Dr. Antonis Papanikolaou holds a Ph.D. on Computer Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business.Antonis has professional experience in R&D in a number of fields, including nano-electronics, electronic design automation, computer architecture. More recently he is focusing on domains related to the role of the built environment in the energy transition and the EU Green Deal. Since early 2014, he is the Head of R&D at Hypertech Energy Labs, working on solutions related to smart grids, energy efficiency, demand side management, building smartification including the interactions between buildings and utility networks.Dr. Papanikolaou has significant experience in EU co-funded R&D projects. He is currently the coordinator of the H2020 COGITO, MERLON & ACCEPT projects. He holds 8 USPTO patents and has published more than 60 publications in international conferences and journals.