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image002Dr. Andreas Veglis is Professor, Head of the Media Informatics Lab at the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his BSc in Physics, MSc in Electronics and Communications, and PhD in Computer Science, all from Aristotle University. He successfully completed his doctoral dissertation on computer architecture in 1995. He is the co-editor of “The Handbook of Global Online Journalism” (http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444338552.html). He is also member of the editorial board in nine peer review scientific journals in the area of journalism and mass communications. He is the author or co-author of 30 books, he has published 68 papers on scientific journals and he has presented 107 papers in international and national Conferences. His current research interests include media technology, web 2.0/3.0 tools in media / new media, course support environments, data journalism, open data, social media content verification, Internet censorship, cross media publishing and others. Professor Veglis has been involved in 28 national and international research projects.
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image004Dr. George Kalliris was born in Nicosia – Cyprus. In 1989 he received his 5-year Diploma in Electrical Engineering with Telecommunications from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) – Greece. In 1995 he received his PhD from the same School. His doctoral research was carried out at the Lab of Electroacoustic and Television Systems. His current position is professor, director of the MA program and director of the Electronic Media Lab at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has also taught and/or teaching in two Master degree programs, to the Film Studies School and as a visiting professor of the Frederick University Cyprus. He was the chair of the AudioMostly 2015 conference on “Sound, semantics and social interaction,” and co-editor of the associated ACM proceedings (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2814895). He is also co-editor of the recently published JAES special issue(s) (2) on “Intelligent audio processing, Semantics, and interaction,” (Vol. 64, no 7/8, July/August 2016, & Vol. 64, no 9, Sept. 2016). His current research interests and publications include audiovisual technologies for the new media, radio and television studio design, digital audio-video processing–production–broadcasting-webcasting, multimedia content, restoration, management and retrieval.
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image006Dr. Charalampos A. Dimoulas holds a diploma degree (1997) and a PhD degree (2006), both received from the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, AUTH. In 2008, he received scholarship on post-doctoral research at the Laboratory of Electronic Media, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, AUTH. Both his doctoral dissertation and his post-doc research deal with advanced audio-visual processing and content management techniques for intelligent analysis of prolonged multi-channel recordings. He was elected Lecturer (November 2009), Assistant Professor (June 2014) and Associate Professor (February 2019) of Electronic Media in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, AUTH, where he is currently serving. He was the program chair of the AudioMostly 2015 conference on “Sound, semantics and social interaction,” and co-editor of the associated ACM proceedings (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2814895). He is also co-editor of the recently published JAES special issue(s) (2) on “Intelligent audio processing, Semantics, and interaction,” (Vol. 64, no 7/8, July/August 2016, & Vol. 64, no 9, Sept. 2016). He leads the “audiovisual team” for the Pandora robotic vehicle (https://pandora.ee.auth.gr/) project, mainly focusing on audio detection – localization and machine vision tasks. His current scientific interests include media technologies, signal processing, machine learning, media authentication, audiovisual content description and management automation, multimedia semantics, and more. Dr. Dimoulas is member of IEEE, EURASIP and AES.
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image007Dr. George Tsourvakas, Associate Professor, BA (University of Piraeus), MA (Universities of Hamburg and Stockholm), Phd (Panteion University). He is teaching media economics and media management at the School of Economic and Political Sciences, Department of Journalism and Mass communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was visiting scholar at the Westminster and City Universities. His research has published in leading journals in the field such as Journal of Media Economics, International Journal on Media Management, Journal of Media Business Studies, European Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Communications, Journal of Radio and Audio Media. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies. Austral Communication, Journal of Non Profit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Social Responsibility Journal, International Journal of Technology Marketing.
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image009Dr. Antonis Gardikiotis is Associate Professor of Social Psychology and the Mass Media. He has studied Psychology (University of Crete), Mass Communication (University of London, LSE), and Social Science Research Methods (Cardiff University). He completed his PhD in Social Psychology and Mass Media (Cardiff U). He has published in a number of scientific journals such as Media Psychology, Psychology of Music, Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, European Journal of Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social and Personality Psychology Compass. His research interests concern topics such as social influence and persuasion, perception of media effects, health communication etc.
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image012Dr. Nikolaos Tsigilis is Assistant Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he teaches at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level. He has published more than 100 articles in international and national scientific journals regarding quantitative and qualitative research methods mainly in the fields of psychology and education. He is highly recognized and cited in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals; and his h-index is 27. He has served as a referee in various journals including British Medical Journal, Hellenic Journal of Psychology, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Learning and Instruction, and Perceptual and Motor Skills. He is a member of several scientific associations and he has taught in several workshops organized by the Northern Greek Psychological Society and the South East European Research Center. His research interests include quantitative research methods, applied statistical techniques, psychometrics instrument development and validation, occupational burnout, job satisfaction, and self-efficacy.
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image014Dr. Nikos Panagiotou is an Assistant Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has been a Chevening Scholar of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Socrates Scholar at Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), Scholar of the State of Luxembourg, in University of Luxembourg, and RCAP Scholar from APU University, Japan. His is a peer-reviewer at St. Antony’s International Review Oxford University, Multi-Disciplinary Scientific Journal of International Black Sea University, and Journal of Culture and Society and a member of the advisory board of peer reviewers for Networking Knowledge. He has participated in a series of scientific researches, has published articles in International and Greek journals and in edited volumes. His research interests are upon: Global Journalism, Political Communication, Mass Media Literacy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
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Dr. Ioanna Kostarella is Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, from which she also graduated in 1998. She holds a PhD in Political Communication from the Institute of Communications Studies of the University of Leeds and an MA in Communications Studies from the same institute. Before joining the University, Ioanna Kostarella has had a long professional experience as a press officer for the local government, as well as over 17 years of teaching experience. She has also worked as a journalist for various local and national media, while she is still a columnist for the daily regional newspaper “Chronos” of Kozani. She has been a scholar of Botsis Foundation, while in 2005 she won the prize for the best article in the regional press. Dr Kostarella teaches both postgraduate and graduate courses, while she has contributed to various research papers in journals, refereed conference proceedings and authored chapters in books. She has participated in several international scientific conferences, meetings, collaborations and research programmes in the field of Communication and Journalism. She is a member of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and also a certified trainer for adult education. Ioanna Kostarella speaks English, German and Italian and her research interests include journalism and new media, the interaction between media and foreign policy, European media, and environmental communication.

image015Dr. Maria Matsiola was born in Kavala in 1971. She received a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a PhD degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She serves as Tenured Senior Teaching Fellow and Instructor in the Electronic Media Laboratory of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (AUTh). Her scientific interests include New Media technologies, Web Radio and TV, audiovisual content management, distance learning, audiovisual application systems in distance education.
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image017Dr. Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos is a Tenured Senior Teaching Fellow in Media Informatics Lab of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a PhD in Urban and Spatial Planning, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He works for more than 20 years in European research projects funded by the European Commission.
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Dr. Rigas Kotsakis received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He continued his academic studies in MSc in Management and Business Administration at the University of Macedonia, MSc in Advanced Computer and Communication Systems at the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and PhD degree at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He currently is a Tenured Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. His research interests include pattern recognition and semantic analysis techniques in multimedia content, management of audiovisual content and web-based multimedia applications.
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Anastasia Katsaounidou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She studied Political Sciences and received her Master’s degree in Journalism and New Media from School of Journalism & Mass Media Communication, Auth. Her Master Thesis deal with Content authenticity issues: detection of untruthful news stories from human and machines. She is currently a PhD candidate/researcher in School of Journalism & Mass Media Communication researching Interactive and collaborative environments to support digital content authentication supported by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Her interests include social media, user generated content, non-linear storytelling, forensics, mediated learning, multimedia, media authentication, semantic web.

Kosmas Panagiotidis was born in Thessaloniki in 1987. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Sciences and a postgraduate degree in Journalism and New Mass Media both from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During his postgraduate studies has worked as trainee journalist in a nationwide channel (ERT S.A.) and as radio producer in a nationwide radio station (Praktoreio FM 104,9). Nowadays he is Phd candidate at the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, studying Semantic web technologies in Journalism. His research interests deal with the technological challenges that journalism will face entering the third era of the web (Web 3.0), the journalistic use of Open Linked Data and new practices such as Data Journalism and social semantic journalism.

Andreas Ntalakas (MSc) graduated from the Electrical Engineering School, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering of Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki, Greece (1999). During 1997-1998 he was affiliated with Information Technologies Institute (Thessaloniki), and involved in projects using signal and image processing. Since 1999 he followed a career as a freelance software engineer, primarily serving the needs of the private sector. He has worked in the European Commission, Brussels, Project Erasmus+ for three years. He is affiliated to NCSR Demokritos having seen several projects at different institutes, including 3D visualization at the Institute of Nuclear Technology & Radiation Protection, the BOEMIE project and the SEK Robot at the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications. On 2008 he established his own company – XRobotics – and built a heavy duty mobile robot (xbot) targeting security applications. His interests include cybersecurity, sensor fusion and vision using advanced machine learning algorithms and deep neural networks. He is currently a PhD candidate /researcher in School of Journalism & Mass Media Communication, researching Robotic technologies in media communication and computational journalism.

Nikolaos Vryzas was born in Thessaloniki in 1990. He studied Electrical & Computer Engineering in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After graduating, he received his master degrees on Information and Communication Audio Video Technologies for Education & Production from the Interdepartmental/Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program on Advanced Computer and Communication Systems of the Aristotle University. His master thesis was on spatio-temporal audio recognition and segmentation. He is currently a PhD candidate in School of Journalism & Mass Media Communication, dealing with topics concerning semantically enhanced/ intelligent interaction tools for Journalism applications. Since August 2017 his research is supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI).

Ofilia Psomadaki was born and lives in Thessaloniki. In 2009, she received a four-year degree from the Department of Fine Arts and Science of Arts, of the University of Ioannina, specialized in History of Art. In 2013, she received her Postgraduate Diploma on the Graphic Design Department of the University of Central Lancashire (Master of Arts). The issue of the diplomatic thesis is: “Visual Communication and New Technologies in Museums”. In 2018 she received her PhD Diploma from the Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and the subject of her doctoral dissertation is related with Technologies of Non Linear Storytelling for the Management of Cultural Heritage in Digital City. During her doctoral research, she was awarded with a three-year scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation, in cooperation with the National Bank of Greece. Moreover, she was graduated from the Annual Training Program for Teachers (E.P.PAI.K.) of Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education in Thessaloniki (ASPAITE). She is teaching Cultural Management Communication and Media I-II to the Department of Music Science and Art of University of Macedonia. Her current research interests include audiovisual technologies in new media, art history and culture, management of cultural heritage.


Dimitrios Giomelakis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece on July 30, 1985. He is currently a PhD student in journalism and a researcher of Media Informatics Lab in the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a graduate of the School of Journalism & Mass Communications. In 2007, he received his Master in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for audio-visual production and education from the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2015 he received a doctoral fellowship from Aristotle University for his research on online journalism. Among his research interests are online journalism, media technology, SEO, Web Analytics, Web 2.0 and social media. He has participated in several research projects regarding journalism and news industry. His work has been published in many scientific journals (e.g. Journalism Studies, Online Journalism) and conference proceedings.
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image019Dr. George Papanikolaou is professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, AUTH, specialized in Electroacoustics and TV systems. He is a founding member of the School of Music Studies, and of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of AUTh. His research interests are in the fields of Acoustics and Electroacoustics, Sound Systems, High Definition TV /video broadcasting and Digital Cinema (D-Cinema), music and audio technology, studio-recording techniques, and others. He is chairman of the Inter-institutional Interdepartmental Graduate Program entitled “Advanced Computer and Communications Systems”, leading also in the direction “New Technologies of Sound and Video in Education and Production”. Prof. G. Papanikolaou has supervised more than 15 Ph.D. dissertations in the fields of his expertise, and he has participated in many national scientific and technological committees (i.e. Infosociety, Broadband Task Force, Athens Olympic Broadcasting, etc.).
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image021Dr. Andreas L. Symeonidis is an Assistant Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Research Affiliate with the Informatics and Telematics Institute in Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests include Software Engineering (SE) Processes and Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE), data mining and knowledge extraction from Software repositories, Model-driven Engineering, Software quality and Software analytics. Dr. Symeonidis’ work has been published in over 80 papers, book chapters, and conference publications. He is the co-author of the book “Agent Intelligence through Data Mining”, published under the Springer Science and Business Media (ISBN: 0-387-24352-6, August 2005). Dr. Symeonidis is currently Project Coordinator of S-CASE (FP7-ICT-610717), RAPP (FP7-ICT-610947) and Technical Coordinator for the Pandora robotic vehicle (https://pandora.ee.auth.gr/) projects. He is also member of the board of directors for the Association for Trading Agent Research (http://tradingagents.org/) (2011-2014).
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image023Dr. Eugenia Siapera holds a BSc in Social Psychology and an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute. She has had research and teaching positions at the University of Amsterdam (NL), Anglia Ruskin (UK), University of Leicester (UK) and Aristotle University (Greece). She is currently the Deputy Director of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism and the Chair of the MA Social Media Communications.
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Dr Theodora Maniou is a lecturer in Journalism at the Department of Social & Political Sciences, University of Cyprus. She holds a PhD & a BA in Journalism (School of Journalism & Mass Media, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), and an MA in Communication’s Policy Studies (CITY, University of London, UK). Her area of specialization focuses on new models of journalism, television studies and multimedia journalism. She is a member of the Journalistic Union of Macedonia-Thrace (Greece), the European Federation of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists.
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bratsasDr. Charalampos Bratsas is a special member of the teaching staff in the Mathematics Department of AUTH and he is the founder of the Greek Chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation and the President of its Administration Board. He teaches in the Departments of Mathematics, Journalism, Biology and Geology and on the MSc of Complex Systems in AUTH. He has extensive experience in Semantic Web with a focus on Linked Open Data Internationalization and Ontology engineering. Additionally, he has been involved in ten EU research projects; his research interests include Data Mining algorithms, Semantic Web, Social Semantic Web, Internationalization of Linked Data, he is the coordinator of Greek DBPedia, Application Knowledge, Data Journalism, and Neuroinformatics.
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lia11Dr Lia-Paschalia Spyridou is Lecturer in Journalism and Media studies at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. She holds a PhD in Journalism and New Media from the Aristotle University and an MA in Communication from the University of Westminster. In 2012 she received a postdoctoral fellowship from Aristotle University for her research on participatory journalism. She has had research and teaching positions at the University of Macedonia (Greece) and Cyprus University of Technology. She is currently coordinator of the BA in Journalism Studies at the University of Cyprus. She has published among others, in Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, European Journal of Communication, International Communication Gazette, and has participated in several research projects.
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avdelDr. Konstantinos Avdelidis is an Information Technology consultant in the Municipal Organization for Information and Communication of Thessaloniki. He holds a Diploma and a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has participated as a pre- and post-doctoral researcher on several projects in the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Journalism and Mass Media Communication departments as well as the Philology, English schools of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His main research interests lie in the fields of audiovisual signal archiving/distribution and vocal/verbal/language information processing. His past positions include working as part-time lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communication of the Aristotle University and as a vocational training certified tutor.

vrysisDr. Lazaros Vrysis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece on October 16, 1985. He completed his studies at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received the diploma degree in Electrical Engineering in the direction of Electronics and Computer Engineering in 2009. He completed the interdisciplinary post-graduate program “Advanced Computer and Communication Systems” in 2014 and received his PhD in 2019, both from the same school. He specializes in audio-visual semantic analysis, deep learning and educational software design. In the last few years he has developed numerous software solutions working on relevant research projects and he has published over 50 applications for the App Store. He is AV and IT consultant at the Municipal Organization for Information and Communication of Thessaloniki.
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