ECEL Biographies

Below are the ECEL Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Prof Klimis Ntalianis

Prof Klimis Ntalianis received his diploma and PhD from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1998 and 2003 respectively. Between 2004 and 2006 he has completed two Post-docs in the areas of multimedia protection and emotion analysis. From 1998 till 2009 he was a Senior Researcher at the IVM Lab of NTUA, where he has participated in more than 20 R&D projects under different calls from the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of Greece, the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus and the European Union. In parallel and from 2005 till 2011 he has worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Peloponnese, the Hellenic Naval Academy, the Hellenic Air Force Academy and the Cyprus University of Technology. From October 2014 he has been Associate Professor at the Athens University of Applied Sciences (TEI of Athens). Klimis has published several articles in International Journals and Conferences. His main research interests include multimedia analysis, social computing and learning with multimedia

Prof Antonios Andreatos

Prof Antonios Andreatos is Professor at the Computer Engineering Division of the Hellenic Air Force Academy. He received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.Ed. in Adult Learning from the Hellenic Open University and a PhD in Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. Antonios has published numerous papers in various international journals and conference proceedings, and four book chapters. He has also published three books. His educational research interests include: Engineering Education, e-Assessment, Active Learning methods, Learning in Virtual Communities of Practice, Free & Open-Source Software (FOSS) in Education, OER & MOOCs in Education, Social Media in Education, Informal learning in FOSS communities, Didactics of Computer Engineering. He is involved in the scientific committees of many conferences and is a reviewer for several journals.

Prof (Mrs) Cleo Sgouropoulou

Prof (Mrs) Cleo Sgouropoulou is a Professor of Learning Technologies at the TEI of Athens, Head of the Department of Informatics and Director of the Institute for Lifelong Education (ILE). Her research interests lie in the fields of design, development and standardisation of Learning Technology and Research Information Systems. Cleo is the Vice-Chair of the European Standardization Committee (CEN) TC 353 "ICT for Learning, Education and Training" and the Head of the Greek delegation to the ISO JTC1 SC36 “Information Technology for Learning, Education and Training”. She has participated as an expert in several standardization projects and contributed to the production of related specifications European Norms (ENs) (“EN15982 Metadata for Learning Opportunities”, “EN15981 European Learner Mobility Achievement Information”). Cleo has leaded numerous national and European-funded projects related to e-Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), learning outcomes, competence and skills modelling for strengthening LLL, mobility and training to employment pathways, Open Data and analytics for e-Research.


Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Carlos Delgado Kloos holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technische Universität München and in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He is Full Professor of Telematics Engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he is the Director of the GAST research group, Director of the UNESCO Chair on “Scalable Digital Education for All”, and Vice President for Strategy and Digital Education. He is also the Coordinator of the eMadrid research network on Educational Technology in the Region of Madrid. He is the Spanish representative at IFIP TC3 on Education, Senior Member of IEEE, and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies.  His main research interests are in Educational Technology. He has been involved in more than 40 projects with European (Esprit, IST, @LIS, eContentPlus, Erasmus+), national (Spanish Ministry, Region of Madrid) and bilateral (Spanish-German, Spanish-French) funding. He has published over 400 articles in national and international conferences and journals and has further written a book and co-edited over a dozen. He has coordinated several MOOCs (on edX and MiríadaX).


Dr. Anastassios (Tassos) Mikropoulos holds a Ph.D. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1990). He is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Primary Education the University of Ioannina, as well as the founder and director of the “Educational Approaches to Virtual Reality Technologies laboratory-EARTH lab”. Tassos Mikropoulos is the founder and elected chair of the Hellenic Association of ICT in Education. His main research interests are on educational virtual environments and educational neuroscience. Professor Mikropoulos also serves as a consultant for the Greek Ministry of Education and Research in topics such as digital school, educational software, in-service teachers further training.

Michalis Xenos

Michalis Xenos (BSc 1991, PhD 1996) is a Professor at the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics at the University of Patras. He was the director of the graduate (2013-2016) and the postgraduate (2009-2012) Computer Science courses at the Hellenic Open University. He was member of the European Steering Committee for the OpenUpEdu Group for the European MOOCs and founder and director of the Software Quality Research Group. He is now leading 4 EU funded research projects and he has lead and participated in over 50 research and development projects in the areas of software engineering and educational technologies. His current research interests include Software Quality, Human Computer Interaction, Human Robot Interaction and Educational Technologies. He has authored or co-authored 8 books and over 170 papers in international journals and conferences.

Mini Track Chairs

Mini Track Chairs


Dr. José Martí-Parreño is Associate Professor at the Universidad Europea de Valencia, Spain. His main research areas include gamification and educational innovation. He was awarded in 2015 with the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for a research project on gamification. His research on gamification has been published in top journals such as Computers in Human Behavior and Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.

Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Facilitators


Iain Lambie is a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Glasgow Caledonian University and an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. His professional interests are Mobile Computing and Software Engineering.



Bobby Law is a Lecturer in Computing at Glasgow Caledonian University and an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. His professional interests are Mobile Computing and Games Software Development.