SmartEN Marie Curie ITN Final Conference
The SmartEN Marie Curie ITN Final Conference was held on October 9th-10th, 2013 in Limassol, Cyprus. The Conference was organized by the Cyprus University of Technology – SmartEN ITN Coordinating Institution – and was open to the public. All SmartEN Marie Curie ITN partners actively participated in the Conference. In addition, researchers from other academic organizations, as well as professional bodies, the industry, and the public sector attended the conference.
The aim of the conference was to communicate and promote the research and training activities of the SmartEN ITN programme with respect to the “Smart Management for Sustainable Human Environment”, and present the state-of-the-art research conducted by the SmartEN Marie Curie Fellows. Distinguished Scientists in the research areas of SmartEN and Senior Scientists of SmartEN were invited to give keynote presentations during the conference. In addition, SmartEN Marie Curie fellows including Post-Doctoral Researchers and PhD Students presented their work conducted during the SmartEN Programme through presentations and posters.
The conference started with a welcoming address by the host and Coordinator of the SmartEN ITN programme Prof. Toula Onoufriou from Cyprus University of Technology, a welcoming address by the Minister of Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Tasos Mitsopoulos, a brief overview of the SmartEN ITN programme by Prof. Onoufriou, and an overview of the Work Programmes and the Multi-Disciplinary Projects by Dr. Marios Kyriakides from Cyprus University of Technology (Technical Manager of SmartEN Marie Curie ITN).
The welcoming address of the Minister of Communication and Works of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Tasos Mitsopoulos was delivered by Mrs. Eleni Gereoudakis. The Minister stressed that the SmartEN ITN programme was as one of the top out of hundreds of proposals submitted from the rest of the EU and the first large EU-funded programme in which a University from Cyprus was the Coordinating Institution. Mr. Mitsopoulos highlighted the significance of the research results produced by the programme towards the smart management for sustainable environment, and congratulated the SmartEN ITN researchers, and particularly the Cyprus University of Technology for the excellent organization and successful completion of such a high-level research and training programme.
In her welcoming address, Prof. Toula Onoufriou, Coordinator of the SmartEN ITN programme, highlighted the importance of such programmes that promote research, creativity and excellence as they can be a source for future development, especially during such difficult times that we are all facing due to the economic crisis. In the four-year, 3.7-million Euros SmartEN Marie Curie ITN programme, more than 70 researchers have been involved within the framework of the programme, giving the opportunity of coexistence and collaboration between universities, research centers and industry and the mobility and training of young researchers within this integrated interdisciplinary network. The programme has provided Cyprus with a unique opportunity to lead a pioneer research field and industry with opportunities to develop innovative products based on the research results of SmartEN programme, placing Cyprus in a leading and competitive position worldwide in the field of Smart Management of the Human Environment. The integrated model of the SmartEN programme which is encapsulated in the trifold of training, research and industry, has the potential to become a paradigm model and a nucleus for establishing proper mechanisms for the development of research, training and collaboration with industry, aiming at better exploitation of research results for creating technological wealth and improving the standard of living.
During the 2-day conference Distinguished Scientists and SmartEN Senior Scientists were invited to give keynote talks to the conference attendees, namely:
- Prof. Toula Onoufriou - Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and Professor of Infrastructure Reliability and Management.
- Prof. Robert E. Melchers - Professor of Civil Engineering and Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at The University of Newcastle, Australia
- Dr. Richard D. Neilson - Reader in Engineering in the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, UK.
- Dr. Anastasis Kounoudes - Chief Executive Officer, SignalGeneriX Ltd
- Dr. Spyridon Vassilaras - Assistant Professor at the Athens Information Technology (AIT) Center for Research and Education
- Prof. Kostas Berberidis - Professor, Director of the Signal Processing & Communications Research Unit, University of Patras and CTI RU-8, Greece
- Dr. Athanassios. Boulis - Networks Research Group, NICTA, Australia
- Prof. Jean-Claude Belfiore - Professor at the Communications & Electronics Department of Telecom ParisTech.
- Dr. Markus Krüger - Head of the unit “Monitoring in Civil Engineering” at the MPA Universität Stuttgart.
- Prof. James Brownjohn - Professor of Structural Dynamics, University of Exeter, UK
- Dr. Jacob Egede Andersen - Head of the dynamics section for major bridges, COWI A/S, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
- Prof. Marios Chryssanthopoulos - Professor of Structural Systems, University of Surrey, U.K.
The conference included presentations organised in four sessions, one for each Work Programme (WP). A poster presentation was also organized where the conference attendees had the opportunity to walk through the posters prepared by the SmartEN researchers and discuss with them in more detail their research work.
In addition, USBs with papers prepared by the SmartEN MC Fellows on their research work and extended abstracts by the Invited Speakers were offered to the Conference Participants, disseminating the work performed under SmartEN ITN.
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