The mission of Athena RIC is to conduct outstanding research in Informatics and Computational Sciences and to ensure this research has an impact on society, especially regarding local needs. Athena RIC studies a broad spectrum of research issues within these fields, including some raised by other sciences, industrial applications, or societal challenges. Together with research, innovation is also a fundamental pillar of the mission of Athena RIC. Research institutes, spin-off companies, and technology industrial clusters create a fertile technological innovation ecosystem within the Center, with mutually beneficial collaborations between its members and systematic efforts to bring to market any research results with such potential.
The vision of Athena RIC is to serve the full spectrum of the research lifecycle, starting from basic and applied research, continuing on to system & product building and infrastructure service provision, and ending with technology transfer and entrepreneurship. The fundamental role of Athena RIC is to build knowledge and devise solutions and technologies for the digital society. Its value lies in the unique collection of skills and know-how of its researchers and professional staff and its national and international reputation.
The overall strategy of Athena RIC and the research values it is based on are highlighted below:
A European and international actor, Athena RIC operates in three cities and implements its research and innovation strategy through its research institutes and units, positioning itself as an actor in and partner of the regional plans conducted by political, academic, economic and societal entities.
The scope of activities for Athena RIC is defined as all Information, Communication, and Computational science and technology, including all areas of informatics / computer science, automation, robotics, signal processing, artificial intelligence, networking and digital communication, modelling, and simulation. Research and development is carried out at the level of both information technology itself and specific applications. Computational sciences form a strong component of the Athena RIC activities, including but not limited to computational linguistics, archaeology, engineering, medicine, biology, and mechanics.