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Kakarountas Athanasios

Associate Professor

Embedded Computing Systems


Research Interests

Computer Architecture, Digital Circuits and Systems, Embedded Systems

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Athanasios Kakarountas (S’98-M’04-SM’12) was born in Lamia city, Greece, He holds a Diploma (1998) and a PhD (2004) in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, and an MBA (2015) form Cyprus Open University. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaly, holding a position for “Embedded Computing Systems” at the Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics. He is the Head of Intelligent Systems Laboratory-ISL, Chair of the Research and Innovation Regional Committee for the Region of Central Greece and the Vice-President of National Infrastructures for Research and Technology (GRNET). In parallel to his academic career, he has served as a Director for Strategic Development of the Patras Science Park (2007-2008), as a tutor and auditor of the educational material of the Hellenic Open University, and IT expert for the Region of Western Greece and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Government (2007-2008).

His research interests are focused on Computer and Embedded Systems Architecture, VLSI Circuits & Systems Design, Low-power Design and/or Design-for-Test, and Design of Hardware Accelerators for a variety of applications (e.g. image processing, cryptography, medical devices etc.). As a researcher he has participated in 20 research projects funded by EU and the Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology. He has published moiré than 90 articles in international journals and conference proceedings. His research has received more than 700 citations. He is also the co-author of 4 chapters in technical books.

He is a Member of IEEE since 2004 (student 1998, Senior Member since 2012), of IET and Senior Member of ACM. He is reviewer in 10 magazines and journals and a permanent reviewer to more than 10 conferences. He has been member of the Organizing Committee of numerous IEEE conferences. He is a judge in WRO Hellas, Open Robotics Contest, and the founder of creative team A2rTEST. He is also in the organizing committee of TEDxLamia, Central Hackathon and has served as Mentor for various creative teams in Contests and Hackathons. He is also the recipient of 3 international awards and 2 national awards. Dr. Kakarountas serves as delegate of Greece at the IEEE Region 8 Committee Meetings since 2008. Currently, he has been elected in the Board of the Greece IEEE Section and he is the interim chairman of the Consumer Electronics Society – Greece Chapter.

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Επιλεγμένες δημοσιεύσεις

  • A.P. Kakarountas, “The Internet of Things: Trends, Threats, and Applications”, editorial, in IEEE Potentials Magazine, vol. 38, is. 2, 2019.
  • F, Pirpilidis, P. Kitsos, A. Kakarountas, “A Compact Design of SEED Block Cipher”, in Proc. of the 4th Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing (MECO 2015), Budva, Montenegro, pp. - , 14-18 June 2015.
  • E. Boumpa, A. Gkogkidis, I. Charalampou, A. Ntaliani, A. Kakarountas, V. Kokkinos, “An Acoustic-based Smart Home System for People suffering from Dementia,” Technologies, MDPI, vol. 7(1), is. 29, Mar. 2019. Part of the Special Issue Smart Homes and Assisted Living for Ageing Population: From Sensors to Services. https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies7010029
  • G. Spathoulas, A. Kakarountas, L. Negka, G. Gketsios, N.A. Anagnostopoulos and S. Katzenbeisser, “Employing Blockchain and Physical Unclonable Functions for Counterfeit IoT Devices Detection,” to appear in Proc. of the International Conference on Omni-Layer Intelligent Systems (COINS 2019), Crete, Greece, pp. - , 5-7 May 2019.
  • D. Myridakis, G. Spathoulas, A. Kakarountas, D. Schoinianakis, and J. Lueken “Monitoring Supply Current Thresholds for Smart Device's Security Enhancement”, to appear in Proc. of the 1st International Workshop on Security and Reliability of IoT Systems (SecRIoT 2019), Santorini, Greece, pp. - , 29-31 May 2019.
  • M. Sapounaki, A. Kakarountas, “A High-Performance Neuron for Artificial Neural Network based on Izhikevich model”, to appear in Proc. of the 29th International Symposium on Power And Timing Modeling, Optimization and Simulation (PATMOS’19), Rhodes, Greece, pp. - , 1-3 July 2019.
  • S. Papafotikas, A. Kakarountas, “A Machine-Learning Clustering Approach for Intrusion Detection to IoT Devices”, to appear in Proc. of the 4th South-East Europe Design Automation, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks and Social Media Conference (SEEDA-CECNSM 2019), Piraeus, Greece, pp. - , 20-22 September 2019.