Professor Lydia E. Kavrak named 2017-2018 ACM Athena Lecturer

11 May 2017
The Board of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN) is very pleased to announce that our member, Professor Lydia E. Kavraki, has been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) 2017-2018 with the prestigious Athena Lecturer Award. Professor Kavraki was cited for the invention of randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and the development of robotics-inspired methods for bioinformatics and biomedicine. She is an internationally recognized leader in developing physical algorithms, an area that addresses the computational challenges of objects moving in space while subject to physical constraints. She has made significant contributions to an impressively wide range of areas, ranging from how a robot might move through a course of obstacles, and how a drug molecule might change its shape to interact with a target protein; to her current work on planning the motions of Robonaut 2, NASA’s robotic assistant at the International Space Station.
Professor Kavraki will formally receive the Athena Lecturer Award at the ACM’s annual awards banquet on June 24, 2017 in San Francisco.

Congratulations Lydia! We are very lucky and honored to have you as part of our community

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Professor Ioannis Vlahavas appointed as EurAI Fellow

11 May 2017

The Board of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN) is very pleased to announce that our member, Professor Ioannis Vlahavas, has been confirmed by the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) as a EurAI Fellow. Professor Vlahavas specializes in logic programming, knowledge based and AI systems. He has published more than 280 papers and book chapters and co-authored 9 books in these areas. Google scholar reports more than 7800 citations and an h-index of 40.

Congratulations Ioannis! We are very lucky and honored to have you as part of our community.

Μέλος της ΕΕΤΝ, ECCAI Fellow

Αγαπητά μέλη της ΕΕΤΝ,

Εκ μέρους του ΔΣ της ΕΕΤΝ, είμαι στην ιδιαίτερα ευχάριστη θέση να σας ανακοινώσω ότι μετά από πρόταση του ΔΣ, ο καθηγητής του ΕΚΠΑ κος Μ. Κουμπαράκης επελέγη από το ECCAI Board ως ECCAI Fellow. Όπως γνωρίζετε η επιλογή αυτή είναι ιδιαίτερα αυστηρή και προκρίνει ανθρώπους με σημαντική συμβολή στην Τεχνητή Νοημοσύνη στην Ευρώπη αλλά και γενικότερα.

Να αναφέρω επίσης ότι από την ΕΕΤΝ ήδη 4 μέλη της έχουν αξιωθεί της επιλογής αυτής: ο Κ. Σπυρόπουλος, ο Γ. Αντωνίου, o Γ. Μυλόπουλος και τώρα ο Μ. Κουμπαράκης. Συγχαρητήρια στον Μανώλη, η αναγνώριση αυτή είναι αντάξια του έργου του! Εύχομαι (με βάσιμη αισιοδοξία) και άλλα μέλη της ΕΕΤΝ να διακριθούν με παρόμοιο τρόπο στα επόμενα έτη.

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Manolis Koubarakis appointed as ECCAI Fellow

20 May 2015

EETN member Manolis Koubarakis has been appointed as ECCAI Fellow. Congratulations to him!!

ECCAI is the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence.  The ECCAI Fellows Program has been started in 1999 to recognize individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe.  The ECCAI Fellows Program honors only a very small percentage of the total membership of all ECCAI member societies (up to a maximum of 3%).

It is worth underscoring how it is the third time that an EETN is nominated as a Fellow, the previous ones being the previous ones being Constantine Spyropoulos, Grigorios Antoniou, and John Mylopoulos.  See complete ECCAI fellows list here.