The Institute of Computer Science has had a relatively long history and recognized tradition, since its establishment in 1983, in conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, providing services, and playing a leading role in Greece and internationally, in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies.
It is the top-rated research institute in Greece in the area of ICT, and represents Greece within the ERCIM network of European ICT institutes. The FORTH-ICS Information Systems (ISL) Laboratory combines expertise in knowledge representation and reasoning, database systems, net-centric information systems, and conceptual modelling. Its grand research challenge is to succeed in the transition from traditional information systems to semantically rich, large-scale, adaptive information systems. The activities of ISL are structured around (a) Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, (b) Web Data and Knowledge Integration and Adaptation, (c) Service-Oriented Computing and (d) Exploratory and Personalized Search. FORTH-ICS has a long experience in participating in EU and national projects. ISL has been involved in a number of projects directly or indirectly related to the aim of this proposal, including the recently ended IST FP7 projects iMarine, SCIDIP-ES, 3DCOFORM, PlugIT, PlanetData NoE, APARSEN NoE, InGeoCloudS, the MUMIA Cost Action, and the ongoing CP FP7 DIACHRON and National project HELBIONET. ISL comprises 8 researchers and more than 20 members of technical staff.

FORTH will contribute to all activities related to the semantic integration of data (ontology-based integration, semantic warehousing, publishing and re-purposing of data), and the extension of gcube for providing advanced exploratory search services (e.g. entity-based summarization of search results, exploitation of Linked Open Data).


Key members

Dr. Yannis Tzitzikas is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete and Research Associate of FORTH-ICS. Before joining UofCrete and FORTH-ICS he was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Namur (Belgium) and ERCIM postdoctoral fellow at ISTI-CNR (Pisa, Italy) and at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies (MSc, PhD) in the Computer Science Department at the University of Crete. Currently his research focuses on: exploratory searching (faceted search and methods that can bridge the world of documents with the world of data at search time) and semantic data management (comparison functions, knowledge evolution, indexes, visualization, integration). The results of his research have been published in more than 90 papers in refereed international conferences and journals (including ACM Transactions on the Web, VLDB Journal, Journal on Data Semantics, ISWC), and he has received two best paper awards. He has supervised more than 35 theses and he has actively participated in several EU projects, including FP7 iMarine (where he was leading the activities about the top level ontology MarineTLO and the construction and exploitation of the MarineTLO-based warehouse), FP7 SCIDIP-ES, FP7 Aparsen NoE (WP leader), national respresentative of the recently completed MUMIA (Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access) Cost Action.