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15.09.2021 | 15:00 - 16:00 (CET)

AI4EU Café: Enabling AI & Earth Observation Innovation: Integrating AI4EU platform with DIAS platforms

This AI4EU Café will present the 2 Speakers: Vangelis Karkaletsis, AI4Copernicus Coordinator, NCSR Demokritos and Annekatrien Debien, AI4EO Project Director

Introduction of the ICT49 project, AI4Copernicus. We are conducting the cafe in collaboration with AI4EO, who are part of our ecosystem


Vangelis Karkaletsis
Vangelis Karkaletsis, AI4Copernicus Coordinator, NCSR Demokritos

Bio of Vangelis Karkaletsis:

Director of the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications (IIΤ) at NCSR Demokritos, Member of the National Council for Research and Innovation (ESETEK) and Member of the National Bioethics & Technoethics Commission. My research interests are in the areas of content analysis, big data management, knowledge representation, human-machine interaction. Head of the Software & Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL) at IIT, from 2004 to 2019. Coordinator, scientific and technical manager of many European and national projects and organiser of numerous international conferences, workshops and summer schools. Having been responsible for the Institute's educational activities for more than 10 years, I initiated the joint PhD scholarship program with several Universities abroad, launched the new MSc in Data Science and MSc in Artificial Intelligence programs for NCSR Demokritos, and set up the new educational program for primary and secondary schools. (

Annekatrien Debien, AI4EO Project Director

Bio of Annekatrien Debien: Annekatrien Debien is the project director of the AI4EO contract with ESA. She has a Masters in Bioscience engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven, with a focus on Earth Observation. She has worked as a service development manager, developing satellite-based ice monitoring, at Kongsberg Satellite Services from 2011 to 2015. Afterwards, she started at SpaceTec Partners, where she was in charge of training and information sessions on the EU’s Copernicus programme, and the Copernicus Support Office. Her interests include user education and innovation in the European Earth Observation sector.