The mission of the “Athena” Research Center is to conduct outstanding research in Informatics and Computational Sciences, tackling global challenges and local needs, and producing technological results with impact on other sciences, industry, and the society at large.

For more than 25 years, the “Athena” RC sustains a culture of innovation, developing high-end technologies, products and services, and cultivating synergies between the entrepreneurial and research worlds. It has founded 5 spin-off companies and facilitates three industrial clusters in knowledge-intensive thematic sectors.

The vision of the “Athena” RC is to create knowledge and devise solutions and technologies for the digital society. It aims to serve the full spectrum of the research lifecycle, starting from basic and applied research, continuing to system & product building and infrastructure service provision, and ending with technology transfer and entrepreneurship.

The scope of activities of the “Athena” RC includes all Information and Communication Technologies, covering all software and hardware aspects. These include every area of informatics, data science, robotics, automation, signal processing, artificial intelligence, networking and digital communication, and modelling. Computational sciences form a strong component of the “Athena” RC activities, including – but without being limited to – computational linguistics, archaeology, engineering, medicine, biology, biodiversity, earth observation, space science, mechanics, and the arts.

The key value of the “Athena” RC lies in the deep expertise and extensive experience of its more than 350 researchers and other professionals. By participating in more than 300 R&D projects in the last five years and producing more than a thousand publications in the same time frame, the people of the “Athena” RC are the ones giving it its strong international reputation.