The University of Ioannina was founded in 1964 in Ioannina, Epirus, in the North-western part of Greece. Today, the University has 17 departments with over 500 faculty members, 13,500 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate students (MSc and PhD). The R&D work in Smart Bear will be undertaken by the Unit of Medical Technology & Intelligent Information Systems (MedLab).
MedLab is a highly innovative and self-contained research unit strongly activated in the fields of Biomedical Engineering and development of Intelligent Information systems. It has an internationally acknowledged excellence in conducting high quality scientific research and developing innovative Information Technology (IT) applications, products and services. Most of the Unit activities are based on international collaborations in the framework of European and Nationally funded projects (FP5, FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020). MedLab’s research activities cover a variety of subjects and they are classified into the following domains: Multiscale modelling of human organs, biomedical engineering, processing and analysis of big datasets with medical data, wearable systems for monitoring and management of chronic diseases and intelligent information systems. Medlab has been the technical manager of several successful European Projects, including NEOMARK, PERFORM, CHRONIOUS, ARTREAT. Currently, the Unit is the Technical manager and Coordinator of many Horizon 2020 projects including PD_MANAGER, HARMONICSS, HEARTEN, SMARTOOL and TAXINOMISIS.
The financial and administrative tasks of Smart Bear will be undertaken by the University of Ioannina Research Committee (UOI-RC). The University of Ioannina has established a quality management system that is in conformance with the International Management System Standard ISO 9001:2000, as well as the Greek Management Efficiency Standard, with a scope of “Project Management of Research and Development of Technological and Other Related Programs and Activities”. All funded research activities are coordinated by the UOI-RC, whose main aim is to manage the National, EU and industrial contract research projects in accordance to National and EU financial regulations, as well as ISO 9001:2008 standards. The aim of the UOI-RC is the disposal and the undertaking of funds, which come from any source and are intended to cover expenses of any kind, essential for the needs of research, educational, training and developmental projects, as well as, for the needs of continuous training projects. The aforementioned Quality Management System has been certified in accordance to the requirements of the International Management System ISO 9001:2008. Furthermore, it is compliant with the requirements of the Greek Management Efficiency Standard, in the scope of “Project Management of Research and Development of Technological and Other Related Programs and Activities”.