What a fantastic date it was. Georgios, after finishing his PhD studies mid-2016, had his graduation ceremony at the stunning building of Lincoln Cathedral in the city of Lincoln in the UK. Great pleasure to receive my PhD degree directly from the Vice Chancellor of the University and also meet my supervisor, mentor and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, professor Andrew Hunter. After the ceremony, I had the opportunity to meet many other academics from the school of computer science and the college of science, with whom I am going to closely cooperate in the near future, as I will be joining the permanent academic staff of the school of computer as a lecturer. Having spent more than half a year working as a Lead Data Scientist and Program Manager in a leading company in Radiation Oncology solutions in Germany, I am definitely ready to go back to academia. Undoubtedly, Marie Curie actions were paramount in shaping my career, alongside the unique experiences and training I received. I am definitely looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and face new challenges.
Evangelia had recently given an interview at the online magazine LamiaReport, which is primarily addressed to the citizens of Lamia, her home town in Greece. ‘I really appreciate the opportunity I was given to promote our work to the people of my home town and I am grateful for the appraising comments I received from them ‘, she said. The full article can be found here: http://www.lamiareport.gr/index.php/topika/item/50046-mia-neari-lamiotissa-erevnitria-sto-eksoteriko
On Friday 30th September 2016, Evangelia and Giovanni had the unique opportunity to engage with the public and disseminate the beneficial outcomes of their research at the EU Research Night Lights Festival 2016, organized by the University of Lincoln. The event, sponsored by the EU, had a great success and the people who approached the REVAMMAD display stand were informed about the recent advances in detection and prognosis of diabetic retinopathy with the use of mathematical and computerized models. The activity was also interactive as the people were given retinal images of various forms and color markers trying to identify lesions as well as vein and arterial vessel trees, aiming to demonstrate the positive impact that automated techniques could have on undertaking time-consuming and labor-intensive tasks.
Evangelia Kotsiliti gave a presentation at the Postgraduate meeting organized by the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln on 13th July 2016. There was a high volume of attendance and other postgraduate students showed their interest in the topics presented and shared their constructive comments and positive feedback.
The participation in that meeting was an opportunity to disseminate the main goals of the REVAMMAD project and individual research as was well as share views and ideas with other inspiring researchers.
Georgios was invited to give an interview for inclusion in the annual magazine of the University of Lincoln, which includes every year young researchers, whose research activity played an important role within the University of Lincoln. Recognising his contribution on the understanding of the vascular changes that occur to the retinal geometry during the progression of diabetes before the onset of diabetic retinopathy, the interview included topics covering background information about Georgios, as well as his current career and his future plans. Every small step to the understanding of the vascular changes can have a huge impact on the early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy. Well done Georgios!
Carlos Hernandez Matas, ESR 3.4, participated again this year on the European Researchers Night that was held at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion, Crete. This open doors event gave the chance to hundreds of people to see in more detail the progress and achievements that researchers from the institution have managed to accomplish so far.
The REVAMMAD project managed to get a lot of attention, as it touches a topic that is very relevant for the well being of modern society, such as the prognosis and diagnosis of illnesses via the analysis of the retina.
Event flyer: REN2015-at-FORTH-3fold-eng
FORTH-ICS’ demos: REN2015-at-FORTH-eng
ERN’15 at FORTH’s webpage: http://www.ics.forth.gr/index_main.php?l=e&n=6&id=22
During December I was invited to give an interview at a newspaper highlighting my contribution already to my field.
It was a great moment and highly professional!