Organisers and Contributors’ Biographic Information

Dr Keeley Crockett is a Reader in Computational Intelligence in the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. She gained a BSc Degree (Hons) in Computation from UMIST in 1993, and a PhD in the field of machine learning from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998 entitled "Fuzzy Rule Induction from Data Domains". She also obtained a P.G.C.E from The University of Huddersfield in June 2000 and became Senior Fellow of the HEA in 2016. She leads the Intelligent Systems Group that has established a strong international presence in its research into Conversational Agents and Adaptive Psychological Profiling including an international patent on "Silent Talker". This has led to the establishment of a research and knowledge exchange partnership with the company Silent Talker Ltd.  Her main research interests include the areas of fuzzy decision trees, rule induction, applications of fuzzy theory, biologically inspired algorithms, semantic similarity measures and the use of neural networks for psychological profiling. She is currently the PI (MMU) on the H2020 funded project iBorderCtrl - Intelligent Smart Border Control and CI on a UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership. She is the currently the Chair of IEEE WIE UK and Ireland, Chair of the IEEE CIS Student Activities subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the IEEE Pre-College Activities committee and Vice-Chair of the IEEE Women into Computational Intelligence Society. She also served two years as the IEEE CIS Travel Grant Administrator, is a senior member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and the IEEE Women In Engineering Society. She will be the Workshop Co-Chair for IEEE WCCI 2018, and was the Student Activities co-chair for IEEE FUZZ 2015, technical co-chair for FUZZ 2014  (WCCI 2014), workshops co-chair for IEEE WCCI 2010, programme co-chair for 5th International KES Conference on Agents and Multi-agent Systems – Technologies and Applications in 2011. She has authored over 105 publications in international scientific Journals, book chapters and peer-reviewed conferences.

Dr. Rodoula Makri (Dipl. Ing., PhD, MBA) is an ICCS Senior Researcher and Technical Project Manager at the Microwaves & Fiber Optics Lab of ICCS since 2000 in wireless, RF & Microwave systems engineering. She holds Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1992, NTUA) and PhD in RF/microwaves (1999, NTUA). She also holds Master in Business Administration (MBA, 2001, Athens University of Economics and Business & NTUA).

She has large experience in design and development of wireless systems, RF/microwave and mm-wave systems for telecommunications and radars applications, various types of antennas, systemic analysis and active & passive sensors and WSNs. She is also experienced in digital telecommunications and signal processing, electromagnetic analysis, simulations and modelling. She possesses a wide expertise in laboratory, on field and EMC/EMI measurements. She has published over 40 papers in refereed international scientific journals and peer-reviewed conferences. She is also member of the Editorial Board of IJEM (International Journal on Emergency Management). Since 2008 she serves as Lecturer at the Hellenic Army & Airforce Academies, while she was Lecturer at the University of Aegean (2005-2006). She has also served as the IEEE MTT (Microwaves Theory & Techniques Society) Greek Chapter Chair.

She has participated in more than 35 (15 European, 20 national) research projects as a Senior Researcher / Scientific Responsible, while in certain as Project Manager. Between 2009-2013 she served as Technical Manager of “NexGenMiliwave”, a national (NSRF) research project involving high degree of innovation, concerning the development of mm-wave backhaul radio for broadband telecom applications. In most recent research activities, she also serves as the Technical Manager of the H2020 project “iBorderCtrl” (Secure Societies / BES-5 Land Border Security, 2015 Call). Since 2007, she has been proposal evaluator and reviewer in the EU Security Theme and in Hellenic Public Procurement R&D Calls.

Dr. George Boultadakis holds a PhD in Radar Imaging and Signal Processing from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and a Dipl-Ing degree from the Hellenic Air Force Academy - Engineering Department. He conducted his doctoral research in the Division of Information Transmission Systems and Material Technology of NTUA. His research concentrated on transmission technologies across the frequency spectrum including radio and microwave technologies and their applications, including theoretical and modelling work on applied electromagnetics, and was implemented within the NATO Research and Technology Organization/ Sensors and Electronics Technology panel works. Since 2001, he has acted as Research Associate of “Radar Systems & Remote Sensing Laboratory”, focusing on valuable research in the areas of radar systems, remote sensing and generally in the area of radio and satellite communications, in the fields of ISAR/InSAR studies, 2D and 3D radio-coverage modelling in cellular wireless systems studies, high-frequency electromagnetic techniques studies, etc. For 15 years he worked as engineering manager for the Hellenic Air Force, in areas of ordinary/intermediate/depot level maintenance of avionics systems, as well as quality control/assurance engineer. He joined European Dynamics in 2014 as a Senior R&D consultant, where he has participated in/ coordinated proposals for European Commission HORIZON 2020 funded Research programme. His research interests include novel/ future ICT technologies, signal processing and pattern recognition techniques and electromagnetism. He has published a number of scientific papers/book chapters, has presented work in international scientific conferences and workshops and acted as workshop co-Chair for the Global IoT Summit, endorsed by IEEE. He is Member of Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) as well as reviewer for various scientific journals (IET, etc.).

Key Contributors

Dr. Athanasios D. Panagopoulos is Assistant Professor at SECE/NTUA. He received the Diploma Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (summa cum laude) and the Dr. Engineering Degree from NTUA in July 1997 and in April 2002. From May 2002 to July 2003, he served the Technical Corps of Hellenic Army. In September 2003, he joined School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, as part-time Assistant Professor. From May 2008 to May 2013 he was Lecturer in SECE/NTUA and now he is Assistant Professor. He has published more than 250 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He has also published more than 20 Book Chapters in International Books. He is the recipient of URSI General Assembly Young Scientist Award in 2002 and 2005. He is co-recipient of the 3rd place Best Paper Award in the 2006 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium. His interests include radio communication systems design, wireless and satellite communications networks and the propagation effects on multiple access systems and on communication protocols. He has participated in many FP7 projects (e.g.  E-SPONDER – EU Security), and EU and ESA funded projects, including SATNEX I - IV. He is Chairman of the IEEE Greek Communication Chapter. He serves on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, Elsevier Physical Communication. Finally, he is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and an Associate Editor in IEEE Communication Letters. From January 2005 to May 2008, he was head of the Satellite Division of Hellenic Authority for the Information and Communication Security and Privacy. He participates to ITU-R and ETSI Study Groups and he is Senior Member of IEEE.

Dr. Athos Antoniades is the director of STREMBLE and a seasoned scientist with both industry and academia experiences. He was the scientific coordinator of project Linked2Safety funded under the FP7 program and he has led leadership roles in many other European Commission and independent industry funded projects. His work involves the development of novel approaches to analysing high dimensional data with complex interrelationships between markers. His work has resulted in novel discoveries in the field of genetic analyses, electronic health record analytics and education. He has collaborated with the pharmaceutical company Glaxo Smith Kline’s genetics department since 2005 and has through this collaboration created a pipeline for genetic analysis of genome wide association scans (GWAS), a novel highly efficient approach to testing for epistasis in GWAS and has implemented complex analytical approaches for high dimensional epidemiological data on large computational grid infrastructure. His research focuses primarily on the application on novel technological approaches to translational medicine and pharmacogenetics.

Dr James D. O’Shea is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at MMU and a member of the IEEE.  His PhD topic was “A Framework for Applying Short Text Semantic Similarity in Goal-Oriented Conversational Agents” (2010), which is pertinent to the design of the automated interviewing booth in this programme. He co-founded the Intelligent Systems group with Zuhair Bandar in 1992. James’ research interests lie in the areas of both Adaptive Psychological Profiling and Conversational Agents. He was a key member of the team that developed the Silent Talker system, and is a named inventor on the patent relating to the system. He also contributed to the development of the FATHOM system. James has been an enthusiastic advocate of raising the public awareness of security through lie detection, from presentations to the ST to the Airports Internal Europe Security Summit (Manchester 2003), BBC Radio 4’s “The Material World” (2003), UK Science Minister Lord Sainsbury (Manchester 2005), to acting as scientific advisor to and appearing on “The Lying Game: the Criminals That Fooled Britain” ITV (UK, 2014). He organised and hosted the 2011 Knowledge Engineering Society Conference on Agent and Multi-Agent Systems (General Chair, O’Shea, Programme Co-Chairs Crockett and Bandar), also pertinent to this agent-based programme. He also guest edited the International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems “Special Issue on Improvised Explosive Devices.”