The Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI) was founded in Thessaloniki, in 1998, as a non-profit organization, under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, of the Greek Ministry of Development. In the year 2000 it became one of the founding members of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). The Institute operates according to the private law. The Director of the Institute is Professor Maria Petrou.
ITI employs 7 Researchers and more than 100 post-doctors and post-graduate research staff. ITI has excellent research facilities, with a network of computers and virtual reality equipment. It has participated to more than 50 European and more than 85 Greek projects. It has worked in Image Processing and Computer Vision, with applications in remote sensing, 3D face recognition, gait recognition, behavioural biometrics, knowledge engineering from multimedia, 3D database search, e-learning, electronic gate tools, systems for helping people with special needs, knowledge management systems, e-government, applications of virtual reality for training visually impaired people, integrated solutions for people with mobility problems, 3D television and others. For more information please see http://www.iti.gr
"Professor Maria Petrou was lost to cancer in October 2012. Our project is dedicated to her, great scientist and friend."
Maria Petrou studied Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mathematics in Cambridge University and received her PhD in Astronomy and her DSc in Engineering, both from the University of Cambridge. She has published more than 400 scientific papers on Astronomy, Pattern recognition, Image Processing and Computer Vision, with applications to Biomedicine and Remote Sensing. She has worked on several European projects on Remote Sensing, dealing with mixed pixel classification, reasoning with uncertainty and image processing. She has co-authored two books on Image Processing: “Image processing, the fundamentals” (1999, 2nd edition 2010) and “Image Processing, dealing with texture” (2006), both published by Wiley. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the Director of the Informatics and Telematics Institute (CERTH, Greece) and the Chair of Signal Processing, Imperial College London.
Zisis Petrou has an MEng from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and an MSc from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He has worked on website development at the Department of Applied Informatics, Tomas Bata University, Zlin, Czech Republic, on Remote Sensing applications, at the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and on 3D object Search & Retrieval, at the Informatics and Telematics Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece. His scientific interests are in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation applications, in Computer Vision and Image processing. He is native Greek speaker, while he speaks English, French and Italian.
Vasiliki Κosmidou received her MEng and PhD in Telecommunications from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2004 and 2010, respectively. While doing her PhD at the Aristotle University she acted as a teaching assistant to Professor Panas and Dr Hadjileontiadis, for the courses “Digital Signal Processing”, “Stochastic Signals”, and “Signals and Systems”. She also worked on various projects funded by COSMOTE, the Greek government and EU, contributing to project management, signal processing, data analysis, pattern recognition and experiment design. She is currently a post-doctor at the Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH).
Ioannis Manakos has been working and cooperating with academicians and researchers throughout Europe and North Africa the last 17 years. He is the Chairman of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL). He has involved in numerous international competitive projects for more than a decade. Activity topics concerned GMES, Space, Airborne and In situ Remote Sensing, Environmental Resources Management, Soil Erosion Risk Assessment, Agricultural Practices Monitoring, Management of Mediterranean Ecosystems, and Tourism; all addressed under the perspective of geospatial data handling.Over 60 publications have appeared as papers in International Journals, Symposia, Workshops, and as Books by him.