The economic crisis forced a great number of the highest calibre people to emigrate from the Mediterranean region and that made us to seek innovative ideas on how to exploit the regional assets in order to achieve economic growth and reverse the brain drain. Agriculture and especially the winemaking industry have been always one of the strong assets of the region however the methods used in the viticulture are not utilising modern technology. Viticulture is a high-value crop and any technological leap that adds value will have manifold benefits. It could affect positively a series of economic sectors that are related with viticulture (e.g. wine-tourism) and create a great number of new jobs.
Dr Andreas Kartakoullis (Founder) is an Academic Entrepreneur and an Innovator. He holds a PhD in Physics from the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). Andreas has received a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher fellowship for completing his PhD research at FORTH under the Initial Training Network ICONIC. During his studies, he participated as a Research Assistant in various interdisciplinary research projects ranging from basic science to biomedical engineering. The vast majority of them were involving different Imaging and Spectroscopic techniques such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Spectral Imaging, Mass Spectrometry and Chemical Imaging. He has published seven peer-review articles in high-impact scientific journals and several conference proceedings. He has developed a novel method for early cancer diagnosis by using spectral analysis techniques and statistical modelling on images. Andreas is full-time committed and responsible for the development of AgriVeritas services especially for the development of the drone-based hyperspectral imager and the processing methods for the diagnosis of plant pathogens.
Dr Alexandros Kyriakides (CTO) is an Academic Entrepreneur and an Innovator. His main research interests are in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He has received Bachelor and Master degrees, in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Cyprus. While pursuing his PhD, Alexandros worked as a researcher at the KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks. His PhD thesis work focused around the development of a bio-inspired noise-robust speech recognition system. Ever since his senior year at MIT, he has worked on several machine learning projects. These projects have included classification of news articles and images, classification of textual product descriptions, fuzzy matching of company information, classification of Raman signals, and speech signal classification. Alexandros has developed an entrepreneurial mindset and skills by working in number of different startups in the fintech sector by working on large software projects, as lead engineer. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing software systems for applications requiring processing of large amounts of data and intense analytics. He has successfully applied machine learning predictive models in commercial applications for optimizing business decisions based on financial data and online user activity data. Alexandros is full-time committed to AgriVeritas and responsible for developing the software system for cloud computing and big data analytics.
Dr Chrysafis Andreou (CSO) is an Academic Entrepreneur and an Innovator. He has received Bachelor degrees in Physics (with Honors) and Mathematics, from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cyprus. His Ph.D. research, at University of California Santa Barbara, focused on the chemical detection using spectral methods in microfluidic devices. Chrysafis has extensive experience in hyperspectral image analysis using multivariate statistical methods. He has employed his expertise in spectroscopic imaging to the detection of narcotics, as well as the diagnosis of cancer. He has also extensive experience in hardware and optics integration, and maintains a large network of collaborators in American industrial and academic circles. Chrysafis is part-time commitment to AgriVeritas and he is working on the development of spectral analysis methods to determine the ripening levels of the grapes.
Mr Loukas Antoniou (Business Coach) is a Financial Advisor and a Chartered Accountant. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Public & Business Administration (Accounting), from the University of Cyprus and MSc in Finance, from the University of Warwick. Loukas has significant experience in the management of a plethora of projects in the full spectrum of financial advisory, valuation and transaction services. Especially in financial modelling projects, for example: (i) projections and debt restructuring modelling for one of the largest trading companies in Cyprus, (ii) budgeting, financing and consolidation modelling for a global ship owning and management company, (iii) scenario building for a global ship owning and management company (divestment via share and asset deals), and (iv) scenario building for one of the largest trading companies in Cyprus (divestment/sale and leaseback). Loukas is part-time committed to AgriVeritas and responsible for advising about the business strategy of the company.