Past Projects

Below we list externally funded research projects that the members of the SCRC have acquired while employed at CUT.

Externally Funded Research Programs

2014 EUvox (http://www.euvox2014.eu)

Funding Source: Open Society Initiative for Europe (European Elections 2014) and the Directorate-General for Communication of the European Parliament (area of internet-based activities/online media – 2014)

Total Funding: 150,000 €

Local Research Team: Vasiliki Triga, Nicolas Tsapatsoulis

Description: EUVOX is a state-of-the-art, EU-wide voting advice application (VAA) for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament. The purpose of EUVOX is to help citizens to select the political party that best matches their own policy preferences and enable them to have quick access to information about the positions of all parties in these crucial elections. The project was designed and implemented by a consortium of researchers based on Kieskompas and PreferenceMatcher, two experienced organizations in the field of VAAs that have designed many such tools across four continents, as well as country teams from all EU member states. In addition, Kieskompas has co-designed EU Profiler, winner of the 2009 eDemocracy award. EUVOX was sponsored financially by the Open Society Initiative for Europe (European Elections 2014) and the Directorate-General for Communication of the European Parliament (area of internet-based activities/online media – 2014).

2014-2015 Womenpower – WE-ME

Funding Source: Mahallae digital neighborhood for civic engagement (funded by UNDP)

Local Research Team: Antigoni Parmaxi, Dr. Andri Ioannou, Christina Vasiliou,  Dr. Christiana Kouta, Dr. Maria Kapardis, Giwrgos Lambrou

Total Funding: $30, 000

Duration: 10 months (June 2014-May 2015)

Partners:Cyprus Interaction Lab, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology. Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Cyprus University of Technology Department of Nursing, Cyprus University of Technology

Description: Womenpower (WE-ME) is the winning concept of Mahallae (funded by UNDP) under the “Women and Dialogue” challenge. The project is funded with $30,000 for a period of ten months (June 2014-May 2015).The project intends to link women mentors and mentees together through an online community platform to be developed following a user-centered approach.

More specifically WE-ME aims at helping young women to receive support and advice in regards to self-improvement, in order to increase their self-esteem, personal and social power and solidarity. It is expected to provide women with practical advice on how to deal with difficulties in their personal and professional life in order to overcome the glass-ceiling effect and promote gender equality.

Moreover, the platform also allows its members to organize local WE-ME Mentoring/supporting- meetings, seminars and/or fairs and a yearly WE-ME Mentoring-conference in Euro-Mediterranean region.

2013 – 2015 Usability and user experience user interface design heuristics for Deaf users

Research project supported by the National Research Foundation of South Africa funding Dr Alexis Yeratziotis to conduct research for 2 years at the Cyprus Interaction Lab.

Local Research Team: Alexis Yeratziotis, Panayiotis Zaphiris

Overall project budget:  $33,000

Description:  Equality in the life of the Deaf has become a priority. They are regarded as a distinct population that face disadvantages in education and employment. These disadvantages along with their characteristics impact on their interaction and utilisation of user interfaces. Thus, designing for the Deaf requires unique considerations to improve accessibility, usability and user experience. Thus, a gap identified in literature is the need for more usability inspection methods to evaluate the design of user interfaces for Deaf users. Current methods do not consider these users at the centre of design and evaluation, thus offering them poor usability and user experience. For usability inspection methods, heuristic evaluation will be the method considered. It will include a set of heuristics that examine a user  interface according to the criteria that make it appropriate for Deaf use, particularly focusing on usability and user experience

2012 – 2014 Eye-tracking based Methodological framework for optimal distribution of online advertisement locations

Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus)

Local Research Team: Panayiotis Zaphiris

Partners: Cyprus University of Technology. E-Sport media and entertainment network media Ltd. R.K.I Leaders Ltd

Overall project budget: € 149,500

Description: The project’s main aim is to implement an evaluation methodology service for the identification of the best locations on Cypriot web space based on eye tracking studies.

This will first consist of the state-of-the-art analysis in existing patterns of advertisement placement on websites. Then user data will be collected with the use of eye tracking technologies in order to understand how users look at Web advertising and how effective each location is. A methodological framework will be then developed based on a prediction model for the optimization of the online advertising locations. Factors such as the advertising budget, social status, and Web use will be some of the many to be considered.

This innovative project would benefit anyone who wants to advertise on the Web since it will be based on factual research with an eye tracker and volunteers from Cyprus. Advertising will now be based on facts, not just speculative statistics. The outcome of this project will help the future of advertisement on the Web.

2012-2014 Conflict and Violence in Cypriot Television: new journalistic forms and practices for mediating conflict and violence in the Cypriot public sphere

Funding Agency: Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation

Local Research Team: Vaia Doudaki, Angeliki Gazi

Description: The project aims to study the ways and the conventions by which conflict and violence is portrayed in Cypriot television news and familiarizes journalists and citizens with an ‘open society’ approach towards conflict and violence.

Funding Agency: Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation

Description: The project aims to study the ways and the conventions by which conflict and violence is portrayed in Cypriot television news and familiarizes journalists and citizens with an ‘open society’ approach towards conflict and violence.

2012 – 2014 Creative Multi-modal Information Spaces for Problem-Based Learning

Funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation

Local Research Team: Andri Ioannou, Panayiotis Zaphiris, Christina Vasiliou

Partners: Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) –  Andri Ioannou (Principal Investigator). Institute “Jozef Stefan” (IJS) – Laboratory for Open Systems and Networks, Slovenia

Overall project budget: € 24,996

Description:  Problem based learning (PBL) pedagogy aims to provide context-rich academic situations where students can work together and demonstrate authentic application of knowledge.

This project seeks to address a recurrent problem in higher education related to the implementation of PBL pedagogy — that students are often disengaged from active collaboration, fertile discussion, physical interaction around emerging group artifacts, and reflection. The success of PBL implementation depends on both the selection of learning activities and development of appropriate infrastructure, that is, learning spaces in which the activities can take place. Yet, the technologies often comprising the PBL learning space in the university classroom (e.g., projector, laptops, vertical smartboard) and the way they are being used by instructors and learners, seem to hinder the successful implementation of PBL. This research project joins forces between two European research institutions (CUT and JSI) to develop and deliver a framework comprising the construction of creative, multi-modal information spaces ideal for the implementation of PBL in the university classroom. The project has the potential to revolutionize the practice of PBL in higher education, helping instructors to successfully implement PBL pedagogy and allowing learners to be more engaged in the process of problem solving. Ultimately, the project will contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the fields of HCI, technology-enhanced learning, CSCL/CSCW and related fields.

This project is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (DESMI 2009-2010) and the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), under the “Bilateral Cooperation” between Cyprus and Slovenia (ΔΙΑΚΡΑΤΙΚΕΣ/ΚΥ-ΣΛΟ/0411).

2011 – 2013 RESTORE: Computer-Based Restoration of Face Appearing in Icons

Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus)

Local Research Team: Andreas Lanitis

Partners: Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) – Andreas Lanitis (Principal Investigator). Rev. Dr Demosthenis Demosthenous (Director of the ancient icons, paintings and manuscripts preservation workshop of the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus). Museum of Kykkos Monastery

Overall project budget: € 136,076

Description: Α two year project (started in September 2011) is focused on the restoration of the facial areas in damaged icons. The aim is to provide technological tools that can be used for automatic digital restoration of faces appearing in icons. A restoration model based on a large sample of icons and related “en face” rules, derived from the relevant literature, will be created. The restoration model will be used as the basis of predicting the overall appearance of faces, even in cases that are highly damaged. The anticipated results will enable the generation of digitally restored icons, while leaving the originals unaffected. The project aims to present the restored digital icons with respect to the ancient prototype of iconography and contribute to the conservation and presentation of cultural heritage.

For the completion of this project, researchers from the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology are cooperating with professional restorers from the Museum of the Holy Monastery of Kykkos and the Restoration Center of Manuscripts and Icons of the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus.

The project is funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation and the European Union Structural Funds.

2011-2013 Moulding Expressions of Culture: The Terracotta Figurines from the ‘Villa House of Orpheus’, Nea Paphos.

Research project supported by the Leventis Foundation.

Local Research Team: Andreas Lanitis

Project Coordinator: Prof. Demetrios Michaelides. Archaeological Research Unit, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus.

Partners: THETIS Authentics LTD. National Center for Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’/ Conservation School, Athens Technological Educational Institute

Budget: €65,000 (€6,000 for our Contribution)

Description: Generation of 3D models of Terracotta Figurines and application of restoration techniques in order to digitally restore damaged Figurines.

2011-2013 POSEIDON, Development of an Intelligent System for Coast  Monitoring via Camera Arrays and Sensor Networks.

Project supported by the  INTERREG IIIC, Greece-Cyprus Initiative.

Local Research Team: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis, Andreas Lanitis

Project Coordinator: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis. Dept. of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology.

Partners: Technical University of Crete. Aegean University. Cyprus Police Authorities

Budget: €760,200 (€276,000 for CUT Contribution)

Description: The POSEIDON project developed an intelligent cost monitoring system using camera array and sensor networks. It is based on a three level architecture consisting of the following subsystems: (1) a Centralized Monitoring System, (2) an Onshore unit (Autonomous fusion and data processing unit), an (3) an Offshore unit (sensor network on a buoy). Raw data collected from the sensors are used either autonomously (e.g., use of hydrophones) to provide information about any sea craft getting close to the coast or as an additional input to the onshore units (cameras) to efficiently process the video streams irrespectively of weather situations (wind, humidity,  lighting conditions etc). In case of a possible intrusion is detected the onshore units send the video streams of the nearest cameras to the the Centralized Monitoring System for a closer inspection of a human operator and for deciding any actions that are required.

2011-2015 Efficient Routing in the Internet and other Complex Networks  using Hyperbolic Metric Spaces (ComplexNetRouting)  

Funding Agency: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-RG: Marie Curie International

Reintegration Grant

Total Grant: 100.000 €

Local Research Team: Dr. Fragkiskos Papadopoulos

Coordinator: Dr Fragkiskos Papadopoulos

Description: This project investigates the hypothesis that beneath the observable topology of every complex network, including the (AS) Internet, there exists a hidden hyperbolic metric space that can explain its structural and dynamical characteristics, and which can be used to efficiently guide information transport. While the main motivation in this project is the AS Internet, our work has a much broader impact with a range of interdisciplinary applications in both network science and engineering.

2010 – 2012 Illumination Neutralisation With Application in Tracking

Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus)

Local Research Team: Panayiotis Zaphiris, Andreas Lanitis

Partners: University of Cyprus – Yiorgos Chrysanthou (Principal Investigator). Cyprus University of Technology. Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) (Baoquan Chen)

Overall project budget: € 59,964

Description: The objective of this proposal was to bring together the two main public academic institutions of Cyprus with a major research institution in China. The collaboration was achieved through the implementation of a joint research project that lies at the intersection of the interests of the three parties. The aim of the research is to use advances in computer graphics (CG) techniques to help solve a classical computer vision (CV) problem: tracking.

Traditionally CV approaches try to derive all the required information from the input images. This can lead to techniques that are unnecessarily compute-intensive and sensitive. Modern capture techniques can provide, in a fast way, information about the scene and incoming illumination. With this as input we will develop  a novel approach for real-time illumination neutralization. The “neutralized” images will then be used as an input to the tracking module to increase its accuracy.

CUT contribution was the investigation of the current status of computer game industry in Cyprus and drafting of a strategic plan for enhancing the local computer game industry.

2010-2012 The History of Commandaria : Digital Journeys Back toTime

Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation(Cyprus) (Call for applied research programs).

Local Research Team: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis, Andreas Lanitis

Project Coordinator: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis. Dept. of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology.

Partners: SignalGenerix LTD. Cyprus Tourism Organization. CyPrint LTD

Budget: €99,890

Description: Commandaria is considered one of the oldest types of wines and it has been ranked as one of the best wines of the last millennium. Production of Commandaria in Cyprus is associated with historical and political events that took place at the island, especially during the last millennium, hence studies related to Commandaria are heavily related to the culture and history of Cyprus.Unfortunately up to now the issue of preserving the history and traditions related to the production of Commandaria over the years did not receive adequate attention and as result the danger of losing important aspects of the relevant Cypriot cultural heritage is obvious. In this project we developed an interactive system through which the history of the production of Commandaria at different areas in Cyprus and different time periods is presented along with historical events that took place in the island and can be related with Commandaria production.As part of the project we established a multimedia digital library which contains items related to the history and production of Commandaria in Cyprus. All multimedia database entries are sorted according to various criteria, including the chronological period, the geographical location they refer to and the actual contents of the item, and could be searched via semantic-based queries with the aid of an ontology. In addition, an interactive application was created where users can explore the history of Commandaria in Cyprus at different geographical locations and different time periods. The final system operates both as a web application and as a stand alone application in information kiosks.

2010-2013 Techniques for intelligent search and access of multimedia  content (TISAMuC)

Funding Agency: Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation

Grant Agreement No.: PENEK/0609/95

Total Grant: 99.740 €

Local Research Team: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis, Zenonas Theodosiou

Coordinator: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis (CUT)

CUT Principal Investigator: Zenonas Theodosiou

Description: The main aim of this project is the development of intelligent algorithms, technologies and tools for the extraction and representation of visual features for semantic analysis and search of multimedia content. The number of multimedia files in on-line repositories grows rapidly every day. Currently, less than 10% of such files are professionally annotated, since it is practically impossible to do it manually. For this reason, most multimedia files are of no, or at best, of poor textual description and thus they are difficult to efficiently search and retrieve. The efficient search of such files is based on the technologies and algorithms that will be investigated in the framework of the current project. The successful outcome of the proposed project will lead to important innovations and give great impetus to research areas of search, access and retrieval of multimedia information based on content and using semantic information.

2008-2009 Project Title: A Mediterranean Network for Higher and  Continuing Medical Education Resources (WideMedNet)

Funding Agency: Interreg IIB Archimed

Grant Agreement No.: INTERREG III B ARCHIMED / 027867

Total Grant: 300.000 €

Main Contractor: University of Cyprus (Prof. Constantinos Pattichis)

Website: http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/widemednet/

Local Research Team: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis, Zenonas Theodosiou

CUT Principal Investigator: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis

CUT Co-Investigator: Zenonas Theodosiou

CUT Grant: 19.780 €

Description: The aim of this project is the pilot deployment and demonstration of a distributed pool of sharing educational resources for Medical science conforming to international standards, available for use and extension by a network of medical institutions compliant with the appropriate accreditation and intellectual property policies (constrained by the project resources and time-span). The proposed system and its creation and harvesting supporting mechanisms could serve undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing Medical Education institutions through the provision of quality material evaluated from medical experts. The creation of high quality online educational material by higher education institutions and medical associations is often hindered due to the extra development cost, time required and the lack of know-how on international education standards. Increasing growth rates and strengthening innovation capacities through the dissemination of innovative educational activities is necessary to countries seeking cohesion in economic performance and sustainable development. An interactive pool of resources respecting international education standards will serve undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing Medical Education institutions, along with other relevant initiatives, through the provision of quality material evaluated from medical experts.

2008-2011 Portable Particulate Detection Device (PORPARDET)

Funding Agency: European Community, FP7 for SMEs

Local Research Team: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis

Project budget: 1.007.835,00 €

Local Research Team: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis

Description: The asbestos industry started operation in the late 1870s. Regulations for exposure to asbestos were introduced about a hundred years ago in order to reduce incidence of asbestosis and malignant tumours. Standards have been progressively tightened in line with growing awareness of the dangers. The EU Directive states that buildings are normally required to be surveyed (audit), asbestos labelled and recorded to allow for asbestos removal to be ‘managed’ safely. Some demolition contractors across Europe do not have the expertise to ‘manage’ audits satisfactorily, or without risk to workers and the environment.

Workers need to know quickly when they are working with asbestos so that they can take the necessary precautions, without suffering the disadvantages of having to continuously wear protective equipment at all times.

The PORPARDET project addressed the exposure of workers to this risk through the development of two innovative complementary portable automatic detection systems, based on novel concentrating and image analysis methods, for asbestos particles (AP) and certain other harmful materials of widespread concern.

2006-2010 3D Face Image Processing and Related Applications.

Research project supported by the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus) (Call for upgrading research infrastructure).

Local Research Team: Andreas Lanitis

Partners: Dr George Stylianou, Cyprus College (Project Coordinator)

Budget: €168,000

Status: Project completed successfully

Description: As part of the project the “Graphics and Image Processing Lab” was set up at Cyprus College. The Lab was equipped with high power workstations, image capture equipment and a state of the art 3D scanner. Research was carried out in the area of 3D face reconstruction and modelling with applications of 3D age progression and 3D face image restoration.

2006-2008 Multimodal Biometric Security System (POLYBIO)

Funding Agency: Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation

Grant Agreement No.: PLHRO/0506/04

Local Research Team: Nicolas Tsapatsoulis

Total Grant: 123.132 €

Main Contractor: Philips College

Coordinator: Dr Nicolas Tsapatsoulis

Website: http://www.signalgenerix.com/polybio/

CUT Grant: 15.556 €

Description: The main aim of POLYBIO project is the design and implementation of a multi-modal biometric system that will offer to users enhanced security in physical or remote access.The human biometric characteristic as opposed to PINS, cards or codes, constitute the absolute means for secure user identification that prohibits impostors from abusive usage of the system.The consortium will design and implement the appropriate technologies based on the extraction, analysis, coding and classification of the human biometric characteristics that cover the areas of voice recognition, fingerprint identification, hand geometry and face recognition, with the aim to develop a robust multi-modal system that will eliminate False Acceptances and False Rejections.

COST Actions

2014-2018 Play for Children with Disabilities (LUDI) (TD1309)

Funding Agency: COST

Total Grant (per year): 95.000 €

Description: The “LUDI” COST Action aims at the creation of a novel and autonomous field of research and intervention on play for children with disabilities.The network has three main objectives: a) collecting and systematizing all existing competence and skills: educational researches, clinical initiatives, know-how of resources centers and users’ associations; b) developing new knowledge related to settings, tools and methodologies associated with the play of children with disabilities; c) disseminating the best practices emerging from the joint effort of researchers, practitioners and users.

2014-2018 Strengthening Europeans’ capabilities by establishing the European literacy network (IS1401)

Funding Agency: COST

Total Grant (per year): 95.000 €

Description: Capabilities are not only abilities that reside inside humans, but they also comprise the political, social, and economic environment. Literacy is a capability whose fulcrum is far away from the individual, depending crucially on societal forces that can hinder or promote human development. The efficiency of this promotion is critically constrained by the availability of accurate knowledge. Knowing about literacy is contingent upon an interdisciplinary web of expertise that can, within a reasonable timeline, produce that sort of knowledge. Such networks already exist in Europe, but needs to be sustained so that it can face the demands of the new digital era. Through this Action, reading and writing research communities across Europe are joining, integrating their findings, and aligning their agendas so that they can: 1) develop an integrated and inclusive approach to foundational literacy across Europe; 2) devise a comprehensive framework of developmental aspects of literacy and education in a digital world; and 3) further improve literacy technologies. This will be valuable for promoting citizens’ interdependence, participation, and innovation, which are key assets to a united and diverse Europe. For that, Europe needs a Literacy Network via which capabilities can be strengthened to all of its citizens.

2012-2016 Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age  (IC1106)

Funding Agency: COST

Role / Position in the Project: Management Committee Member

Project budget: approximately 90.000,00 € / per year (not fixed)

Description: “Forensics is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to a legal system. This may be in relation to a crime or a civil action” [Wikipedia]. Since many such questions boil down to identifying, or verifying the identity, of people allegedly involved in some action, a clear relationship exists between forensics and biometrics.

Biometrics developed a number of techniques which can clearly facilitate the identification of people involved in criminal actions or civil incidents.  Thus, although the two communities have traditionally often operated in relative isolation, there are many scenarios where the synergy cooperation of multimodal biometrics and forensics can be successfully applied. To address such multifaceted areas it is important to develop an interdisciplinary network with complementary competences, to foster the birth of a new community which can develop novel technological solutions to crucial issues and new challenges in forensic science.

The Action will promote new partnerships, will provide education and training, will contribute to develop new standards and best practices, will produce awareness of the potential benefits of advanced technologies for evidence analysis in forensic cases and will stimulate improved mutual understanding of collaborative working models linking the academic and industrial sectors.

2010-2014 Multilingual and multifaceted interactive information access  (MUMIA) (IC1002)

Funding Agency: COST

Total Grant (per year): 95.000 €

Description: The tremendous power and speed of current search engines to respond, almost instantaneously to millions of user queries on a daily basis is one of the greatest successes of the past decade. While this technology empowers users need to extract relevant information from the hundreds of thousands of terabytes of existing data available on the web, the next decade presents many new grand challenges. This next wave of search technology is faced with even greater demands, not only in terms of volume of requests, but also in terms of the changes to the content available, and the dynamics of Web 2.0+ data being produced. These increased and new demands mean that search technology must be able to search, filter, extract, combine, integrate, and process multiple and distributed sources of multilingual content, delivered to an even wider global audience and variety of population. Inevitably, Multilingual and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (MUMIA) research and development will be a key part of the next generation of search technology. Machine Translation (MT), Information Retrieval (IR) and Multifaceted Interactive Information Access (MIIA) are three disciplines which address the main components of MUMIA.

2009-2013 Towards the Integration of Transectorial IT Design and Evaluation (IC0904)

Funding Agency: COST

Total Grant (per year): 95.000 €

Website: http://www.twintide.org/

CUT Principal Investigator:  Panayiotis Zaphiris

Description: The Action aims to provide harmonization and leadership currently lacking in this field by bringing together researchers and D&E professionals. Their broad experience of D&E methods deployed in different sectors and disciplines enables comparison of method applications, assessing transferability of both established and novel approaches. These collaborative activities in Working Groups and open Workshops will facilitate production of a generic D&E method selection and application framework and scientific publications reaching the wider research community. The Action will also provide young interdisciplinary researchers with systematic training and networking opportunities such as STSMs and Training Schools.

2007-2011 Biometrics for Identity Documents and Smart Cards (IC2101)

Funding Agency: COST

Total Grant (per year): 95.000 €

Main Contractor: Roskilde University, Denmark

Website: http://www.cost2101.org

CUT Principal Investigator:  Nicolas Tsapatsoulis

Description: The main objective of this Action is to investigate novel technologies for unsupervised multimodal biometric authentication systems using a new generation of biometrics enabled identity documents and smart cards, while exploring the added-value of these technologies for large-scale applications with respect to European requirements in relation to the storage, transmission, and protection of personal data. The Action will benefit the European community; individual European states; the providers of technology for biometrics, identity documents and smart cards; providers of public and private services; various security organisations wishing to use biometrics authentication for the provision of access to services and confidential information by authorised individuals.

Either the challenges ahead are dealt with or the benefits of this aspect of information technology for European countries will be limited. It has become obvious that a specific fundamental research effort is needed in the transdisciplinary domain of adaptation of the state-of-the-art biometric techniques to the real-world environmental conditions and to user behaviour when using identity documents and smart cards.