The Intelligent Systems, Content and Interaction Laboratory (ISCIL) has been recently formed and approved by the Hellenic Ministry of Education through merging of the Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (www.image.ntua.gr) and the Intelligent Systems Laboratory - as one of main Laboratories of the School of Computer and Electrical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The staff of the Laboratory currently includes 16 higher education programmers and supporting staff, 10 post-doctoral collaborators and 20 Ph.D. students and is directed by Prof. Stefanos Kollias and Prof. Andreas Stafylopatis. Main tasks in the project NTUA is leading WP3 and heavily involved in WP5 and WP6 while participating in WP1 and WP9. Within the framework of WP3 NTUA, along with UNIMI, will focus on Middleware core design and implementation and the Knowledge management task which ensures interoperability across all WPs. Additionally, coordination of all other tasks in WP3 aiming to interpret and control information issued by the lower and higher level layer of the SandS architecture. Finally, NTUA will be involved not only as a WP3 leader but also as a partner with strong participation in connected WPs such as WP5 and WP6 regarding rules system generation and improvement and user profiling and social context adaptation respectively. Previous experience relevant to those tasks ISCIL constitutes a centre for research, development and education in the fields of computational intelligence (neural networks, fuzzy systems, hybrid systems), pattern recognition and machine learning as well as Knowledge Representation and Semantic Interoperability. ISCIL activities concern the application of computational intelligence in Human Computer Interaction, Affective Computing, Intelligent Agents, Assistive Technologies, Pervasive and ambient computing, Context and location aware services, User personalization and adaptation. ISCIL participates in the design and implementation of intelligent semantic analysis and retrieval of multimedia content, being a W3C Semantic Web standards member, EC Semantic Content Analysis expert and member of the EC Interoperability Group on Digital Libraries. ISCIL has been involved in more than a hundred R&D projects. In particular: ISCIL has participated in the NoE Knowledge-Web on semantic Web technologies (2004-2007), in the IP AskIT on knowledge-based assistance for mobility-impaired people (2004-2007), in the STREP project Boemie on ontology evolution (2006-2009), in the We-Know-It IP project on collective intelligence and Web2 technologies (2008-2011).

Short profile of key persons

The NTUA team that will implement the work described in the DoW will be composed of Professors S. Kollias and A. Stafylopatis, Drs P. Mylonas, G. Siolas and G. Caridakis, Ms. I. Kollia and two or three programmers/developers to be selected after the project start.

Prof. Andreas Georgios Stafylopatis - He received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1979 from the National Technical University of Athens and the Docteur Ingenieur degree in Computer Science in 1982 from the Universita de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France. Since 1984 he is with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, where he is currently a professor of computer science. Prof. Stafylopatis has participated as leader or key researcher in more than 50 national and European Union funded research projects. He is the author or coauthor of over 170 refereed papers, of which about 60 in international journals. He is an associate editor of scientific journals and reviewer for a large number of scientific journals and conferences. He has been evaluator of research proposals for national and international organizations, and book evaluator for Greek and international publishers.

Prof. Stefanos Kollias - He received the Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1979, the M.Sc degree in Communication Engineering from the University of Manchester (UMIST), U.K., in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Signal Processing from the Computer Science Division of NTUA in 1984. In 1982 he received a ComSoc Scholarship from the IEEE Communications Society. From 1987 to 1988, he was a Visiting Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Center for Telecommunications Research, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A. Since 1997 he is Professor of NTUA and Director of IVML. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Neural Network Society. Dr George Siolas was born in Athens, Greece, in 1976. He graduated from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1998. In 1999 he obtained a ICT-2011.1.6 SOCIAL&SMART Page 40 of 76 Masters Degree in Cognitive Science at the School of Advanced Social Studies (EHESS) in Paris, France. In 2003 he obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Universita Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6). Since 2007 Dr Siolas is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory of the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at NTUA. His current research interests include text and semantic web mining, recommender systems, multiobjective optimization, music information retrieval, intelligent agents and social networks mining.

Dr George Caridakis - He was born in Athens, Greece and was awarded a degree in Informatics and Telecommunications from the University of Athens and a PhD from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens in 2004 and 2009 respectively. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Cultural Technology, University of the Aegean and a Senior Researcher at the Interaction Systems, Content and Interaction Laboratory (ISCIL) of NTUA. Dr Caridakis has long experience in research and development projects since he has been involved in 6 European (FP6 and FP7 NoE, IP and STReP) and 5 National R&D projects. His research work has been published in 12 articles in international journals, 9 book chapters and 24 conferences and workshops and his scientific contribution has been acknowledged by the scientific community as more than 200 articles cite his research work (non self citations).

Phivos Mylonas - He obtained his Ph.D from National Technical University of Athens on adaptive multimedia access based on context and user profiles in 2008. Since then he is Research Scientist in NTUA, while giving courses at other ECE Departments in Greek Universities. He has participated in many research projects, he has been member of Conference steering Committees and has produced many publications in journals, books and conferences. Ilianna Kollia obtained her Diploma (9.1/10) from National Technical University of Athens (2009) & her M.Sc (distinction) from University of Oxford, Computer Science Lab (2010), on semantic web & query answering. She has worked in the Artificial Intelligence Department, University of Ulm, Germany. She is a researcher of the Intelligent Systems Group of ECE School of NTUA. She has 3 journal and 8 conference research publications.