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ACT Students Present at the 2024 International Conference on Medical Education Informatics (MEI 2024)

Four of our outstanding Computer Science students had the opportunity to showcase their research and scholarly work at the Medical Education Informatics 2024 (MEI 2024) International Conference, held in Thessaloniki on June 10-11. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Alexander Astaras, Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) and a distinguished Research Associate in the Lab of Medical Physics, Dept. of Medicine (AUTH), Greece, these students demonstrated exceptional academic prowess and innovation.  

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Final year Computer Science student Ariton Veselinoski has been performing research and development in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics to create an automated scoring Computer Vision system for the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT). This test is an evaluation measure used to assess upper extremity performance (coordination, dexterity, and functioning) primarily in patients suffering from brain or spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or recovering from stroke. The prototype system uses state-of-the-art Computer Vision algorithms customized with Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence running on an inexpensive personal computer and mobile phone. The automated scoring system enables doctors to follow their patients' rehabilitation or symptom-management progress daily, as opposed to being able to assess them whenever it is convenient for them to visit a healthcare professional. The impact of such a system would be more frequent, objective data available to doctors, who can more accurately optimize their patients' physical rehabilitation and pharmaceutical treatment.

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Mr. Veselinoski's research has been performing this research towards his final year thesis at ACT Computer Science, under Dr. Alexander Astaras's supervision and in collaboration with the Medical School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). The research is described in a scientific paper abstract titled "A prototype automated version of the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) for assessing upper extremity performance using the YOLO computer vision algorithm for real-time object detection," which has been accepted for oral presentation at the Medical Education Informatics 2024 (MEI 2024) international conference to take place in Thessaloniki on June 10-11th.

Third-year students Thomai ChatzidaniilTassos Nikiforidis, and Ina Ramo have been performing research in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Electronics to design, test, and calibrate a dermatological scanner prototype device (project DermaSense). This scanner is based on the acquisition of Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy data to help support Dermatological diagnosis and medical decisions, particularly in ambiguous cases of skin cancer. The device injects small amounts of electrical current across various frequencies through the skin. Then, an algorithm obtains the signal absorption spectrum and compares it to known patterns associated with particular types of skin disease.

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Ms. Chatzidaniil, Mr. Nikiforidis, and Ms. Ramo have been performing their research under Dr. Alexander Astaras's supervision at ACT Computer Science, in collaboration with the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH).  They are expected to extend and continue their research collaboration towards their capstone thesis next year. Their research and development work is described in a scientific paper abstract titled "Sensor data fusion based on Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy for Dermatological Diagnosis" which has been accepted for oral presentation at the Medical Education Informatics 2024 (MEI 2024) international conference to take place in Thessaloniki on June 10-11th.

  • The conference was hosted at the KEDEA BuildingAristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. It was a joint effort between the School of Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and the School of Health Sciences of the University of Nottingham (UK), two renowned institutions in the field. MEI 2024 brought together researchers and practitioners in the multi-disciplinary areas of Medical/Health Education, patient education and engagement, Open Education educational technology and technology enhanced learning, Medicine/Health 2.0/3.0/4.0, Artificial Intelligence in Health Education, Simulation and new pedagogical approaches in Health Education and to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of their research activities.

 

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Unlocking Interview Success

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Το παρόν πρόγραμμα διδάσκεται στα ελληνικά. Οι διαφάνειες των παρουσιάσεων και το μάθημα, παρ' όλ' αυτά, περιλαμβάνουν ορολογία στα αγγλικά, γι' αυτό και απαιτείται καλή γνώση της αγγλικής γλώσσας για την παρακολούθησή του.

Training Objectives 

By the end of the program participants will:
• Appreciate the underlying aspects of job interviews 
• Learn interview techniques and tips- best practice interview questions
• Understand what the key interviewing skills are

Who Should Attend

The training program is ideal for job seekers, career changers, and professionals aiming to enhance their interview skills and excel in the job application process. 

Program Details

Tuition 
Program Duration  7 hours 
   
Dates   

Program Outline

Introducing Interview Skills

  • The importance of the interview process
  • Recruitment process 
  • The selection and assessment stage

Key Interviewing Skills

  • Types of questions
  • Probing techniques
  • Legal Issues 

Preparation & Structure

  • Preparation  
  • Gathering information
  • Engaging & Closing 

Interview in action

  • Roleplaying  
  • Videos
  • Common mistakes/ Biases

Candidate Assessment

  • Reference checks 
  • Common evaluation faults
  •  Psychometric Tests

Wrap up

  • Closing 
  • Objectives review
  • Q&A

 

Application Process

Register here

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate from ACT.

After sending the application form, a representative of ACT's Lifelong Learning Center will contact you for your registration and payment process.

More Information

You can contact the ACT Lifelong Learning Center at +302310-398430 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using "Unlocking Interview Success" as your subject.

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Introduction to Computer Programming Using C++ (CS115)

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cplusplusThis is an introduction to algorithmic thinking and structured programming using the C++ language. Students are introduced to the basic elements of computing hardware, information technology and computer programming fundamentals such as variables, operators, conditionals, loops, functions, arrays and record data structures. The course also covers the use of libraries, data streams and access to operating system resources (file I/O). All topics covered are presented, demonstrated and practiced using C++, inviting students to consider algorithmic solutions to a variety of computing problems. This course advances beyond basic computing skills towards Computer Science, instructing students to develop autonomy as sophisticated computer users, algorithmic thinkers and programmers.

Prereq: Basic computing, numerical and analytical skills.

This fast-paced course is taught in English over a period of one month (June 17 - July 17, 2024) and involves lectures, laboratory sessions and design challenges. It is instructed by a member of the ACT Computer Science faculty with a PhD in Electronics Engineering and Artificial Intelligence.

Who can sign up for this course?

The course is open to College students as well as to selected, top performing high school juniors and seniors who can gain valuable early experience with a US College curriculum taught in English (attendance certificate supplied). CS115 is a 1st year university level course. Strong performing Lyceum & IDBP students with a solid background in high school Physics and English may be accepted after a brief interview with the course instructor. No prior knowledge of programming is required.

Course Schedule

During the 2024 summer term, the CS115 course will be meeting from June 17th to July 17th 2024 every M-Tu-W-Th morning 11:30-14:00, with a 15’ break half-way.

Indicative Content Covered

  • Analog and binary signals.
  • Machine code and higher-level languages.
  • Compilers
  • Algorithms
  • Problem decomposition, stepwise refinement, iterative code design
  • Pseudocode, flowcharts
  • Compiling and running a simple C++ program
  • C++ primitive data types
  • Storing and changing values in variables
  • Control flow and structured programming in C++
  • Arrays, structures, composite structures
  • File I/O
  • Records (structs), the precursors of objects
  • Object-oriented features of C++
  • Pointers and variable addresses
  • Exception handling
  • Debugging and solution verification

More about the professor:

alexander astaras professor photo 2016Dr. Alexander Astaras is Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) and a Research Associate in the Lab of Medical Physics, Dept. of Medicine (AUTH), Greece. He obtained his BA in Physics from Oberlin College, Ohio, USA and his PhD in Electronics and Artificial Intelligence from the Electrical Engineering Dept. of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He is an Electronics and Biomedical Engineer, the author of more than 35 peer-reviewed publications in these fields. He has designed and tested several prototype electronic chips & supervised numerous undergraduate and MSc theses in biomedical engineering and electronics. He is an active member of the IEEE and the Hellenic Biomedical Engineering Society (ELEVIT). He works in analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuits, system-on-chip and lab-on-chip integration as well as mapping artificial neural networks on silicon. His research interests include biomedical micro-electro-mechanical data acquisition sensors, low power mixed-signal VLSI electronics design, machine learning and medical robotics. He is also interested in using robotics to promote science and engineering in secondary and university level education.

Contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Enrollment for Summer 2024 has started.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at +30 2310 398 398 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Joyful Reunions at the ACT Alumni Homecoming

The ACT patio buzzed with laughter and warm reminiscences on Friday, May 31, 2024, as over 250 alumni from Greece, the Balkans, and Europe gathered for an unforgettable Homecoming celebration. This unique Centennial Homecoming was more than just a reunion—it was a heartfelt tribute to the enduring bonds between graduates, their beloved professors, and the ACT community that shaped their lives.

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As old friends embraced and classmates swapped stories from their college days, the air was electric with emotion and joy.

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The event was a poignant part of Anatolia College's Centennial Celebrations, commemorating its historic relocation to Thessaloniki in 1924 and the vital role ACT has played in its legacy.

Dr. Panos Vlachos, President of Anatolia College, warmly welcomed the alumni, highlighting the profound significance of this milestone year and the importance of ACT within the Anatolia College ecosystem. Evripidis Konstantinidis, President of the ACT Alumni Association, also extended a heartfelt welcome, underlining the association's role in fostering lifelong connections and encouraging alumni to nurture their ties with the institution and each other. In a touching moment, Mr. Konstantinidis, on behalf of the Alumni Board, presented Dr. Eleni Godi, Coordinator of the BA in English and a cherished professor, with a well-deserved distinction for her dedicated service to ACT.

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Dr. Panos Vlachos, Evripidis Konstantinidis, Dr. Eleni Godi, Dr. Stamos Katramouzis, ACT Provost

We're deeply grateful to each and every one of you who attended and made this Homecoming so special. Your presence and participation truly made a difference. Here's to many more years of celebrating our vibrant and diverse alumni community!ACT Homecoming 6

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ACT Alumni Association Board members 

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Charting Futures: Which professional path will you choose in Social Sciences?

On April 12, 2024, The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) - Division of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted a one-day conference titled "Navigating Global Opportunities: Exploring Diverse Career Paths in the Social Sciences" at the Bissell Library from 12:00 to 15:00.

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Dr. Stamos Karamouzis, ACT Provost

The well-attended conference comprised two panels. The first focused on career paths in diplomacy and the wider public sector. It featured speakers such as Mr. Isaac Hansen-Joseph, Economic Counselor and Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, Ms. Jasmina Milačić, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Katerina Tsapikidou, Director of International Relations Service at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Thanos Papaioannou, President of the Greek Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP). A short Q&A session followed this panel. The diplomats discussed the skills necessary for their professional field, while the President of ASEP presented professional opportunities in the Greek public sector. 

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Isaac Hansen-Joseph, Ms. Katerina Tsapikidou, Jasmina Milačić, Dr. Thanos Papaioannou

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Dr. Thanos Papaioannou

The conference continued with the second panel, which explored the career paths of ACT alumni/ae and opportunities in the private sector. Speakers included Mr. Antonios Platias, Brigadier General (ret.) from the Foreign Affairs Institute, Dr. Maya Davidovic, a Lecturer at Cardiff University, Dr. Sotiris Themistokleous, Director of Institutional Development at the Center for Social Innovation in Cyprus, and Ms. Karina Iskandarova, Founder of Charisma Works. Mr. Platias spoke primarily about think tanks and civil society, while the ACT graduates focused on their paths to professional development.

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Karina Iskandarova

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Dr. Maya Davidovic, Dr. Sotiris Themistokleous 

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Dr. Stamos Karamouzis, ACT Provost, Dr. Maria Kyriakidou, Chair, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Karina Iskandarova, Antonios Platias

 

 

 

 

 

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ACT faculty member Christos Aliprantis mentors public high school students

In April 2024, ACT Associate Professor Christos Aliprantis (Division of Humanities and Social Sciences) provided mentorship services to Greek high school students by conducting 17 online sessions at public high schools, mainly in remote mountainous and island areas. The sessions focused on introducing high schoolers to the current job market, emphasizing soft skills, and outlining career prospects. This mentoring initiative became possible through a partnership of the Onassis Foundation’s Scholars Association (where Aliprantis is a member, having held Onassis graduate scholarships) and The Tipping Point, an NGO that allows professionals to mentor Greek high school pupils.

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ACT Study Abroad student Elijah Greene shares his study abroad experience as a Gilman Scholar and his love for the Ancient Greek language

Elijah Greene, a junior at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, embodies the essence of a modern-day explorer. His passion for languages, culture, and global connectivity has propelled him to be awarded the Gilman Scholarship, which is funded by the United States government. Elijah also received a Federal Pell Grant to support his study-abroad experiences in Greece and the ACT.

Studying abroad has been Elijah's dream since high school. He chose Greece for his study abroad experience, as he felt culturally and religiously connected to Greece, and he desired to understand the heritage of Greek people. One of Elijah's big goals was to learn the Greek language, as he has been studying ancient Greek for two and a half years. "My love of language has rekindled since coming here, and I've enjoyed learning as much Greek as I can.", he says. Moreover, Elijah aspires to pursue a Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement award in the future to cultivate language proficiency in a language at risk of disappearing. 

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I think Greece held a lot of surprises that I wasn't expecting, especially in terms of the people that I was going to college with.  I don't think I realized how many people from other countries come to ACT to study… I've met people from Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, and people from the group I am supposed to be part of (USA), making long-lasting friendships that, hopefully, we will carry back across the Atlantic

Elijah's award extends beyond financial assistance; it encompasses opportunities for networking, personal growth, introspection, and global engagement. Funded by the US government, Elijah joined a study tour to Brussels, Belgium, which helped him understand how the European Union operates and the current relationship between the EU and the US. It also fostered his sense of global community.

"I'm grateful that I was able to come to Greece and have the opportunity to explore and visit some countries that I may not get to visit again for a while. It has been an invaluable time in my life," he says.

Elijah desires to continue immersing himself in different cultures: "I would say that I want to be a lifelong traveler. I want to know how other people live outside of where I'm from. I think that's valuable; it makes you more empathetic and just well-rounded as a person. Understanding different cultures and political ideologies, and seeing how other people live, expands your worldview and gives you more information to work with."

Outside of his academic pursuits, Elijah works as a photo editor and event photographer for Wabash College. His love for cinema, literature, and chess enriches his leisure time. Looking ahead, Elijah plans to intern at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland, Washington DC, working on marine biology research. He also envisions a future shaped by his passion for traveling and photojournalism. 

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