George Paliouras is a Researcher at the IIT in the NCSR Demokritos in Athens, Greece.
He is heading the Division of Intelligent Information Systems of IIT.
He is also adjunct professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Houston, USA.
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Projects: International

Projects in which I have the role of scientific or technical manager are marked by "**".

** 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).
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.
Total budget: €1.379.926, NCSR budget: €357.132

C2LEARN (Creative Emotional Reasoning Computational Tools Fostering Co-Creativity in Learning Processes).
Objective: The C2Learn project aims to introduce an innovative digital gaming and social networking environment incorporating diverse tools, the use of which can foster co-creativity in learning processes in the context of both formal and informal educational settings.
Participants: Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EL), The University of Edinburgh (UK), The Open University (UK), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Universita ta Malta (MT), Serious Games Interactive (DK), Bundesministerium fur Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur (DE).
Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.
Start: November 2012, End: October 2015.
Total budget: €3.129.828, NCSR budget: €650.158

SEMAGROW (Data intensive techniques to boost the real-time performance of global agricultural data infrastructures).
Objective: SemaGrow will (a) develop scalable and robust semantic storage and indexing algorithms that can take advantage of resource naming conventions and other natural groupings of URIs to compress data source annotations about extremely large datasets; (b) develop query decomposition, source selection, and distributed querying methods that take advantage of such algorithms to implement a scalable and robust infrastructure for data service federation; and (c) rigorously test its components and overall architecture over real, complex, interconnected datasets comprising data and document collections, sensor data, and GIS data.
Participants: Universidad de Alcala (ES), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Universita degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” (IT), Semantic Web Company GmbH (AT), Institut za Fiziku (RS), Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (NL), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (IT), Agrow-Know Technologies (EL).
Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.
Start: November 2012, End: October 2015.
Total budget: €3.146.747, NCSR budget: €715.243

USEFIL (Unobtrusive Smart Environments for Independent Living).
Objective: USEFIL intends to use low cost off-the-shelf technology to develop immediate applicable services that will assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and their daily activities.
Participants: NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT (FI), Universitaet Bremen (DE), The University of Warwick (UK), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (EL), Fraunhofer-Heinrich Hertz Institute (DE), TPVision (NL), Maccabi Healthcare Services (IL).
Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.
Start: October 2011, End: September 2014.
Total budget: €4.628.906, NCSR budget: €725.519

NOMAD (Policy Formulation and Validation through non moderated crowdsourcing).
Objective: NOMAD aims to introduce new dimensions into the experience of policy making by providing decision-makers with fully automated solutions for content search, selection, acquisition, categorisation and visualisation that work in a collaborative form in the policy-making arena.
Participants: Athens Technology Center (EL), Aegean University (EL), Google Ireland (IR), Critical Publics (UK), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Fraunhofer IGD (DE), KantorQwentes SA (BE), Hellenic Parliament (EL), Austrian Parliament (AT)
Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.
Start: January 2012, End: June 2014.
Total budget: €3.413.702, NCSR budget: €508.463

CPS (A Novel Human Centric System to Improve Motor/Cognitive Assessment and Enable Adaptive Rehabilitation).
Objective: The objective of this research is to develop methods and tools for a multimodal and multi-sensor assessment and rehabilitation game system called CPLAY for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
Participants: University of Texas at Arlington (USA), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL) (sub-contractor)
Programme: National Science Foundation, United States of America.
Start: September 2010, End: August 2013
Total budget: $1.500.000, NCSR budget: $60.000

** SYNC3 (Synergetic Content Creation and Communication).
Objective: SYNC3 developed an intelligent framework for making more accessible the vast quantity of user comments on news issues. The project attempted to structure the part of blogsphere that refers to running news stories, rendering it accessible, manageable and re-usable. The immediate target of SYNC3 was 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.
Total budget: €3.100.000, NCSR budget: €693.675

** PRONTO (Event Recognition for Intelligent Resource Management).
Objective: PRONTO offered real-time, knowledge-led support for decision-makers in sectors characterised by large volumes of multi-source, multi-format data. The project introduced a highly synergetic approach to intelligent resource management by combining the research areas of information extraction from sensor data, information extraction from audio and text, and event recognition. This approach is applicable to a wide range of domains, where resource management is needed, and the PRONTO technology was tested in two such domains: emergency rescue operations and city transport management.
Participants: Fraunhofer IAIS (DE), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), University of Paderborn (DE), Noldus Information Technology BV (NL), Stadt Dortmund Fire Department (DE), WSP Finland Ltd (FI).
Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.
Start: March 2009, End: February 2012.
Total budget: €4.019.835, NCSR budget: €711.530

** SERVIVE (SERVice Oriented Intelligent Value Adding nEtwork for Clothing-SMEs embarking in Mass-Customisation).
Objective: SERVIVE proposed the enlargement of the assortment of customizable clothing items currently on offer, the enhancement of all co-design aspects (functionality and fun) and the development and testing of a new production model based on decentralized networked SME cells. The Servive network did not only seamlessly link critical Mass-Customisation (MC) enabling services, but more important it adapted these services to the specific needs of well-defined target customer groups.
Participants: Athens Technology Centre (EL), RWTH-Aachen (DE), Customax (NL), UNICATUM (DE), Silva & Sistelo SA (PT), Adidas AG (DE), Digital Humans (CH), Bekleidungsphysiologisches Institut Hohenstein (DE), Miralab-University of Geneva (CH), Institut Francais du Textile et d' Habillement (FR), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), The University of the Arts London (UK), School of Art & Design-Nottingham Trent University (UK), StudioDemetra (IT), Team Colours Ltd (UK)
Programme: Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials & New Production Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.
Start: September 2008, End: August 2011.
Total budget: €4.640.436, NCSR budget: €273.638

** CASAM (Computer-Aided Semantic Analysis of Multimedia).
Objective: The CASAM project focused on facilitating the synergy of human and machine intelligence to significantly speed up the task of human-produced semantic annotation of multimedia content. The project developed an annotation tool that augments machine knowledge with human input with the target of minimizing user effort.
Participants: Intrasoft International (LU), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Hamburg University of Technology (DE), University of Birmingham (UK), Athens Technology Centre (EL), Deutsche Welle (DE), Lusa: Agencia de Noticias de Portugal (PT), European Journalism Centre (NL)
Programme: Information and Communication Technologies (Seventh Framework), European Union.
Start: April 2008, End: March 2011.
Total budget: €4.240.000, NCSR budget: €831.850

** 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 developed the expertise and scientific results that help create new technologies such as intelligent interfaces and adaptive cognitive systems. To achieve this, it supported and encouraged 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.

INDIGO (Interaction with Personality and Dialogue enabled Robots).
Objective: INDIGO developed human-robot communication technology for intelligent mobile robots that operate and serve tasks in populated environments. In doing so, the project involved technologies from various sectors, and attempted to introduce advances in respective areas, i.e. natural language interaction, autonomous navigation, visual perception, dialogue systems, and virtual emotions. The project addressed human-robot communication from two sides: by enabling robots to correctly perceive and understand natural human behaviour and by making them act in ways that are familiar to humans.
Participants: FORTH ICS (EL), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), University of Edinburgh (UK), Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg (DE), Athens University of Economics and Business (EL), University of Geneva (CH), Neobotix / GPS (DE), Acapela Group (BE), Hanson Robotics (US), Foundation of Hellenic World (EL),
Programme: Information Society Technologies (Sixth Framework), European Union.
Start: January 2007, End: December 2009.
Total budget: €3.254.943 , NCSR budget: €223.260

** BOEMIE (Bootstrapping Ontology Evolution with Multimedia Information Extraction).
Objective: BOEMIE advocated 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.
Total budget: €4.927.189 , NCSR budget: €1.666.193

MedIEQ (Quality Labelling of Medical Web content using Multilingual Information Extraction).
Objective: MedIEQ delivered tools that crawl the Web to locate medical web sites in seven different European languages (Spanish, Catalan, German, English, Greek, Czech, and Finnish) in order to verify their content using a set of machine readable quality criteria.
Participants: NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Universidad Nacional de Education a Distancia - UNED (ES), Medical Association of Barcelona - COMB (ES), Agency for Quality in Medicine - AQUMED (DE), University of Economics in Prague (CZ), Helsinki University of Technology (FI), i-sieve Technologies Ltd. (EL), Geneva University Hospitals (CH).
Programme: Public Health Programme, European Union.
Start: January 2006, End: December 2008.

KDubiq (A Blueprint for Ubiquitous Knowledge Discovery Systems).
Objective: The KDubiq coordination action brought together newly emerging research in ubiquitous knowledge discovery.
Programme: Information Society Technologies (Sixth Framework), European Union.
Start: January 2006, End: June 2009.

PASCAL (Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning).
Objective: The objective of the PASCAL Network of Excellence was to build a Europe-wide Distributed Institute which will pioneer principled methods of machine learning as core enabling technologies for multimodal interfaces that are capable of natural and seamless interaction with and among individual human users.
Programme: Information Society Technologies (Sixth Framework), European Union.
Start: December 2003, End: November 2008.

** SHARE (Mobile support for rescue forces, integrating multiple modes of interaction).
Objective: The SHARE project developed a Push-To-Share advanced mobile service that provided critical multimodal communication support for emergency teams during rescue operations. With the introduction of the new service, rescue operations benefit enormously from sophisticated multimodal interaction and on-line, on-site access to data services providing up-to-date operation status information, as well as details concerning aspects of the emergency, such as location and environment.
Participants: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / IMK (DE), Telisma S.A. (FR), Siemens AG (A), Loquendo SpA (IT), Aristotle University Thessaloniki (EL), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Tele Atlas (NL), Fire Department Dortmund (DE), University of Paderborn / CIK (DE).
Programme: Information Society Technologies (Sixth Framework), European Union.
Start: November 2004, End: October 2007.
Total budget: €4.783.950 , NCSR budget: €445.150

QUATRO (Quality Assurance and Content Description).
Objective: QUATRO provided a common platform for quality labels making it possible for the many existing labelling schemes to be brought together through a single, coherent approach without affecting an individual scheme's assessment criteria or independence.
Participants: Pira International (UK), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), The Internet Quality Agency - IQUA (ES), ECP.NL (NL), The Internet Content Rating Association - ICRA (UK), ERCIM (EL), Web Mèdica Acreditada (ES), Milan University (IT), Coolwave Ltd. (UK).
Programme: Information Society Technologies (Sixth Framework), European Union.
Start: November 2004, End: October 2006.

SIFT (Solution for Internet Combined Filtering).
Objective: Development of a platform based system that id able to cooperate different filters, which prevent access to harmful content on the Internet. Filterix is one of the filters that are investigated.
Participants: RED EDUCATIVA S.A. (ES), Internet Content Rating Association (UK), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL).
Programme: Safer Internet Action Plan, European Union.
Start: March 2002, End: September 2003.

CROSSMARC (Cross-lingual Multi-agent Retail Comparison).
Objective: Development of commercial-strength technology for e-retail product comparison. CROSSMARC aimed to lead to systems able to process pages written in several languages (initially, Greek, English, Italian, and French), and adaptable to new product types via semi-automatic tools.
Participants: NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Edinburgh University (UK), University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (IT), Veltinet A.E. (EL), Informatique CDC (Groupe Caisse des Depots et Consignations) (FR), Internet Commerce Network (FR).
Programme: Human Language Technologies, Information Society Technologies (Fifth Framework),
European Union.
Start: March 2001, End: September 2003.

Web-C-Mine (Web Usage Mining from proxy/cache server logs).
Objective: Development of technology for processing large-scale usage data collected by Internet Service Providers (ISP), in order to discover knowledge from these data. This knowledge is used to model the ISP users.
Participants: NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), University of Cyprus (CY), Intercollege (CY).
Programme: Bilateral Co-operation: Greece - Cyprus.
Start: September 2001, End: December 2003.

M-PIRO (Multilingual Personalised Information Objects).
Objective: Development of a system, which provides personalised spoken descriptions of museum exhibits
in three languages: English, Italian and Greek.
Participants: Edinburgh University (UK), System Simulation Ltd (UK), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL),
University of Athens (EL), Foundation of the Hellenic World (EL), Institute of Research in Science and
Technology (IT).
Programme: Human Language Technologies, Information Society Technologies (Fifth Framework),
European Union.
Start: February 2000, End: January 2003.

ADIET (Adaptive Information Extraction Technology).
Objective: Development of a tool for the customization of Named-Entity Recognition Systems in different
languages, with the use of Machine Learning methods.
Participants: Inst. NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Informatique CDC (FR), KAPA-TEL S.A. (EL).
Programme: Bilateral Co-operation: Greece - France
Start: January 2000, End: December 2001.

ANET (Adaptive Named-Entity Recognition Technology).
Objective: Development of a Named-Entity Recognition System for Greek, Italian and English, using
Machine Learning methods.
Participants: Inst. NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), University of Ancona (IT), University of
Rome "La Sapienza" (IT)
Programme: Bilateral Co-operation: Greece - Italy
Start: July 1999, End: September 2001.

GIE (Greek Information Extraction).
Objective: Adaptation of the Language Engineering development platform GATE to Greek and development
of a prototype system for Named-Entity Recognition in Greek.
Participants: NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), Sheffield University (UK)
Programme: Bilateral Co-operation Greece - UK
Start: March 1997, End: February 1999.

ECRAN (Extraction of Content: Research at Near-Market).
Objective: Development of prototype systems for Information Extraction in three languages: French, Italian and English.
Participants: Thomson-CSF (FR), University of Ancona (IT), University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (IT), Smart Information Services GmbH (DE), NCSR "Demokritos" (EL), University of Friburg (CH), University of Sheffield (UK)
Programme: Telematics, Language Engineering (Fourth Framework), European Union.
Start: November 1995, End: December 1998.

*Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications | **National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos"