2nd Athens Science Festival

Athens Science Festival took place in Technopolis for five days from 17th of March until 22nd of March. This year Festivals concept was “Science and Technology: from theory to practice”. A series of innovative activities e.g exhibits, science experiments, science film screenings, laboratories and workshops, theatrical science sketches, documentary screenings addressed both to educated and the wider public, even children were welcomed as there were a lot of activities covering a variety of interests.

Am I It girl & recently a blogger? I focused on the workshops that complement my interests. Unfortunately I couldn’t visit the festival for five days. I went on 19th , 20 and 22 of March, last day of the festival.

I went to…

Dr Spyros Raptis, Research Director at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing / Research Center “Athena

The technology has affect our life in way we couldn’t imagine few years ago however, the speech still remains an “impregnable fortress” for the digital world as there is no the technology that offers a digitize “human” voice.

Our voice is an a very complicated analog signal, while we are speaking not only an information is transferred but our emotions. When I reply, ok you can understand if I am happy, stresses, anxious and etc…. This can not be tranfered to our digital world yet

However as the need of digitized speech is big, there is an open portal that offers quality speech service. Citizen can upload any text in Greek and in order to take back and auditory mp3 file. OpenSpeech portal has a voice text library of the public administration and anyone who wants (and entitled) to dispose of the texts public.

More… Openspech

I can admit that open speech quality service is much better than Google translate, have tou ever notice the small icon of Google translate, you can hear your text? This one! :)


Live coding workshop

Mr. John Zannos
Mrs Vicky Bitzmpiki

On the first floor of the Technopolis’ “Παλαιοί Φούρνοι” building the Live coding workshop took place. Live coding is a new way of creating electronic music and video. Artists create their projects during the program’s execution, it generates improvised music and/or visuals. Live coding works across musical genres, and has been seen in concert halls, late night jazz bars, as well as algoraves. Video-based live coders, writing code to make their visuals unique. A new “tool” is born, this workshop focused in live coding techniques using open source tools like object-oriented programming environment for audio e.g SuperCollider, frame graphics programming in C ++ open Frameworks, and the programming language Lua. They presented also the dynamic and evolving community of the live coding.


More… Live Coding and TOPLAP

On the next day I attended the

Edit-A-Thon: Greek Wikipedia & open street map.
Mr. Vassilis Ntanovasilis Research Associate, STP / OSS
Mr. Sotiris Kilifis Wikipedia Editor
Mr. Angel Totzos OSM editor, OSGEO & OGC member
Mr. Christos Iosifidis OSM editor, OSGEO member

The well known Wikipedia , is the English Wikipedia started in 2001, it currently contains more than 4,500,000 articles.
The great success of Wikipedia based on thousands of volunteers worldwide, who produce invaluable information. How can we be sure that this information is accurate? The only way ,as the speaker said , is “the large number of eyes”, who see the produced information.
anyone can edit or add a new information on it. however unfortunately large content remains inaccessible and untapped.


We can help Greek Wikipedia can have more than 1.000.000 articles…

However we have to follow the following rules, when we write an article in Wikipedia

1 Citation! (encyclopedias, articles, books etc )
2 Νο primary research
3 Proper language
4 Οbjectivity ?!
5 No blogs as a reference

I haven’t contribute on this before, so no experience at the moment… However I would like to join on this community!

More… Wikipedia

As regarded the OpenStreetmap platform, I cn not say a lot as I haven’t heard about before workshop. Users maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world, It is built by a community of mappers.

More… Open Streetmap

How close is the internet & knowledge
Cliff Parry Academic Manager British Council
Simeon Retalis Professor University of Piraeus
Costas Karpouzis Research Director ICCS / NTUA, Representative ALBA / DEREE
Efi Anastasiou Professor, DEREE College.

This discussion was focus on distance learning and the new ways and tools of modern technology offers us to expand educational experience. All types of new “education” types were discussed: video, interactive distance learning, even the important role of serious game in the field of education. As the gamification rules can offer a new desired experience in children knowledge

Technology in everyday life as we haven’t imagine

George Giannakopoulos is Research Associate at NCSR Demokritos, he was the main speech of this workshop. He presented NewSum moobile application NewsSum is a mobile innovative application that that creates summaries of news from different sources into a single text It is developed and distributed with the support of SciFy.
SciFY, (Science for You), is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is the development of integrated computer applications, based on the logic of open source.

More… NewSum

Nick Zorbas, Software Engineer at SciFY, follow up on this workshop. He presented the project LEAP (LISTEN-LEARN-PLAY). Children with serious visual problem are excluded from the experience and joy of video game Scify’s offers a series of entertaining and serious, educational games for blind children (and not only). He presented the ” Tic Tac Toe” game, based on the sound man-machine communication (auditory user interface – auditive interface).

More… Leap

Data journalism : risks & opportunities

On this speech, discussed the main problems and risks that appear from the data analysis and their “interpretation”.
The value of Data can not be change, only the produced information, based on data’s analysis.
Different people analyze the same data with a different way and give different perspectives, how correctly do journalists “interpret” data? Mrs Elina Makri points the journalist’s criteria, how & where do they find & exploit data? That’s why the data journalism is so important. Data journalist are gathering, filtering and visualizing data. Journalists, must know how to read & “interpret” raw data and “see” the real stories in order to produce an objective information.

George Giannakopoulos is Research Associate at NCSR Demokritos,
Elina Makri journalist,
Thodoris Georakopoulos, journalist & witter.

Thank you :)

P.S Hoping Athens Science Festival will become an institution