Curriculum Vitae (as at October 2011)

Mike SalampasisMichail Salampasis was born in Germany on 11 July 1970. He holds a B.Sc. in Informatics (graduation year 1993, graduation grade 78%) from the Department of Informatics of the Alexander Technological Educational Institute (ATEI) of Thessaloniki in Greece. He accomplished his final degree thesis while he was at the School of Computing at Teesside University in UK as a student participating in the Erasmus student exchange program. The title of his final degree thesis was: “The Inclusion of a Distributed Multi-Agent Problem Solving Sub-model in Object Oriented Analysis and Design”. After his graduation he worked for one year as a software engineer in the development of interactive computer based learning programs (September 1993 – September 1994).

He has a Ph.D. in Computing from the School of Computing at the University of Sunderland in UK. His PhD research (October 1994 – November 1997) was supported by a full PhD studentship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation, after succeeding first rank in the relevant Pan-Hellenic exams. His PhD thesis was entitled “An Agent Based Hypermedia Digital Library” and accepted with few minor revisions (external examiner Prof. Wendy Hall). He awarded his PhD doctorate with date of award 1/1/1998. Salampasis was candidate for the best PhD thesis awards of 1998 (Distinguished PhD Dissertation Competition organised by the British Computer Society) as his institution, with the support of the external examiner, has selected his thesis for submission to the distinguished dissertation scheme. This is a significant acknowledgment for research work of exceptional quality. 

His Ph.D. research project followed an interdisciplinary approach in the scientific area of Open Hypermedia Systems (OHSs) which was very active by that time, and in the areas of digital libraries and distributed information retrieval. In the Ph.D. thesis a new method for collection fusion was proposed and systematically evaluated using both system-centred and user-centred methodologies. The new collection fusion method was using hypermedia links to solve the collection fusion problem. The link-based strategy was applicable in dynamic Hypermedia Digital Libraries (HDLs) because it does not require any learning phase nor uses information from remote collections or any exchange of information is required. Additionally, a novel distributed agent-based OHS was presented and systematically evaluated using a large set of user-centered experiments using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The agent-based OHS was used as an underlying platform for designing and developing open, interoperable and extensible HDLs in which multiple information seeking strategies can be integrated.

After finishing his PhD he returned to Greece as obligated by the scholarship of the Greek State. After he fulfilled his national service in the Greek army, he worked as a research assistant in the research programme “Digital TEI” which was led by Dr. Kostas Diamantaras (Sep 1999 – Nov 2002). During this period he was primarily in charge for the design, engineering & evaluation of information seeking environments based on the WWW. During this period he was also involved in the adaptation of an open source e-learning system for the ATEI of Thessaloniki, based on the open source e-learning system “classroom online”.

Since November 2002 he is an assistant professor at the department of Informatics of the ATEI of Thessaloniki, elected unanimously in the subject area of “internet technologies” and on December 2008 he was unanimously promoted as an associate in the same department and subject area. He is a founding member of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory (ISL, http://islab.it.teithe.gr). His main research interests are in applied and interdisciplinary studies in information science, including models and experiments related to information seeking behaviour, information seeking in large distributed electronic environments, Web information seeking and evaluation, distributed information retrieval including source selection and results merging algorithms, intelligent user interfaces, information seeking using multiple strategies/interfaces as well as web accessibility.

From April 2009 until June 2009 he was on a sabbatical leave as a Visiting Scientist in IRF/Vienna. During his stay he participated in the preparation and the writing of a project proposal for the EU COST programme aiming at the development of a research network for Machine Translation for Information Access. He has also received some basic training in issues related to text engineering for patent retrieval and patent search systems.

From March 2009, Salampasis is member of the Management Committee (MC) of the Cost action “Agreement Technologies” and the Cost Action “Towards the Integration of Transectorial IT Design and Evaluation”. He is also the main proposer of the Cost Action “Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (MUMIA)” which has been approved in May 2010 and is expected to start in October 2010.

In addition to his role in academia, Salampasis has been involved in the information technology industry. He worked as the principal designer and chief computer scientist in research and development of the largest digital Greek Encyclopedia for the WWW (www.gnosinet.gr). He has also led a number of multimedia development projects at one of the largest Multimedia and publishing companies in Greece called “Science and Life” (www.encyclopedia.gr).

Over the last five years, he has obtained funding for research projects from the Greek General Secretariat of Research & Technology, the Greek ministry of Education and the research committee of ATEI (details are provided in the Research results section). As a result of this funding he founded a small research group within the ISL. The group until recently had two PhD research students and a part-time research assistant. Besides this PhD research supervision he has also supervised more than 30 final degree projects in his subject area. He is also currently the leader in work packages of various development programs that are funded from the national funding program of the Greek ministry of education. Within these programs (which are ending this academic year) he has supervised numerous software engineers and computer scientists in designing and developing various software deliverables such as eBooks, IR tools, educational web portals, web-based eLearning systems and content management systems.

Michail Salampasis is a member of various scientific organisations and special interesting groups such as ACM and SIGIR/SIGACCES/SIGWEB, member of the Hellenic Computer Society, former member of the BCS, vice president of HAICTA (Hellenic association of Information and Communication Technology in Agriculture). In 2008 he was the general co-chair for the International Advanced Workshop that was organised by HAICTA. He has served as member of the scientific and organising committees of various national and international conferences. He has presented more than 20 papers in international conferences and has reviewed scientific papers for various journals such as Information Processing & Management, IEEE Intelligent Systems, New Review of Hypermedia & Multimedia, Data & Knowledge Engineering, TOIS.        

 

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