Technical University of Crete (TUC)


The Technical University of Crete (TUC) founded in 1977 in Chania, Crete is the youngest of the two technical universities in Greece (the other one is the National Technical University of Athens). The purpose of this state institution is to provide high-quality undergraduate as well as graduate studies in modern engineering fields demanded by the Greek and international job market, to conduct research in cutting edge technologies as well as to develop links with the Greek and European industry. TUC is committed to staying at the forefront of educational and intellectual development in the areas of research and teaching both in Greece and internationally. Today, the Technical University of Crete is comprised of five Engineering Departments (Electronic and Computer Engineering, Production Engineering and Management, Mineral Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Architecture), and a Sciences Department, which provides academic support to their curricula. TUC gathers around 2.900 undergraduate and 550 graduate and doctoral students, and employs 120 permanent faculty members, 149 part-time teaching and support personnel (adjunct faculty members) and 27 laboratory instructors. Currently, roughly 200 research programs are pursued by the Technical University of Crete with a total budget that exceeds 20.500.000 EUR (11.500.000 EUR annually).

The Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at TUC has achieved an excellent reputation for its research and teaching internationally. The department accepts 130 undergraduate students each year and employs 25 full-time faculty members. More than 75% of the ECE faculty members have obtained their PhD degrees in top-rated foreign Universities, and several held academic or research positions abroad for many years prior to joining TUC. The current levels of peer-reviewed scientific publication activity and competitive research funding are testament to the talent, visibility, and productivity of the faculty. Faculty credits further include multiple best paper awards at the ACM and IEEE Society level, professional recognition in terms of associate editor and technical committee member appointments, and leadership in conference organization here and abroad. Many TUC ECE graduates have pursued graduate studies at TUC and abroad. Their ranks include faculty members at top-rated North- American Universities, researchers at University, Government, and Industrial Research Labs (e.g., Rice-U.S., Telcordia-U.S., HP Labs-U.S.), and successful professional engineers across Greece and Europe.

CVs of key personnel

Prof. Minos Garofalakis received the Diploma degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece in 1992, and the MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, as a Senior Researcher at Intel Research Berkeley, and as a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research in Santa Clara, CA (2007-2008). In parallel, he also held an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the EECS Department of the University of California, Berkeley (2006-2008). As of October 2008, he is a Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete, and the Director of the Software Technology and Network Applications Laboratory (SoftNet). Prof. Garofalakis currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for several journals and he was the Core Database Technology PC Chair for VLDB’2007, and recently completed terms as Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Database Systems (ACM TODS, 2008-2011) and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE TKDE, 2007-2011).

He has also repeatedly served on the program committees of all major data- management conferences (including ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, ACM PODS, IEEE ICDE, and ACM SIGKDD), often in PC Group Leader/Area Vice-Chair roles. Prof. Garofalakis’ research interests include database systems, centralized/distributed data streams, data synopses and approximate query processing, uncertain databases, and big-data analytics and data mining. He has published over 110 scientific papers in these areas, including 63 papers in top-tier international conferences (e.g., 17 in ACM SIGMOD, 17 in VLDB, 4 in ACM PODS, and several others in IEEE ICDE, EDBT, ACM SIGKDD, IEEE INFOCOM, NIPS, etc.), and 32 papers in international journals (e.g., 6 in ACM TODS and 6 in The VLDB Journal). He received the 2009 IEEE ICDE Best Paper Award for his paper “Histograms and Wavelets on Probabilistic Data” (with G. Cormode, AT&T-Labs). His work has resulted in 35 US Patent filings (26 patents issued) for companies such as Lucent, Yahoo!, and AT&T. GoogleScholar gives over 7900 citations to Prof. Garofalakis’ work, and an h-index value of 48. He is the recipient of an FP7 Marie-Curie International Reintegration Fellowship (2010-2014), and a PI for LIFT (FP7-ICT-FET Open project, 2010-2013) and LEADS (FP7-ICT-STREP project, 2012-2015). Prof. Garofalakis is an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2011), a Member of the IEEE, and a recipient of the Bell Labs President’s Gold Award (2004) and the Bell Labs Teamwork Award (2003).

Prof. Antonios Deligiannakis is (as of January 2008) an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the School of Electronic & Computer Engineering of the Technical Univ. of Crete. He received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1999, and the MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Univ. of Maryland in 2001 and 2005, respectively. Antonios Deligiannakis then performed his Post Doctoral research at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens (2006-2007). His research interests include Database Systems, Sensor Networks, Data Synopses and Approximate Query Processing, Probabilistic and Uncertain Databases, Database Preservation, Data Warehousing and Data Mining. His publication record comprises 11 research papers in international journals and 27 research papers in international conferences, most of which are in top-tier conferences. He has delivered invited talks on query processing techniques for the Semantic Sensor Web. His work has resulted in 4 US Patent filings. Google Scholar gives over 900 citations to Prof. Deligiannakis’ work, and an h-index value of 12. He is also a co-author of the ICDE 2009 paper on streaming joins that received the Best Student Paper Award in that conference.