Prof. Nikos Fakotakis received the B.Sc. degree from the University of London (UK) in Electronics in 1978, the M.Sc. degree in Electronics from the University of Wales (UK), and the Ph.D. degree in Speech Processing from the University of Patras, (Greece) in 1986. From 1986 to 1992 he was lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Patras, from 1992 to 1999 Assistant Professor, from 2000 to 2003 he has been Associate Professor and since 2003 he is Professor in the area of Speech and Natural Language Processing.
Prof. Fakotakis is currently the Director of the Communication and Information Technology Division of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. (since 2005), Director of the Wire Communications Laboratory (WCL) (since 2004), and Head of the Artificial Intelligence Group. He was coordinator and principal investigator of more than 40 European and Greek Research and Development Projects and is
The results of the scientific work conducted by Prof. Fakotakis or under his supervision (he has supervised more than 50 PhD students) has resulted in over 400 scientific publications in internationally recognized journals and conferences, which have been cited more than 3,000 times.
His current research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction, Speech Recognition/Understanding, Speaker Recognition, Spoken Dialogue Processing, User Modelling, Natural Language Processing, Sound Technology, Image Processing, Computer Vision, etc.
Prof. Fakotakis has been reviewer of large number of scientific journals, conferences, and grant proposals. He has been invited speaker and participated in the organization committee of many international conferences, as chairman, vice-chairman or member.
Prof. Fakotakis is Chairman of the Scientific Board of Engineers of Greece (2013-today) and has been a Member of the Executive Board of ELSNET (European Language and Speech Network of Excellence), a Member of the Foundation Board of ELSNETand Editor-in-Chief of the "European Student Journal on Language and Speech" WEB-SLS(1997 - 2006). He is also a member of IEEE, TEE, EURASIP, ESCA.