The Cyprus Police Chief, Mr. Kypros Michaelides, the University of Cyprus, Rector Prof. Tasos Christofides, and the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (CoE) Director, Prof. Marios Polycarpou, expressed their willingness to further strengthen and expand the research collaboration between the Cyprus Police and the KIOS CoE at the University of Cyprus, during a jointly organized workshop held at the Road Safety Park in Nicosia.


During the workshop titled “The use of the state-of-art technologies for emergency response situations”, both partners presented the outcomes of their research collaboration so far, which involved the development and use of intelligent technology tools for emergency response and crisis management. In addition, a small-scale exercise took place during which mature technologies were demonstrated to the attendees.


The Rector of the University of Cyprus, Prof. Tasos Christofides, emphasized the importance of the research collaboration between the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence of the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus Police, highlighting that the Cyprus Police is exploiting the state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise offered by the KIOS researchers in order to enhance its emergency response management.


The Director of the KIOS CoE, Prof. Marios Polycarpou, mentioned that the research collaboration agreement between the Center and the Cyprus Police was signed in 2016 and is the outcome of the participation of the Cyprus Police in the KIOS Innovation Hub. The outcomes of this research collaboration up to this point, he added, have helped Cyprus Police to significantly enhance its operational capabilities. The KIOS CoE, he concluded, is ready to develop innovative and smart tools to help the Cyprus Police to deal with emergency response situations effectively and efficiently.


On behalf of the Cyprus Police, the Cyprus Police Chief, Mr. Kypros Michaelides, pointed out that investment in research and innovation is a key priority, since state-of-the-art techniques and intelligent technology tools will modernize and reform the organization, as well as reinforce its ability to combat criminal activities. This, in turn, he continued, will enrich the trust of society towards the Cyprus Police and increase the public’s feeling of security.


The workshop continued with the presentations of the Head of EU Funding Office at the Cyprus Police, Mrs. Chryso Angeli, and the Research Assistant Professor at the KIOS CoE, Dr. Panayiotis Kolios, who presented in detail the outcomes of this research collaboration. An overview of the key enabling technologies developed by the KIOS CoE was presented, including the innovative “Mission Control” platform for managing mission data and facilitating the operations of the Cyprus Police Emergency Response Unit by providing decision-support features. In addition, details of pioneering Unmanned Aircraft operations (i.e., drones) capabilities were presented that address challenges of the Cyprus Police.


The KIOS CoE seeks to enhance its research collaboration with the Cyprus Police, as well as cultivate fruitful research collaborations with other governmental authorities and organizations involved in the management of critical infrastructures, with the ultimate goal to find solutions to complex social, environmental, and economical challenges.




In Memoriam: Elias Kyriakides
  • 19 November 2019

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