Dr. Athanasios Kakarountas (S’98-M’04-SM’12) was born in Lamia city, Greece, He holds a Diploma (1998) and a PhD (2004) in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, and an MBA (2015) form Cyprus Open University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Thessaly, holding a position for “Computer Architecture” at the Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics. In parallel to his academic career, he has served as a Director for Strategic Development of the Patras Science Park (2007-2008), as a tutor and auditor of the educational material of the Hellenic Open University, and IT expert for the Region of Western Greece and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Government (2007-2008).
His research interests are focused on Computer and Embedded Systems Architecture, VLSI Circuits & Systems Design, Low-power Design and/or Design-for-Test, and Design of Hardware Accelerators for a variety of applications (e.g. image processing, cryptography, medical devices etc.). As a researcher he has participated in 16 research projects funded by EU and the Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology.
He has published 70 articles in international journals and conference proceedings. His research has received more than 560 citations. He is also the co-author of 4 chapters in technical books.
He is a Member of IEEE since 2004 (student 1998, Senior Member since 2012), of IET and Senior Member of ACM. He is reviewer in 10 magazines and journals and a permanent reviewer to more than 10 conferences. He has been member of the Organizing Committee of numerous IEEE conferences.
His research has received several 3 international awards and 2 national awards. Dr. Kakarountas during 2008-2016 serves as delegate of Greece at the IEEE Region 8 Committee Meetings. Currently, he has been elected in the Board of the Greece IEEE Section and he is the interim chairman of the Consumer Electronics Society – Greece Chapter.