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Marinos Kavouras

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 Director of the NTUA Geoinformatics Graduate Programme, Vice President of the NTUA Senate Committee for Post-Graduate Studies and Director of the Cartography Laboratory, in parallel to his position as a Professor of GIScience and Cartography at the NTUA. He has served as the Dean of the School of Rural & Surveying Engineering of NTUA (2006-2010), 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 OntoGEO - a 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.

 

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Margarita Kokla

Dr Margarita Kokla, P Eng, is a Lecturer at the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering 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 the NTUA. She has also obtained an MScE (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 2005 Prize in recognition of her work in knowledge representation and engineering in the geospatial domain. She is also the Secretary of Working Group II/6 - System Integration and Interoperability (2004-08 and 2008-2012) of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Furthermore, she has participated in various research programs in Geoinformatics. She has co-authored a book as well as several publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings with over 150 citations and has also served as a reviewer in scientific journals. Her research interests include geospatial semantics, ontologies, semantic integration and interoperability, and knowledge representation.

 

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Eleni Tomai

Dr Eleni Tomai graduated from the National Technical University of Athens, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering in 1998 with a Dipl.Ing. Degree, she received an MScE degree in Geoinformatics in 2001 and a PhD in 2005 from the National Technical University of Athens. Her research interests include among others, Geospatial Ontologies and Cognitive Categorization, Spatial Vagueness and Uncertainty, Spatialization, and Similarity of Geospatial Concepts. She has presented in GI conferences and she has participated in GI projects related of geospatial data formalization and modeling. Currently she works as research assistant of the Cartography Laboratory in the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.

 

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George Panopoulos

George Panopoulos graduated as a Rural & Surveying Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens at 1996, with a Thesis on Digital Mapping. Since then he has worked on, participated or overseen an extended number of 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. He is currently conducting his PhD Thesis in the area of Spatio-Temporal Modeling. His other research interests include interoperability and standardization issues, spatial data infrastructures and spatial ontologies – with corresponding papers in international conferences and publications. Since 2005 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.

 

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Thanassis Karalopoulos

Thanassis Karalopoulos obtained a Diploma of Computer Engineering (1999) from the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics of Patras University, Greece and then his 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 S.A. and from 2004 to 2006 as a Project Manager at the IT General Division of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (O.T.E. S.A.). He has extended experience in Design and Analysis of Database Systems, Web Services, e-Learning platforms and New Services.

 

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Sofia Kontaxaki

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 MScE (2002) in Geoinformatics and 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 S.A, 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 the 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.

 

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Alkyoni Baglatzi

Alkyoni Baglatzi holds a diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 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.

 

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Antonia Zervaki

Achilleas Koutsioumpas obtained a diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineering (2005) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He received a MSc in “Logic, Theory of Algorithms and Computation”(2006) from the Department of Mathematics of the University of Athens and a 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.


 

 

Antonia Zervaki

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. Ιn 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).

 

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Antonia ZervakiKaterina 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. Katerina 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.

 

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