Current Research Grants

and Contracts

Medical Informatics

Computational Intelligence

Multimedia Information Systems

Project Description

European Commission, 4th Framework-INCO Programme

Principal Investigator - Co-ordinator

Project # 973324 CJIS: Cultural Journeys in the Information Society
To study the problems of building effective distributed and interactive multimedia systems and at the same time learn how to exploit and evaluate their impact in the development of our society at large.
The general objective of this project is to contribute to the development of these systems as well as to study the social impacts of a state-of- the-art prototype. More specifically, an interactive, distributed multimedia system will be developed, which will take advantage of recent advances in the areas of multimedia modeling and development, middleware platforms and coordination models, parallel and distributed software engineering, digital libraries, and networking techniques. This prototype will be tailored to the specific needs of cultural exploration; furthermore, it will be particularly suitable for areas such as education, training, cultural integration, tourism, and electronic commerce. Thus, the overall objective of this project is to set up a framework to support Electronic Roads, by means of developing cross-national links of them, and use them for cultural and historical exploration in several countries of the Euro-Med region. In other words, the general aim of the project is to offer a concrete contribution to the creation (and evaluation of its impact) of the Information Society in the Euro-Med region.

The other partners are: Cairo University, Egypt; The Royal Scientific Society, Jordan; The National Technical University of Athens, Greece; M.I.D.E. / Universidad De Castilla-La Mancha, Spain; and Infogroup S.A., Greece.
December 1998 - December 2001

European Commission, 4th Framework-ESPRIT Programme

Partner - Co-ordinator of the Cyprus Participation

Project # 24294 MENON: Multimedia Educational Innovation Network
The main objective of the project is the establishment and operation of a Multimedia Support Network for Education in Europe which will contribute to the strengthening of the multimedia industry by supporting the competitive production and delivery of educational multimedia products of real "usage value", ie. of real learning value.

In order to proceed with this objective, the Project aims at:

  • the rationalization of the educational multimedia development procedures (production and customisation), in order to meet the needs of a fragmented and highly demanding market, 

  • the increase (maturity) of the demand of educational multimedia software, by promoting changes and good practice of use of the new learning media in the educational environment as well as by upgrading the level of human resources in the education sector ("state-of-the-art" information, training, guidance, etc. to teachers, decision-makers, national and/or regional educational authorities, Schools of Education, etc.), particularly in the environment of Primary and Secondary Education.

This project is Co-ordinated by the Lambrakis Research Foundation, Greece, and the other partners are: Scienter (SCI), Italy, ORFEUS (ORF), Denmark, ORAVEP (ORA), France, FIM-Psychologie (FIM), Univ. of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, SOLU (SOL), United Kingdom, and University of Cyprus (UCY), Cyprus.
October 1998 - October 1999

European Commission, 4th Framework - Health Telematics Applications Programme

Partner - Co-ordinator of the Cyprus Participation

Project #HC1001-AMBULANCE: Mobile Unit for Health Care Provision via Telematics support. The aim with the project is the design and development of a mobile/portable medical device usable for medical emergencies in European Countries that will allow telediagnosis, remote supervision, and teleconsultation of mobile health care providers by specialised physicians located in key positions or sites. The proposed device will allow the acquisition and transmission of critical biosignals as well as the acquisition and transmission of images of the patient, that will allow for a visual inspection. 

The Co-ordinator for this project is the National Technical University of Athens and the other partners are: Ericsson Infocom Consultants-Sweden, Eurotechnology-Sweden, Malmo Cardiologiska Instituten-Sweden, Epsilon Software-Greece, Athens Medical Centre-Greece, Medical Diagnosis & Treatment-Greece, Panafon-Greece, R&S Informatica-Italy, and Ministry of Health-Cyprus.
January 1996 - December 1998

European Commission, 4th Framework - Health Telematics Applications Programme

Partner - Co-ordinator of the Cyprus Participation

Project #HC4027-EMERGENCY-112: An Integrated Portable Medical Device for Emergency Telemedicine: The objective of this project will be to develop an integrated portable medical device for emergency telemedicine. This device will facilitate the reduction of treatment time, improve medical diagnosis, and reduce costs. The transmission of critical biosignals (ECG, BP, HR, SpO2, Temperature) and Images to an emergency call center will enable physicians to direct pre-hospital care more effectively, leading to a reduction in mortality.
The Co-ordinator of this project is the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and the other partners are: ATM Group, Sweden, ESAOTE SpA, Italy, R&S Informatica, Italy, CPR - Pisa Hospital, Italy, Universitetssjukhuset MAS, Sweden, Epsilon Software, Greece, Medical Diagnosis&Treatment L.T.D, Greece, PANAFON Hellenic S.A., Greece, AMBULANCIAS ALVAREZ, S.L, Spain, University of Cyprus, Ministry of Health, Cyprus.
January 1998 - December 2000

University of Cyprus, Research Committee

Co-ordinator (with A.C. Kakas)

Project ERIS - Electronic Roads in the Information Society: The project aims to develop and bring together studies from the areas of high-speed computer networks, distributed and multimedia systems and digital libraries to provide a solid foundation for the technological building of electronic roads that can be used for cultural and historical exploitation both in space and time. The resulting systems will integrate in a principal way digital libraries of various information media such as video, graphics, text and sound. These will be available to the user in an interactive manner thus enabling the user to explore the available information according to his/her own preferences. Effective access to these systems will be secured via high speed multimedia networks set up within the project. Access will be made available both locally and internationally in the wider Euro-Mediterranean region. Particular emphasis will be put on the pedagogical aspects of the systems and their wider social and political implications. The usefulness and validity of these systems will be tested through specific applications in education both within the formal school context and involving the general public.
The first prototypes that will be built in the project will be electronic roads for the occupied part of Cyprus with the particular aim to preserve in a vivid way the history and cultural heritage of these areas. These systems are also aimed to constitute a suitable educational resource for the schools of Cyprus and the Greek Diaspora.

Other participating members are G. Papadopoulos, C. Pattichis, A. Pitsillides (Dept of Computer Science), Costas Constantinou (Dept of Education) and Savvas Katsikides (Dept of Social and Political Sciences), two full time research associates, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Press and Information Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, and the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority.
April 1997 - March 2000


The Tourist Industry in the Information Society: TIIS 

Principal Investigator - Co-ordinator

The study of the impact of the information society in the tourist industry and the development of a strategic plan for designing and implementing information systems in this new environment. This project is aimed mainly to help the participating partners namely the Cyprus Tourism Organization and The Cyprus Agrotourism Organization, for making the correct decisions in moving into this competitive world. The results of this applied research it is expected to benefit directly the whole tourist industry.

The Cyprus Treasure: ÈHCAYROS

Co-Ordinator E. Chrysos (Department of History)
Technical Co-Ordinators, C.N. Schizas and G. Samaras (Department of Computer Science)

The programme includes the following work packages: 
a. The creation of a systematic catalogue and the analysis of the historical data that constitute the historical map of Cyprus during the periods referred to. 
b. The creation of a database of the epigraphic documents including the Cypro-syllabic, Phoenician Greek, Latin and Arabic inscriptions found in Cyprus or elsewhere but referring to Cyprus.
c. The compilation of a numismatic catalogue and archive with all coins minted in Cyprus in the given periods. 
d. The construction of a detailed catalogue of all architectural monuments (public buildings, temples, churches, monasteries, fortifications, aqueducts, cemeteries) within their geographical and topographical frame.
e. The regional extension of the geographical and topographical data on the basis of extensive surveys.
f. The selection of all testimonia from the Greek, Latin, Syriac, Armenian, Arabic and Hebrew narrative sources and the creation of an interface of their data.
g. Research and development of a network multimedia application on Internet, based on the recent technological advances (Java platform, multimedia object oriented database systems, distributed web systems) for storing, retrieving and presentation of the catalogues created by the programme.
January 1997 - December 1999

European Union, MED-CAMPUS, MedMultiTrain

Principal Investigator - Co-ordinator
Innovative Training in the Service Industry Using Multimedia

Project #C013 under DGI, for promoting the use of multimedia computing and give incentives for pursuing applied research in the field. To establish an infrastructure in the countries involved for promoting scientific co-operation between the partners involved in the area of multimedia. In particular an applied research program has been proposed for System Development and Methodologies. An initial pilot project is concentrating efforts in the banking sector. The other participating institutions are: Cairo University - Egypt, East Anglia University - UK, Imperial College, University of London - UK, University of Piraeus - Greece, Cyprus Popular Bank - Cyprus, ETHNODATA - Greece. 
January 1995 - January 1999(currently on hold and due to begin in 1999)

Cyprus Popular Bank, Cyprus

Principal Investigator
Research Design and Development of Multimedia Information Systems

Hardware, software, training, support, and financial support for setting up and running a Multimedia Research and Development Laboratory at the University of Cyprus. The lab has at present eight multimedia stations, and employees four full time and two part time researchers that are externally funded. In addition, the lab has been used for teaching the elective course CS422 (Multimedia, Hypermedia and Cyberspace), and hosted seven undergraduate final year projects during the last two years.
March 1993 - present

Kykkos Monastery Foundation

Principal Investigator

In support of the activities of the Multimedia Research and Development Lab, in the area of cultural heritage.
During 1997


Planning Bureau, Cyprus / General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Greece

Principal Investigator

The Development of Novel Techniques and Neural Network Models for Medical Imaging: Application in Breast Cancer Diagnostics. The principal investigator for Greece is Prof. Stefanos Kollias of the NTUA - National Technical University of Athens, and the other collaborators are Dr Pattichis and Frank Schnorrenberg from the University of Cyprus, Dr Kyriacos Kyriacou from the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, Dr Mary Vassiliou from the Nicosia General Hospital, Drs Andreas Stafylopatis and Demetris Koutsouris from the NTUA, and Dr Sofia Markidou from the University of Athens Medical School.
January 1996 - January 1998

European Union, NEuroNet - Network of Excellence in Neural Networks.

Co-ordinator for the Cyprus Node

NEuroNet is the European Network of Excellence in Neural Networks, funded by the European Commission ESPRIT II Long-Term Research action. It is one of a number of such Networks of Excellence in various technology areas. For industry and commerce, NEuroNet is intended to help close the gap between fruitful academic research and profitable industrial application of neural network technology by providing access to information. For academic researchers, NEuroNet provides a forum to encourage exchange of information between research groups.
September 1994 - October 1997, Recently renewed until 2000.


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