CERTH - Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) – formerly known as Informatics and Telematics Institute – is a research institute that was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organisation under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of Greece, with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 10 March 2000, it is a founding member of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) also supervised by the GSRT. CERTH/ITI is one of the leading Greek institutions in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects.
CERTH/ITI has participated in more than 80 EC IST projects – having coordinated at least 20 of them – and more than 100 National research projects or private sector Consulting Subcontracts. Over the last six years, the ITI research team has authored over 150 publications in scientific journals and has presented over 300 papers in international conferences (for a complete list please see our website, http://www.iti.gr/). In 2015, the Information Technologies Institute attracted a revenue of 15.5 M€ from European Horizon 2020 R&D projects.
CERTH/ITI has a staff of 9 researchers, and more than 300 employees including university professors, fellows and assistants as well as administration and technical staff. The Institute collaborates with Imperial College, the University of Surrey and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for the award of PhD degrees. CERTH has always been keen to offer the best possible working conditions to its researchers as a mean towards research excellence.
Since 2003, the General Secretariat has appointed CERTH for Research and Technology (GSRT) as the coordinator of the Greek EURAXESS Network, a European initiative aiming at offering personalised assistance to mobile researchers.
In 2008, CERTH was among the first Greek research organisations to undersign and accept the principles of the Charter and Code for researchers while at the same time CERTH’s representatives were members of the Greek delegation at the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility (SG HRM). Its latest achievement in the field of human resources is the “HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH” logo awarded by the EC in April 2012 as a proof that CERTH is committed to offer the best possible working conditions, regardless the socioeconomic environment, and at the same timework towards the realisation of the European Research Area (Innovation Union, Commitment #4).
CERTH/ITI will participate in REBUILD with the Visual Computing Lab. The Visual Computing Lab of CERTH/ITI (VCL, http://vcl.iti.gr), with 2 full-time senior researchers and 50 full-time researcher associates VCL’s mission is to discover new understanding in multimedia and vision systems technology and to spread excellence through outreach. VCL enjoys a distinguished reputation for innovation, receiving direct funding from private national and international companies and the EU. The group has participated and coordinated several EU funded projects relevant to REBUILD including ICT4Life, Mathisis, EasyTV, TRILLION and LASIE
Role in the Project
CERTH will bring into REBUILD its expertise in machine learning and deep learning, computer vision and multimedia analysis research and innovation. CERTH’s role in the project is to provide state-of-the-art tools and methodologies that will enhance the communication of PAs and migrants in various ways, as well as to provide intelligent tools for skills and needs matching for efficient and sustainable planning. CERTH will be leading WP4 “The digital companion” and contribute to all technical work packages as well as the deployment of the ICT tools in the planned pilot.