Dear IEEE EUC Student Branch Members,

Our club is organizing another event on Thursday 20th of December, 2012. The event will consist both of a talk regarding IEEE Globally, and also Cyprus Section as well as a dinner right after. Please, keep in mind that in order to attend to the dinner, you need to attend to the talk too.

Details on “IEEE EXPERIENCE” event :

IEEE EUC SB Event : “The IEEE Experience”

Thursday, 20th of Dec, 2012
Room 221
20:00 – 21:00

Special Guests:
Panayiotis Symeou, IEEE Cyprus Section President and
Costas Stasopoulos IEEE Region 8 Director-Elect 2013-2014
Pavlos Kleanthous IEEE GOLD Cyprus Affinity Group Chair

Main points of the talk / presentation:
1. What is the IEEE? Mission, objectives activities.
2. Benefits of students membership
3. Benefits for graduate members
4. Benefits for professional members
5. Job search, opportunities etc
6. Discussion.

The Event is open for everyone… ( not only IEEE members )!!!

Επιχειρηματική Καινοτομία

Θα θέλαμε να σας ενημερώσουμε για τη διεξαγωγή Δημόσιας Διαβούλευσης σχετικά με τα νέα προγραμματα Επιχειρηματικής Καινοτομίας από το Υπουργείο Εμπορίου, Βιομηχανίας και Τουρισμού για την περίοδο 2014-2020. Επίσημη ενημέρωση υπάρχει στη σελίδα του ΥΕΒΤ:

Μπορείτε να ενημερωθείτε και να συμμετέχετε για τις δραστηριότητες του IEΕΕ GOLD σχετικά με το θέμα, μέσω της ιστοσελίδας, η οποία θα ενημερώνετε ανάλογα με τις εξελίξεις.

  • Το ΙΕΕΕ GOLD σας προσκαλεί να συμμετάσχετε στην επόμενη συναντηση Δημόσιας Διαβούλευσης την Τρίτη 18 Δεκεμβρίου από τις 6:00 μέχρι τις 9:00 Λευκωσία (ResArt, πλησίον της εκκλησίας των Αγίων Ομολογητών), η οποία θα δώσει έμφαση στη Δημιουργία Καινοτόμων Προϊόντων και Υπηρεσιών. Μέλη του συμβουλίου του ΙΕΕΕ GOLD θα παρευρεθούν επισης με σκοπο την εκπροσώπηση και ενημέρωση σχετικά με τις ευκαιρίες για Επιχειρηματικής Καινοτομίας για τους νέους και όχι μόνο.


Efficient Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems by Example of Wind Turbines

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Efficient Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems by Example of Wind Turbines

Dr. -Ing. habil. Andreas Müller,
Institute of Mechatronics,
Chemnitz, Germany

Wednesday, 28th November 2012, 17:00 – 18:30
ΚΕΝΤΡ. ΠΤΕΡ. – Ε113, Old Campus, University of Cyprus

Abstract: Control of advanced mechatronic systems requires adequate models reflecting the dynamics and the interaction of electrical, magnetic, and mechanical subsystems. For such strongly coupled systems the proper representation of domain interactions is crucial. This is achieved by a holistic approach modeling mechatronic systems by energetic state functions. Their dynamics is then governed by the Lagrangian motion equations in a unified manner. In this presentation the Lagrange model for electro-magneto-mechanical systems (EMMS), consisting of energetic state functions and a dissipation function, is briefly recalled. It automatically takes into account the nonlinear domain interactions, and is complemented by additional models for hysteresis in ferroelectric and ferromagnetic elements.
A contemporary example of controlled mechatronic systems are wind turbines. Wind turbines have become the sustainable backbone of green energy. This is not at least triggered by the availability of high-fidelity models enabling realistic numerical simulation of the turbine dynamics. Such simulation models, combining non-linear flexible and rigid substructures, wind field as well as converter and operational management, allow for detailed investigations of all parts of the turbine and its overall performance. However, such investigations require too long simulation times.
For a wind turbine design to get certified it must pass extensive simulation runs. The current standards require a few thousand different load case scenarios, which apparently poses a great challenge to the simulation tools. Even more, automatic mass simulation of predefined load cases requires capabilities that standard simulation tools are lacking, including parallel computation features that are indispensable for such applications.
In this talk an approach toward tailored software solutions for distributed batch simulation of wind turbines is discussed. The turbine model is described in detail and implementation issues are addressed. Special emphasis is given to the structure of the software. The reported simulation tool is validated and successfully applied in the industrial design and certification.
The talk is intended for anyone who is interested in dynamics simulation of mechatronic systems and in wind turbines in particular. The lecture can also be taken as crash course to the current state of technology in the wind turbine sector.

Biography: Andreas Müller joined the Institute of Mechatronics e.V., Chemnitz, an independent research institution, in 2011 as deputy manager. He concluded his study of mathematics and electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, Germany, and the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK, respectively in 1997. He also obtained a diploma degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University Chemnitz, Germany, where he was 2004 awarded a PhD in theoretical mechanics. In 2011 he was granted the Habilitation degree from the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His research interests are centered on multibody dynamics, geometrical mechanics, non-linear electromechanical systems, and biomechanics. He is the author of more than 50 journal publications, 100 peer-reviewed conference papers, 4 book chapters, and the editor of five books in robotics and control. He serves as associate editor for Mech. Machine Theory, ASME J. Mechanisms and Robotics, Meccanica, Mechanical Sciences, Int. J. Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, Int. J. Advanced Robotic Systems.




Chaotic electronics and applications

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Chaotic electronics and applications

Dr. Stavros G. Stavrinides
Visiting Assistant Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Cyprus

Wednesday, 21st November 2012, 17:00 – 18:30
ΚΕΝΤΡ. ΠΤΕΡ. – Ε113, Old Campus, University of Cyprus

Abstract: Chaos is a universal phenomenon, exhibited by complex systems. Although it seems to be random, it is not stochastic, but deterministic. Since almost all processes in nature are nonlinear, complex (chaotic) phenomena are the norm. Thus, one can realize the significance of applied chaos theory in all fields of science, engineering, economy and social sciences. Since nonlinear circuit behavior has attracted the interest of the scientific and engineering community, during the last decades, numerous circuits have been presented. Next to that, experimental study and verification of chaotic phenomena, utilizing nonlinear circuits, have been portrayed. Moreover, applications of chaotic operating nonlinear circuits have appeared, mainly in the area of secure communications or ultra-wideband data transmission. In this lecture an introduction to chaos and its features is provided, together with applied chaos theory examples utilizing nonlinear circuits’ examples. Finally, chaotic synchronization and its application on secure communications and ultra-wideband (UWB) is discussed.

Biography: Dr. Stavros Stavrinides received his Physics Diploma, his M.Sc. in Electronics and his Ph.D. in Chaotic Electronics in 1996, 2003 and 2007, respectively; all from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCY in Cyprus. Dr Stavrinides has taught numerous topics in physics and electronics, in various institutions (such as the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Kavala Institute of Technology) for more than 14 years. His research interests include, non-exhaustively, the design of analog and mixed-signal electronic circuits, chaotic electronics and their applications, experimental chaotic synchronization, chaotic UWB communications as well as, measurement and instrumentation systems. Dr. Stavrinides has authored or co-authored more than 40 journal and conference papers. He has participated, as a researcher, in several (Greek-) national and international (EU, NATO) funded projects.




Satellite Communications


Satellite Communications

Constantinos Kassianides
Venue: Auditorium Alpha –European University Cyprus
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 6-7pm

Main points of the seminar:

  1. A short historical overview of satellite communications
  2. Basics of Satellite communications
  3. Satellite Orbits and Frequencies
  4. Satellite Services and applications
  5. Satellite Signal – Atmospheric effects/impairments
  6. The Hellas Sat Satellite
  7. HELLAS SAT R&D activities

Biography: Constantinos Kassianides was born in Cyprus. He holds the degree of HND in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute, Cyprus, and the degrees of Beng(Hons) Electronics and Communications and PhD in Satellite Communications from the University of Glamorgan, UK. Between 1998 and 2002 he was a part‐time lecturer at the University of Glamorgan, UK, in the area of Telecommunications, Media and Computer Programming. He has also been with the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation as a Telecommunications Engineer in the TV Broadcasting Department. Dr. Kassianides since 2003 has been with HELLAS‐SAT, where he held the positions of Payload Manager and Head of R&D Department. He currently holds the position of Head of R&D and Teleport Marketing, being responsible for participating in research projects in the area of satellite communications, development of new services, project management and development of the Hellas Sat Teleport in Cyprus. He has been the project manager/coordinator of ESA funded project in the frame of ARTES 1 program, Project Manager for Hellas Sat of the EU 6th Framework funded IP project, RURAL WINGS, participating in other EU and ESA funded Research Projects in the area of Telecommunications and has been participating in International Conferences and forums with publications and conference papers in the field of satellite communications. He has been the external examiner of PhD Thesis in Satellite Communications in Cranfield University, UK. His research interests include Satellite Communication Systems, Radiowave Propagation, TV Broadcasting over Satellite, Mobile Satellite Communications, Modeling and Simulation of Digital Systems, and UAVs.

Light refreshments will be provided.
Parking information:
The seminar is organized with the collaboration of the EUC IEEE Student Branch.




Every Picture Tells a Story – Visual Cluster Analysis

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Every Picture Tells a Story – Visual Cluster Analysis

Prof. James C. Bezdek
Computation Intelligence Society (CIS) Distinguished Lecturer

Wednesday, 31th October 2012, 17:00 – 18:30
Room XWD01-110, New Campus, University of Cyprus

Abstract: The talk overviews the history of Visual Clustering, which began thousands of years ago. The first image for this appeared in 1873. Three algorithms for visual assessment of clustering tendency examined, namely the VAT, iVAT and asiVAT, with applications to social network analysis. Particularly three applications, one for each algorithm will be discussed: time series analysis with clusters of linguistic medoid prototypes in Eldercare data (iVAT); social network analysis with Sampson’s Monastery data (asiVAT); and network access security (VAT), a commercial application developed by CA technologies.

Biography: Prof. James (Jim) Bezdek received the PhD in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 1973. Jim is past president of NAFIPS (North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society), IFSA (International Fuzzy Systems Association) and the IEEE CIS (Computational Intelligence Society). He is the Founding Editor of the Int. Journal of Approximate Reasoning and the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, and he is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and IFSA. He is the recipient of the IEEE 3rd Millennium, Medal, IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award, and IEEE Rosenblatt Award. Jim’s interests: woodworking, optimization, motorcycles, pattern recognition, cigars, clustering in very large data, fishing, co-clustering, blues music, wireless sensor networks, poker and visual clustering. Jim retired in 2007, and will be coming to a university near you soon.




Integrating Green House Emission Costs in Life-Cycle Loss Evaluations

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Integrating Green House Emission Costs in Life-Cycle Loss Evaluations

Antonis Lazari
Ph.D. Student of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Cyprus

Wednesday, 17th October 2012, 17:00 – 18:30
Room KENTP. ΠΤΕΡ. – E113, Old Campus, University of Cyprus

Abstract: In the context of the continuous growth on power system investment and energy costs, the stakeholders are willing to strike a sense of balance between cost of purchase and cost of energy losses. Electric utilities are gradually interested in installing highly efficient equipment in their networks, so as to reduce the energy consumption. Hence, it is essential to rely on enhanced methodologies that could in detail evaluate the losses of electrical equipment/systems and their cost, in our case in transmission lines. European Commission strategies are encouraging communities towards more efficient and more sustainable energy solutions that will result in reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions in future years. Nowadays the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is becoming a topical issue due to the growing concern for global warming and climate change. The actions that can immediately reduce GHG emissions and their cost, for an electric utility, are the use of energy efficient equipment and renewable energy sources. This presentation aims to provide an enhancement of a previous model for the evaluation of the Total Cost of Ownership (T.O.C.) that supports transmission lines by introducing environmental factors, i.e. GHG emissions and their cost. Efficient transmission lines need to be evaluated for losses by providing vital enhancements beyond the state of the art.

Biography: Antonis Lazari was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1988. He studied M.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and graduated in 2010 from the University of Bristol, UK. Since January 2011 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of Cyprus as a PhD student in the field of Electrical Power Engineering. His research interests include Losses Evaluation in the light of increasing penetration of renewable energy generation.




Indices for Assessing the R.E.S Penetration in Transmission Networks of Isolated Systems

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Indices for Assessing the R.E.S Penetration in Transmission Networks of Isolated Systems

Alexandros Nikolaides
Ph.D. Student of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Cyprus

Wednesday, 24th October 2012, 17:00 – 18:30
Room KENTP. ΠΤΕΡ. – E113, Old Campus, University of Cyprus

Abstract: The continuous increase on the penetration levels of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in power systems has led to radical changes on the design, operation and control of the electrical network. Since the issue of the Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament, each country-member of the European Union, has set specific targets to achieve in accordance to the Directive. Consequently, with renewable energy sources’ integration increasing at a fast rate, the shape of the grid is continuously changing, thus revealing the dynamic nature of the subject. This work investigates the influence of these changes on the operation of a transmission network by developing a set of indices, spanning from power losses to G.H.G emissions reduction. These indices are attempting to quantify any impacts therefore providing a tool for assessing the RES penetration in transmission networks, mainly for isolated systems. These individual indices are assigned an analogous weight and are mingled to provide a single multi-objective index that performs a final evaluation. These indices are used to evaluate the impact of the integration of RES into the classic WSCC 3-machine, 9-bus transmission network.

Biography: Alexandros Nikolaidis was born in Ptolemaida, Greece in 1986. He received his Diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, in November, 2010 and his MSc degree from the University of Cyprus in May, 2012. Since September, 2012 he is pursuing his PhD degree at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Cyprus. His main research interests include Power System Analysis, Power System Operation, Renewable Energy Sources integration and Power System Planning.




Real-Time Hand Tracking for Human-Computer Interaction

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Real-Time Hand Tracking for Human-Computer Interaction

Dr. Paris Kaimakis

Wednesday, 26th September 2012, 17:30 – 18:30
Room KENTP. ΠΤΕΡ. – E113, Old Campus, University of Cyprus

Abstract: The successful commercialisation of Microsoft’s Kinect has recently demonstrated the increasing demand for reliable, low-cost, real-time Markerless Motion Capture systems — systems that can sequentially estimate the subject’s 3D pose based on visual information, without markers. Such systems have numerous lucrative applications, e.g. in human-computer interaction, computer gaming, animation, automated surveillance, and more.
The last decade has seen minimal progress in the field, mainly due to the conflicting design criteria of such systems: real-time processing indicates that implementation of gradient-based algorithms is necessary for tracking, while the low-cost criterion disqualifies the use of dedicated hardware and therefore imposes use of low-level and often ambiguous data. The problem is that gradient-based approaches become very unstable in the presence of such ambiguity.
In this talk we introduce a system designed to circumvent these difficulties, achieving real-time tracking of the human hand with high precision and zero hardware requirements further to an ordinary laptop. The talk will focus on the system’s early design and modelling steps, as well as its Bayesian formulation.

Biography: Dr Paris Kaimakis conducted his doctoral research in the Signal Processing Laboratory at the University of Cambridge focusing on solutions to the Markerless Motion Capture problem. After receiving the PhD degree in 2009, he worked as a Research Associate in the Computer Laboratory, again in the University of Cambridge. His post-doctoral research concentrated on the automation of urban road traffic surveillance and flow-volume estimation using visual means and sequential Monte Carlo methods. In 2010 he joined Autonomy, the UK’s largest software firm, as a Research and Development Engineer. While in Autonomy, he worked in the development of augmented reality applications for the iPhone/iPad and for Android devices. He has been involved in the development of the popular Aurasma App, the world’s first visual browser (over 3 million users, available at the App Store and Google Play) and worked in related side-projects such as 3D head tracking, image processing and image analysis. In 2011 Paris returned to Cyprus and co-founded a company dedicated to the development and commercialisation of new-generation, human-oriented, controller-free computer interfaces.




Leaders of Computational Intelligence discuss its Grand Challenges at the University of Cyprus

(English announcement below)

To IEEE Computational Intelligence Society σας προσκαλεί στην ημερίδα:
“Οι μεγάλες προκλήσεις στον τομέα της Υπολογιστικής Νοημοσύνης”
με 9 κορυφαίους ακαδημαϊκούς διεθνούς φήμης απ’ όλο τον κόσμο.

Παρασκευή, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου, 9:30 – 17:30
Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου,  Κτήριο Λεβέντη, Αίθουσα Β108 (χάρτης)

Η Υπολογιστική Νοημοσύνη, περιλαμβάνει την θεωρία και εφαρμογή μεθοδολογιών και αλγορίθμων εμπνευσμένων από τη βιολογία και τη γλωσσολογία με έμφαση στα νευρωνικά δίκτυα (neural networks), στους εξελικτικούς/γενετικούς αλγόριθμους (evolutionary computation), στα ασαφή συστήματα (fuzzy systems), καθώς και στα υβριδικά ευφυή συστήματα (hybrid intelligent systems).


The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society invites you the the workshop on the
“Grand Challenges of Computational Intelligence”
with 9 leading international experts

Friday, 14 September, 9:30 – 17:30
University of Cyprus, Leventis Building, Room Β108 (map)

Computational Intelligence is the theory and practice of methods and algorithms inspired by biology and linguistics, with special emphasis on Neural Networks, Evolutionary Computation, Fuzzy Systems as well as Hybrid Intelligent Systems.