Consortium

University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

UCY participates in EASIER through the Software Engineering and Internet Technologies (SEIT) Laboratory, an integral part of the Department of Computer Science. SEIT focuses its research activities on two important areas of Information Technology, namely Software Engineering and Internet Technologies.

In the first area, SEIT focuses on Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Architectures, Context-Aware Middleware Platforms and Smart and Mobile Computing for the development of pervasive, self-adaptive applications and Smart IoT services. In the second area, the Laboratory concentrates on the development of ICT-enabled Creativity and Enhanced Learning Environments, platforms and tools for implementing Health monitoring and support services, Smart and Personalised services for Elders and Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities. The lab also pursues activities related to Technology Enhanced Learning, E-Business, E-Government and developing environments for elders’ social inclusion, active ageing and independent living. SEIT was actively involved in 30 EU funded projects in numerous different programmes and attracted more than €5M in funding. The Laboratory currently occupies 10 personnel, including 4 post doctoral scientists and 4 PhD researchers, and has access to extensive hardware and software facilities.


SEIT has extensive experience in the area of applying ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) to e-Learning, m-Learning and Open and Distance Learning in general as well as Life Long Learning in particular. This expertise is both at technical level and at developing policies and qualification frameworks for such activities. Regarding only the Erasmus+ related themes, it is currently coordinating 4 projects and participating in three more, while it has also participated in 13 Leonardo da Vinci projects, 3 EUMEDIS projects, 2 FP (Framework Programs), 1 INCO-DC and 3 projects funded by national funds. It has also participated in the EMUNI project and the VUSCC initiative, both related to policy making or reform and qualifications accreditation, as well as in the Interreg IVC project Innofun, on developing policies for entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

UCY’s role in EASIER is both technical and scientific. As a technical partner UCY will heavily contribute to WP6 regarding the integration of external learning assets into the LMS (T6.3), the implementation of the assessment module (T6.4), technical verification (T6.5) and provision of support in all implementation tasks. UCY is responsible for D6.2. As a scientific partner, UCY will publish project results in prestigious international conferences and journals.
Members of the Staff

George A. Papadopoulos

Professor George A. Papadopoulos (Ph.D.) holds the (tenured) rank of Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He has participated in a number of international and national projects both as a researcher or partner, and as a co-coordinator. He has been involved in the organisation and Program Committees of more than 100 international conferences and workshops. Professor Papadopoulos' research interests include component-based systems, mobile computing, multimedia systems, e-learning, open and distance learning, parallel programming and high performance computing, GRID technologies, electronic commerce, workflow management and CSCW. He has published over 100 papers as book chapters or in internationally refereed journals and conferences and he serves in the Editorial Board of 5 international journals. He has been involved or is currently participating, as coordinator or partner, in over 30 internationally and nationally funded projects (total budget for his participation about 7 MEURO). He is the Director of the UCY Lab. More information can be found at his personal web site, http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/~george.

Achilleas Achilleos

Dr Achilleas P. Achilleos received his PhD from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex, co-funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and British Telecom (BT). During the last year of his PhD he was also working as a part-time researcher at BT. Currently he is working as a post-doctoral researcher at the UCY lab, where he participates in the last few years in EU FP6, FP7 and AAL projects such as PaaSage, Prosperity4All, MUSIC, COIN, AsTeRICS and CVN.
Achilleas Achilleos has experience in research and development in the fields of Assistive Technologies, development of ICT-enabled platforms and tools for Health monitoring and support services, Smart and Personalised services for Elders, Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities and Creativity services. Relevant publications as shown above.

Aristotelis Dosis

Dr Aristotelis Dosis holds a PhD from the Dept. of Surgical Technology and Computer Science at Imperial College London in the field of Objective Surgical Skills using the DaVinci Telemanipulator System, funded by Intuitive Surgical, CA, USA and BUPA Foundation, UK. His career spans over 10 years of professional experience, along with versatile competencies in the field of latest research and development technologies. Since 2005 he has held senior positions in large enterprises in the UK, France, South Africa and Cyprus. His research interests include topics within the area of Surgical Robotics, Sensor-Enabled Laparoscopic Devices, Telemanipulators, Ubiquitous Computing and Wireless Sensor Networks.

Georgia Kapitsaki

Dr Georgia Kapitsaki is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of UCY. She received her PhD from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2009). Her research interests include: context-awareness, service-oriented computing, open source software and privacy protection. She has published over 25 papers in international conferences and journals with the majority of them focusing on web technologies and has served as a TPC member and referee in repudiated journals and conferences. She has been involved in EU FP6 and FP7 projects and has worked as a software engineer in the industry. She is also currently contributing to open source projects and is involved in the supervision of student software projects in collaboration with the industry and local organisations.
Christos Mettouris MSc Christos Mettouris is a graduate of the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department in the University of Patras. He holds a Master’s degree of the same department. Christos Mettouris has experience in research and development in the fields of Assistive Technologies, development of ICT-enabled platforms and tools for Health monitoring and support services, Smart and Personalised services for Elders, Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities and Creativity services. Relevant publications as shown above.


Publications

C. Mettouris, V. Maratou, D. Vuckovic, G. A. Papadopoulos and M. Xenos, 'Information Security Awareness through a Virtual World: An end-user requirements analysis', The Sixth International Conference on e-Learning (eLearning-2015), Belgrade, Serbia, 24-25 September 2015.
C. Mettouris, V. Maratou, I. Ntokas, M. Xenos and G. A. Papadopoulos, 'Educating People on Real-Life Information Security Threats Through 3D Virtual World Simulations', Fifth International Conference on Information Society and Techology (ICIST 2015), Kopaonik, Serbia, 8-11 March 2015, Society for Information Systems and Computer Networks, pp. 273-278.
F. J. G. Penalvo, J. C. Benito, D. Griffiths, P. Sharples, S. Willson, M. Johnson, G. A. Papadopoulos, A. P. Achilleos, M. Alier, N. Galanis, M. A. Conde, E. Pessot, R. Elferink, E. Veenendaal, and S. Lee, 'Developing Win-Win Solutions for Virtual Placements in Informatics: The VALS Case', Second International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (TEEM 2014) - Track on Knowledge Society Related Projects, Salamanca, Spain, 1-3 October 2014, ACM Press, pp. 733-738.
C. Mettouris and G. A. Papadopoulos, ‘Innovation Funding: The Case of Cyprus’, In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, ICEIRD 2014, Nicosia, Cyprus, 5-6 June, 2014, pp. 296-305.
L. Vajda, A. Toth, P. Hanak, A. P. Achilleos, C. Mettouris, G. A. Papadopoulos, K. Neureiter, C. Rappold, C. Moser, M. Tscheligi, O. Jimenez and R. Smit, 'A health-based use case of the Connected Vitality project: the Yooom in the sterile room', Tenth International Conference and Exhibition on eGeH'13, e-Gov & e-Health, Brianza, Italy, 8-10 July 2013.
A. P. Achilleos, C. Mettouris, G. A. Papadopoulos, K. Neureiter, C. Rappold, C. Moser, M. Tscheligi, L. Vajda, A. Toth, P. Hanak, O. Jimenez and R. Smit, 'The Connected Vitality System: Enhancing Social Presence for Older Adults', The Twelfth International Conference on Telecommunications (ConTEL 2013), Zagreb, Croatia, 26-28 June, 2013, IEEE Press, pp. 199-206.
A. P. Achilleos, C. Mettouris, G. A. Papadopoulos, K. Neureiter, C. Rappold, C. Moser, M. Tscheligi, L. Vajda, A. Toth, P. Hanak, O. Jimenez and R. Smit, 'Developing an Effective Social Presence System for Older Adults: The Connected Vitality Network', Thirty Fifth International Conference on Information Technology Interfaces (ITI 2013), Cavtat/Dubrovnik, 24-27 June 2013, IEEE Xplore Catalog Number CFP13498-PRT, pp. 153-159.

C. Mettouris, M. Andreou, A. Achilleos, G. A. Papadopoulos, K. Neureiter, W. Sellner, M. Tscheligi, C. Rappold, C. Moser, R. Smit, O. Jimenez, L. Vajda and A. Toth , 'Connected Vitality Network: Enhancing Elderly Life', Twenty Second e-Challenges International Conference (e-Challenges 2012), Lisbon, Portugal, 17-19 October 2012, IIMC International Information Management Corporation.