Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece, comprising of seven Faculties organized into 33 Schools, five faculties with only one school each, as well as four independent Schools (a total of 42 Schools).

The university has an enrollment of 81.500 students, 72.140 of which participate in undergraduate programs and 8.360 in postgraduate programs, covering multiple interdisciplinary scientific fields. The teaching and research staff numbers more than 2,700 people. The main University Campus is located close to the centre of Thessaloniki (Greece) and covers more than 23 hectares.

In this research project, AUTH will be represented by the Signal Processing and Biomedical Technology Unit (SPBTU) of the Telecommunications Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE). The SPBTU serves educational and research needs of the E&CE Department and its main scientific areas of interest include the acquisition, processing, and pattern analysis of biomedical data. Over the years, the unit has conducted and published extensive research on the development of advanced signal and image processing techniques with applications in several fields of biomedical engineering such as electromyogram (EMG)/electroencephalogram (EEG) processing, respiratory/cardiac sounds processing, endoscopic/ magnetic resonance image analysis, brain computer interfaces, music perception, biomusic, and affective computing.

The SPBTU has also attracted funds from state and private bodies for several research projects targeting mainly at assisting people with disabilities, i.e., SmartEyes (a mobile navigation system for the blind) and Sign2Talk (a mobile system for the conversion of sign language to speech, and vice versa, for the deaf). The three faculty members and the three current doctoral students of the unit have a strong background in experiment design, biomedical data recordings, signal and image processing algorithms, and machine learning.