IISA | Summer School – ESCAPES
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Summer School – ESCAPES


Summer School

on Engineering Smart Cities with AI Processes-Enhanced Software (ESCAPES)

Zakynthos, GREECE

16 – 20 July 2018

With the technical support of

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Biological and Artificial Intelligence Foundation (BAIF), USA
  • Wright State University, USA
  • Purdue University, USA
  • University of Piraeus, Greece
  • Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands, Greece


Nikolaos Bourbakis | Distinguished Professor CART - Wright State University

Dr. Nikolaos Bourbakis received his BS degree in mathematics from the National University of Athens, Athens, Greece, and his Ph.D. in computer science and computer engineering, from the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece, in 1983.


He currently is a Distinguished Professor in Informatics & Technology and the Director of the Center of Assistive Research Technologies (CART) at Wright State University, OH. Previous Academic positions: Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Information Technology Research Institute (CART) at Wright State University, Associate Director of the Center on Intelligent Systems, Director of the Image-Video-Vision & Applied AI Research Lab, Professor of Electrical Engineering with joint appointment to the Computer Science Department at SUNY-Binghamton, Professor and Lab Director at Technical University of Crete, Greece, and Assistant Professor at GMU.


Dr. Bourbakis’ industrial experience includes service to IBM, CA and Soft Sight, NY. He is the founder and Vice President of the AIIS, Inc., NY. He pursues research in Assistive Technologies, Applied AI, Machine Vision, Biometrics, Bioengineering, Information Security, and Parallel/Distributed Processing funded by USA and European government and industry.


He has published more than 370 articles in refereed International Journals, book-chapters and Conference Proceedings, and 10 books as an author, co-author or editor. He has graduated 20 Ph.D.s and 40 Master students.


He is the founder and the EIC of the International Journal on AI Tools, the Editor in Charge of a Research Series of Books in AI (WS Publisher), the Founder and General Chair of several International IEEE Computer Society Conferences, Symposia and Workshops. He is or was an Associate Editor in several IEEE and International Journals, and a Guest Editor in 18 special issues in IEEE and International Journals related to his research interests. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished IEEE Computer Society Speaker, an NSF University Research Programs Evaluator, an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member, President of the BAIF Foundation, an External Evaluator in University Promotion Committees, an Official Nominator of the National Academy of Achievements for Computer Science Programs, External Evaluator of Informatics Departments and a keynote speaker in numerous International Conferences. He is also listed in many organizations (Who’s Who in Engineering, in Science, in Education, in Intellectuals, in Computer Engineering, AMWS, List of Distinguished Editors, etc.)


His research work has been internationally recognized and has won several prestigious awards. Some of them are: IBM Author recognition Award 1991, IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award 1992, IEEE Outstanding Paper Award AUTESTCON 1994, IEEE Computer Society Technical Research Achievement Award 1998, IEEE I&S Outstanding Leadership Award 1998, IEEE ICTAI 10 years Research Contribution Award 1999, Pattern Recognition Society Journal, best papers selection for 1999, IEEE Symposium on BIBE Outstanding Leadership Award, 2003, ASC Outstanding Scientists & Engineers Research Award-2005, SETN Research Recognition-2006, Degree of Honor and Recognition, University of Patras, Greece 2007, IEEE Appreciation Award for organizing ICTAI-08 in Dayton Ohio, 2008, IEEE Computer Society Appreciation Award as the BIBE Steering Chair 2009, Dr. F. Russ IEEE Biomedical Engineering award, Dayton Ohio, 2010, Most Cited Article for 2006-2010, and Honorary mentioned for several years Pattern Recognition Society Journal, IJAIT best papers selection for the years 2006-2010, IEEE Conf. BIBE Keynote Speaker Recognition Award 2011, IEEE ICTAI CV Ramamoorthy best paper Award 2012. Bourbakis received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 1998 “for outstanding and pioneering contributions to space filling curves for image processing and intelligent visual navigation of autonomous robots in unknown space.”

George A. Tsihrintzis | Full Professor, Head of Dept of Informatics - University of Piraeus

GEORGE A. TSIHRINTZIS is a Full Professor in the University of Piraeus, Greece and Head of its Department of Informatics. He received the Diploma of Electrical Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (with honors) and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. His current research interests include Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Decision Theory, and Statistical Signal Processing and their applications in Multimedia Interactive Services, User Modeling, Knowledge-based Software Systems, Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval. He has authored or co-authored over 300 research publications in these areas, which include 5 monographs and 15 edited volumes.


He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies (Inderscience) and a member of the editorial boards of 8 additional journals. He has chaired over 20 international conferences. He has guest co-edited 9 special issues of international journals.


He has supervised 8 doctoral students who have received their doctoral degrees and is currently supervising an additional 7 students.


He has guest co-edited 8 special issues of international journals.


He won the Best Poster Paper Award of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations, Las Vegas, USA, April 7-9, 2008, for co-authoring a paper titled: “Evaluation of a Middleware System for Accessing Digital Music Libraries in Mobile Services.”


He also won one of the Best Applications Papers Award of the 29th Annual International Conference of the British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge, UK, December 15-17, 2009, for co-authoring a paper titled: “On Assisting a Visual-Facial Affect Recognition System with Keyboard-Stroke Pattern Information.”


He also won one the Best Paper Awards of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications for co-authoring a paper titled: “Genetic-AIRS: A Hybrid Classification Method based on Genetic Algorithms and Artificial Immune Systems.”


He was Keynote Speaker at the 7th International KES Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IIMSS2014), Chania, Greece, 18-20 June 2014


He was Keynote Speaker at the 29th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI2017), Boston, MA, USA, 6-8 November 2017

George A. Tsihrintzis can be reached at geoatsi@unipi.gr.

Georgios P. Heliades | Associate Professor - Tech Institute of Ionian Islands

Georgios P. Heliades is an Associate Professor at the Technological Institute of Ionian Islands. He has studied Computer Science at Loughborough University (PhD), Human-Computer Interaction at Heriot-Watt University (M.Sc.), and Informatics-Software Engineering at Technological Institute of Athens (B.Sc). In the course of time, he has cultivated a rich professional, research and teaching experience in the wider IT area, which spans from the telecom business to HCI teaching to field recording of local cultural content at the Ionian Islands country province. His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction in the era of new media, mental models in design and cultural field recording. He has produced a number of scientific publications related to the above topics and has been a member and director on a number of related research projects and academic conferences. He is currently appointed as a Vice-President of the Department of Digital Media and Communication at Kefalonia, working on the department’s media and user experience research infrastructure.

Agisilaos Konidaris | PhD, Entrepreneur, Univ Lecturer, Dept Head

Dr. Agisilaos Konidaris


PhD Computer Engineer, Entrepreneur, University Lecturer and Department Head with extensive, hands on experience over the past 20 years in Digital Marketing, Digital Media, IT product design and management. Lecturer in Computer Science/Digital Media and director of the Mobile Applications and Tourism lab at the Digital Media and Communication Department of the Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian islands in Greece. Previously Head of the Digital Media and Communication Dept. at the Technical University of the Ionian Islands in Greece. Work experience environment includes both the public sector (academics/research) and the private sector (as an entrepreneur who founded and ran a Digital Marketing firm in Greece for several years). Extensive experience in Digital Marketing, Project Management, Digital Tourism services, Team Management, Public Speaking and Problem Solving. Digital Marketing and Teaching are both a mission and a passion. He has published more than 30 papers in peer reviewed International Conferences and Journals that have received more than 120 citations

Katerina Kabassi | Assistant Professor - Tech Institute of Ionian Islands

Katerina Kabassi is an Assistant Professor in Software Engineering in TEI of Ionian Islands. Her leresearch focuses on the evaluation of software based on inspection or empirical methods using several methods among which are multi-criteria decision making theories. Other research projects that she has participated involve Knowledge-based Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Personalization Systems, User Modeling, Web-based Information Systems and Educational Software.She has authored over 100 articles, which have been published in international/national journals, books and conferences. She has served as a member of Program Committees and/or reviewer of several International conferences and reviewer of 26 international journals in her research areas.  She has organized two summer schools and a special session in an international conference. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator in 22 research or development projects.

Spyros Polykalas | Associate Professor - Tech Institute of Ionian Islands

Spyros Polykalas received his Degree (BEng) from the Polytechnic Faculty of University of Patras in 1994, and Doctoral Degree in 1999 from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). From 1999 until 2001 he worked as a scientific associate in NTUA and from 2001 to 2008 he worked as Special Scientist in Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT). In 2008 joined the faculty of the Department of Business Administration of the Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands, as an Assistant Professor. From 2014 holds a position of an Associate Professor in the Department of Digital Media and Communication. His main scientific interests are related to the provision of Electronic Communication Services. In particular he has more than 20 years of experience in issues such as performance evaluation of Intelligent Broadband Networks, economic-technical models of telecommunications networks, legal/regulatory framework for telecommunications and information technology and personal data privacy. Spyros Polykalas has been participated in several national and international projects related to provision of electronic communication services. He is a co-author of two scientific books, while his research work in the above mentioned fields has been published in international journals and has been presented in international conferences.

Part I: Intelligent Software Engineering and Development

  1. Personalized Software Development, Maria Virvou (University of Piraeus, GR), 2 hours
  2. Machine Learning Tools in Software Development, George A. Tsihrintzis, (University of Piraeus, GR), 2 hours
  3. Decision Making for Website Evaluation, Katerina Kabassi (Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands, GR), 2 hours
  4. Native Mobile Software Development, Efthimios Alepis (University of Piraeus, GR), 2 hours
  5. Mobile Security & Malware, Costas Patsakis (University of Piraeus, GR), 2 hours
  6. Mobile Apps, Social Media and Personal Data Privacy, Spiros Polykalas (Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands, GR), 2 hours
  7. Social Network Analytics, Dionisios Sotiropoulos  (University of Piraeus, GR), 2 hours
  8. User Experience (UX) and Visual Design Trends in Digital Media and Communication, Georgios Heliades (Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands, GR), 2 hours
  9. Digital Marketing from the Information Technology Perspective, Agisilaos Konidares (Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands, GR), 2 hours

Part II: Cyber-Security and Smart City Engineering

  1. Cyber-Security and Cyber-Warfare Challenges, Sukarno Mertoguno (ONR, USA) and Nikolaos Bourbakis (CART-WSU-USA), 2 hours
  2. Smart Cities: Monitoring and Surveillance, Nikolaos Bourbakis (CART-WSU, USA), 2 hours
  3. Smart Cities: Healthcare Monitoring and First Response in Disasters, Nikolaos Bourbakis (CART-WSU, USA), 2 hours
  4. Smart Cities: Assistive Devices for People in Need, Nikolaos Bourbakis (CART-WSU, USA), 2 hours
  5. Smart Cities: Smart Cars as Intelligent Agents Reducing Accidents, Nikolaos Bourbakis (CART-WSU, USA), 2 hours
  6. Smart Cities: Saving Energy in Smart Homes, Miltos Alamaniotis (PU, USA), 2 hours



Payment of the participation fee of 390 euros entitles participants to attend all 15 offered courses and participate in the TEAM PROJECT and the ESCAPES 2018 social program