NCSR "Demokritos" has a long history in Informatics, playing a pivotal role
in related research. The Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications (IIT) is
one of the five research Institutes of the National Centre for Scientific
Research “Demokritos” (NCSR). Its roots can be traced as back as 1958, when the
NCSR Division of Electronics was founded, rendering it as a pioneering
electronics centre in Greece. This was followed by the foundation of the Computers
Division in 1968, initially aiming to support scientific research and data-storage
computational needs of the Centre. As a pioneer in the relevant fields in
Greece, around 25 members of the Computer Division’s staff between 1975 and 1990
joined various departments of Informatics in Greek Universities, including a
number of AI experts. IIT and its researchers have been the driving force for the
foundation and establishment of the Hellenic Society for Artificial Intelligence
(EETN) in 1988, and its inclusion in the European AI Society in 1992. NCSR "Demokritos" is not only part of AI history in Greece: it also forms this
history day by day.
Today, IIT hosts 2 AI research labs, with more than 80 research scientists. During 2019, it established an AI Research Centre of Excellence focusing on Document Intelligence – DICE – that constitutes a synergy between Ernst&Young and NCSR Demokritos. Being the first of its kind AI research centre in Greece, DICE aims to become a world class reference centre in AI for business documents.
IIT is becoming a hub for Artificial Intelligence (AI), with its many EU and national R&D projects, the recently established international Center of Excellence on Document Intelligence, the House of Classical Greek Ideas, the Time Machine initiative, the AI & Telecommunications project ARIADNE, the joint projects with other NCSR labs exploiting AI in nanotechnology, material science, biosciences, nuclear fusion. Also, through the two Joint MSc programmes on Data Science and AI; through the ahedd Digital Innovation Hub on AI, Big Data and IoT, the provision of AI services, the submission of AI patents.