Sci-Cafe Colloquial Talks
Welcome to the HMU & ATHENA European University Sci-Cafe!
We are thrilled to launch the HMU & ATHENA European University Sci-Cafe in November 2020. We will kick-off on the 7th of October and continue every Friday at 1000 CET. Its objective is to (a) introduce the research actions & interests of the personnel of the Hellenic Meditteranean University (HMU) & ATHENA European University within its ecosystem; (b) disseminate HMU & ATHENA research & laboratories within and beyond their ecosystem; (c) build the research collaboration framework within HMU, within ATHENA and with distinguished scientists on abroad; (d) introduce to our students the progress in technologies within the education & research programs of HMU & ATHENA and beyond!
Please support us and register your talk following this link: https://forms.gle/nUCDVpjWdNzLsKjBA
All the presentations will be in English and will happen remotely, using the zoom
We request from our speakers to use the following template for their presentations – click here
The action is coordinated by the HMU International Office Academy and the ATHENA European University Network
Welcome and we hope you will support us!!
23rd of Sept., Dr. Tomaz Aljaz (FINI Novo Mesto University, Slovenia) – Managing projects with Theory of Constraint Principles
In IT, according to the survey made by The Standish Group and published in the 2015 CHAOS report, only very few projects perform well to the project management triple constraints of cost, time, and scope. Only 29% of software projects were completed on-time and on-budget, while 19% of projects were canceled before they ever got completed and 52% of projects increased their cost, scope, or have scope creep. Clearly, the failure rate of IT projects is high and as a response to that organizations tend to implement modern project management practices and attitudes, with limited or inconsistent success in terms of better project or business performance. The lecture shows examples of project portfolio using different management approaches, starting with traditional approaches and continuing with step-by-step approaches using modern project management methodologies, providing significant benefit to the organization. Achieving such improvements requires changes in how project work is managed, planned, scheduled, and queued. Particularly, it is shown how Theory of Constraints tools and applications enables at least doubling the number of projects that organization can complete in the same period, and able to deliver over 90 percent of them within defined scope, budget, and time – all within existing employees and without changes in technology and no changes to how they are performing IT-related tasks like design, implementation, and testing.
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Tomaz Aljaz
Register: https://forms.gle/5WUQrgxazUasURLA8 by the 22nd of September
Recorded Lecture: https://youtu.be/L7FUHTu9FjQ
Lecture Notes: Please download them from here
2nd of October, Dr. Konstantinos Petridis (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece) – Presentation of the ATHENA European University & the Erasmus Actions of the HMU the last six months
In this presentation, the ATHENA European University will be presented along with the tasks that have been assigned to HMU. On top of this, a review of the actions of the IRO in the last six months will be reviewed. In the end, the targets of the office the following three months will be presented
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Konstantinos Petridis (Associate Professor, Department of Electronics Engineering, Director of the International Relations Office, HMU)
Zoom Link: TBA at 23rd of September 2020
9th of October., Dr. Melina Kotti (Hellenic Mediterannean University, Greece) – Environmental quality-Environmental protection: A global approach
The presentation is referred to as the basic terms that a scientist who deals with the protection of the environment has to be familiar with. It is referred also to as the methods for monitoring the water and wastewater quality and to the water and wastewater treatment. These methods are the ones that the presenter is expert in.
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Melina Kotti (Assistant Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, HMU) / Google Scholar
Recorded Lecture: https://youtu.be/eYmrZ7lEE9M
15th of October., Webinar in 5G Communications & Applications, (IRO-HMU, ATHENA European University, The CRETE Project)
Starting & Closing Time: 1000 / 1300 CET
Abstract: Please check here
Short Bio of Speaker: Please check here
Zoom Link: TBA on the 12th of October
16th of October., Dr. Pantelis Soupios (King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudia Arabia) – Geophysical survey at Wabar MeteoCrater: Recent findings
Geophysical survey at Wabar MeteoCrater: Recent findings (20min + 5min QA)
The study of impact craters on Earth has picked up high worldwide consideration, which can be done by studying the ground surface using remote sensing (satellite), geological outcrops, drilling holes and apply small-scale laboratory experiments trying to build the dynamic models of crater formation and by collecting geophysical data.
In this work, the near- crater sediments at the young Wabar crater field in Saudi Arabia has been investigated using the magnetic, EM, seismic, and GPR methods. The main targets of this research were exploring the possibility of any remnant major pieces of the meteorite, investigate the meteoroid direction, and map the deformation structure associate with the meteorite impact. During the expeditions, many small pieces of the meteoroid were found and collected for further geochemical analysis.
Hanafy S., Soupios P., Stampolidis A., Koch C.B., Al-Ramadan K., Al-Shuhail A., Solling Th. and
Argadestya I., 2020, Comprehensive Geophysical study at Wabar crater, Rub Al-Khali desert, Saudi Arabia, in review to Earth and Space Science, AGU
A glance at CPG (20min + 5min QA)
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals already has a very strong academic reputation in Saudi Arabia and across the Arab world. That sets a high standard for the College, and we embrace that challenge. Our goal is to be one of the top petroleum research and teaching colleges in the world.
16th of October., Webinar in Mathematics Education (IRO-HMU, ATHENA European University & the iTEM Project)
Opening/Closing Time: 1500 – 1800 CET
Abstract: Please check here
Short Bio of the Speakers: Please check here
Zoom Link: TBA at 14th of October 2020
23rd of October, Dr. Maria Zakinthinaki (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece) – Artificial Intelligence/An Overview
This talk will go through an introduction to the area of artificial intelligence, from the early signs of its appearance (B. C.) to its latest developments. Definitions, concepts, and philosophical concerns regarding the importance and the goals of AI will be discussed. After a brief historical overview, AI examples will be shown, together with some of AI’s earlier and recent applications to everyday life. The aim of the talk is to give a general idea of AI’s concept, inform about the different disciplines and research areas involved in AI’s development and provide food for thought concerning the challenges and risks of AI.
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Maria Zakinthinaki (Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics Engineering) /Google Scholar
30th of October, Dr. Konstantinos Daskalakis (Aalto University, Finland) – ‘Polaritonics for improving the performance in light-emitting devices: Principles & Applications’
In our everyday life, we experience the interaction of light with the materials around us. For example, the colors we see in a flower is a result of light interacting with the flower’s surfaces and molecules. Some of the very well-known light-matter interactions are light absorption, emission, reflection, and scattering. In some special cases, light interacts with matter so strongly that they merge into one and indistinguishable hybrid form.
Microcavity polaritons are one of these special cases of bosonic particles that come into life under strong light-matter interactions. In the lab conditions, we create polaritons artificially in optical microcavities (2 mirrors facing each other separated by only a few hundreds of nanometres) sandwiching a thin film of a semiconductor. Because polaritons decay generates photons, we can use spectroscopy to study them.
To date, most of the polaritonic samples are used for fundamental studies in physics, because polaritons hybrid light-matter nature makes them exceptionally light (8 orders of magnitude lighter than the rubidium atoms) bust still have matter properties. Besides, polaritons can propagate through defects without scattering (under special conditions), can show ultrafast nonlinear response to light inputs (all-optical transistors), and the quantomechanical states of polaritons can simultaneously emit and absorb light. In this talk, I will discuss how the special properties of polaritons can improve devices such as lasers light-emitting diodes (LEDs), waveguides, and all-optical switches.
7th of November, Dr. Eugene Katz (Ben Gurion University, Israel) – Fullerene Like Structures
1Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics, J. Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer, 84990 Israel
2Ilse-Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion
The University of the Negev, Be’er-Sheva 84105, Israel
The discovery of C60, the third variety of carbon, in addition to the more familiar diamond and graphite forms, has generated enormous interest in many areas of science. Furthermore, it turns out that C60 is only the first of an entire class of closed-cage polyhedral molecules consisting of only carbon atoms – the fullerenes (C20, C24, C26, … C60, …C70, … C1000000-carbon nanotubes). This talk presents the main mathematical principles for engineering fullerene-like structures (based on symmetry considerations and Euler relation between the numbers of faces, vertices, and edges in polyhedra). I will discuss how Nature, using fullerene-like structures, minimizes energy, and matter resources in molecules and nanoclusters, viruses, and living organisms. Examples of achievement of such goals in architecture are also presented. Discussion of scientific terms and concepts will be held in the context of the history of their discoveries. The history of discoveries of fullerenes and carbon nanomaterials made at the end of the XX century will be punctuated by excursions into the depths of time – until the Renaissance and even Antiquity.
Zoom Link: TBA on 3rd of November 2020
14th of November, Dr. Michalis Tatarakis (HMU, Greece) – Demonstration of Electro-Thermo-Mechanical anisotropy in matter
Zoom Link: TBA on 10th of November 2020
4th of December, Dr. Nektarios Papadogiannis (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece) – Novel X-ray sources with high coherence: new horizons in biomedical imaging
Zoom Link: TBA on 1st of December 2020
11th of December, Dr. Filippos Valianatos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) – TBA
Zoom Link: TBA on 4th of December 2020
18th of December, Dr. Denia Kolokotsa (Technical University of Crete, Greece) – Challenges and Perspectives of Energy in the Built Environment: From Smart Buildings to Smart Cities
Zoom Link: TBA on 11th of December 2020
29th of January 2021, Dr. George Kavoulakis (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece) – Α brief introduction into the physics of ultra-cold atom
Zoom Link: TBA on 22nd of January 2021
5th of February 2021, Dr. Thomas Anthopoulos (King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudia Arabia) – Printed Nanoelectronics: there is a plenty room down there
Zoom Link: TBA on 2nd of February 2021
12th of February 2021, Dr. Achilleas Savva (University of Cambridge, UK) – An Introduction to Bioelectronics
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Achilleas Savva (Postdoctoral Researcher, Marie – Curie Fellow) /Google Scholar
Zoom Link: TBA on 2nd of February 2021
19th of February 2021, Dr. George Kakavelakis (University of Cambridge, UK) – Carbon-Based Electrodes for Solution-Processed Solar Cells
Zoom Link: TBA on 12th of February 2021
26th of February 2021, Dr. Ioannis Paradeisanos (INSA-CNRS, France) – “Light-matter interactions in atomically thin semiconductors”
Zoom Link: TBA on 19th of February 2021
5th of March 2021, Dr. Stelios Choulis (Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus) – Printed Photovoltaics
Zoom Link: TBA on 19th of February 2021
12th of March 2021, Dr. Nikos Sakkas (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece) – Publicly funded research and innovation in the EU- Unlocking its public value in the EU and beyond
Zoom Link: TBA on 19th of February 2021
19th of March 2021, Dr. Ioanna Zergioti (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) – The Laser-Induced Forward Transfer Technique and its Applications
Zoom Link: TBA on 12th of March 2021
14th of May 2021, Dr. Manolis Stratakis (Institute of Electronic Structure and Lasers, Greece) – A success story: From Lab to Fab
Zoom Link: TBA on 10th of May 2021
21st of May 2021, Dr. Angelos Xomalis (University of Cambridge, UK) – An Introduction to Metamaterials and their Applications
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Angelos Xomalis (Postdoctoral Researcher) /Google Scholar
Zoom Link: TBA on 14th of May 2021
28th of May 2021, Dr. Periklis Chatzimisions (Hellenic International University, Greece) – 5G Communications for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Zoom Link: TBA on 21st of May 2021
10th of June 2021, Dr. Nikolaos Kalfagiannis (UK) – Laser Annealing as a platform for optimising materials properties
Zoom Link: TBA on 7th of June 2021
17th of June 2021, Dr. Christos Nikolopoulos (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece) – Recent Developments on EMC and Cleanliness issues for Space Applications
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Christos Nikolopoulos (Assistant Professor, HMU, Greece) /Google Scholar
Zoom Link: TBA on 10th of June 2021
24th of June 2021, Dr. Anargyros Baklezos (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece) – Recent Advances in ELF Radiated Emissions Measurements & Modelling for Space Units
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Anargyros Baklezos (, HMU, Greece) /Google Scholar
Zoom Link: TBA on 17th of June 2021
1st of July 2021, Dr. Theodoros Kapetanakis (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece) – Wearable antennas for wireless body-centric communications and IoT applications
Short Bio of Speaker: Dr. Theodoros Kapetanakis (Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Electronic Engineering, HMU, Greece) /Google Scholar
Zoom Link: TBA on 24th of June 2021