Yannis Tzitzikas

Yannis Tzitzikas

Affiliated Researcher to ICS-FORTH
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Crete

Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)

Nikolaou Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton
P.O Box 1385
GR-70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Phone: +30 2810 391 621
Fax: +30 2810 391 638
E-mail: tzitzik@ics.forth.gr
Home page: http://www.ics.forth.gr/~tzitzik

Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the Computer Science Department University of Crete, and Affiliated Researcher to Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) at FORTH-ICS.

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

  • Information Indexing, Retrieval, Access and Exploration
    • Web Searching (Interactive Searching, Results Clustering, DBMS-based text indexes)
    • Theory, techniques and applications of multifaceted classification and exploratory searching
    • Unified interaction methods between users and information sources
  • Information Systems
    • Semantic Data Management
      • Comparison operators, Knowledge Evolution and Versioning, Ontology Visualization, Application of Semantic Web for Digital Preservation, Provenance Modelling and Querying
    • o Mediators and P2P systems, distributed query evaluation algorithms, automatic methods for mapping construction

Recent Research Projects

  • NoE APARSEN (Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe), 1/1/2011-31/12/2014
    Project number: 269977, Call: FP7-ICT-2009-6, Network of Excellence
  • COST ACTION IC2002 MUMIA (Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Acess), 2010-2014
    National Representative, Vice Chair of the Working Group on Semantic and Faceted Search
  • Project EO-USNG-Phase 2, 1/5/2009 - 30/4/2010
    Scientific responsible for FORTH-ICS for the project EO User Service Next Generation (EO USNG) – Phase 2, Contract Num. with ESA: 21086/07/I-LG, Contr. Num. with ACS: CTR/ACS/FORTH/EO-USNG/09-289/1.0
    Objective: advancing the access services of ESA (European Space Agency). ESA Funding (for FORTH-ICS) : € 35 000.
  • Project EO-USNG, 1/2/2008-1/10/2008
    Scientific responsible for FORTH-ICS for the project EO User Service Next Generation (EO USNG), Contr. Num. with ESA: 21086/07/I-LG, Contr. Num. with ACS: CTR/ACS/FORTH/EO-USNG/07-739.
    Objective: advancing the access services of ESA (European Space Agency). ESA Funding (for FORTH-ICS) : € 25 000.
  • Project CASPAR, 1/4/2006-30/9/2009
    CASPAR (Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval), FP6-2005-IST-033572, 1/4/2006 - 30/9/2009 (42 months), EU Funding: € 8 800 000.
  • Project KP-LAB, 1/2/2006-today
    KP-LAB,FP6-2004-IST-4, 1/2/2006-31/01/2011, EU funding: 11M Euros.
    Participation to the development of the SWKM platform with emphasis on issues related to the comparison (delta) of semantic models and on applying Semantic Technologies for e-learning

Awards and Distinctions

  • Best Paper Award at the 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC'2007), Korea, Nov. 2007, for the paper "On the Foundations of Computing Deltas between RDF models" (work done in collaboration with the MSc student D. Zeginis and Prof. V. Christophides).
  • Best Paper Award in the CIA’2003 conference for the work entitled “Ostensive Automatic Schema Mapping for Taxonomy-based Peer-to-Peer Systems” (joint work with Carlo Meghini).
  • October 2002 – April 2004
    ERCIM fellowship for postdoctoral studies at ISTI-CNR (Italy) and VTT (Finland).
  • Sep 2001 – Sep 2002.
    Maria Michael Manasaki legacy’s fellowship (awarded to the best graduate student of Computer Science department of the University of Crete, once a year).
  • June 1992 – October 1997 and December 1999 – September 2002
    Fellowship from FORTH-ICS.

Short CV

Yannis Tzitzikas is currently Assistant Professor of Information Systems in the Computer Science Dep. at University of Crete (Greece) and Associate Researcher of the Information Systems Laboratory at FORTH-ICS (Greece). Before joining UofCrete and FORTH-ICS he was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Namur (Belgium) and ERCIM postdoctoral fellow at ISTI-CNR (Pisa, Italy) and at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies (MSc, PhD) in the Computer Science Department at the University of Crete. In parallel, he was a member of the Information Systems Lab of FORTH-ICS for about 8 years, where he conducted basic and applied research around semantic network-based information systems within several EU-founded research projects. His research interests fall in the intersection of the following areas: Information Systems, Information Indexing and Retrieval, Conceptual Modeling, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Collaborative Distributed Applications. The results of his research have been published in more than 80 papers in refereed international conferences and journals, and he has received two best paper awards (at CIA’2003 and ISWC’07).

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