Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory

Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation


Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging “network effect” by combining open data, information gleaned from social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments (“Internet of Things”) in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. CAPS is part of the research priorities of the Horizon 2020 research programme of the European Commission and was also part of the last FP7 research programme. MKLab is strongly involved in this area, with two successful projects from the FP7 call (USEMP, WikiRate) and three from the latest HORIZON2020 CAPS call (hackAIR, ChainReact, PROFIT), where the success rate was only 12%.

MKLab related expertise lies in the following areas among others:

  • Reputation-based incentive mechanisms to motivate the participation of users in CAPS platforms,
  • Provision of personalised recommendations and decision support to the platform users,
  • Domain-specific search for data and web resources tailored to the domains of interest (e.g. environment, health, economy)
  • Development of social media monitoring modules and open data crawlers for retrieving data related to a variety of domains of interest (e.g., from environmental stations, financial websites, etc.),
  • Semantic integration and fusion of data from real environments (IoT) and OSNs
  • Analysis algorithms that enable the inference of personal and potentially sensitive information from a variety of data that OSN users share,
  • Visualization and interaction with massive amounts of complex data,
  • Techniques for automated quality assurance of Web content and data through sophisticated data analysis approaches,
  • Semantic reasoning over semantically integrated data for content enrichment
Key Publications: 

R. Mills, S. De Paoli, S. Diplaris, V. Gkatziaki, S. Papadopoulos, S.R. Prasad, E. McCutchen, V. Kapadia, P. Hirche, "WikiRate. org–Leveraging Collective Awareness to Understand Companies’ Environmental, Social and Governance Performance.", International Conference on Internet Science, Volume 9934 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp 74-88, Springer International Publishing, 2016.

A. Katmada, A. Satsiou, I. Kompatsiaris. "Incentive Mechanisms for Crowdsourcing Platforms", 3rd International Conference on Internet Science, LNCS Springer International Publisher, 2016.

Ioannis Kompatsiaris, Sotiris Diplaris, and Symeon Papadopoulos, Collective Intelligence, Overview. In: Alhajj, R.; Rokne, J. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Networks and Mining (ESNAM), Springer (2014), pp. 177-189

S. Diplaris, A. Sonnenbichler, T. Kaczanowski, P. Mylonas, A. Scherp, M. Janik, S. Papadopoulos, M. Ovelgoenne, Y. Kompatsiaris. "Emerging, Collective Intelligence for personal, organisational, and social use". In book Next Generation Data Technologies for Collective Computational Intelligence, edited by Dr. Nik Bessis and Dr. Fatos Xhafa, Studies in Computational Intelligence, 2011, Volume 352/2011, pp. 527-573, Springer.

S. Diplaris, A. Flores, B. Sigurbjornsson, N. Tintarev, M. Escriche, R. van Zwol, Y. Kompatsiaris , "Collective Intelligence in Mobile Consumer Social Applications", In Proc. 9th International Conference on Mobile Business / 9th Global Mobility Roundtable  (ICMB/GMR 2010), pp. 206-212, full paper, Athens, Greece, 13-15 June 2010.

Panos, G., Gkrimmotsis, K., Bouzanis, C., Katmada, A., Satsiou, A., Gasparini, G., Prospero, A., Praggidis, I., Karapistoli, E., "What do people expect from a financial awareness platform? Insights from an online survey", to appear in Proc. of the 1st International Workshop on the Internet for Financial Awareness and Intelligence, LNCS Springer International Publisher.

Katmada, A., Satsiou, A., Kompatsiaris, I. (2016), "A Reputation-based Incentive Mechanism for a Crowdsourcing Platform for Financial Awareness", to appear in Proc. of the 1st International Workshop on the Internet for Financial Awareness and Intelligence, LNCS Springer International Publisher.

A. Satsiou, A. Revenko, I. Praggidis, E. Karapistoli, G. Panos, C. Bouzanis, I. Kompatsiaris (2016). "Semantic Technology for Financial Awareness",  in Proc. of the 12th International Conference on Semantic Systems, Leipzig, September 2016.

A. Moumtzidou, S. Papadopoulos, S. Vrochidis, I. Kompatsiaris, K. Kourtidis, G. Hloupis, I. Stavrakas, K. Papachristopoulou, and C. Keratidis, "Towards Air Quality Estimation Using Collected Multimodal Environmental Data", 1st International Workshop on Internet and Social media for Environmental Monitoring (In conjunction with the 3rd international conference on Internet Science (INSCI 2016)), Florence, Italy, 12 September 2016. (accepted for publication)