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George Minadakis

George Minadakis
Position: Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. George Minadakis is a postdoctoral researcher in the Bioinformatics Group at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING). Having completed his first degree in Biomedical Engineering and his Master’s degree in Data Communication Systems, his educational background and research experience have led him to engage in multidisciplinary perspectives and expand his expertise in the study of extreme events in complex systems. He completed his PhD study at Brunel University, UK with a research project that employed a unified approach to the study of earthquake dynamics and dynamics of regional brain activity using data from both scalp-recorded and intracranial EEG recordings of epileptic seizures. Crossing over from statistical seismology to biomedical engineering and vice versa, his approach has built on and contributed to recent theoretical work suggesting common features in the generation process of both geophysical and biological shocks. The employed analysis utilized methods and metrics of scale-free statistics, nonextensive statistics, entropic/information content and spectra-fractal analysis, to examine issues of complexity, self-affinity, universality, self-organized and intermittent criticality, fractal structures and geometry. This study has been awarded by the Vice-Chancellor’s doctoral research prize. Aiming towards an integrated approach that cross-fertilizes knowledge and methods of different disciplinary domains, Dr. George Minadakis has completed his first postdoctoral research at the School of Applied Sciences, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geophysics & Seismology Laboratory, Technological Educational Institute of Crete (Greece). This work involves an integrated understanding on modeling algorithms, using innovative methodologies that derive from fracture mechanics and nonextensive statistical physics.

 

The accumulated research experience and scientific networking in various fields involves both independent and collaborative research in computational neuroscience and biomedical engineering. This relates concrete collaborations with the research groups of: (i) the department of Biomedical Engineering of the Technological Educational Institution of Athens (Greece), (ii) the Epilepsy Surgery Unit at the Department of Neurosurgery, Athens Medical School, (iii) the Institute of Geodynamics of the National Observatory of Athens, and (iv) the Solid State Physics Section, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Through these collaborations, Dr. George Minadakis has developed several user interfaces and algorithms for real-time monitoring, mapping and analysis of multi-faced data. These include: applications on signal and image processing of biomedical data; pattern recognition algorithms; applications on a diverse set of statistical methods; Monte Carlo simulation algorithms; DICOM applications for image processing and digital patient records; 2D and 3D mapping for data series observation; development of several algorithms and models for short-term prediction.

 

The research directions of Dr. George Minadakis have been informed by a passion for multidisciplinary perspectives and lead him to engage with enthusiasm in approaches that involve translation of research findings to clinical applications, expecting to make productive contributions to the challenging research undertaken at the Bioinformatics Group of CING