field exercice with Civil DefenceThe “ARTION” EU project aims to develop a world class network for knowledge sharing in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for disaster management. The network will promote the development and use of Artificial Intelligence tools that can help first responders to manage disasters, such as forest fires, floods and earthquakes.

 

Natural disasters threaten millions of people around the world and the dramatic changes in the global climate are likely to worsen the situation. For example, the global annual average economic loss for floods is estimated at US $104 billion and over the last decade, deadly floods affected over 1.4 billion people. The introduction of novel AI technology to support first responders and enable “collective intelligence”, can greatly assist in the management of such disasters.

 

In such disaster management operations, the wealth of data that first responders are increasingly able to collect (from dedicated sensors and external sources), can prove invaluable in the disaster management cycle (e.g. used for forecasting and rapid assessment, informed decision-making and improved efficiency), and result in significant reductions in the risk and impact of disasters. The innovative network "ARTION" aims to design, develop, implement and test Artificial Intelligence algorithms for these specific scenarios: forest fires, floods, and earthquakes.

 

artion logo

The network’s activities and results aim to bring together Artificial Intelligence scientists and disaster management experts and practitioners, in order to build capacity and competencies 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.

artion 1

“ARTION” is a strategic partnership between the KIOS Center of Excellence of the University of Cyprus (that has a strong background in ICT technologies and AI), the University of Lille in France (with advanced expertise in data analytics and visualisation), the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences (established first-responders training and advising body), as well as Civil Protection agencies including the Cyprus Civil Defence with ample experience in organizing the Union Civil Protection Mechanism training courses (including the Assessment Mission Course) and exercises (including several module exercises), as well as the Civil Protection of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia in Italy with extensive expertise in disaster risk forecasting.

 

eu civil

 

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Call for proposals in the field of Civil Protection under the Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network (Grant Agreement No. 101017763). The content of this website represents the views of the project consortium only and is their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

 

Website: https://www2.kios.ucy.ac.cy/ARTION/

Thumbnail The ELECTRON research project aims at delivering a new-generation platform for Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES), capable of empowering the resilience of energy systems against cyber, privacy, and data attacks through four main pillars: risk assessment and certification, anomaly detection and prevention, failure mitigation and energy restoration, and addressing internal threats and gaps...
Thumbnail The world population living in urban settlements is expected to increase to 70% by 2050. Historically, as cities grew, new water infrastructures followed as needed. However, these developments had less to do with real planning than with reacting to crisis situations and urgent needs, due to the inability of urban water planners to consider long-term, deeply uncertain and ambiguous factors...
Thumbnail The defence research project “THISEAS” aims at developing an electronic situational awareness and decision support system to improve the Cyprus National Guard’s operational capabilities.   The THISEAS project has been selected through a highly competitive process, within the framework of the “ATHENA” Action, a research and innovation program funded by the Cyprus Ministry of Defence, which aims to...
Thumbnail The main objective of the CONTROL4COVID project is the development and commercial exploitation of an innovative product to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, by offering a complete platform which integrates the major stakeholders in a secure and reliable way, as well as the scientific community to help build a state-of-the-art decision support system for managing the pandemic....
Thumbnail The WiseStorage project aims to develop an innovative web-based solution to optimize the operation of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) installed in buildings and maximize the prosumers’ profit.   A remarkable expansion of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) is expected in smart grids as a way to compensate Renewable Energy Sources (RES) variability and achieve the European Commission...
Thumbnail The Innovation Action project “EnerMan” introduces an energy sustainability management system in order to achieve a holistic and data-based view of the energy efficiency, energy use and consumption within factories.   Industrial production in Europe consumes large amounts of energy (27.8% of the total energy consumption in Germany, 21% in France) and therefore constitutes a key target for energy...
Thumbnail The Malloc project aims to develop a software solution that protects users’ data by safeguarding their mobile devices against unauthorised or unattended data recordings or transmissions.   An ever-growing number of data leakages have been reported over the past few years. Many factors contribute to this phenomenon ranging from poor programming practices to intended but unjustified collection of data...
Thumbnail The MARI-Sense project aims at developing the MARI-Sense Cognitive Decision Support System for the planning of maritime activities such as tracking surface vehicles, autonomous identification of polluting vessels, detection of swimmers and divers, and optimization of maritime spaces, amongst others.   Sustaining the high activity levels of maritime and coastal tourism and maritime transport and...
Thumbnail The aim of the CORONASENSE project is to develop and bring to the market an innovative software to assess in real-time the Indoor Air Quality specifically for conditions that enable the spread of COVID-19 in large public indoor spaces.   Poor Indoor Air Quality has been proven to act as an enabling mechanism for airborne virus spreading while it is one of the most frequent reasons for respiratory...
Thumbnail The SESAME EU project aims to develop a new generation of Multi-Robot Systems (MRS), utilizing AI/ML among other approaches, to design dependable and secure multi-robot systems for key European sectors including Healthcare, Manufacturing, Agri-food, and Infrastructure Inspection.   Currently, MRS play a significant role in missions ranging from precision agriculture and fast delivery of medical...
Thumbnail The “ARTION” EU project aims to develop a world class network for knowledge sharing in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for disaster management. The network will promote the development and use of Artificial Intelligence tools that can help first responders to manage disasters, such as forest fires, floods and earthquakes.   Natural disasters threaten millions of people around the world...
Thumbnail The project OneNet aims at creating the conditions for a new generation of grid services able to fully exploit demand response, storage and distributed generation while creating fair, transparent and open conditions for the consumer. These needs are more profound today, as the electrical grid is moving from being a fully centralized to a highly decentralized system. In this new changing...
Thumbnail The C-AVOID project focuses on Connected – Autonomous – Vehicles Orchestrated with Intelligent Decisions (C-AVOID) and aims at unveiling the safety potentials provided by the next-generation of cellular networks (5G) in the automotive sector.   Modern vehicles on-board have several new driver assistance mechanisms and, soon, they will be able to substitute humans in all basic driving operations....
Thumbnail Developing of technologies for detecting and managing pathogen contamination events during emergency response situations   During emergency response operations, first responders are at risk of being exposed to dangerous pathogens (such as norovirus, e. coli and v. cholerae) through skin contact, ingestion or inhalation. Such pathogens pose a significant risk of illness, disease or even death....
Thumbnail The aim of this MSCA fellowship is 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.   The research activity BITS is to...
Thumbnail The aim of this fellowship is to address 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. The penetration of renewable sources of energy in power networks is expected to grow over the next years, motivated by environmental concerns. However, renewable generation is...
Thumbnail Dr. Kleanthis Malialis, a Post-Doc researcher at the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence of the University of Cyprus was awarded a prestigious Marie Skłodowska Curie (MSCA) Widening Fellowship to work with Professors Marios Polycarpou and Christos Panayiotou on the project "FAULT-LEARNING". Moreover, the Fellow will work with Professor Cesare Alippi, as the Fellowship involves a...
Thumbnail The AURA project aims at improving the Indoor Air-Quality monitoring in large, energy efficient buildings and reducing the overall cost of the monitoring system by developing an innovative software.   During the last decade, over 100.000 deaths in Europe were caused by household (indoor) air pollution. This phenomenon occurs due to the high increase of the concentration of indoor air pollutants...
Thumbnail The main objective of the “CybPhys” Project is to upgrade undergraduate and postgraduate-level curricula and study programs in the Belarusian and Ukrainian academic institutions in the area of Cyber-Physical Systems modelling and simulation according to the Bologna practices.   The “CybPhys” project aims to introduce novel curricula in practical-oriented modelling and simulation of Cyber Physical...
Thumbnail     Currently, the majority of first responder authorities seeking to introduce RPAS into their operations are faced with the challenge of processing a deluge of collected data reliably and efficiently and are thus relying on snapshots to inform specific emergency situations. To address this challenge, the “AIDERS” project will develop online machine learning algorithms to help authorities to...
Thumbnail The Smart5Grid research project aims at developing 5G solutions for building innovative and high performance smart grids able to feature online monitoring data and enable efficient, fast, and secure operation.   Up-to-now, the main discussion for 5G has been to support the next wave of smart grid features and efficiency at the behind-the-meter level, by integrating many low-voltage devices into...
Thumbnail The RONDA project aims to develop a data-driven framework, pattern recognition techniques and low-cost sensor technologies for the detection, classification and georeferencing of roadway pavement surface anomalies, as well as to develop technologies for adaptive-location traffic monitoring by use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).   Within this context, the project will utilize a real-life...
Thumbnail PVgnosis aims at developing a software platform and associated tools needed for delivering advanced diagnosis, predictive maintenance and intelligent visual inspection on installed photovoltaic (PV) plants towards the massive adoption of solar energy.   The solar photovoltaic energy is considered to be an important and most cost-effective type of renewable energy source and it is expected to have a...
Thumbnail Although Cyprus has adopted all the relevant prerequisites and adapted its national legislation and policy with regards to energy regulation and energy markets as a full member state of EU, Cyprus energy market is still in its infantry levels compared to the envisaged EU framework liberalization and completion levels.   The innovation project “EnergyXchange” envisions to facilitate the...
Thumbnail   The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (CoE) at the University of Cyprus is participating in an Innovation Action project funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project is titled "CARAMEL" and brings together 15 organizations from 8 European countries with complementary expertise and skills. It addresses the cybersecurity challenge of the next generation mobility,...
Thumbnail We spend 85-90% of our lives in buildings and require them to offer a comfortable and safe environment, as well as to be operated efficiently for economic reasons and compliance with EU and national regulations. As a result, most commercial buildings are already equipped with Building Automation Systems (BAS) and sub-systems that monitor and control heating, ventilation and air-conditioning as...
Thumbnail The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus is coordinating a large innovating project entitled "GLADIATOR". This project aims to develop a vanguard and comprehensive theranostic (therapeutic+diagnostic) solution for brain malignancies by using life sciences, bio–nanotechnology, engineering and information communication technologies (ICT).   Currently, highly...
Thumbnail The REALFON (Resource Allocation in Flexible Optical Networks) project aims at developing novel optimization algorithms for the efficient utilization of resources in future optical networks taking into account the security of the physical layer.   The ever-increasing growth of traffic in backbone networks is expected to exceed the available capacity provided by the fixed-grid wavelength division...
Thumbnail The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus is coordinating a new innovative research project entitled “EMPOWER”. This project aims to develop new tools and technologies specifically suited for the Cyprus power system in order to further enhance its stability and reliability, even in the presence of a very high penetration of renewable energy sources....
Thumbnail Greece and Cyprus, over the recent years, have been dealing with heavy irregular migration attempts via the Mediterranean Sea and cross-border crime. Their unique geographical position in the South Eastern end borders of the European Union renders them as significant targets for smuggling groups, using small maritime vessels. In these instances, timely effective and secure exchange of...
Thumbnail The health sector’s increasing dependence on digital information and communication infrastructures renders it vulnerable to threats to privacy and cybersecurity, especially as the theft of health data has become particularly lucrative for cyber criminals. At the same time, a breach of integrity of health data can have dramatic consequences for the patients affected.   The KIOS Research and...
Thumbnail The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (CoE) at the University of Cyprus is participating in a large Innovation Action project funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme. This is a large project with a budget of over 17 million euros and with 28 partner organizations from 14 different countries of the European Union. The project, entitled FLEXITRANSTORE aims to develop a...
The KIOS Research Center at the University of Cyprus and Imperial College London, a world-leading institution in research and innovation, have received a grant from HORIZON 2020 under the TEAMING call to develop a Center of Excellence in the area of Intelligent Systems and Networks. The KIOS-Imperial Teaming proposal was one of 31 proposals selected (out of 169 submitted) from across the EU. The...