Professor Vassilis Digalakis, former Rector of the Technical University of Crete and newly elected MP of Chania, is the new Deputy Minister of Education responsible for Higher Education issues. He was a candidate in the prefecture of Chania with the New Democracy Party and was elected to the national elections of July 7, 2019 as one of the four MPs of Chania, receiving 7,029 votes.
Vassilis Digalakis received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1986 and the doctoral degree in Electrical and Systems Engineering from Boston University in 1992. From 1992 to 1995 he worked as a researcher at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International in Menlo Park, California. At SRI he developed voice recognition algorithms and patented five patents, while participating in the founding of the world's leading company in speech recognition Nuance Communications. He has also been a member of the board of Dialogos Speech Communications, the first company that deployed automated solutions for call centers using voice technologies in Greece and Turkey.
Since 1995, he is a Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the Technical University of Crete in Chania. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the Chairman of the ECE Department. From 2005 to 2013 he was the Director of the Telecommunications Systems Institute of the Technical University of Crete. From April 2013 to November 2017 he was the Rector of the Technical University of Crete. From January 2015 to September 2015 he served as President of the Hellenic Universities Rectors' Synod.