About Medlab

Faculty Members
Senior Researchers
Ph.D. Students
Senior Engineers
PostGraduate Students
Collaborators
Faculty Members

Prof Dimitrios I. Fotiadis (M), received the Diploma degree in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 1985, and the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering and materials science from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1990. He is currently a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece, where he is also the Director of the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, and is also an Affiliated Member of Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Dept. of Biomedical Research. He was a Visiting Researcher at the RWTH, Aachen, Germany, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He has coordinated and participated in more than 200 R&D funded projects. He is the author or coauthor of more than 220 papers in scientific journals, 400 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and more than 45 chapters in books. He is also the editor or coeditor of 25 books. His work has received more than 8500 citations (h-index = 46). He is a senior member of IEEE, member of IEEE Technical Committee of information Technology in Healthcare and the Editor in Chief of  IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics and Associate Editor for Computers in Biology and Medicine. His research interests include multiscale modeling of human tissues and organs, intelligent wearable/implantable devices for automated diagnosis, processing of big medical data, sensor informatics, image informatics, and bioinformatics. Google Scholar

Yorgos Goletsis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics of the University of Ioannina. He holds a Diploma Degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Operations Research, both from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece. His research interests include operations research, decision support systems, multicriteria analysis, quantitative analysis, data mining, artificial intelligence, efficiency evaluation, project evaluation. He has participated in a series of ICT related projects especially in the healthcare domain. He is member of IEEE, EMRBI-Euromed Research Business Institute, EURO Working Group on Multicriteria Aid for Decisions, International Society of Multiple Criteria Decision Making. Currently, he teaches operations research, decision making and entrepreneurship related subjects.

Prof. Costas Papaloukas is an Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at the Department of Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina. He is also a member of the scientific committee of the Centre for BioSystems & Genomic Network Medicine (CBS.GenNetMed, University of Ioannina), member of the Academic Advisers Network at University of Ioannina, member of the Epirus Research Foundation and collaborator of the Scientific and Technological Park of Epirus. He has published 69 papers in international journals (35) and conference proceedings (34), 2 books, 11 book chapters, 4 course notes and 1 electronic title. His work has received more than 1000 citations. He has also worked in 12 European and 13 National research projects, in 3 of them as a scientific director. His research interests include computational analysis of proteins, biomedical signal processing and analysis, tissue classification and clinical decision support systems. He has also worked on DNA interaction modelling and analysis and machine learning in environmental health. Google Scholar

Prof. Themis P. Exarchos was born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1980. He received the Diploma degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece, in 2003 and the PhD degree from the Dept. of Medical Physics, from the Medical School of the University of Ioannina. His PhD thesis is entitled Data Mining and Healthcare decision support systems. He has worked as a junior and senior engineer in EU funded R&D projects. His research interests include modelling of biological procedures, medical data mining, decision support systems in healthcare, and biomedical applications. Dr Exarchos has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals, conferences and books. Google Scholar

Senior Researchers

Dr. Evanthia E. Tripoliti was born in Chios island, Greece, in 1978. In 2001 she received the Diploma degree from the Department of Computer Science, School of Natural Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece.  The title of her thesis was Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine – Development of a Telemedicine Service.  In 2003 she received the M.Sc. degree from the Department of Computer Science, School of Natural Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece. Her Master thesis concerned the automated diagnosis and quantification of rheumatoid arthritis using artificial intelligence techniques and MRI data.  In 2012 she received the PhD degree from the Department of Computer Science, School of Natural Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece.  Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the automated analysis of brain function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease based on the Random Forests algorithm.  Her main areas of expertise are biomedical engineering, biomedical signal processing, biomedical image processing, artificial intelligence, machine learning.  She has more than 40 publications in International Journal, Conferences and Book Chapters.  Since 1999, she has been a member of Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina. Google Scholar

Following a Ph.D. in Biophysics in 2006 from the Laboratory of Medical Physics, Medical School, University of Ioannina, Dr. Evangelos Fotiou has been working as a consultant in EU funded research projects since 2007 both in the academic and business sectors. He has obtained extensive experience initially in Medical Image Analyses and Medical Systems Software design and evaluation and later, since 2009, he has undertaken the technical management of various research projects .Google Scholar

Dr. Antonis I. Sakellarios received his BSc degree in the Department of Biological Applications and Technologies of University of Ioannina from 2006. He is currently a Phd candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of University of Ioannina. His thesis title is “Mathematical Modeling of the development of the atherosclerotic plaque”. The objective of the research is to develop and validate a model for atherosclerotic plaque formation. The model will be based on the interaction of blood with the arterial wall. The mass transfer from the blood flow to the artery wall will be studied counting mechanical, biochemical, biological factors and gene expression. He is also a research assistant at the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Ioannina. Google Scholar

Dr. Nikolaos S. Tachos received his Diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras in 2001 and his thesis with title “Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic analysis of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine rotor blades”. He is a research assistant at the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Ioannina. He is currently a post-doc associate researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of University of Ioannina and in the Foundation for Research and technology – Greece, Department of Biomedical Research. Nikolaos S. Tachos has been involved in several National and International projects related to computational modelling in the field of Biomedical Engineering, related to hemodynamics, stent deployment atherosclerosis, modelling of human middle and inner ear and other. His major research interests include CFD analysis for understanding and assessing the flow dynamics of external and highly complicated internal flows, CFD analysis of external large scale models using hybrid technique of Detached Eddy Simulations and Finite Element modelling in bioengineering.

Dr. George Rigas was born in Pella, Greece in 1981. He received the Bachelor and MSc degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science of the University of Ioannina in 2003 and 2005 respectively. He also received the PhD in Computer Science, from the same department in 2009. Since 2010 he has been working as a postdoc Researcher in the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems in the University of Ioannina, Greece. His research interests involve signal processing, machine learning and pattern recognition. Google Scholar

Dr. Fanis G. Kalatzis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1972. He received his Bachelor from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Ioannina in Greece. In 2007 he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry in the field of Quantum Molecular Modelling and Simulation with Applications to Bioinformatics. His research and technological labour involves Mathematical Modelling, Molecular Mechanics, Multidimensional Non-linear Optimizations, Bioinformatics, 3d Modelling & Computer Graphics, Object Oriented Application Design & Development, Large-scale computer simulations, Application Design & Implementation, Healthcare System Integration. Google Scholar

Dr. Vassiliki T. Potsika received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2010 and the Doctoral degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece in 2017. Since 2010, she has been with the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, University of Ioannina. She has worked in EU funded R&D projects and has participated in the research program IKYDA 2014 which promotes exchanges of Ph.D. students and scientific cooperation between Greece and Germany. She has published more than 40 papers in scientific journals, conferences and books. She is the assistant editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. She is the reviewer of several international journals and conferences and has participated in the organizing committee of several research conferences. Her research interests include biomechanics, ultrasonic evaluation of fractured and osteoporotic bones, wave scattering in composite materials, bio-plotting in the domain of musculoskeletal mechanics. Google Scholar

Dr. Panagiotis K. Siogkas received his diploma in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece, in 2009. He is currently a Phd candidate in biomedical engineering at the department of materials science engineering at the University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece. He has authored or coauthored 11 papers in scientific journals, more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings as well as one chapter of a book. His research interests specialize in blood flow modeling in arterial segments. He  has also worked for two research and development projects funded by the EC and other bodies. Google Scholar

Dr. Eleni I. Georga received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Department of Computer Science (at University of Ioannina), and her Ph.D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece. Her research is focused on the development of data-driven models for short-term glucose prediction in patients with type 1 diabetes based on physiological compartmental models, machine learning techniques and time series analysis. Her research interests include biomedical informatics, machine learning, data mining and mobile computing. She has published 1 book chapter, 3 papers in international refereed journals and 11 papers in international conference proceedings. Google Scholar

Ph.D. Students

Konstadina Kourou is a bioinformatician, with experience in data mining, in the analysis of high-throughput cancer datasets and the development of in silico models, by means of systems biology applications, which can provide insights into the detection of disease states. She received her Bachelor degree from the Department of Informatics from the Ionian University and holds an MSc in Bioinformatics from the King’s College London University. She is currently a Ph.D candidate at University of Ioannina, Department of Biological Applications and Technology and her thesis is entitled “Multiparametric computational methods for modeling cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment”. Google Scholar

Kostas Tsiouris received his diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Greece, in 2013. Since 2014 he is with the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) as a PhD candidate. His research interests include biomedical engineering, digital signal processing, computational intelligence and pattern recognition techniques in neuroscience. His main area of research covers the analysis of the Electroencephalogram (EEG) for the detection and prediction of epileptic seizure events. Since 2013 he is also a member of the Unit of Medical Technology & Intelligent Information Systems, Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Ioannina. Google Scholar

Theofilos Papadopoulos received his Diploma degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ,Greece, in 1992. In 1995, he received his “Diplome des Etudes Approfondies” on Decision Support Systems from the University of Paris-Dauphine (in collaboration with Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines) ,Laboratory for Analysis and Modeling of Decision Support Systems (LAMSADE), Paris. He is currently a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece. Since 2016, he has been with the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, University of Ioannina. His research is focused on heart failure modeling based on machine learning techniques and deep learning. He is coauthor of 2 papers in scientific journals and 2 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

John Andrikos received his diploma degree (diploma of Computer Engineer – 5 years equivalent to Meng.) from the department of Computer Engineering & informatics of University of Patras, Greece in 2015. He had the opportunity to accomplish an internship in SAP Hellas, working on ERP systems, mobile as well as web applications. During his studies and the internship he worked on various projects that exposed him in different programming languages. Also, he has experience in data mining, machine learning as well as Image processing. Since 2016 he is working on cardiovascular engineering as research associate of Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, University of Ioannina Moreover, he participates in Master’s program “Advanced Materials” associated with Biomaterials and Biomedical Technology of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Ioannina Greece.  Google Scholar

Vassiliki I. Kigka was born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1992. She received the Diploma degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece, in 2015.  She is currently a Msc candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of University of Ioannina, specialized in Biomaterials & Biomedical Technology. Since 2016 she is a research assistant at the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Ioannina. Her research interests include medical image processing, medical data mining and biomedical engineering.

Vasileios C. Pezoulas received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, in 2015 and the MSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the same institute, in 2017. During his master studies he received a scholarship of excellence from the Pancretan Endowment Fund for conducting research at the Technical University of Crete. He is currently a PhD student at the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece. His research interests include machine learning, biomedical signal and image processing, data mining, medical data sharing, graph theory applications, medical data harmonization, data curation, semantic interlinking and ontology alignment mechanisms.

Senior Engineers

Maria Pikou was born in Athens, Greece, in 1981. She received the BSc degree in Economics from the Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, Economic and Social Sciences, Thessaloniki, Greece in 2003 and the MSc degree in Technology and Innovation Management from the University of Sussex, Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU), Brighton, U.K in 2005. She has worked in several EU and national R&D projects for more than ten years. She has also great experience in organizing international scientific conferences, workshops and she is working as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE – JBHI).

Georgia Karanasiou, received her diploma from the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics in the University of Patras. She participated in the research project entitled ”Noise control in residences with code V721012” where a system for frequency analysis and Artificial Neural Networks was developed (2005-2008) and in the European research project entitled ”Real Time Simulation for Safer vascular Stenting – KAE 80252”, where she performed the computational modeling of the angioplasty procedure (stent) in obstructed coronary arterial segments. At present, she is participating in the European research project entitled “HEARTEN- A co-operative mHealth environment targeting adherence and management of patients suffering from Heart Failure” (HORIZON 2020).

Dimitris Gatsios, graduated from the Department of Computer Science of the University of Ioannina in 2004. He has worked as software engineer and researcher for the University of Ioannina until 2006 for national projects. He then worked for 2 years as a researcher for University of Patras in METABO (ICT, FP7) and RIGHT (IST, FP6) projects. From July 2008 to July 2012 he worked for CTI and was the technical manager for the VPH2 project (ICT, FP7). He returned in Ioannina in September 2012 and worked for the University in the Telecardiology project (Interreg GR-AL). Now he is working for FORTH-IMBB in Micro (Interreg GR-IT) cross-border project and for University of Ioannina in PD_manager (PHC, Horizon2020). He has a solid background and very good knowledge of the state of the art in the fields of e-health, health ecosystems, EHR applications, collaboration tools, medical informatics, knowledge management, semantics, data mining and medical e-learning.

Ioannis Pappas holds a diploma and master degree (M. Sc) from the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece. He works as a Computer Engineer at the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems on the University of Ioannina, Greece. His research interests include Web and Medical Information Systems. He has participated in a number of European and Greek projects. Also, he has contributed in open source projects including network simulator 2 and openrsm and he has been one of the first testers and contributors of the OLPC Greek team.

Savvas-Ioannis Kyriakidis received the Dipl. Eng. Degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2015. From 2015 to 2017, he was a Research Assistant for the Interbalkan Environment Center in Thessaloniki, where he worked on various research projects. Since 2017, he works as a software engineer and researcher in the IMBB-FORTH and the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems at the University of Ioannina. His research interests include fuzzy systems, machine learning and biomedical image processing.

Dimitrios S. Pleouras received the Dipl. Eng. Degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Thessaly, in 2015. During his studies, he has received the Zosima Bros. Scholarship. Currently, he works as a modeling engineer and researcher in the IMBB-FORTH and the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems at the University of Ioannina. Moreover, he participates in the Master’s program “Advanced Materials” associated with 3D modeling and simulations at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Ioannina. His research interests involve FEM & FVM modeling and programming.

PostGraduate Students

Amalia K. Ntemou received her Dioploma degree in Physics from the Department of Physics of the University of Ioannina, Greece in 2014. She is a M.Sc candidate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece. Her research is focused on brain connectivity.

Panagiota Tsompou received her degree in Physics from the Department of Physics of the University of Ioannina, Greece in 2015. Since 2016 she has been working on cardiovascular engineering as a research associate of MedLab. She has been participating in Master’s program “Advanced Materials” associated with Biomaterials and Biomedical Technology of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Ioannina Greece. Her diploma thesis is on the study of imaging data of progression and plaque growth modelling. She has authored or co-authored two scientific papers in peer-reviewed international conferences.

Collaborators

Dr. Lambros S. Athanasiou was born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1985. He received the diploma degree in the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering from the University of Aegean, Greece, in 2008. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Ioannina. His research interests include medical image processing, biomedical engineering, decision support and medical expert systems.  Google Scholar

Konstantinos P. Exarchos, BSc, MD, PhD was born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1983. He received the BSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Ioannina in 2006, the PhD and the MD degree from the Medical School of the University of Ioannina, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. His PhD thesis is entitled “Processing and analysis of biological data using intelligent computational methods”. During his studies, he has received several scholarships and fellowships from the State Scholarship Foundation as well as other national and international organizations. He is currently post-doc researcher at the Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems and Academic fellow at the Technological Education Institute of Epirus. He is also working as a medical doctor in the National Healthcare Service. His research interests include medical informatics, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics and decision support systems in healthcare. Dr Exarchos has worked in several R&D projects and has published more than 30 papers in scientific journals, conferences and books. Google Scholar

Dr Vasilios Protopappas received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1999, the M.Sc. in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland in 2000 and the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Ioannina, Greece in 2006. From 2008 until 2011, he worked as a post-doc researcher and project manager of research projects at the University of Patras, Greece. He has performed research and development in the field of biomechanics, computer modelling of biological systems, wearable ultrasound devices for monitoring and therapy of musculoskeletal injuries, physiological compartmental modelling, intelligent medical data analysis, medical prediction systems, diabetes monitoring and control, biophysical treatment and clinical decision support. He has also participated in a number of EU- and national-funded programs related to e-health, clinical decision support systems, intelligent patient monitoring, chronic disease management and e-learning. Dr. Protopappas has published 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters, one international patent, more than 50 papers in international conferences and has also received 3 awards from international scientific committees. Google Scholar

Michail I. Papafaklis, MD, PhD, FESC is currently a Cardiology Fellow at the University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece and Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, London. He has previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, and he has been a visiting scientist in the Thoraxcenter, Erasmus MC in the Netherlands. He has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed full-text papers and he has presented several research abstracts in international cardiology conferences. He has won several prestigious awards among which the Young Investigator Award of the European Society of Cardiology, and Research Awards from the Academy of Athens and the Hellenic Cardiological Society. He also serves as a reviewer in international journals including EuroIntervention and Atherosclerosis. His research interests focus on hemodynamics, invasive and non-invasive three-dimensional imaging of coronary arteries, biomedical engineering in the cardiovascular system, survival studies following percutaneous coronary interventions, and the pathophysiology and molecular mechanisms of atherosclerosis.  Google Scholar

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