Conference Centre, International Olympic Academy
Ancient Olympia (Archaeological Site), Greece, 28-31 August 2016
The achievements of the ancient Greeks in all areas of human activities, from philosophy, sociology, politics and science to extraordinary technological conceptions and applications are in many cases comparable to modern scientific and technological works. References to highly automated devices, such as Hephaestus’ robots in the Iliad, whose real existence is impossible to confirm, suggest that, even by poetic conception, people at the time were aware of the need for intelligent machines to serve or even replace them with some of their activities.
Social and political institutions of ancient Greece have survived in the modern world, adopted by most of the civilized countries, while scientific research constantly reveals deep knowledge of natural sciences, available in the various historical periods. Moreover, modern scientific developments provide researchers with more and more technical tools, enabling them to deal with areas so far inaccessible.
The present Conference addresses to such new findings in the following general areas:
Philosophy and culture.
Mathematics, Physics and Life Sciences.
Technology: Ancient machines, structures and artifacts, as described in historical, mythological and religious texts and by archaeological studies.
More specific themes follow:
Philosophy and Culture
1. The Hellenic nation through the ages (an interdisciplinary approach, including mythology, history, archaeology, ethnology, linguistics, genetics, anthropology, folklore).
2. Social and political institutions and evolution of law in the Greek antiquity.
3. The Greek language and the family of Indo-European languages.
4. Athletic games and woman’s world in antiquity, evolution of popular costumes of women, popular dances from antiquity till present.
1. The beginning of mathematics, calendars and astronomy in the Aegean during the Neolithic Era.
2. Navigation and sea currents in the Mediterranean and in open sea, constellations.
3. Cartographic knowledge in the ancient world.
4. Calculating systems from the Neolithic era to the Hellenistic period.
5. Studies of Sacred Sites: unusual phenomena and biomedical effects.
6. Sound and music in antiquity and its relation to human physiology. Ancient medicine and biomedical knowledge.
1. Ancient machinery of all kinds, e.g. lifting and hoisting machines, pumps, cutting and milling machines, mechanisms and materials.
2. Weaponry: defensive and offensive weapons, armors, military equipment.
3. Public buildings, temples and palaces, royal tombs etc.
4. Structures with optimal acoustic design, such as theatres, oracles etc.
5. Roads and bridges, vehicles and chariots.
6. Measuring and calculating devices,
7. Automata and intelligent machines.
Professor Emeritus Stephanos A. Paipetis, founder and former Director of the Institute of Applied Mechanics, University of Patras, specializing in Advanced Composites. Dr. Paipetis is currently working in Ancient Science and Technology, especially of the Homeric Era and has organized a number of successful symposiain the field.
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The languages of the Conference will be English and Greek. Simultaneous translation and audio/video facilities will be provided. Presentation time is 20 min plus 5 min for discussion.
Only papers with at least one author as registered participant will be included in the Proceedings, to be published both in Greek and English. Papers in Greek must be submitted in English as well.
Original and unpublished works are solicited including the latest research findings in the said areas. Full papers as well as posters will be accepted. Authors must first submit an abstract of at least 200 words and the final paper upon acceptance. Abstracts and full papers should be transmitted by email to the Conference Chair by the deadlines listed in the present. The paper format will be available in the webpage.
The Conference Center of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) lies very close to the Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia. Ancient Olympia lies in Peloponnesus290 km SW of Athens. Here, in the year 776 BCE the Olympic Games in honour of Zeus were initiated, the ideas of the common cultural heritage of the Hellenic City-States and the Olympic Truce were born. In every Olympic Year, as in 2016, the ceremony of lighting of the Olympic Flame is conducted.
Submission of Abstracts 29 Feb. 2016
Notification of Acceptance 20 Mar. 2016
Submission of Full Papers 30 Jun 2016
Full participants
paid before May 31, 2016 150
paid after May 31, 2016 200
Students 30
Accompanying persons 50

Hotels of all classes at reduced prices are available in the city of ancient Olympia for conference participants. People interested must book as early as possible since hotels in Olympia are almost 100% full in August. Reduced price less comfortable rooms provided for the athletes are available in cottages within the IOA area.

Olympia is accessible from Athens Airport by regular coach service. Those travelling by car from central Europe, take the A14 to Bari, Italy, cross by ferry to Patras and then drive south to Ancient Olympia (116 km).

Prof. S. A. Paipetis
Mrs. T. Giannarou
Mr. A. Kafantaris
Dr. A. Karabellas
Prof. V. Kostopoulos
Mr. G. Panayotopoulos

Prof. J. Dellis (Greece)
Prof. G. Kontogeorgis (Greece)

Prof. E. Mikroyannakis (Greece)
Prof. Lilian Karalis (Greece)
Prof. Petros Themelis (Greece)

Prof. Angelos Evangelou (Greece)
Prof. Polyxeni Nicolopoulou (Greece)
Prof. X. Moussas (Greece)
Asst. Prof. P. Preka (Greece)
Prof. Ch. Spyridis (Greece)
Prof. S. Theodossiou (Greece)
Dr. M. Tsikritsis (Greece)
Prof. A. Vardulakis (Greece)
Geology-Biology- Genetics
Prof. Elias Mariolakos (Greece)
Prof. S. Papamarinopoulos (Greece)
Prof. C. Triantafylllidis (Greece)
Prof. S. A. Paipetis (Greece)
Prof. Th. Chondros (Greece)
Prof. M. Ceccarelli (Italy)
Prof. E. E. Gdoutos (Greece)
Prof. V. Kostopoulos (Greece)
Prof. A. Kounadis (Greece)
Prof. A. S. Paipetis (Greece)
Prof. D. Polyzos (Greece)
Prof. G. Vatistas (Canada)

et al..
Organized by
The University of Patras

Supported by
KALLIPATEIRA Panhellenic Women Athletic Association
ΕΜΑΕΜSociety for the Study of Ancient Greek Mythology (Greece)
The Region of Western Greece
The Municipal Authority of Ancient Olympia
et al.



Multifunctional Composite Materials

Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Alkiviadis S. Paipetis


Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,
Composite materials have been studied for several decades already. Particularly in the last decade, the use of structural composites materials has literally been booming in the aeronautics and automotive industry. This is marking a notable change in design mentality, i.e., the tailoring or “architecturing” of material in accordance with structural needs, a possibility uniquely offered by advanced composites. It is this mentality that gave birth to the next generation of composites, that of multifunctional composite materials. These materials made “by design” possess the required improved specific properties but are also equipped with additional properties which impart to them other functionalities, which may be structural or nonstructural.
To this aim, the hybridization of otherwise “traditional” composites has been widely studied. A typical case study is that of embedding nano-scaled reinforcement into the matrix of usually micro-scale reinforced systems, with a view to both enhancing the matrix dominated properties as well as imparting multifunctionality. In the literature, the additional functionalities provide diverse nonstructural capabilities, such as inherent structural health monitoring, sensing and actuation, power harvesting, and power storage, in addition to structural ones such as wear resistance, morphing or self-healing. The parallel structural and nonstructural capabilities of the new generation composites aim to enhance product life and increase product utility with minimum structural aggravation.
Functionalities imparted to the materials may be passive, active or even adaptive. For example, a material is subjected to a certain field during its service life. Thus, the material has to first sense the field effect, and, if it possesses some degree of “awareness”, evaluate it and even respond so as to adapt in order to retain its performance requirements. To perform these functionalities, there are power and coupling requirements. Additional to these requirements, the reliability and durability of such systems is also a major issue, as the functional properties need to extend throughout the service life of the material. Finally, one the major challenges related to multifunctionality is the provision of engineering to integrate these functionalities in the composite structure at a system level, whereby the architectured composite system will be enabled to perform the full cycle, i.e., sense–evaluate–react, in response to the external stimuli, be they mechanical, environmental or other.
This is an outline of the issues that form the scope of this Special Issue. Research papers are invited in relation to multifunctional advanced composite materials, smart materials, sensing and self-diagnosis, actuation and morphing, inherent energy harvesting and storage capabilities, environmental property enhancement, electromagnetic shielding, and in any other field where the materials by design perform in diverse ways so as to respond successfully to their service conditions.

Prof. Dr. Alkiviadis S. Paipetis
Guest Editor



  • self-sensing and self diagnosis
  • self-healing
  • actuation and morphing
  • electromagnetic shielding
  • power harvesting and storage
  • structural health monitoring

CSML as the coordinator of the H2020 “HARVEST” project organizes a dissemination session for the project at the 9th International Conference on Innovation in Aviation and Space (EASN) which will be held in Athens on 4th September 2019. More Information can be found under

Visit of Klaus Friedrich, Emeritus Professor and Research Consultant, Institute for Composite Materials (IVW GmbH)
Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 11:00 am, at the premises of our Department, room ΚΥ1

The 18th international conference on fracture and damage mechanics (FDM 2019) will take place in Rodos (Rhodes), Greece. The conference series has the support of the experts in the field of fracture and damage mechanics and has become established as a leading international forum for presentation latest research. The high quality researches presented at the previous meetings are archived in conference proceedings published in book form. In addition special issues in leading journals such as International Journal of Fracture, Engineering Fracture Mechanics and Key Engineering Materials have been devoted to the work presented at the meeting. The proceedings one the 18th international conference will be published in the Journal of Key Engineering Materials and distributed to the delegates at the conference..

Conference organisers:
Professor Alkis Paipetis
University of Ioannina
Professor Ferri M.H.Aliabadi,
Imperial College, London

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