A warm welcome to our new guest professor Manolis Koubarakis, who will be spending the next three months at L3S to collaborate with LeibnizAILab colleagues on knowledge graphs and question answering.
Manolis Koubarakis is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he leads the Artificial Intelligence team. Furthermore, he is part of the Associated Faculty at the Institute of the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) of the “Athena” Research and Innovation Center.
Manolis Koubaraski holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the National Technical University of Athens, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and a diploma (B.Sc.) in mathematics of Crete. Since 2015 he has been a Fellow of EurAI (European Association for Artificial Intelligence) and is President of the Hellenic Association for Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, he is a member of the Advisory Board that implements the Hellenic National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence. He has published more than 200 papers that have been widely cited (6863 citations and h-index 42 in Google Scholar) in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (especially Knowledge Representation), Databases, Semantic Web and Linked Geospatial Data (especially Earth observation data). His research has been financially supported with a total amount exceeding 8 million Euros by the European Commission, the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology, the European Space Agency and industry. Manolis is currently the coordinator of project ExtremeEarth (2019-2021) which develops deep learning and big data techniques for satellite data from the Copernicus program. He also participates in the projects AI4EU (2019-2021, the largest H2020 European project in the area of Artificial Intelligence), AI4Copernicus (2021-2023, as Technical Manager of this project which brings Copernicus data the the AI4EU platform) and DeepCube (2021-2023, where he leads the work on Semantic Data Cubes).