Research, both basic and applied, contributes significantly to the transformation of modern society into a knowledge-based society. Basic research produces new knowledge, which sets the ground for future innovations. Applied research responds to the constantly increasing demands for innovation-based economic development and progress, towards national well-being and development. The rapid growth of social, economic and technological advances requires a strong interaction between basic and applied research, especially at the fast-developing sector of information technology and telecommunications.
Research requires thorough planning, constantly funded infrastructure and, most of all, researchers with considerable expertise, extensive background knowledge, willingness to participate in the research process and high level of cooperation and efficiency. As a system for the production of knowledge, research is closely connected to education and technology.
Consequently, investing on research has become a major goal of the ICSD Department and a primary motivation for its development. The Department invests and excels in important areas of basic and applied research, such as:

  • Algorithms and computational complexity
  • Information retrieval
  • Knowledge representation
  • Information and communication systems security and privacy
  • Databases
  • Information law
  • Intelligent agents
  • Differential equations applications
  • E-commerce – entrepreneurship – e-government
  • Computer science foundations
  • Cryptography
  • Mathematical physics
  • Nanotechnology and bioelectronics
  • Privacy and data protection legal and regulatory issues
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Robotics
  • Information systems strategy and investment
  • Pervasive computing systems
  • Personal and mobile communication systems
  • Decision support systems
  • Data protection and privacy enhancing technologies
  • Telecommunication systems and networks
  • Computer-supported cooperative work
  • Digital integrated circuits and systems

The faculty members of the ICSD Department have considerable experience in designing and carrying out competitive research and development projects on an international level. Such projects have been funded by programmes of the European Commission and the European Committee for Standardization: FP7, FP6-STREP, FP6-IST, TEN/TELECOM, ISIS, Leonardo, ACTS, INFOSEC ETS II, ESPRIT/ESSI, Telematics Applications, ACTION 2, INFOSEC, ESPRIT LTR, BRITE EURAM, INNOVATION, RACE, VALUE II, LRE, ESPRIT, EURET/EURATN, AIM and others.
The faculty members of the Department have also got significant experience in designing and carrying out competitive research and development projects on a national level. Such projects are funded by the Greek ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Finance, Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, Health, Public Order and Citizen Protection, Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, Shipping and Island Policy, as well as by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, the General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad, the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance, the National Organization for Medicines, the Social Insurance Institute, the State Scholarships Foundation, the Information Society S.A., numerous private institutions and others.
Taking advantage of EU funding opportunities through the ERASMUS / SOCRATES programmes, the Department has established and maintained educational and research partnerships with a large number of European universities, such as: Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (University of London), University of Plymouth, University College Dublin, Aston University, Kingston University, Trinity College Dublin, University of Stockholm, University of Lund, Chalmers Institute of Technology, Karlstad University, University of Hamburg, University of Essen, University of Regensburg, Catholic University of Leuven, University of Vienna, Technical University of Graz, University of Oulu, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University of Milano, Deusto University, University of Malaga, Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Copenhagen Business School and others.
Since academic year 2018-19, the ICSD Department offers four MSc taught programmes and one joint MSc in collaboration with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. The goal of the MSc programmes is to develop basic and applied research and to advance scholarly work in the field of information and communication systems.

The ICSD Department offers opportunities for post-doctoral research in the field of information and communication systems. The application procedure for carrying out postdoctoral research in the Department is described in the Regulations for Postdoctoral Research. According to Article 7 of the institutional regulations for postdoctoral research and in accordance with the decisions No 1/28.09.2016 and 15/23.05.2018 of the Department’s Assembly, postdoctoral researchers are required to:

  • Offer teaching assistantship of 6-8 hours weekly. If a postdoctoral researcher is not able to meet these requirements, they will be asked to offer another kind of research/supporting work.
  • Compile a yearly research report in collaboration with their supervisor professor. The report is submitted to the Department’s Assembly and the postgraduate admissions office from 1st September to 31st October.

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