International Projects

Collaborations and implementation of projects at international level.

Ongoing Projects

NEoteRIC’s primary objective is the generation of holistic photonic machine learning paradigms that will address demanding imaging applications in an unconventional approach providing paramount frame rate increase, classification performance enhancement and orders of magnitude lower power consumption compared to the state-of-the-art machine learning approaches.

NEoteRIC’s implementation stratagem incorporates multiple innovations spanning from the photonic “transistor” level and extending up to the system architectural level, thus paving new, unconventional routes to neuromorphic performance enhancement.

All-optical implementation of powerful non-von Neumann architectures such as Reservoir Computing, Recurrent Neural Networks, Deep Neural Networks and Convolutional Neural Networks simultaneously by the same photonic chip

https://neoterich2020.eu/

Progress 10%

The COGNIPLAT project aims to create and evaluate a novel gaming platform for the enhancement of cognitive functions of the elderly people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The design of serious games to address symptoms of mild cognitive impairment in the elderly will be based on interdisciplinary science theories and an ontological representation of this knowledge. The approach used for the enhancement of cognitive functions (speech, orientation in space and time, attention, memory, counting, generalization and abstraction, praxis, gnosis) of patients with mild cognitive impairments has never been used.

The project’s objectives are:
– To develop effective methods of enhancing cognitive functions of elderly people with MCI based on scientific research in the field of neuropsychology and cognitive linguistics.
– To design and implement a gaming platform based on the methods developed through research, in order to lessen the effects of the MCI by enabling the patients to continue with their exercises in between therapist visits.
– To model the medical knowledge for managing MCI symptoms via serious games in the form of an ontology and to leverage on the use of machine learning algorithms to determine the most effective exercise plan in gaming platform, based on the current level of patient performance.
– To introduce tools for therapists and medical doctors to be able to monitor and evaluate the progress of patients with MCI, especially in their social environment.

Progress 30%

iracon

The Inclusive Radio Communications (IRACON) concept defines those technologies aimed to support wireless connectivity at any rates, for any communicating units, and in any type of scenarios. The Wireless Internet of Things beyond 2020 will require revolutionary approaches in Radio Access technologies, networks and systems. Some theoretical foundations have to be revisited and breaking technologies are to be discovered during the coming decade. This COST Action aims at scientific breakthroughs by introducing novel design and analysis methods for the 5th-generation (5G) and beyond-5G radio communication networks. Challenges include i) modelling the variety of radio channels that can be envisioned for future inclusive radio, ii) capacity, energy, mobility, latency, scalability at the physical layer and iii) network automation, moving nodes, cloud and virtualisation architectures at the network layer, as well as iv) experimental research addressing Over-the-Air testing, Internet of Things, localization and tracking and new radio access technologies. The group of experts supporting this proposal comes from both academia and industry, from a wide spread of countries all over Europe, with the support of some non-COST institutions and R&D associations and standardisation bodies worldwide.

Progress 80%

Link: http://www.iracon.org

Completed Projects

Greenet is an Initial Training Network (ITN) Marie Curie project that is focused on the analysis, design, and optimization of energy efficient wireless communication systems and networks.

  • Recruitment of talented Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with the objective to conduct top-notch research.
  • Develop personalised training and career plans.
  • Allow the ESRs to understand and address key research challenges on energy efficient communications.
  • Offer to each ESR top-level training and research programs with the twofold objective to reinforce and corroborate their own background, as well as to complement this with active participation in a multi-disciplinary network of research scientists.
  • Complement the typical competences of “applied research” with “complementary” activities.
  • Guide and help the ESRs to build the bridge from academia to a remarkable and impactful professional career in either the private or public sectors.
Completed

IC1004 is the Action on Cooperative Radio Communications for Green Smart Environments and belongs to the ICT Domain. This Action addresses research issues in the field of cooperative radio communications to make our society cleaner, safer, and more energy efficient.
Action’s goals are:

  • to increase knowledge of cooperative communications applied to Green SEs (GSEs), by exploring and developing new methods, models, techniques, strategies and tools, in a context enriched by deep industry-academia links;
  • to play a supporting role to European industry, by ensuring all Working Groups are focused toward aspects of interest to industry;
  • to train young researchers in the field of cooperative radio communications for GSEs, via annual training schools.
Completed

Link: http://www.ic1004.org

Virtualised service platforms and cloud computing hold great promise for delivery of large applications in e-Government. However, to date, the fundamental shared-resource nature of virtualisation technologies has raised legitimate security concerns for Government and other organisations with duties to protect confidential data. The PASSIVE project proposes an improved model of security for such virtualised systems which includes:

  • A policy-based Security architecture, to allow security provisions to be easily specified, and efficiently addressed.
  • Fully virtualised resource access, with fine-grained control over device access, running on an ultra-lightweight Virtual Machine Manager.
  • A lightweight, dynamic system for authentication of hosts and applications in a virtualised environment.

In so doing, PASSIVE will lower the barriers to adoption of virtualised hosting by government users, so that they may achieve the considerable gains in energy efficiency, reduced capital expenditure and flexibility offered by virtualisation.

Completed

The COGEU project is a composite of technical, business, and regulatory/policy domains, with the objective of taking advantage of the TV digital switch-over (or analog switch-off) by developing cognitive radio systems that leverage the favorable propagation characteristics of the TVWS through the introduction and promotion of real-time secondary spectrum trading and the creation of new spectrum commons regime. COGEU will also define new methodologies for TVWS equipment certification and compliance addressing coexistence with the DVB-T/H European standard. The innovation brought by COGEU is in the combination of cognitive access to TV white spaces with secondary spectrum trading mechanisms in a real demonstrator.

Completed

Link: http://www.ict-cogeu.eu

HURRICANE aims to provide concrete networking system answers to the question how an optimized handover operation is performed between two cooperative RATs that constitute potential business cases for both Telecom Operators and Broadcasters in the context of a FMC communications environment. The main objectives of the project are to Investigate, design, implement, validate, and propose for standardisation inter-system handover operations among radio cooperative networking environment.

Completed

Link: https://www.ict-hurricane.eu

COST2100 is the Action on Pervasive Mobile & Ambient Wireless Communications and belongs to the ICT Domain. This Action basically addresses the various topics that are currently emerging in the area of mobile and wireless communications and was proposed by the group of researchers who participated in the previous COST Actions on mobile communications. The main objective of this Action is to increase knowledge of mobile and wireless network technologies, by exploring and developing new methods, models, techniques, strategies and tools that will facilitate the implementation of next generation mobile radio communication systems and will foster the development of the paradigms of pervasive and ambient wireless communications.

Completed

Link: http://www.cost2100.org

The main objective of the project is the design, the optimization and the experimental evaluation in a test-bed of advanced MAC protocols for cooperative ARQ scenarios in order to extend the coverage area of NGNs infrastructure networks (WiMax/UMTS LTE or WLAN) and evaluate the performance of the propose protocol in different cooperative schemes and different network conditions.

Completed

Link: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/88370/factsheet/en

The renown beyond 3G scenario depicts a diverse wireless networking world of network-of-wireless-networks accommodating a variety of radio technologies and mobile service requirements in a seamless manner. The achievement of this vision raises significant research challenges in view of system coexistence; system scale; network robustness requirements; and evaluation tool design to provide a framework for cost-effective assessment of optimisation algorithms within a heterogeneous system environment. The UNITE platform aims to address the aforementioned research challenges by: (a) implementing an efficient, accurate and scalable Virtual Distributed Testbed (VDT) to support cross-system, and cross-layer optimisation of heterogeneous systems in a unified manner. (b) Through the use of the virtual testbed, to investigate, design and evaluate cross-layer and cross-system interactions, between next generation radio and protocols without neglecting important real-system details.

Completed

Link: http://www.ist-unite.org

Design and development of telemedicine services to serve the needs of the inhabitants of the region, focusing on situations of emergency medical care. Services will be based on technologies that enable the collection and transmission of important diagnostic biosignals (ECG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, temperature), the collection and transmission of video signals or image sequences. Services include diagnosis, medical support in long distances and counseling services in remote medical units (ambulance, rural health centers, provincial doctors, etc.) by specialists at regional hospitals or medical centers.

Completed

Link: https://www.keep.eu/project/15263/analysis-design-and-development-of-a-telemedicine-network-for-remote-regions-in-the-aegean-and-cyprus

An Intelligent Interactive Services Environment for Assisted Living at Home

The goal of the INHOME project is to provide the means for improving the quality of life of elderly people at home, by developing generic technologies for managing their domestic ambient environment, comprised of white goods, entertainment equipment and home automation systems with the aim to increase their autonomy and safety. Contrary to the practises followed up to now, the INHOME project focuses on the problem of appliances flexible use by discriminating between experienced and inexperienced rather than enabled or disabled users. By adopting this radically different standpoint the project is posed to set out a generic set of appliance design guidelines targeting the intensification of home appliances use and user dependency. In accordance with this concept, the INHOME project aims at furnishing its offerings through the establishment of the four-tier architecture. The bottom line technology is offered by the ESTIA project (IST-FP6-4-27191), which focuses on the design and development of technologies for efficient personalised management of audiovisual content and white goods functions, locally within the home.

Completed

Link: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/93621/factsheet/de

TeleSHIPping is a market validation study of an information service for travellers and tourists on board ferries/ cruisers. This is based on an innovative service platform that enables secured links and interconnections among all the market players in the service provision chain (eg. Application service providers, vessel operators, port/sea/traffic monitoring/state-city authorities, travel agents and tour operators, computerised reservation systems, tourism content providers etc.), while offering the access to a variety of services for the general public. The major objective of the TeleSHIPping project concerns a market validation study to investigate:

  • The commercial feasibility of an internet/intranet based information system for ferry and cruise passengers, for shipping lines, for port authorities, and for travel agencies.
  • The adequacy of available modern communication technologies for structuring the project’s serving platform enabling information exchange among interested parties pre-trip or during trip.
  • The implementation of a series of alternatives for the services delivery to the general public, identifying the potential advantages and disadvantages and profitable opportunities associated with them.
Completed