Vasiliki Petousi is an Associate Professor of Sociology of Law and Deviance at the Department of Sociology, University of Crete and has a PhD in Sociology from Virginia Tech, USA. She is the Director for the Center for Gender Studies and one of the founding members of the Post-graduate program Bioethics at the University of Crete. For over 10 years she serves as independent ethics expert in research review panels of the European Commission and the European Research Council and participates as member and Chair to Ethics Advisory Boards of research projects. Her research and teaching interests focus on issues of sociology of law and gender alongside issues of research ethics and integrity. In the field of bioethics she concentrates on issues of assisted human reproduction, genetically modified organisms and bioenergy crops.
Prof. Panos F. Sarris is a Principal Investigator at the IMBB-FORTH, head of the Microbiology and Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, he also is an honorary Associate Professor at the School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK; and an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the Dept. of Biology, University of Crete. Prof. Sarris is a Molecular Biologist. His scientific interests are mainly focused on the elucidation of the molecular host-pathogens interactions and the function of the microbial pathogenicity, as well as, the plant innate immunity system. He is a committee member in various international scientific journals and he has served as an evaluator of Greek, European and British research grant proposals. He participates in Greek, British and European competitive programs, as a participant and as a coordinator. He has published various articles in scientific journals of a very high impact such as: Science, Cell, Nature Comms, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, BMC Biology, PNAS, and others.
George Froudakis is Professor and head of the Chemistry Department of the University of Crete. He is the author of more than 140 publications in high quality international journals and his published work has received more than 7.000 citations. He has an h-index of 44 and he has given more than 60 invited talks in conferences and institutions. He has coordinated 10 European and Greek research project and participate in 16 more with a total budget of over 3Μ€. He is in the board of directors of the Greek Hydrogen Platform and a Founding member of the Greek National Science & Innovation Foundation. He had supervised 9 PhD and 9 MSc thesis. His research activities are focused on designing, modelling and investigating nanostructures and porous materials for Energy, Environment and Health applications. He is one of the pioneers in the research of finding materials suitable for hydrogen storage and he is currently collaborating with
US-Air Force and TOYOTA.
Dimitris Grammenos is a Principal Researcher at the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH in Greece. He also holds a Certificate of Competency for the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) and has published scientific articles regarding how stupidity, ignorance and nonsense can be used as tools for creative thinking and innovation. Since 2014, based on his related expertise, he has created the Future Designers activity in the context of which he develops and delivers hand-on workshops and events that introduce the concepts and practice of creativity and creative thinking to children, parents, teachers and the general public. Up to now, he has organised, in Greece and abroad, more than 50 workshops with a total number of more than 3000 participants.
Ioannis Tsamardinos, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Computer Science Department of University of Crete and co-founder of Gnosis Data Analysis PC, a University start-up. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Intelligent Systems Program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. He then worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University until 2006 when he returned to Greece. Prof. Tsamardinos’ main research directions include machine learning, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence. More specifically his work emphasizes feature selection, causal discovery, and automation of machine learning. Prof. Tsamardinos has over 100 publications in international journals, conferences, and books. Distinctions with colleagues and students a Gold Medal in the Student Paper Competition in MEDINFO 2004, the Outstanding Student Paper Award in AIPS 2000, the NASA Group Achievement Award for participation in the Remote Agent team and others. Statistics on recognition of work include more than 6000 citations (600+ a year), and h-index of 32 (as estimated by Google Scholar). Ioannis has been awarded the European and Greek national grants of excellence, the ERC Consolidator and the ARISTEIA II grants respectively.
Marientina Gotsis is Associate Professor of Research of Interactive Media & Games at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California where she has worked since 2003. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BFA in photography/film/electronic media, and an MFA in electronic visualization specializing in virtual reality. She founded and directs the Creative Media & Behavioral Health research center (est. 2010) where her teams design, implement, and evaluate educational and therapeutic applications of interactive entertainment in physical and mental health. In 2015, she designed two new graduate programs (MA in Cinematic Arts with emphasis in Media Arts και Games and Health, MFA in Interactive Media with emphasis in Games and Health) based on the successes of her center’s award-winning students.
Maria Papadopouli (Ph.D. Columbia University, October 2002) is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Crete, a Research Associate at FORTH-ICS. She was a visiting Professor Fulbright Scholar at CSAIL at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has been also a Visiting Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Before that, from July 2002 -June 2006, she was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been the recipient of IBM Faculty Awards and Google Faculty Award.