Prof Yannis Ioannidis
Yannis Ioannidis (UC Berkeley PhD, 1986) is the President & General Director of the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center and a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. His research work focuses on data and information management systems (especially complex search and query processing & optimization), data infrastructures and digital libraries & repositories, scientific data management, and attitude & preference management systems. He is the overall (co-)coordinator of several European and national projects, including OpenAIRE, which implements the European policy for open access to publications. His team is also the ATHENA RIC or the Univ. of Athens coordinator in several additional European projects on the management of research data or other digital content in diverse scientific fields (earth science, space science, marine science, biodiversity, biology, energy, social sciences, and cultural heritage). These projects include the FET Flagship Human Brain Project, MD-Paedigree, Optique, iMarine, eCultValue, iCordi, CHESS, EarthServer, ESPAS, EFG1914, INTERACT, MERMAID, and others. Yannis Ioannidis is an ACM and IEEE Fellow and has received several research and teaching awards. He has just finished serving as the ACM SIGMOD Chair and as the Greek National Representative for the "Research Infrastructures" Program Committee of the EC. He is a member of the ESFRI Forum (European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures) and a co-chair of the 2014 International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) to be held in Athens under the Greek Presidency.