Yannis Tzitzikas (Γιάννης Τζίτζικας)

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Yannis Tzitzikas is currently Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Computer Science Dep. at University of Crete (Greece) and Affiliated Researcher of the Information Systems Laboratory at FORTH-ICS (Greece). Before joining UofCrete and FORTH-ICS he was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Namur (Belgium) and ERCIM postdoctoral fellow at ISTI-CNR (Pisa, Italy) and at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies (MSc, PhD) in the Computer Science Department at the University of Crete. In parallel, he was a member of the Information Systems Lab of FORTH-ICS for about 8 years, where he conducted basic and applied research around semantic network-based information systems in the context of several EU-founded research projects. His research interests fall in the intersection of the following areas: Information Systems, Information Indexing and Retrieval, Conceptual Modeling, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Collaborative Distributed Applications. Currently his research focuses on: exploratory searching (principles, techniques, applications), semantic data management (comparison functions, knowledge evolution, indexes, visualization, integration), and methodologies and technologies for building advanced information systems for digital preservation. The results of his research (mainly conducted with students) have been published in more than 100 papers in refereed international conferences and journals, including prestigious journals and venues (e.g. ACM Transactions on the Web, VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, JIIS, JDAPD, ECIR, ISWC, EWSC), and he has received two best paper awards (at CIA'2003 and ISWC'07, and other awards). He has supervised two PhDs and more than 20 Diploma and 15 MSc theses, and he actively participates in EU projects having achieved more that 700K Euros funding the last 5 years. Finally he regularly participates to the scientific committees of several international conferences and journals. A more detailed CV is available here.

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At the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete

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  • List of current and past students: click
  • Current topics for diploma theses: contact me first.
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Current Research Topics

  • Exploratory Search
  • Semantic Data Management and Semantic Warehouses
  • Visualization of very large conceptual models, datasets, interlinked datasets
  • Various topics in Digital Preservation
Ι coordinate the Information Retrieval and Analysis activity of the Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) of the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of FORTH (group page).
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Research Prototypes

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  • Current Project(s)
    • BlueBRIDGE (project's web site , @cordis , press release Oct 1, 2015 ) (Building Research environments for fostering Innovation, Decision making, Governance and Education to support Blue growth), H2020-EINFRA-2015-1. Duration: Sept. 2015- Feb 2018. My role: Scientific responsible of FORTH. Mainly involved with construction of semantic warehouses and dataset discovery
  • Previous Projects
    • The list of previous projects (and related informative material) can be found here.
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Recent seminars and tutorials.

Research Ones:

  • Semantic Integration in the Marine Domain and Beyond, Tutorial at EUDAT Summer School on Research Data Management July 3-7, 2017, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete
  • Semantic Integration of Marine Data, BlueBRIDGE Webinar, June 28, 2017 [slides in pdf], [youtube]
  • Semantic Integration of Data, Invited tutorial given in the ITN-DCH (Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Herigage) summer school 2016 (collocated with Computer Graphics International 2016 - CGI'16), Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 27, 2016 [slides in pdf].
  • Exploratory Search through Preference-enriched Faceted Search, Invited Seminar given in the Departement Informatique de Blois, Universite de Tours Francois Rebelais, Blois, France, April 15, 2015 (visit April 14-April 16, 2015) [slides in pdf].
  • Bridging the Web of Documents with the Web of Data at Search Time, 3rd MUMIA Training School, July 21-25, 2014, Heraklion, Greece [slides in pdf].

For the local community:

  • Πληροφοριακά Συστήματα - ανακτώντας πληροφορία και γνώση στον παγκόσμιο ιστό , Ημερίδα Τμήματος Επιστήμης Υπολογιστών για Μαθητές Λυκείων (2/2/2017) [ διαφάνειες σε pdf]
  • Πληροφοριακά Συστήματα - ανακτώντας πληροφορία και γνώση στον παγκόσμιο ιστό , Ημερίδα Τμήματος Επιστήμης Υπολογιστών για Μαθητές Λυκείων (3/4/2015) [ διαφάνειες σε pdf, σχετική ιστοσελίδα με video].
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PC Memberships and Other Scientific Activities

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Awards and Fellowships

  • Best Reviewer Award at the 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2014), 13-16 April, 2014 Amsterdam (one of the four winners)
  • Best Paper Award at the 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC'2007), Korea, Nov. 2007, for the paper "On the Foundations of Computing Deltas between RDF models" (work done in collaboration with the MSc student D. Zeginis and Prof. V. Christophides).
  • Best Paper Award in the CIA'2003 conference for the work entitled "Ostensive Automatic Schema Mapping for Taxonomy-based Peer-to-Peer Systems" (joint work with Carlo Meghini).
  • ERCIM fellow (October 2002-April 2004) for postdoctoral studies at ISTI-CNR (Italy) and VTT (Finland).
  • Maria Michael Manasaki legacy's fellowship (Sep 2001 - Sep 2002) awarded to the best graduate student of Computer Science department of the University of Crete, once a year.
  • Fellowship from FORTH-ICS (June 1992 - October 1997 and December 1999 - September 2002) for graduate studies.
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How to contact me

For students of CSD: please click

University of Crete

  • Office: K221
  • Telephone: +30 2810 393 521
  • Email: tzitzik at csd.uoc.gr
  • Postal address: Computer Science Department, University of Crete, Voutes Campus, 700 13 Heraklion, Crete, Greece


  • Office: Gamma 145
  • Telephone: +30 2810 391 621
  • Fax: +30 2810 391 638
  • Email: tzitzik at ics.forth.gr
  • Postal address: Institute of Computer Science (ICS), Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), N. Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton, GR-700 13 Heraklion, Crete, Greece

My accounts in communication platforms

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