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Νicolas Tsapatsoulis
Associate Professor, Head of Department
Department of Communication and Internet Studies

Nicolas Tsapatsoulis graduated from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering , the National Technical University of Athens in 1994 and received his Ph.D degree, in Image Analysis and Synthesis, in 2000 from the same University.

He has worked at the School of Electrical and Computer Eng. of the National Technical University of Athens (2000-2002) as a Research Assistant, being responsible for the project “ORESTEIA” IST-2000-26091, and at the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, Athens, Greece, being a Class C’ Researcher (2002-2003). During the academic period 2003-2004 he was with the Computer Science department  of the University of Cyprus being a Visiting Lecturer. The academic period 2004 – 2005 he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the same department. During the period September 2005 – January 2008 he worked at the University of Peloponnese, Department of Telecommunications Science and Technology as an adjunct (PD407 / 80) Lecturer (2005-2006) and Assistant Professor (2006-2008). The same period he was also a Collaborating Researcher in the Computational Intelligence Laboratory, at the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, of the National Center for Scientific Research, working for the European project, Bootstrapping Ontology Evolution with Multimedia Information Extraction.

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Stefan Marschall is professor of Political Science at the Institute of Social Sciences of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. Before moving to Düsseldorf he was professor of Political Science at the University of Siegen.

Stefan Marschall received his PhD from the FernUniversität Hagen (1998) and obtained the “venia legendi” for Political Science (Habilitation) from the University of Düsseldorf (2004). He is a specialist on German politics, (online) political communication, and comparative parliamentarism.

For more than ten years Stefan Marschall consults the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Germany. Since 2003, he has been conducting a long-term research project on the German “Wahl-O-Mat” and has published several articles on the effects of voting advice applications.

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Vasiliki Triga
Assistant Professor

Dr. Vasiliki Triga holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. From 2007 until 2011 she worked as a senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d) at the University of Zurich. She has been teaching as a temporary lecturer at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHz).

Before, she has been a visiting fellow at the Laboratoire d’anthropologie des institutions et des organisations sociales (LAIOS) at the CNRS (Paris) and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Faculty of Psychology). She is also a research coordinator at the e-Democracy centre (e-DC) in Zurich since 2006. She has been a Lecturer of Social Psychology at the Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Communication and Internet Studies from September 2011. In August 2015 she been appointed as an Assistant Professor.

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KLIMIS NTALIANIS
Associate Professor at Technological Educational Institute of Athens (Athens University of Applied Sciences)

Dr. Klimis Ntalianis received his engineering diploma degree and Phd both from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens in 1998 and 2003 respectively. After completing his military duty, from February 2004 till end of 2009 Dr. Ntalianis has held the position of Senior Researcher and Projects Coordinator at the Image, Video and Multimedia Laboratory of the National Technical University of Athens. While from February 2005 till August 2010 he has worked as an adjunct lecturer (P.D. 407/80) at the University of Peloponnese (Department of Computer Science and Technology and Department of Telecommunication Sciences and Technology) . From 1998 till today Dr. Ntalianis has participated in writing, submitting or implementing more than 20 research and development proposals in different frameworks funded by GSRT, RPF, Infosoc and EU. Regarding his writing activities, Dr. Ntalianis has written 2 Post-doc theses (2006), 1 PhD thesis (2002), 1 diploma thesis (1998) and more than 100 research papers in international journals and conferences (1999 -). From October 2014 Dr. Ntalianis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Marketing of the Athens University of Applied Sciences.

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Zenonas Theodosiou
Researcher Engineer, SignalGeneriX Ltd

Zenonas Theodosiou received a degree from the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department, Technical University of Crete, in 2005. The period 2005-2007 he worked as a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis laboratory at the Department of Informatics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

In September 2007, he joined SignalGeneriX Ltd as a researcher engineer, where he was responsible for the design, implementation and management of national funded projects in the field of image processing.

During the period 2009-2014 he was employed by the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology, as a research associate in the fields of image processing where also he obtained his Ph.D degree with a specialization on Image Retrieval. He is currently a researcher engineer in the field of image processing at SignalGenerix Ltd.

His current research interests are ranging from image understanding and retrieval to machine learning and dataset creation. He is particularly interested in understanding the way that people of different ages and background interpret the meaning of an image, methods for collecting and analyzing crowdsourced annotations, algorithms for low level feature extraction, and machine learning techniques for effective and efficient automatic image annotation.

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Herodotos Herodotou
Lecturer (tenure-track)
Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics

Dr. Herodotos Herodotou is a tenure-track Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics at the Cyprus University of Technology, where he is leading the Data Intensive Computing Research Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University in May 2012. His Ph.D. dissertation work received the SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention as well as the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Computer Science at Duke. His research interests are in large-scale Data Processing Systems and Database Systems. In particular, his work focuses on ease-of-use, manageability, and automated tuning of both centralized and distributed data-intensive computing systems. In addition, he is interested in applying database techniques in other areas like scientific computing, bioinformatics, social computing, and maritime technologies. His work experience includes research positions at Microsoft Research, Yahoo! Labs, and Aster Data as well as software engineering positions at Microsoft and RWD Technologies.

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Iosif Klironomos
Technical scientist at ICS-FORTH, Greece

Mr. Iosif Klironomos is a technical scientist at ICS-FORTH, Greece. He received a BA in Sociology from the University of Reading, UK, an MSc in Information Systems Development and an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

A member of the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory and the Centre for Universal Access and Assistive Technologies of FORTH-ICS since 2003, he has participated in a number of European and national R&D projects, and was the EDeAN Secretariat manager for 2005.

His main activities include the preparation and development of national and EC-funded projects, User requirements analysis with a focus on users with disabilities and other sensitive population groups including children and the elderly, and Systems analysis & Design.

His research interests include online communities, social and affective computing, Design for all in the context of smart buildings and environments.

He is currently a member of the editorial board of the International Scientific Journal Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) published by Springer, and the International Journal Human Computer Interaction, published by Taylor and Francis.

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Evangelos Karapanos
Assistant Professor in Social Computing at Cyprus University of Technology

Evangelos Karapanos holds a PhD (cum laude) in Human-Computer Interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology, a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from University College London, and a bachelors in Physics with a specialization in microelectronics from the University of Patras.

His research focuses on the design and evaluation of pervasive computing systems with a particular interest in persuasive technologies: ones that aim at changing people’s attitudes and behaviors.

His work typically involves designing, building and deploying technologies in the real world, observing how people engage with these technologies and what impact these bring onto people’s lives, and feeding this knowledge back into the design process. His work is regularly published at premier venues in Human-Computer Interaction and has received a number of awards, including an honorable mention for best paper at Ubicomp 2015, and the cum laude distinction for his PhD thesis (given to 5% of PhD theses annually at the Eindhoven University of Technology).

Prior to joining the Cyprus University of Technology, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Madeira and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, a postdoctoral researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology, and a visiting researcher at Philips Research and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. More information about Evangelos’ work may be found at: http://persuasive.cut.ac.cy/

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Katerina Tzanidou – GOOGLE UK
Katerina joined Google in 2012 having worked at PayPal, an EBay Inc since 2010 where she was Senior User Experience Manager for Europe. Her background is in both the world of technology and social sciences. In her current role as Regional Senior User Experience Manager for EMEA she is working across Product, Marketing and Business Development. She is part of the Global Design team and is leading a team of designers, researchers and content experts in EMEA.
She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Wales, Swansea and an MSc in Applied Psychology and Human Factors from Cranfield University along with a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction.

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Sotirios Chatzis

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics

Dr. Sotirios P. Chatzis (Male) – h-index 14, 780 citations – is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Informatics, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. He is leading the Statistical Machine Learning (SMiLe) Laboratory of CUT, which currently hosts four full-time PhD students, as well as two part-time post-doctoral researchers, working on various aspects of machine learning theory and applications. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer engineering with distinction from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in Statistical Machine Learning, in 2008, from the same institution. From January 2009 until June 2010, he was a post-doctoral fellow with the University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA. From June 2010 until August 2012, he was a senior researcher with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, London, U.K. He has first-authored more than 60 papers in the most prestigious journals and conferences of his research field. He has served as reviewer of several top-tier venues in Machine Learning, including NIPS, ICCV, AISTATS, and IEEE TNNLS. He is currently serving as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, as well as of the Pattern Recognition Journal (Elsevier). His current research interests include machine learning theory and methodologies with a special focus on nonparametric statistics, hierarchical/deep generative models, variational inference, modeling data with complex temporal dynamics, and their applications to (statistical) signal processing. His research is currently supported by the H2020 programme, and a research grant from NVIDIA (high-end GPUs for deep learning).