University of Cyprus (UCY)

    ucyThe University of Cyprus (UCY) is a relatively young university, established in 1989 as the first university in Cyprus with the aim to become a leading educational and research institution, distinguishing itself internationally through the promotion of scholarship and being recognized as an institution of excellence in the Mediterranean region. The main objectives of UCY are twofold: the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social, and economic development of Cyprus. The most recently founded schools of UCY are the School of Engineering (founded in 2003) and the School of Medicine (founded in 2013). While a relatively young university with 7,000 students and nearly 1,000 employees (academic and administrative), UCY has many accomplishments to show over a very short period of time. Apart from being the leading university and the most active research institution in Cyprus (according to the most recent European Research Rankings), UCY is the youngest institution to be ranked in the top 550 Higher Education Institutions in the world (placed in the 351-400 group for 2015-2016 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings). Furthermore, UCY has been recently ranked 55th worldwide in the “150 Under 50 Rankings” of the top 150 universities under 50 years old (THE World University Rankings). UCY is committed to excellence across all its academic and administrative entities, and is one of the few organizations in Cyprus holding the EFQM “Committed to Excellence” Award and acknowledged with the "HR Excellence in Research" logo. Furthermore, it currently delivers up to 350 externally funded research projects, including several FP7 and H2020 projects, and 10 ERC Grants, as well as national and regional research programmes funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation and the European Structural Funds. UCY holds two of the three ERC Advanced Grants awarded to researchers in Cyprus. Significant scholarly production of 3.1 peer-reviewed publications per faculty/year and international recognition of its research in the Science Citation Index (SCI), well above the average for Mediterranean universities. Although a few years old, the UCY library boasts 300,000 books and is purchasing books at a rate of 12000 books per annum. See also the following sections, including infrastructure to underpin knowhow and expertise on software developed in other related EU and national projects on major tasks related to the proposed work.

    eceThe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Cyprus admitted its first undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters) students in the Fall of 2003, and its first Ph.D. students in the Fall of 2004. It currently has 17 faculty members. The ECE Department aims to excel in both teaching and research, providing high quality degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department covers the traditional areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering such as telecommunications, power, control, signal processing, circuit design, computer architecture, etc, as well as other areas that have recently gained high visibility such as computational intelligence, bioengineering, and nanotechnology. Over the period covering 2009-2012, the ECE Department has published 253 refereed publications, 78 of which were journal publications in some of the most prestigious journals in the field. Two authored books, published by J. Wiley and Cambridge University Press were also published by a faculty member of the Department and an additional edited book by J. Wiley was published by another faculty member. The faculty members of the ECE Department have also been very successful in attracting significant external research funding. Specifically, in the specified period, 67 research projects totalling more than 10 million Euros (UCY budget) were active in the Department with faculty members being PIs or co-PIs. The majority of the research funding (more than 95%) was awarded from funding sources external to the University, while a small portion of the research grants was awarded from internal, competitive, University of Cyprus research programs. An independent assessment report of the ECE department, which was conducted in January 2009 by distinguished professors from MIT, Technion, KTH and University of Illinois, states that “The faculty is highly qualified, carrying out first-class research, and would fit in first-rate academic institutions worldwide”.

    kiosThe KIOS Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Systems and Networks was established in 2008   with a primary mission to carry out basic research in intelligent systems and networks. Since its inception, KIOS has been contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the areas of computational intelligence and intelligent networked embedded system design, and applying these methodologies in monitoring, controlling, and optimizing the operation of large-scale complex systems. Currently, the Centre enlists 8 faculty staff, 34 researchers (13 post-doctoral researchers, 17 PhD-level students, and 4 MSc-level students) and 3 administrative staff (corresponding to 30-35 full time equivalent (FTE) positions, a number that varies depending on number of active research projects). The Centre’s researchers and faculty have published extensively including, specifically over the period 2008-2015, more than 150 journals and 300 conference papers, 25 book chapters, and 9 books. Over the same period the Centre’s researchers have also received a number of international prestigious awards. In its 8 years of existence, KIOS has received competitive funding through several calls by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (the agency responsible for managing EU structural funding for research) and by the European Union under the Framework Programmes 6 and 7, H2020, the European Science Foundation (ERC Advanced and COST projects), the Marie Curie Actions, and by applying directly for funding from the various European Commission DGs (including HOME and ECHO). Moreover, KIOS RU has established collaborations with various private, public, national, and international organizations. KIOS was recently (2016) chosen by the EU to become a European Centre of Excellence for Research and Innovation. This success was the result of a lengthy and extremely competitive proposal process coordinated by the Europe Commission as part of the EU’s strategic programme “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation – Teaming”. Through the Teaming project, KIOS RU will receive total funding in excess of € 40 million. This includes € 15 million funding (seed funding) by the EC and a substantial co-financing amount from national resources over a fifteen year period.

    Participating Entities and Major Infrastructure

    ODxThe Optical Diagnostics Laboratory (ODx Lab) concentrates on optical technologies which provide complementary, microstructural and biochemical, information. This expertise includes optical coherence tomography, nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and fluorescence endoscopy. The experimental activities of the laboratory are complemented by computational analysis and novel computational intelligence methodologies. These research activities are also supported by expertise and infrastructure in biological methods for in vitro and cell experiments. The ODx Lab is a biomedical optics facility with 100 m2 of laboratory space and additional office and computing facilities for graduate students and postdoctoral associates. The laboratory is equipped with

    Optical, optomechanical, fiberoptic and electronic components, vibration isolation tables and associated measurement equipment for the development of optical systems for medical diagnostics.

    • Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Optical Coherence Tomography and Raman Spectroscopy both turnkey and custom-built systems
    • Bacterial and tissue culture and handling facilities for in vitro and ex vivo experimentation and system validation.

    Web Page: http://www.eng.ucy.ac.cy/biaolab/index.html

    microwaveThe Microwave Photonics Laboratory focuses on the application of photonic techniques to  microwave systems, and the application of microwave engineering to high-speed photonic devices. Our infrastructure includes mm-wave radio over fibre and passive optical network testbeds in addition to microwave and photonic test equipment. Current lines of research focus on development of optical filters on silicon integrated photonics, 60 GHz and W-band radio over fibre and behavioural modelling of optoelectronic devices. The laboratory is equipped with a wide range of systems and devices, including:

    • Instruments (12.5 Gb/s Bit Error Rate tester, 40 GHz electrical spectrum analyser, 40 GHz vector network analyser, Oscilloscopes, up to 22 GHz frequency synthesizer, 3 GHz vector signal generator, Optical spectrum analyser, Optical power meter.
    • Optical Devices (Several DFB laser diodes of fixed wavelength, SOAs, EDFAs, electro-optic MZMs, GHz photodetectors, optical couplers (10/90 and 50/50), circulators, isolators, polarization controllers, variable optical attenuators, tunable optical bandpass filters, CWDM MUX and CWDM DEMUX, wavelength selective switches.

    Electrical Devices (V-band power amplifiers, LNA, mixers, envelop detector and horn antennas, Broadband amplifiers, Frequency multipliers and GHz Gunn oscillators.

    Web Page: http://www.ece.ucy.ac.cy/Photonics/

    antennasThe Microwaves & Antennas Laboratory focuses on the design of novel electromagnetic  structures, such as antennas and RF/microwave/mm-wave circuits and systems, which exhibit new phenomena and/or demonstrate superior performance characteristics compared to their conventional counterparts. By developing innovative structures that advance the state of the art in the area, valuable contributions are made in the fields of wireless communications, biomedical devices and imaging, radio-frequency identification, space/satellite systems, and wireless power transfer systems. Activities focus on the design, development and testing of: antenna systems and sub-systems, RF, microwave and mm-wave circuits and devices, engineered electromagnetic materials such as negative-refractive-index metamaterials, implantable antennas and devices for biomedical applications, antenna array systems for biomedical imaging, non-radiative wireless power transfer systems, electromagnetic energy harvesting systems for wireless sensor networks and RFIDs, and compact reconfigurable antenna systems for space-born and ground Satellite-On-The-Move (SOTM) terminals. The Microwaves & Antennas Laboratory has extensive experience in the design, simulation, fabrication and testing of antennas and RF/microwave/mm-wave circuits and systems. In order to conduct high-calibre research in this area, it is equipped with

    • Industry-standard computer-aided design software
    • High-precision mechanical and wet etching fabrication facilities
    • State-of-the-art microwave and antenna testing and characterization facilities for coaxial as well as on-wafer testing of devices.

    Web Page: https://www.ucy.ac.cy/ece/en/laboratories/26-en-articles/topm/laboratories/336-microwaves-antennas-lab

    Representative Publications & Projects

    Participating Personnel

    costas pitris
    stavros iezekiel
    marco antoniades
    konstantinos faropoulos
    andreas perentos
    louiza sophocleous
    kosmia loizidou
    kalina georgiades

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