Theodore Christopoulos

Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Patras

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John Kallitsis

Professor of Department of Chemistry, University of Patras

J. K. Kallitsis is professor in Polymer Science, at the Department of Chemistry, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas-Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (FORTH/ICE-HT) Patras, Greece. He is also founding member of the spin-off activity “ADVENT TECHNOLOGIES SA” and a Member of the University Council (2013-2017).

He studied Chemistry at the University of Patras and was awarded the BSc degree in 1979. He received the PhD degree in Chemistry in 1984 from the University of Patras, Department of Chemistry.

He spent time as research fellow at Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz (1989-1990) and at the Plastics Research Laboratory B.A.S.F Ludwigshafen (1990-1991). He has also spent time as Inviting Professor at Freie Universität-Berlin, E.C.P.M., Université Louis Pasteur-Strasbourg, ETH-Zurich, ESPCI-ParisTech-France.

His research interests are in the field of Advanced Polymeric and Nanostructured Materials. Currently he coordinates or participates in 15 national and international research projects, while in the past he has taken part in more than 20 research projects.

His research activity has led to the publication of more than 160 papers in refereed international journals, 60 contributions to international conferences and 50 to national conferences. He has contributed to the writing of 5 book chapters and has 10 international and 5 Greek patents . He has more than 2900 citations (h-index 28).

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Angeliki Ralli

Professor of General Linguistics, Department of Philology, University of Patras, Director of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects

Angela Ralli is Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Philology (Linguistics Division) of the University of Patras and directs the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects ( She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Montreal, speaks fluently four languages (Greek, English, French, Italian) and has a research competence in Turkish, Spanish and German.

Her main expertise area is theoretical morphology, particularly Greek morphology and its dialectal variation, but she also deals with issues relevant to mental lexicon and morphological parsing. Angela Ralli is interested in various aspects of word formation and the relation of morphological change and language contact. Her recent interests focus on the morphology of Asia Minor dialects (Aivaliot, Pontic Cappadocian), Heptanesian and Grekanico (Greek of South Italy), which were affected by Turkish (Asia Minor Greek) and Italian (Griko and Heptanesian), respectively.

Angela Ralli has been awarded the Canadian Faculty Enrichment Award (1999), the Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellowship (Princeton University, 2012), and the VLAC Research Fellowship of the Flemish Royal Academy (2008-2009 and 2013-2014). She has directed / directs 19 European and Greek projects on theoretical morphology, computational morphology and the Greek dialects, two of which, THALIS and ARISTEIA have been evaluated first and second in Greece, respectively, in the field of Humanities. She has also participated in 12 international projects of American and European Universities and has undertaken 25 ERASMUS agreements with European Universities for student- and faculty exchange.

Angela Ralli has published 3 books, Compounding in Modern Greek (Springer 2013), The Composition of Words (Patakis 2007), Morphology (2005, Patakis), 120 papers in international journals and peer review conference proceedings, edits the journal Patras Working Papers in Linguistics and is the editor or the co-editor of 11 collective volumes on various themes regarding morphology.

Angela Ralli has been an invited speaker at several international conferences and an invited scholar at various Universities (e.g. Princeton, McGill, UoT, Simon Fraser, Ohio-State, UKentucky, Bologna, Pisa, Torino, Geneva, Cambridge, Trondheim, Amsterdam, Leiden, Tilburg, Gakushuin-Tokyo, etc.). She is member of the editorial board of international linguistic journals and member of the permanent scientific and organizing committee of the bi-annual Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM) and the International Conference of Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory (MGDLT).

Angela Ralli has chaired the Department of Philology of the University of Patras from 2006 to 2010 and has directed the Postgraduate Program of Linguistics from 2004 to 2008. 5 Ph.D. theses have been completed under her supervision, she currently supervises 7 Ph.D. theses, has been the external examiner of another 6, and numerous M.A. dissertations have been produced under her guidance.

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Athanasios Triantafillou

Professor of Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras

Thanasis Triantafillou was born in Patras (1963). He received the Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras (1985), and the MSc (1987) and PhD (1989) Degrees from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is Professor and Director of the Structural Materials Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Patras.

He worked as Assistant Professor (1990-1993) and as Post-Doctoral Associate (June-Dec. 1989) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT; and as Visiting Professor in the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research – EMPA (summers of 1990- 1991). He joined the University of Patras in 1993.

He is the author of 5 books, 20 book chapters, 57 papers in international scientific journals, 106 papers in conference proceedings (12 invited keynotes), 10 papers in workshop proceedings and 85 technical reports. He has been/is scientific coordinator in 32 research projects with funding from the European Commission and private or public organizations. He has received several awards, including: the Best Basic Research Paper Award (2003) and the Honorable Mention Applied Research Paper Award (2002) from the ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction; the Best Research Paper Award (1997) from the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering; the IIFC (International Institute for FRP in Construction) Medal (2010); the Golden Mirko Roš Medal from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) for life’s work in the field of Materials and Engineering Science (2007); and the Fulbright Senior Research Award (1996). His publications have received more than 1400 citations. Prof. Triantafillou has served in the scientific committee of 80 international and 10 national conferences; he has reviewed 360 papers in international journals; and he has delivered more than 80 invited lectures in Universities and other organizations, mainly abroad. He is a member of several international scientific societies and committees (convenor in one of them) and member of the international editorial board in 4 Journals. He has served in panels for the evaluation of research proposals in 9 countries and the European Commission. He has international and national consulting experience in the field of strengthening/seismic retrofitting of structures and advanced materials.

Prof. Triantafillou’s main research interests are focused in the application of advanced materials in structures, with emphasis in the field of strengthening/seismic retrofitting of concrete, masonry and timber structures. He has limited research activity in steel-concrete composite construction. His past research interests were focused in the mechanics of cellular materials and in the optimum design of structural sandwich panels.

At the University of Patras he teaches “Mechanics of Materials”, “Structural Materials” (coteaching), “Steel-Concrete Composite Structures” (co-teaching) and “Advanced Materials and Seismic Retrofit Technologies” (within the framework of two Erasmus-Mundus Post-Graduate Studies Programs, one of which is coordinated by him). He also teaches at the Post-Graduate Program “Earthquake Engineering and Earthquake Resistant Structures” of the Open Hellenic University. His teaching in all the above has been evaluated with marks in the range 4-4.7/5. He has supervised 7 Ph.D. students (currently he supervises three more, one of which as cosupervisor). His former Ph.D. students are either faculty members in Greek Universities+Technological Education Institutes (1+2) and in Universities abroad (2), or senior researchers in large international companies (2).

Prof. Triantafillou has served as Director of Post-Graduate Studies and Deputy Chairman in the Department of Civil Engineering, and as member of several Committees at the University of Patras.

Anthony Tzes

Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras

Dr. Anthony Tzes is Professor and the recent Head (2009-02.2013) of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of the University of Patras (UPAT) in Greece. He is a graduate of UPAT (1985) and has received his M.Sc. and doctorate from the Ohio State University in 1987 and 1990, respectively. From 1990 till 1999 he was (tenured associate professor) with Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

His research interests include Networked Controlled Systems, MEMs, Robotics, Mechatronics, Adaptive Control, Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic Applications, Adaptive Fuzzy Control, Instrumentation and Embedded Systems.

Prof. Tzes has been a committee member of the Advanced Traffic Management Systems of the ITS-America organization, and has received research funding from various organizations including NASA, the National (U.S.) Science Foundation, the European Union (FP6), and the European Space Agency (ESA).

He has been the Chairman of IEEE’s Control Systems Society Greek Chapter, a member of the national (Greek) committee of the European Control Association (EUCA), member at several committees of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), and the national representative (2006-9) to EU’s FP7’s thematic area “Regions of Knowledge, Research Potential and Coherent Development of Policies”. He has served in various positions (Program Chairman (MIM ’00), Organizing Committee Chairman (ECC’07), General Chairman (MED2011)), and as IPC-member at several international conferences.

He has over ten years of experience as the director of the Instrumentation and Control Laboratory at NYU Polytechnic focusing on smart sensors and self-tuning systems. Concurrently, he served as the principal investigator of the Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems Center in New York, NY. While in Greece, he is the leader and principal investigator of the Applied Networked micro Mechatronics Systems group.

He has authored more than 60(190) papers published in international journals(conferences) and has served in the editorial board of several journals (e.g. IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Circuits Systems and Computers, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems). He has been a Visiting Professor (2009-13) at U. of Loughborough, UK. He has supervised more than ten completed doctoral students, who are currently employed as faculty members or researchers in universities worldwide. His current research is funded by several national (Greek) and EU-projects.

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