Administrative Council

Χαράλαμπος Μπράτσας

Charalampos Bratsas

Administrative Council & CEO

Dr Charalampos Bratsas is the founder of Open Knowledge Foundation Greece and CEO. He is working as researcher and teaching academic staff at the Department of Mathematics, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and participates as researcher in Medical Physics Laboratory of AUTH. Main research areas are Open Data (creator of Greek Open Data Hub), Semantic Web, Social Semantic Web, Linked Data (Greek DBpedia Coordinator), Data Mining, Big Data and AI applications. He is also post-doctoral scientific associate at Complex System Analysis Laboratory of AUTH. He holds a bachelor degree in Maths (1999), master degree in Medical Informatics and PhD in Informatics in Medical Education (2008). He has participated in many European Committee research programs. He has more than 60 articles in the fields of Semantic Web, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis published in scientific Journals and conference proceedings.

Ιωάννης Αντωνίου

Ioannis Antoniou

Administrative Council

After graduating from the Physics Department of the University of Athens, Ioannis Antoniou investigated different fascinating aspects of Complexity together with Ilya Prigogine (Nobel Prize 1977) at the Solvay Institutes, Brussels. Since 2001, he is teaching Information Theory, Chaos, Mathematical Modeling and Internet Traffic at the Mathematics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Ioannis Antoniou has served as Deputy Director of the International Solvay Institutes of Physics and Chemistry in Brussels and Head of the Mathematics Department of the AUTH. Today, he is Director of the Graduate Studies of the Mathematics Department of the AUTH and Member of the Scientific Council of the International Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia and 9 International Scientific Associations.

Ioannis Antoniou has directed 7 PhD Theses, 10 MSc Theses and 20 Graduation Theses. He has also been Member of the Examination Committee of 17 PhD theses and 12 M.Sc. Theses. He has coordinated 14 RTD Projects (EC:9, IST Luxembourg:4, INTAS:1), 4 International Research Collaborations and participated in 6 RTD Projects (EC:2, NATO:2, INTAS:2). He has organized 23 Conferences and participated in 175 Conferences. He is the author of 133 papers in journals, 41 papers in conference proceedings, 18 research reports, co-editor of 11 books, 5 translations, 10 letters, 2 patents and 11 articles/interviews for the general public. Ioannis Antoniou has served as Referee in 14 Journals, Member of the Editorial Board of 9 Journals, Reviewer of RTD Projects (EC, NSF, DOE, Guggenheim, NATO, UNESCO).

Ioannis Antoniou is Professor Honoris Causa of Lomonosov Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University and Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. He was awarded the Kapitza Medal of Russian Academy, the De Donder Prize from the Royal Academy of Belgium (1991-1993) and the Prigogine Price (2008).

Παναγιώτης Μπαμίδης

Panagiotis Bamidis

Administrative Council

Panagiotis Bamidis is currently Assoc. Prof. in the Lab of Medical Physics, Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has founded and has been leading four research groups, namely, in Medical Education Informatics, in Assistive Technologies and Silver Science, in Applied and Affective Neuroscience, and in Health Services Research. In the last 6 years, he has been the co-ordinator of five large European projects (;;,, as well as the principal investigator for a number of national and international funded projects. His publication record consists of more than 85 international refereed journal papers, and over 300 international peer reviewed conference papers, as well as several book chapters / edited conference proceedings volumes and over some 1000 citations (h-index>19). In addition, he has been acting as a referee in more than 30 journals, and as Guest Editor in more than 20 journal special issues. He is a member of the Editorial Board in 5 journals and Associate Editor in the prestigious series of JMIR journals. He is the President of the Hellenic Biomedical Technology Society (ELEBIT), a member of the Administration Boards of the Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations and Related Disorders, the Greek AeroSpace & Space Medicine Research Association, a member of the Life Sciences Division of the International Academy of Astronautics and past member of the Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is/has been the Chairman/Organiser of nine international conferences (iSHIMR2001, iSHIMR2005, MEDICON2010, GASMA2010, SAN2011, MEI2012, ΜΕΙ2015, SAN2016, CBMS2017) and several national Biomedical Technology conferences and he is the Conference Producer of the Medical Education Informatics Conference and associated Spring/Summer School Series. He is a visiting scientist at Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation and a founding member of Chapter Greece. In 2009, he was awarded the Prize of the AUTH Research Committee for the Best Track Record in funded research projects among AUTH young academic staff. In 2015, he was awarded the title of the Honorary Professor of Karaganda State Medical University, Kazakhstan, as well as the Pospelov Medal for his contributions to Medical Education development by the same University.

His research interests are within technology enhanced learning in Medical Education (web2.0, semantic web and open linked data, serious games, virtual patients, PBL and scenario based learning, learning analytics), Affective and Applied Neuroscience, Affective and Physiological Computing, multimodal interaction and HCI, Health Information Management, Bio-medical Informatics with emphasis on neurophysiological sensing, signal analysis, and imaging of human emotions. He is also actively researching Assistive Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing, as well as, special education/developmental disorders, and silvergaming/exergaming/silver-science and the associated use of semantic technologies and IoT. In 2013 he established the Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab in Thessaloniki (ThessAHALL; which in 2016 became a member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

Αναστασία Μαρτζοπούλου

Anastasia Martzopoulou

Administrative Council

Dr. Anastasia Martzopoulou is a Mechanical and Agricultural Engineer and belongs to the academic staff of the Department of Architecture – Polytechnic School – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she completed her PhD thesis entitled “Energy and environmental management in industrial concentrations.” Her research activity started in 1999, where she collaborated with the Departments of Civil and Agricultural Engineering, and later on with the URENIO Research Unit – AUTH. Some scientific fields she is interested in: Urban/Regional Planning and Innovation, Smart Specialisation, Smart Energy Cities, Environmental Planning, Industrial Symbiosis and Ecology, Eco – Industrial Parks, Emergy Analysis, Agricultural Engineering, Alternative Energy Sources.

She teaches at the Schools of Architecture and Agriculture.

Γεώργιος Μητακίδης

George Metakides

Administrative Council

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1945, Prof. Metakides received as a Fulbright scholar a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Logic from Cornell University in 1971. He pursued an academic career in the U.S.A. at MIT, Cornell University and Rochester University until 1978, when he returned to Greece to take the Chair of Logic at the University of Patras. He has published numerous articles and books in the areas of Mathematical Logic, Computer Science and Science Policy and is a frequent invited speaker at major international conferences. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the Technical University of Bucharest and the University of Thessaloniki and is an honorary professor of the University of Moscow. He is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Science. He has received the Medal of Honour of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, the Polish Information Society Recognition Award, for his efforts to build co-operation between IT professionals in Poland and the EU, and the Telecom Europe Prize Salvà I Campillo for his contribution to the development and dissemination of new information and communication technologies in Europe.

Since 1984 he has held senior positions with responsibility for R&D policy, funding and international co-operation in European institutions, including president of the Research Group of the European Council and member of the ESPRIT (European Strategic Programme of Research in Information Technology) Management Committee and of the NATO Science Committee at different times between 1984 and 1987. He established and headed the department for Basic Research and International Scientific Relations in Information Technologies at the European Commission from 1988 to 1993. He was the director of the 2 billion Euro ESPRIT Programme in the European Commission’s Industry Directorate General from 1993 until its completion in 1998.

Until November 2002 he was director of Essential Technologies and Infrastructures in Europe’s 4 billion Euro Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme (1998-2002), in the Information Society Directorate General which – besides funding and co-ordinating R&D in information and communication technologies in the European Union – also covers information society and telecommunications policy and regulation. He is an active contributor to the promotion of co-operation between the European Union and other regions. He has instigated the establishment of research agreements between the EU and the USA (including the launch of the World Wide Web Consortium, W3C, and a joint initiative on the dependability of critical infrastructures). In addition to collaborative activities with Japan, China, Russia and the countries of Latin America, he leads a number of joint actions in Central & Eastern Europe as well as the Balkan and Mediterranean regions.

Μαρίνος Παπαδόπουλος

Marinos Papadopoulos

Administrative Council

Dr. Marinos Papadopoulos is a lawyer, member of the Athens Lawyer’s association since 1996. He holds a PhD/JSD from the Department of Law, University of Athens, on intellectual property on the internet with regards to Openness. He graduated from the Law school of the University of Athens (JD) and holds a Master degree on corporate communication- public relations of corporations from Boston University. He has also post-graduate studies from Harvard University on Legal Informatics, and George Washington University on Management. He has participated in international fora on issues such as Legal Informatics (Information Technology and Legal Science), Information Community and Digital Strategy and has rich experience in representing Greek and foreign clients in cases regarding Legal Informatics within Civil, Criminal and Commercial Law. He was legal lead and author of the licence on Creative Commons v. 2.5 & v. 3.0 in Greece; he is a founding member of Open Knowledge Foundation Greece and author of the Greek license Open Data Common (ODC) Open Database License (ODbL) of the Open Knowledge Foundation. He has rich experience as special scientific and legal adviser on innovative projects funded from the European Commission and implemented in Greece and abroad (Turkey, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, France, England, Italy, etc.). He is the author of many scientific articles and publications published in Greece, USA, Great Britain, and India.

Παύλος Σπυράκης

Paul Spirakis

Administrative Council

Paul Spirakis was born in 1955, he graduated with honors from the National Technical University of Athens (1978) and holds a PhD from Harvard (1982) in Computer Science. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Harvard and worked as Assistant Professor at New York University (until 1978). He was elected Professor in 1990 at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Patras University where he served as chairman of the Department for six years. He has been honored with several international prizes and grants (e.g. National Science Foundation, USA) as well as the First Prize of the Greek Mathematics Society. He is also a distinguished scientific visitor at Max Planck Informatik. In 2005 he was recognised as one of the fifty leading scientists worldwide in Computer Science according to “The Best Nurturers in Computer Science Research”. Since May 1996 he is the Director of the Research and Academic Computer Technology Institute (R&A.C.T.I) of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs.

Ανδρέας Βέγλης

Andreas Veglis

Administrative Council

Is Head of the Media Informatics Lab and Professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his BSc in Physics, MSc in Electronics and Communications, and PhD in Computer Science from Aristotle University. From November of 2010 until February of 2015 he was Head of the postgraduate program of the Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In March of 2012 he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Department of Journalism Mass Media Communication. His research interests include information technology in journalism, new media, course support environments, data journalism, open data and distance learning. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, he has published 58 papers on scientific journals and he has presented 86 papers in international and national Conferences. Professor Veglis has been involved in 25 national and international research projects. Proudly he is the School of Data Greece Coordinator.

Βασίλειος Βεσκούκης

Vassilios Vescoukis

Administrative Council

Vassilios Vescoukis, co-founder of the Greek Open Knowledge Foundation and member of the Administrative Council, he received a diploma degree (1991)and the PhD degree (1996) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. Since 1987 he works in the field of Information Systems on software development, quality assurance, e-learning education and administration as well as management of environmental crisis. Since 2006 he is assistant professor at the National Technical University of Athens. His research interests focus on information systems, in particular integration of heterogeneous distributed systems for risk management and operational planning, optimization of spatially distributed network systems and services as well as dynamic semantic network behavior.

Σωτήρης Ζυγιάρης

Sotirios Zygiaris

Administrative Council

Dr. Sotirios Zygiaris field of expertise is innovation management and business modeling for smart ecosystems. He is a 1986 graduate of Lamar University USA holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with minor in Business Administration. He has a Master’s of Science degree, awarded in 1988 from the same university in USA in the field of Management of Information Systems (MIS). He was awarded a Ph.D. degree from Aristotle University, in 2009 in the analysis of innovation ecosystems.

From the years 2005 to 2013 he had participated in various European Policy Committees, as a European Union International Expert in DG Regional Policy and DG Enterprise and Industry. As international peer expert had participated in European Commission review committees related to technological innovation and entrepreneurship policies. He was also an expert reviewer for smart city policies for the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) of Italy. He had valuable Information and Communications Technology experience in the industry working for the petroleum industry in USA for four years from 1986 to 1990. He had also worked as business consultant in technological change in large-scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) projects.  In 2000 he joined Aristotle’s University Research Committee, up to 2013, as project manager working in forty international research projects under the umbrella of Urban and Regional Innovation Research Unit (URENIO). His research projects mainly dealt with technological uptake policies for regional innovation, business cluster formation policies and business intelligence methodologies.

Currently he is faculty of PMU University as an Assoc. Professor in the Management Information Systems Department of the College of Business Administration. From the years 2000 up to 2013 he was a Visiting Professor at Executive Post-Graduate School of Athens and University Peloponnese teaching the subject of “Technology and Organizational Change. He was a lecturer for six years at the University of Sheffield, Computer Science Department teaching programming, software engineering and MIS subjects.  He had also worked in curriculum design for a post-graduate degree in Innovation Management.

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