Despina Kopanaki

Project Manager, MARVEL & I-BiDaaS

Despina Kopanaki is a Project Manager at FORTH-ICS and a Ph.D. candidate in Informatics at the Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece. She holds a Bachelor Degree from the Department of Statistics (2004) and an MSc in Applied Economics & Finance from the Department of Economics (2006), both from Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Greece. She is part of the I-BiDaaS (GA#780787) and MARVEL (GA#957337) H2020 projects coordination team. Before that, she has been involved in several EU funded projects as a researcher and also as a financial project administrator and manager. Her research interests include data mining, data analytics and privacy-preservation of mobility data.

Despina is speaking at

Focus Track 3 - Market uptake: Bringing AI and Data Sciences to Practice
November 3, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


  • Toni Staykova (Speaker) Co-Founder and Vice President, UKeMED
  • Alon Rozen (Speaker) Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Dean, Ecole des Ponts Business School
  • Richard McCreadie (Speaker) Lecturer in Information Retrieval and Data Systems, University of Glasgow
  • Despina Kopanaki (Parallel session chair) Project Manager, MARVEL & I-BiDaaS
  • Jenny Rainbird (Parallel session chair) Senior Research Project Manager, Inlecom Systems
  • Marieke Willems (Parallel session chair) Project Manager, Policy Cloud


The Big Data research projects Track and Know (Big Data for Mobility Tracking Knowledge Extraction in Urban Areas), BigDataStack (High performance data-centric stack for Big Data applications and operations) and I-BiDaaS (Industrial-Driven Big Data as a Self-Service Solution) host a joint session bringing together their findings in terms of barriers to adoption of Big Data research in different sectors as well as in terms of  current and future impact of their research. Speakers will also elaborate on the concrete business questions that have been answered in the project pilots.


The objective of this session is to discuss the findings of the three abovementioned Big Data research projects, present the barriers to adoption discovered in different sectors and the future impact and sustainability of Big Data research. This will take the form of a led group discussion on the impact and future of Big Data research (exchange of questions, experiences, ideas triggered by a set of key questions).

The session will evolve around a led discussion for the participants to share their thoughts regarding the impact and future of Big Data research. The discussion will be initiated by a set of questions to get the interaction going and to encourage participants to share their questions, experiences and views on Big Data research and the adoption of project outcomes and toolsets in the different sectors. Output of this session will be a report with recommendations on Big Data technologies ready to contribute to a European Big Data ecosystem, what’s next?

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