Projects


Project Aim

DOSSIER-Cloud proposes a series of coordination and support actions for promoting research in the area of Software Engineering for Distributed Systems development. It brings together two internationally recognized scientific groups from the Netherlands (UvT) and Italy (POLIMI) that collaborate with Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) so as to strengthen CUT’s research and scientific profile in the relevant area. The aim of DOSSIER-Cloud is to facilitate transfer of scientific knowledge and expertise, as well as of best research practices from UvT and POLIMI to CUT. The ultimate goal is that the research group of CUT increases its research capacity and prowess, by investigating a number of significant and hot topics in the field of Distributed Systems development. We envisage that a number of high-quality research results may be produced during and after the duration of the project; this will enable CUT to significantly increase its international standing in the research community, by both achieving related publications in the top-tier scientific journals and conferences of our research area, as well as by producing new tools that will benefit practitioners in the software industry. Close cooperation between the partners of DOSSIER-Cloud will take the form of knowledge acquisition and transfer through personnel exchanges, organization of workshops and summer/winter schools with lectures delivered from UvT and POLIMI, participation in international scientific conferences/workshops and establishment of strong links with the software industry.

Partners

  • Cyprus University of Technology
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • University of Tillburg
  • Duration: 36 Months 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2019

    Project Aim

    ‘Smart Cities’ provide new ways of designing and managing public services, infrastructure, sustainable mobility, economic development and social inclusion. However, two-way communication between citizens and urban policymakers is lacking strongly. This is partly the result of underutilization of citizens’ Social Media feeds and useful Open Data sets. The SmartGov project aims to create new support tools that effectively incorporate Linked Open Data and Social Media into Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs). FCMs are a useful modelling and visualization tool for discussing policy scenarios between citizens and governments. The developed tools will be tested and implemented in four European cities.

    Partners

  • Cyprus University of Technology
  • Danube University Krems
  • Delft University of Technology
  • OTB – Research for the Built Environment
  • ACTIVE Solution Ingenieurbüro AG
  • Interfusion Services Ltd
  • Kenus Informática
  • Limassol Municipality
  • Ayuntamiento de Quart de Poblet
  • Duration: 36 Months 01/03/2016 – 28/02/2019

    Project Aim

    To raise bottom-up innovation capacity for the benefit of sustainable and socially responsible growth in Estonia, Latvia and Cyprus, based on the experiences from Denmark and Netherlands.

    Project Objectives

  • To learn about student based innovation labs in the Netherlands and Denmark;
  • To transfer, mutually learn and disseminate knowledge about student based innovation labs;
  • To establish cross sectoral, co-creation innovation labs (Innolabs) linking universities, intermediaries (innovation and sustainability agents), local industries and stakeholders;
  • To link education with practical innovation projects by engaging university students and teachers to work on practical, multidisciplinary sustainability and social issues on the selected practical projects (linking with their cities/regions), creating together new innovative projects or ventures which benefit the issues of sustainability or society, as a part of their education;
  • To develop and carry out 4-5 student projects for Innovation labs in each partner community;
  • To disseminate project results.
  • Partners

  • Cyprus University of Technology
  • Foundation for Society/FS (LV)
  • Stichting NHL / NHL (NL)
  • Aalborg University / AAU (DK)
  • Vidzemes University of Applied Sciences/VA (LV)
  • Estonian Institute for Sustainable Development / SEI (EE)
  • Eesti Kunstiakadeemia / EKA (EE)
  • Interfusion Services Ltd / IFS (CY)
  • Duration: 36 Months 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2019

    Project Aim

    The project aims at a completely new approach to traditional politics. Major innovations like multi-channel social computing and crowd-sourcing change the way politicians communicate with citizens and enterprises, and thus improve theirdecision-making. The system automatic collects, analyses and interprets on a large scale opinions expressed in the Internet. FUPOL enables governments to gain a better understanding of the citizens´ needs by engaging them in the decision making process. Likewise, the software simulates the effects of policies and laws, and assists governments throughout the entire policy design process. FUPOL develops innovative integrated ICT solutions that facilitate:

  • The modelling and simulating of urban policy initiatives
  • Taking all relevant parameters into account providing an integrated view on the policy domains
  • Performing societal simulations as well as modelling concepts to forecast potential impacts of proposed policy measures
  • Developing tools that identify emerging societal trends with non-classical economic modelling
  • In order to support the policy life-cycle, the FUPOL framework offers major innovations, namely multichannel social computing, policy-topic sensing and extraction, advanced visualisation (by using integration with GIS), multi-lingual semantic analyses, advanced policy modelling and model repository, dynamic agent-based simulation, cloud computing and IMS-supported crowd sourcing. The FUPOL consortium consists of 17 partners from 11 EU-countries (Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, FYROM, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Spain and the UK), as well the cities of Yantai (China) and Mtwapa (Kenya). FUPOL is led by Cellent and comprises innovative multinational companies, leading research institutes, high-level political organisations as well as strong pilot partners.

    Duration: 36 Months 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2019

    Project Invistigators

    Andreas S. Andreou, George Chrysanthou

    Participants

    Andreas S. Andreou, George Chrysanthou

    Brief Summary

    The general objective of this project is to promote and safeguard the historical-archaeological wealth and resources of the Mediterranean dockyards. This will be carried out through the development of a multimedia portal, which will integrate the historical content provided by seven Mediterranean countries (Cyprus, Italy, Spain, France, Malta, Tunisia and Algeria). The content is categorized into three logical parts:

  • material wealth (dockyards, buildings, ships, ports, roads)
  • immaterial wealth (science, arts and crafts, traditions)
  • submarine wealth (submerged findings)
  • The expected results of the project are:

  • To develop a network for the co-operation amongst schools, training centres, and laboratories at a European and South Mediterranean level concluding with a period dedicated to the cultural exchange and itinerant learning.
  • To enhance the quality of professional training courses within the Mediterranean area, fostering the skills and the exchange of the experiences and knowledge of handicraft arts dealing with the maritime sector.
  • Principal Invistigators

    Andreas S. Andreou, George Chrysanthou


    Brief Summary

    Nature-GIS is a European thematic network in the context of the IST programme of the European Commission that brings together different stakeholders in protected areas, both users and experts in IT and in nature conservation; its aim was to answer the needs related to the use of GI in protected areas, with special attention given to the European policies in this field.

    The objectives of the project are to offer a contribution to:

  • Improve information for European policy making and evaluation, particularly for improving reporting related to the implementation of the EU Nature Protection and Biodiversity policy area.
  • Raise awareness regarding the use of GI-GIS in this field. The project can be seen in the larger frame of the contributions given to the different European documents and conventions that require research, identification and exchange of information, to ease and promote conservation of biodiversity.
  • Develop and broaden, as per the VI Environmental Action Plan, the dialogue among all levels of responsibility, from the EU to the local level. In other words the project is intended to support public access to data and information, in the EU and in the new Accession countries.
  • Principal Invistigators

    Andreas S. Andreou


    Brief Summary

    During the last years there has been substantial technological progress in the area of e-Business, in the European Union and internationally. However,despite the fact of the e-Business evolution, the penetration of new internet-based technologies in the business environment is limited, especially in countries where the majority of enterprises lies in the area of small and medium (SMEs) or very small enterprises (VSEs).

    The main target of the GENESIS project is the research, development and initial, pre-competitive application of the needed methodologies, infrastructure and middleware software components that will allow the typical, usually small and medium, European enterprise to conduct its Business transactions over Internet, by interconnecting its main transactional software applications and systems with those of collaborating enterprises, banking/social insurance institutions and governmental bodies, with respect to the evolving legal and regulatory status.

    The objectives of the project GENESIS are the following:

  • Analysis of the legal and statutory framework in EU, new EU member states and associated countries,
  • Modelling of the typical business transactions of SMEs,
  • Design and development of protocols and data formats for interoperation of enterprise applications,
  • Development of the necessary central infrastructure and distributed interconnection components for enterprise applications
  • Pilot application following the GENESIS piloting methodology
  • Dissemination of the results towards Software Vendors, Governments, Universities and Enterprises, as well as towards local and international standardisation bodies.

  • Principal Investigators

    Andreas S.Andreou


    Brief Summary

    The aim of the research project was to design, develop and evaluate a novice intelligent electronic intelligent service (e-tracer) for locating and monitoring specific items (packages, parcels, envelopes, etc.) delivered or exchanged in an actual business environment. The service employs a variety of technologies including RFID, GPS, GSM/GPRS, GIS, Mobile Devices, etc. to support the tracking, tracing and monitoring system real-time for a variety of carriers and handlers providing the necessary territorial, temporal and business information in an accurate, effective and efficient manner.


    Principal Investigators

    Andreas S.Andreou (until August 2010), Christos Schizas


    Participants

    Andreas S. Andreou (from September 2010), Costas Neocleous


    Brief Summary

    This research project aimed at employing Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM) for producing Decision Support Systems (DSS) to facilitate the analysis and decision making of real-life, complex, dynamical systems. More specifically, the theory of FCM was enhanced and expanded so as to be able to capture the dynamics of a system under investigation which is governed by different intertwined variables that are not easy to model through mathematical models. The final outcome was a framework or generalised system that is applied and evaluated on a number of different areas of interest, like socio-economic-political systems, governance, labour relationships, crisis and conflict management, design and testing of complex systems, water resources management, military applications, criminality and terrorism, etc. The final product targets at being a useful tool in the hands of governments, sociologists, economists, politicians, the military, medical professionals, engineers and decision makers in general.


    Principal Investigators

    Constantinos Pattichis


    Brief Summary

    The objective of this project was the development of a portable, multimedia based, medical device, which will allow distant diagnosis and therapy. This device can operate in emergency case mobile units (ambulances), as well as in Rural Health Centres (RHCs) located at a long distance from a hospital.


    The medical device consists of a laptop Personal Computer (PC), a biosignal monitor, a digital camera and a GSM modem. The patient is connected to the monitor, which measures critical biosignals like blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse and ElectroCardioGram (ECG). These biosignals are recorded in digital form by the laptop and are then transmitted through the GSM mobile telephony communication network to a distanced PC located in a hospital and operated by an expert physician. The biosignals are presented on the physician’s computer screen enabling him to assess the severity of the case and instruct the paramedics in the ambulance, or the general physicians at the RHC, how to handle it. Still images of the patient can also be acquired by the camera and transmitted to the expert physician who can whiteboard (mark) interesting areas in real-time. This system provides the means for a virtual presence of an expert physician at the scene of an emergency case thus improving the quality of health provision and increasing the chance for survival.


    Principal Investigators

    Constantinos Pattichis


    Brief Summary

    This project was involved with the development of a multimedia-training network for physicians on Internet aspects. This tool is based on user interactive procedures stored in a CD-ROM and aims at training doctors how to use the Internet to search and retrieve information from the World Wide Web (WWW) through a multimedia approach (video, audio, pictures, rolling demos). Thus, a physician can discover and be benefited from the most popular and complete medical information sites. Furthermore, telemedicine is presented through important European projects that belong to the Healthcare Applications Sector.


    The user can be trained either in supervised courses or on a standalone basis through access of a dedicated server at a specific Internet address. His knowledge level is tested automatically through quiz procedures provided by the system. Upon completion of the series of electronic lectures the physicians embody the basic Internet concepts, are able to broaden their expertise on medical subjects and are informed about a variety of other subjects.


    Principal Investigators

    Christos Schizas, Andreas Pitsillides, George Samaras


    Brief Summary

    The overall objective of the project was to fight the existing gap in Europe between the most and least developed regions as far as the use and development of electronic commerce is concerned. Within this main frame, the specific objectives of e-MINDER were:


  • To raise awareness both in the Short-Medium-Enterprises sector and within the education and training structures about the use of Information Communication Technology to the field of Electronic Commerce.
  • To provide citizens and companies with the required service and support to implement their Electronic Commerce related activities.
  • To achieve all these, a European Network of three Leveraging Centres was created among the three partner regions (Cyprus, Spain and Poland).

  • Principal Investigators

    Christos Schizas, George Samaras, Andreas Pitsillides


    Brief Summary

    The project aimed to promote the integration of candidate enlargement countries through the application of a methodology for devising and putting into action electronic Business strategy in Short-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and a series of executive education programs customized for SME managers in Eastern Europe. The project objectives were:


  • To promote awareness of electronic Business – electronic Commerce opportunities and challenges in Eastern Europe at a micro level by addressing business managers directly.
  • To engage in initiatives that transfer practical knowledge.
  • To show how knowledge can be converted into action
  • To focus on management action rather than generic awareness.
  • To demonstrate how electronic Business decisions are taken in practice.
  • To generate learning from experience.
  • To address local conditions and requirements.