Four talented researchers have been awarded prestigious Research Fellowships through the EU Marie Skłodowska Curie Action Grants (MSCA) to undertake research at the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus (KIOS CoE). The four researchers are tackling complex research challenges related to a number of Critical Infrastructures, namely electrical power systems, water distribution systems, and transportation systems.
The EU MSCA Research Fellowships provide funding for researcher mobility in order to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers and create the opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge. The MSCA program also supports researchers to work on research and innovation in widening countries, such as Cyprus, to promote excellence and help to close the research and innovation gap within Europe.
The first Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Kleanthis Malialis to work on the research project “FAULT-LEARNING”. The project aims 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 to accurately detect a potential fault and effectively isolate and identify its exact location. Within this context, Kleanthis is working with Professors Marios Polycarpou and Christos Panayiotou from the university of Cyprus and Professor Cesare Alippi from the Polytechnic University of Milan.
The second Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Yiolanda Englezou to work on the research project “Bayesian Intelligent Transportation Systems – BITS”. This project aims to transfer Bayesian statistical methodologies in the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and contribute towards the efficient decision-making and fault diagnosis capabilities of intelligent vehicles (IVs), as well as improve their collective behavior when interacting with other vehicles and the road infrastructure. Yiolanda is working with Professors Christos Panayiotou and Stelios Timotheou from the University of Cyprus and Professor Cesare Alippi from the Polytechnic University of Milan.
Another Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Christian Vitale to work on the research project “C-AVOID” (Connected – Autonomous – Vehicles Orchestrated with Intelligent Decisions), which aims at unveiling the safety potentials provided by the next-generation of cellular networks (5G) in the automotive sector. Christian is working with Professor Georgios Ellinas and Research Assistant Professor Panayiotis Kolios from the University of Cyprus.
Finally, the fourth Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Andreas Kasis to undertake research on the project titled “SmarTher Grid”. The research project addresses the problem of designing control schemes for thermostatic loads to provide effective, secure and efficient ancillary support to existing frequency mechanisms in the power network. As part of the project, Andreas is working with Professors Marios Polycarpou and Stelios Timotheou from the University of Cyprus, Professor Claudio de Persis from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Distribution System Operator of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus.
The KIOS CoE Director, Prof. Marios Polycarpou congratulated the young researchers who have succeeded in getting these prestigious Research Fellowships through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Grants, saying that these fellowships will help them to develop further their research careers and to promote research and innovation excellence at the local and international level.
The aforementioned projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
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