University of Piraeus Research Center
Department of Digital Systems
The Research Center of the University of Piraeus has set as a vision to become a modern and internationally renowned research center which will contribute to the promotion and recognition of the University of Piraeus as one of the leading universities in Europe. As part of its mission, KEPP contributes substantially to the effort to modernize and develop the sectors of the Greek Economy and Society by conducting researches and applied studies. The human resources of KEPP include the 200 faculty members of the University of Piraeus. Since its establishment, KEPP has completed more than 1,000 research projects, training programs and development projects funded by the European Union, the GSRT, Ministries, Banks, Public Sector Organizations and Private Carriers.
The research activities of KEPP are carried out by the scientific staff of the University of Piraeus who apart from its excellent studies, has extensive research and administrative experience in large public and private sector organizations in Greece and abroad, as well as in responsible government positions. For the completion of the projects, the executives of the Research Center and external collaborators cooperate with the above under project contracts. Based on the nature of the projects and their specific needs, external collaborators are selected based on their qualifications to participate in the research, aiming to the smooth and effective elaboration of the project.
Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece
Since 1946, the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece offers a big hug to all adults with visual impairments.
The Lighthouse is a non-profit organisation, specially recognised as philanthropic, supervised by the Ministry of Labour and sponsored by the State through the Region of Attica. All social activities of the Lighthouse are offered free of charge (social service, computer classes, pottery classes, language lessons, talking book library, Braille book library, Braille courses for the blind, gym etc), yet many are the moments of recreation and socialisation (woven, macrame, theatrical groups etc.). More details on the provided services are listed hereafter:
- The Social Services Department aims to provide a set of support services (accompanying-advisory) to visually impaired people (newly blind or not) to ensure personal progress and welfare.
- The Braille Lending Library contains old and rare books in Braille print and copies of all the printing activity of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece. There are also writings of ancient writers, scientific, literary, music, foreign languages etc. All scientific and literary books can be borrowed from the blind in Greece, Cyprus and the Greek Diaspora of America and Australia. It is the Only Historical Braille Library in Greece, containing over 3,500 titles and daily enriched with new titles.
- The Braille Printing Center produces Greek and Foreign Literature Books, Children books, Educational Books of all Grades, Foreign Language Books, Music and Byzantine Music Books as well as Books for the Universities such as Laws, Codes, etc. Apart from the Books, there are four monthly magazines in Braille also printed: a various content magazine, a children magazine, a magazine with Health articles and one magazine with articles for the blind. The magazines are distributed all over Greece and Cyprus.
- The Talking Books Lending Library has more than 3000 titles available in digital format, of both Greek and Foreign Literature. It covers the daily needs of blind students or readers in notes etc.
- Additional services include gymnastics, dances courses, and theatre, ceramics and sculpture, as well as macramé workshops.
For more information please visit the website of the organization:
Irida Labs S.A.
Irida Labs implements embedded computer vision applications focusing in the implementation aspects of modern AI technology. The company implements applications for any platform, using the state of the art in the fields of heterogeneous parallel computing and machine learning and deep learning for embedded devices as small as it gets.
Dr. Nikolaos Fragoulis received his B.Sc. degree in Physics in 1995, his MSc in Electronics in 1998 and the Ph.D. in Microelectronics in 2005 from University of Patras. He has published more than 30 journal and conference papers, 5 US-patents and 3 book chapters. He has worked in the private sector as a software engineer and as an embedded systems engineer. He also worked as a research fellow in the Electronics Laboratory, University Of Patras while he has participated and managed several national and European-funded RTD projects. In 2009 Dr. Fragoulis co-founded Irida Labs company, specializing on embedded visual intelligence by using computer vision and AI, where he’s currently the CTO, also leading the MANTO developing team.