IRIS/Cultural and Educational Technology Institute, an independent research institute under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (Ministry of Development), was founded in 1998, in Xanthi, Greece. In November 2003 it was integrated into the Centre of Integrated Research for the Information Society (I.R.I.S.).
The Institute constitutes an integrated research environment with continuous interaction with the academic community, the national and European ICT, educational and cultural technology industry, the international scientific community and the public sector.
The aim of C.E.T.I. is the strengthening of research and technological activities and the application of new technologies to the sectors of multimedia and ICT, education, humanitarian sciences and culture. More specifically the Institute concentrates its scientific activities to: a) the application of information technology to the study, archiving and registry of languages, study of texts, works of art, monuments, or aother multimedia content and applications, b) the study of related material, particularly ceramics, paper and parchment, and c) the application of information technology in the areas of Education such as Distance Learning and Education-on-Demand.
To achieve these objectives the Institute conducts research in the field of new technologies and their applications in culture and education, and provides information technology support for scientific and developmental activities in the region by developing multimedia databases, electronic archiving, network infrastructures, etc. It also provides special training on behalf of, and with funding from interested organizations. In addition, it participates in scientific and research networks and international joint ventures, with emphasis on co-operation with academic foundations in the Balkans and Black Sea countries, for exchange of information on subjects of mutual interest.
C.E.T.I. presently includes three independent Thematic Units-Divisions, which are supported by a common basic infrastructure:
- Multimedia Division: The Multimedia Division is focusing its interest in the area of information technologies and multimedia and their application mainly in the fields of Culture, Education and Humanities in general. Its aim is to promote the research on new technologies, techniques and methods of analyzing, describing, archiving, delivering and consuming multimedia information or related services, as well as, undertake the development of prototype educational, cultural-information or generally multimedia applications.
- Cultural Technology Division: The Division focuses on the research, preservation and international promotion of the Cultural Heritage in a systematic way that is based on the most technologically advanced infrastructure. Its actions are supported by modern specialized laboratories.
- Educational Technology Division: The scope of the Educational Technology Division is the development and application of new methods and tools, based on modern learning theories and instruction techniques, which create an enhanced learning environment and provide integrated teaching solutions. With the use of network based multimedia applications the e-Learning Laboratory of this Division, aims to consolidate all the technological and pedagogic prerequisites, which appoint technology as a useful tool for the dissemination of information and the management of knowledge.
Christodoulos Chamzas, Professor
Director of CETI
58 Tsimiski Street
Tel.: +30 25410 78787
Fax: + 30 25410 63656
Dr. Sofia Tsekeridou, Lecturer
Democritus University of Thrace
Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
Electronics & Information Systems Technology Division
Image Processing & Multimedia Lab
Vas. Sofias 12
Tel.: +30 25410 79586
Fax: +30 25410 79569