Prof. Nikos Fakotakis received the B.Sc. degree from the University of London (UK) in Electronics Engineering in 1978, the M.Sc. degree in Electronics from the University of Wales (UK), and the Ph.D. degree in Speech Processing from the University of Patras (UoP), (Greece) in 1986. From 1986 to 1992 he was lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of the UoP, from 1992 to 1999 Assistant Professor, from 2000 to 2003 he has been Associate Professor, and since 2003 he is Professor in Artificial Intelligence (Speech and Natural Language Processing).
Since 2005, Prof. Fakotakis holds the post of Director of the Communication and Information Technology (ICT) Division of the ECE Dept., Deputy President of ECE Dept., University of Patras (2013-2016), Director of the Wire Communications Laboratory (WCL), since 2004, and Head of the Artificial Intelligence Group, since 2004.
Prof. Fakotakis was coordinator and principal investigator of more than 40 European and Greek Research and Development Projects, including LIFE+ AMIBIO which was awarded as best-of-the-best EC LIFE+ project in 2013. He has published over 400 scientific publications in internationally recognized journals and conferences, which have been cited more than 4,600 times, having h-index=32, according to Google scholar. Also, he has successfully supervised more than 20 Ph.D. students, with almost all of them holding academic positions in Greek and European Universities.
His current research interests include Artificial Intelligence (AI) and applications of AI such as: Human Computer Interaction, Speech Recognition/Understanding, Speaker Recognition, Spoken Dialogue Processing, User Modelling, Natural Language Processing, Sound Technology, Image Processing, Computer Vision, etc.
Prof. Fakotakis has been reviewer of many scientific journals, conferences, and grant applications. He has been invited speaker and participated in the organization committee of many international conferences, as Chairman, Co-Chairman or member.
Prof. Fakotakis has been Chairman of the Scientific Board of Engineers of Greece (2013-2017), a Member of the Executive Board of the Research Center of Artificial Intelligence, (UoP) (1997-2002), Vice President of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (1998 - 2006), a Member of the Executive and Foundation Board of ELSNET (European Language and Speech Network of Excellence), and Editor-in-Chief of the "European Student Journal on Language and Speech" WEB-SLS (1997 - 2006). He is also a member of IEEE, TEE, EURASIP, ESCA.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras
GR - 26 500, Rion, Patras, Greece