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2nd Emerging Tech Conference: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki partnered with HETiA to Elevate This Flagship Event



On the 19th and 20th of October, HETiA partnered with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, organizing the highly anticipated Emerging Tech Conference “Edge Intelligence” 2023. The conference stands as a pioneering initiative in Greece, uniting industry and academia to explore cutting-edge technology domains.

The objective of ETCEI 2023 was to highlight the collaborative achievements of academic and research institutions, together with their dedicated researchers, working hand in hand with innovative entrepreneurial entities within the forefront of technology. The conference placed a strong focus on showcasing well-established advancements emerging from Greece’s technology landscape. The event’s program featured engaging talks, paper and poster presentations, and interactive discussion panels, all aimed at fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas and insights. Additionally, a dedicated career day was arranged to offer university students a platform for connecting with industry professionals and easing their transition into the workforce.

The event was supported by sponsors that had the opportunity besides presenting research results, to demonstrate product and services in dedicated booths, as well as to attract new talents during the Career Day.



Emerging Tech Conference was opened by Dr. Emmanuel ZERVAKIS (HETiA president), Dr. Athanasios KIRIAZIS (General Secretary for Research and Innovation), Prof. Efstratios STILIANIDIS (Vice Rector for Research and Development, University of Thessaloniki) and Prof. Spiros Nikolaidis (Physics Department, University of Thessaloniki).



The event gathered thought leaders, experts, and enthusiasts from various sectors to explore the future of emerging technologies. The 1st day included:

  • Keynote Address by Mr. Tom KATSIOULAS (Member of the IoT Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Commerce):
    • Topic: “Trusted Value Chains and Digital Business Ecosystems From CHIPS to Edge”
    • Session Link: AVAILABLE HERE
  • Special Session by Platinum Sponsor Renesas Electronics:
    • Keynote Address by Mr. Kaushal VORA (Sr. Director of Business Acceleration & Ecosystem, Renesas)
    • Topic: “The Powerful Convergence of AI & IoT”.
    • Session Link: AVAILABLE HERE
  • Additional Session by Renesas Electronics:
    • Presenter: Mr. Georgios FLAMIS (Sr Staff Engineer, AIoT, Renesas)
    • Topic: “AI IoT applications are here!”.
    • Session Link: AVAILABLE HERE
  • Keynote Address by Dimitrios KYRITSIS (EPFL & University of Oslo)
    • Topic: “Cognitive Digital Twins for Sustainable Value Chains”.
    • Session Link:  AVAILABLE HERE



The day ended with a networking cocktail, where participants discussed their research efforts and explored new opportunities for synergies and collaborations.


Emerging Tech Conference’s 2nd day, was also marked by some truly engaging keynote speeches and talks:

  • Keynote Address by Prof. Kostas DORIS (NXP Semiconductors, The Netherlands)
    • Topic: “The pathway to higher resolution in mm-wave automotive radar”
    • Session Link: AVAILABLE HERE
  • Keynote Address by Vasileios CHATZIKOS (CEO Siemens A.E., Greece)
    • Topic: ” Industry 4.0: Unlocking the Future of Digital Transformation”
    • Session Link: AVAILABLE HERE
  • Presentation by Mr. Byron CHRYSOVERGIS (Technology Transfer and Innovation Manager at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
    • Topic: “Technology Transfer and Innovation at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki”.
    • Session Link: AVAILABLE HERE
  • Keynote Address by Spyros KIARTZIS (HELLENiQ ENERGY Holdings S.A.)
    • “Applying emerging technologies to address the challenges of energy transition”
    • Session Link: AVAILABLE HERE



with the Career Day’s scheduled activities to be followed by the HR pitches of sponsor companies – their representatives could be met in the conference’s foyer in dedicated desks and answer questions of interested students.



The second day included more invited talks and concluded with a roundtable titled “connecting industry to academia” with participants from RENESAS (Mr. George FLAMIS), KENOTOM (Mr. Tilemachos MATIAKIS), AUTH (Prof. Stylianos SISKOS), ACADEMIA (Mr. George SAVVIDIS) and PROGRESSIVE ROBOTICS (Mr. Marios KIATOS) that sparkled a very interactive discussion on short and medium to long term measures that can bridge the skills gap towards a rapidly evolving technological labor market.




Dr. Emmanuel Zervakis – HETiA president made the following statement:

“We are very happy to see that the effort we put in organizing this conference attracted the interest both of the academic and industrial community to participate and that our vision for establishing such a collaboration between these two communities is appealing enough to continue towards establishing it as an annual event. I want to thank the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for their knowledge sharing, tremendous effort and offer to support the next versions of the conference as well as our sponsors. I am happy to announce that ETCEI’s 2024 version will take place in Volos, in collaboration with the University of Thessaly”.



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