Career History - Professional & other experience

  • Professor. Department of Informatics, Intelligent Systems Laboratory. ATEI of Thessaloniki. 2014 – today.
  • Associate professor. Department of Informatics, Intelligent Systems Laboratory. ATEI of Thessaloniki. December 2008 – 2013.
  • Marie Curie Fellow. Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology, September 2011-September 2012.
  • Visiting scientist. Information Retrieval Facility, March 2009 to August 2009 (sabbatical leave)
  • Assistant professor. Department of Informatics, ATEI of Thessaloniki. November 2002 – December 2008.
  • Senior Software Engineer/Research Assistant. Networks Operation Center, ATEI of Thessaloniki. September 1999-November 2002.
  • Chief IT manager (also vice-president of the board and co-founder) of Dipylon S.A. Jan 2001-Sep 2002.
  • Senior IT analyst. Encyclopaedia Science & Life LTD. Sep 2001 – Dec 2001.
  • Senior programmer. Ipirotiki Software & Publications SA. June 1999-September 1999.
  • National service in the Greek army. June 1998-May 1999.
  • Visiting Lecturer. University of Sunderland. October 1995-February 1997.
  • Full-time Ph.D. student (scholar of the Greek State Scholarship Foundation). University of Sunderland, School of Computing. October 1994-October 1997.
  • Senior programmer. Mallcom Educational Software LTD. (Sep 1993-September 1994)
  • Programmer. Development of a software tool for Wine makers. (Jan 1994-May 1994).
  • Internship, School of Computers & Mathematics, University of Teeside, UK (March 1993-Sep 1993).
  • Internship, junior programmer. Mallcom Computers. Accounting Software (Sep 192-March 1993).
  • Freelance programmer. (Sep 1990 - Sep 1992)

Short Curriculum Vitae & Research Profil

Michail Salampasis was born in Germany on 11 July 1970. He holds a B.Sc. in Informatics (graduation year 1993, graduation grade 78%) from the Department of Informatics of the Alexander Technological Educational Institute (ATEI) of Thessaloniki in Greece. He accomplished his final degree thesis while he was at the School of Computing at Teesside University in UK as a student participating in the Erasmus student exchange program. The title of his final degree thesis was: “The Inclusion of a Distributed Multi-Agent Problem Solving Sub-model in Object Oriented Analysis and Design”. After his graduation he worked for one year as a software engineer in the development of interactive computer based learning programs (September 1993 – September 1994). During this period he has produced innovative educationl software using for the Windows operating system using VB, C for Windows and WIndows API, probably among the first windows applications ever produced in Greece. 

He has a Ph.D. in Computing from the School of Computing at the University of Sunderland in UK. His PhD research (October 1994 – November 1997) was supported by a full PhD studentship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation, after succeeding first rank in the relevant Pan-Hellenic exams. His PhD thesis was entitled “An Agent Based Hypermedia Digital Library” and accepted with few minor revisions (external examiner Prof. Wendy Hall). He awarded his PhD doctorate with date of award 1/1/1998. Salampasis was candidate for the best PhD thesis awards of 1998 (Distinguished PhD Dissertation Competition organised by the British Computer Society) as his institution, with the support of the external examiner (Prof. Wendy Hall), has selected his thesis for submission to the distinguished dissertation scheme. This is a significant acknowledgment for research work of exceptional quality.

His Ph.D. research project followed an interdisciplinary approach in the scientific area of Open Hypermedia Systems (OHSs) which was very active by that time, and in the areas of digital libraries and distributed information retrieval. In the Ph.D. thesis a new method for collection fusion was proposed and systematically evaluated using both system-centred and user-centred methodologies. The new collection fusion method was using hypermedia links to solve the collection fusion problem. The link-based strategy was applicable in dynamic Hypermedia Digital Libraries (HDLs) because it does not require any learning phase nor uses information from remote collections or any exchange of information is required. Additionally, a novel distributed agent-based OHS was presented and systematically evaluated using a large set of user-centered experiments using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The agent-based OHS was used as an underlying platform for designing and developing open, interoperable and extensible HDLs in which multiple information seeking strategies can be integrated.

After finishing his PhD he returned to Greece as obligated by the scholarship of the Greek State. After he fulfilled his national service in the Greek army, he worked as a research assistant in the research programme “Digital TEI” which was led by Dr. Kostas Diamantaras (Sep 1999 – Nov 2002). During this period he was primarily in charge for the design, engineering & evaluation of information seeking environments based on the WWW. During this period he was also involved in the adaptation of an open source e-learning system for the ATEI of Thessaloniki, based on the open source e-learning system “classroom online”.

Since November 2002 he is an assistant professor at the department of Informatics of the ATEI of Thessaloniki, elected unanimously in the subject area of “internet technologies” and on December 2008 he was unanimously promoted as an associate in the same department and subject area. He is a founding member of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory (ISL, http://islab.it.teithe.gr). His main research interests are in applied and interdisciplinary studies in information science, including models and experiments related to information seeking behaviour, information seeking in large distributed electronic environments, Web information seeking and evaluation, distributed information retrieval including source selection and results merging algorithms, intelligent user interfaces, information seeking using multiple strategies/interfaces as well as web accessibility.

From April 2009 until June 2009 he was on a sabbatical leave as a Visiting Scientist in IRF/Vienna. In IRF he has received training in issues related to text engineering for patent retrieval and patent search systems.

From March 2009, Salampasis is member of the Management Committee (MC) of the Cost action “Agreement Technologies” and the Cost Action “Towards the Integration of Transectorial IT Design and Evaluation”. He is also the coordinator of the Cost Action “Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (MUMIA)” which started in October 2010.

In addition to his role in academia, Salampasis has been involved in the information technology industry. He worked as the principal designer and chief computer scientist in research and development of the largest digital Greek Encyclopedia for the WWW (www.gnosinet.gr). He has also led a number of multimedia development projects at one of the largest Multimedia and publishing companies in Greece called “Science and Life” (www.encyclopedia.gr).

Over the last five years, he has obtained funding for research projects from the Greek General Secretariat of Research & Technology, the Greek ministry of Education and the research committee of ATEI (details are provided in the Research results section). As a result of this funding he founded a small research group within the ISL. The group has two PhD research students and a part-time research assistant. Besides this PhD research supervision he has also supervised more than 40 final degree projects in his subject area. He was also the leader in work packages of various development programs that are funded from the national funding program of the Greek ministry of education. Within these programs (which are ending this academic year) he has supervised numerous software engineers and computer scientists in designing and developing various software deliverables such as eBooks, IR tools, educational web portals, web-based eLearning systems and content management systems.