Yiannis Laouris

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Yiannis Laouris
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Born 1958
Paphos, Cyprus
Nationality Greek Cypriot
Fields Medicine
Neuroscience
Systems Engineering
Institutions University of Goettingen
University of Arizona
Carl Ludwig Institute of Physiology and
Future Worlds Center
Alma mater University of Leipzig
Doctoral advisor Peter Schwartze
Influences Uwe Windhorst
Doug Stuart
Aleco Christakis
Notable awards PhD with summa cum laude
Employers & Industrialists Creativity Award 1998
Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies Award 2008
Cyprus Civil Society Award 2008
Anna Lindh Award for Dialogue between Cultures 2011

Yiannis Laouris (Greek: Γιάννης Λαούρης) is a social and business entrepreneur. He is a neurophysiologist and systems scientist trained in Germany and the US, who has also become known for his socially responsible work and scientific contributions in the fields of peace and development through the application of modern technology and the science of structured dialogic design.

Biography[edit]

Laouris was born in Pafos, Cyprus in 1958. Son of teacher Christodoulos Laouris, he lived and attended schools in various districts of Cyprus including The English School, Nicosia, the Pancyprian Gymnasium and the Acropolis Gymnasium. In 1974 he became a refugee. He served in the Cypriot National Guard as the first Cypriot senior cryptographer in the Headquarters after the 1974 Cypriot coup d'état of the Greek military junta and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

Academic[edit]

He graduated the medical school of the Karl Marx University (today known as University of Leipzig (German: Universität Leipzig), in Leipzig, Germany enjoying three parallel scholarships because of his top grades, and completed a PhD in Neurophysiology with summa cum laude with Prof. Peter Schwartze at the Carl Ludwig Institute of Physiology in the years of the cold war. Laouris and his wife Joulietta were the first foreign students who completed a PhD in parallel with the medical studies in the history of East Germany, an achievement that received press coverage.[1] He continued his research in neurophysiology at the Georg-August University Göttingen with cyberneticists and systems physiologists Professors Hans Diedrich Henatsch and Uwe Windhorst. He joint the Robotics, Prosthetics, Motor Control Group at the University of Arizona, where he collaborated with Douglas G. Stuart. In the US, he also completed a Masters in Systems and Industrial Engineering.

Early contributions in neuroscience[edit]

In the late eighties and nineties, Laouris applied Digital signal processing in time and frequency domains to single-unit recordings from experimental animals to study transmission properties and fatique of cat motor neurons, muscle afferents and Renshaw cells. He published with cyberneticians/systems physiologists Peter Schwartze, Uwe Windhorst, Roger M. Enoka and Douglas G. Stuart. Laouris has published more than 40 papers and chapters in journals such as the Experimental Brain Research, Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, World Futures and has presented more than 150 papers in conferences worldwide. In 1991, he founded the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute.[2]

Promoting new technologies and safer internet for children[edit]

Laouris is founding member of the Cyprus Safer Internet Center, Hotline and Helpline, which collaborate with Insafe and Inhope to promote the safer use of internet across Europe. He is member of the Steering Group of Commonwealth's Cyber Crime Initiative.[3] He participates in the "Onlife Project: Concept Reengineering" [4] chaired by Luciano Floridi and also in the "Core Foresight Workshops",[5] two initiatives of Digital Futures Task Force of the European Commission, which aim to explore the extent to which the digital transition impacts societal expectations towards EU policy making.

Promoting peace, multi-culturalism and Millennium Development Goals[edit]

In the nineties, Laouris was a founding member of the Cyprus Conflict Resolution Trainers Group and the Technology for peace[6][7][8] initiative. His team envisioned, designed and implemented almost a dozen of peace projects in Cyprus with the most recent civil society dialogue project aiming to re-engage peace builders from both communities following the negative outcome of the Annan Plan.[9][10] Students from universities across the world conduct internships[11] and complete Masters and PhD theses with his group in order to learn about the combined application of conflict resolution, structured dialogic design and information technologies in the service of peace and positive social transformation. His social entrepreneurial work has been recognized in 1998 with the prestigious award for creativity of the Employers and Industrialists Association,[12] in 2008 with the awarding of the first prize for social cohesion of the Cyprus civil society awards and in 2011 with the Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures (Honorable Mention -second place) of the Anna Lindh Foundation,.[13][14] Laouris is currently chair of Future Worlds Center,[15] which implements about 20 projects at the interface of technology and social progress. Notable European-wide projects include: Cyberethics,[16] Development Education,[17] Teach Millennium Development Goals,[18] and CARDIAC.[19]

Pioneer in the refinement and promotion of structured dialogue[edit]

Laouris pioneered in the application of the science of structured dialogic design in the Cyprus and Middle East peace movement and in many pan-European networks such as the COST219ter,[20] COST 298,[21] Insafe,[22] UCYVROK[23] and CARDIAC.[24] He is credited for the discovery of the Law of Requisite Action as formulated in the context of the science of structured dialogic design. The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies recognized his contributions in systems science honoring him with The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies Award in 2008,.[25][26] He works closely with Aleco Christakis father of the science and other scientists across the world, serves in the Board of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras[27] and is network member of the Wisdom Research Network of the University of Chicago[28]

Laouris has also published a book in which he invites readers into discovering and breaking of stereotypes in a society in conflict based on his 20-years of experiences in peace movements.[29] He has also invented a board game in the eighties known as Glasnost The Game, in which the winner is the player who manages to disarm. Ironically, this can only be achieved after one conquers most territories on the planet.

Publications[edit]

  • Laouris, Y., Kalli-Laouri, J., & Schwartze, P. (1990). The postnatal development of the air righting reflex of albino rats. Quantitative analysis of normal development and the effect of preventing neck-torso and torso-pelvis rotations. Behav. Brain Res., 37, 37-44.
  • Laouris, Y., & Windhorst, U. (1989). The relationship between coherence and nonlinear characteristics in Renshaw cell responses to random motor axon stimulation. Neuroscience, 28, 652-634.
  • Bevan, L., Laouris, Y., Reinking, R. M., & Stuart, D. G. (1991). The effect of the stimulation pattern on the fatigue of single motor units in adult cats. J. Physiol. (Lond. ) 449, 85-108.
  • Enoka, R. M., Trayanova, N., Laouris, Y., Bevan, L., Reinking, R. M. and Stuart, D. G. (1992). Fatigue-related changes in motor unit action potentials of adult cats. Muscle & Nerve, 15: 138–150. doi:10.1002/mus.880150204
  • Spielmann, J.M, Laouris, Y., Nordstrom, M.A., Robinson, G.A., Reinking, R.M. and Stuart, D. G. (1993). Adaptation of cat motoneurons to sustained and intermittent extracellular activation. J Physiol 464, (1) 75-120.
  • Nordstrom, M. A., Gorman, R. B., Laouris, Y., Spielmann, J. M. and Stuart, D. G. (2007). Does motoneuron adaptation contribute to muscle fatigue?. Muscle Nerve, 35: 135–158. doi:10.1002/mus.20712
  • Laouris, Y., Laouri, R. and Christakis, A. (2008). Communication praxis for ethical accountability: the ethics of the Tree of Action: dialogue and breaking down the wall in Cyprus. Syst. Res., 25: 331–348. doi:10.1002/sres.890
  • Loizou, A. & Laouris, Y. (2011). Developing Prognosis Tools to Identify Learning Difficulties in Children Using Machine Learning Technologies. Cognitive Computation, Vol 3(3), 490-500. doi:10.1007/s12559-010-9052-5
  • Roe, P, Gill J., Allen, B., Boyle, B., Heck, H, Shitta, G., Laouris, Y.(2011). Towards a technology transfer roadmap from the Coordination Action in R&D in Accessible and Assistive ICT (CARDIAC). Technology and Disability. Vol 23(3), 171-181. doi:10.3233/TAD-2011-0325

References[edit]

  1. ^ Articles in German and Cypriot newspapers commenting on the rareness of completing a PhD almost simultaneously with studies
  2. ^ Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute
  3. ^ http://www.commonwealthigf.org/cybercrime/inaugural-cci-steering-group-meeting/ The Commonwealth Cyber Crime Initiative
  4. ^ http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital_futures/workshops/concept_reengineering/index_en.htm The Onlife Initiative Concept Reengineering Exercise. Digital Futures
  5. ^ http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital_futures/workshops/core_foresight/index_en.htm Core Foresight Workshops
  6. ^ Laouris, Y. (2004). Information technology in the service of peace building. The case of Cyprus. World Futures, 60, 67–79.
  7. ^ Laouris, Y. and Laouri, R. (2008). Can Information and mobile technologies serve close the economic, educational, digital and social gaps and accelerate development? World Futures, 64(4), 254-275.
  8. ^ Laouris, Y., Laouri, R. and Christakis, A. (2008). Communication praxis for ethical accountability; The ethics of the tree of action. Syst Res Behav Sci 25(2), 331–348.
  9. ^ Laouris, Y., Michaelides, M. Damdelen, M., Laouri, R., Beyatli, D., and Christakis, A. (2009). A systemic evaluation of the state of affairs following the negative outcome of the referendum in Cyprus using a structured design process. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 22, 45-75.
  10. ^ Laouris, Y., Erel, A., Michaelides, M,. Damdelen, M., Taraszow, T., Dagli, I., Laouri, R. and Christakis, A. (2009). Exploring options for enhancement of social dialogue between the Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus using the Structured Dialogic Design Process. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 22, 361–381.
  11. ^ Interns visiting with own funds to learn from Laouris Group
  12. ^ Fileleftheros Newspaper 25 May 1998 on Creativity Award to Laouris Team
  13. ^ Award announcement on Anna Lindh's page
  14. ^ Article in Cyprus Mail Newspaper on Anna Lindh Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures
  15. ^ Future Worlds Center
  16. ^ Cyberethics
  17. ^ Development Education
  18. ^ Teach MDGs
  19. ^ CARDIAC
  20. ^ European COST Action 219ter
  21. ^ European COST Action 298
  22. ^ Safer Internet Coordinating Node for whole Europe
  23. ^ UCYVROK project
  24. ^ CARDIAC
  25. ^ Cypriot is honored by Hellenic Society, The Cyprus Mail, 19 June, 2008
  26. ^ Award for Dr. Laouris (article in Greek), Politis, 2 July, 2008
  27. ^ Institute for 21st Century Agoras
  28. ^ Wisdom Research Network of the University of Chicago.
  29. ^ Link to Masks of Demons page

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