ACG 150

Overview

As part of the ACG 150 strategic plan, the RTIN seeks to combine the in-house research and innovation (R&I) potential stemming from ACG’s faculty, schools, departments, institutes, centers, programs and labs with an external network of collaborators and innovation players (corporations, investors, start-up clusters and incubators, funding agencies, innovation and market fora and think-tanks, venture capital funds, standardization and regulatory authorities, legal counsels, sponsors and donors). The doors of RTIN are open to all ACG faculty, while it hosts a number of research fellows and members from ACG, as well as resident and visiting researchers that work on various research and innovation-oriented projects.

Virtually unlimited in theme and scope, the Network’s activities track the evolution of many science and technology (S&T) disciplines that shape our world. Some current areas that are addressed through the activities of current Deree and ALBA faculty include: information and communication technologies (next generation networks including the Internet-of-Things, data science, artificial intelligence, cyber security, etc.), optimization and operations research, economics and finance, marketing, business and management, biomedical science and e-health, psychology and cognitive science, visual arts, literature, philosophy, history and journalism.

Mission

To serve as a nexus for research, innovation and technology development and transfer, promoting the generation of intellectual property and its connection with potential investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups, in order to foster economic development in Greece and beyond.

Vision

To become a Greece-based hub of research and technology-oriented innovation of global appeal.

Impact

The Research, Technology & Innovation Network aims at impacting science, technology and business along the following key axes:

Contribute to the S&T knowledge base via top-tier publications and white / position papers
Participate in collaborative R&I via joint research and industrial projects
Foster industry-oriented innovation via patents, standards contributions and policy advising
Kick-off startup companies and promote other innovation-based entrepreneurship endeavors

The RTIN targets the generation of 100s of publications and patents, participation in 10s of projects and kicking off of several startup / collaborative industrial innovation activities in its first 5 years of operation.

With Greece’s gross domestic research expenditure at only 1.17%, we aim to help bring this figure closer to the EU average of 2.06% (and target of 3%) and to contribute to the generation of 10s of thousands of jobs and several billion Euros of annual turnover added to the Greek economy.

Leadership

Constantinos B. Papadias, PhD
Founding Executive Director of the Research, Technology & Innovation Network

Advisory Board

Yonina C. Eldar, PhD
Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Weizmann Institute of Science
Alexandros Eleftheriadis, PhD
Partner at Big Pi Ventures | Chief Scientist at Enghouse
Georgios B. Giannakis, PhD
Endowed Chair Professor & Director of Digital Technology Center, University of Minnesota
Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, PhD
Professor and Joseph Cummings Chair in the ECE Department at Northwestern University
Eugenia Kazamaki Ottersten, PhD
Head of Division of Small Business and Innovation Advisory at EIB
Persefoni Kyritsi, PhD
Patent Examiner at European Patent Office
Børge Lindberg
Investment Officer at Innovation Fund Denmark
Andreas Polydoros, Ph.D
Professor, University of Athens, Chairman of the Tech. Advisory Board, TrellisWare
George Vardaxoglou, PhD
Chief Operating Officer at Innoetics
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Fellows

Dr. Ioannis T. Christou
Associate Professor, Information Technology, Deree
Katerina Voutsina, PhD
Entrepreneurship Management
Dr. Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis
Faculty, Information Technology, Deree

Research Area Leaders

Stella Apostolaki, PhD
Environmental Science and Sustainability
Panagiotis Asimakopoulos, PhD
Finance & Corporate Finance
Christopher Brellis, MA
Visual Communication
Georgios Drakakis, PhD
Cheminformatics & Bioinformatics
Georgios Kokosalakis, ScD
Maritime Systems and Environmental Protection
Joanna Konstantinou Affiliated Faculty
Digital Transformation & Leadership
Maira Kotsovoulou, PhD
Software Systems and Databases
Athanasios Krystallis, PhD
Food & Agribusiness Marketing Strategy & Consumer Behavior
Olivia Kyriakidou, PhD
Organizational Psychology
Dr. Christina Marouli
Sustainable, smart and sharing cities & Transformative Education
Nikolaos A. Mylonopoulos, PhD
Digital Business and Social Media
Jennifer Nelson
Experimental Arts
Paraskevi Papadopoulou, PhD
Biomedical Science
Metaxia Papageorgiou, PhD
Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities
Dr. Athena Stefanatou
Medical Psychology
Vassia Stefanou, PhD
Human-Computer Interaction and Technology-Enhanced Learning
Athanasios A. Triantafyllidis, PhD
Business Information Systems
Georgia Tsiliki, PhD
Biostatistics
George Vardoulias, PhD
Defense Networks & Cybersecurity
Ioannis A. Vetsikas, PhD
Artificial Intelligence
Dimitrios Vogiatzis, PhD
Machine Learning
Tim Ward, PhD
Music & Sound
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Visiting Members

Dimitris Milioris, PhD
Computer Vision, Machine Learning & Text Processing
Andreas Robotis, PhD
Operations & Technology Management, Supply Chain Management
Maria Seimeni, PhD
Space Systems & Satellite Communications

Research Labs

Smart Wireless Future Technologies (SWIFT) Lab

George Vardoulias, PhD
Faculty, Information Technology, Deree College - ACG
Nithin Babu
ALBA Researcher, hosted at RTIN’s Smart Wireless Future Technologies (SWIFT) Lab
Muhammad Haroon Tariq
ALBA Researcher, hosted at RTIN’s Smart Wireless Future Technologies (SWIFT) Lab
Nikolaos Ntetsikas
Researcher
Bazhen Kochnev
Research Assistant (Work Study)
Kimon Karathanasopoulos
Research Assistant (Work Study)
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STEM Labs

Maria Lanara
STEM Lab Technician

Research & Innovation Facilities

The RTIN has access to a number of ACG facilities and collaborates with the corresponding teams for its research & technology-oriented innovation activities.

Smart Wireless Future Technologies (SWIFT) Lab

The SWIFT Lab is a research laboratory at RTIN whose mission is to perform and demonstrate frontier research leading to intelligent wireless concepts, techniques and systems that can impact the shaping and usage of future networks, technologies and applications benefiting from wireless technology. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment supporting theoretical and experimental research. It comprises a number of software and hardware testbeds, including wireless transmission equipment for networks beyond 5G, commercial-grade electromagnetic simulation tools, an antenna fabrication facility, signal generators and spectrum measurement equipment. The RTIN uses this facility in order to host a number of externally-funded research projects that require hardware and software experimentation, as well as upcoming technological innovation activities.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Labs

This facility opened in Sept. 2021 and will serve as a general-purpose lab for science, technology, engineering and mathematics on the ACG campus. Once fully operational, the lab will contain benches and equipment for experimentation in electronics, embedded systems, digital signal processing, robotics and biomedical systems, among others. It will cover research activities related to innovative ways of teaching and learning strategies in STEM disciplines, active and experiential learning including sustainability initiatives in higher education.  The RTIN plans to participate in the lab’s activities with emphasis on the demonstration of research prototypes and experiments.

Science Labs and Research Spaces at Deree

  • Biology Lab-615 – In the summer of 2020, core renovation took place to recreate the laboratory space for educational and research purposes. Additions to the lab include an anatomy table, gas and vacuum installation to the fume hoods, a cell culture room with a Biosafety Cabinet Class II, additional germicidal UV light, a carbon dioxide incubator and an inverted fluorescence microscope.
  • Chemistry & Cell and Molecular Biology Lab-611 – In the Fall of 2020, the lab was upgraded to include the addition of vacuum and gas installation in the Chemistry Lab as well as additional fume hoods, an HPLC system, analytical balances, a rotary evaporator, melting point apparatus. In matters of Cell Molecular Biology, a Biosafety cabinet Class II was acquired along with a Thermocycler for PCR, microplate spectrophometer, refrigerated centrifuge, shaking incubator, tissue homogenizer.
  • Physical Sciences Lab-710 – The Physical Sciences Lab was fully renovated in 2019 and it hosts Physics courses as well as all Earth and Environmental Science courses. The lab has been equipped with 3 big benches with working areas for 6 groups of 4 students, PC stations, a research room, a fume hood and a chemical cabinet for safe storage.

Simulated Trading Room (STR)

This impressive facility, operated by Deree’s School of Business and Economics, provides a real-feel trading environment. Equipped with state-of-the-art trading platforms allowing both simulated and actual trading and used primarily for pedagogical and demonstration purposes, the STR also provides a great asset for demonstrating relevant research and technology in the areas of business, economics, innovation and entrepreneurship. The RTIN’s planned involvement in the STR is primarily targeted at the demonstration of business innovation concepts and proposals related to its activities.

Fab Lab

The newly created Fab Lab at ACG’s Pierce High School offers a new technologies workshop in which students learn by experimenting, using digital fabrication machinery and designing tools to implement their original ideas. Equipped with 3D printers, a laser cutter, a 3D scanner, a vinyl cutter, a CNC machine, robotics kits and an electronics workbench, the Fab lab facilitates experimentation with creative electronics, such as sensors, microcontrollers, conductive ink, e-textiles, etc. The RTIN plans to participate in the lab’s activities to help foster the early exposure of high-school students to the world of research & innovation.

Research Projects & Industrial Collaborations

The RTIN participates in a number of collaborative research projects which are conducted jointly with external partners and funding.

EU Innovative Training Network project PAINLESS

PAINLESS (“Energy-autonomous portable access points for infrastructure-less networks”) is a €4M multi-partner European Training Network (ETN) project, within the framework of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) of the Horizon 2020 Program of the European Commission. It was launched in 2018 with the visionary aim to establish a training and research platform to pioneer green, energy-autonomous portable network nodes that are self-subsistent and limitlessly scalable, to satisfy future demands with minimal infrastructure. PAINLESS forms part of the H2020-MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) with a vision to produce the first generation of experts in a radically new wave of energy-autonomous networks that will revolutionize the wireless networking technology landscape and the plethora of associated vertical business sectors. The RTIN participates in the project under ALBA. Dr. Papadias is the project’s Research Coordinator and RTIN Researchers, Muhammad Haroon Tariq and Nithin Babu are PAINLESS Early Stage Researchers.

EU CHIST-ERA Project FIREMAN

FIREMAN is an EU-CHIST-ERA project on the topic of Big data and process modeling for smart industry (BDSI) with a budget exceeding 1M€. It proposes an Internet of Things (IoT)-based industrial cyber-physical system (CPS) and works in three generic steps: 1) Large data acquisition/dissemination: a physical process is monitored by sensors that pre-process the (assumed large) collected data and send the processed information to an intelligent node (e.g., aggregator, central controller); 2) Big data fusion: The intelligent node uses artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning, data clustering, pattern recognition, neural networks) to convert the received (“big”) data to useful information to guide short-term operational decisions related to the physical process; 3) Big data analytics: The physical process together with the acquisition and fusion steps can be virtualized, building then a cyber-physical process, whose dynamic performance can be analyzed and optimized through visualization (if human intervention is available) or artificial intelligence (if the decisions are automatic) or a combination thereof.
In doing so, FIREMAN uses the Internet of Things to create a new structure of awareness – a cybernetic one – upon physical processes. Industries of different kinds are expected to benefit from this revolution, leading to Factories of the Future within the context of the so-called “Industry 4.0”. Dr. Papadias is the project’s Technical Coordinator and Dr. Ioannis Christou is a Lead Technical Contributor.

EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie project ComRad

ComRad (“Combining MIMO Radar with MU-MIMO Communications: More than Coexistence”) is a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action – Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF) project awarded to Dr. Fan Liu of University College London (UCL), under the primary supervision of UCL Professor Dr. C. Masouros. The two-year project was launched in Nov. 2018, with the aim of developing novel signal processing techniques for transmitting and receiving beamforming, waveform design, signal classification/recognition and channel estimation in order to enable the exploitation of radar spectrum for communication applications with a particular focus on 1) coexisting communication and radar systems (C-ComRad), and 2) Dual-functional communication-radar systems (D-ComRad). The RTIN participates as a research partner, hosting the fellow’s visits in its SWIFT Lab. Dr. Papadias participates as an external participant and co-supervisor. For more info, see here.

Academy of Finland project ee-IoT

ee-IoT (“Energy Efficient IoT Deployment for Systems of the Future”) is a three-year research project funded by the Academy of Finland that started in Oct. 2018. Its main objective is to develop an energy efficient machine-type communication (MTC) deployment for diverse Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications and their specific requirements. To achieve this, it studies the communication deployment as a transparent part of a Cyber-Physical System. In other words, the path from the sensed physical process to the end-application is a black-box that must achieve a pre-determined performance. Dr. Papadias participates in the project as “International Collaborator,” participating in student co-supervision and joint research activities in the area of energy-efficient wireless access techniques.

European Space Agency Project SatNEx V

SatNEx V (“Satellite Network of Experts V”), a continuation of SatNEx IV is an upcoming Network of Experts in the field of satellite communications that is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program. The project is coordinated by the Centre Tecnològic de les Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) Research Center in Spain (Prof. A. I. Pérez-Neira) and its objectives are: The early identification, exploration and scientific assessment of promising new R&D avenues for satellite telecom networks for possible injection in ESA’s R&D programs; the detection and preliminary assessment of promising terrestrial telecommunication technology spinning into space telecom applications; and the enhanced cooperation between the European / Canadian industry and research institutions on telecom satellite applied research subjects of common interest. RTIN represents ACG in the consortium and Dr. Papadias participates as an Expert.

Collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs US on 60 GHz Wireless Propagation Measurements

In this collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs US, a team of researchers from RTIN’s Smart Wireless Future Technologies (SWIFT) Lab performed a measurement campaign of wireless channels on ACG’s main campus in Aghia Paraskevi. The project took place from March 2021 to Sept. 2021, during which time the ACG team performed a number of measurements of 60 GHz wireless channels, under the guidance of the Nokia Bell Labs team in New Jersey. The purpose of this measurement campaign was to characterize next-generation fixed broadband wireless channels in terms of parameters such as path loss, angular spread, gain degradation, and temporal variations in received power. The campaign included several parts of the campus such as the Communications building, the Deree courtyards, the Fine Arts building, the Admissions & Marketing offices & courtyard, the Faculty lounge, the Pierce Arts Studios, the open-air parking lot, etc. The campaign was successfully completed with a final report and a related publication is under preparation.

Collaboration with Spirit Aeronautical Systems (S.A.S) on UAV-based Wireless Access

This ongoing project is done collaboratively with Spirit Aeronautical Systems, a local technology company that specializes in unmanned systems technology (https://sas-tech.gr/). The collaboration started in June 2021 and aims at the study and development of UAV-borne wireless access systems. The first phase of the project, which is underway, comprises a number of test flights in order to validate and possibly expand our models on the power consumption of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV (drone) for a variety of flying conditions, heights and speed, as well as for the optimization of these parameters in terms of energy autonomy. The second phase, which is currently being planned, will target the integration of a wireless access point on a drone provided by S.A.S, in order to demonstrate its capabilities in real-world environments for UAV-assisted wireless connectivity. This work is also related to the theoretical studies our team has made in the context of the European (ITN) Project PAINLESS. A live demo of the developed prototype is planned for late spring of 2022.

Innovation activities

RTIN’s innovation activities are aimed in two directions: developing our own innovation capacity based on in-house expertise and generated intellectual property (IP), while acting as an innovation hub for external partners who seek innovation-oriented partnerships and support. In both cases, RTIN’s innovation is supported by the know-how of ACG’s staff and the available facilities and resources available at ACG’s schools and departments. Where possible and appropriate, RTIN seeks to connect its innovation activities to other centers and institutes within the ACG 150 initiative. Our innovation model explores both the generation of IP via a growing network of innovation facilitators and partners (platforms, clusters, incubators, venture capital firms, etc.) and the innovation funding instruments of the European Commission. The recently announced collaboration of ACG with the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos,” with the creation of the ACG Innovation Hub @ Demokritos, which will run under the direction of RTIN,  is a prime example of our involvement with the local research & innovation ecosystem,  ALBA’s recognized prowess in the area of entrepreneurship, as well as its privileged connections to the business world of Greece (such as via the ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development [AHEAD]), act as additional catalysts of innovation.

RTIN also relies on a number of specific innovation and competitiveness-directed partnerships and initiatives, that include the Innovation Accelerator, the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), the Hellenic Innovation Network, and the Hellenic Initiative (THI) among others.

Publications

RTIN’s research work results regularly in scientific articles and books. Here is an indicative list of recent publications from the SWIFT Lab.

Books

Spectrum Sharing: The Next Frontier in Wireless Networks, C. B. Papadias, T. Ratnarajah and D. Slock (Editors.), ISBN: 978-1-119-55151-5, Wiley-IEEE Press, April 2020.

Book Chapters

[1] C. B. Papadias, T. Ratnarajah, D. Slock, “Introduction: from cognitive radio to spectrum sharing on packet basis,” in Spectrum Sharing: The Next Frontier in Wireless Networks, C. B. Papadias, T. Ratnarajah, D. Slock, Eds., Wiley-IEEE Press, 2020.

[2] C. B. Papadias, K. Ntougias, G. Papageorgiou, “The role of antenna arrays in spectrum sharing,” in Spectrum Sharing: The Next Frontier in Wireless Networks, C. B. Papadias, T. Ratnarajah, D. Slock, Eds., Wiley-IEEE Press, 2020.

Journal Papers

[1] A. S. de Sena, D. B. da Costa, Z. Ding, P. H. J. Nardelli, U. S. Dias and C. B. Papadias, “Massive MIMO-NOMA networks with successive sub-array activation,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 1622-1635, March 2020.

[2] G. K. Papageorgiou, M. Sellathurai, K. Ntougias and C. B. Papadias, “A stochastic optimization approach to hybrid processing in massive MIMO systems,” IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 770-773, June 2020.

[3] A. S. de Sena, F. Rafael M. Lima, Daniel B. da Costa, Z. Ding, P. H. J. Nardelli, U. S. Dias, C. B. Papadias, “Massive MIMO-NOMA networks with imperfect SIC: design and fairness enhancement,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 19, no. 9, pp. 6100-6115, Sept. 2020.

[4] ] O. A. Lopez, S. M. Sánchez, R. Demo, C. B. Papadias, H. Alves, “On CSI-free multi-antenna schemes for massive wireless energy transfer,” IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 278-296, Jan. 2021.

[5] G. K. Papageorgiou, K. Voulgaris, K. Ntougias, D. K. Ntaikos, M. M. Butt, C. Galiotto, N. Marchetti, V. Frascolla, H. Annouar, A. Gomes, A. J. Morgado, M. Pesavento, T. Ratnarajah, K. Gopala, F. Kaltenberger, D. T. M. Slock, F. Khan and C. B. Papadias, “Advanced dynamic spectrum 5G mobile networks employing licensed shared access,” IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 58, No. 7, pp. 21-27, July 2020.

[6] K. Ntougias, C. B. Papadias, G. K. Papageorgiou, G. Hasslinger, T. B. Sorensen, “Coordinated caching and QoS-aware resource allocation for spectrum sharing,” Wireless Personal Communications, available online, March 26, 2020.

[7] A. S. de Sena, D. Carillo, F. Fang, P. H. J. Nardelli, D. B. da Costa, U. S. Dias, Z. Ding, C. B. Papadias, and W. Saad, “What role do intelligent reflecting surfaces play in multi-antenna non-orthogonal multiple access?” IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 24-31, Oct. 2020.

[8] M. H. Tariq, D. K. Ntaikos and C. B. Papadias, “Design guidelines for multi active/multi-passive parasitic antenna arrays,” IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol. 19, no. 12, pp. 2141-2144, Dec. 2020.

[9] N. Babu, C. B. Papadias, and P. Popovski, “Energy-efficient 3D deployment of aerial access points in a UAV communication system,” IEEE Communication Letters, vol. 24, no. 12, pp. 2883-2887, Dec. 2020.

[10] O. A. Lopez, S. M. Sánchez, R. Demo, C. B. Papadias, H. Alves, “On CSI-free multi-antenna schemes for massive wireless energy transfer,” IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 278-296, Jan. 2021.

[11] I. Donevski, N. Babu, J. J. Nielsen, P. Popovski and W. Saad, “Federated Learning With a Drone Orchestrator: Path Planning for Minimized Staleness,” IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society, vol. 2, pp. 1000-1014, 2021, April 2021.

[12] N. Babu, M. Virgili, C. B. Papadias, P. Popovski and A. J. Forsyth, “Cost- and energy-efficient aerial communication networks with interleaved hovering and flying,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 70, no. 9, pp. 9077-9087, Sept. 2021.

[13] A. S. de Sena, P. H. J. Nardelli, D. B. d. Costa, U. S. Dias, P. Popovski and C. B. Papadias, “Dual-polarized IRSs in uplink MIMO-NOMA networks: An interference mitigation approach,” IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, vol. 10, no. 10, pp. 2284-2288, Oct. 2021.

Conference Papers

[1] A. S. de Sena, D. B. da Costa, Z. Ding, P. H. J. Nardelli, U. Dias, and C. B. Papadias, “Successive sub-array activation for Massive MIMO-NOMA networks,” IEEE International Conference on Communications, June 7-11, 2020.

[2] D. Gutierrez-Rojas, M. Ullah, I. T. Christou, G. Almeida, P. Nardelli, D. Carrillo, J. M. Sant’Ana, H. Alves, M. Dzaferagic, A. Chiumento, “Three-layer approach to detect anomalies in industrial environments based on machine learning,” 3rd IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, June 10-12, 2020, Tampere, Finland (online conference).

[3] G. K. Papageorgiou, M. Sellathurai, D. K. Ntaikos, C. B. Papadias, “3D beamforming with multi-active multi-passive antenna arrays using stochastic optimization,” 21st IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC 2020), May 26-29, 2020 (virtual conference).

[4] M.Haroon Tariq, I. Chondroulis, P. Skartsilas, N. Babu and C. B. Papadias, “mmWave Massive MIMO channel measurements for fixed wireless and smart city applications,” IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2020), Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2020 (virtual conference).

[5] N. Babu, K. Ntougias and C. B. Papadias, “Energy efficient altitude optimization of an aerial access Point,” IEEE International Symposium

on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2020), Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2020 (virtual conference).

[6] A. S. de Sena, P. H. J. Nardelli, D. B. da Costa, F. R. M. Lima, L. Yang, P. Popovskix, Z. Ding, and C. B. Papadias, “IRS-assisted massive MIMO-NOMA networks with polarization diversity,” Workshop on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for future wireless communications, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC’ 2021), virtual / Montreal, Canada, June 14-23, 2021.

[7] N. Babu, C. B. Papadias and P. Popovski, “Energy-efficient deployment of a non-orthogonal multiple access unmanned aerial system,” 4th IEEE ICC Workshop on Integrating UAVs into 5G and Beyond, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC’ 2021), virtual / Montreal, Canada, June 14-23, 2021.