The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence has several dedicated laboratories investigating different aspects in monitoring, control and security of critical infrastructures using cutting-edge equipment for experimental evaluation, testing and prototyping. A short description of each laboratory along with the main equipment facilities is provided below.


The Embedded and Application-Specific System on Chip Laboratory

The laboratory focuses on the design, development, implementation and verification of low-power, high-performance and highly reliable systems on chip, suitable for embedded and mobile environments. Activities include hardware acceleration of domain-specific computing for real-time processing, with a broad range of applications such as computational intelligence and machine learning, computer vision, robotics and multimedia applications, bioinformatics and wearable biomedics and intelligent data processing.


Key equipment includes:
  • Hybrid Multi-FPGA/Multi-GPU Platform for large scale circuit and system emulation
  • Multi-GPU supercomputers used for machine learning and computer vision applications
  • State-of-the-art low-end and high-end FPGA boards for acceleration of compute intensive applications (computer vision, image processing, machine learning).
  • Multi-SOC FPGA-Based BeeCube Platform for large-scale hardware emulation
  • Embedded Computing Systems (Raspberry Pi, Gumstix Boards, Odroid Platforms)
  • Bumblebee Stereoscopic Camera for stereo vision applications
  • Smart Camera Nodes based on the Raspberry Pi Computers
  • NVIDIA Jetson TK1 embedded GPU platform for accelerated edge computing
  • Logic Analyzers/Oscilloscopes/Function Generators for circuit design
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The Sensors and Robotics Laboratory

Investigates the design and implementation of embedded, multi-sensor systems for monitoring different environments such as critical infrastructures, buildings etc. These sensors can be on fixed or mobile (robotic) platforms.


Key equipment includes:
  • Developmental Matrice-100 drones
  • Miscellaneous terrestrial robotic platforms
  • Drone attachable thermal camera with radiometry (30Hz)


The Power Systems Laboratory

Aims towards modelling, simulation, emulation, and experimental validation of energy systems, with expertise in developing smart converters for the integration of renewable energy sources both at the building and grid level, as well as in generation and storage technologies. The laboratory also specializes on developing real-time control algorithms for power electronic converters for advancing the interconnection of renewable energy sources. Main infrastructure of the laboratory includes:


The Power Systems Pilot Site with:
  • 225 kW wind turbine
  • 5 kW photovoltaic system
  • 20 kW - 6 kWh flywheel based kinetic battery
  • 40 kW fuel cells, 80 kW electrolyzer
  • Hydrogen storage


Power electronics equipment for renewable energy sources including:
  • Several power electronics-based converters/inverters (from 0.6 kW to 20 kW)
  • Advanced controllers (i.e., dSPACE controller boards, Texas Instrument micro-controller)
  • High-voltage DC sources and programmable AC sources and loads
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Mobile Communications & Networking Laboratory

Examines the modelling, simulation, emulation and design of architectures, protocols, algorithms and technologies for next-generation communication systems (e.g. machine-to-machine, 5G systems, relaying, cognitive radio, optical/telecommunication networks), with a focus on communication theory, wireless communications and networking.


Key equipment includes:

  • NI USRP: Software Defined Radio Platform
  • Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors
  • Commercial/Custom-made simulation software for optical/telecommunication networks
  • IP routers/switches and network testing equipment


The Electronic Design, Test and Reliability Laboratory

Focuses on computer aided design, testing and reliability of modern VLSI circuits and embedded systems, with expertise in CAD algorithms for automatic testing, diagnosis, verification, and resilient design, applicable to different hardware platforms (VLSI, SoCs, NoCs, on-chip multiprocessors).


Key equipment includes:

  • High-end servers/workstations and logic analysers
  • State-of the-art CAD tools (Synopsys, Cadence, and Mentor Graphic) for development and simulation purposes
  • Several FPGA-based prototyping systems


The Biomedical Imaging and Applied Optics Laboratory

The Laboratory is a well-equipped medical optics facility suited for optic and fibre-optic experiments with optical and electronics infrastructure and a variety of microscopy solutions. It includes optical tables, laser sources, fibre-optic interferometers, high precision opto-mechanical components and testing and acquisition electronics. It also includes OCT systems, Raman systems, as well as light and fluorescence microscopes. Aims to introduce new technologies in clinical applications for the improvement of the diagnostic and therapeutic options of modern health care systems to directly impact patient prognosis and outcome.

The research concentrates on two optical technologies which provide complementary, microstructural and biochemical information:

  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.