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1st Joint e-Symposium by Rutgers University and Harokopio University: Employing Technology to Improve Assessment, Health Communication, and Healthcare Delivery

June 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT


HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS and RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ally invite you to their first in a series of joint e-symposia with an emphasis on Health Communication Across the Health Professions. Our first event will focus on research that speaks to “Employing Technology to Improve Assessment, Health Communication, and Healthcare Delivery: Research from Greece and the U.S.

The e-symposia series is part of an array of activities the two institutions are collaborating on in the context of the International Academic Partnership Program-Greece (IAPP-Greece), an academic incubator program sponsored in 2020 by the Greek Ministry of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of International Education, and the Fulbright Foundation, among other organizations.

Faculty from both Greece and the U.S. will present research and dialogue with participants about its implications for the future.

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The event and the Harokopio-Rutgers partnership will be introduced by:
Mara Nikolaidou, Ph.D., Rector (Harokopio University of Athens)
Matthew Matsaganis, Ph.D. & Riva Touger-Decker, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)


Presentations will be given on the following topics (presenters in alphabetical order):

COVID-19 Detection from Chest X-Ray Images Using Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks: Instinct-Driven Research Versus the Reality, and Why Communication Would Help

  • Konstantinos Tserpes, Ph.D. (Harokopio University of Athens)

Boosting the Digital Transformation of Healthcare with the Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools and Methods

  • George Dimitrakopoulos, Ph.D. (Harokopio University of Athens)

Machine Learning for Objective Behavior Measurement and its Potential in Improving Health Communication

  • Christos Diou, Ph.D. (Harokopio University of Athens)

Behavioral Informatics

  • Vivek Singh, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)

Development and Testing of a Mobile Health Application for Gestational Diabetes

  • Shristi Rawal, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)



A panel of Rutgers and Harokopio University faculty named below will initiate a Q&A session, during which all audience members will be able to ask questions of the presenters. All participants will be given an opportunity to have a dialogue on the issues raised by the research projects presented and their implications, and to identify top priorities for future research, teaching, professional practice, and policymaking.

Reaction Panel members, in alphabetical order

    • Laura Byham-Gray, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)
    • Jean-François Daneault, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)
    • George Kousiouris, Ph.D. (Harokopio University of Athens)
    • Shankar Srinivasan, Ph.D. (Rutgers University)
    • Iraklis Varlamis, Ph.D. (Harokopio University of Athens)


CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION: A certificate of participation will be provided to all registered participants in the public event who express interest in receiving one. Participants will be able to indicate their interest right after the event when the organizers will follow up with them.


June 10, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT