Projects I am involved in

BioASQ (A challenge on large-scale biomedical semantic indexing and question answering).

Objective: BIOASQ initiates a series of challenges on biomedical semantic indexing and question answering (QA). BioASQ will push towards improved biomedical semantic indexing and QA via ambitious, yet realistic challenge tasks. The challenge will run in two stages, designed to (a) adapt traditional semantic indexing and QA methods to the needs of biomedical experts, and (b) collect feedback and improve the experimental setting itself. A large computational infrastructure, already available to the consortium, will be used to evaluate competing systems. The required datasets and evaluation measures will be established before the challenge. Biomedical experts will participate in the consortium, both as partners and through a supporting network of third parties.

Participants: NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Transinsight GmbH (DE), Universite Joseph Fourier (FR), University Leipzig (DE), Universite Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6 (FR), Athens University of Economics and Business (EL)

Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.

Start: October 2012, End: September 2014.

SYNC3 - Synergetic Content Creation and Communication

Objective: SYNC3 will provide an intelligent framework for making more accessible the vast quantity of user comments on news issues. The project will structure the part of blogsphere that refers to running news stories, rendering it accessible, manageable and re-usable. The immediate target of SYNC3 is the news industry and social networks, but domains like commerce, tourism, e-science and business intelligence are likely to benefit from the resulting technology.

Participants: Athens Technology Centre (EL), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), L3S Research Institute (DE), University of Edinburgh (UK), Xerox Research Centre Europe (FR), European Journalism Centre (NL), i-sieve technologies ltd. (EL), RIA Novosti (RU), Google (UK).

Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.

Start: April 2009, End: March 2012.

PASCAL2 (Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning)

Objective: PASCAL is a Network of Excellence funded by the European Union. It has established a distributed institute that brings together researchers and students across Europe, and is now reaching out to countries all over the world. PASCAL is developing the expertise and scientific results that will help create new technologies such as intelligent interfaces and adaptive cognitive systems. To achieve this, it supports and encourages collaboration between experts in Machine Learning, Statistics and Optimization. It also promotes the use of machine learning in many relevant application domains.

Network Coordinator: University College London (UK)

Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.

Start: November 2008, End: October 2012.

CLARIN-EL (Common Language Resources and Technologies)

Objective: CLARIN-EL is the Greek national counterpart of the CLARIN Research Infrastructure (RI); as such, it seeks to implement CLARIN's goals and visions focusing on the Greek language and the needs of the Greek research community. CLARIN is a RI project in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) thematic domain of the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) Roadmap. It is a large-scale pan-European collaborative effort aiming to create an infrastructure that will enhance and innovate research in SSH deploying Language Resources & Technology (LRT). More specifically, CLARIN intends to integrate digital content of any type (text, audio, image, video) and the relevant Language Resources (annotated recordings, texts, lexica, ontologies etc.) and Language Technologies (speech recognizers, lemmatisers, parsers, summarizers, information extractors etc.) into a coherent repository which will be available to scholars of all disciplines via web services.

Network Coordinator: Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP)

Start: 2008.

BOEMIE - Bootstrapping Ontology Evolution with Multimedia Information Extraction

Objective: BOEMIE advocates a synergistic approach that combines multimedia extraction and ontology evolution in a bootstrapping process involving, on the one hand, the continuous extraction of semantic information from multimedia content in order to populate and enrich the ontologies and, on the other hand, the deployment of these ontologies to enhance the robustness of the extraction system.

Participants: NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / IMK (DE), University of Milano (IT), Hamburg University of Technology (DE), CERTH-ITI (EL), Tele Atlas (NL)

Programme: Information Society Technologies (Sixth Framework), European Union.

Start: March 2006, End: February 2009.