University of Cyprus

The University of Cyprus (UCY) is the host institution of the KIOS CoE. UCY is a young university, established in 1989 as the first university in Cyprus with the aim to become a leading educational and research institution, distinguishing itself internationally through the promotion of scholarship and being recognised as an institution of excellence in the Mediterranean region. The main objectives of UCY are twofold: the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social, and economic development of Cyprus. The most recently founded schools of UCY are the School of Engineering (founded in 2003) and the School of Medicine (founded in 2013). While a relatively young university with 7,000 students and nearly 1,000 employees (academic and administrative), UCY has many accomplishments to show over a very short period of time. Apart from being the leading university and the most active research institution in Cyprus (according to the most recent European Research Rankings), UCY is the youngest institution to be ranked in the top 550 Higher Education Institutions in the world (placed in the 351-400 group for 2015-2016 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings). Furthermore, UCY has been recently ranked 55th worldwide in the “150 Under 50 Rankings” of the top 150 universities under 50 years old (THE World University Rankings). UCY is committed to excellence across all its academic and administrative entities, and is one of the few organizations in Cyprus holding the EFQM “Committed to Excellence” Award and acknowledged with the “HR Excellence in Research” logo. Furthermore, it currently delivers up to 350 externally funded research projects, including several FP7 and H2020 projects, and 10 ERC Grants, as well as national and regional research programmes funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation and the European Structural Funds. UCY holds two of the three ERC Advanced Grants awarded to researchers in Cyprus, one of which was awarded to the KIOS CoE coordinator, Professor Marios Polycarpou.

University of Cyprus
7000 Students
1000 Employees
In the 550 Higher Education Institutions 2015-16
55th of the top 150 Universities under 50 years old
350 externally funded research projects

KIOS was established in 2008 with a primary mission to carry out basic research in intelligent systems and networks. Since its inception, KIOS CoE has been contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the areas of computational intelligence and intelligent networked embedded system design, and applying these methodologies in monitoring, controlling, and optimising the operation of large-scale complex systems. Currently, the Centre enlists 9 faculty staff, and 120 researchers. Its research team specializes in monitoring and control, distributed systems and algorithms, graph theory and optimization, computational intelligence, fault diagnosis and fault tolerance, embedded and real-time systems, and hardware and software design, in an attempt to provide holistic and viable solutions for a variety of critical systems and applications. The Centre’s researchers and faculty have published extensively in the area of intelligent networked embedded systems with applications on critical infrastructure systems.

Specifically, over the period 2008-2015, KIOS researchers and faculty have published more than 150 journals and 300 conference papers, 25 book chapters, and 9 books. Over the same period the Centre’s researchers have also received a number of international prestigious awards. In its 8 years of existence, KIOS has received competitive funding through several calls by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (the agency responsible for managing EU structural funding for research) and by the European Union under the Framework Programmes 6 and 7, H2020, the European Science Foundation (ERC Advanced and COST projects), the Marie Curie Actions, and by applying directly for funding from the various European Commission DGs (including HOME and ECHO). Moreover, KIOS has established collaborations with various private, public, national, and international organizations, which have been significantly expanded and intensi- fied during the Phase 1 stage of the Teaming project. Through its various activities the KIOS is also gradually gaining reputation for offering top-quality mobility opportunities to local and international researchers, as evidenced by a number of researchers currently employed at the research unit who have graduated from leading international Universities (such as Imperial College (UK), Kings College (UK), the University of Cambridge, etc.) as well as by the placement of the KIOS researchers to significant research positions at internationally leading research institutions (such as Imperial College (UK), Supélec (FR), the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur (IN)).

KIOS Center of Excellence
9 Faculty staff and 120 Researchers
More than 150 Journals
300 Conference papers
25 Book Chapters
9 Books

The KIOS CoE Teaming project will bring together an expanded multidisciplinary team of faculty and top-level administrative staff from UCY, covering the wide spectrum of expertise necessary for the successful realisation of such an ambitious endeavour, which is by nature multidisciplinary. The involved UCY key personnel enables the proposed KIOS CoE to address the technical, social, economic, and environmental dimensions of monitoring and controlling critical infrastructure systems. The overall UCY expertise of the KIOS CoE includes: intelligent systems and control, sensor networks, optimisation, machine learning, estimation and fault diagnosis, cyber-physical systems, modelling of critical infrastructure systems, environmental engineering modelling, economics, social studies, gender studies, cognitive systems, human-computer interfaces, education and curriculum development, business administration, human resource management, and data and knowledge management. As a result, the UCY key personnel involved in the KIOS CoE spans the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Economics, Psychology, Education, Business and Public Administration, Social and Political Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, and the UCY Library. All KIOS CoE faculty are accomplished academics with excellent research records, holding Ph.D. degrees awarded from top universities in the world, and boasting strong academic and research backgrounds and expertise from top tier research institutions in the world.

Imperial College London

Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial College London (Imperial) is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in research and education. Imperial is one of the world’s leading Universities, e.g., ranked no. 2 worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings for 2014-15. Imperial participates in this project with the Control and Power Group of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the Institute for Security Science and Technology, and Imperial’s Enterprise Division. Furthermore, the Imperial Business School will also be involved in various activities of the project.

Imperial’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering conducts internationally leading research, and delivers high-quality teaching. The department conducts research across a wide range of topics, and targets both fundamental advances and practical applications of science and technology. The quality and impact of its research are demonstrated by its many highly cited publications, the personal recognition of its researchers through awards and honours, and the commercial adoption of its results and innovations.

The Control and Power Research Group of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering draws on the strong tradition of control research at Imperial and is internationally acknowledged for its pioneering contributions to robust multivariable design, computer-aided control systems design, optimal control, stochastic control, electronic power conversion, and for its continuing contributions to robust control, optimization, nonlinear control, control of distributed parameters systems, and modelling and control of power systems. The Control and Power Research Group has an excellent track record in publications and has a substantial portfolio of grants. The Group has a solid track record on technology transfer and industrial collaborations (BAE Systems, ABB, IBM, UTRC, Philips, Danieli, Areva, National Grid Transco, Rolls Royce, among others). They also work closely with leading industrial partners such as National Grid, UK Power Networks, Alstom and many others. The Group leads several large multi-university collaborations.

The Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST) was founded in 2008 as one of four Imperial College Global Institutes. Each Institute has been formed to promote interdisciplinary work to meet the greatest challenges faced by society, to become a focal point for multidisciplinary activities and an interface to stakeholders, and to formulate and apply new areas of knowledge and technology solutions as well as provide independent scientific advice. Individuals, communities, businesses, and government are facing rapidly evolving security challenges in many aspects of everyday life due to advances in technology, globalisation, and living in a more interconnected world. The Institute seeks to improve security and resilience across a range of scales, from protecting the individual to ensuring the security of entire populations. Its core mission areas include security in cyberspace, CBRN threat reduction, critical infrastructure protection, and bio and environmental security. ISST leads the UK National Cyber Security Programme that identifies the cyber threats to critical infrastructures as one of the main areas of concern.

The Teaming project and Imperial’s participation is supported by the involvement of the Enterprise Division, which is Imperial’s dedicated part of the university focused on developing commercial and industrial partnerships, business ventures, major new collaborations and research consortia, as well as managing the delivery of research projects. The Division includes a number of core capabilities, including the Programme Management Office (PMO), Enterprise Ventures team, Corporate Partnerships team, and Enterprise Lab team. The Program Management Office within this division is responsible for programme and consortium management as a service to academicled initiatives such as EU Horizon 2020 projects, joint industry projects, international collaborative projects, research centre formation and operation. The Enterprise Ventures team is responsible for conducting business planning and commercial strategy development for major new initiatives across Imperial. The Corporate Partnerships team provides focused resources to engage with industrial partners and design the optimal partnership to meet industrial needs and deliver value for academic researchers. The Enterprise Lab team supports student entrepreneurship activities and the Althea-Imperial programme, which is a professional development scheme aimed at women studying at Imperial.

Imperial is an integral component to the KIOS CoE. This enables its active and strong involvement in all aspects of the KIOS CoE operations ensuring a successful path to scientific excellence, innovation, and societal impact across Cyprus and Europe. More specifically, the Imperial team has key posts in the organization structure of the Centre and participates in the KIOS CoE Executive Committee with the Deputy Director, an Education Associate Director, Associate Directors of Research for CIS management and security studies, and an Innovation Associate Director. These posts provide the Imperial team with the mechanisms to actively and continuously engage in the steering and implementation of the KIOS CoE activities during the Teaming project duration as well as beyond the project’s lifetime.