25/12/2022: The tourism industry in the fourth industrial revolution

The tourism industry has been the cornerstone of the economy of many countries for several years. National strategies and promotional actions towards specific markets shaped the countries’ sailing plans for years, and they no doubt managed to maintain or even boost their growth indicators. However, the campaigns of other countries with similar tourist products and geostrategic balances have always posed a threat. In terms of research, the field of tourism business was adjacent to the disciplines of entrepreneurship and marketing. However, the development of technology has forced the tourism product to turn its attention to the IT sector. How are new technologies changing the tourism landscape and affecting the sustainability of the tourism industry?

Find the complete article in the December issue of Insider magazine.

Press Releases

27/11/2022: META-FASHION: From Maria Antoinette to Digital Fashion

The concept of fashion goes back to when people started wearing clothes to protect themselves. Over the years, clothing, from being a means of preserving the human body, became a means of expression and a symbol of prosperity. People’s character and aesthetics are reflected in how they dress. From the 1700s, clothing design takes on an identity, and the first fashion designers set the trends for imperial clothing. Marie Leszczyńska, Queen of France and wife of King Louis XI, chose to dress exclusively in dresses designed by Françoise Leclerc, establishing the designer’s concept. In the middle of the same century, names such as Marie Madeleine Duchapt, Mademoiselle Alexandre, and Le Sieur Beaulard defined France and Paris as the fashion capital. But how does this trend now seem to threaten the planet’s future, and how is technology expected to change how it works drastically?

Find the complete article in the December issue of Forbes magazine.

31/10/2022: Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Insider Magazine, aiming to present innovative solutions provided by companies and research laboratories located in Cyprus, hosts a two-page feature on the Intelligent Systems Laboratory. The article focuses on the robot/computer vision applications that the laboratory has been developing in recent years. The laboratory develops image retrieval algorithms, methodologies for disease detection in vineyards, training assistance systems, robot vision methodologies that can be used for the autonomous navigation of flying robots, and mechanisms for supervising production units.

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31/10/2022: Arts and Artificial Intelligence

Man, through his creativity, gave birth to the arts and gave color to life. What would humanity be like without Beethoven’s ninth symphony? Would love have the same meaning if Shakespeare didn’t praise it in Romeo and Juliet? How would we define the standard of beauty if Leonardo da Vinci didn’t paint the Mona Lisa? Would Paris be as beautiful without the Eiffel Tower? Machines may surpass human nature in the way they solve mathematical problems. Still, they cannot, in any case, perceive the flight of activating emotions and the dialogue with the soul. Or can they?

Find the complete article in the November issue of Insider magazine.

12/10/2022: Gold Medal at Kaggle’s Google Universal Image Embedding competition

The Intelligent Systems Laboratory of the Department of Computer Science of Neapolis University Pafos, in collaboration with the Automatic Control and Robotics Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace, participated jointly in the “Google Universal Image Embedding” competition organized by Google on the Kaggle platform.
Our team, named “IRonCLIP”, managed to secure a gold medal and a cash prize, finishing in 6th place (among 1022 teams – top 0.58%) of the general ranking.

Congratulations to all participants and, of course, to my amazing teammates, Socratis Gkelios and Anestis Kastellos.

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02/10/2022: Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Have we been so preoccupied in recent years with the achievements of artificial intelligence that we fail to understand that day by day, while our lives are getting easier, our human rights are being violated? So we enjoy the convenience offered by our mobile phones, digital advisors, social media, and even search engines. We do not realize that our personal lives are exposed to companies and organizations to the extent that our privacy is deafeningly violated. The phrase “I have nothing to hide” reveals our willful blindness while distracting us from the impending threat. But why is it dangerous to expose our data and blindly trust the algorithms that artificial intelligence produces?

Find the complete article in the October issue of Forbes magazine.

12/08/2022: Artificial intelligence and ethics 

Today, artificial intelligence (AI) quietly and discreetly assists us in every step of our daily lives. Smart devices direct us to our destination, while online services tailor their content to be within our interests. For example, TV platforms choose the next movie to watch for us, while intelligent “assistants” allow us to improve the experience of interacting with our own homes.

Soon, AI applications will allow us to improve our lives, health, and future living.

However, it is essential to emphasize that AI is wholly based on the data from which it was trained. Therefore, if the training data is against the ” ethics ” concept, its operation mode will also be “unethical”.

Read more at STARTUPPER MAG

31/07/2022: Gamification: benefits, considerations, and future avenues

Before you criticize someone for the time she/he sacrificed in Fortnite, consider the energy they spent to be the player everyone wants on their team today. Getting good at a game requires concentration and investment of time. But, on the other hand, games have the potential to reward us directly, in a way that, on the one hand, helps us not to see our playing time as waste and, on the other hand, “encourages” us to improve continuously. What are these features, and how could they transform how we are educated or promote products?

Find the complete article in the August issue of Insider magazine.

26/06/2022: Emotions, computers, and organizations 

Economies worldwide are rapidly becoming ‘behavioral economies’ – a world in which human behavior is a commodity that can be influenced, quantified, standardized, and packaged at scale. This change is being driven by the maturation of disciplines such as machine emotional intelligence and behavioral economics, giving companies and governments the ability to analyze and shape our behavior like never before. How does this synergy between disciplines work? How can ethical dilemmas be addressed? How can organizations harness it to create value and grow?

Find the complete article in the July issue of Forbes magazine.

29/05/2022: Helping computers perceive human emotions

The commercial exploitation of the achievements of artificial intelligence has led to the universal transformation of the market. Car manufacturers compete not only on the horsepower and fuel consumption of their vehicles but also on the level of intelligence of their services. Online shops recognize our needs before we express them. Subscription-based entertainment services recommend films and music based on our preferences, while search engines tailor their results according to what they know about us. All these systems were developed based on our choices. Is there a need to create platforms that can also recognize our emotions? Is this feasible? Is it legitimate?

Find the complete article in the June issue of Insider magazine.

08/05/2022: How many piano tuners are there in the entire world? 

According to Glassdoor and Business Insider, Google is considered one of the best employers among tech companies and among IT graduates’ top choices. The criteria that shape its popularity include the total compensation it offers, working hours, quality of the workplace, advancement opportunities, and a healthy environment among co-workers and management. Today, Google has offices in 69 locations in the United States of America and Canada, 40 offices in various European cities, 28 offices in Asian cities, and 7 in Africa and the Middle East region. Invariably, the dream of most young people working in the IT sector is to be employed by this company. But the question is this: What criteria does Google use to select its partners? Does a good degree or a degree from a good university open doors to companies, or does it take something more?

Find the complete article in the May issue of Insider magazine.

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30/04/2022: Metaverse – a deep dive into the future

On October 28, 2021, Facebook announced its new name, Meta. The name change aligns with the company’s intention to transform its services, forming a new metaverse. The announcement marks the start of a new era for the IT giant, estimated to cost more than $50 million. The media worldwide host the name change on their front pages and introduce to the world the new technology that aspires to transform the internet. But what is metaverse, and how does Facebook envision the future of the internet?

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03/04/2022: A great theory and (at least) three beautiful minds

he “Times” magazine refers to mathematician John von Neumann as “perhaps the smartest man ever born.” Von Neumann made significant contributions to many fields, including mathematics, physics, economics, computing, and statistics. For example, he was a pioneer of the application of operator theory to quantum mechanics in the development of functional analysis, concepts of cellular automata, the universal constructor, and the digital computer. He is also a key figure in developing the “game theory” for which he became best known. This theory studies rational decision-making in a competitive environment and finds direct application in economics, world diplomacy, and war strategies. But what is game theory, and how does it transform the way strategies are designed?

Find the complete article in the April issue of Forbes magazine.

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22/03/2022: Approaching the limits of computer power

Since the 1960s, computing power has grown exponentially. Today, computer engineering and computer science have demonstrated computing power capable of competing with (and in several cases dominating) human intelligence. But what is the picture of the next day? Is it possible for computing power to continue to grow at the same rate, or are we approaching the limit that we can hardly overcome? Is the materials technology mature enough to offer better computers, or do we have to invest in different technologies?

Find the complete article in the March issue of Insider magazine.

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20/02/2022: Recommender systems and attention economy

The age we are going through is characterized as the age of information. At any given time, vast amounts of data are generated and circulated on the internet. Indicatively, it is worth mentioning that 60 hours of new material is added to the Youtube platform every minute that passes. At the same time, vast amounts of information are circulated on social media, websites, news portals, and online stores. Online platforms compete to gain the limited duration of consumer attention. This competition produces a new ecosystem, known as the “attention economy”. The resources of this economy are the users, and the online services compete to gain their attention and time. The more time we spend on their products, the more power they gain. Many times, for these companies, the users are the product itself. For example, the more users, and the more time they spend on Facebook, the more enticing the platform becomes for advertisers. As a result, companies are investing millions in producing a digital dopamine system, which leads to the addiction of users to their services. And one of these mechanisms for generating digital dependency is the Recommender Systems.

Find the complete article in the February issue of Insider magazine.

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25/12/2021: Metaverse: Is it the evolution of the internet?

On October 28, 2021, the parent company of the popular online platforms Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp announced its renaming to Meta. The name change is entirely in line with the company’s intention to transform its services, forming its own metaverse. The announcement marks the start of a new era for the IT giant, estimated to cost more than $50 million. The media worldwide host the name change on their front pages and introduce to the world the new technology that aspires to transform the internet. But what is metaverse, and how does Facebook envision the future of the internet?

Find the complete article in the December issue of Insider magazine.

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28/11/2021: Educational Robotics

Artificial intelligence and robotics contribute, among other things, to the formation of a new scientific field that aims to modernize education. Educational robotics is introduced as a learning tool and definitively transforms the way young people are educated. At the same time, however, it contributes to creating a new and highly fast-growing industry, which produces educational robots and tools. This new market is growing at a frantic pace and will soon become an important investment hub. According to MarketsandMarkets research, the market for educational robots is projected to grow from $1.3 billion in 2021 to $2.6 billion by 2026. It is also important to note that the market for educational robotics is expected to grow at a Combined Annual Growth Rate ( CAGR) of 16.1% from 2021 to 2026. But what is educational robotics, and how is it expected to transform the new generation’s education?

Find the complete article in the November issue of Forbes magazine.

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31/10/2021: Cloud Computing

From the mid-1990s, the term cloud began to be widely used and conquered computer science. Today, the technology behind the cloud is the cornerstone of many services and silently interacts with our daily lives. Thanks to cloud computing technology, our files are secure, we enjoy multimedia material such as movies and videos at low cost, and science fiction becomes more “science” and less “fiction”. But what exactly is cloud computing technology, and how has it managed to change the way computers and services evolve in such a short time?

Find the complete article in the November issue of Insider magazine.

18/10/2021: Education Leader Awards

The “Cyprus Education Leaders Awards” highlight and reward the remarkable work of educators at all levels of education.
The Neapolis University of Pafos participated in the competition with the Intelligent Systems Laboratory of the Department of Computer Science, whose participation was distinguished for the second consecutive year by the evaluation committee in the Higher Education “Innovation in Teaching”.

We are committed to continuing to demonstrate that educational robotics is an excellent educational activity and not just an afternoon activity.

18/10/2021: Research funding

For a large portion of citizens, research funding is spent on theoretical science contributions and translates into a set of publications that help researchers and academics step up and increase their income. They see research as a body that is cut off. “They believe that this money could cure important social and economic issues. But how close are these views to reality?

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03/10/2021: Non-fungible tokens (NFTs)

Recently, there has been strong investor interest in the Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) market. In the second quarter of 2021, the NFTs market recorded transactions worth $ 2.5 billion, compared to 13.7 million in 2020. International auction houses are turning their attention to NFTs while much of the business community is watching its frantic adoption with skepticism. But what are Non-fungible Tokens, and how are they called to transform the investment community?

Find the complete article in the October issue of Forbes magazine.

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12/09/2021: Software as a Service

Software and developers were ready to push technology to its limits. New programming languages are constantly emerging, providing significant power in the hands of creators: an essential factor influencing the evolution is the storage media. The software was available via floppy disks which suffered from extremely limited storage capacity. A typical example of the time was the game Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge for Amiga by Lucas Arts, which required 11 floppy disks.

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25/07/2021: An aging workforce in the digital era

It is a fact that demographic changes taking place in the countries of the European Union show that Europe is evolving into a continent of elders. In 2019, almost one-fifth (20.3%) of the European Union population was aged 65 and over. The European Union itself predicts that by 2060 the share of people over the age of 65 will increase to 29.0% of the total population. At the same time, according to Eurostat, the percentage of people aged 80 and over in the European Union is projected to increase 2.5 times between 2019 and 2100. And this aging workforce is called upon to serve the ever-evolving digital jobs.

27/06/2021: Crowdfunding in simple words

Technology and finance meet in various ways. One of them is crowdfunding. So, what is crowdfunding? In simple words, crowdfunding is a method of raising money through the mutual effort of customers, family, friends, and individual investors.

The most famous business magazine, Forbes, hosts our article on crowdfunding, a potential avenue for business financing in Cyprus.

30/05/2021: i-Voting – the Future of Elections?

In the 2014 European elections, only 42.5 percent of people eligible to vote participated. The high abstention recorded worldwide in recent years is a cause for concern. i-Voting is a unique solution that simply and conveniently helps to engage people in the governance process. But the question is, can i-voting reverse the climate? Are we ready to trust i-Voting?

The financial and business magazine “Insider” hosts an article about my opinion on i-Voting.

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25/04/2021: AI opportunities and challenges

Elon Musk believes that artificial intelligence is as dangerous as nuclear weapons. At the same time, one of the brightest minds in theoretical physics and cosmology, Stephen William Hawking, argued that artificial intelligence could bring an end to humanity. Is it possible that risk assessments made by people who recognize the capabilities and prospects of technology are wrong? What is artificial intelligence, the opportunities, the dangers, and how do we encounter it in our daily lives? The financial and business magazine “Insider” hosts an article about my opinion on Artificial Intelligence.

04/04/2021: Industrial Robotics and COVID-19

Savvas Chatzichristofis presents an article on the most famous business magazine, Forbes, on how industrial robots benefit the online shopping industry during the pandemic.

The industrial robotics start-up ecosystem seems to be booming in recent years, and the pandemic period appears to be favoring it. In the last five years, industrial robotics investments have increased fivefold, and everything shows that the future is more than bright. E-commerce came to change the way we shop and industrial robots to evolve warehouse operating conditions.

10/03/2021: Artificial Intelligence, Challenges and Opportunities

Live discussion on the ways in which Artificial Intelligence will affect our work, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and our daily lives.
Participating in the panel are Dr. Savvas Chatzichristofis – Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Neapolis University Pafos, Dr. Maria Terzi – Artificial Intelligence Researcher / Co-founder of Malloc, and Dr. Georgos Chatzimilioudis – Oracle Cyprus/Malta.
Coordinated by the Executive Director of the Cyprus Youth Organization, Menelaos A. Menelaou

07/03/2021: How Bitcoin transformed our daily lives

On 22 of May 2010 in Florida, US , the first official trading transaction using Bitcoin was recorded. The 10,000 bitcoins were enough for Laszlo Hanyecz to buy two pizzas. The value of the cryptocurrencies at that time did not exceed $ 23. Today, 11 years later, 10,000 Bitcoins equal to more than $ 450 million, making that transaction the most successful pizza sale in mankind history. The big changes in the Bitcoin’s value during the last few days, but also the references of Elon Musk to it, bring back to the general public the interest on cryptocurrencies, their prospects but also the risks or opportunities that they offer …

04/03/2021: Online Meetup and Q&A for the Crypto Cyprus Community

Panayiotis Christodoulou a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science participated in the Online Meetup and Q&A organized by the Crypto Cyprus group. Before the event community members sent various questions to the group which were answered by Blockchain experts during the online meetup.

25/02/2021: Pafos2040 – Volume II: Innovation

Mayor of Pafos, Phedonas Phedonos, presented the goals and the actions of the Municipality for the transition of the city to the smart and digital era.

The discussion was also attended by the Deputy Ministry of Research Innovation and Digital Policy of Cyprus, Kyriakos Kokkinos, the Deputy Minister for Special Digital Projects and the Cadastre of Greece, Giorgos Stylios, and the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship “IDEA” Angela Panagiotou.

The discussion was moderated by Savvas Chatzichristofis, Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Neapolis University.
The event was organized by the Municipality of Paphos and the independent non-governmental, non-profit organization Oxygono.

19/02/2021: View of Crowdfunding during COVID-19

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people. During this webinar our presenters covered a vast majority of topics in the context of Crowdfunding such as: the best practices for a successfully crowdfunding campaign, examples of crowdfunding platforms that currently run in Greece, EU and US, the risks of participating in/running crowdfunding campaigns and more.

07/02/2021:
Autonomous cars: Past, present, and future

The financial and business magazine “Insider” hosts an opinion article by our collaborator Savvas Chatzichristofis, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science on Autonomous Vehicles (Issue 16, February 2021)

“Artificial intelligence is now mature enough to safely support the implementation of accurate localization and navigation systems. Alongside the automotive industry, IT companies are spending resources researching reliable models ready for commercial use. The gradual installation of high speed and (almost) zero delay networks will allow our vehicles to move safely.
The question arises as to when we will be able to see truly autonomous cars on our roads.”

20/12/2020: Designing Smart Cities: A Human-Centered Approach

The financial and business magazine “Insider” hosts an opinion article by our collaborators Zinon Zinonos and Savvas Chatzichristofis, on Human-Centered Smart Cities. The article focuses on an innovative vision, known and new methodologies and tools which intend to create a Human Smart City starting from the neighbourhood and scaling up to the city.

“Insider” magazine is publishing alongside Forbes and distributed with Sunday’s Phileleftheros newspaper.

18/12/2020: Towards Industry and Society 5.0 in the Era of the Pandemic

Technology is made up of the terms ‘Techne’ and ‘Logos’ that refer to the dualism of its artistic/creative and logical/scientific aspects. And thus the ideas of Schumpeterian creative destruction and also the hope and potential for the better tomorrows of mankind are implicit in this Promethean concept. We live in an age of both artificial intelligence-driven and viral disturbances that threaten both the mind and the body. An interesting live discussion with Prof. Elias Carayannis.
Elias G. Carayannis is a Greek-American economist isFull Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C.

23/11/2020: The School year in the middle of COVID19: Tools, Challenges and Prospects

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all continents. Closures of schools and other learning spaces have impacted 94 per cent of the world’s student population, up to 99 per cent in low and lower-middle-income countries.

Preventing a learning crisis from becoming a generational catastrophe requires urgent action from all.

15/11/2020: Transforming a country into a startup-nation

The financial and business magazine “Insider” hosts an opinion article by our collaborator Savvas Chatzichristofis, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science on CS-related entrepreneurship and digital innovation. Issue 14, November 2020, includes an extensive analysis of how countries can be transformed into startup-nations.

“Insider” magazine is publishing along side Forbes and distributed with Sunday’s Phileleftheros newspaper.

06/11/2020: Parallels Between Biological and Man-Made Computer Viruses

We are currently living in the midst of the most infectious, disruptive and costly biological virus attack that any one of us has experienced – the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Similar to most computer malware attacks it came seemingly out of nowhere, spreading at exponential speed and continues to seriously disrupt the daily lives of almost the entire population of the world. There are striking similarities between biological viruses in the natural world and those of the electronic type in the digital world – both in the ways in which they infect and spread and the means by which they can be combated and defeated. This presentation covers the correlations that exist between man-made computer viruses and biological viruses like covid-19.

13/10/2020: Cryptocurrency Mass Adoption – Problems and Solutions – Webinar

Eleven years ago, an article appeared out of nowhere on the Internet that presented the first digital currency, Bitcoin. The purpose of bitcoin was to become the first digital currency that would solve the Double-spending problem faced by previous attempts on creating electronic coins. How was it going to do that? By utilizing the Blockchain technology. Until today it is still unknown who developed the Blockchain technology, all we know is the author’s name, Satoshi Nakamoto, but this is now irrelevant as 11 years later Blockchain technology has brought a tremendous revolution in the field of digital transactions. This presentation covered vital viewpoints of Industry’s experts on the Mass Adoption of Cryptocurrencies.

07/10/2020: Award For Applied Research, Excellence Of Knowledge And Contribution

On Wednesday, 7th October 2020, the Cyprus Education Leaders Awards ceremony was held for the second year by Boussias Communications with the kind support of the DIAS Publishing House.

The “Cyprus Education Leaders Awards” is a pioneering institution, which highlights and awards the remarkable work of educators at all levels of education and is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, the Cyprus Youth Organisation, the Pancyprian Organisation of Greek Teachers (POED), the Organisation of Greek Secondary Education Providers (OELMEK), the Organisation of Technical Education Providers (OELTEK), the Association of Private Schools of Cyprus and the Cyprus Computer Society.

Neapolis University Pafos took part in the competition process with the Intelligent Systems Laboratory of the University’s Computer Science Department, whose participation received the highest distinction from the institution’s evaluation committee in the Higher Education category “Investment in the field of Education in Computer Science”.

For many years, the University’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory has provided practical support to students, who choose educational robotics as a creative pastime, as it has been recognised by tutors, professors, parents and students as an important factor in the cultivation and development of computer science skills.

The Intelligent Systems Laboratory is staffed by distinguished academic scientists-members of the academic community of Neapolis University Pafos.

10/09/2020: Challenges and the Prospects of Employment in the field of Computer Science in Paphos

An open online meeting and discussion with four international computer science-related companies:

  • Nexxie,
  • Statare,
  • Roothund
  • Beepxtra

01/07/2020: Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Opportunity?

Live discussion with three academic researchers from Switzerland and Cyprus. Dr. Margarita Chli from the ETH of Zurich, Dr. Savvas Chatzichristofis from the Neapolis University Paphos, and Dr. Sotiris Hatzis of TEPAK.

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16/04/2020: Broadcasting at DisruptCyprus

Neapolis University Pafos (NUP) following its longstanding policy of continuously providing and supporting the local community, with its available academic and technological resources offered in order to assist and enhance the efforts of The Republic of Cyprus and Local Authorities to decrease the consequences of the pandemic. The Rector of the Neapolis University Pafos, Professor Pantelis Sklias, the Associate Professor Marios Argyridis, and the Associate Professor Savvas Chatzichristofis, are hosted at DisruptCyprus to discuss live the Neapolis University Initiative #NUPSupportAgainstCOVID19. 


15/04/2020: Presentation on Kanali 6 of the Actions of Neapolis University for Restricting the Consequences of the Covid19 Pandemic and the #NUPSupportAgainstCOVID19 Initiative.

04/02/2020: Our resent win in Poland during the International XII Robotic Arena is highlighted in several news media island-wide.

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19/12/2019: Simerini newspaper presents our Enorasis Robot and highlights our  3rd Place at Robotex International 2019 Line follower competition.

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13/10/2019: An interview of Zinon Zinons for Τaxidromos24 newspaper about  Neapolis University Pafos, the new Postgraduate Programs and the Department of Computer Science.

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06/09/2019: Avant-garde newspaper talks with Savvas Chatzichristofis about Robots and Educational Robotics.

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04/07/2019: The Enorasis project, our line-following robot is featured in the Phileleftheros newspaper, the biggest selling newspaper in Cyprus.

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