Dr George Giannakopoulos is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher at the SKEL lab of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR “Demokritos”, as well as co-founder and CEO of SciFY, a not-for-profit AI organization bringing AI results to society.
He has more than 15 years of AI-related experience on EU-funded, but also industrial projects. He brings more than 20 years of IT consulting and software engineering expertise in domains such as AI and Natural Language Processing, Data journalism, Bio-medical informatics, the Semantic Web and others. He is a member of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN) ] and a member of the European Chapter of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL). He has contributed to the design and implementation of several MSc programmes (MSc in AI, MSc in Data Science, MSc Quantum Computing & Quantum Technologies, MSc in Cognitive Science). He also contributes at a national policy-making level through the Sectorial Scientific Council on Data Policy and A.I. of the National Council for Research, Technology and Innovation since early 2021. He has contributed to the Greek National Strategy on AI, as well as to several national and international working groups on Data Policy, AI and Social Innovation.
George has contributed to more than 80 scientific publications (up to the end of
2021) with more than 1000 citations. He also authored the first Greek book on AI that addresses non-expert and expert audiences alike, under the title “AI: a subtle demystification” in 2021.
George also strongly contributes to the democratization of AI knowledge, by co-organizing a number of international and national events on the research and application of ICT and AI. He has contributed through more than 50 presentations and tutorials related to AI and its application, in a number of events and settings (science festivals, SciFY Academies, TedX, dedicated school events, scientific conferences, etc.). Through the “ahedd” Digital Innovation Hub in NCSR Demokritos he contributes to the digital and AI-transformation of organizations and groups, the tech empowerment of several start-ups. Finally, he has initiated and leads the “1000 Pioneers for AI in Greece” project, aiming to bring AI to the wider public through targeted trainings and innovation actions, with tens of beneficiary companies and people to date (end of 2021).