Projects

European Research Projects

  1. SmartCLIDE (May 2020 - Present) — Smart Cloud Integrated Development Environment supporting the full-stack implementation, composition and deployment of data-centered services and applications in the cloud (2020: H2020 ICT-15-2019-2020) Link

The main objective of SmartCLIDE is to propose a radically new smart cloud-native development environment, based on the coding-by-demonstration principle, that will support creators of cloud services in the discovery, creation, composition, testing, and deployment of full-stack data-centered services and applications in the cloud. SmartCLIDE will provide high levels of abstraction at all stages (development, testing, deployment, and run-time) as well as self-discovery of IaaS and SaaS Services. SmartCLIDE will provide several categories of abstractions: at development stage, SmartCLIDE will provide abstractions on data transformations or processing; at testing stage, mechanisms to visualize flow and status or artifacts to automatically test the expected behavior; at deployment stage, abstractions of physical and virtual resources; or at runtime, mechanisms to monitor the performance and operation of the service.

  1. EXA2PRO (May 2018 – Present) — Enhancing Programmability and boosting Performance Portability for Exascale Computing Systems (2018: H2020-FETHPC-2017) Link

The vision of EXA2PRO is to develop a programming environment that will enable the productive deployment of highly parallel applications in exascale computing systems. EXA2PRO programming environment will integrate tools that will address significant exascale challenges. It will support a wide range of scientific applications, provide tools for improving source code quality, enable efficient exploitation of exascale systems' heterogeneity and integrate tools for data and memory management optimization. Additionally, it will provide various fault tolerance mechanisms, both user-exposed and at runtime system level and performance monitoring features. EXA2PRO will be evaluated using 4 use cases from 4 different domains, which will be deployed in JUELICH supercomputing centre. The use cases will leverage the EXA2PRO tool-chain and we expect: - Increased applications performance based on EXA2PRO optimization tools (data and memory management) - Efficient exploitation of heterogeneity by the applications that will allow the evaluation of more complex problems. - Identification of trade-offs between design qualities (source code maintainability/reusability) and run-time constraints (performance/energy consumption). - Evaluation of various fault-tolerance mechanisms for applications with different characteristics. EXA2PRO outcome is expected to have major impact in a) the scientific and industrial community that focuses on application deployment in supercomputing centres: EXA2PRO environment will allow efficient application deployment with reduced effort. b) on application developers of exascale application: EXA2PRO will provide tools for improving source code maintainability/ reusability, which will allow application evaluation with reduced developers' effort. c) on the scientific community and the industry relevant to the EXA2PRO use cases. At least two of the EXA2PRO use cases will have significant impact to the CO2 capture and to the Super capacitors industry.

  1. MyCorridor (Jun 2017 – Present) — Mobility as a Service in a multimodal European cross-border corridor (2017: H2020-MG-2016-2017) Link

MyCorridor mission is to facilitate sustainable travel in urban and interurban areas and across borders by replacing private vehicle ownership by private vehicle use, as just one element in an integrated/multi-modal MaaS chain, through the provision of an innovative platform, based on mature ITS technology, that will combine connected traffic management and multi modal services and thus facilitate modal shift. It will propose a technological and business MaaS solution, which will cater for interoperability, open data sharing, as well as tackling the legislative, business related and travel-behavior adaptation barriers enabling the emergence of a new business actor across Europe; the one of a Mobility Services Aggregator. MyCorridor will prove this paradigm change through a number of European sites, which are performing long distance and cross border Pilots in a corridor of 6 European countries; from the South (Greece, Italy) through to Central (Austria, Germany, the Netherlands) and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic). Those sites will develop Mobility Package tokens, purchased through one-stop-shop and will incorporate the following services: a) Traffic management services b) Services related to MaaS PT interface c) MaaS vehicle related services and d) Horizontal (business related) services. MyCorridor tasks will be undertaken by a balanced consortium that encompasses all key actors, namely 2 key industrial Partners (SWARCO, Tom-Tom), 7 dynamic SME’s in the mobility market (INFOTRIP, CHAPS, WINGS, MAPTM, AMCO, VivaWallet, HaCon), 1 mobility agency (RSM), 1 ITS association (TTS), 4 Research performers (UNEW, CERTH, UPAT, SRFG), 1 multinational Legal Firm with specialisation in novel mobility scheme structuring (OC) and IRU which will act as the liaison to MaaS Alliance. Also, 11 Letter of Supports have been signed by external to MyCorridor service providers, that commit to allow their services integration in MyCorridor platform.

  1. SDK4ED (Jan 2018 – Jul 2019) — Software Development toolKit for Energy optimization and technical Debt elimination (2018: H2020-ICT-05-2017) Link

The vision of SDK4ED is to minimize cost, time and complexity of low-energy software development processes, by providing tools for automatic optimization of both software quality and non-functional requirements such as energy efficiency, dependability and performance, with the capacity to tackle the interplay between design quality and run-time constraints.

SDK4ED aims to realise its vision through the following objectives: - establish a set of methods and tools for monitoring processes for early identification of design flaws, energy consumption indicators, and security vulnerabilities, with respect to the targeted hardware platform and non-functional requirements - estimate the costs and limitations associated to technical debt (TD) liabilities in the entire software stack - provide toolboxes for assessing project management decisions with respect to the choices of repaying TD, under the constraints imposed on energy consumption and security - deploy the envisaged solutions in three industry-driven distinctive but complementary use cases in the domains of airborne systems, healthcare, and automotive industry - Illustrate the importance and benefits introduced by proper TD management into low-energy software application development - train and consult the embedded software systems industry.

Through its envisaged toolboxes, SDK4ED will comprise a set of software programming add-ons for preventing the degradation of run-time qualities and especially energy consumption, while allowing for efficient measuring of the accumulated TD during the development of new low-energy computing software applications, including embedded systems and IoT products. The major expected impact of the proposed platform will be measured by the achieved improvement in productivity, the extent to which the envisaged tools will be adopted by the reference market and the minimisation of effort for adopting digital technologies into low-energy products and services.

  1. MOVESMART (Aug 2014 – Nov 2016) — Renewable Mobility Services in Smart Cities (2013: FP7 ICT - STREP) Link

MOVESMART will provide real-time personalised mobility services based on crowd-sourced information from travellers. The anonymous data will be gathered using either mobile data or via simple portable devices and will be hosted and maintained by a cloud infrastructure. A crucial advantage of MOVESMART is the design and implementation of novel time-dependent renewable mobility services that will incorporate eco-friendly modes of transport, including electric vehicles. A set of innovative cloud-based mobility services will be delivered, such as Renewable Mobility on Demand, Vehicle Sharing and Integrated Personal Mobility, on which new business models will be deployed involving service providers, electric car manufacturers and public authorities. The transport integration that MOVESMART aims to, will allow for creating workable examples of the envisaged technology in two major cities with different profiles in terms of size and complexity of their transport network.

  1. SocialCar (Jun 2015 – Jun 2018) — Open social transport network for urban approach to carpooling (2015: H2020-MG-RIA) Link

SocialCar is an Intelligent Transport System based on an innovative approach to transport demand management, and more specifically to carpooling in urban and peri-urban areas. SocialCar’s main objective is to develop a new communication network for intelligent mobility, sharing information of carpooling integrated with existing transport and mobility systems. It will be achieved by means of powerful planning algorithm and integration in a liveable environment of big data related to public transport, carpooling and crowd sourcing in order to provide the final user with a simplified travel experience allowing comparison and choice between multiple options/services. SocialCar will take advantage of social media to communicate, share information and provide the best just-in-time notifications to the travellers. It will also take advantage of the ever growing connectivity of people and objects and the propagation of web services, the potential of Future Internet and the availability of GNSS based location and social media to create an integrated mobility service with the potential to sensibly reduce mobility problems of European citizens. SocialCar will capitalise on a strong pan European team with a solid background in social, psychological and economic sciences, the involvement of 10 European urban sites will prove the concepts' validity and business case.

  1. eCOMPASS (Sep 2013 – Nov 2014) — eCO-friendly urban Multi-modal route PlAnning Services for mobile uSers (2011: FP7 ICT - STREP) Link

The demand for mobility of people and goods in urban environments steadily increases raising long-term sustainability, quality of life and environmental concerns. While ICTs have established the ground for developing intelligent transport services and applications, their effective use for supporting cleaner urban mobility still represents a major research challenge.

eCOMPASS introduces new mobility concepts and establishes a methodological framework for route planning optimization following a holistic approach in addressing the environmental impact of urban mobility. eCOMPASS aims at delivering a comprehensive set of tools and services for end users to enable eco-awareness in urban multi-modal transportations. eCOMPASS involves a generic architecture that will consider all types and scenarios of human and goods mobility in urban environments minimizing their corresponding environmental impact. Firstly, the project will focus on the design and development of intelligent on-board and centralized vehicles’ fleet management systems; the fundamental objective of eco-awareness will be addressed through employing intelligent traffic prediction and traffic balancing methods, while also taking into account driving behaviour and considering the option of car drivers transferred to means of public transportation at suitable locations. Secondly, eCOMPASS will develop web and mobile services providing multi-modal public transportation route planning, taking into account contextual information (such as location and time) as well as various restrictions and/or user constraints. Recommended routes will be optimized mainly in terms of the transports’ environmental footprint, although additional objectives will also be considered. An important objective of eCOMPASS is to develop novel algorithmic solutions and deliver the respective services to familiar end-user mobile devices.

National Research Projects

  1. SocialPARK (Apr 2019 – Present) — An integrated Parking-as-a-Service platform for facilitating search of vacant parking lots based on crowd-sourced Information (2018: ΔΡΑΣΗ ΕΘΝΙΚΗΣ ΕΜΒΕΛΕΙΑΣ: «ΕΡΕΥΝΩ-ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΩ-ΚΑΙΝΟΤΟΜΩ») Link

Limited parking space in urban environments has a severe social and environmental impact, because of time loss and unnecessary pollution while looking for free parking positions. The main idea of SocialPARK is to tackle this problem through the activation of an ecosystem of interacting citizens, parking companies and municipalities, towards a mutually profitable management of the publicly available parking space. The goal of the project is the creation of an integrated platform for the provision of personalized parking functionalities as a service (i.e., parking-as-a-service). The platform unifies and centrally audits the availability, and coordinates the usage of publicly available parking positions belonging to citizens, the private sector (e.g., super markets possessing underutilized private parking spaces for their customers, and might be willing to commercially exploit them within the day), parking companies, municipalities, etc. The availability of free parking positions is audited either via specialized automated systems (e.g., via the use of cameras and sensors), if such technology already exists, or (mainly) via a crowd-sourcing approach that gathers availability information provided by the commuters, private companies and the municipalities. The main contributions of the SocialPARK platform are: (a) the exploitation of the “wisdom of the crowd” for providing parking recommendations which achieve an effective utilization of the entire publicly available parking space within an urban environment; (b) the provision of personalized parking services to citizens and special groups, for discovering in real-time and possibly also reserving, whenever this is possible, of free parking positions, as well as navigate-to-park and park-n-ride services; © the management of (either periodic, or spontaneous) queries for massive parking (e.g., for the cars of the employees of a company during weekdays, or for the cars of the spectators of a football match); and (d) the creation of a novel value-chain, based on parking services and “good-practice” rewarding schemes towards a more efficient management of the entire parking space, for the sake of the community.

  1. BubbllzAR (Mar 2020 – Aug 2020) — Extract & share value of augmented, user-generated content in social media turning collaborative consumers into agents of authentic and reliable brand - store promotion (2018: ΔΡΑΣΗ ΕΘΝΙΚΗΣ ΕΜΒΕΛΕΙΑΣ: «ΕΡΕΥΝΩ-ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΩ-ΚΑΙΝΟΤΟΜΩ») Link

BubbllzAR aims to enrich and upgrade the award-winning and successfully launched Bubbllz social marketing platform of ITBooms, and through this to enhance consumer engagement in promotion activities of retail stores and brands. To achieve the above the project will deploy cutting-edge gamification techniques combined with augmented reality realisations. These techniques and realisations will be applied into user generated content (UGC), either photos or video, that will be provided by users of social media. In parallel, BubbllzAR provides for the development of a set of evaluation mechanisms and optimization tools that will allow the design and improvement of effective social media promotion strategies and activities. The projects builds upon the existing experience and expertise of ITBooms and CERTH (its research partner) and is expected to demonstrate its proposed integrated solution (cloud platform, mobile app and web user interface) in both simulation settings and in real conditions from social media users and retail stores/ brands. BubbllzAR aligns with European digital policies and takes care of data security and consumer privacy issues. The project adopts a disruptive business model of the sharing economy, through which it is expected to generate multiple benefits for the project partners, consumers, stores/ brands, as well as the Greek economy.