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Evangelia Balatsou, PhD

Cognitive Neuroscientist


STEM Ambassador


I am a scientist, consultant and advocate for women in STEM, working in the AI Speech Industry. My work focuses on language and communication in all shapes and sizes: human to human, human to computer and computer to human.
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About Me

Short bio

Working in the AI industry has been quite a ride. Creating natural interactions between people and machines is one of the greatest schemes of AI. While my engagement in this field has been ethically rewarding to me, it is the blend of scientific knowledge and the potential for concrete societal value that builds my main daily drive and quenches my thirst for a more humanised AI. 

I currently work as a Conversational AI Expert, reinventing the way voicebots and chatbots are communicating with humans.

I previously worked as a Speech Scientist & Project Manager, where I optimized algorithms and platforms to understand human language better and designed more naturalistic human-computer dialogues. I also coordinated these implementations across multidisciplinary teams in projects in the banking and telecommunications sectors in the EU.

In November 2020 I received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Bangor University, UK. My research focused on the behavioural and electrophysiological underpinnings of single word production. My PhD is available for reading here.

My work has been published in scientific journals (find me on Google scholar), presented in international and European conferences (AMLaP, IWLP,  CoNSALL) and invited talks in Universities across the UK and Germany. I have been an investigator in five scientific laboratories in academic institutions in Greece, the UK and Germany, while I have taught, supervised and mentored in research numerous undergraduate and postgraduate students in Psychology.

Prior to my doctoral research at Bangor University, I obtained a BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR and a MSc in Psychology of Language from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

I am also the founder of Greek Girls Code, a social enterprise aiming to support Greek women’s work and activities in science, research and technology.


what i do: x-y axis

What does brain activity show? Blending human behavioural and neural characteristics with technical expertise into employing various methods to sell a product or service.

Human factors & AI

Multi-disciplinary industrial projects, case management, data visualisation and processing strategies for big data of human factors and automation of processing pipelines.


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usual topics of my talks
  • Brain & Language

    How is the human brain wired for language? What happens to our minds before we say a single word?

  • Conversational AI

    How to use virtual assistants & speech technologies to understand people's needs and intentions in user interfaces and human-computer interactions.

  • The electric brain

    The science of brain waves through Electroencephalography (EEG). What EEG activity tells us about the human mind. 

  • Women in STEM & Tech

    As the founder of Greek Girls Code I always aspire to encourage more women to join the sciences in Greece. 


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    Dr. Evangelia Balatsou
    Cognitive Neuroscientist & Consultant
    • Location: Athens, GR
    • Phone: +30 6979063417
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