University of Patras (UPAT) is the third largest university in Greece, with over 20000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, 1000 faculty and research staff and 300 administrative personnel, and has extensive experience in implementation and management of European and national research projects, with dedicated financial and administrative body, the Research Committee (http://www.upatras.gr/en ). In 2019 the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece was incorporated in the University of Patras. The University is situated in Patras, Messolonghi, Agrinio, Aigio, Pyrgos, Amaliada. The University consists of 30.185 Undergraduate students, 3.755 Postgraduate students, 35 Departments, 180 Laboratories, 17 Clinics, 693 Faculty members, 232 Scientific Staff members, and 438 Administrative Staff members. Furthermore, the University of Patras offers 50 Postgraduate Study Programs.
The Visualization and Virtual Reality Group -VVR (http://www.vvr.ece.upatras.gr/ ) was established in 2012 and is one of the eight separate research groups of the Wire Communications Laboratory (WCL), Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Patras. The activities of the Group include Teaching, Research and Development in the areas of Computer Graphics, Virtual Reality, Visualization, Computational Geometry, Human-Computer Interaction, Stereoscopic Vision, etc. The Group offers courses related to computer graphics and computational geometry to undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students of the University of Patras. Apart from these courses, the VVR group offers to the students the possibility to carry out their diploma and PhD theses in the aforementioned research areas.
The VVR Group is involved in the research and development in the areas of collision detection, haptic interaction, virtual human modeling and simulation, deformable object modeling, steresocopic vision, visualization, 3D content based search and biometrics with application in the areas of accessibility, indexing, virtual reality and real time graphics. The personnel of the
VVR group has presented significant results (http://www.vvr.ece.upatras.gr/research/research-results/) that have led to more than 300 publications in international scientific journals and conferences (http://www.vvr.ece.upatras.gr/research/publications/), contributed over 30 PhD dissertations, developed various resources (databases, research tools, technology-prove prototypes, etc) and participated/is participating in more than 35 R&D Projects (http://www.vvr.ece.upatras.gr/projects/ ).
VVR operates a fully equipped smart home with unobtrusive embedded sensors, an artificial intelligence lab and a visualization and virtual reality lab equipped with powerful workstations and clusters for the optimal resource allocation of computationally intensive processes like simulation of computational models.
Indicative list of awards-honors
– Finalist (ranked 2nd) in the category “Tech for Society” for the Innovation Radar Prize 2019. The PI presented its achievement in the “European Research and Innovation Days”, Brussels, 24-26/10/2019 and competed with 11 more finalists (http://www.vvr.ece.upatras.gr/index.php/en/news/167-innovation-radar-prize-2019).
– Recipient for three consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018) of the Technical Achievement Award from the University of Stanford in the context of the OpenSim Users and Developers Workshops.
– Recipient of the 10K Best paper award-Platinum award for the publication “Efficient Graph-based Matrix Completion on Incomplete Animated Models” published and presented in IEEE ICME 2017 in Hong Kong.
– Qualification and participation with an undergraduate student group at the final of the 3DUI contest of IEEE VR 2019, (http://www.vvr.ece.upatras.gr/index.php/en/awards/155-ieee-vr-osaka-2019-awards), held in Osaka, Japan, March 2019. (Note that two more teams qualified to the final also in IEEE VR 2020).
-Winners with two undergraduate students of the Best Student Innovation Challenge Award of the SIC-Mobility Challenge of the IEEE Worldhaptics 2019 Conference, held in Tokyo, Japan on July 2019. (http://www.vvr.ece.upatras.gr/index.php/en/awards/160-ieee-worldhaptics-2019-tokyo-best-student-innovation-challenge-award-2).
N-CODE is a film and TV production company specialising on:
– TV documentaries and series
– 3D stereoscopic films
– 3D Animation
– AR/VR (Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality)
– SFX, Motion graphics
– Original Symphonic Music for films and TV
– Video & Audio post production
– Sound Mixing
– TVC spots
– Combining live filming to animation.
The founding members of N-CODE, Dimitrios Mourtzopoulos & Jánnos Eolou have been active for more than 20 years in writing scripts, directing films, composing original music, working in all areas of film production, emphasizing in high end post-production (animation, editing, coloring, SFX, sound mixing, original music).
They have created more than 17 3D stereoscopic films, more than 160 TV episodes, worked in the post production of more than 200 films and produced more than 1000 TVC films. They have also created movies for documentaries, special installations of multiple screens, domes, animation films, company profiles, etc.
You can find out more about N-CODE at https://n-code.gr
The Museum of Macedonian Struggle, inaugurated in 1982, is housed in the old Consulate General of Greece in a neoclassical building designed by the architect Ernst Ziller (1893). This legendary building on Proxenou Koromila Street stands out in the center of the city, a witness of a vivid past, but also of a creative future. Many pages of our national journey were written here and many personal stories as well. Nowadays, its scientific and educational staff continues to keep its history alive and to enrich it with modern museum, educational and social activities. In the exhibition halls of the Museum the public can see rare relics, personal items and photographic archives related to the main phases of the history of Macedonia of the 19th and the early 20th century, as well as documents related to the social, economic, political and military developments that decisively affected the future of Hellenism in the region. The Museum also houses the Research Center for Macedonian History and Documentation (K.E.M.I.T.), which aims at the scientific study, presentation and dissemination of the modern and contemporary history of Macedonia.
You can find out more about the Museum of Macedonian Struggle at https://imma.edu.gr