European Projects

RAWFIE - Road-, Air-, and Water-based Future Internet Experimentation

Contract Details: 645220 (H2020)
Description: The purpose of the RAWFIE initiative is to create a federation of different network testbeds that will work together to make their resources available under a common framework. Specifically, it aims at delivering a unique, mixed experimentation environment across the space and technology dimensions. RAWFIE will integrate numerous testbeds for experimenting in vehicular (road), aerial and maritime environments. A Vehicular Testbed (VT) will deal with Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) while an Aerial Testbed (AT) and a Maritime Testbed (MT) will deal with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) respectively. The RAWFIE consortium includes all the possible actors of this highly challenging experimentation domain, from technology creators to integrators and facility owners. The basic idea behind the RAWFIE effort is the automated, remote operation of a large number of robotic devices (UGVs, UAVs, USVs) for the purpose of assessing the performance of different technologies in the networking, sensing and mobile/autonomic application domains. RAWFIE will feature a significant number of UxV nodes for exposing to the experimenter a vast test infrastructure. All these items will be managed by a central controlling entity which will be programmed per case and fully overview/drive the operation of the respective mechanisms (e.g., auto-pilots, remote controlled ground vehicles). Internet connectivity will be extended to the mobile units to enable the remote programming (over-the-air), control and data collection. Support software for experiment management, data collection and post-analysis will be virtualized to enable experimentation from everywhere in the world. The vision of Experimentation-as-a-Service (EaaS) will be promoted through RAWFIE. The IoT paradigm will be fully adopted and further refined for support of highly dynamic node architectures.
Duration: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2018 (48 months)
Total Budget: 6,995,729.00 Euro UoA Budget: 654,000.00 Euro
Partners: University of Athens (Greece), CSEM (Switzerland), IES (Italy), Fraunhofer (Germany), Epsilon (Bulgaria), Hellenic Aerospace Industry (Greece), Pegase (France), CERTH (Greece), OceanScan (Portugal), HES-SO (Switzerland), Robotnik (Spain), Aviontek (Germany), Ministry of National Defence (Greece)
Status: In progress (started at: January 2015)

UNITE - ContextUal InfereNce over IoT NodEs

Contract Details: WiSHFUL Open Call 3 Project
Description: Monitoring processes in Wireless networks involve the collection and the processing of multiple parameters adopted to reveal hidden insights in the network performance. Current state of the art focuses on the optimal placement of observation mechanisms in the network and do not fully study the distributed nature of the problem. Special attention should be given in IoT settings where numerous devices are being interconnected to collect, process and exchange data. WiSHFUL is a project that provides access to multiple IoT testbeds and monitoring functionalities for the interconnected devices while UNITE aims to handle the distributed nature of such settings. UNITE proposes an enhanced, two level monitoring scheme for transforming the WiSHFUL nodes to local processing mechanisms and knowledge producers. UNITE offers localized context prediction, learning and inference for network performance abnormalities. A proactive mechanism will derive events related to future network performance violations. The localized context forecasting module is responsible to give an insight on future performance trends for a set of network performance parameters while the localized expectation learning will undertake the responsibility of revealing the hidden distribution of the observed parameters. The localized context inference is based on an uncertainty management mechanism for deriving decisions related to violations on the performance of the network. In addition, UNITE involves a knowledge centric clustering mechanism that results groups of nodes having the same opinion about performance violations. Based on aforementioned modules, the core WiSHFUL platform is capable of knowing the performance abnormalities under spatio-temporal aspects. Hence, in case of problems, specific strategies can be adopted to alleviate abnormalities and secure the continuous provision of high Quality of Service (QoS). The implementation of the UNITE components involves light weight technologies that could easily uploaded and executed by WiSHFUL nodes with limited computational and resource capabilities.
Duration: 15/01/2017 - 14/10/2017 (9 months)
UoA Budget: 93,500.00 Euro
Partners: University of Athens (Greece)
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Status: In progress (started at: January 2017)

E-PreS - Monitoring and Evaluation of Natural Hazard Preparedness at School Environment

Contract Details: EC - Preparedness and Prevention Projects in Civil Protection and Marine Pollution
Description: Earthquakes in Greece and Turkey, floods in central/eastern Europe and volcano eruptions in Iceland and Italy have proven how vulnerable, in such disasters, the modern cities are and have affected many human lives and resources. Disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods occur with no warning and life-protecting actions must be taken immediately. In EU, a huge amount of resources, efforts and actions have been dedicated to the prevention and raising of awareness in the field of civil protection. Such projects are: a) PPRD east1 that aims at protecting the environment, the population and cultural heritage by strengthening the countries¿ resilience and prevention actions and b) HAREN2 which is focused on improving precipitation forecasting for anticipating hazards induced by precipitation. In order to minimize the risks of human lives during an unpredictable disaster EU should pay attention to innovative educational activities and especially at schools which cannot be a priori evacuated or closed. Furthermore educating the children serves to disseminate vital information to most of the population starting with their parents. E-PreS project (Monitoring and Evaluation of Natural Hazard Preparedness at School Environment) is thus addressed to the prevention phase against natural hazards. The main goal of E-PreS is the design and evaluation of drills and exercises that are an extremely important part of emergencies mitigation. It will help school staff and students to understand any hazard effect and be prepared to react appropriately. The main objectives of the project are: (1) to identify, share and implement best practices and methodologies gained from previous EU projects and partners activities, (2) to create smart tools which define, simulate and evaluate all hazards emergency steps and be customized to the unique district, school, and campus, (3) to involve the collaboration of interested parties and (4) to include pupils with disabilities and special needs.
Duration: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2016 (24 months)
Total Budget: 604,358.00 Euro UoA Budget: 213,272.00 Euro
Partners: University of Athens (Greece), EPPO (Greece), University of Crete (Greece), Vesuvious Observatory (Italy), CEI (Bulgaria), URBAN-INCERC (Romania)
Status: In progress (started at: January 2015)

IDIRA - Interoperability of Data and procedures in large-scale multinational Disaster Response Actions

Contract Details: 261726 (FP7-SEC-2010-1)
Description: What is missing so far in the European Union are disaster management procedures, tools and systems which fully take into account the specific characteristics and requirements of large-scale international cooperation in emergency situations. These characteristics are distinguished by many diverse emergency response organisations that need to collaborate across technological systems, organisational borders as well as language and cultural barriers. They do not have the same background knowledge and arrive at different points in time. Technologies and procedures currently used in multinational disaster response and prior EU funded projects have provided many solutions for single aspects, but to the best of the Consortium s knowledge there is no concept available yet which supports the entire process. This situation is the motivation for IDIRA. The mentioned characteristics of multinational disaster response led to the conclusion that we shall develop a system of technologies and guidelines which help in optimal resource planning and operations across national and organisational borders. The set of tools, interfaces and procedures developed in IDIRA will be designed to be configured, deployed and operated in a flexible manner, providing interoperable services for data integration, information exchange, resource planning and decision support to local and international disaster response units and decision makers. This core result of IDIRA will take the form an architectural framework and an exemplary implementation of a Mobile Integrated Command and Control Structure supporting co-ordinated large-scale disaster management. It is foreseen to make the best possible use of existing ideas, technology and standards, integrating available solutions and complementing them with new components where necessary. In actual operation, the components based on IDIRA solutions will be building on and be integrated with local command & control infrastructure and response procedures.
Duration: 2011-2015 (48 months)
Total Budget: 10.925.164,35 Euro UoA Budget: 797.580,00 Euro
Partners: Fraunhofer (Germany), Salzburg Research (Austria), Frequentis (Austria), Brimatech (Austria), University of Athens (Greece), EPPO (Greece), German Red-Cross (Germany), University of Greenwich (United Kingdom), IES (Italy), Flexit (Austria), Austrian Red-Cross (Austria), Ministry of National Defence (Greece), CNVVF (Italy), Satways (Greece), TLP (Czech), WAPMERR (Switzerland), NEA (Greece), KEMEA (Greece)
Status: Completed

IPAC - Integrated Platform for Autonomic Computing

Contract Details: ICT-224395(FP7)
Description: The IPAC aims at delivering a middleware and service creation environment for developing embedded, intelligent, collaborative, context-aware services in mobile nodes. IPAC relies on short range communications for the ad hoc realization of dialogs among collaborating nodes. Advanced sensing components leverage the context-awareness attributes of IPAC, thus rendering it capable of delivering highly innovative applications for mobile and pervasive computing. IPAC networking capabilities are based on rumour spreading techniques, a stateless and resilient approach, and information dissemination among embedded nodes. Spreading of information is subject to certain rules (e.g., space, time, price). IPAC nodes may receive, store, assess and possibly relay the incoming content to other nodes. The same distribution channel is followed for the dissemination of new applications and application components that "join the IPAC world". IPAC aims at providing all the communication functionality, relying on flexible components: the Sensing Elements Component, the Short Range Communication Component, and the IPAC core middleware itself. An important feature of IPAC is the embedded intelligence which relies on emerging knowledge representation and reasoning schemes, allowing behaviour self-adjustment, seamless interoperation at the messaging level and software integration. An Application Creation Component will also be designed, implemented and tested. This component refers to all tools, APIs and libraries, which assist the rapid application development for IPAC. Target applications include manufacturing plant control, traffic management, localized advertising, as well as crisis management. Three well thought trials of different scales will be conducted to demonstrate the validity, viability, versatility and soundness of the IPAC embedded framework.
Duration: 2008-2010 (30 months)
Total Budget: 2.507.229 Euro UoA Budget: 473.133 Euro
Partners: Siemens A. E. (Greece), University of Athens (Greece), CSEM (Switzerland), CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT (Italy), Hellenic Ministry of Defence (Greece), University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
Status: Completed 
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SCIER - Sensor & Computing Infrastructure for Environmental Risks

Contract Details: IST-5-035164 (FP6)
Description: SCIER designs, develops, and demonstrates an integrated system of sensors, networking and computing infrastructure aimed to detecting, monitoring, predicting and assisting in crisis management of natural hazards or accidents at the "urban-rural-interface" (URI), i.e., areas where forests and rural lands interface with homes, other buildings and infrastructures. To achieve its objective, SCIER combines technologies as: (1) self-organizing, self-healing re-configurable sensor networks for the detection and monitoring of disastrous natural hazards, (2) advanced sensor data fusion and management schemes capable of deducing the required information needed for accurately monitoring the dynamics of multiple interrelated evolving hazardous phenomena (multi-risk), and (3) environmental risk models for predicting the evolution of hazardous phenomena using a robust GRID computing infrastructure.
Duration: 2006-2008 (30 months)
Total Budget: 3.270.000 Euro UoA Budget: 462.000 Euro
Partners: University of Athens (Greece), Epsilon International S.A. (Greece), CSEM (Switzerland), DHI Hydroinform (Czech Republic), National Agricultural Research Foundation (Greece), Group 4 Securicor Security Services (UK), Greek Research and Technology Network (Greece) Centre d'Essais et de Recherche de l'ENtente (France), TECNOMA S.A. (Spain), Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics (Portugal)
Status: Completed

PoLoS - Integrated Platform for Location Based Services

Contract Details: IST-2001-35283 (FP5)
Description: PoLoS provides the design and the implementation of an Integrated Platform for Location-Based Services (LBS). It cover the full range of related issues such as Service Creation, Service Deployment and Provision.
Duration: 2002-2004 (24 months) Total Budget: 3.570.000 Euro UoA Budget: 639.499 Euro
Partners: UoA (Greece),ALCATEL (Germany), CSEM (Switzerland), Telefonica (Spain), Intracom (Greece), Epsilon (Greece), Epsilon Cyprus Ltd (Cyprus), Epsilon International SA (Greece)
Status: Completed

National Projects


Contract Details: Project Number: 11SYN_6_288 (COOPERATION 2011)
Description: The full project title is "Ship' s Health Condition, Operational Status and Performance Remote Monitoring based on wireless sensor network and technical experience management system". The main goal of the project is to develop a smart wireless sensor network platform that can be used to monitor the status of a ship on a 24/7 basis, to apply condition based maintenance models and services to a maritime company, and to allow a maritime company to operate in an environment friendly way. Condition Monitoring (CM) creates a mechanism for objective feedback on the quality of any work which has been carried out. Focusing only on what needs to be maintained helps create minimal disruption to operations and fewer unnecessary tasks, in turn delivering a more effective maintenance process, improved reliability and business value. The potential benefits of using CM within a condition-based maintenance culture include: improved safety and reliability, optimized scheduling and maintenance costs, fewer unnecessary spares, strips downs and maintenance-induced failures, reduced uninsured risk. The platform to be developed will combine hardware and software that will allow a smart and easy way of monitoring of critical ship parameters in order to evaluate their operational status and their efficiency. The adaptability to any type of vessel, the easy expansion, the distributed intelligence, the high ROI and the low installation cost and time are the basic advantages that make our approach unique to the global market. The objectives of the project include the following:

  • Development of new optical sensors for measuring critical parameters for monitoring the efficiency of the ship, such as fuel type indicators, exhaust analyzers and torque meters.
  • Design of a wireless sensor network based on new intelligent multi-sensing devices and fully adapted to the ships’ environment.
  • Development of a sophisticated experience management system for handling the collected data and automated diagnosis and prognosis software tools.

Duration: 2012-2015 (32 months)
Total Budget: 1.875.000 Euro UoA Budget:140.000 Euro
Partners: PRISMA (Greece), MOBICS (Greece), KAVTECH (Greece), CERETECH (Greece), University of Athens (Greece), ML/ICCS (Greece), CTI (Greece), DANAOS (Greece), ANEK (Greece)
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Status:In progress (started at: November 2012)

SWeFS – Sensor Web Fire Shield

Contract Details: Project Number: 180 (THALIS)
Description: The Sensor Web Fire Shield (SWeFS) research project aims at delivering: (i) a methodology for developing a novel Sensor Web platform for dynamic data-driven assimilation (DDDAS) for securing the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) zones against environmental risks, and, (ii) a prototype DDDAS system specifically optimized/tuned for addressing the serious threat of forest fires in Greece. SWeFS calls for multidisciplinary research in the areas of sensor networks, distributed vision systems, remote sensing, geographical information systems (GIS), data stream fusion, space-time predictive modeling and control systems. The main objectives of SWeFS are:

  • Design a novel Sensor Web architecture with heterogeneous sensors, remote sensing and risk prediction models as a closed loop system for the effective and timely detection and monitoring of environmental risks.
  • Improve the prediction of the spatiotemporal evolution of a hazardous phenomenon by adopting a DDDAS approach for calibrating simulation-based predictive models in real-time.
  • Test the proposed architecture through the development of a prototype platform for fire detection in WUI zones in Greece.

Duration: 2012-2015 (49 months)
Total Budget: 600.000 Euro
UoA Budget: 250.000 Euro
Partners: University of Athens (NKUA), University of Thessaly (UTH), University of Thrace (DUTH), Technical University of Crete (TUC), National Observatory of Athens (NOA), National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF), University of Cyprus (UCY)
Status: In progress (started at: January 2012)

POLYSEMA - "Multimedia Applications Supported by Semantics"

Contract Details: Project ID: 61 - "Image, Sound and Language Processing" Programme (GSRT)
Description: The primary goal of POLYSHMA is to develop infrastructure for the provision of "intelligent" multimedia and audiovisual services through a residential gateway. For that reason the merging of Semantic Web technologies with digital/interactive TV technologies will be pursued.
Duration: 2006-2007 (18 months)
Total Budget: 592.500 Euro UoA Budget: 175.000 Euro
Partners: Siemens (Greece), UoA (Greece), Lumiere Cosmos Communications (Greece)
Status: Completed

MNISIKLIS - Advanced Universal Location Services for Indoor Environments

Contract Details: 05PAB 282(GSRT)
Duration: 2006-2007 (18 months)
Total Budget: 348.735 Euro UoA Budget: 90.085 Euro
Partners: Unisystems SA (Greece), UoA (Greece), Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus (Greece)
Status: Completed

PENED 2003 - "Pervasive Computing: Semantic Data Management and Context Management"

Contract Details: 03ED 173 (GSRT)
Description: Basic research on Pervasive Computing in the areas of context management and semantics. Research efforts are focused on Semantic Web Services, Context-aware services, sensor data management and fusion, etc.
Duration: 2005-2008 (36 months)
Total Budget: 140.951 Euro UoA Budget: 140.951 Euro
Partners: UoA (Greece), Epsilon International SA (Greece)
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Status: Completed

PYTHAGORAS I - "Mobile Computing Systems with emphasis on Location Based Services"

Contract Details: Project Number: 47 (EPEAEK-II)
Description: The project aims to study advances in the areas of positioning technologies, GIS systems and middleware architectures and integrate them in prototyping a computing infrastructure capable of delivering Location Based Services efficiently and rapidly. The research covers the full life-cycle of an LBS, begining with its specification and concluding with its invocation and the delivery of the service results to the end user.
Duration: 2004-2006 (24 months)
Total Budget: 50.000 Euro UoA Budget: 50.000 Euro
Partners: UoA (Greece)
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Status: Completed

Internal and Student Projects

Sensation - A Middleware Integration Platform for Wireless Sensor Networks

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Researchers: George Alyfantis, Vassileios Tsetsos, Tilemahos Hasiotis, Odysseas Sekkas, Giannis Aggelopoulos, Christos Philipidis, Andreas Ginopoulos


Description: MITOS is a smart spaces system for managing the resources in wireless local area networks, based on the dynamic relocation of users. MITOS monitors the traffic load distribution in the different networks segments, as well as the location of each user. In case of a local congestion, MITOS suggests to specific users to change their location in order to improve their quality of service.
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Researchers: George Alyfantis

OntoNav - Human-centered (semantics-based) Indoor Navigation

Description: OntoNav is Web-based system for the provision of personalized indoor navigation services. By exploiting modern Semantic Web technologies and a k-shortest shortest paths algorithm, it computes the best path for each individual user, based on her profile.
Researchers: Vassileios Tsetsos, Christos Anagnostopoulos, Panayotis Kikiras, Tilemahos Hasiotis, Natassa Maniou, Eirini Christidi

Chameleon - Sensor-driven Adaptation of Multimodal Web User Interfaces

Description: Chameleon is a set of Web server modules that handle multimodality and adaptation issues for Web user interfaces. Chameleon takes as input an abstract form of Web content (in XForms format) and first transforms it to a specific data format that is pertinent to the client device (e.g., HTML, VoiceXML). In addition, it uses contextual information, gathered from the user environment through a wireless sensor network, in order to present the served content in an optimal way under the current environmental conditions.
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Researchers: Spyros Nathanail, Vassileios Tsetsos

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