The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well-organized facilities, highly qualified personnel, and a reputation as a top-level research institution worldwide. The Institute of Computer Science of FORTH (ICS-FORTH) has a recognized tradition in conducting basic and applied research in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies.
The Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) of ICS-FORTH combines expertise in knowledge representation, reasoning, databases, process modelling, and net-centric information systems. Besides conducting theoretical work on these fields, ISL carries out applied research work in a number of application domains, including cultural and biomedical informatics.
The Centre for Cultural Informatics (CCI), a specialised unit of ISL, pursues a cross-disciplinary approach to supporting the entire lifecycle of cultural information and documentation procedures for the benefit of study, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Special focus is laid on semantic interoperability, information integration and integrated access. CCI maintains long-standing co-operations with institutions and scientists from the descriptive and empirical sciences, ranging from pure research, community work on documentation methods and standards, to rich application development and consulting.
Dr. Pavlos Fafalios is the principal researcher and grant holder of the ReKnow project. He joined the Centre for Cultural Informatics (CCI) of FORTH-ICS as a postdoctoral researcher in June 2016. He obtained his MSc and PhD in 2012 and 2016, respectively, from the Computer Science Department of University of Crete (Greece). Before joining FORTH-ICS, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the L3S Research Center of the Leibniz University of Hanover (Germany), working in the context of the ALEXANDRIA project (ERC Advanced Grant). His main research interests lie in the areas of knowledge representation, information retrieval, Semantic Web, and knowledge discovery. He has co-authored more than 40 refereed papers and has been involved in many national and European projects. He regularly participates in the programme committee of international conferences (including CIKM'20, ICKG'20, HT'20, ESWC'20, ISWC'20) and review papers for international journals (including ACM Transactions on the Web, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Semantic Web Journal).
Prof. Dr. Yannis Tzitzikas is Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at University of Crete (Greece) and Affiliated Researcher of the Information Systems Laboratory at FORTH-ICS (Greece). His expertise lies in Information Systems, specifically in Knowledge Management and Information Retrieval. His research focuses on semantic data integration, exploratory search, and digital preservation. He has co-authored 3 books and more than 150 papers in refereed journals and conferences, and has received two best paper awards (ISWC'07, CIA'2003). He has supervised 3 PhDs, 24 MSc theses and more than 45 Diploma Theses. He actively participates to EU projects and the scientific committees of several international conferences and journals. Since 2019, he coordinates the Centre for Cultural Informatics (CCI) of the Information Systems Laboratory of FORTH-ICS.
Dr. Martin Doerr is research director at the Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) of ICS-FORTH and honorary head of the Centre for Cultural Informatics (CCI). He has been leading or participating in a series of national and international interdisciplinary projects for cultural information systems. His research interests fall within the areas of Ontology Engineering, Conceptual Modeling, Digital Libraries, Information Integration, and Scientific Argumentation. His long-standing interdisciplinary work and collaboration with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) on modeling cultural-historical information has resulted, besides others, in the CIDOC-CRM ISO Standard (ISO 21127:2014), a core ontology for the purpose of schema integration across institutions.
Dr. Giorgos Flouris is a Principal Researcher (Grade B') at the Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) of ICS-FORTH. His research interests lie mainly in the broad areas of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Artificial Intelligence, the Semantic Web and Argumentative Persuasion. He has been involved in several projects (mostly European) and published more than 100 papers in various venues. He has received the Best Paper Award in STAIRS'06, the Best Student Paper Award in ISWC'09 and ISWC'15, and the Best Workshop Paper Award in SSWS'18.