Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Information Technologies Institute (CERTH/ITI)
The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organisation under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of Greece, with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since March 2000 it is a founding member of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) also supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT).
The Visual Analytics, Virtual & Augmented Reality Laboratory (VARLab) operates a fully operational and well quipped Virtual Reality Laboratory that serves as a reference for augmented and virtual reality applications and demonstrations in Greece. It employs a high quality scientific group of personnel for the design, development and demonstration of advanced HCI, augmented and virtual reality applications and services. It participates in research networks with assorted institutes and industrial partners in Greece and Europe and is in the process of establishing a spin-off company, to commercially exploit the research results (already available as prototypes) of the Laboratory. In the domain of Health-related projects, CERTH/ITI VARLab is the coordinator of the H2020, RAMCIP-Robotic Assistant for MCI Patients at home- aims to research and develop real robotic solutions for assistive robotics for the elderly and those suffering from Mild Cognitive Impairments and dementia, the FP7 ICT project NoTremor “Virtual, Physiological and Computational Neuromuscular Models for the Predictive Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease”, whereas it was the coordinator of FP7 ICT IP project VERITAS: “Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS”. Moreover, it participated in FP7 ICT STREP project “Interstress — Interreality in the Management and Treatment of Stress-Related Disorders”, in AAL joint programme REMOTE “Remote health and social care for independent living of isolated elderly with chronic conditions”, in FP7 ICT STREP VIS-SENSE: “Visual Analytic Representation of Large Datasets for Enhancing Network Security” and in FP7 ICT CSA project VISMASTER: “Visual Analytics - Mastering the Information Age”.
Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras is a Senior Researcher and Director at CERTH/ITI. He received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Prior to his current position, he was a Senior Researcher on the Information Processing Laboratory at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 2010, he is a Visiting Professor in the Imperial College London. His main research interests include multimodal interfaces, activity monitoring recognition, multimedia processing, and virtual reality. His is author or co-author of over 80 articles in refereed journals and over 200 papers in international conferences. Dr. Tzovaras is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Signal Processing (JASP) and the IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He has been the co-ordinator of several EU projects. He is also supervising research work for postgraduate students at MSc and PhD level.
Dr. Konstantinos Votis is a senior researcher at CERTH/ITI. He received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Computer Engineering and Informatics department, University of Patras, Greece. He has been working in the field of Human Computer Interaction Virtual Physiological Human and eHealth, Virtual User modelling,.and he has participated in European standardization initiatives and working groups (e.g. W3C accessibility evaluation, etc.). Since 2001, he has been involved in several R&D projects related to the eHealth and mobile health domain, as well as the eInclusion and interoperable ICT technology (COG, KWFGRID, ACCESSIBLE, VERITAS, ATIS4ALL, APSIS4ALL, CLOUD4ALL, CLEAR, NoTremor, MyAirCoach). He has authored numerous publications for international journals and international conferences and events.