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Qualcomm and Applied Materials at Thessaloniki
Tuesday 06 Jun 2023

Qualcomm and Applied Materials at Thessaloniki

Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry

June 12 2023 | Thessaloniki Greece
'Emilios Riadis' Multipurpose Hall | TIF HELEXPO

About the event

Distinguished speakers from Qualcomm and Applied Materials, along with esteemed faculty members from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), will take the stage to share their insights, experiences, and aspirations regarding the collaboration between academic institutions and industry. They will explore the dynamic interplay between research, development, and commercialization, and shed light on how academia and industry can synergize their efforts to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable growth.

This event serves as a platform to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange between academia and industry, with a specific focus on technology transfer. It aims to bridge the gap between research and commercialization, facilitating the seamless transition of cutting-edge innovations from academic institutions to industry applications. By bringing together researchers, industry professionals, and entrepreneurs, the event seeks to catalyze partnerships, foster an open dialogue and meaningful connections between academia and industry.

External Speakers from the Industry




Wearables & Mixed Signal Solutions Business Unit

Dino Bekis is the vice president and general manager of the wearables and mixed signals solutions business unit for Qualcomm Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for leading two critical expansion platforms for Hearables/Shareables and Smart Watch/Wearables, the broad portfolio of power management solutions, and our security product offerings.  Bekis started his career as an engineer, and for more than 25 years, has helped define new technologies, create new businesses, and drive the expansion and scaling of existing product lines. As a senior leader and technologist, he delivers on and executes business strategies to develop new wireless connectivity technologies and turn these core investments into long-term sustainable franchises that drive industry innovation. Under Bekis’ leadership, his team drove increases in revenue and helped capture leading share in mobile customer’s Wi-Fi platforms, built an industry-leading client portfolio and roadmap and partnered with teams to drive new platform solutions. These and other investments have positioned the company as the frontrunner as wireless connectivity has become ubiquitous.



CVP for Applied AI 


Kostas Mallios is Corporate Vice President for Applied AI at Applied Materials, Inc. He is responsible for accelerating the implementation of Applied’s strategy to pursue new opportunities in the $10T AI market inflection. Kostas brings broad business and technical knowledge spanning a number of technology sectors. He spent much of his career at Microsoft, as General Manager. In Microsoft’s Product and M&A groups, he led product development, growth strategies including deal execution and integration for multibillion dollar acquisitions. Kostas also served as Vice President of R&D at Intellectual Ventures, a $9B invention capital fund. In the last ten years he has led several companies to record breaking exits and served on multiple company Boards leading growth and transformation. Kostas co-founded PJ Tech Catalyst VC fund with Piraeus Bank and the EIF and has independently led several private equity deals in the US, Europe and Greece. Kostas has an MBA in Management and Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in Marketing Management from Siena College.


09.15 am

Doors Open

09.30 am – 09:40 am Welcome
Kostas Mallios, Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Applied Materials
Assistant Prof. Georgios Keramidas, School of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

09:40 am – 10.00 am Introduction of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH),
Speaker TBC

10:00 am - 10.15 am Presentation of the Thessaloniki Integrated Systems Research Group (THESSIS)
Part 1: Assistant Prof. Thomas Noulis, Department of Physics
Part 2: Associate Prof. Vasilios Pavlidis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

10.15 am - 10.30 am Presentation of School of Informatics,
Speaker TBC

10.30 am – 10.45 am Presentation of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department,
Speaker TBC

10.45 am – 11.00 am Presentation of Physics Department, Electronics Division
Speaker TBC

11.00 am – 11.15 am Break

11.15 am – 11.30 am Emerging Technologies, Silicon Photonics
Associate Prof. Nikos Pleros, School of Informatics

11.30 am – 12.00 pm Building the Foundation for the Next Wave of Innovation
Dino Bekis, VP & GM, Wearables & Mixed Signal Solutions Business Unit, Qualcomm

12.00 pm – 12.30 pm Applied Materials: Make Possible a Better Future (TITLE TBD)
Kostas Mallios, Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Applied Materials

12.30 pm – 12.40 pm Break

12.40 pm – 13.30 pm Open Discussion
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