The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organisation under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of Greece, with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 10.3.2000 it is a founding member of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) also supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT). In 2008, CERTH was among the first Greek research organisations to undersign and accept the principles of the Charter and Code for researchers while at the same time CERTH representatives were members of the Greek delegation at the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility (SG HRM). Its latest achievement in the field of human resources is the “HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH” logo awarded by the EC in April 2012 as a proof that CERTH is committed to offer the best possible working conditions, regardless the socio-economic environment, and at the same time work towards the realisation of the European Research Area (Innovation Union, Commitment #4).
Actually CERTH/ITI is one of the leading Institutions of Greece in the fields of Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunications, with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects. Since its creation, ITI has always been heavily involved in the transfer and dissemination of high-quality research knowledge and advanced solution development trends and leading-edge technologies, by taking into consideration the needs of industry and society. Following its strategic research directions, and according to the experience of its members, ITI has developed spheres of excellence and critical mass in research and technology in several strategically important fields in domains such as Image and Signal Processing, Computer & Cognitive Vision, Human Computer Interaction, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Multimedia, Database and Information Systems and Social Media Analysis.
Since its establishment, CERTH/ITI has participated in more than 155 research projects funded by the European Commission (IST FP5-FP6-FP7) and more than 160 research projects funded by Greek National Research Programmes and Consulting Subcontracts with the Private Sector (I&T Industry). ITI currently has 216 employees including Scientific Personnel (Researchers, Collaborating faculty members, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Postgraduate Research Fellows, and Research Assistants), Administrative and Technical Staff. In the last 8 years, the publication record of ITI includes 220 scientific publications in international journals, 577 publications in conferences and 84 books and book chapters. These works have been cited in more than 3000 times.