Dr Ioannis N. Athanasiadis is an Associate Professor in data science with the Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands. Ioannis researches the enabling role of information for investigating nature, and data science applications in the green life sciences. His expertise lies with artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent information systems, and knowledge engineering. At Wageningen University, he supervises one post-doc and five PhD students, and is the principal investigator for two major European grants on big data for data-driven agriculture: CYBELE and DRAGON. Ioannis teaches in the Deep Learning and Smart Environments courses. He was the founding coordinator of the Data Science Minor at Wageningen University and set-up two new courses on Big Data and Linked Data.
He has contributed more than 100 scientific papers related to the science of information in environmental and agricultural sciences. Ioannis has received several awards for as a teacher, researcher and mentor, by iEMSs, IEEE, ACM, SISO, Elsevier, and the Greek Ministry of Defence. Before coming to Wageningen, he was a faculty member with the Democritus University in Greece, and a researcher with the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Lugano, Switzerland.
He has contributed actively to the organization of several international conferences, academic workshops, student groups, and capacity-building programs in the developing world.
Ioannis is the founding managing editor of the new open-access journal Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling, while he also serves as an associate editor of Environmental Modelling and Software, chairman of the IFIP Working Group on Computers and the Environment, and treasurer of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society.