The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is Greece’s oldest (founded in 1836) and most prestigious technological institution of Greece. It consists of nine engineering schools, covering the full spectrum of engineering fields. The iRead project will be carried out by 2 laboratories of NTUA: The Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (IVML) belonging to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Algorithmic Applications and Logic Lab (AALL) belonging to the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

The Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (IVML) was established in 1988, as one of the Laboratories of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece. The most important areas of R&D activities performed or supported by IVML include face, body, emotion analysis, recognition and action; knowledge based multimedia analysis; uncertainty modelling, fuzzy and neurofuzzy technologies; artificial neural networks and computational intelligence; intelligent Human Computer Interaction and serious/educational/entertainment games. IVML has been involved in more than ninety R&D projects. Half of them have been funded by the European Commission and the rest by Greek organisations.

The Algorithmic Applications and Logic Laboratory (AALL) was established in 2014 and is one of the newest laboratories of NTUA, devoted to the study of software applications with special requirements in terms of algorithmic design and logic.

The research areas covered by AALL include: algorithmic design and analysis, graph drawing with emphasis on security applications, map labelling, formal methods, logic and computation, operational research and software development, data protection and privacy.


Professor Antonios Symvonis | Director of AALL Laboratory
Antonios holds a Ph.D. (1991) degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. Since 2003 he has been with NTUA where he is currently a Professor at the School of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Director of the AALL Laboratory. His research interests lie in the fields of design and analysis of algorithms, graph and network visualization, map labelling, social networks, and software development. He has co-authored over 100 Journal and Conference research papers in the field of Computer Science and has served as a Program Committee member for numerous conferences. Professor Symvonis is a Board Member of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority.

02_ntua_kolliasProfessor Stefanos Kollias | Director of IVML Laboratory
Stefanos received the Ph.D degree in Signal Processing from the Computer Science Division of NTUA in 1984. Since 1989 he has been with the NTUA where he is currently a Professor. He is currently the Director of the IVML Laboratory. Stefanos has led more than 100 European and national projects in the last decade, has co-authored more than 100 publications in scientific journals and over 200 presentations to international conferences. He was one of the experts that the EC has used for defining the framework of ‘Knowledge Technologies and their perspective’ and a member of the EC Expert Group on DL and the Europeana network, since 2007.

02_ntua_kontogiannis Professor Kostas Kontogiannis | Director of SOFTLAB Laboratory
Kostas has received his Ph.D. from McGill University Canada in Computer Science, and is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the NTUA SOFTLAB Laboratory. Prior to joining NTUA in 2007, Kostas was a tenured faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Canada. In the last decade, he has led more than 20 projects in Canada and Europe. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers in scientific journals and conferences in the areas of software analysis, software reverse engineering, service orientation, and software migration.

02_ntua_karpouzisDr Kostas Karpouzis | Research Director of IVML Laboratory
Kostas is a Research Director at the Image, Video and Multimedia Laboratory. His current research interests lie in the areas of human computer interaction, emotion understanding, affective and natural interaction and serious games. Kostas has published more than 170 papers in international journals and proceedings of international conferences; he is a co-editor of the ‘Humaine Handbook on Emotion research’ and the edited book on ‘Emotion in Games’ to be published in 2016, and a contributor to the K. Scherer’s ‘Blueprint for an affectively competent agent’.


Dr Crysanthi Raftopoulou | Developer
Crysanthi completed all her studies at the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences of National Technical University of Athens. She received her Diploma, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in 2007, 2009, and 2016, respectively. Her research interests include graph drawing and visualization, data mining in social media. She has an extensive experience as software developer.