Achilles Kameas

Achilles Kameas
Hellenic Open University · School of Science and Technology

BEng, PhD

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September 2003 - present
Hellenic Open University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Director of the Postgraduate course on "Engineering of Pervasive and Mobile Computing Systems"
January 2001 - present
Computer Technology Institute and Press
Position
  • Scientific Coordinatoir

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Publications (206)
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This work investigates the role of educator in STE(A)M Education. Th e study compares the outcomes of pre vious research with the results of a survey on 59 Greek e ducators, who have implemented STE(A)M-related courses. Based to the responses through the specially designed close-e nded questionnaire, the educators' perceptions are identified and an...
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The STE(A)MonEdu Project aims to increase the adoption and impact of STE(A)M education by investing in the community of stakeholders and the professional development of educators. Focusing on the professional development of educators, it aims firstly to compile a competence framework for STE(A)M educators and then design appropriate training offers...
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Massive open online courses (MOOC) constitute an emerging technology for distance and open education while interest in incorporating them in higher education is constantly growing. Due to the free and open access learning opportunities that they offer, they attract an immense number of learners from all over the world. Additionally, because of thei...
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This document contains the Quality Reference Framework (QRF) developed by the European Alliance for the Quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), called MOOQ. The Quality Reference Framework consists of three dimensions: Dimension 1: Phases Analysis, Design, Implementation, Realization, Evaluation Dimension 2: Perspectives Pedagogical, Tec...
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, AmI 2018, held in Larnaca, Cyprus, in November 2018. The 12 revised full papers presented together with 6 short papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 36 submissions. The papers cover topics such as: Ambient Services and Smart Environme...
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This paper aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive background for understanding current knowledge on Academic Advising Systems (AAS) and its impact on learning. It constitutes an overview of empirical evidence behind key objectives of the potential adoption of AAS in generic educational strategic planning. The researchers examined the liter...
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The use of Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and Internet of Things (UMI) technologies can open new opportunities for STEM education1. UMI-Sci-Ed, a Horizon 2020 project, explores the new possibilities and through a multidisciplinary approach proposes a new integrated framework for engaging all stakeholders (students, teachers, domain and tech...
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Pedagogy has emphasized that physical representations and tangible interactive objects benefit learning especially for young students. There are many tangible hardware platforms for introducing computer programming to children, but there is limited comparative evaluation of them in the context of a formal classroom. In this work, we explore the ben...
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Ubiquitous computing is considered as an extension of the computational capabilities of the physical environment, allowing the computational infrastructure to be present everywhere in the form of robust, networked processing devices distributed in everyday living environment and generally turned to distinctly common place ends. This paper presents...
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Engineering of pervasive computing (PerComp) systems is a new scientific field and from an educational perspective needs to draw from a large number of knowledge domains. The appearance of related courses in computer science curricula has a decade history, but the growth of interest has led in recent years to the design of more advanced PerComp edu...
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Engineering of pervasive computing (PerComp) systems is a new scientific field and from an educational perspective needs to draw from a large number of knowledge domains. The appearance of related courses in computer science curricula has a decade history, but the growth of interest has led in recent years to the design of more advanced PerComp edu...
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Ubiquitous learning (u-learning) is a new paradigm which is based on ubiquitous computing technology. The most significant role of ubiquitous computing technology in u-learning is to construct a ubiquitous learning environment which enables anyone to learn at anytime anyplace. Nonetheless the characteristics of u-learning are still unclear and bein...
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Project UMI-Sci-Ed aims to investigate the introduction of Ubiquitous and Mobile technologies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. By carefully exploiting state of the art technologies, tools and educational activities, the project will offer novel educational services, implement innovative pedagogies and enhance st...
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MOOCs are a novel educational model, one of the spearheads of current research in the educational domain. Supported by unprecedented publicity albeit based on an over-than-a decade-year-oldconcepts, MOOCs are currently facing the real challenges on their way to maturity: how does learning (should) happen in a MOOC? how does the process of educating...
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During the past decade, researchers from humanities, design, science and engineering, have been collectively working towards the realization of the Ambient Intelligence vision. This thematic issue records the evolution of the field and fosters scientific debate on research issues and reflection on the progress of Ambient Intelligence and its future...
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Purpose This paper aims to present a model for the quality assurance of digital educational material that is appropriate for adult education. The proposed model adopts the software quality standard ISO/IEC 9126 and takes into account adult learning theories, Bloom’s taxonomy of learning objectives and two instructional design models: Kolb’s model (...
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Περίληψη The importance of a distance learning program heavily depends on the type and quality of the provided digital content. The Hellenic Open University (HOU) offers distance learning courses and therefore the volume of the provided digital learning content is significantly large. This fact establishes essential the need for an efficient and e...
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Περίληψη CRITON (www.criton.eu) is a european survey about the timely assessment of the achievement of learning outcomes. The main outcome of the project will be a web based platform that will record learners’ progress and provide tools for analyzing their performance and estimating the chances of finally achieving the planned learning outcomes. T...
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This work presents an intelligent tutoring system that supports personalized learning especially in a distance learning setting. The proposed architecture is based on multi-agents which facilitate the communication between the different components and on ontologies that provide a sound and complete representation of the knowledge domain. The operat...
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The objective of the knowledge architecture of ATRACO is to enhance communication, as well as to ensure effective knowledge sharing among ATRACO components. It is built around ontologies, ontology managers and agents. Every component of an activity sphere uses an ontology to model its local knowledge and state. These ontologies will certainly be he...
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What we mean by digital learning? Why digital learning matters? Which are the main skills that will help to boost the employability of digital learning professionals? How can we structure a good training course? Based on these questions, the eVirtue project (http://groupspaces.com/eVirtue/), funded by the European Commission in the context of LifeL...
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Although learning outcomes are recognized as an important component of the instructional design model, few instructional design prescriptions are available for authoring well-structured learning outcomes. This paper focuses on the design and development of a web based tool that facilitates the application of instructional design methodology in orde...
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This paper describes both the settings and a subset of the results of an empirical study that has been conducted among the students of the Hellenic Open University. The empirical study's aim was to provide sufficient data for the architectural design of the educational model of students in order to support their educational process. The resulting a...
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Modern ubiquitous services demand the fusion of data from multiple modalities, but so far few approaches have achieved to present such solutions. This challenge becomes even more demanding when the AAL environment comes to serve the requirements of elderly people who need continuous monitoring and care. In light of this, this paper presents a multi...
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The ability to deploy efficient and versatile WSN networks in the home environment is and will remain in the next years a cornerstone objective in wireless networking. Respective services are continuously expanding requiring novel design and implementation approaches able to cover all relative present and even more importantly future requirements....
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Open Learning movement opens up opportunities for the collaboration between institutions, educators and learners globally, and for enabling more meaningful engagement in teaching and learning. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), one of the latest internet revolutions, boasting tens or hundreds of thousands of participants worldwide, and, hence, pr...
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Institutions of Higher Education explore practices and processes that promote professional development. Hence, the current focus is on applying a continuing process of assessment, analysis, action and review. This paper addresses the use of Hellenic Open University Tutors' conceptual understanding on their subject domain as an organisational modali...
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In this paper an approach for building an intelligent tutoring system is presented, based on a multi-agent architecture and combined with ontologies for knowledge representation. The system developed is focused on a bottom up, reactive generation of an active sequence of knowledge units regarding a set of adjustable, high level learning goals. The...
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The ability to effectively administrate educational resources in terms of accessibility, reusability and interoperability lies in the adoption of an appropriate metadata schema, able of adequately describing them. A considerable number of different educational metadata schemas can be found in literature, with the IEEE LOM being the most widely know...
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This book contains multiple narratives of intercultural mediation made by academics and professionals across Europe. Contributions from Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Poland capture the voices of experts and non-experts heard at the International Conference, «Enhancing the Skills and Identity of Cultural Mediators in a Multicultural Europe» (ESΙ-CM...
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During the last years Home Monitoring has emerged as a prominent research and development area able to offer significant services to a wide variety of application scenarios. Without a doubt, factors of critical importance that propelled respective interest include advancements in ICT areas such as wireless sensor networks (WSNs), hardware design an...
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Mobile learning (m-learning) is an emerging area of distance education and there is a great interest in incorporating it in higher education, due to the mobile devices capabilities which are rapidly increasing and renders mobile devices more efficient and more attractive to students. On the other hand, the educational content plays a significant ro...
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Universities and medical companies deal constantly with the issue of training their students and staff in making proper use of their laboratories. Laboratory skills and accurate implementation of safety rules cannot be developed through simple observation. Practice in a laboratory requires dedication, time and space flexibility and controlled exper...
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A network of aligned ontologies is a distributed system, whose components (constituent ontologies) are interacting and interoperating, the result of this interaction being, either the extension of local assertions, which are valid within each individual ontology, to global assertions holding between remote ontology syntactic entities (concepts, ind...
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Precision irrigation based on the “speaking plant” approach can save water and maximize crop yield, but implementing irrigation control can be challenging in system integration and decision making. In this paper we describe the design of an adaptable decision support system and its integration with a wireless sensor/actuator network (WSAN) to imple...
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The population ageing trend has created an imperative need for ICTbased solutions that will support continuous care provision and help elders prolong the time they live independently in their own home environment. The ADVENT project aims at providing a comfortable, safe and secure environment to support the daily living of elders through a set of a...
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This paper introduces the ADVENT project that focuses on providing a comfortable, safe and secure environment, supporting daily living of elders, while empowering their mobility and independency. We present a generic system architecture that emerged from user and system requirements analysis, which consists of four parts: i) the home monitoring env...
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Biomedical engineering is the application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends in the medicine and biology fields. It comprises many research directions including computational model of HIV infection, integration of clinical and experimental data, etc. Much of the work in biomedical engineering consists in providing solutions...
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Next generation Semantic Web applications have to deal with the real world scenarios of heterogeneous and distributed knowledge in which collaboration based on knowledge is required. Knowledge is encoded in semantically rich structures, namely ontologies, while simultaneously, semantic links, that is, alignments are needed for their successful coll...
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Systematic investigation of e learning technological tools and resources to support tutors' design of educational content is at the core of the ongoing research in Higher Education. Training of ODL Tutors in chunking and restructuring educational content with added pedagogical value is a key factor in ODL strategic planning. As institutions and ent...
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We explain basic features of an emerging area called Intelligent Environments. We give a short overview on how it has developed, what is the current state of the art and what are the challenges laying ahead. The aim of the article is to make aware the Computer Science community of this new development, the differences with previous dominant paradig...
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An important task when designing educational material for distance learning is the modeling of the teaching domain. However this representation should be formal and semantically standardized in order to be reusable. In this work we propose an ontology-based model for the formal specification of the relations which have been used for the representat...
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Educational content and its quality evaluation has been the subject of abundant research. However, models have been used mostly for the purpose of understanding, rather than improving. In this work we present a new framework for the quality evaluation of digital material mapped to its life-cycle process: quality control procedures are mapped to eve...
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Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is meeting wide acceptance and implementation, becoming a rapidly growing economic sector and creating new jobs. Nevertheless, proper education for qualifying employees in the AAL area is still massively lagging behind. CompAAL is an EU funded project aiming to develop a set of qualification profiles for players in the...
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The article examines how a postgraduate pervasive computing program is organized and taught via distance learning at the Hellenic Open University. The PerCom Program at the Hellenic Open University aims to cover theoretical and practical issues while training computer scientists to have both software and hardware development skills. The program is...
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Contemporary Project and Portfolio Management Information Systems (PPMIS) have embarked from single-user, single-project management systems to web-based, collaborative, multi-project, multi-operational information systems which offer organization-wide management support. The variety of offered functionalities, along with the variation among each or...
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In this paper, we shall discuss the importance of assessing non - formal and informal learning on the basis of a national survey that was conducted in the context of the LdV VAB project. In addition, we will present the VAB project context and the e-portfolio we developed in order to record and assess the skills that students acquire via informal/n...
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The importance of Learning Objects (LOs) in the learning process - especially in the case of distance education - has been underlined significantly in the literature. The ability of administrating LOs in terms of accessibility, reusability and interoperability seems to be ensured by adopting an appropriate metadata schema which fully and adequately...
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Social Networking Services (SNS) provide users with functionalities for developing their on line social networks, connecting with other users, sharing and consuming content. While most of popular SNS provide open Web 2.0 APIs, they remain disconnected from each other thus fragmenting user's data, social network and content. Semantic social web tech...
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The learning of programming languages requires the student to develop systematic representations of the lexical constructs and semantic principles of the languages. At the same time, tutors are expected to develop the appropriate training content. In this paper we propose the combination of two techniques to make the above tasks more efficient. Fir...
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An Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) offers personalized education to each student in accordance with his/her learning preferences and his/her background. One of the most fundamental components of an ITS is the student model, that contains all the information about a student such as demographic information, learning style and academic performance....
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One of the most important tasks in the process of designing educational material for distance learning is the representation and modeling of the cognitive domain to which the material refers. However, this representation should be formal, complete and reusable in order to be used by intelligent tutoring system applications, other knowledge domains...
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Educational content plays a significant role in the process of delivering knowledge, that's why it needs to be designed carefully, following designated principles. Learning Objects (LOs) constitute a novel approach in the educational content's organization, bearing features that if effectively used could lead to enhanced e-learning services. What i...
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Java is a very popular programming language and many study programs in Informatics worldwide include courses particularly designed for its learning. It is considered as the best paradigm for introducing students with object-oriented programming and concepts. Considering Java's popularity, we initially make an attempt to model this language by using...
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In recent years, several studies have shown that ontologies and technologies based on ontologies can be used to bridge the worlds of practice and education. These approaches are considered very important fields of educational technology research. In this paper, we present a domain ontology concerning Use Case Diagrams (UCD) that we developed in an...
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Learning outcomes are statements that should accompany any type of educational material intended for lifelong learning. These statements deliver important information, which works as an indicator for students in the process of learning. However, in order for this information to be further utilizable within the context of intelligent e-learning appl...
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Pervasive Awareness Systems (PASs) collect awareness information from sensors and devices in smart environments and can present it to remote users by using various awareness objects. In this paper, we present a pervasive awareness management framework for supporting the conception, design and realisation of applications that foster social connected...
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Physical activity, therapy and exercising are essential for the management of many chronic conditions. This is why human motion tracking for healthcare applications has received significant attention recently. In this chapter we describe the architecture in which we provide a person-centric healthcare solution for patients with chronic conditions b...