The National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos” is composed of 700+ distinguished researchers, research support professionals and scientific associates, and with a 50+ year experience of excellence, is arguably the most prestigious Hellenic research Center. NCSR is distinguished for supporting a visionary and dynamic research community that is currently under the process of re-orientating its efforts with emphasis on innovation exploitation and fostering of new businesses and synergetic cooperation with the private sector. It is comprised of five institutes, covering Informatics and Telecommunications, Biosciences and their applications, Nuclear and Radiological Sciences, Materials, Physics NCSR Demokritos is furthermore tightly integrated with the European Research ecosystem, with a long tradition of active collaboration and exchange. Its green campus is situated in a beautiful natural environment in Agia Paraskevi, Athens.

The Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) focuses on research and development in the areas of Telecommunications, Networks, Web Technologies and Intelligent Systems. The main strategic objective of IIT is to excel in research and innovation required for the development of the knowledge society.

The Software and Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL) work focuses on intelligent systems and services for the Web and the Semantic Web, and more specifically: web content collection and extraction for specific thematic areas, knowledge discovery from web usage data, creation and maintenance of ontologies to support the collection and extraction tasks, natural interaction with web-based information systems.

The rapid growth of the Web has generated a wealth of information for individuals and organizations, to the extreme of overloading its users with information. This phenomenon has created the pressing need for turning this information into actionable knowledge according to the requirements of each individual. This need represents the major motivation behind the R&D activities of SKEL. In the past few years, SKEL researchers combined their efforts to develop knowledge technologies that will enable the efficient, cost-effective and user-adaptive management and presentation of information.