R&I Projects


  1. DG ECHO COLLARIS (COLLaborative network on UAS and their applications in the field of disaster response) aims to establish a multidisciplinary network focused on UAS to connect, share and grow knowledge among European actors: civil protection authorities at all levels, first responders, crisis management practitioners and researchers interested in issues related to further development and operational use of UAS in their activities.

  3. RIF GLIMPSE (Intelligent Multi-drone Emergency Response System) envisions that a team of autonomous flying robots (i.e., drones) could become an essential technological tool for search-and-rescue (SAR) missions through autonomous functionalities enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The project aims at developing the theory and tools, that could help transform aerial vehicles into intelligent autonomous life-saving machines.

  5. H2020 SESAME (Secure and Safe Multi-Robot Systems), Jan 2021 – Dec 2024 . Multi-Robot Systems (MRS) comprise distributed and interconnected robotic teams that can carry out tasks beyond the competency of a single robot. Although MRS offer improved scalability and performance, increased robustness, and mission enablement, the lack of a systematic engineering methodology, covering the complete lifecycle of MRS, results in solutions that fail because of fragile design and unrealistic assumptions. SESAME addresses these problems through an open, modular, model-based approach for the systematic engineering of dependable MRS. .

  7. RIF THISEAS concerns the development and demonstration of an electronic security and defense system. This system consists of two functionalities, the situational awareness and the decision support. The decision support system (DSS) is a computerized program used to support determinations and judgments. A DSS sifts through and analyzes massive amounts of data, compiling comprehensive information that can be used to solve problems and in decision-making. The Situation awareness (SA) is the perception of environmental elements and events with respect to time or space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their future status.

  9. H2020 KIOS CoE Teaming (Phase 2), Feb 2017 – Feb 2024, aims to upgrade the KIOS research center to the KIOS CoE (Center of Excellence) which will be an inspiring environment for conducting basic and applied research and innovation in the area of intelligent monitoring, management and security of critical infrastructure systems (CIS). The upgraded center will be based on 5 strategic pillars: Education and Training, CIS Testbeds, Innovation Hub, Open Knowledge, and Organizational Transformation, all of which will contribute to delivering technological advances and knowledge transfer with high impact to Cyprus and the region.


  1. DG ECHO ARTION (Disaster Management Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Network), Jan 2021 – Jun 2022, envisions to become a world-class network for knowledge sharing in the area of artificial intelligence for disaster management that will guide the development and use of AI tools by first responders across Europe. By achieving its strategic objectives ARTION aims to bridge the gap between AI scientists and disaster management experts, build capacity and competency of first responders in the use of AI technology, share knowledge and data, and stimulate further AI research towards application-specific challenges faced throughout the disaster management cycle.

  3. H2020 PathoCERT (Pathogen Contamination Emergency Response Technologies), July 2020 – June 2023, aims at strengthen First Responder (FR) capabilities to waterborne pathogen contamination events. To achieve this objective, the project will develop a collection of novel technologies, tools and guidelines including safe and rapid water sampling using drones and intelligent decision support algorithms. PathoCERT outputs are summarised in the following video. .

  5. DG ECHO AIDERS (Real-time Artificial Intelligence for DEcision support via RPAS data analyticS), Jan 2020 – Dec 2021, aims at developing application-specific algorithms and novel mapping platform that will harness the large volume of data that first responders are now able to collect through heterogeneous sensors (including visual, thermal and multispectral cameras, LIDAR, CBRN sensors, etc.) on-board RPAS units, and converting that data into actionable decisions for improved emergency response.

  7. Cyprus Seeds AIRMOS (Artificially Intelligent Real-Time Drone Monitoring Tactics to Safeguard Sensitive Facilities), June 2019 – June 2020, implements a novel Artificially Intelligent software toolkit that automates the deployment and use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) by security service providers to safeguard sensitive facilities. The system acts complementary to existing approaches employed in the Security Services sector and address the growing scale and sophistication of threats by 1) enhancing monitoring and response capabilities, 2) enabling economies of scale while introducing higher security levels.

  9. DG HOME CERETAB (CoopERation for incrEased siTuational Awareness estaBlishment), Aug 2018 – July 2020, aims to support the improvement of border surveillance by enhancing cooperation between 2 EU Member States, Greece and Cyprus, which over the recent years suffer from heavy irregular migration attempts via the Mediterranean sea, as well as cross-border crime. The overall objective is to increase the situational awareness within the broad area defined by the Greek-Cypriot sea borders through novel ICT tools for monitoring sea routes for suspected vessels.

  11. DG ECHO LEAPFROG (Leading Activities for enrolment of RPAS units in the voluntary pool),Jun 2018 – May 2020, aims at introducing RPAS units as modules to the voluntary pool of response capacities at a European level. In turn, Member States can request and make use of RPAS modules to improve their operational capabilities in terms of a plethora of functionalities including aerial mapping for situational assessment, and tracking of emergency events. Through the project, standard operating procedures will first be developed, and new training and exercise activities will be carried out to build skills and competencies of first responder end-users.

  13. DG ECHO SWIFTERS, Jan 2018 – Dec 2020, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly used by Civil Protection authorities across Europe to address operational needs related to mapping and reconnaissance, monitoring and tracking, to complement utility infrastructures and for delivering help-aid kits. The SWIFTERS proposal capitalizes on UAV swarms to study, design, develop, and test, UAV cooperation strategies to better coordinate the aforementioned complementary activities in order to assist first responders improve their response efficiency and reduce evacuation times. SWIFTERS will enhance the existing capabilities by developing algorithms and software to assist operators effectively deploy UAV swarms in emergency evacuation, train personnel in using swarms of UAVs (each with a specific role in the mission), and transfer new knowledge to the training conducted within the Assessment Mission Course of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism Training Programme.

  15. DG-MARE CY-CISE, Jan 2017 – Nov 2019, is dedicated to the implementation of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) that connects national IT systems to national CISE nodes. The project will develop the Cypriot information sharing environment towards an integrated national maritime surveillance awareness and enhancement of cross-sector and cross-border exchange of information.

  17. DG-ECHO PREDICATE (PREventing DIsasters by CApitalizing on unmanned aerial systems TEchnology), Jan 2016 – Dec 2017, had the ultimate goal of developing the necessary methodologies that will guide the selection and use of UAS in watch-keeping and patrolling of regions of interest.

  19. H2020 KIOS Teaming (Phase 1), June 2015 – Sept 2016, aims to develop a business plan for the KIOS Research Center of Excellence for Intelligent Systems and Networks, an inspiring environment for conducting basic and applied research and innovation in the area of intelligent monitoring, management and security of critical infrastructure systems.

  21. FP7-Security COncORDE, May 2014 – Sept 2017, aims to develop a Decision Support System (DSS) with appropriate technological innovations, capable of strengthening the preparedness and interoperability of medical services during an emergency situation. The system will address a broad range of disaster preparedness and response challenges before, during, and after its occurrence. The tool also will lead to improvements in emergency management and crisis management systems and will assist decision-makers in using multiple predictive and factual data and information in order to extract reliable intelligence to guide their actions.

  23. ERC Advanced Grant Fault-Adaptive, Apr 2012 – Mar 2017. The emergence of networked embedded systems and sensor/actuator networks has facilitated the development of advanced monitoring and control applications, where a large amount of sensor data is collected and processed in real-time in order to activate the appropriate actuators and achieve the desired control objectives. The aim is to develop a systematic framework to enhance the reliability, fault-tolerance and sustainability of complex distributed dynamical systems through the use of fault-adaptive monitoring and control methods. Emphasis will be given to applications related to critical infrastructure systems (e.g., power, water, telecommunications and transportation systems).

  25. RPF-Cyprus KIOS Research Centre for Intelligent Systems and Networks, Dec 2010 – Nov 2014. The vision behind the proposed KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks is that of creating an inspiring environment for conducting high quality interdisciplinary research for the promotion of a knowledge-based economy in Cyprus, which will ultimately benefit the Cypriot educational system, the high-tech industry and the society at large. The KIOS Research Center aims at contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the area of intelligent networked embedded systems and its applications to the design and management of large-scale complex systems with emphasis on safety-critical and trustworthy systems.

  27. CELTIC-Plus Green-T, July 2011 – June 2014, Green Terminals for Next Generation Wireless Systems. Green-T aims at limiting energy consumption in multi-standard mobile terminals for wireless communication, to prolong the operational times and to avoid active cooling, using cognitive radio and cooperative strategies, while also focusing on preserving a proper level of quality of service and security for the applications.

  29. European Territorial Cooperation Programme, Cyprus and Greece, E-park, July 2011 – June 2013. Utilization of advanced technologies in the payment, use, and management of public Parking Sites. This project aims in the design and implementation of a pioneering system that automates and simplifies the procedures relating to the use and management of various categories of parking areas. In order to accomplish its goals, the proposed system will integrate innovative solutions from different areas of information technology such as communication technologies, wireless networks, and sensor networks.

  31. MVCE’s Core 5 Programme, Green Radio, July 2008 – Sept 2011. The goal of this research is to secure 100x reduction in energy requirements for delivery of high data rate services, thereby reducing CO2 emissions and Opex costs whilst enabling new services. It is investigating both architectural and individual technological approaches.