, called PServer, has launched in cooperation with SciFy. Institute's international co-operations have extended with 4 new Universities in USA, Canada and Spain.

I am also happy to announce the start of four important new R&D EU projects and the participation of the Institute Researchers in many dissemination activities and conferences in Greece and around the world.

Costas Spyropoulos, IIT Director


Personalisation Server is offered for free as an opensource software through SciFY NPO
SciFY, a non-for-profit organisation, in close cooperation with NCSR Demokritos, has finalized, documented and is now widely distributing the personalisation software PServer.
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12-13 November: WiCom lab participated in LAPC 2012
Wireless Communications Lab, National Technical University of Athens and Loughborough University, presented a joint research work in the 8th Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC 2012).
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27 September: MNL Introduces the Network Cost Concept in FIArch Workshop
Media Networks Laboratory (MNL) presented a position paper entitled "Network Cost Services for Network-Aware FI Applications" in FIArch Workshop on "Internet Architectural Research: Projects Results and Gap Analysis", Brussels.
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18-20 September 2012: CIL presented one paper and the results of two contests at ICFHR 2012
Computational Intelligence Laboratory (CIL) presented one paper and the results of two contests in the 13th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR 2012), held in Bari, Italy.
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3-6 September: WiCom lab participated in the IEEE 76th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2012-Fall)
Wireless Communications Lab and Loughborough University Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department, presented a joint research work in the IEEE 76th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2012-Fall).
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13-16 December: IIT participates in the Science and Technology Festival 2012
IIT participates in the three Day Science and Technology Festival 2012 at the National Research Foundation, co-organizing the debate session on Artificial Intelligence.
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5 December: final Demonstration for the DITSEF Project
The final demonstration for the DITSEF project took place in Montana, Bulgaria. The Enhanced Location Estimation and Centralized Tracking (ELECTRA) System, developed by the Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) was successfully deployed and demonstrated.
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7-9 November: Tutorial at ICTAI 2012
The tutorial "Bootstrapping ontology evolution: a generic approach relying on ontology-based information extraction" was presented by Dr. Karkaletsis and Dr. Petasis, at the IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence.
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3-7 November: important presence of the BioASQ project at the USA
- Nov. 7: George Paliouras presented BioASQ project at the DeepQA team of the IBM Watson Research Center, in Yorktownh Heights, NY, USA. (Read more)
- Nov. 5: the BioASQ project was presented at the Text Analysis Conference 2012 (TAC 2012) Workshop, held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. (Read more)
- Nov. 3: BioASQ was presented at the AAAI Fall Symposium on Information Retrieval and Knowledge Discovery in Biomedical Text, which took place in Arlington, Virginia, USA. (Read more)
31 October-1 November: IIT hosted a graduate seminar on the modelling of wireless communications and networking
IIT held a graduate seminar on Stochastic models for networks and wireless communications, organized by the Networks Laboratory (NeL). Leading experts were invited to lecture on topics, such as, utility maximization techniques for wireless networking, complex evolving networks, or the stochastic modelling of malware propagation. The seminar was attended by about 20 graduate students from seven European countries.
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28 September: IIT actively participated in the "Researchers' Night 2012"
The Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) actively participated in the Researchers' Night 2012 with 2 presentations: "Human-Computer Interface exhibiting personality" by Dr. V. Karkaletsis and Dr. S. Konstantopoulos, and "Gov. Insight" by Dr. G. Giannakopoulos and Dr. G. Paliouras.
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23-26 September: ISL participates in the biannual Security Exhibition
In September of 2012 Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) was present in the biannual World Forum for Security and Fire Prevention exhibition organized in Essen, Germany.
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  • 19 December: IIT participated in the Workshop "Improving the efficiency of Enterprises and Organizations: Continuous Operational Improvement - Competency-based HR Development (Technology & Methodologies)". C. Spyropoulos, IIT Director, had a presentation titled "Management of Digital Contet in Business Environments". Read more
  • 28-30 November: Dr. Pythagoras Karampiperis was one of the two program chairs for the 6th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSC 2012) which took place in Cádiz, Spain.
  • 30 October: IIT hosted the Mid-Term Review of the European project GREENET ("An early stage training network in enabling technologies for GREEN radio"), in which IIT participates through the Networks Laboratory (NeL). Read more


Agreement of cooperation between NCSR "Demokritos" and the University of Houston, USA
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Huston (UH) and NCSR "Demokritos" enter into an agreement of cooperation to establish a program of exchange and collaboration, in the context of which, a PhD fellowship program was formed leading to the award of a PhD degree in the name of the University of Houston, in the area of Computer Science.
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Cooperation agreement between Universidad de Alcalá, Spain, and NCSR Demokritos in Doctorate Program
The Technical School of Informatics at the University of Alcalá is offering the doctorate program "Aplicaciones y Problemas Interdisciplinares de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones" ("Applications and interdisciplinary problems in ICT").
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Joint PhD program between NCSR "Demokrfitos" and the University of North Texas, USA
In the context of the existing cooperation agreement between the University of North Texas (UNT) and NCSR "Demokritos", a PhD fellowship program was formed leading to the award of a PhD degree in the name of UNT, in the area of Informatics & Telecommunications.
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Agreement of cooperation between NCSR "Demokritos" and Dalhousie University, Canada
Dalhousie University and NCSR "DEMOKRITOS" enter into an agreement of cooperation to establish a PhD fellowship program leading to the award of a PhD degree in the name of Dalhousie University, in the area of Informatics & Telecommunications.
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  • Congratulations to:
    - Vassilis Gatos from the Computational Intelligence Laboratory (CIL)
    - Fotis Lazarakis from the Mobile Communications Laboratory (WiCom) and
    - Georgios Paliouras from the Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (SKEL)
    for being promoted as Research Directors of the Institute.
  • A. Paraskevopoulos and A. Tsolis have been selected as PhD candidates in the context of the joint PhD projects between IIT Demokritos and the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering of the University of Loughborough (UK).

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