WORLDCOMP'11 Keynote Lecture - Dr. Yiannis Sagias
Changing Lives around the World: the Power of Technology
Dr. Yiannis Sagias, Ph.D.
Project adviser, European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)
Date: July 18, 2011
Time: 11:45am - 12:00pm
Location: The Monte Carlo Theater
The presentation will aim at presenting the European Research Council (ERC) and its funding opportunities. ERC is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research.
Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines.
Being 'investigator-driven', or 'bottom-up', in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. This approach ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility.
ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe - the sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, and retain and confer status and visibility to the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad.
The final aim of our participation in the conferences is to let the participants know about our funding opportunities.
Dr. Yiannis Sagias holds a diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineer from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He also holds a PhD in Decision Support Systems from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and an MBA from the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme of NTUA and the University of Athens (UoA). He has worked as a project manager and project leader in various EU and international projects. He was a European Commission project officer responsible for research infrastructures in Europe. Currently he works as a project adviser in the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) responsible for the advanced grants in the field of computer science and informatics. His research interests lie on the development of scientific computing e-infrastructures, grid computing and clouds for government/public.