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Coordinator Institution - Cyprus University of Technology

SmartEN ITN Coordinator - Professor Toula Onoufriou


The SmartEN network is highlighted by the international reputation associated with a number of the partner organisations. Within this network structure, the partner organisations have excellent credentials both nationally and within the EU and in some cases, this extends further to the rest of the world. In terms of academic research groups, this consortium includes representation from nine organisations with complimentary technical expertise distributed across seven European countries and is augmented by six commercial organisations spanning five European countries. The programme also includes nine distinguished scientists from Japan, US, China, Hong Kong, and Australia.


Cyprus University of Technology

The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), the coordinator institution, is a newly established state university in Cyprus which aims to provide teaching and research of the highest international standard. The research at CUT has already attracted considerable external funding from government, EU and industrial sources. The SmartEN ITN is led by Professor Toula Onoufriou who is a Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics (CEG). The Department of CEG has established the Cyprus Infrastructure Reliability and Management centre (CIRMAC) which is active in the areas of proactive infrastructure management and non destructive evaluation which are key areas for the SmartEN programme. Furthermore, the Department of CEG has already established strong national and international collaborations and interactions with academia, industry and government which further enhances its research activities.

Person in charge: Prof. Toula Onoufriou
Research Academic Computer Technology Institute

The Research Academic Computer Technology Institute (RACTI) is a Research Institute operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. It has been conceived and organised to operate as an integrated environment of research, development and design of products and solutions. It works in close collaboration with the University of Patras. Being affiliated with the academic environment and by developing its cooperations with the international scientific community and both the local and the European industry, RACTI evolved over the last twenty three years as a major site of scientific activity on Computer Engineering and Informatics, with international reputation.

Person in charge: Prof. Kostas Berberidis
Imperial College

Imperial College was ranked fifth in the world in the 2007 Times Higher Education Supplement world university rankings. Imperial employs 3,000 academic and research staff and educates almost 12,000 students. The Faculty of Engineering is one of three Faculties within Imperial College. The Faculty comprises 9 Departments, and is one of the largest engineering faculties in the UK.

Person in charge: Prof. Kin K. Leung
Research and Education Laboratory in Information Technology

Research and Education Laboratory in Information Technology is a non-profit organization. As part of its activity, RESIT operates AIT – “Athens Information Technology”, a world-class education and research centre. Research at AIT is multidisciplinary and addresses 5 key technological areas of significant scientific challenge and interest. One of AIT’s 5 research groups is the Broadband Wireless and Sensor Networks (B-WiSE) Group. The members of the B-WiSE group are professors and researchers with many years of industrial experience in the development of high performance ICs for communication systems and networks and a solid research background in a diverse number of fields ranging from multimedia signal processing to antenna design and secure communications.

Person in charge: Prof. Antonis Kalis
University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a leading academic institution with technological focus, providing comprehensive research, undergraduate and postgraduate education and mid/career training. The principal contribution to this training network will come from the Centre for Materials, Surfaces and Structural Systems in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. An underpinning research theme in the Centre is the identification, characterisation, modelling and consequence assessment of “damage”, as applied to a range of steel, concrete and polymer composite structures.

Person in charge: Prof. Marios Chryssanthopoulos
University of Pavia

825 and 1361 are the important dates in the life of the University of Pavia. In 825 the emperor Lotarius started a rhetorics school for the empire administrators. In 1361 the emperor Charles IV started a school in law and literature, to which the name correctly University applied. After that, among others, Cardano (famous for his mechanic joint and the solution of equations of order higher than two) was teaching in the School of Medicine and Volta (the battery father) in the School of Physics. The strength of the University capacity of attracting smart students is in the large lodging offer provided by historical and new colleges, some of them supported by own public and private grants. The School of Engineering was re-established in 1970 and some, elsewhere common, structures had to wait for the development of the Italian law on the matter of University organization and funding: Departments since 1981, Graduate Schools since 1984.

Person in charge: Prof. Fabio Cassiati
Federal institute for Materials Research and Testing

The Division VIII.2 is engaged in non-destructive damage assessment and environmental measurement methods for non-destructive testing in civil engineering (NDT-CE). The multidisciplinary team focuses on determination of measuring parameters, which are relevant for the assessment of structures, damage and contaminations in the natural environment and built infrastructure. Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) has strong links to the development or implementation of community policy or European standards. One task of BAM is the assistance in developing standards and technical rules for the evaluation of substances, materials, structures and processes with reference to damage prevention and detection and protection of economic values.

Person in charge: Ms Rosemarie Helmerich
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA)

EMPA is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Empa’s research and development activities are oriented to meet the requirements of industry and the needs of our society, and link together applications-oriented research and the practical implementation of new ideas. The aim of Empa’s activities is to transform research results and scientific knowledge into marketable innovations. In taking on this bridging function between applications oriented research and the practical implementation of novel ideas, Empa holds an essential position in the Swiss educational, research and innovation scene.

Person in charge: Dr Glauco Feltrin
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications – Telecom ParisTech

Telecom ParisTech is one of France's leading graduate engineering schools and is considered the school in the field of Communication and Information Technologies. Its disciplines include all the sciences and techniques that fall within the term "Information and Communications": Computer Science Networks, Communications, Electronics, Signal and Image Processing, as well as the study of economic and social aspects associated with modern technology. As an institution of higher education, the school is publicly funded, with close links with a number of partner institutions: it is part of a federation of schools in telecommunications, called the Institute Telecom and a member of ParisTech, a multi-campus network of many graduate engineering schools, all located in the Paris area.

Person in charge: Dr Ghaya Rekaya

Comsis is a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Paris and is a member of AF1 holding, a privately held investment firm. The company provide 802.11n Wireless Local Area Network (Wlan) broadband communication system on chips (SoCs). Comsis-enabled systems allow users to wirelessly access voice, data and streaming video throughout a home or office environment with outstanding quality. The combination of superior technology and low cost will establish Comsis as a worldwide leader of 802.11n SoCs.

Person in charge: Mr Philippe Leclair

COWI is a leading firm of consulting engineers and planners with approximately 4000 employees operating on a world-wide basis, with more than 70 years of experience in rendering independent consultancy services to public and private clients throughout the world. COWI provides all the services required to undertake multi-disciplinary projects of all types and sizes within consultancy and planning disciplines - from civil, structural, geotechnical, mechanical and electrical engineering through environmental, water, transportation, offshore, and energy engineering to the multisectoral disciplines required for physical and economic development in rural and urban areas. COWI has a vast experience in operation, management and maintenance of all types of transportation infrastructure elements such as bridges, highways, airports, railways, tunnels and harbours.

Person in charge: Dr Jacob Egede Andersen
DFL Systems Ltd

DFl Systems is an SMP R&D comapny in the UK involved in the application of sensors and signal processing in electronic systems. A number of novel processing techniques have been developed and applied in systems that the company has worked on with other industrial partners and these techniques have also been used in the company’s own product developments. The company has the in-house capability to devise suitable algoriths in embedded systems and design, build and test digital and analogue electronic hardware. The company is currently working with a number of ‘blue chip’ Uk engineering companies, providing consultancy and ‘expert advice’ services.  

Person in charge: Mr Malcolm West
Network Rail
Network Rail owns and operates the 36,000 km main line railway network in the UK, which contains 40,000 bridges, 700 tunnels, 2,500 stations, 1,100 signal boxes and 17,000 retaining walls. It is an end client for monitoring services, which it normally procures from suitable contractors. Network Rail actively supports relevant research at both National and European levels. In the context of SmartEN Network Rail will propose research topics, provide guidance to researchers and review their outputs as work progresses, offer industrial placements as appropriate and sit on the project supervisory board.
Person in charge: Mr Brian Bell
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) is one of the oldest, continuously operating engineering consultancies in the world. PB is a leader in consulting, design, planning, engineering, programme and construction management, and operations and maintenance for all types of infrastructure.PB has grown to a global firm with more than 12,000 staff in 150 offices worldwide. The company provides comprehensive services for virtually every type of infrastructure and facilities project in both the public and private sectors. PB’s portfolio, which features many award winning schemes, includes some of the world’s largest and more important public works projects, across six continents.
Person in charge: Dr Steve Denton
Intracom Telecom
INTRACOM TELECOM is an international telecommunication systems vendor operating in Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Africa, Russia, the CIS and Asia-Pacific. Over 100 customers in more than 50 countries choose INTRACOM TELECOM for its state-of-the-art products and solutions. INTRACOM TELECOM has 2,400 employees, operates subsidiaries in 16 countries and is amongst the largest European companies leading in R&D investments. Since June 2006, INTRACOM TELECOM is controlled by JSC SITRONICS (Russia) with 51%. JSC SITRONICS is the technology subsidiary of JSFC SISTEMA, a leading diversified holding company in Russia and the CIS. INTRACOM HOLDINGS Group (Greece) retains a 49% stake.
Person in charge: Dr Ilias Panayiotopoulos



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The project is funded by the European Commission under the FP7, People action.