An important honor for the University of Cyprus as well as the scientific community in Cyprus, is the election of Dr. Marios Polycarpou, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus, as a member of the prestigious Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe) under the Informatics section. Prof. Polycarpou is the first academic from the University of Cyprus that receives this special honor, as an outcome of his scientific excellence and outstanding research achievements in the field of intelligent systems and networks, neural networks, computational intelligence, fault diagnosis, and adaptive control systems.
The Academia Europaea was established in 1988 and is a non-governmental association, acting as an Academy, with more than 4500 members, including leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics, and the law. The members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education, and research for the benefit of society. Amongst them are seventy-two Nobel Laureates, several of whom were elected to the Academia before they received the Nobel prize.
The Rector of the University of Cyprus, Professor Tasos Christofides, congratulated Prof. Polycarpou on this prestigious appointment, stating that “the international recognition of our academics is yet another testimony of the quality of the people of the University of Cyprus. Our university and Cyprus in general are honored to have people of the scientific standing of Professor Polycarpou. Global distinctions like this are proof of the outreach and the great prospects of our university”.
Marios M. Polycarpou is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Director of the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus and a member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters, and Arts.
He received the B.A. degree in Computer Science and the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Rice University, Houston, TX, USA in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA in 1989 and 1992 respectively. In 1992, he joined the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, initially as an Assistant Professor, and eventually became full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. In 2001, he relocated from USA to Europe to become the first faculty to join the newly established Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Cyprus, where he served as founding Department Chair between July 2001 and February 2008.
In January 2006, Prof. Polycarpou was elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to the theory and application of intelligent systems and control. Between January 2012 and December 2013, he served as the President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, which has more than 7,000 members worldwide. In 2016 he received the IEEE Neural Networks Award for his outstanding research in the field of neural networks.
Over the last 30 years, Prof. Polycarpou has participated in more than 75 research projects/grants. His research has been funded by several agencies and industry in the USA and in Europe, including the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (2012), the ERC Synergy Grant (2020), and the EU Teaming project.
Together with his research team, he has published more than 400 articles in archival journals, edited books, and refereed conference proceedings in several application domains, including automation in healthcare devices (6 patents), water distribution networks, electric power systems, smart buildings, autonomous vehicles, transportation, and computer networks.