kios_bThe 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.

One of the key challenges in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is the integration of networked computing with physical systems and processes. In this framework, embedded computers add to physical systems significant new capabilities which are further extended when computers are networked and communicate with each other. Such integration will lead to a new generation of devices and intelligent systems that can adapt to malfunctions, cooperate and evolve during operation to become more efficient, fault tolerant and trustworthy. This exciting and challenging new research area will be the main focus of the KIOS Research Center, both in terms of fundamental (basic) research as well as in the application of such systems in various contexts. On one hand, there is a wide spectrum of relevant applications, ranging from small devices for healthcare delivery, to large-scale critical infrastructure systems such as the electric power grid. On the other hand, the new system capabilities enable emerging new behaviors that necessitate rigorous investigation in order to be better understood and applied in practical settings. Successful solutions in the area of intelligent networked embedded systems require the harmonious integration of hardware and embedded software/algorithmic components. Therefore, the key objective of the KIOS Center is to blend theory with applications and integrate embedded software/algorithms with hardware devices.

Recognizing that research in intelligent networked embedded systems requires multidisciplinary expertise, we have built a core team that consists of internationally accomplished researchers specializing in a wide range of fundamental areas, such as systems and control, distributed systems and algorithms, graph theory and optimization, computational intelligence, electronic hardware design, testing and diagnosis, as well as in the application of these techniques to healthcare delivery, power systems, communication networks, water distribution networks and transportation systems.  A key objective of this project is to build a synergistic coalition of several new laboratories which will enable the aggregate to become competitive internationally in the new and exciting area of networked embedded systems.

The KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks has a long-term vision.  An important objective of the Center is to provide a promising avenue for qualified and motivated researchers to pursue successful careers.  As a result, its long-term strategy is built around sustaining and increasing its activities well beyond the time limits set by this project. Since the ICT domain is recognized as one of the most important sectors of economic activity and innovation in developed countries, the KIOS Research Center is expected to have significant societal and economic benefits for Cyprus. The Center will create new job opportunities in the high-tech arena and will attract new researchers to Cyprus, creating a sustainable critical mass of researchers that can address challenging scientific and technological problems at the very core of the ICT domain. This will promote the collaboration between industry, academia and research organizations in technology areas of importance to Cyprus.

In addition to the management and infrastructure building activities, this project involves specific research objectives organized in nine general activities (4 more fundamental/theoretical and 5 more applied).

 

FOUNDATIONS:
• Optimal Sensor and Actuator Placement for Intelligent Monitoring, Control and Security
• Real-Time Data Processing and Cooperative Control in Distributed Systems
• Fault Diagnosis and Security of Distributed Safety-Critical Systems
• System Design and Implementation using Hardware/Software Co-Design

 

APPLICATIONS:
• Intelligent Monitoring, Security and Fault Diagnosis of Power Systems
• Intelligent monitoring, fault diagnosis, and fault restoration of telecommunication systems
• Intelligent Monitoring and Security of Water Distribution Networks
• Network Control in Intelligent Transportation Systems
• Accident and Emergency Center Intelligent Monitoring System

 

Partners:
University of Cyprus
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics and Information
ETH Zurich, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Arizona State University, SenSIP Research Center
Boston University, Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE)

 

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The project is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation’s Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation 2008 (DESMI 2008), co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund, and specifically under the funding Pillar Development of Research Infrastructures.

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