Dr. Andreas Kamilaris


Department of Building
School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore

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I received the BA degree in Computer Science from University of Cyprus in 2007 and the MS degree in Distributed Systems from the ETH University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2009. I worked two years as an IT consultant in Politis newspaper and I am co-founder of Elevate-Me Promotions, which is the first company that brought to Cyprus the radical-new concept of elevator advertising.

In December 2012, I have successfully defended my PhD Thesis, entitled "Enabling Smart Homes using Web Technologies" at the Computer Science department of the University of Cyprus, under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Pitsillides, collaborating with the Institute for Pervasive Computing of the ETH Zurich, in the area of the Web of Things. I am also a member of the Networks Research Laboratory (NetRL), which is part of the Computer Science department of the University of Cyprus.

For the last one year, I worked as a postdoc research fellow at the Department of Building, School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore (NUS), studying techniques for reducing the ICT-based plug loads in offices and commercial buildings, affecting at the same time the occupants' behaviour towards more rational use of the office equipment for energy savings.

Now, I returned back to the Computer Science department of the University of Cyprus, working on Social Electricity Online Platform (SEOP), a European project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), which aims to educate European citizens on aspects relating to energy and sustainability. In parallel, I continue my collaboration with NUS, working as a consultant at some of the research projects running at the Department of Building.

Additional Info:
  1. PhD Thesis (Abstract, Full Thesis, Presentation)
  2. Personal CV
  • The Internet of Things and the Web of Things
  • Online Social Networking
  • Eco-Feedback Techniques and Green ICT Applications for Raising Environmental Awareness
  • Smart Metering and Energy Awareness
  • Energy Efficiency in Smart Homes, Offices and Commercial Buildings
  • Measuring and Analyzing ICT-based Plug Loads in Offices towards Energy Savings and Load Disaggregation
  • Affecting Employees for more Efficient Use of ICT Equipment in Offices
  • Vocational Learning of Citizens about Energy and Sustainability
  • Urban Computing and Participatory Sensing
  • Integration of Energy-Aware Smart Homes to the Smart Grid (Demand Response, Load Shedding Techniques)
  • Ad hoc, Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Web Technologies
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Distributed Systems
JournalsConferences WorkshopsBook ChaptersPosters/DemosTechnical ReportsMagazines

Journals

  1. Andreas Kamilaris, Balaji Kalluri, Sekhar Kondepudi and Tham Kwok Wai. A literature survey on measuring energy usage for miscellaneous electric loads in offices and commercial buildings. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 536-550, June, 2014. (.bib | .pdf)
  2. Andreas Kamilaris, Andreas Pitsillides and Michalis Yiallouros. Building Energy-aware Smart Homes using Web Technologies. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (JAISE), vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 161-186, March, 2013. (.bib | .pdf)
  3. Andreas Kamilaris, George Taliadoros, Diomidis Papadiomidous and Andreas Pitsillides. The Practice of Online Social Networking of the Physical World. International Journal of Space-Based and Situated Computing (IJSSC), vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 240-252, November, 2012. (.bib | .pdf)
  4. Andreas Kamilaris, Yiannis Tofis, Chakib Bekara, Andreas Pitsillides and Elias Kyriakides. Integrating Web-Enabled Energy-Aware Smart Homes to the Smart Grid. International Journal on Advances in Intelligent Systems, vol. 5, no. 1 & 2, pp. 15-31, July, 2012. (.bib | .pdf)
  5. Andreas Kamilaris, Vlad Trifa, and Andreas Pitsillides. The Smart Home meets the Web of Things. International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing (IJAHUC), Special issue on The Smart Digital Home, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 145-154, April, 2011. (.bib | .pdf)

Conferences

  1. Andreas Kamilaris, Dang Truong Hoang Ngan, Alexandros Pantazaras, Balaji Kalluri, Sekhar Kondepudi and Tham Kwok Wai. Good Practices in the Use of ICT Equipment for Electricity Savings at a University Campus. In Proc. of the 5th International Green Computing Conference (IGCC), Dallas, Texas USA, November 2014. (To Appear) (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  2. Andreas Kamilaris, Koula Papakonstantinou and Andreas Pitsillides. Exploring the Use of DNS as a Search Engine for the Web of Things. In Proc. of the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT), Seoul, South Korea, March 2014. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  3. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. The Impact of Remote Sensing on the Everyday Lives of Mobile Users in Urban Areas. In Proc. of the 7th International Conference on Mobile Computing and Ubiquitous Networking (ICMU), Singapore, January 2014. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  4. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. The Web as a Common Language Towards Software Sustainability. In Proc. of the International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2013. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  5. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. Towards Interoperable and Sustainable Smart Homes. In Proc. of the IST-Africa 2013 Conference, Special Session on Environmental Sustainability, Applications and Case Studies, Nairobi, Kenya, May 2013.
  6. Andreas Kamilaris, Giannis Kitromilides and Andreas Pitsillides. Energy Conservation through Social Competitions in Blocks of Flats. In Proc. of the 1st International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems (SMARTGREENS), Porto, Portugal, April 2012. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  7. Andreas Kamilaris, Diomidis Papadiomidous and Andreas Pitsillides. Lessons Learned from Online Social Networking of Physical Things. In Proc. of the Sixth International Conference on Broadband and Wireless Computing, Communication and Applications (BWCCA), Barcelona, Spain, October 2011. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  8. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. Exploiting Demand Response in Web-based Energy-aware Smart Homes. In Proc. of the first International Conference on Smart Grids, Green Communications and IT Energy-aware Technologies (Energy 2011), Venice, Italy, May 2011. Best Paper Award. (.bib | .pdf)
  9. Andreas Kamilaris, Vlad Trifa, and Andreas Pitsillides. HomeWeb: An Application Framework for Web-based Smart Homes. In Proc. of the 18th International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2011), Ayia Napa, Cyprus, May 2011. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  10. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. Social Networking of the Smart Home. In 21st Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal,Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 2010), Istanbul, Turkey, September 2010. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  11. Vlad Trifa, Dominique Guinard, Vlatko Davidovski, Andreas Kamilaris and Ivan Delchev. Web Messaging for Open and Scalable Distributed Sensing Applications. In International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2010), pages 129-143, Vienna, Austria, July 2010.

Workshops

  1. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. Using Request Queues for Enhancing the Performance of Operations in Smart Homes. In the 7th ACM International Workshop on Performance Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation of Heterogeneous Wireless and Wired Networks (PM2HW2N), in Proc. of MSWiM 2012, Paphos, Cyprus, October 2012. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  2. Andreas Kamilaris, Nicolas Iannarilli, Vlad Trifa, and Andreas Pitsillides. Bridging the Mobile Web and the Web of Things in Urban Environments. In Urban Internet of Things Workshop, in Proc. of IoT 2010, Tokyo, Japan, November 2010. (.bib | .pdf | Presentation)
  3. Andreas Kamilaris, Vlad Trifa and Dominique Guinard. Building Web-based Infrastructures for Smart Meters. In Energy Awareness and Conservation through Pervasive Applications Workshop, in Proc. of Pervasive 2010, Helsinki, Finland, May 2010. (.bib | .pdf)

Book Chapters

  • Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. Blending Online Social Networking with the Physical World. Dynamic Analysis for Social Network, iConcept Press, 2012. (.bib | .pdf)

Posters/Demos

  1. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. A Web-based Tourist Guide Mobile Application. In Proc. of the International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2013. (.bib | .pdf)
  2. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. Using DNS for Global Discovery of Environmental Services. In Proc. of the 8th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST), Porto, Portugal, April 2012. (.bib | .pdf | Poster)
  3. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. The Evolution of Smart Homes - Towards the Web. In 2nd Workshop of KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks, Nicosia, Cyprus, April 2012. (Poster)

Technical Reports

  1. Andreas Kamilaris, Marios Michael, Andreas Pitsillides and Christos Fidas. A Case Study on the Use of Social Electricity by Cypriot Residents. Technical Report No. TR-13-1, Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, September 2013. (.pdf)
  2. Andreas Kamilaris and Andreas Pitsillides. A Restful Architecture for Web-based Smart Homes using Request Queues. Technical Report No. TR-12-5, Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, June 2012. (.pdf)

Magazines

  • Andreas Kamilaris, George Taliadoros and Andreas Pitsillides. Social Electricity: When Awareness about Electricity becomes Social. In the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) News, no. 93, pp. 47-48, January 2013. (.pdf)
Social Electricity Online Platform (SEOP) is a European project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). It started officially in January, 2014 and its mission is to develop educational services, learning modules and online eco-feedback platforms, through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to raise the awareness and education of European citizens about electricity, energy, sustainability and the environment. The project extends the award-winning Social Electricity Facebook application, enhancing it with a pedagogical character, based on state of the art methodologies relating to adult education and latest developments in the field of adult training and e-learning.

The commercial sector is responsible in a large extend for the overall energy consumption around the world. Miscellaneous electric loads (MELs), defined as all non-main commercial building electric loads, have a significant role in this consumption. In this project, we aimed to measure and analyze the consumption patterns of these loads, identifying good practices in the use of ICT equipment methods for energy savings and also deriving techniques for signature analysis of electrical appliances and load disaggregation. Through persuasive approaches, we will try to influence occupants towards more rational use of energy in their office space. Our energy metering equipment has been deployed at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.

A summary of the practices we recorded for efficient use of ICT equipment is available in this paper (IGCC conference 2014). Also, a literature survey on energy metering of MELs in offices is available here (Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews journal 2014). During the project, we also developed a building management system (BMS) Web application, for managing office equipment, observing and comparing their consumption or the aggregated consumption in different rooms/offices in real-time through smart plugs. A description and user manual of this BMS applications is provided here.

Social Electricity is a Facebook application that aims to raise the energy awareness of users by exploiting social norms, normative social influence and various eco-feedback services. It allows people to compare their electricity footprint with their online friends and their neighborhood/village/city in a country-wide scale. Detailed domestic consumption data from all around Cyprus is provided by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, for the last three years. After two years of operation, our application counts more than 2,000 active users. Social Electricity has been awarded the first prize at the 2nd ITU Green ICT Application Challenge. Reportages (in Greek) about Social Electricity were produced in TV (ANT1, RIK), in newspapers (Phileleftheros, Alithia, Xaraugi) and in radio (Astra 92.8, Politis 107.6).

Publications about the project are available here (IJSSC journal 2012) and here (BWCCA conference 2011).

HomeWeb is an application framework for smart homes, built using Web principles and designed following REST architectural style. By integrating request queues for communicating with home devices, reliability and time efficiency are ensured while prioritized requests can be easily included to the system and multiple simultaneous family members may be supported. By combining sensor devices with smart power outlets, the foundational pillars are built, towards energy-aware smart homes that operate with Web technologies. Access to the source code of the framework is available here (zip) and here (git). You can find a manual for the application here.

Publications about this project are available here (ICT conference 2011), here (IJAHUC journal 2011), here (PM2HW2N workshop 2012) and here (IJSSC journal 2013).

UrbanRadar is a mobile application that discovers, locates and interacts with services, provided by Internet-enabled sensors that are registered to the online sensor directory Cosm and are deployed in the proximity of the mobile user. These services help the mobile user be aware of the local environmental conditions. Location is a potential dimension that facilitates the filtering of enormous amounts of data, collected by Web-enabled sensors that will flood the cities of the future.

Description of this approach, towards the vision of a real-time digital city, is available here (Urban Internet of Things workshop 2010). A case study on the impact of remote sensing on the everyday lives of mobile users in urban areas is presented in this paper (ICMU conference 2014). Based on the feedback from participants, we identified eleven design patterns, important for future mobile applications involving remote sensing. Finally, in order to enable real-time, global and pervasive discovery of environmental services in urban areas through the Web, we explored the use of DNS as a search engine for the Web of Things in this paper (WF-IoT conference 2014).

Cyprus Tourist Guide is a project that aims to encourage and reinforce tourism in Cyprus, by offering location-based services to tourists, for attractions around the island. Through this project, a mobile application has been developed, helping tourists to taste the beauties of Cyprus in a more informed way. The use of HTML5/AJAX technologies, in combination with Adobe PhoneGap, allowed the deployment of the application in various mobile platforms such as Android, iOS (for iPhone,iPad), Windows Phone, Blackberry and webOS. The project is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. A press article about the project has been released in Kathimerini local newspaper (in Greek). After one year from its official release, the Android application has been used by more than 4,000 tourists from 32 countries visiting Cyprus.

More info about the project is available here here (paper at the STE conference 2013) and here (presentation at the CSR conference 2013).

Honored for excellence and high-quality research during my PhD study at the Computer Science department of the University of Cyprus, by the Department Chair Prof. Marios Dikaiakos. At Nicosia, Cyprus in June, 2013.
First prize award for the most innovative green ICT application, at the 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). At Paris, France in September, 2012.
First prize award at the Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition (CyEC) 2012 for the start-up company Elevate-Me Promotions and its latest innovation for digital, Web-based elevator advertising services. At Nicosia, Cyprus in July, 2012.
Best paper award for the paper Exploiting Demand Response in Web-based Energy-aware Smart Homes, during the 1st International Conference on Smart Grids, Green Communications and IT Energy-aware Technologies (Energy 2011). At Venice, Italy in May, 2011.
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2014

2013

  • Presented the paper "The Web as a Common Language Towards Software Sustainability" and demonstrated the "Cyprus Tourist Guide" mobile application. At the International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2013. (Presentation)
  • Invited Talk about "A Digital Tourist Guide for Cyprus". At the 6th Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Nicosia, Cyprus, June, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Post on the ITU blog about the "Thrill of the 2012 ITU Green ICT Application Challenge and its Unexpected Rewards". June, 2013
  • Invited Talk about "Collaborative Economy: An answer to the financial crisis". At the Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, June, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Moderated a Workshop about "Raising Awareness for Sustainable Energy". At the Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning (JTEL), Limassol, Cyprus, May, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Invited Talk about "The Web of Things: Enabling the Physical World to the Web". At the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, March, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Presented the evolvement of "Social Electricity" project. At the Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and Climate Change, dedicated to Smart Sustainable Cities, at ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, February, 2013.

2012

  • PhD Defense Presentation about "Enabling Smart Homes Using Web Technologies". At University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 17 December, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Interview from APOFOITOS magazine (in Greek) about the overall experiences before graduating from the University of Cyprus. December, 2012.
  • Invited Talk about "How to elevate your idea into a business". At IEEE GOLD Entrepreneurship Day, Nicosia, Cyprus, November, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Interview from ITU News about winning the 2012 ITU Green ICT Application Challenge. November, 2012.
  • Presented the project "Social Electricity". At the 3rd Open Coffee Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, October, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Presented the paper "Using Request Queues for Enhancing the Performance of Operations in Smart Buildings". At the 7th ACM International Workshop on Performance Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation of Heterogeneous Wireless and Wired Networks (PM2HW2N), in Proc. of MSWiM 2012, Paphos, Cyprus, October 2012. (Presentation)
  • Received the first prize award for the most innovative green ICT application "Social Electricity". At the 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Paris, France, September, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Presented the paper "Energy Conservation through Social Competitions in Blocks of Flats". At the 1st International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems (SMARTGREENS), Porto, Portugal, April 2012. (Presentation)

2011

2010

CourseWorking asSemesterSchool
PF1105: Intelligent BuildingsAssistantSpring 2014National University of Singapore
PF3303: Facilities ManagementAssistantSpring 2014National University of Singapore
EPL 602: Foundations of Internet TechnologiesAssistantSpring 2011University of Cyprus
EPL 660: Information Retrieval and Search Engines AssistantSpring 2011University of Cyprus
  • Marios Michael. An Analysis of the State of the Art in Green ICT Platforms: Strengths and Weaknesses.
    (Oct. 2014 - May 2015, UCY Cyprus) (Just Started)
  • Evangelia Vanezi. Building an iOS Mobile Application for Social Electricity.
    (May 2014 - Dec. 2014, UCY Cyprus) (Pending)
  • Jodi Neovino. Study of User Behaviour on Personal Computer Energy Consumption in an Office Environment.
    (May 2014 - Oct. 2014, NUS Singapore) (Accomplished)
  • Hoang Ngan Dang Truong. An energy audit on ICT Plug Loads in School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. (Sept. 2013 - Mar. 2014, NUS Singapore) (Accomplished)
  • Noor Danial. Smart Technologies to Enhance Elderly Living in Singapore.
    (Sept. 2013 - Mar. 2014, NUS Singapore) (Accomplished)
  • Pampos Simeou. Offering Enterprise Directory Services.
    (Sept. 2013 - May 2014, UCY Cyprus) (Abandoned)
  • Yiota Tsokkou. E-learning and Education about Energy Awareness.
    (Jan. 2013 - May 2013, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Eleni Philippou. Smart Grid Security from the Smart Home Perspective.
    (Sept. 2012 - May 2013, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Dimitris Stokkos. Building an Android Mobile Application for Social Electricity.
    (Sept. 2012 - Jan. 2013, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Andreas Loizou. Fair Comparisons of Electricity Consumption between Cypriot Citizens using Machine Learning Techniques. (Sept. 2012 - May 2013, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Marios Michael. Evaluation of Social Electricity Facebook Application.
    (Sept. 2012 - May 2013, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Maria Nikolaou. Using Request Queues for Enhancing the Performance of Smart Home Operations.
    (Jan. 2013 - May 2013, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Koula Papakonstantinou. Using DNS for Global Discovery of Environmental Services.
    (Jan. 2013 - May 2013, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Frosw Seleari. UrbanRadar: Towards Real-Time Digital Cities.
    (Sept. 2011 - May 2012, UCY Cyprus) (Abandoned)
  • George Taliadoros. Deploying Social Electricity in Cyprus.
    (Sept. 2011 - May 2012, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Diomidis Papadiomidous. Social Electricity: Energy Awareness through Social Networking.
    (Sept. 2010 - May 2011, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Giannis Kitromilides. A Competition for Energy Awareness in Multi-Resident Buildings.
    (Sept. 2009 - May 2010, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
  • Michalis Yiallouros. An Application GUI for a Web-based Smart Home.
    (Sept. 2009 - May 2010, UCY Cyprus) (Accomplished)
Cyprus

Department of Computer Science
University of Cyprus
Panepistimioupolis
P.O. Box 20537
Nicosia, CY 1678, Cyprus

Email: kami_at_cs_ucy_ac_cy
Singapore

Department of Building
School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore
4 Architecture Drive, 117566
Singapore