About Us - Team

Nikos Tzanakis

MD, Professor, Group Leader

Dr. Nikos Tzanakis is a Professor in Pneumonology, and Director of Pneumonology Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion, University of Crete, Greece. He qualified (1982) at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens University and as specialist in Pneumonology at Sophia Schliemann – Sotiria Pneumonology Hospital in Athens (1983-1988). He moved in Heraklion, Crete as Registrar in Pneumonology at Venizelion General Hospital (1988-Aug 1999). He undertook research at Medical School, University of Crete and was awarded a PhD in 1993. He spent a sabbatical year (1996-1997) at the Pulmonology and Epidemiology Departments, in University of Groningen, The Netherlands doing research and returned to a consultant post in University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete (1997-2000). He was elected as Assistant Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at Medical School, University of Crete in 2000 and became Associate Professor since 2011. Since 2000 he was appointed as consultant in respiratory medicine at Dept of Thoracic Medicine, University Hospital of Heraklion. Since 2016 he was elected as Professor in Pneumonology and Director of the department of Pneumonology, University Hospital and Medical School.

Since 1994 he is leading the Lab of Randomized Clinical Studies in Pneumonology which have been participated in more than 40 internationals large multicentre RCTs in smoking cessation, COPD, asthma and IPF. Professor Tzanakis has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has written chapters in 10 books or series on respiratory diseases. His paper’s total impact factor is more than 450 and his research work has been cited more than nine thousand five hundred times. He is member of the international societies ATS and ERS, and serves 10 journals as reviewer. His research is particularly concerned with epidemiology, pathophysiology and management of chronic obstructive lung diseases. He was the chairman of COPD working group of Hellenic Respiratory Society with more than 100 members for 6 years (2006-2011) and from 2014 – today as well as national leader of ERS COPD-audit project.

  • N. Tzanakis, PhD
  • Professor
  • Medical School
  • University of Crete
  • Medical director
  • Respiratory Department
  • University Hospital
  • of Heraklion

Vangelis Sakkalis

PhD, Research Director

Dr. Vangelis Sakkalis holds a Research Director position in the Institute of Computer Science – Foundation for Research and Technology (ICS - FORTH). He is the Head of the Computational Neuroscience group and the Head of Multiscale Cancer Modelling group at the Computational Biomedicine Laboratory. He co-founded “traqbeat”, a remote, medical-grade patient monitoring startup, in which he is currently serving as CEO. He received his PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering after completing his Master's degree at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK. He has been a member of the board of Directors at FORTH and was elected president of the board of researchers at FORTH. His research interests are in the broader area of Computational Medicine and Biomedical Engineering focusing on Computational Neuroscience/ Brain Computer Interfaces, Biosignal analysis/ AI, Graph Visualization and Characterization, Computational Oncology, Digital Health/ Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments.

He has extensive experience in the scientific coordination of research projects at the national and European levels. He has published more than 150 papers in scientific archival journals, proceedings of international conferences & workshops and scientific newsletters, related to his fields of expertise. He is highly interested in translating academic research to innovative growth. He has given numerous invited lectures worldwide and his research has been funded by numerous funding agencies and companies.

  • V. Sakkalis, PhD
  • Research Director
  • FORTH-ICS
  • Head
  • Multiscale Cancer
  •   Modelling
  • Computational
  •   Neuroscience

Emmanouil G. Spanakis

PhD, Collaborating Researcher

Dr. Emmanouil G. Spanakis is a Collaborating Researcher with the Computational BioMedicine Laboratory (CBML) of the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH-ICS). He is leading the Personal Health Systems and Pervasive Mobile Monitoring and Internet of Medical things R&D activities at the Computational Biomedicine Laboratory. He holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Computer Science and received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2009 from the University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece.His expertise, specialization and research lies in the wider scientific domain of computational medicine and wireless communication networks, and in particular on biomedical informatics; wireless medical sensors; ambient intelligence and smart surroundings; e-health and m-health related services; , security and trust for healthcare; biometrics; as well as in cross-layer design in wireless ad-hoc networks; wireless interference channel; performance and analysis of mobile ad-hoc routing protocols; and wireless network measurements analysis.

His work has been funded by numerous national and international research grants and he has actively participated in many EU and national projects. He was the principal investigator in an EU project (SpeechXRays), focusing on research related to Voice-Face Based Biometrics for eHealth, and he is currently the principal investigator of Daphne, Resilient network services for critical mHealth applications, a project funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), under grant agreement No [1337]. He has published more than 55 papers in scientific archival journals, proceedings of international conferences & workshops, books and book chapters and scientific newsletters, related to his fields of interdisciplinary expertise. He is organizing/chairing two annual international workshops and has given numerous invited lectures worldwide in his field of expertise

  • E.g. Spanakis, PhD
  • Collaborating
  • Researcher
  • FORTH-ICS

Eleftheria Tzamali

PhD, Collaborating Researcher

Eleftheria is a Collaborating Researcher at the Computational Bio-Medicine Laboratory (CBML) of the Institute of Computer Science at Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). She received her PhD in Computer Science Department from the University of Crete (2010), her MSc degree in Information Processing & Neural Networks from the Department of Mathematics, King’s College London, UK. She holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Crete with specialization in Atomic-Molecular Physics and Laser.

Research interests include: Computational Systems Biology, Network Biology and Mathematical Oncology.

  • E. Tzamali, PhD
  • Collaborating
  • Researcher
  • FORTH-ICS

Giorgos Tzedakis

MsC, Technical Staff

Giorgos works as a Technical Staff member at Computational Bio-Medicine Laboratory (CBML) of Institute of Computer Science at Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). He received the MSc degree in the fields of Multimedia Technology and Computational & Cognitive Vision & Robotics in Computer Science Department from the University of Crete (2010). He received his BSc from Applied Mathematics Department from the University of Crete (2007).

Current research and programming activities involve mathematical and computational modelling of tumor growth, morphology and drug response. Research interests include: Partial differential equations, Cellular automata, Hybrid models, Biomedical Informatics and Engineering, Numerical linear algebra.

  • G. Tzedakis, MsC
  • Technical
  • Staff
  • FORTH-ICS