The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH, http://www.forth.gr/) is one of the largest research centres of Greece with well-organised facilities and highly qualified staff. FORTH is a non-profit government organisation, monitored by the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology and is located on the island of Crete. FORTH comprises of 7 Institutes and is an internationally known and highly competitive research center, with a modern infrastructure and a broad range of research, development and educational activities. Processing of cost statements and scientific reports, monitoring of finances, and enforcement of specific financial guidelines, have been streamlined by the FORTH Administrative Services department and the relevant mechanisms are already in place.
Institute of Computer Science (ICS, http://www.ics.forth.gr) has a recognized tradition in conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, providing consulting services, and playing a leading role in ICT in Greece and internationally. The Laboratories of FORTH-ICS are staffed with specialized scientific and technical personnel and possess state of-the-art equipment. Activities cover important research and development areas, taking into consideration new perspectives, emerging fields of research and technological challenges worldwide.
Computational Bio-Medicine Lab (CBML, http://www.ics.forth.gr/cbml) aims to develop novel ICT technologies in the wider context of predictive, individualized, preventive and participatory (P4) medicine aiming at a) the semantic interoperability of biomedical data tools and models for enhancing biomedical knowledge discovery b) optimum management of chronic diseases c) optimization of diagnosis and treatment d) the implementation of well-established in silico methods and tools towards novel approaches that could be incorporated in the medical clinical research and e) the implementation of personalized mHealth systems. Personal Health Systems and Pervasive Mobile Monitoring is the core activity of the scientific responsible of this proposal. His research group is involved in the development of technologies for personal health systems focusing on the development of innovative personalized health services to empower individuals in well-being and disease prevention, and chronic disease management. Personal Health Systems covers well-being, prevention of specific diseases or follow-up and management of existing chronic diseases enhance patient empowerment and self-care management. Our activities include smart ubiquitous intelligent health systems and un-obstructive ubiquitous acquisition, transmission and interpretation of different bio-signals from fixed or mobile locations. We focus on the creation of innovative multi-purpose heterogeneous networking infrastructures providing in-transit persistent information storage for personal health systems’ and monitoring environment services able to overcome current network instabilities and incompatibilities.
The Research Team
The Research Team
Emmanouil G. Spanakis
Emmanouil G. Spanakis
Collaborating Researcher, Principal Investigator / Coordinator, ICS/CBML/FORTH
Dr. Emmanouil G. Spanakis is a Collaborating Researcher with the Computational Medicine Laboratory (CML) of the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH-ICS). He is also a visiting lecturer at the Computer Science Department, University of Crete. He holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Computer Science and received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2009 from the University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece. His expertise, specialization and research lies in the wider scientific domain of computational medicine and wireless communication networks, and in particular on biomedical informatics; wireless medical sensors; ambient intelligence and smart surroundings; e-health and m-health related services; as well as in cross-layer design in wireless ad-hoc networks; wireless interference channel under SINR constrains; performance and analysis of mobile ad-hoc routing protocols; and wireless network measurements analysis.
Participation in previous relative projects
SpeechXRays – Principal investigator, H2020-DS-2014-2015. No 653586, Multi-channel biometrics combining acoustic ans machine vision analysis of speech, lip movement and face. SpeechXRays project will develop and test in real-life environments a user recognition platform based on voice acoustics analysis and audio-visual identity verification;
MyHealthAvatar – (Technical Manager) A Demonstration of 4D Digital Avatar Infrastructure for Access of Complete Patient Information, (FP7), MyHealthAvatar will be built on the latest ICT technology with an aim of engaging public interest to achieve its targeted outcomes;
REACTION – The REACTION project will develop an integrated approach to improve long term management of diabetes;
eu-Domain – Development of a new, innovative European ambient intelligence service platform for automatic, context sensitive offering and contracting of mobile web services across heterogeneous networks;
RemoteCare – Developing an innovative technological platform for providing remote telematic health services, (ESA AO/1-4914/05/F/IZ).
eHealth network – at the PHC of Santorini linking community offices in Anafi, Thirasia, Folegandros, Sikinos using eHealth records and medical collaboration services.
Dr. Voyiatzis research focuses on networked systems security with emphasis on IoT security and privacy. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Computer Science, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Crete. He has also worked in IT, ERP, and NOC environments designing and securing ICT services at a scale of thousands of users. He is affiliated with the Industrial Systems Institute of the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center in ICT and Knowledge Technologies, Greece, where he holds a tenured position as a Principal Researcher. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and ACM.
Participation in previous relative projects
RECODIS: Resilient communication services protecting end-user applications from disaster-based failures;
u’smile: Josef Ressel Center for User-friendly Secure Mobile Environments;
ISRTDI: Industrial Systems for Sustainable Development and Wellbeing – Research, Technological Development, and Innovation;
SESC: Secure Execution of Smart Contracts
Principal Researcher, ICS/ CBML/FORTH
Dr. Vangelis Sakkalis holds a Principal Researcher position in the Institute of Computer Science – Foundation for Research and Technology (ICS – FORTH). He is the Head of the Computational Neuroscience group and the Head of Multiscale Cancer Modelling group at the Computational Biomedicine Laboratory. He received his PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering after completing his Master’s degree at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK. His background falls in Biomedical Engineering, Atomic-Molecular Physics, Optoelectronics and Laser. He was member of the board of Directors at FORTH and was elected president of the board of researchers at FORTH. He holds a Visiting Professor appointment at the University of Crete, School of Medicine. His research interests include biosignal and image analysis, visualization, classification algorithms and biostatistics applied in computational medicine, cognitive neuroscience and biomedical informatics. He has been the coordinator of 4 projects (EU and national). He has published more than 100 papers in scientific archival journals, proceedings of international conferences & workshops and scientific newsletters, related to his fields of expertise. He is highly interested in translating academic research to innovative growth. He has given numerous invited lectures worldwide and his research has been funded by numerous funding agencies and companies.
Participation in previous relevant projects
PANACEA: Protection and privAcy of hospital and health iNfrastructures with smArt Cyber sEcurity and cyber threat toolkit for dAta and people (H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2018-1), € 4.961.143, 1/1/2019-31/12/2021 (PI on behalf of FORTH)
i-AMA: Brain-controlled navigation in real environments, (Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2014-2020 (EPAnEK) approved by the European Commission), € 573.440, 2018-2020 (Coordinator)
x (επι) ΒΛΕΨΙΣ: Advanced Monitoring System for Infants, (Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2014-2020 (EPAnEK) approved by the European Commission), € 568.565, 2018-2020 (Coordinator)
MyHealthAvatar – A Demonstration of 4D Digital Avatar Infrastructure for Access of Complete Patient Information, (FP7), MyHealthAvatar will be built on the latest ICT technology with an aim of engaging public interest to achieve its targeted outcomes;
predictES: An Integrated wearable platform predicting Epileptic Seizures and novel neurofeedback approaches in support of personalized patient management. (SYNERGASIA 2011) 630.000 €, 18/9/2013-30/6/2015 (Project Manager on behalf of FORTH);
REMOTE: Health and Social Care for Independent Living of Isolated Elderly with Chronic Conditions, 06/2009- 05/2012 (Project Manager on behalf of CML);
YP.ER.THE.N: Clinical Research Infrastructure and methodology for personalized tumor diagnosis and therapy (Interreg Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013). 1.150.000 €, 1/6/2011-31/5/2013 (Project Coordinator on behalf of FORTH)