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Prof Nik Bessis
Emerging IT solutions
Nik is a full Professor and a Chair of Computer Science and the Director of Distributed Systems and Technologies (DISYS) research centre at the University of Derby, UK. He holds a BA from TEI of Athens, Greece and, a MA (1995) and a PhD (2002) from De Montfort University, UK. Nik is a Fellow of BCS and a Senior Member of IEEE. He has published over 200 works and won 4 best paper awards. His latest books on IoTs and Big Data have been ranked as top 25 and top 40 on Amazon AI lists.
Nik works on visualization and graph methods for big data analytics as well as on developing technical architectures and services in IoTs, Future Internet and clouds. He has served as a PI/Co-I on several projects worth over £3m. He was a Co-investigator for the MSV, ENKI and CloudStream projects, a Host for several EU Mobility research secondments on IoTs and Future Internet and a member of the IoTs council.
Dr Eleana Asimakopoulou
Security and Threat Management
Eleana is an Expert Evaluator for FP7, Horizon 2020 and national projects in the areas of ICT, Space and Security (Disaster/Crisis Management). She is a Visiting Lecturer at the Hellenic National Defence College and a Visiting Researcher of the Distributed Systems and Technologies (DISYS) research centre at the University of Derby, UK. She holds a BA (2003) from University of Luton, a MA (2009) from Westminster University and a PhD (2008) from Loughborough University, UK. Eleana has kept several appointments as a Lecturer at Barnfield College and University of Bedfordshire, UK.
Eleana's research interests focus on user needs, system methodologies and complex computational e-infrastructures for heavily dynamic environments such as those found in disaster and crisis management scenarios. She is an expert on technical architecture modelling and on emergency planning for both GOs and NGOs. She has completed a post-doctoral research secondment in the area of mobile clouds and computational intelligence for dynamic environments, an award funded from UNITE, a EU mobility programme on Future Internet and IoTs. She has over 50 publications to her credit.