Growing up in a STEM oriented environment gave me a love for science and technology from an early age. When the time came to look past high school I decided to purse a bachelor's degree in Physics. It was a good compromise between the field of engineering that was too practical for my taste and the more theoretical alternatives. Managing at the same time to tackle both mundane as well as exotic topics and make them approachable.
After graduation I worked as a Physics and Mathematics tutor for several years. However at some point I decided that I wanted to change my career. After trying and failing to reconcile my work schedule with the time requirements of various master's programs in various universities I found the perfect match in the Hellenic Open University. Allowing me to pursue my interest in parallel with my work.
In 2015 after finishing my Master's in Information Systems I subsequently found work as a developer and software engineer for a consulting firm in Belgium. The next three and a half years where an interesting and unique mix of acquiring applied and theoretical knowledge on the job in a wide array of tools and technologies. Driven by the diverse needs of both the client base and the company projects in combination with the move to a new country forced a steep learning curve. The personal and professional growth however was worth the effort and the experience is one that I do not regret at all.
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Master's Degree in Information Systems• 2012 - 2015
Curriculum: Information and Communication Technologies.
Main subjects: Computer Networks and Communications, Computer Architecture,Software Engineering, Software Design and Management Processing.
Thesis title: ”Blocking Inference Channels in Outsourced Data Mining.”
Relators: Prof. Ilias Stauropoulos, Prof. Basilios Berikios
Bachelor's Degree in Physics• 2000 - 2009
Curriculum: Physics and Mathematics.
Main subjects: Quantum Physics, Atmospheric Physics, Introduction to Circuit theory, Applied Geophysics, Elements of Electronics, Introduction to Optoelectronics, Financial Mathematics, Computational Physics
Software Architect • November 2019 - today
As software architect for the data science hub at VITO my work focuses on the following:
Designing specifications for our new projects or identifying areas that need improvement in our existing ones and providing realistic schedules for implementing them. Providing solutions to the unique problems that a research organization faces is rarely something that tis possible with existing software. Therefore, out of the box thinking for changes to existing software or custom solution development are often mandatory.
Working with my colleagues in the Data Science Hub to provide training in the tools and technologies that are quickly becoming requirements for researchers. As the volume of data that researchers have to work with increases and the push for increasing efficiency intensifies there is an ever growing need to automate as much of the work as possible. Identifying the sweet spot of the knowledge that researchers need to acquire as well as a clear and simple path to do so is key in supporting the organization’s digitization efforts.
Software Engineer / Consultant• April 2016 - October 2019
As a software engineer in Apogado I focused mostly on back
end development and more specifically the following:
Expanding and modifying the eGov connector SOA product. Running on the Talend ESB but relying only on Java and open source Apache components to avoid vendor lock in.
As well as small ad hoc development for clients as the need arode and Unit ,API testing for all projects.
As a consultant I mostly focus on evaluating client processes and
software with an emphasis on overall architecture, security, user
experience and support / documentation.
I also do small scale best effort scripting development or infrastructure as code when needed to meet any pressing requirements.
Master's Thesis• September 2014 - September 2015
Knowledge hiding and Association rule hiding, hiding frequent itemsets, exact knowledge hiding through database extension, k-anonnymity, Rob frugal anonymisation, Apriori data mining algorithm. Python programming, tkinter GUI package, LaTeX text editor.
Physics & Mathematics tutor• September 2004 - September 2015
Physics and Mathematics tutoring for high school and junior high school students. Advanced Physics and Mathematics classes for College students, preparatory courses for end of semester examinations.
Part-time collaboration• September 2010 - September 2015
Giorgos Siotos Tutoring Center: 09/2010-09/2011 Physics and Mathematics tutoring for High School and Junior High School students. Aenaon Tutoring Center: 09/2011-09/2014 Physics and Mathematics tutoring for High School and Junior High School students.
Greenpeace & BFS Group• March 2006 - November 2007
BFS Group: 09/2007-11/2007 Direct Marketing, Customer Service, Portfolio Management, Database Management. Greenpeace: 03/2006-05/2006 Direct Dialogue Campaigner/Fundraiser.
My story so far.Georgios Manakanatas
Physicist! Teacher! Software Engineer! Greek!
It is widely believed that modern workers will need to change multiple careers during their working lives. Being a scientist I had to validate the hypothesis by experiment, and since no one I knew seemed to be prepared to volunteer to be my test subject that left me with only one option: I would be my own guinea pig! So a few years ago I set out to start a new career and see how things would go, for science of course!
My background was a diploma in Physics from the University of Crete. My first profesional steps where as a tutor of Physics and Mathematics working both freelance and in collaboration with various tutoring centers in Heraclion and Athens in Greece. In paralel however I had always been involved with compluters as a hobby and when time came to switch careers this interest allong with my good mathematical background from my diploma made the IT field an easy choice
After some failed starts trying to find a part time master's cource that would not clash with my working schedule I found the perfect match in the Hellenic Open University. Three years lots of coffee and long nights later I was armed with an M.Sc. in Information Science, knowledge of Software Design and Management Processing, basic coding skills as well as data mining methods and tools from my Thesis. With these I started testing the hypothesis that someone would actually pay me to apply these new skills in practice.
Predictably the opportunity presented itself in a manner consistent with murphy's law. The job I found was one in data integration put none of my fledgling skills in data mining, python and C to use and required a completely different set presenting a new and steep learning curve. Familiarizing myself with a new set of middleware frameworks and tools as well as new languages on the job was often hectic and always stressful but after a few years of working in the field I am now confident in my abilities.
While it's too early to tell the experiment seems to be going well. I have moved on to work as a software architect at VITO providing me with new opportunities and challenging me to put all the skills I have developed so far to the test!
Born and raised in Cholargos, a suburb of Athnes Greece. Located in a kind of urban goldilocks zone it's close enough to the city center to make the "city life" easily accessible while being far away to not be really downtown. Like many places in Greece it has a high population density (rivaling that of Tokyo) while at the same time feeling friendly and uncrowded.Hometown
After school I moved to the city of Heraklion Crete to study physics at the University of Crete. I fell in love with the port city as well as the excellent university and will carry a piece of it with me wherever I go. There I also made my first professional steps as a tutor before circumstances forced me to leave the island and return to Athens.Studies, early work
Moved to my third port city, Antwerp Belgium, in 2016 for work to start a new career as a software engineer. I was fortunate to find a place to rent in dazzling Zurenborg and in the past year have come to love both the city and it's people.Work, Career change
Arta is a beautiful small city in western Greece that is near and dear to my heart. It is the birthplace of my parents, home to my extended family and a treasure chest of happy childhood memories.Extended family
Ever since my father taught me chess as a young boy I have always enjoyed the game and try to play on a regular basis online or in person. While I never studied chess in a systematic manner in order to improve my game, my recent introduction to the fascinating game of Go, has renewed my interest in my first love as well and now I am looking to find books and clubs for both.Chess, Go, Board games
As a movie buff I enjoy watching films both at home and as often as I can at the movie theater. One of the things I miss the most from back home are the open air cinemas of Greece.Film, Movies, Open air cinema
A passion that started in my early teens and is still with me to this day is reading any and all science fiction books I can get my hands on. All other literary genres are welcome and apreciated as well, but even crime fiction that is my second favorite is a very distant second.Books, Sci fi, Reading
Being Greek I of course can't help but love our favorite passtime that is to meet friends at a cafe and have loud and animated conversations,
usually over politics, while enjoying a good cup of coffee.
A habit that often has people from northern Europe, for reasons that are beyond my comprehension, half expecting an actual fight to break out in the middle of our pleasant and friendly discussion. ;)
Living in Belgium for a few years now I caught the biking bug. While nowere near as cool (or fit) as the pictures here whould suggest, I am the proud owner of a good second had roadbike. Slowly working on both my fittness level and ever longer trips in this very conveniently flat part of the world.Bikes, Fitness
Another of the hobbies that I have managed to pick up is playing around with electronics. From switching to a mechanical keyboard, parts of which I seem to want to desolder every other Tuesday. To trying to get as much functionality as I can out of my Raspberry Pi. I tend to waste far more time than would be advisable on these small side projects.Electronics, Mech keyboards, Raspberry Pi