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)