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Αn international interdisciplinary conference of hybrid format (online and live) that focuses on the discussion around digital and physical artistic experimentation, aiming at reinventing the body &movement and exploring multiple sustainable ways of living and development to restore the Planetary health in the Anthropocene era. The researh spreads within the whole range of arts, technology, philosophy and social practices. The main proposal of the central organizer Jaime del Val is to address the current global, ecological and social challenges with a unique, original and transversal approach that highlights the undervalued role of the moving body and the need to reinvent it. In this context, alongside the speeches, a series of artistic workshops are organized that combine physical movement with new technologies and take a stand for or against international (climate change) and local socio-political issues. Of local Interest is the Workshop by Jaime del Val that will be held in Eresos from 23 to 30 September 2022, supporting the principles and objectives of the Eresos Initiative to protect Afentelli Beach. You may find more information here

On September 30, the Mediterranean Researchers' Night will take place in the center of Mytilini and in many other cities abroad. The Department of Cultural Technology and Communication participates in this activity where research projects of its laboratories will be presented.You may find more information here

We inform you that the application period for the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme “CULTURAL HERITAGE MANAGEMENT: ARCHAEOLOGY, CITY AND ARCHITECTURE FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2022-23" in which the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication also participates is extended until September 19, 2022. You may find more information here

In the context of the INTERREG RECULT, the University of the Aegean is holding on Friday 02 September 2022 in Mytilini, a Conference on the Promotion of Religious Cultural Heritage and the Development of Religious Tourism. The University of the Aegean is participating through the Intelligent Systems Laboratory of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication. You may find more information here

The invited speaker of the Ministry of Environment and Energy was the Professor of the Univ. of the Aegean Mr. Gerasimos Pavlogeorgatos at the event on the theme: "Maritime Spatial Planning - National Spatial Strategy for the marine area", on Friday, July 8, at the Amphitheater of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The event was coordinated by the Head of the National Spatial Planning Council, Omot. Professor of the Univ. of Thessaly Mr. Haris Kokkosis and the Deputy Minister of Planning and Urban Environment Mr. Nikos Tagaras, the Secretary General of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment Mr. Efthimios Bakoyannis, the Secretary General of Natural Environment and Waters Mr. Varelidis Petros and the Secretary General of Ports, Maritime Affairs participated of Politics and Maritime Investments Mr. Evangelos Kyriazopoulos.
The event was attended by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministries involved in Maritime Spatial Planning (YNANP, YETHA, Ministry of Culture and Sports, etc.), representatives of institutions and University Professors. A delegation of executives from the competent Deputy Ministry for Maritime Spatial Planning of the Republic of Cyprus also participated.
The event presented the progress in Marine Spatial Planning in our country with an emphasis on the emerging activities and uses of the marine space, with presentations of research results and the introduction of specific proposals, for an extremely complex and important issue for our country such as the Marine Spatial Planning and Blue Development.
The University of the Aegean has been researching Maritime Spatial Planning since 2013, implementing two strategic projects for Greece and Cyprus: the Strategic Project "Cross-Border Cooperation for the Development of Maritime Spatial Planning - THAL-HOR" (2013-2015) and the Strategic Project "Cross-Border Cooperation for the Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning - THAL-HOR 2" (2018-present), funded by the Interreg Cross-Border Cooperation Program "Greece - Cyprus", with Professor Gerasimos Pavlogeorgatos as the scientific manager.You may find more information here

On Thursday, July 7, 2022, the 16th international conference "IFIP International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2022)" organized by the PrivaSI Lab of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, with scientific responsibility Associate Professor and Christos Kalloniatis in collaboration with the University of Nottingham and the University of Plymouth. You may see more information: https://www.stonisi.gr/post/41991/diethnes-synedrio-sto-panepisthmio-aigaioy?fbclid=IwAR0YqsRI6aAauyvH3R6ZAWYEV9fElvtESeClgRNe9WfT7vsRdX-WCnh-fLI#.YsvqeSiT7UQ.facebook
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On Wednesday, June 15, a show was aired on ERT3 on the Development Aspects, where the Departments of the University of the Aegean and their work were presented. Mr. Christos Kalloniatis, Head and Associate Professor of the Department, Mr. George Tsekouras, Professor of the Department and Mr. Vlasis Kasapakis, Assistant Professor of the Department spoke about the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication. You may find more information here.

From June 3 to June 6, the exhibition entitled "cookies & other privacy stories" was organized by the students of the Museology team of the Postgraduate Program "Cultural Informatics and Communication" of our Department with great success. You may find more information here.

On April 20, the Benaki Museum hosted the anniversary event and exhibition of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication for its 20 years of operation. You may find more information and watch the event here.

The Intelligent Systems Laboratory in collaboration with the student association "Stratis Eleftheriadis - Teriant" of the Department host an online workshop on "Research Methodology and New Technologies for 3D Digitization and Optimization: The case of the DIGIARCK Act. You may find more information here.

On Monday, April 4, 2022, the 1st open data sharing training seminar was held through O2Hub, in which Mr. Kalloniatis Christos participated, presenting issues related to Personal Data and Anonymization. You may find more information here.

A very interesting interview was given by Ms. Alexandra Bounia, Professor of the Department, at Museospace, a social foundation with a cultural purpose, in which she referred to her activities related to culture and museums. You may find more information here.

Mr. Serafim Dousias, a graduate of the Department, directs the new CNN Greece documentary about the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic in Greece, narrated by actor Giannis Bezos and music by Evanthia Reboutsika. You may find more information here.

Ms. Alexandra Bounia in collaboration with staff from the Cyprus University of Technology and the Cyens Center edited the Collective Volume entitled Emerging Technologies and Museums: Mediating Difficult Heritage which was published by the Berghahn publisher. You may find more information here.

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022, a Secure Internet Conference was held by the Experimental High School of Mytilene, in which Mr. Kalloniatis Christos participated, presenting issues related to issues of security and protection of personal data on the Internet. You may find more information here.

An interesting article about the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication in in.gr in which the career counselor Mr. Taousanis Christos refers to the new scientific areas of the professions of the future and the role of the Department. You may find more information here.

A modern monitoring system of environmental parameters has been installed at the Museum of Natural History of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos, in order to ensure the safety of sensitive exhibits from environmental changes. You can find more information here.

Ms. Katapoti Despina, Permanent Assistant Professor of the Department participated in the program entitled "We Could Grow Together". An original educational program that explores the concept of "foreign", "other" in the world of teenagers, setting as a starting point Steven Spielberg's iconic film "ET the Alien". You may find more information here.

Ms. Katapoti Despina, Permanent Assistant Professor of the Department participated in the project entitled "Embroidered Bread". The project Embroidered Bread was developed through many months of research on the ritual of bread decoration during the celebration of important occasions mainly in the rural areas of Greece. You may find more information here.

On Monday, December 13, the virtual graduation ceremony of the graduates of the Department was accomplished. You can watch it here.

The former Professor of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication is included in Politico's list of the most influential Europeans. You may find more information here.

On Monday, December 13, at 18:30, there will be an online round table for the Celebration of the European Academic Heritage Day. Prof. Bounia Alexandra will participate in the presentation. You may find more information here.

Asini Publications invites you on Tuesday, December 7, at 19:00 to the online presentation of the Collective Volume entitled "Introduction to the management of cultural heritage". Prof. Bounia Alexandra will participate in the presentation. You may find more information here.

On the occasion of the presentation of Prof. Bounia in a workshop of the CoMuseum 2021 conference, an interview was held on the journalistic website protagon.gr, talking about the aspects of the museum reality of the country. You may find more information here.

The Department of Cultural Technology and Communication participates in the CoMuseum 2021 Conference with the organization of the workshop "Measuring the Social Impact of Museums: charting a path to Advocacy" under the supervision of Ms. Bounia Alexandra, Professor of the Department. You may find more information here .

The Professor of the Department, Mr. Anagnostopoulos Christos-Nikolaos was included in the annual list of 100,000 top scientists / equals worldwide based on the impact of his research work in the scientific field he serves. You may find more information here.

The Department of Cultural Technology and Communication completed 20 years of operation since its founding (2000) and published the anniversary collective volume entitled "41 terms and definitions". This collective work has a special symbolic meaning. It captures the multidimensional scientific profile of the Department, which finds productive application in a number of academic and professional fields where Culture, New Technologies and Communication meet. You can study the collective volume here.

The Research Unit of the University of the Aegean participated in the 1st International Exhibition Platform of Digital Technology and Innovation Beyond 4.0, which was hosted at the premises of TIF-HELEXPO in Thessaloniki from 14-16 October.The Department participated in the exhibition presenting the results of research projects.You may find more information here.

Nikolas Vamvouklis, PhD Candidate of the Department, was awarded by the Artists Support Program of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for his successful course in the curation of art exhibitions. You may find more information here.

On Friday, October 15, 2021, the opening of the exhibition took place at the Museum-Library Strati Eleftheriadis-Tériade / Lesvos in collaboration with our Department. You may find more information here.

Today 13/10/2021 the Welcoming Event of the first year students of the academic year 2021-2022 was completed. This year students had the opportunity to get to know the academic and administrative staff, who in turn informed the students about the Regulation of their Studies and discussed various topics that will help the students throughout their studies.
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The Museum-Library Strati Eleftheriadis-Tériade / Lesvos in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication (DCTC) of the University of the Aegean, present on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 18:30 the comic book exhibition: "1821 - The battle of the square "by Soloup (Antonis Nikolopoulos) which is the parallel exhibition of Athens at the National History Museum.The exhibition takes place in the context of the events for the 20 years of operation of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication (year of foundation: 2000). The duration of the exhibition is from October 15 to December 10, 2021.
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The 2nd Panorama of Entrepreneurship and Career took place on Saturday, October 9, where issues related to Interdisciplinarity, Innovative Specializations and professions that offer important professional prospects were discussed. The Head and Associate Professor of the Department Mr. Christos Kalloniatis also participated in the discussion together with the graduate of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication Mr. Manolis Babatsikos and the experienced career guidance specialist Mr. Christos Taousanis. Issues related to the interdisciplinary professions but also to the Study Programs that offer corresponding opportunities were mentioned, such as the case of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, which has one of the most innovative interdisciplinary study programs in Greece at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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On October 6, the 9th AegeanDocs, the International Aegean Documentary Festival focusing on this year's events in Lemnos (MAROULA cinema) and simultaneous screenings in Lesvos but also in Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Fournous, Psara and Oinousses was completed. The events of the Festival were covered on TV by ERT3 with daily TV news programs created by the students of the postgraduate program "Cultural Informatics and Communication - Culture and documentary film production" of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean.Supervisors of the broadcast were the Associate Professor Mr. Ioannis Skopeteas and Mr. Alexandros Spathis,Special Teaching Staff of the Department. You may watch the Festival here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJzGKJKh9TQ0nlwzmwzTw_A
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On Wednesday, October 6, the webinar of the European program HEIDI entitled "Digital activism in the pandemic and the role of Greek universities" was organized. The Head of the Department, Associate Professor Mr. Christos Kalloniatis was participated in the webinar. The purpose of the webinar was to discuss the actions and the contribution of the Greek Universities to the pandemic.
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On Tuesday, October 5, the Open Finance Day was held with the topic "Open Finance: The next step in Open Banking?". The President of the Department, Associate Professor Mr. Christos Kalloniatis participated in the event. The purpose of the event was to highlight the trends for new services and products in the age of data sharing. You may watch the event here: https://fb.watch/8tFNzh8rdJ/

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On Monday 4/10/2021, in the context of the visit of the Head of the Hellenic Authority for Higher Education (HAHE) Professor Mr. Periklis Mitkas to the University of the Aegean, a visit was made to the premises of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication during which the Head of the Department Associate Professor Mr. Christos Kalloniatis presents the research infrastructures of the Department, while issues concerning both the academic character of the Department and the offered Study Programs as well as the career prospects of its graduates were discussed.

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The 9th AegeanDocs, the International Aegean Documentary Festival, starts on October 1st. Focusing on the events in Lemnos and simultaneous screenings in Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Agios Efstratios, Fournous, Psara and Oinousses, the 9th AegeanDocs will become for a week (October 1-6) a step of culture and dialogue in the Aegean. Daily TV coverage by ERT3 with a production team of the students of the postgraduate program "Culture and production of documentaries" of the University of the Aegean. The program of the festival will be announced in the coming days on the website : http://www.aegeandocs.gr


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The 2nd Online Beyond Humanism Forum, co-organised by the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, is taking place on the 8th and the 9th of July 2021, under the title: "Glocal Metahumanities. A “Posthuman Studies Reader” Symposium". You can get information on how to watch it online here: http://beyondhumanism.org/?fbclid=IwAR0sWRz6H4K_iH1z1WLIrjNZ_zKfVnSBc5kbBpfSIoSAF721wZJI-eYb75k
The "Posthuman Studies Reader", edited by Evi Sampanikou (Professor at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication) and Jan Stasienko (Professor at the Lower Silesia University, Wrozlaw, Poland) is the central topic in this forum as it has aroused a broader discussion on crucial topics related to the developments and re-orientations of Trans- Post- and Metahumanism

On Tuesday, June 16, 2021, the Municipality of West Lesvos, in collaboration with the company Crowdpolicy, organized Citylab on the topic of digital strategy and innovation. Christos Kalloniatis, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean participated in #Citylab discussing the challenges that cities faced, the local development and the sustainable islands . https://fb.watch/69zHbzjn_O/
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The research laboratory Privacy Engineering and Social Informatics (PrivaSI Lab) of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean offered 3D printed straps at the 6th Primary School of Mytilene. The Associate Professor and Head of the Department, Kalloniatis Christos noted that “the cooperation with the educational community, teaching staff, students and parents, is and remains a priority for both the Department and the Laboratory. ». You can read more here: https://stonisi.gr/post/17865/to-6o-dhmotiko-sxoleio-mathainei-tis-trisdiastates-ektypwseis
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On Saturday, May 22, at 7:00 pm, Museology lab of the University of the Aegean organized an online discussion on "Making narratives about the past. On the occasion of a digital exhibition". The event is part of the reflection that ICOM seeks to promote, in the context of the celebration of the International Museum Day 2021 with the central theme: "The future of museums: reflection and restart".
You may read the press release here:
You may watch the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcJH5hHBNP8&t=808s
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A very important transnational online Forum was organized on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, on the initiative of the Cyprus University of Technology, the University of West Attica and Science Network "Perravia", under the auspices of the Cypriot Embassy in Athens.
The title of this Forum, which promotes the cooperation of the two countries, was "Greece-Cyprus 2021-2027: Bilateral cooperation in the field of Digital Cultural Heritage and Regional Development - New challenges, new perspectives".
The meeting was attended by very important representatives from Greece and Cyprus, such as ministers, higher government officials, the President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, a representative of the Church of Greece, representatives of international scientific organizations and academics.
Our Department was present in this important meeting with the participation of the Director of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Professor C.N. Anagnostopoulos, highlighting new technologies for the Digitization and Visualization of the Cultural Heritage and good digitization practices from Interregional projects DIGIARC ( https://digiarc.eu ) and RECULT http://www.recult-greece-cyprus.eu/ .
The Forum Agenda and the recorded video can be found in the link: https://perrevia.net.gr/ .


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The research laboratory Privacy Engineering and Social Informatics (PrivaSI Lab) of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean printed 3D straps in order to be offered to schools of Lesvos. On Tuesday, May 25, straps were offered to 135 students at Varia Primary School. The Associate Professor and Head of the Department, Kalloniatis Christos noted that «It is our special pleasure to cooperate with educational structures of Lesvos and to offer in practice, making accessible the results of our research, especially in these difficult conditions due to the coronavirus. ». You may read more here: https://www.stonisi.gr/post/17341/sto-sxoleio-vareias-trisdiastata-eksarthmata-maskas


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On Tuesday, April 18, 2021, the City Lab of the Municipality of Symis was held with the aim of highlighting the strategy of digital transformation and the new electronic applications of digital innovation and participation. Dr. Christos Kalloniatis, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean participated in the event discussing about the requirements and the challenges that cities faced, the local development and the sustainable islands. https://fb.watch/5B1vdTlr8N/

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The book entitled, «Posthuman Studies Reader Core readings on Transhumanism, Posthumanism and Metahumanism», by the Professor of the Department, Evi Sampanikou and the Professor of the University Lower Silesia, Jan Satsienko, is a new and indispensable resource for studying as well as teaching key concepts, central claims and main arguments of contemporary debates in the field of Posthuman Studies. It will be presented at the Online Beyond Humanism Conference on July 8-9, 2021. You may find the book here: https://schwabe.ch/9783796541933/posthuman-studies-reader

"PERREVIA" Network started a campaign throughout Greece, in order to mobilizing public and private partners at local, national and European level, so as to locate the monuments of special cultural value, that are in danger. Professor Anagnostopoulos participates in the 3-member scientific committee of this network. You may read the post here:

The Postdoctoral researcher of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean, Antonis Nikolopoulos or Soloup, is one of the most recognized creators in the field of Greek comics. On April 20, 2021, an article by Ms. Vassiliadou Maro was published in the newspaper "Kathimerini”, entitled " The Greek Revolution in…. Soloup puzzle ", which presents information about the Greek Revolution through the graphic novel “21. The battle of the square", that, as the author notes, its narrative reminiscent of puzzle. Also, the article includes an excerpt of the introductory note of the Professor of the Department, Evi Sampanikou. You may read the post here: https://bit.ly/3dMuMd3


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On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the 1st City Lab of the Municipality of Trifylias was held with the aim of highlighting the strategy of digital transformation and the new electronic applications of digital innovation and participation. Dr. Christos Kalloniatis, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean participated in the event with the topic «Sustainable cities, Local Development Good Practices». https://fb.watch/4_tR7nDv3n/


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On Monday, April 19, 2021, the presentation of the Department was held to high school students in order to be informed about the subjects and the future professional opportunities offered by the Department. The presentation was attended by the Associate Professor and Head of the Department Kalloniatis Christos, the Professor and Deputy Head Kavakli Evangelia, the Assistant Professors Kotis Konstantinos and Kasapakis Vlasios and Spathis Alexandros. S.T.L.S. of the Department. In addition, Mrs. Kolokytha Sofia, Teacher of KESY, and Mr. Theofanellis Timoleon, Director of Secondary Education of Lesvos, participated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e1CFquVs10&t=4s

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The Ionian University organizes the event "Museum Collections of the Ionian University". The speech of the Professor Bounia, will take place on April 15, 2021 entitled "Balancing between research, teaching and communication: the role of university museums today." More information regarding the speech can be found here

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Prof. Yiannis Kolokotronis
The Heritage of European Modernism
The multiple aspects of the early 20th century crisis brought forth the variety of modernist movements aiming at breaking all bonds with tradition and questioning the future of humanity. The synchronization of art with the data of technology and economy, was the groundbreaking cut in the aesthetic experience of the 19th century. Modernism not only changed the data of art but made the world run faster to its encounter with the future. After the war, several were the movements in art that used the prefix "new" thus proving the continuity and expansion of the boundaries that modernism pursued.
Dr Yiannis Kolokotronis is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Thrace – Department of Architecture and Engineering
More information: here

On Sunday, March 21, 2021, the online meeting "Studies in Informatics: seeking for goals and perspectives" was held by the 2nd PE.K.E.S. of the North Aegean, which aimed to address questions of students of the North Aegean and to explore the perspectives and opportunities of Informatics in Greece and abroad. Prof. Evangelia Kavakli, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean participated in the event, discussing the professional perspectives of information technology in the field of cultural and creative industry.https://rb.gy/qchm2s
To watch the event, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgDeDCPoCI4

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On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the 1st City Lab of the Municipality of Syros – Ermoupolis was held with the aim of highlighting the strategy of digital transformation and the new electronic applications of digital innovation and participation. Dr. Christos Kalloniatis, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean participated in the event, discussing about the requirements and the challenges that cities faced, the local development and the sustainable islands.https://fb.watch/47vMHUDVDU/

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On Saturday, February 27, 2021, the Kalamata@Smartcity Innovation Talks event was held, which is the continuation of the successful City Innovation Talks, held in July 2020 in Athens by Crowdpolicy. The key issues of this event were the preparation for the next day, so that a smart city to use technological innovation and new trends to implement actions with local and national benefits. Dr. Christos Kalloniatis, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean participated in the event with the topic "Smart Solutions in the field of Digital Culture - The case of the PSMART Project".https://fb.watch/3X44wnxTFt/

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On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the 1st City Lab of the Municipality of Moschato - Tavros was held with the aim of highlighting the strategy of digital transformation and the new electronic applications of digital innovation and participation. Dr. Christos Kalloniatis, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean participated in the event with the topic "Smart Cities: Requirements and Challenges".https://www.mymoschato.gr/2021/02/epitychimeno-to-1o-city-lab-dimoy-moschatoy-tay.html

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What is a digital success? Is free digital technology sustainable? Does digital technology generate new forms of solidarity between museums? Has the COVID-19 crisis durably changed the use of social networks for museums? Open discussion, organised by ICOM France with :

  • Anastasia Chourmouziadi, Associate Professor of Museology, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of Aegean (Greece)
  • Ech-Cherki Dahmali, President of CIMUSET (ICOM's International Committee for Museums and
  • Collections of Science and Technology) and Director of the Maroc Telecom Museum
  • Brigitte Liabeuf, Advisor for Museums and Plastic Arts, DRAC Auvergne-Rhône Alps
  • Pierre-Yves Lochon, associate director of Sinapses Conseils and director of Clic France
  • Paul Salmona, Director of the Museum of Art and History of Judaism .

Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are the quintessence of the integration of several Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the learning process. In this study, we investigate the performance of a multi-user virtual environment, incorporating high-fidelity avatars, fed with the body motion, facial cues and gaze of a professor in real-time, as a tool for enhancing learning experience in VLEs.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKcSDBEBEU0&feature=youtu.be

The Associate Professor of the AUTH (Department of Cinema) and awarded director Dimitris Koutsiabasakos was a guest professor at a 4-hour workshop-masterclass in the context of the postgraduate programme «Cultural Informatics and Communication – Culture and Documentary Film Production» with the topic: “Documentary: some known issues”.

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On Tuesday, 26th January, 2021, the Rector of the University of the Aegean, Professor Chrissi Vitsilaki and the Mayor of Western Lesvos, Mr. Taxiarchis Verros, along with the Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of the Aegean, Associate Professor Christos Kalloniatis and the Vice Mayor of Education, Culture, Gender Equality, and Lifelong Learning signed a Cooperation Annex under the existing Memorandum of Cooperation between the University of the Aegean and the Municipality of Western Lesvos in the Senate Hall of the University of the Aegean on the University Hill in Mytilene. The purpose of this Cooperation Annex is to foster the development and specialization of the actions of both institutions in the fields of culture and new technologies.(http://www.aegean.gr/announcement/υπογραφη-παραρτηματοσ-mnhmonioy-συνεργασιασ-μεταξυ-του-πανεπιστημιοy-αιγαιου-και-του)

The well-known documentarist and Professor of EKPA Eva Stefani was a guest speaker at a 4-hour workshop-masterclass in the context of the postgraduate programme «Cultural Informatics and Communication – Culture and Documentary Film Production».

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The Semantic Web and IoT research group (Intelligent Systems Lab) of the Dept. of Cultural Technology and Communication, Schools of Social Sciences, University of the Aegean, created linked open data (LOD) of the artworks in the museum of Greek Children Art .The work has been conducted with Linked Data (RDFa, Microdata) and cultural vocabularies of Europeana (EDM) and Google (Schema.org). More about the dataset you may find at and at Zenodo: https://zenodo.org/record/4425440.

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For the second time in a row, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduation ceremony of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the School of Social Sciences of the University of the Aegean was accomplished remotely on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

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The graduation ceremony was supported by the secretariat of the Department. In addition, the ceremony was attended by the Vice Rector of Administrative Affairs, Professor Papageorgiou Dimitrios, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Professor Nagopoulos Nikolaos and the President of the Department, Associate Professor, Kalloniatis Christos.

The Semantic Web and IoT research group (Intelligent Systems Lab) of the Dept. of Cultural Technology and Communication, Schools of Social Sciences, University of the Aegean, developed an educational chatbot based on conversational AI and the educational method CLIL (content and language integrated learning). The evaluation of the chatbot conducted with cultural content in English and French, and in collaboration with the 1st General School of Excellence in Mytilene and the Language Learning centers of KENDERIS Edu and of Mrs. Ainizli Rena. The chatbot and the educational program is available from the webpage https://eduasasara.wixsite.com/followasasara2020 and via FB/Messenger, Viber.

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The Welcome of the first-year students of the academic year 2020-2021 was successfully held, which started on Monday, October 5 and ended on Friday, October 9, 2020. During this period, the students had the opportunity through distance presentations to be acquainted with the academic and the administrative staff of the Department, to be informed about the Regulation of their studies and to discuss with responsible persons on various topics that will help them during their studies. The Welcome of the first-year students has been recorded here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLImGhm8yJYXpEIoqwMZxZWxp51u6Y1usO

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The Semantic Web and IoT research group (Intelligent Systems Lab) of the Dept. of Cultural Technology and Communication, Schools of Social Sciences, University of the Aegean, developed a Conversational AI-based chatbot to inform citizens about the Covid-19 virus in their own language (Greek). The chatbot is available via FB/Messenger (https://www.facebook.com/Chatbot4Covid19GR) and Viber (viber://pa?chatURI=covid19botuoa). Its use started in the beginning of the pandemic (Spring 2020).

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