Call for Papers: Special Session on LTE Deployment and Research Trends (LTEDRes)

Special Session on LTE Deployment and Research Trends (LTEDRes)
PCI 2013, 19-21 September 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece

We cordially invite you to submit your research work in “LTE Deployment and Research Trends” Special Session which is organized by the Vehicular Technology Society & Aerospace and Electronics System Society (VTS & AESS) Joint Greece Chapter, in conjunction with the “17th Pan-hellenic Conference on Informatics (PCI 2013)”.

This special session aims to: (a) stimulate a discussion on the technical challenges of LTE deployment that will aid operators in achieving their goal of meeting rapidly growing mobile data demand; (b) communicate current research efforts and new results on LTE and LTE-Advanced; (c) provide a framework of interaction between academia, industry and mobile operators towards applied research and cooperation.

In this context, we seek original papers focusing on theoretical, simulation and practical approaches associated with physical, MAC, network and application layer of an LTE based system. On the other hand, unpublished experience and/or results of “live” LTE network performance, lab testing, problems, solutions and proposals are encouraged to be submitted. Finally, invited speakers from mobile operators will present their views on LTE deployment.

Topics of interest cover the following areas (but are not limited to):
– LTE business objectives – planning for profitability
– Telecommunication market, including business models, pricing, innovative growth strategies and regulatory issues
– Evolved Packet Core – Hosted/managed services options
– Scalable backhaul for Next-Generation Networks
– Advanced Radio Access Network solutions
– Scheduling and radio resource management strategies in LTE
– Software defined networking paradigms, architectures, devices, etc.
– LTE protocols and architecture
– LTE security
– m-health and LTE
– Cooperative networking, machine-to-machine communication
– Technology strategies bringing 4G mobility, broadband and cloud together
– Migration approaches and benefits of all-IP
– LTE and Green Networking
– Overlay and peer-to-peer networking and applications
– Antenna (including MIMO) solutions and propagation modeling within LTE
– Services performance in LTE (VoIP, video streaming, real-time video, web-browsing, etc.)
– Interoperability of LTE with other mobile and wireless systems

All accepted papers will be included in the main PCI 2013 Proceedings (published by ACM in the International Conference Proceedings Series). A selection of outstanding papers from the conference will be invited for publication in internationally recognized journals (subject to additional reviewing).

Important Dates
Full Paper Submission: April 10, 2013
Acceptance Notification: May 15, 2013
Camera Ready Paper: May 31, 2013

For more information about the conference, organizing committee, submission instructions, and venue please see the Conference and Special Session

Best regards,
Special Session Chairs
Periklis Chatzimisios <>
Dimitrios Efstathiou <>
Athanassios Iossifides <>
George Papadopoulos <>

The Use of Telecommunications and GPS Technology for the Real‐Time Wide‐Area Monitoring and Control of Power Systems

The KIOS Research Center of the University of Cyprus, invites you to the workshop of the project “The Use of Telecommunications and GPS Technology for the Real‐Time Wide‐Area Monitoring Power Systems” that will take place on 13/03/2013 at the University of Cyprus room A008 at 75, Kallipoleos street (old campus). At the workshop, the partners will present their research results on this project that is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation within the context of the ΤΠΕ/ΟΡΙΖ/0311 (ΒΙΕ).

17:00 ‐ 17:05 Introduction to the workshop‐Overview of the project objectives, Elias Kyriakides, Assistant Professor, UCY
17:05 ‐ 17:25 Extending OpenPDC into a versatile Data Concentrator for synchronized measurements, Mihaela Albu, Professor, UPB
17:25 ‐ 18:05 Low Voltage Operating Conditions and Response of Synchrophasor Measurement Units for Power Quality Measurements, Gerald T. Heydt, Regents’ Professor, ASU
18:05‐18:20 Discussion


Multi-process Dynamic Linear modeling for tumor growth evolution

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Multi-process Dynamic Linear modeling for tumor growth evolution

Dr. Achilleas Achilleos
Research Fellow KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks
University of Cyprus

Wednesday, 6th March 2013, 17:00 – 18:30
Room ΚΕΝΤΡ – A008, Old Campus
University of Cyprus

Abstract: The mathematical modeling of tumor growth and progression has been thoroughly studied and many such models exist in the literature. The majority of these modeling techniques are formulated in a deterministic context, thus lacking any information regarding the uncertainty of the predicted future state of the tumor size. Many are theoretically well defined and can have useful practical applications; for example such models can be used to define general optimal treatment protocols through onstrained optimization. However, modern healthcare is continuously becoming less general and more personalized. In this paper we propose a sequential probabilistic mixture model for individualized tumor growth forecasting. The model uses prior information from the general population and becomes more individualized as more observations from the subject are sequentially taken into account by the model. In our extensive simulation study we illustrated the superiority, under uncertainty, of the suggested multi-process dynamic linear model against the single process alternative. The validation of our model was performed with experimental data from mice and the results show that after few observations from a tumor are obtained and included in the model, the latter becomes both more individualized, in the sense that it adjusts its parameters in order to explain the growth of each individual tumor and much more e cient ffi in terms of precision regarding the prediction of the tumor size.

Biography: Dr Achilleas Achilleos completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (M.O.R.S.E.) at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Warwick in 2006. He then earned a full scholarship to study an MSc in Statistical Science in the London School of Economic and Political Science. In 2007, Achilleas joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Bristol for a PhD in Applied Statistics. He completed his PhD in 2011. He is currently working in the Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks (K.I.O.S.) at the University of Cyprus for a project concerning mathematical modeling of cancer progression and development of therapy strategies with model-based control methods. Among his major research interests are smoothing parameter selection for kernel density and regression estimation in the presence of measurement error, linear dynamic modeling with Bayesian forecasting, multilevel modeling, and probabilistic reasoning and inference under uncertainty using bayesian causality networks.




Κύκλος ζωής εμπορικών τηλεπικοινωνιακών δορυφόρων

Τμήμα Ηλεκτρολόγων Μηχανικών και Μηχανικών Υπολογιστών

Τίτλος: «Κύκλος ζωής εμπορικών τηλεπικοινωνιακών δορυφόρων»

Μάριος Φωτίο
Ανώτερος Μηχανικός Τηλεπικοινωνιακών Συστημάτων,
Avanti Communications

Τετάρτη 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2013, 17:00 – 18:30
Αίθουσα ΚΕΝΤΡ – A008, Καλλιπόλεως 75,
Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου

Περιγραφή: Μία από τις θεμελιώδης έννοιες της ανάπτυξης και λειτουργίας εμπορικών τηλεπικοινωνιακών δορυφόρων είναι αυτή του κύκλου ζωής. Η σωστή και αυστηρή διαχείριση κάθε σκέλους αυτού του κύκλου είναι το κλειδί για την μεγιστοποίηση των πιθανοτήτων επιτυχίας σε ένα τομέα όπου το βασικό λειτουργικό εργαλείο δεν επιδέχεται καμίας βελτίωσης ή συντήρησης μετά την τοποθέτησή του σε γεωστατική τροχιά. Τις μεθόδους αυτές ανέπτυξαν μέσα από δεκαετίες εμπειρίας οργανισμοί όπως η NASA και η ESA και σήμερα όλες οι εταιρίες που ασχολούνται με την εμπορική ανάπτυξη και λειτουργία τηλεπικοινωνιακών δορυφόρων έχουν κληρονομήσει μία πλήρης κι ολοκληρωμένη διαδικασία η οποία έχει αυτό ακριβώς σαν στόχο. Σε αυτή τη διάλεξη θα περιγράψουμε αυτά τα σκέλη του κύκλου ζωής όπως είναι η κοινή πρακτική της βιομηχανίας, καθώς θα δούμε με ποιο τρόπο αυτή η μέθοδος οδηγεί σε επιτυχημένες διαστημικές αποστολές.

Βιογραφικό: Γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1977, σπούδασε στη Μεγάλη Βρετανία στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Surrey Ηλεκτρολογία και Ηλεκτρονική Μηχανική όπου και ασχολήθηκε με την μηχανική των Ραδιοκυμάτων (RF Engineering) καθώς και τη Διαστημική. Διακρίθηκε από τον οργανισμό Surrey Satellite Technologies (SSTL) για την συμμετοχή του σε διαγωνισμό σχεδιασμού τροχιάς αστερισμού δορυφόρων τηλεπισκόπισης για την διαχείριση φυσικών καταστροφών. Συνέχισε τις σπουδές του στο UCL στο Λονδίνο και ειδικά στο εργαστήριο διαστημικής Mullard όπου to 2003 απέκτησε τίτλο Master in Science στην τεχνολογία Διαστημικών Σκαφών και Δορυφορικών Επικοινωνιών και διάκριση στη μεταπτυχιακή εργασία με θέμα την πειραματική μελέτη σκοπιμότητας του οργάνου εντοπισμού εξωηλιακών πλανητών της αποστολής της ESA “Eddington”, τεχνολογία που χρησιμοποιήθηκε μετέπειτα στην αποστολή της NASA, Keppler.
Ήρθε στη Κύπρο το 2005 όπου και ξεκίνησε την καριέρα του σαν μηχανικός τηλεπικοινωνιών στο τομέα της κινητής τηλεφωνίας. Αργότερα εργάστηκε σε οργανισμό παροχής ευρυζωνικών δορυφορικών υπηρεσιών όπου με επιτυχία διαχειρίστηκε την εγκατάσταση του πρώτου αμφίδρομου δορυφορικού δικτύου της εταιρίας. Τέλος από το 2011 εργάζεται στην Avanti Communications σαν ανώτερος μηχανικός τηλεπικοινωνιακών συστημάτων. Ηγήθηκε την ανάπτυξη της δορυφορικής πύλης του συστήματος HYLAS 2 στην Κύπρο, καθώς και την λειτουργική διαμόρφωση του ωφέλιμου φορτίου επικοινωνιών (payload) του δορυφόρου HYLAS 2. Σήμερα δουλεύει σαν ειδικός ανάπτυξης συστημάτων για τις μελλοντικές αποστολές της Avanti όπως το HYLAS 3 σε συνεργασία με την ESA.




EN’s February Meeting

Talk: “How to capitalize from entrepreneurship: Towards achieving general strategic objectives and building cooperative & big markets”

Tuesday, February 26, 6pm
Room B210, Building XOD02
New Campus , University of Cyprus

You are invited to EN’s next meeting which is going to begin with a 45-minutes talk by Mr Nicos Paschali under the subject “How to capitalize from entrepreneurship: Towards achieving general strategic objectives and building cooperative & big markets.”

After the talk and the possible questions of the audience there will follow discussion and networking between the participants on that subject, but not necessarily strictly on that.

Mr Nicos Paschali is an influential, persuasive presenter and communicator, business advisor, thinking-rewiring strategist, virtual coach & mentor.

IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN) is a volunteer based effort to gather all Electrical and Computers Engineers in Cyprus as well as other professionals in fields designated by IEEE who are interested in entrepreneurship in order to get networked. Join our LinkedIn Group!


Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Cyprus Section

Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 6 pm
Venue: University of Nicosia, Nicosia
Room: UNESCO amphitheater

— Chair’s review of the activities of the section for the past year
— Treasurer’s presentation of the Section’s accounts
— General discussion of the activities and the program for 2013
— Other matters and feedback from the members

Routing and Wavelength Assignment in Optical Networks

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Routing and Wavelength Assignment in Optical Networks

Dr. Konstantinos Manousakis, Research Fellow
KIOS Research Center, UCY

Wednesday, 6th February 2013, 17:00 – 18:30
Room ΚΕΝΤΡ. – A008, Old Campus
University of Cyprus

Abstract: In a wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) network, each fiber link carries high-rate traffic at several different wavelengths, thus creating multiple channels within a single fiber. The most common architecture utilized for establishing communication in WDM optical networks is wavelength routing, where optical pulse-trains are transmitted through lightpaths, that is, all-optical WDM channels that may span multiple consecutive fibers. An important problem in optical networks is to select the routes for the requested connections and to assign wavelengths on each of the links along these routes. This is known as the routing and wavelength assignment (RWA) problem. In a transparent or translucent network, where the signal on a lightpath remains in the optical domain, the quality of transmission (QoT) is significantly affected by physical limitations of fibers and optical components. The RWA problem in the presence of physical layer impairments is referred as Impairment aware (IA-) RWA. In this talk we will present RWA algorithms that take into account physical layer impairments and other constraints and can be used during optical network planning and network operation.

Biography: Konstantinos Manousakis is a Research Fellow at KIOS Research Centre for Intelligent Systems and Networks. He holds a Diploma (2004) in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece, an MSc (2007) and a PhD (2011) from the same department. In parallel to doctoral research, he was able to contribute to Greek and EU projects, in the field of optical networks. He also worked in the Networking Technologies Sector (NTS) of the Research Academic Computer Technology Institute as a Computer Engineer. NTS focus on the planning and the implementation of networking infrastructures, telematic services and optical networks. His current research interests include optimization algorithms for high speed optical networks, impairment aware routing and wavelength assignment algorithms, network planning and operation tools, protection and restoration techniques for optical networks, energy optimization algorithms in optical networks and techno-economic aspects of telecom networks.




Accelerating Bioinformatics and Biomedical Applications via Massively Parallel Reconfigurable Systems

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Accelerating Bioinformatics and Biomedical Applications via
Massively Parallel Reconfigurable Systems

Agathoklis Papadopoulos, PhD Candidate
ECE Department & KIOS Research Center, UCY

Wednesday, 30th January 2013, 17:00 – 18:30
Room ΚΕΝΤΡ. – A008, Old Campus, University of Cyprus

Abstract: The quest for advancement in healthcare diagnosis, monitoring and therapy, all key aspects of improving the quality of life, becomes heavily dependent on high-performance, real-time computation systems. Such systems are necessary to compute extremely complicated algorithms used by bioengineers and doctors worldwide and come in the form of supercomputers or large clusters, which were the only capable solutions keeping up with the application demands. However, such systems are large, expensive and energy devouring. Recent advancements allow the integration of reconfigurable hardware (FPGAs) and graphics processing units (GPUs), alongside with general-purpose processors (CPUs).
We used these state-of-the-art technologies for accelerating a popular bioinformatics application (CAST). A fully functional FPGA-based system was designed for performing CAST on massive biological data. An optimized multi-threaded software version and a GPU-based version were implemented as well and the three solutions were compared against each other. The comparison between these competing state-of-the-art solutions presented in this work, can provide useful insight for developing future hybrid solutions to accelerate other bioinformatics and biomedical applications. These hybrid architectures can benefit researchers working in the fields of biology, medicine and biomedical engineering, as are the first step to design a transparent, user-friendly, high-end processing system that will accelerate the computations needed for advancing their research, and dynamically reconfigure itself to adjust to the application and user requirements.

Biography: Agathoklis Papadopoulos pursues a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Cyprus, under the supervision of Dr. Theocharis Theocharides. His research interests include embedded systems design and application-specific hardware systems for biomedical and bioinformatics applications. Agathoklis received his 5-year Engineering Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens in 2009. During his studies at NTUA, he specialized at the fields of Hardware Design, Microprocessor and Microcontroller Systems, Database Systems and Bioengineering. Agathoklis currently is a researcher at KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks and a member of Embedded & Application Specific Systems-On-Chip Laboratory (EASoC).
His recent work is a part of ASCLEPIUS project and is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation through the Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation 2009-10 (DESMI 2009-2010), co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund.




IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN) first meeting and EXCOM elections

Dear IEEE members,
Happy and blessed New Year!
I would like to announce you that EN’s first meeting is going to take place on January 22, 4pm at the New Campus of the University of Cyprus (specific room to be announced at a later time).
In our meeting we are going to have the following:
· Greetings from the IEEE Cyprus Section Chair, Mr Panayiotis Symeou and the IEEE Region 8 Director-Elect 2013-2014, Mr Costas Stasopoulos,
· Short presentation of EN’s goals and objectives by EN’s Temporary Chair, Anastasia Georgouli,
· Discussion between the participants in the meeting in order to write down additional ideas to be taken into account in the organization of our events and initiatives,
· Elections for the first year Executive Committee (EXCOM).

Regarding the first elections of EN’s EXCOM I would like you to send me an e-mail with your declarations of interest for the elections together with a pdf form of your CV by January 15. The composition of EN’s EXCOM is the following: Chair, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Program Director. Any additional EN’s members – volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in the EXCOM’s monthly meetings and help as much actively as they wish in order to meet EN’s goals and to implement the organization of our events and initiatives.

Additionally to EXCOM’s monthly meetings, the whole EN is going to have monthly meetings open to all members and other interested parts. In those meetings we are going to have EN relevant discussions and networking, talks by entrepreneurship related experts or workshops / days of training. The usual date of those meeting is going to be within the third week of each month and it is going to be announced each time in our LinkedIn Group webpage (EN).
Please note that only IEEE members with renewed membership state for 2013 will be entitled to participate in the EXCOM’s elections, thus I need you to send me together with your CV your IEEE membership number. The deadline for declarations of candidacy is 12 noon on January 15, 2013.
Don’t forget to join our Group in LinkedIn (EN) so that you can get instantly informed about our news and schedule of the monthly meetings and take part in our discussions.
RSVP for your participation in our first meeting in following this link: RSVP.
Looking forward to seeing you on January 22 and hearing from you,
Anastasia Georgouli
Temporary Chair of IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN)

IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs’ Network (EN) – Call for participation

by Jake T.

The IEEE Cyprus Section is looking to create an Entrepreneurs’ Network (EN) to encourage entrepreneurship in IEEE designated fields in Cyprus. EN’s main objective is networking between IEEE members in Cyprus who are interested in entrepreneurship, from which possible cooperation and startups may come up. Monthly meetings will take place in the presence of the EN’s Executive Committee (Chair, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Program Director) and any other IEEE members or non-members concerned in the Network’s goals and interests. Professionals who by education or experience give evidence of competence in an IEEE designated field (Engineering, Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, Law and Policy) will be encouraged to join IEEE and participate in the EN. We are looking to have the first meeting within the next month in order to vote for the EN’s Executive Committee and discuss about how we are going to continue with this effort. In the meantime, we would like to hear from interested IEEE members and ask you to forward this announcement to any other professionals you have in mind in the fields mentioned above that may like to get involved in the EN.

Please contact Anastasia Georgouli ( for more information.