Profile & expertise

The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH, www.certh.gr) is one of the largest research centres in Greece. It was founded in 2000 and is located in Thessaloniki, Greece. The mission of CERTH is to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation by conducting high quality scientific research and developing innovative products and services while building strong partnerships with industry (national and international) and strong collaborations with research centres and universities in Greece and abroad. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1,500 competitive research projects financed by the European Union (EU), leading industries from the USA, Japan and Europe and the Greek Government. Six spin off companies have been already launched through CERTH research activities. CERTH is listed among the Top-20 Research Centres of the EU with the highest participation in FP7 competitive research grants for the period 2007-2012 (16th place, up from 18th in 2011) and is listed first among all Greek organisations in terms of funding from the H2020 work programme. CERTH is participating with the Information Technologies Institute (ITI, www.iti.gr), one of the leading Research Institutes of Greece in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). It was founded in 1998 and since 10.3.2000 it is a founding member of CERTH. CERTH-ITI is one of the leading Greek institutions in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects.

Two labs from CERTH-ITI are participating in KINAITICS

The Visual Analytics Lab (VALab, https://valab.iti.gr/) is one of the laboratories of CERTH-ITI and was established in 2015. It is currently consisted of 2 senior researchers, 15 post-doctoral research fellows, 7 PhD candidates and 76 full-time research associates. The main purpose of the VALab is to conduct high-quality research in topics related Data and Visual Analytics, Intuitive Human Machine Interaction interfaces, Personal Health Systems & Personalized Care Delivery, Physical Security and Cybersecurity. The group is currently participating in 54 EU and national funded projects, coordinating several of them, while also being involved in a number of flagship industrial projects. Specifically in the field of Cybersecurity, the team is involved in several H2020, Horizon Europe and EDF projects focusing on CTI analysis and vulnerability detection, AI/ML, penetration testing and cyber range technologies, while also contributing in many related EU-bodies (EU Blockchain observatory & forum, ECSO, EBSI, etc).

The Visual Computing Lab (VCL, http://vcl.iti.gr/) is one of the laboratories of CERTH-ITI. With 4 senior researchers, 5 research fellows and 80 full-time researcher associates VCL’s mission is to discover new AI vision systems and novel machine learning and to spread excellence through outreach. The group has participated and coordinated several EU funded projects relevant to computer vision, machine learning, Internet of Things and Security. Especially in Disaster Resilience, in Security and Critical Infrastructures, VCL has participated to several EU projects focusing on AI/ML, digital forensics, big data, video surveillance and multimodal data fusion. The team also exploits the results of European projects through its spin-off company d-cube (www.d-cube.eu).

Role in the Project

CERTH is bringing expertise in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) from past and ongoing projects in cybersecurity and other relevant domains. CERTH’s team is leading WP3 “Continuous monitoring of AI related cyber-physical events” and especially focuses on the definition of attack types and research attacks in the digital world and their impact in the physical world, and vice versa. CERTH contributes in WP4 “Defence strategies for AI systems empowerment” with Hybrid defence mechanisms with Human-in-the-loop approaches and in WP5 “System interaction model & simulation for cyber-physical systems”. Finally, CERTH is a member of the Security Advisory Board of the project.



First name: Konstantinos

Last name: Votis

Email: kvotis@iti.gr

Phone number: +30 2311 257722

Organisation website: www.iti.gr

Key people on the project

Konstantinos Votis is a Computer Engineer and a senior researcher (Researcher Grade B’) at Information Technologies Institute/Centre for Research and Technologies Hellas (CERTH/ITI) and Director of the Visual Analytics Laboratory of CERTH/ITI. He is a visiting professor at the University of Ulster in UK but also a visiting professor in the University of Nicosia regarding Blockchain and Internet of the Future activities. He received an MSc and a Ph.D. degree in computer science and service oriented architectures from Computer Engineering and Informatics department, University of Patras, Greece. In addition, he holds an MBA from the Business School department in the University of Patras. His PhD was in the domain of service Oriented Architecture and Information management systems. Since 2001 Dr. Votis has published more than 187 international scientific articles on journals and conferences, while he has participated in more than 45 Research and Development projects in the fields of HCI, IoT, information visualisation and data analytics, personal health systems, cybersecurity, and distributed ledger technologies. He is leading the Blockchain team of CERTH/ITI while he is also involved in several cybersecurity EU bodies such as EU Blockchain observatory & forum, European Cybersecurity Organisation (ECSO), European Blockchain Partnership (EBP) for the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure implementation (EBSI), etc.


Petros Daras received the Diploma, M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1999, 2002, and 2005, respectively. He is currently the Research Director and the Chair of the Visual Computing Lab, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas. He has been involved in over 50 European and Greek-funded projects and has published over 300 articles in refereed journals and international conferences.

His main research interests include visual content processing, and machine learning. Dr. Daras is a Senior Member of IEEE and member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. He served as chair of the IEEE Interest Group on Image, Video and Mesh Coding (2012-2014) and as a Key member of the IEEE Interest Group on 3D Rendering, Processing and Communications of IEEE Multimedia (2010–today).


Theodoros Semertzidis received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece in 2004, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2009 and 2017, respectively. He is currently a Research Fellow with the Visual Computing Lab, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas. He has been involved in more than 20 European and National funded projects and has published over 30 articles in refereed journals and international conferences.

His main research interests cover areas of machine learning with emphasis on deep learning, computer vision, multimedia big data analysis and retrieval, search engines, distributed and embedded systems.


Antonios Voulgaridis graduated from the Computer Science Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2012, with studies in the field of Information Systems. In 2014, he received his MSc in Information Systems from the Computer Science Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since February 2016 he is working as a Research Associate at the Information Technologies Institute of CERTH, and participated as a WP and task leader in several European and national projects, such as ECHO, ACTIVAGE, myAirCoach, MONICA, ELECTRON, KINAITICS, CyberCare and DYNAMO, mainly focused on cybersecurity, IoT and e-health technologies. His research interests include also AI/ML and Bioinformatics.