The aim of the project is to design and develop an online learning-based fault diagnosis engine with adaptation capabilities, that monitors and analyses in real time data arriving from critical infrastructure systems (CIS), to accurately detect a potential fault and effectively isolate and identify its exact location. Modern society relies heavily on the availability and smooth operation of CIS, such as electrical power systems, water distribution systems and telecommunication networks. In such large-scale, complex engineering systems when a failure occurs due to faults, it can have severe societal, health and economic consequences. The sequential arrival of data in CIS calls for a fault diagnosis engine with adaptive behaviour to achieve and maintain optimal performance. However, the vast majority of existing work falls short on this requirement. This project will incorporate online learning capabilities to achieve adaptability and will also address class imbalance, a major challenge for learning systems, arising from the fact that faults are low probability events.

MSCA Fellow

Dr. Kleanthis Malialis
Research Associate
KIOS Center of Excellence
University of Cyprus

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Host Supervisor

Prof. Marios M. Polycarpou
Director, KIOS Center of Excellence
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Cyprus

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Host co-Supervisor

Prof. Christos Panayiotou
Deputy Director, KIOS Center of Excellence
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Cyprus

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Secondment Supervisor

Prof. Cesare Alippi
Department of Electronics, Informatics and Bioengineering
Polytechnic University of Milan

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Host Institution

The University of Cyprus (UCY) is the largest public university in Cyprus with more than 7500 students. UCY is not only an endorser of the “European Charter for Researchers” but has also been awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” logo since 2012. UCY has been raising its international research profile since its establishment in 1989, currently running 150 programmes funded by European and international grants and another 115 programmes funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation. Since the establishment of ERC in 2007, UCY managed to win 14 ERC projects. UCY has eight faculties, 23 departments, and 14 research units and centres. UCY has recently been ranked by the Times Higher Education World University 2018 Rankings in the top 500 Higher Education Institutions in the world, in the top 200 in Europe, 30th among universities in the BRICS and Emerging Economies and 64th among the young universities (established in the last 50 years).

The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (KIOS CoE) is the largest research centre at the UCY in the area of monitoring, control and security of critical infrastructures. It was established in 2008 as a research unit at UCY and has been upgraded to a European Research Center of Excellence through the EU’s strategic Horizon 2020 program for “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation – Teaming” in collaboration with Imperial College London. The Center collaborates with an extended network of national and international academics, as well as, industrial and governmental organisations via its Innovation Hub to assure maximal research impact. It has participated in more than 70 national and international projects such as the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant on “Fault-Adaptive Monitoring and Control of Complex Distributed Dynamical Systems” and the COST Action IntelliCIS which has more than 30 partners.

Secondment Institution

The Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI) is a state scientific-technological university established in 1863 which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. Education is at bachelor, master’s, and PhD level. Currently more than 1,300 professors and researchers work at University and 44,000 students study in 7 different campuses. POLIMI is one of the leading Italian research centers characterised by the combination of theoretical bases of excellence and world-class research infrastructures providing the possibility of wide variety of experimental research. POLIMI is organised in 12 Departments including all main areas of engineering, architecture and industrial design. In 2015 POLIMI achieved the European “HR Excellence in Research” Logo, concerning the implementation of the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.