SciFY Academy: Nanotechnology

Friday, 12 July 2019

SciFY Academy: Nanotechnology

  • Applications that change our lives (?)
  • Threat or Opportunity for Culture & Society
  • Nanotechnology & Artificial Intelligence: The Great Composition

Celebrating the closure of the 4th year of SciFY Academy, we decided to focus on a topic that has been much debated but also very interesting, Nanotechnologies. So, we organized a series of presentations, looking at the issue from a different perspective in each seminar.

"Nanotechnology & Applications that change our lives (?)" was the first topic of the series were Dr. Eleni Makarona, Principal Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR "Demokritos" and Dr. Konstantinos Giannakopoulos, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR Demokritos (Laboratory of Electronic Microscopy and Nanomaterials) introduced us to the magnificent world of Nanotechnology. Specifically, we learnt about its applications so far and how it is used in areas such as pharmacology, materials technology, environment etc.  


The second seminar of the series focused on the correlation of Nanotechnology with Society and Culture. More in detail at the event: "Threat or Opportunity for Culture & Society" Prof. Konstantinos Haritidis, Professor of the School of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Advanced, Complex, Nano and Nanotechnology Research Unit at the National Technical University of Athens and Dr. Ioannis Karatassios, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR Demokritos enlightened us on the institutional framework, security, moral limits and the benefits that Nanotechnology has to offer at a social and cultural level.  

Finally, the course on Nanotechnology was concluded with the future steps, the great collaboration with Artificial Intelligence. In the third seminar: "Nanotechnology & Artificial Intelligence: The Great Composition" speakers were Dr. Vassilis Konstantoudis, Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR "Demokritos" ans Dr. George Giannakopoulos, Researcher of Artificial Intelligence at NCSR "Demokritos", Co-Founder of SciFY and BoD Member of the Hellenic Society of Artificial Intelligence, where they presented us how the two bigger trends in new technologies can be combined and what are the results of this great synthesis.

You can find all the presentations, as well as the educational material and the videos here (in Greek). In order not to lose any future SciFY Academy you can register here so that you are immediately informed about our next seminars.

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

28η SciFY Academy: Digital Transformation

On Thursday, February 28, the 28th SciFY Academy was held on "Digital Transofrmation," while the main question the speakers were asked to answer was: "How can I bring my business to today?" with the audience engaging with interesting and targeted questions.

Initially, Mr. Sergios Dimitriadis, a professor at Athens University of Economics and Business, laid the groundwork for our discussion, explaining what is Digital Transformation and gave us advice on how to implement such systems in our own business as well. Mr. Dimitriadis approached the issue mainly business-wise and you can find his presentation here

Mr. Miltiadis Kalambokas, responsible for Big Data and Analytics of the National Bank of Greece, he approached the issue of Digital Transformation from technological side in order to give to the attendees an overview of how Digital Transformation can work. More specifically, he shoed us examples of how Digital Transformation is being carried out and basically he explained to us the new program of National Bank for Digital Transofrmation and how that is being implemented. You can find Mr Kalabo's presentation here.

Finally, Mrs. Chrysa Kefalas, Pobuca-Sieben's Business Development Manager, was the most appropriate to close this event, as well as giving us practical tips to decipher our business, and gave us also several examples of successful and failed Digital Transformation attempts. You can find Ms. Kefalas's presentation here.

In order not to lose any future SciFY Academy you can register here so that you are immediately informed about our next seminars.
You can see the video of the event here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

27th SciFY Academy: STEAM Education

Thursday, 20 December 2018

27th SciFY Academy: STEAM Education
How Interdisciplinarity and Art transform the learning experience

One of the hottest topics at the moment in the field of education is STEM Education and not unfairly. But what about Art? Can Art find a place within the STEM education? Yes. And that's exactly what the 27th SciFY Academy is about: "STEAM Education | How Interdisciplinarity and Art transform the learning experience". On Wednesday, 19th of December, we organized the last SciFY Academy Seminar of the year at INNOVATHENS, where teachers and students of various scientific fields and arts had the opportunity to learn that Art can be integrated into a STEM Education program while enhancing its results.

Initially, Mr. Aris Mavromatis from STEM Education Organization laid the groundwork for our discussion, talking about the basic STEM principles and how to integrate into formal and informal education programs, presenting the implemented educational actions of STEM Education Organization. Also, Mr. Mavromatis explained to us the role of Art in these programs and proved us to be an integral part of science.

Then Mr. Apostolos Papanikolaou from the Herakleidon Museum showed us how we can combine sciences such as Mathematics with Art through applied examples. While referring to a very successful training program that is already in progress.

You can see the video of the event here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

26th SciFY Academy
Teaching Astronomy using Digital Tools

The participants of the 26th SciFY Academy: "Teaching Astronomy using Digital Tools" had the chance to take part in a unique experience on Thursday 29th of November at INNOVATHENS. Researchers, teachers and students of science, especially Astrophysics, as well as people interested in Astronomy attended this interactive event organized by SciFY - Science For You along with SciCo - Science Communication.

The aim of the seminar was how can we teach astronomy in the digital age and bring students back to the science that allows them to dream? So we had the opportunity to provide concrete ideas, practical ways and digital tools to the creative educators of the country to help disseminate interest in Astronomy.

SciFY, in particular, Vasilis Giannakopoulos presented us with educational games that SciFY created: "The Moondiver Xperience" the new free astronomy educational game for tablets and smartphones where participants had the chance to try live at the seminar . Then Mr. Vasilis Giannakopoulos presented two more Astronomy games through the Memor-i Studio platform, where everyone can easily create their own educational game.

SciCo then brought the participants into contact with both experiential and digital teaching methods relating to the exploration of space. They presented educational platforms where they were informed about games, digital scenarios of exploratory learning and citizen science projects for introducing students to the fascinating world of astronomy researchers. Participants also took part in experiential activities, using augmented reality applications where they saw our solar system three-dimensionally and explored the red planet.

You can see the speakers presentations as well as the video of the event here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS and SciCo as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

25th SciFY Academy
Artificial Intelligence & Digital Humanities

Continuing SciFY Academy Seminar on Artificial Intelligence, on Tuesday, October 30th students and IT and Humanities scientists attended the 25th SciFY Academy on Artificial Intelligence & Digital Humanities. In this seminar, we focused on the Humanities by presenting research groups, infrastructures, practical applications, and examples of projects, while we searched for ways in which we can transform digitally the concept of personal identity.

Speakers of the event were Dr. Giorgos Petassis, Dr Panos Konstantopoulos, Dr. Eleni Katsiadaki and Dr Manolis Patiiniotis. You can see the presentations as well as the event video here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

24th SciFY Academy
Artificial Intelligence & Data in Journalism

On Thursday, September 20th, people from fields such as Technology, Information Technology, Journalism, etc were found for another seminar at INNOVATHENS for the first seminar of the new  academic year. SciFY Academy for September and October deals with Artificial Intelligence and Data as tools and how they are used in various scientific fields. Specifically, we refer to the role and applications of new technologies and Artificial Intelligence in Social and Human Sciences.

In September, the first part of the series, the 24th SciFY Academy had the topic: "AI & Data in Journalism" focusing on Journalism where we learned that a journalist can do better and faster research by using open data using Artificial Intelligence tools.

First, Dr. Michalis Vafopoulos from NCSR Demokritos spoke to us about the Google DNI OpJ project, which aims to reinforce the re-use of open economic data by facilitating search and access to the original source of data.

Then Dr. Georgios Petassis, also a researcher at NCSR Demokritos and CEO of Intellitech, presented us with examples (YourDataStories Project) so that we can visualize and analyze open government data to understand and exploit them for purposes of transparency and anti-corruption.

Finally, Dr. Giorgos Giannakopoulos, scientist at SciFY and researcher at NCSR Demokritos analyzed how a NewSum application could be a solution for extracting abstracts from many sources and thousands of news in a way that allows quick and efficient information distribution, always with reference to sources, while maintaining the possibility of verification. Indeed, the fact that this particular application, NewSum, works independently in language, which strengthens journalists and citizens around the world so that the impact could be multiplied.

You can see all event presentations here (in Greek).

We warmly thank INNOVATHENS as well as all of you where you once again contributed to realizing our vision of the free dissemination of knowledge!

23th SciFY Academy
Technology in Ancient Greece

The ancient Greek and Hellenistic technology was the subject of the 23rd SciFY Academy on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at INNOVATHENS.

Professor Theodosis Tassios led us to a charming historic journey from mythology to the beginnings of the Roman Empire.

Ancient Greek culture is impregnated with love in technology, and is practically reflected in its impressive growth in dozens of different areas.

Favored by the social and economic conditions of the time, the ingenuity of the Greeks has inherited amazing samples of technological innovation and application at every level - from small objects and games to large-scale construction projects.

War machines, river diversions, metering mechanisms, aqueducts, automated mines, medicine, machine components, telecommunications, pumps, shipbuilding and dozens of others create a constantly growing list that culminates in the wondrous mechanism of Antikythera.

You can watch Mr. Tassio's entire presentation here (in Greek).

SciFY created a new software component for text and data mining, VineSum, addressed to developers who want to build applications in the area of agriculture & biodiversity. This innovative tool is part of the OpenMinTed infrastructure and it is ideal for researchers, consumer behaviour analysts, wine distributors, etc.

What is OpenMinTed?

OpenMinTed is an Open Mining Infrastructure for Text & Data that in the beginning of 2018 was searching for innovative applications and systems such as: new text mining, text analytics, or information extraction components and ready-to-use applications.

In this context SciFY joined the call and created VineSum. But what is VineSum?

What is VineSum?

VineSum is an open source executable software component that, given a collection of documents, it:

  1. Recognizes named entities (Named Entity Recognition), identifying four entity types:
    1. Vine varieties
    2. Persons
    3. Locations
    4. Dates
  2. Clusters documents into events, related to wine varieties but also to events.
  3. Exploits named entity recognition components, especially evolved to facilitate the use case.

VineSum’s main objective is to serve as a software component that is being offered to end-users in order to build applications in the area of agriculture & biodiversity. But how VineSum can be used?

How you can use VineSum?

Via the OpenMinTed platform, a user that doesn’t have programming experience or  specialized knowledge on natural language processing and data mining algorithms, can:

  1. Select a set of documents (corpus)
  2. Select the VineSum component
  3. Select any other components from the platform that may be needed
  4. Run an analysis pipeline via the OpenMinTed platform and use the output in order to categorize/summarize the information and/or discover any hidden or new knowledge.

So there you are: a free and innovative software tool for analyzing texts and data on your fingertips.

In the next few weeks we will share a tutorial for using VineSum. In the meantime check the VineSum’s source code here and stay tuned for more.

 

Here are the results of SciFY Academy seminars and educational actions from 2017!

 

22nd SciFY Academy | eLearning
Tools & Methodology 

On Tuesday 14 of Novemebr SciFY held at INNOVATHENS the 22nd SciFY Academy which was dedicated at: “eLearning: Tools & Methodology” where we understood the basics about eLearning and also learned how to exploit this knowledge as students and teachers as well.

More than 80 people from the field of education attended the seminar, which was aiming to highlighting the value and the practical applications of eLearning.

Initially, Mr Vasilis Giannakopoulos, Marketing & Impact Manager of SciFY, presented us with the new version of Electronic Games for Blind Children, Memori Online. In addition to the educational importance of games, Mr. Giannakopoulos also emphasized the ability of children in the new version to play Online with security with other players or even with their friends without having any significance if one or both players are blind or not. See the presentation of Mr. Giannakopoulos here. 

Then Mr. Yannis Arapoglou, e-Learning Solutions Architect & Moodle Expert and General Manager of WIDE Services, referred to the types of e-Learning and presented us: usage cases, tools and best practices on how to use the open source tool Moodle. See Mr. Arapoglou's presentation here.

Then a brief intervention was made by the Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Human Electrophysiology of the Department of Informatics of the Ionian University Dr. Panagiotis Vlamos, where he referred to the Distance Postgraduate Program "Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics" and to eLearning platforms at Higher education.

Finally, Dr Spyros Doukakis, educator, academic development consultant at Pierce-American College of Greece and specialist consultant in the field of teacher education at the Institute for Educational Policy, talked about the differences between eLearning and etutoring, and informed us about the opportunities of entrepreneurship in the field of education. Also he demonstrated the eTutoring platform that is being used by Pierce College where we had the opportunity to chat with children and teachers during their training. You can find Dr. Doukaki here.

After the end of the presentations the participants had the opportunity to ask their questions to the speakers.

We thank INNOVATHENS and all of you that once again you contributed to realizing our vision for the free dissemination of knowledge!

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