Selected Publications

"Enhancing Virtual Reality Systems with Smart Wearable Devices"
"Do Human Cognitive Differences in Information Processing Affect Preference and Performance of CAPTCHA?"

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"Performance Vs. Freshness in Web Database Applications"

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"Optimized Query Routing Trees for Wireless Sensor Networks"

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Latest Publication

"Effects of human cognitive differences on interaction and visual behavior in graphical user authentication"

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Active Projects

GrowMeUp (H2020-PHC-2014)

GrowMeUp: February 2015 - January 2018 (Scientific co-coordinator of UCY participation)

GrowMeUp is an European project funded under the H2020 PHC-19-2014 “Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: service robotics within assisted living environments” call coordinated by the University of Coimbra and include a consortium formed by eight partners from 6 EU countries: Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Spain and France.

The GrowMeUp Project aims to provide an answer to the demographic change challenge, by providing an affordable service robotic system able to learn the older persons needs and habits over time and enhance (‘grow up’/scale up) its functionality to compensate for the elder’s degradation of abilities, to support, encourage and engage the older persons to stay longer active, independent and socially involved, in carrying out their daily life at home.


Miraculous-Life (611421) Miraculous-Life for elderly Independent Living

Miraculous-Life: December 2013 - December 2016, Budget - 4,195,276 EURO (Scientific co-coordinator of UCY participation)

The main aim of the Miraculous-Life project is to design, develop and evaluate an innovative usercentric technological solution, the Virtual Support Partner (VSP), attending to the elder (65+) daily activity and safety needs, while the elder goes about his normal daily life. The VSP will provide implicit daily activities support which is based on behaviour and emotional understanding and appropriate respond exhibiting distinctive emotions, deliver in a human like way simulating in essence the interaction with a real life partner.


SocialRobot (FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP-285870) Social Robot to Support Elderly at Home

SocialRobot: November 2011 - October 2015, Budget- 151,711 EURO (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

The work focuses on bringing together the Robotic and Computer Science fields by integrating state of the art Robotic and Virtual Social Care Communities technologies and services to provide solutions to key issues of relevance for improved independent living and quality of life of elderly people and efficiency of care.


Past Projects

Co-Living: October 2010 - September 2013, Budget- 120,000 EURO (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.project-coliving.eu

The main aim of the project is the development of a Virtual Mobile Living Community around the elderly consisting of people of different ages and roles that assist, collaborate and actively communicate with the elderly to improve their daily life in an ad-hoc and informal way stimulating thus and prolonging their socialization and independent and active living in an outward environment. The solution is based on an innovative social community network model integrating different mobile wireless ICT based services addressing the elderly social care categories of: Care & Wellness, Personal Interests & Activities, Mobility and Information & Learning. It provides for personalized care and adaptation of social relationships and contexts of the elderly people as they age.

CONET: June 2008 – July 2012. Budget- 150,000 EURO (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: https://www.cooperating-objects.eu

FP7-CONet, the Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence, is a EU-funded project under ICT, Framework 7. The FP7-CONet project started on June 1st, 2008 and has a duration of 4 years, with a total funding of 4 Mio. EUR. The FP7-CONet Consortium is working on building a strong Community in the area of Cooperating Objects including research, public sector and industry partners from the areas of embedded systems, pervasive computing and wireless sensor networks.

IPAC (FP7-ICT-2007-2): June 2008 – July 2010. Budget- 320,000 EURO (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://ipac.di.uoa.gr

The IPAC (Integrated Platform for Autonomic Computing) proposal 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".

mPower (FP6-034707): Oct. 2006 – March. 2009. Budget- 436,000 EURO (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.sintef.no/Projectweb/MPOWER

MPOWER will define and implement an open platform to simplify and speed up the task of developing and deploying services for persons with cognitive disabilities and elderly. The platform will in particular support: 1 Integration of SMART HOUSE and sensor technology; 2 Interoperability between profession and institution specific systems (e.g. Hospital Information System); 3 Secure and safe information management, including both social and medical information; and 4 Mobile users which often change context and tools. The project will research and develop the platform as a suite of independent building blocks. We will demonstrate its feasibility through the deployment of two end-user applications that will be deployed over a longer period.

MOTIVE (FP6: IST-27659): Oct. 2005 – Sept. 2007. Budget- 266,000 EURO (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.cn.ntua.gr/ist-motive

MOTIVE project will demonstrate the value of this innovative concept by enhancing existing processes and enabling the provision of new context aware services. MOTIVE will define a multi-layered system architecture and functionality addressing issues such as terminal local processing, user control (when and how information is revealed), data transfer load, network side processing/storage and real time vs. off-line information collection modes.

HealthService24 (Contract No. 517352): Feb. 2005 – July 2006. Budget-156,000 EURO (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.healthservice24.com/Internet/external/cms/index0ed6.html?healthservice24

HealthService24 aims at realizing the mobile health dream. The project partners have developed an innovative mobile healthcare system that supports patients’ and health professionals’ mobility, increases patients’ quality of life and reduces healthcare costs. The overall project results are very promising and strengthened the commitment of the partners. Where as the project ended on September 2006 (with the EC rating "Excellent"), the project partners are now busy with their own deployment activities.

Linkcare (eTEN 517435):

Web-site: http://www.linkcarealliance.org

LINKCARE is the project that aims to market validate new competitive services with a view to link health professionals in emerging care environments.

The main idea for the business case of LinkCare is the provision of services that:

  • Facilitate the establishment of an European convergent healthcare system that is centred on the chronic patients, coordinated across different levels of the health and community services
  • Facilitate ubiquitous and mobile new working practices for health professionals with a multiplicity of working profiles that, in turn, require interoperability with existing information resources

LINKCARE will focus, not only on the suitability of the platforms, from the technical point of view - interoperability, security, standards and regulations -, but also on the needs and requirements that are specific for the care of patients with chronic health problems - coordination of professionals across time, centred on the patient, and collaboration among different levels of care. In the framework of the market validation, the consortium will run pilot installations, will establish the requirements to integrate the services in the existing operational/legacy systems, will set up the training plan to successfully validate the platform and will elaborate the deployment strategy on the basis of the outcome of the market and business analysis and the conclusions from the pilots validation. The 3 test sites used for the evaluation provide common services for patients with chronic conditions. They are HCPB in Spain, CNRHA in Norway, and LITO in Cyprus.

EPRI (Project Nr. 015871): March. 2005 – July 2006. Budget- 47,000 EURO (Scientific coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.epristart.org/epristart/content/index.php

EPRI-start aims to stimulate the participation of small and medium enterprises from all ten New Member States of the European Union in the European Union’s IST Programme. During its duration (from March 2005 to August 2006) EPRI-start will develop a pool of 150 potential project partners from the New Member States. The project comprises an extensive range of activities to both educate innovative IST-oriented enterprises from the New Member States with no or low experiences in participating in the IST programme and at the same time raise the awareness of existing and newly arising consortia in the IST community to find potential project partners form the New Member States.

W-Response: Nov. 2004 – Oct. 2006. Budget -113,580 EURO. (Participant)

Workflow & RFID enabled system for automated & paperless Warehouse operations.

B-BONE: Feb. 2004 – Jan. 2006. Budget -320,00 EURO. (Participant)

Web-site: http://b-bone.ptinovacao.pt

B-BONE project focus only on the analysis of a single technology scenario, which is the utilisation of the UMTS technology (TDD or FDD) for broadcast and multicast purposes having as reference 3GPP Release 06. Enhancements to the UMTS technology will be proposed to improve its performance when providing the referred type of services. Moreover, it is planned to establish a comparison with the DVB-H and WiFi technologies, independently of the business models. The approach followed is to further enhance UMTS network capacity, RAN and Core network functionalities and transmission rates, considering both FDD and TDD modes, to accommodate digital broadcasting/multicasting/unicasting services.

INTELCITIES (FP6: IST-2003-507860) Intelligent Cities: Jan. 2004 – June 2005. Budget- 37,000 EURO. (Scientific coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

The project aims the development of an integrated citywide ICT information system continuously accessible to all that will enable more inclusive decision-making and support more sustainable life-styles.

Web-site: http://intelcities.iti.gr/intelcities

DBGlobe: 2001 - 2003, 130000 ECU, (Rank second in the evaluation process)

Web-site: http://softsys.cs.uoi.gr/dbglobe/index1.html

The DBGlobe project aims at developing novel data management techniques to deal with the challenge of global computing. On the premise, global computing is a database problem: how to design, build and analyse systems that manage large amount of data. However, the traditional database approach of storing data of interest in monolithic database management systems becomes obsolete in such environments. In current database research, data are relatively homogeneous, exhibit a small degree of distribution (just a few network sites) are passive in that they remain unchanged unless explicitly updated. All these assumptions do not hold in the global computing world. This creates the need for new theoretical foundations in all aspects of data management: modelling, storage and querying.

SEACORN (IST-2001-34900):March 2002 – Feb. 2004. Budget -310,000 EURO. (Participant)

Simulation of Enhanced UMTS Access and Core Networks.

Web-site: http://seacorn.ptinovacao.pt

DITIS, phase II: June 2003 – April 2004. Budget-50,000 USD. (Scientific coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.ditis.ucy.ac.cy

The aim of DITIS is to deliver a product that can improve the quality of the citizen/s life. Contrary to today/s health processing structure which is, in all practical terms facility-based care, this project aims to shift the focus onto home-based care, where everything is moving around the patient. The virtual healthcare team will be able to provide dedicated, personalized and private service to the home residing patient on a need based and timely fashion, under the direction of the treating specialist. Thus, it is expected that chronically and severely ill patients, such as cancer patients, can enjoy “optimum“ health service in the comfort of their home while feeling safe and secure. In case of a change in their condition, the health care team will be (virtually) present to support them.

MEMO (IST-2001-35027): June 2002 - May 2004. Budget - 66,000 EURO. (Scientific coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.ist-world.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectId=0c8bbd2abd8e44dba663ca39e7dfa291

UNIVERSAL (IST-2001-38750): July 2002 - July 2003. Budget- 94,417 EURO. (Participant)

SeLeNe (IST-2001-39045): 2002 - May 2003. Budget - 60,000 EURO. (Scientific coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/selene

The SeLeNe project aims to elaborate new educational metaphors and tools in order to facilitate the formation of learning communities that require world-wide discovery and assimilation of knowledge. To realize this vision, SeLeNe is relying on semantic metadata describing educational material. SeLeNe offers advanced services for the discovery and sharing of learning resources, facilitating a syndicated and personalised access to such resources. These resources may be seen as the modern equivalent of textbooks, comprising rich composition structures, "how to read" prerequisite paths, subject indices, and detailed learning objectives.

MB-NET (IST-2001-39164): July 2002–June 2003. Budget-11,700 EURO. (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.mbnet.ucy.ac.cy

MB-net is a European Commission-funded network of excellence on Mobile Business aiming at investigating the business and commercial prospects of mobile applications and services with a view to formulating strategic roadmaps on a 5-year horizon (2003-2007). MB-net brings together in a collaborative forum the leading academic scholars and industry experts in mBusiness, representing three inter-related dimensions of mobile applications and services: Technology Push, Market Pull, and Know-How Development. MB-net has been established by 26 founding members that represent eight different European countries. Nevertheless, it consists an open forum that aims at continuously expanding its membership with mBusiness stakeholders and experts from all over the globe.

BEEP-NAS (IST-2001-37444): Aug.2002–July 2003. Budget–24,000 EURO. (Scientific co-coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Develop, test and implement a methodology linking best practice, benchmarking and knowledge management which has wide applicability across Europe and the IST programme, as well as providing a sustainable service package in the longer term having commercial potential.

Web-site: http://www.beep-eu.org

PRISMA (IST-1999-29088) : Sept. 2001 – Feb. 2003. Budget- 45,000 EURO. (Scientific coordinator of the Cyprus participation)

Web-site: http://www.om.hu/research/framework5/ist/projects/projects/title_24.html

PRISMA will contribute directly to the objectives of Key Action I by providing for the first time a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the impact of IST on all aspects of the provision of citizen services, both in relation to each service field covered by Key Action I as well as to important cross-cutting themes. The project will examine fundamental and critical issues and developments, including those which cross between service fields, and put these in the context of socio-economic and technical developments, long-term visions and scenarios, an understanding of how these services are likely to change, an the challenges and opportunities this presents. PRISMA's work will assist Key Action I RTD projects, service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders in exploiting present and future trends. PRISMA will develop into a commercially sustainable set f tools and services covering methods and best practice guidance, scenario and modelling techniques, metrics and evaluation criteria, and socio-economic benchmarking techniques for assessing impacts.

eMINDER: 2000-2002, 228,000 ECU

Web-site: http://www.eminderproject.com

e-MINDER is a European project co-funded by the IST Programme under Key Action II. Its overall objective is to fight the existing gap in Europe between the most and least developed regions as far as the use and development of e-commerce is concerned. This is going to be achieved by setting up a European Network of Leveraging Centres created among the less favour ed regions of Europe

eNLARGE (Entrepreneurship Laboratories for Eastern European Regions): 2000-2002, 120,000 ECU

Web-site: http://cordis.europa.eu/data/PROJ_FP5/

ENLARGE is a non take up accompanying measure that addresses the IST Action line II.1.5 by promoting broad adoption of eCommerce and eWork in regional and sectoral settings of Eastern Europe and Balkan countries. ENLARGE will develop a methodology for devising and putting into action an eBusiness strategy, customised in nation specific and local characteristics of the participating countries. The project will also produce training courses that target SMEs managers and aim at stimulating their exploitation of eBusiness opportunities. ENLARGE results will be tested in Enlargement countries, where eCommerce deployment is still low. ENLARGE aims to support economic integration of Enlargement countries by providing an e-strategy framework that will stimulate SMEs participation into global digital economy.

MEDUSE: Sept 96 - Feb 98, 102,850 ECU (contribution of the Cyprus Government), Database Coordinator of Cyprus team, Principal Coordinator Dr. P. Evripidou

Web-site: http://directory.eoportal.org/get_announce.php?an_id=5292

The overall objective of the Project MEDUSE is to develop and implement a prototype system for routine monitoring and prediction of the atmospheric transport of desert dust in the Mediterranean region, based on a numerical weather prediction model enhanced by a module for the simulation of the dust uptake, transport, and wet and dry deposition. The dust simulations are being validated and further enhanced by means of an extensive measurement programme, including aerosol remote sensing by satellite, lidar and sunphotometer, chemical characterisation of aerosol particles, and deposition flux measurements.

MEDWATER: Participant: Database Coordinator of Cyprus team, Principal Coordinator Professor Elpida Keravnou, 80,000 ECU

Web-site: http://cordis.europa.eu/data/PROJ_FP5

he aim of this proposal is to overcome the present, and prevent future, water competition between the vital economic sectors of agriculture and tourism in the Mediterranean area. The objective is to develop a trans boundary policy initiative and an integrated water-planning model based on the study of selected arid regions in the area. The current water supply and demand situation, available water saving, reuse, treatment and renewable energy supply options and the socio-economic, legal and administrative framework will be taken into account.

MED-CAMPUS: Jan. 1994 - Oct. 1995 (Participant, Principal Coordinator Dr. Xristos Schizas)