The Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is a dynamic, interactive scientific community, the largest laboratory within the Health Sciences Faculty and one of the largest of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, considering the number of researchers employed and the number of projects, funding and overall academic work production.
The mission of the Lab is to excel in training and multi-disciplinary research in a setting that fosters creativity and synergy. The Lab is pioneering in research fields such as assistive technologies for health and wellbeing, living labs, applied neuroscience, medical education technology and innovation, medical imaging, semantic web, affective computing and other contemporary thematic areas like brain computer interfaces and medical and social robots. It is composed of contemporary working spaces, unique for a public Hellenic University, and accommodates unique laboratory infrastructures such as a Digital Living Lab space, a hospital-based Healthcare Transitions Living Lab, a Short Arm Human Centrifuge Rehabilitation Lab, a fully equipped Neuroscience Laboratory with high density EEG, neurofeedback and MEG (soon) and other.
The Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation comprises several research groups, leaders in their respective specialties, which pursue innovative research projects. Members of the Lab have been recognized internationally for their research excellence (see publications and have been funded by a wide spectrum of sources.
AUTH’s role in CATALISI
AUTH is an implementer and will mostly be involved in “WP1 Exploration, Co-creation, implementation, evaluation of institutional transformation strategy”. AUTH will also be active in “WP2 – Knowledge sharing, transfer, Twinning scheme” and “WP3 – Actual implementation of the designed strategy” and will conribute in the work of WP4, WP5 and WP6.
Panagiotis Bamidis is a Professor of Medical Physics, Informatics and Medical Education and Director of the Lab of Medical Physics and Digital Innovation in the School of Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. He designs, implements, and evaluates IT and Assistive Technologies systems that improve everyday activities of elderly or other vulnerable groups and improves their health or life quality or improves the education and training of health professionals. He conducts research that attempts to understand how the brain reacts to different stimuli, technological or educational interventions, as well as, the development and evolution of human emotions and sleep transitions. Co-creation and Living Lab approaches are within his active interests.
Evdokimos Konstantinidis is the leader of the Assistive Technologies and Silver Science Research Group in the Medical Physics and Digital Innovation Lab, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Dr Konstantinidis is currently coordinating several Horizon projects, the Chairperson of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and the Coordinator of the Health and Well-being Living Labs Action Oriented Task Force.
Despoina Petsani received her MSc in Medical Informatics and diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is currently PhD Candidate and Research Associate in the Lab of Medical Physics, School of Medicine of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is the Harmonization Body Coordinator of the VITALISE H2020 project where her tasks are to synchronise the goals and the objectives of the specific Harmonization Body, ensuring the openness to the global Living Lab and the research community. She was the Living Lab coordinator of CAPTAIN project (H2020) where she managed the co-creation activities in 5 living labs across 5 European countries.
Konstantina Tsibita has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in the Department of Physics of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2021, majoring in computational and engineering physics. She is experienced in project management, especially in STEM-related and technological projects, having conducted many pieces of training in 3D-Printing and microcontrollers both in Cyprus and abroad. Her research interests mainly focus on technological approaches (data analysis, blockchain) and tools as a catalyst for supporting vulnerable populations, namely older adults, refugees, and people with intellectual disabilities, aiming to improve their overall quality of life and education.
Pavlina Lazaridou has studied Economics in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has attended the post graduate studies of “Social Psychiatry” in the University of Ioannina and has participated in the specialization course of “Educating People with Disabilities” (AUTh). Pavlina has been working in the research committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) since 2004, as a project manager and since 1997 as a researcher mostly in the field of cocreation, inclusion, combating stigmatisation etc.