About me

I am a doctoral student and system developer in Health Informatics Center (HIC). I am interested in technology driven research approaches and its applications to e-health, medicine and clinical research.

Granted projects:


  • TERMINET (nexT gEneRation sMart INterconnectEd ioT)

The vision of TERMINET is to provide a novel next generation reference architecture based on cutting-edge technologies such as SDN, multiple-access edge computing, and virtualisation for next generation IoT, while introducing new, intelligent IoT devices for low-latency, market-oriented use cases. TERMINET’s primary intention is to bring (more efficient and accurate) decisions to the point of interest to better serve the final user targeting at applying distributed AI at the edge by using accelerated hardware and sophisticated software to support local AI model training using federated learning. TERMINET aims to support maintenance and supply chain optimisation.

(Grant Aggrement ID:957406, Call: H2020-ICT-2018-20(Information and Communication Technologies),  Funding Scheme: RIA -Research and Innovation action, Overall budget: €7.998.285.00)


  • CUREX (seCUre and pRivate hEalth data eXchangE)​ Blockchain

CUREX is an international research project  funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission addresses comprehensively the protection of the confidentiality and integrity of health data by producing a novel, flexible and scalable situational awareness-oriented platform. It allows a healthcare provider to assess the realistic cybersecurity and privacy risks they are exposed to and suggest mathematically optimal strategies for addressing these risks with safeguards tailored specifically for each business case and application. CUREX is fully GDPR compliant by design.​ 

Website: https://curex-project.eu/ 

(Grant Agreement ID: 826404, Topic: SU-TDS-02-2018, Call: H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2018-1, Funding Scheme: RIA -Research and Innovation action, Funded under: H2020-EU., Overall budget: €4.987.825)


  • CrowdHEALTH (Collective wisdom driving public health policies)

CrowdHEALTH is an international research project partially funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission that intends to integrate high volumes health-related heterogeneous data from multiple sources with the aim of supporting policy making decisions.

Website: https://www.crowdhealth.eu/

(Grant Agreement ID: 727560, Call: H2020-SC1-2016-CNECT, Funding Scheme: RIA -Research and Innovation action, €4.999.550.00)


Other Projects 


  • Virtual Reality in Medical Training (EU Erasmus Plus)

A core need for medical students and residents is the hands on acquisition of pre-clinical and clinical skills, which is one of the most resource intensive endeavours in medical education (e.g. Anatomy, Surgery). Physical tangible resources and opportunities for such training are objectively inadequate due to the cadavers’ shortage worldwide. There is a clear need for quality immersive medical simulation resources and episodes. In order for surgical residents to obtain and therefore improve their operative skills and experience, it is best to learn and practice before and after patient encounter. Using tangible (3D prints) or intangible (AR/VR/MR) educational resources in these educational encounters we can achieve far superior immersion and support excellence in training and patient safety.

  • Chatbots Enhancing Medical Curiccula (EU Erasmus Plus)

The aim of CEPEH strategic partnership is to co-design and implement new pedagogical approaches and in particular chatbots for European Medical and Nursing schools. The CEPEH will use participatory design to engage stakeholders (students, healthcare workforce staff, lecturers, clinicians, etc.) in order to co-design effective chatbots and release them as open access resources. Through CEPEH effective use of digital technologies and open education will be incorporated into healthcare curricula. This will enable students to increase their health and medical related skills from offering flexible learning.

Project Number: 2019-1-UK01-KA203-062091


  • ACoRD(EU Erasmus Plus) Advancing Co-creation of RLOs (Reusable Learning Objects) to Digitise Healthcare Curriculum

ACoRD is a project funded by Erasmus Plus Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education (CBHE) and cofunded by Erasmus +Programme of the European Union. It is led by Prof. Heather Wharrad and her team from the University of Nottingham, UK. The partner universities include three universities from Malaysia: University of Malaya (UM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Taylor's University (TU), one from Norway - University of Stavanger (UiS) and Karolinska Institutet (KI)  from Sweden. 

The aim of the project is to introduce innovative digital pedagogy methods that will benefit healthcare and biomedical science students in the partner countries, by sharing existing expertise and training academic staff and technologists in those countries about how to develop high quality, peer reviewed multimedia digital tools and resources and integrate them into existing traditional curricula.

Main contacts for the project from Karolinska Institutet:

Klas Karlgren 

Natalia Stathakarou


  • KI e-Health Core Facilities

​The KI e-Health Core Facility provides support and methods to conceptualize, develop, test and implement a wide range of eHealth tools and interventions. https://ki.se/en/research/ki-e-health-core-facility


  • KI Mobile App

Leading developer of KI Campus moblie infrastructure. Mobile Campus is a university-wide mobile initiative to aggregate and deliver useful, usable, mobile-appropriate content to the Karolinska Institutet community, locally and worldwide.The KI Campus App is the result of a collaboration between: Student Unions (MF-OF)IT department (ITA)Learning Informatics Management and Ethics (LIME) and staff at KI.


Some other stuff i do

I support the Electronic Frontier Foundation and MacArthour Foundation

Research description

List of publications by topic

Computer Systems-Networking and Telecommunications (Mobile and Immersive Technologies)

Diaz-Honrubia, A. J., Rodriguez Gonzalez, A., Mora Zamorano, J., Rey Jimenez, J., Gonzalez-Granadillo, G., Diaz, R., … Gounaris, A. (2019). An Overview of the CUREX Platform. https://doi.org/10.1109/cbms.2019.00042

Stöhr, C., Stathakarou, N., Mueller, F., Nifakos, S., & McGrath, C. (2019). Videos as learning objects in MOOCs: A study of specialist and non-specialist participants’ video activity in MOOCs. British Journal of Educational Technology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12623

Dunleavy, G., Nikolaou, C. K., Nifakos, S., Atun, R., Law, G. C. Y., & Car, L. T. (2019). Mobile digital education for health professions: Systematic review and meta-analysis by the digital health education collaboration. Journal of Medical Internet Research. https://doi.org/10.2196/12937

Nifakos, S., Vaitsis, C., & Zary, N. (2015). AUVA - Augmented Reality Empowers Visual Analytics to explore Medical Curriculum Data. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-512-8-494

Nifakos, S., Tomson, T., & Zary, N. (2014). Combining physical and virtual contexts through augmented reality: Design and evaluation of a prototype using a drug box as a marker for antibiotic training. PeerJ. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.697

Nifakos, S., & Zary, N. (2014). Virtual Patients in a Real Clinical Context using Augmented Reality: Impact on Antibiotics Prescription Behaviors. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-432-9-707

Other topics

Kiourtis, A., Nifakos, S., Mavrogiorgou, A., & Kyriazis, D. (2019). Aggregating the Syntactic and Semantic Similarity of Healthcare Data towards their Transformation to HL7 FHIR Through Ontology Matching. International Journal of Medical Informatics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2019.104002

Kiourtis, A., Mavrogiorgou, A., Nifakos, S., & Kyriazis, D. (2019). A String Similarity Evaluation for Healthcare Ontologies Alignment to HL7 FHIR Resources. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22871-2_68

Kyriazis, D., Autexier, S., Brondino, I., Boniface, M., Donat, L., Engen, V., … Wajid, U. (2017). CrowdHEALTH: Holistic health records and big data analytics for health policy making and personalized health. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-781-8-19



Teaching portfolio

Autumn 2019

  • HT19 5HI021 Current Research and Trends in Health Informatics: Visualization techniques theme/Topic: Virtual Reality in Health Informatics. 

Autumn 2018

  • HT18 5HI021 Current Research and Trends in Health Informatics: Visualization techniques theme/Topic: Virtual Reality in Health Informatics. 
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