NTUA (Greece)

National Technical University of Athens

Profile of the organisation

The Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (IVML, www.image.ntua,gr) was established in 1988, in the School of Computer and Electrical Engineering of NTUA. The members of the Lab (about 35) are active members of the research community having published more than 100 journal and 200 international conference contributions. IVML participates in the design and implementation of intelligent semantic analysis and retrieval of multimedia content, following the MPEG (4,7,21) and Semantic Web standards. It has been a key technological member in the Digital Libraries and particularly in the EUROPEANA developments dealing with content analysis and interoperability issues. In this framework they developed the MINT tool for metadata interoperability that is being used by EUROPEANA and has been selected as one of six beta sprints by the evolving Digital Public Library of America.

Relevant previous experience in the domain:

–          Europeana Creative (CIP-ICT-PSP2013- on going, WP Leader – Technology provider)

–          Linked Heritage (CIP-ICT-PSP2011 – 2013, WP Leader – Technology provider)

–          Carare (CIP-ICT-PSP2010 – 2013, WP Leader – Technology provider)

–          Indicate (FP7-Infrastructures 2010 – 2012, WP Leader – Technology provider)

–          EUScreen (eContentplus 2009 – 2012, WP Leader – Technology provider)

–          ATHENA (eContentplus 2008 – 2011, WP Leader – Technology provider)


Role in the project

NTUA will contribute to the research and development activities related to the implementation of the Europeana Space infrastructure. It will be responsible for WP2 “Infrastructure and tools for content access, use and storage” that will provide the necessary tools and APIs to the professional users and third party developers for the development of applications based on Europeana’s cultural resources.


Key Personnel

Prof. Stefanos Kollias, received the Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from NTUA in 1979, the M.Sc degree in Communication Engineering from the University of Manchester, U.K., in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Signal Processing from the Computer Science Division of NTUA in 1984. In 1987-88 he was a Visiting Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Center for Telecommunications Research, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A. Since 1997 he is Professor of NTUA and Director of IVML.

Dr Giorgos Stamou, Ph.D 1998, Lecturer in EECE Department of NTUA; expertise in description logics, logic programming, fuzzy logic, neural networks, ontologies, digital archives, semantic multimedia annotation and semantic interoperability; he is the W3C AC rep of NTUA in Rule Interchange Format WG, Web Ontology Language WG, Uncertainty Reasoning for the Web (URW3) XG, RuleML & Fuzzy RuleML.

Dr. Athanasios Drosopoulos received the degree in Computer Science from the University of Ioannina, Greece in 1998, and the Ph.D. in the field of computer vision from the Elec. & Comp. Eng. school of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2005. He has worked as a senior researcher, software engineer and project manager for NTUA, in more than 20 Greek and EC projects in the fields of neural networks & machine learning, emotion analysis & human-computer interaction, knowledge technologies and digital archives. He is currently involved in research activities and projects concerning metadata modeling and aggregation, interoperability and access to digital cultural heritage content and, semantic web technologies.

Dr. Nikolaos Simou is a researcher in Image Video and Multimedia Systems Laboratory of NTUA. He received the B-Eng in Computer Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Design of the University of Sussex, the MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the School of Computing of the University of Sussex, and the Ph.D. in the EECE Dept. of NTUA in the field of knowledge representation, reasoning, ontologies and semantic technologies. He has been involved in many European projects like Acemedia-IP, Knowledge Web – NoE, K-Space – IST NoE,  X-Media-IP, EUScreen, Indicate and others.