Prof. Marinos Kavouras, P Eng, obtained a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering (1979) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece. He received his MScE (1982) and his PhD (1987) from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He is currently the Dean of the NTUA School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Director of the NTUA Geoinformatics Postgraduate Programme and Director of the NTUA Cartography Laboratory, in parallel to his position as a Professor of GIScience and Cartography. He co-chairs the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe – AGILE and is also an Adjunct Researcher of the “Athena” Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies. He has served as Vice President of the NTUA Senate Committee on Postgraduate Studies (2010-2014), Vice President of the Hellenic Cadastral Agency (2004-2009) and Chair of Working Group II/6 – System Integration and Interoperability (2004-08) of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He has also served in numerous organizing and scientific committees, and as a reviewer in scientific journals. Furthermore, he has undertaken various research programmes in Geoinformatics and has formed the OntoGeo group, conducting Ontological Research in GIScience. His research interests include, among others, theoretical issues in GIScience, knowledge representation, geospatial ontologies, semantic interoperability, spatio-temporal modelling, concept mapping, and theoretical cartography. He has co-authored over 100 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings.
Assist. Prof. Nikolaos Doulamis received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with the highest honor and the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NTUA. He joined the Image, Video and Multimedia Lab of NTUA as research assistant. His PhD thesis was supported by the Bodosakis Foundation Scholarship. He is now Assistant professor at the National Technical University of Athens. Dr. Doulamis was awarded as the Best Greek Student in the field of engineering at national level by the Technical chamber of Greece. He has received the Best Graduate Thesis Award in the area of electrical engineering. During his studies he has also received several prizes and awards from the National Technical University of Athens, the National Scholarship Foundation and the Technical Chamber of Greece. He was given the NTUA Medal as Best Young Engineer. He is the author of more than 280 articles in the area of multimedia and computer vision. Dr. Doulamis is currently involved in several European Projects, including H2020 Terspichore, H2020 WaterSpy, H2020 Stop-it, eVacuate, Robinpect, ZoneSec, Vimsen, Inarchus and the national projects Viopolis.
Assist. Prof. Anastasios Doulamis received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with the highest honour and the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NTUA. He is currently Assistant Professor at the National Technical University of Athens.
Dr. Doulamis has received several awards and prizes during his studies, including the Best Greek Student in all fields of engineering at national level, the Best Graduate Thesis Award in the area of Electrical Engineering and several prizes from the National Technical University of Athens, the National Scholarship Foundation and the Technical Chamber of Greece. He was given the NTUA Medal as Best Young Engineer. He received the best PhD thesis award by the Thomaidion Foundation. He received the best CIPA 2013 paper award and the best paper award in the International Communication and Signal Processing Conference.
He is the author of more than 280 papers in the area of multimedia processing and artificial intelligence. He has also more than 3000 citations in the respective field.
He has served as organizer in several major workshops, including ACM Multimedia, ECCV/IEEE-ICCV workshops, GridNet 2012, Area Chair in the IEEE ICPR, etc. He has served as Guest Editor of the Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer Press (four times) and Future Generation Computer Systems, Inventions, MDPI Press, Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, and Advances in Multimedia Journal, Hidawi Press.
Dr. Doulamis is the Coordinator of the EU funded projects 4D CH World, TERSPICHORE, member of the coordination team of Inachus, ROBO-SPECT, and member of H2020 Inception, H2020 Waterspy, H2020 Stop-it, FP7 Zonesec, H2020 ViMM, Scovis.
Dr. Margarita Kokla, P Eng, is a Lecturer at the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering (SRSE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in the field of “Semantic Interoperability and Integration of Geospatial Information”. She holds a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering (1998) from NTUA. She has also obtained an MSc (2000) in Geoinformatics and a PhD (2005) in Semantic Interoperability in Geographic Information Science from the same School. In 2005, she received the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Prize in recognition of her work in knowledge representation and engineering in the geospatial domain. She is chair of ISPRS WG IV/2: Ontologies, Semantics, and Knowledge Representation for Geospatial Information (2016-2020). She has participated in various research programs in Geoinformatics. She has co-authored two books and 42 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings with over 500 citations and has also served as a reviewer in scientific journals. Her research interests include semantic representation of geospatial knowledge, ontologies, semantic integration and interoperability, and geospatial thinking.
Dr. Eleni Tomai, P Eng, is a Senior Researcher and a member of Laboratory Teaching Staff at the Cartography Laboratory of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering (SRSE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She holds a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering (1998) from the NTUA. She has also obtained an MSc (2001) in Geoinformatics and a PhD (2005) in Geographic Information Science from the same School. Furthermore, she has participated in various research projects in the field of Geoinformatics. She has collaborated with the INRIA Institute in France, and the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics of FORTH, Greece in different research projects in the field of GIS. She has co-authored 3 books and 35 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings with over 260 citations and has also served as a reviewer in scientific journals. Her research interests include geospatial knowledge semantic representation, ontologies, theoretical cartography, and geospatial literacy.
Dr. George Panopoulos graduated as a Rural & Surveying Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens in 1996, with a Thesis on Digital Cartography. He then received a PhD in 2013 from NTUA in Spatio-Temporal Information Systems and Modeling. He is a Senior Researcher at the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, NTUA, where he holds tenure as Laboratory Teaching Personnel (EDIP) at the Dept. of Topography. He has worked on, participated or overseen an extended number of work and research projects involving Spatial Data requisition, management and portrayal. He actively participates in the teaching of under- and postgraduate courses in NTUA regarding GIS, Spatial Databases and Digital Mapping. His other research interests include interoperability and standardization issues, spatial data infrastructures and spatial ontologies, with corresponding papers in international conferences and publications. From 2005 to 2011, George Panopoulos was selected as an expert member of the Data Specification Drafting Team for the INSPIRE directive (the European SDI), the only such expert representing Greece.
Dr. Athanasia Darra, P Eng, is a Senior Researcher at the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She holds a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1990) and a PhD from the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, NTUA (2009). She is working with tenure as Laboratory Teaching Personnel (EDIP) at the Dept. of Geography and Regional Planning, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, NTUA. She specializes in Geography and Spatial Analysis Methods. She has extensive undergraduate and graduate teaching and research experience in this field during the last 25 years at NTUA. She is also active with the OntoGeo research group in Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics. She has participated in more than 15 research projects and has presented her work in national and international conferences and journals.
Maria Beserianou holds a graduate degree in Communication and Mass Media from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1994) and a BA in Economics from the American College of Greece – Deree College (also 1994). She obtained an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh (1996) with a scholarship from the A.S. Onassis Foundation. She also holds a European Master in Multimedia and Audiovisual Business Administration (2002) with the Highest Distinction and has taken non-degree studies in the Athens School of Fine Arts. She has more than 20 years of experience in the administration of educational programs and projects, most notably in the development of interdisciplinary postgraduate studies at the National Technical University of Athens. She recently joined the NTUA Laboratory of Cartography and the OntoGeo group, as a member of Special Technical Laboratory Staff.
Alkyoni Baglatzi holds a diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (2010). Her diploma thesis entitled “Development of an Ontology of Geographic Semantic Dimensions” specialized in the area of geographic information formalization and semantic representation. She also obtained a MSc (2012) in Geoinformatics from the Institute for Geoinformatics of the Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster in Germany. Her master studies have been funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) with a scholarship for graduate students and the Eugenides Foundation. Currently, she is a Phd candidate at the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. Her doctoral studies are being funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme – Marie Curie Actions, Initial Training Network GEOCROWD under grant agreement FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN-264994. Her research interests include ontologies, geospatial semantics, semantic integration, linked data and VGI.
Christos Charcharos holds a diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering (2012) from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece and his diploma thesis focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Education. He also received a MSc (2014) in “Geoinformatics” from the same university and his master studies specialized in the area of Spatial Thinking. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Cartography of School of Rural and Surveying Engineering (SRSE) of NTUA. His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Development of Methodological Tools for Assessment and Enhancement of Geospatial Literacy” and is being funded by Eugenides Foundation. Furthermore, as a PhD candidate he has contributed to the research programs GEOTHNK and VISTE, he has assisted in undergraduate and postgraduate courses and he has participated in national and international conferences related to Geographic Information Science. In addition, he has served as a technical editor of two recently published academic books. His research interests include, among others, theoretical issues in GIScience, cartography, ontologies, spatial thinking and literacy, as well as serious games.>
Thanassis Karalopoulos obtained a Diploma in Computer Engineering (1999) from the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics of Patras University, Greece and then an MSc degree in Geoinformatics (2001) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the NTUA and he works as an Information Technology (IT) consultant, participating in several research Geographic Information (GI) projects, including software development, database design and system architecture. He is also an accredited trainer in GI and IT training programmes of the Training Institute of the National Centre for Public Administration & Local Government. From 1999 to 2003, he worked as a Computer Engineer at the Geoinformation Division of Intracom SA and from 2004 to 2006, as a Project Manager at the IT General Division of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE SA). He has extended experience in Design and Analysis of Database Systems, Web Services, e-Learning platforms and New Services.
Loukas Katikas specializes in the fields of Environmental Management and Geographic Information Systems Applications. As a BSc student, he received his degree in Environmental Science in 2011 from the University of the Aegean, where he focused on Sustainable development and Land Use changes, Location-Allocation problems and Multi-Criteria Analysis techniques. He acquired an MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Natural Disaster Management in 2014 from the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering – Laboratory of Cartography of the National and Technical University of Athens. His research field is Renewable Energy Sources and Maritime Spatial Planning. In particular, his PhD proposal is focusing on «Spatial Decision Support Systems for Offshore Wind Farm siting using GIS, Spatial Analysis and Optimization techniques under Uncertainty». Moreover, as a PhD student he contributes (February – June, 2016) (February – June, 2017) in the Optional course of «Thematic Cartography», 6th semester, as well as (February – June, 2017) the compulsory course «Cartography I», 2nd semester. He participated and contributed as a Research Fellow (August – October, 2014) of the University of the Aegean, Department of Geography, in «Advances in Geostatistics for Environmental Characterization and Natural Resources Management», implemented within the framework of the Action «Aristeia I» of the Operational Program «Education and Lifelong Learning» and co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Greek State. Finally, his training includes his participation in the European Seminar «Increasing Public Awareness in the Bucegi Natural Park as a path towards nature conservation» (March – April 2011) in the University of Bucharest, Romania, Sinaia, where he acquired a Diploma in Sustainable Development and Research (Degree: Excellent), and also a Fellowship Participation in the Educational Programme «European Maritime Policy», organized by the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence in collaboration with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (May – June 2016).
Achilleas Koutsioumpas obtained a diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering (2005) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He received an MSc in “Logic, Theory of Algorithms and Computation”(2006) from the Department of Mathematics of the University of Athens and an MSc in “Geoinformatics” (2012) from the NTUA. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the NTUA. Since 2000 he has been working in the Hellenic Military Geographical Service and since 2008 he has been teaching in the Hellenic Military Academy. His research interests include, among others, theoretical issues in GIScience, knowledge representation, computational complexity, algorithm design, game theory and theoretical cartography.
Dr. Sofia Kontaxaki holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1993) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She has also obtained a MSc (2002) in Geoinformatics and a PhD (2010) concerning the Development of methods and techniques for geographic knowledge acquisition from the same University. From 1993 to 1999, she worked as a computer engineer at Intrasoft SA, an IT Service Provision company, providing services in the fields of Systems Development and Integration, Systems Management and Managed Services. She is currently at the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, working as an Informatics Teacher in Secondary Education. At the same time, she is a researcher in the Department of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the NTUA. Her research interests include information visualization and especially spatialization, knowledge representation and extraction, geospatial ontology integration, and semantic interoperability.
Dr. Katerina Pastra is the Director of the Cognitive Systems Research Institute and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing, ATHENA Research Center. She has coordinated a number of European and national research and development projects, including POETICON++ (FP7-ICT, www.poeticon.eu), its predecessor POETICON (FP7-ICT, www.csri.gr/Poeticon) and a distinguishing Latsis Foundation award for research on “Image-Language Dialectics”. Her research is focused on the computational integration of language, perception and action based on experimental findings from neuroscience. Among others, she developed the first ‘minimalist grammar of action’, a formal analysis of action in the sensorymotor domain, which is corroborated by biological findings; through this grammar language is seen and processed from a new perspective, that of embodied cognition. She holds a BA in Linguistics (University of Athens, Greece), an MSc in Machine Translation (UMIST, UK) and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (University of Sheffield, U.K.) in which she explored the integration of vision and language within artificial agents engaged in everyday interaction. She has worked on information extraction and automatic text-based image/video indexing and retrieval in a number of projects (CONCERTO/IST, SOCIS/EPSRC, REVEAL THIS/IST). She has lectured on Human-Computer/Human-Robot Interaction and the use of cognitive and psychological methods in software engineering (University of Sheffield) and has organised international workshops on image-language association with sponsorships from GOOGLE, the EU-Cognition Network and other international foundations. She is the author of a number of publications on the above topics, one of which has won a distinction by the British Computer Society. She is a Senior IEEE Member and the chair of a recently formulated IEEE group on Language and Embodied Cognition.
Dr. Antonia Zervaki graduated from the School of Philosophy of Athens University in 1995. She holds an MA in European Studies (University of Exeter/Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes) (1996) and an MA in European Organisation and Diplomacy (Athens Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Science) (1998). In 2000, she was granted a research fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2006, she was awarded a PhD in international organisation (Athens Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Science). She has extensive experience as an EC projects advisor/researcher. She has served as a Special Advisor to the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection (2005-2006) and the Ministry of Foreign Affaors (2006-2007). She was appointed as a Special Advisor on EU maritime policy at the Academic Centre of Analysis and Planning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009); during her tenure she has participated as a member of the Greek delegation to the European Conference on the Integrated Maritime Policy of the EU (Portoroz 2008), the European Maritime Day (Rome 2009), the 25th General Assembly of the UNESCO Inter-Governmental Oceanographic Commission (Paris 2009) and several other experts and high officials’ meetings. Since 2007 she has lectured at the Department of Mediterranean Studies (University of the Aegean), at the Department of Political Science and International Relations (University of Peloponnese) and at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the Postgraduate Programme “European and International Studies” of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (Athens University).