The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, founded in 1837, is the oldest university in Greece. The Department of Informatics and Telecommunications (http://www.di.uoa.gr) has been active since 1986 and it is widely recognized as the top Computer Science department in Greece. In 2009–2011 it ranked among the top-100 international Computer Science departments by the Academic Ranking of World Universities of Shanghai Jiaotong University. The department, with 47 faculty members, has a long standing tradition in research and teaching and offers an excellent environment for undergraduates and postgraduates including Ph.D. students. Many faculty members are world leaders in their research areas, and have been awarded distinguished professional society fellowships (ACM, IEEE among them), prizes and awards. Four junior and one senior faculty members have recently been awarded the prestigious ERC Starting Grant and ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council.
Management of Data, Information, and Knowledge Group (MaDgIK)
The Management of Data, Information, and Knowledge Group (MaDgIK) is a research team at the Department of Informatics & Telecommunications, which has 70+ members, including five faculty, several R&D staff, and students at all educational stages. The group focuses on several research areas related to the Data-Info-Knowledge continuum, such as Database and Information Systems, Big Data Analytics, Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining, Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, Sensor-based and Stream Data Management, Query Optimization, Information Search, Personalization and Adaptation, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Constraint Satisfaction Problems, Semantic Web and Linked Data, Semantic Sensor Web, Digital Libraries and Repositories, Data Infrastructures and Human-Computer Interaction. It has a long history in participating and leading European funded projects that cover the above areas. Much of the Group’s research is done in the context of and inspired by problems in several application areas, such as Medical Informatics, Cultural Heritage, Museum Studies, Biodiversity, Earth Sciences, Marine Science, Environment, History, and others.