Dr. Stelios C. A. Thomopoulos (BS ’78 NTUA Greece, MS ’81 & PhD ’83 SUNYAB USA) is Director of Research and Head of the Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) at the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSRD). He has been elected and served twice as Director of the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of NCSRD. Prior to joining NCSRD he has been an Associate Professor with the Departments of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State, 1989-1995) and the Southern Illinois University (SIU, 1983-1989). Founder of Intelnet Inc. in USA (1992), a high-tech company specializing on biometrics access control and time & attendance products, he is credited with over 250 publications, over 2800 citations, and the US Patent No. 5,978,495 for the design and implementation of a fingerprint recognition system. He participated in numerous US, EU and nationally funded projects and as a premier consultant and advisor to the US Air Force Predetection Fusion Program. He has led or participated in over 47 research projects, totalling over 124 million Euro in total funding from European, Greece and USA, including the FP7 flagship projects OPTITRANS and PERSEUS. He has been consulting for the government and private industry in the US, France and Greece. His Generalized Evidence Processing (GEP) theory has been cited in all three most recent books on Data Fusion and his Sensor Fusion theory as one of the fundamental theories in sensor networks by the NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology wireless communication technologies group, http://w3.antd.nist.gov/wctg/smartsensors/sensornetworks.html). From 2002-2004 he served as the first representative of Greece in the ESA ARTES program. Recently he has founded ClaRET IKY, a spin-off from NCSRD aiming at transitioning research results from TRL7 to TRL9 and marketing them as commercial products.

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