Dr. E. Bekiaris, is a PhD Mechanical Engineer of the National Technical University of Athens. He has been elected as Researcher of the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) since 2001; and elected as ΗΙΤ Director General as of 2016 and CERTH Vice-President as of 2021. Since 1992 he has participated in 105 research projects, in 42 of which at the role of Coordinator. His field of expertise covers issues of transport safety, automated and clean vehicles, smart cities’ applications, specialized telematics applications for vehicles and public transport, accessible transportation and personalized services for people with reduced mobility.
He is National representative of Greece in the European Partnership of Connected, Cooperative & Automated Mobility (CCAM) since 2021 and National Representative in the European Commission Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission of Horizon Europe (HE) since 2020. He is also the President of the Hellenic Institute of Electric Vehicles (HELIEV) and the European Rail Research Network of Excellence (EURNEX) since 2019. From 2020 to 2023 he was member of the National Council for Research and Innovation (N.C.R.I.).