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Networks Research Laboratory, University of Cyprus


Welcome to the Networks Research Laboratory (NetRL).

NetRL is part of the Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus (UCY). It was established in the year 2002 in an effort to promote and coordinate research activities in all areas of Networks Research, including wireline and wireless, mobile and ad-hoc, MANETS and VANETS, and sensor networks.

The Founder and Director of NetRL is Dr Andreas Pitsillides, Professor, Department of Computer Science, UCY, and the Co-Director is Dr Vasos Vasiliou, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, UCY.



Latest Activities and News:

In May 2014 Andreas was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, South Africa.
On 6th July 2015 Andreas delivered the Keynote speech 2015: ‘Nature Inspired Techniques for addressing 5G technologies', at the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on A 5G Wireless Odyssey: 2020, co-located with ISCC2015 (http://www.ieee-iscc.org/2015), Larnaca, Cyprus, 6 July 2015. (http://5g.av.it.pt/)

On 5th March 2015 Andreas delivered the Keynote speech 2015: ‘Internet of things: vision, research challenges, and recent commercial hype', at the Workshop on Internet of Things (IoT) and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), A collaborative Workshop between the Centre for Telecommunications (CfT) of the University of Johannesburg and Meraka Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), CSIR Merka Institute, Building 43, CSIR - Meiring Naude Rd, Brummeria, Pretoria, March 5, 2015.
Andreas was invited to give the keynote talk:  “Nature inspired techniques in addressing communication problems” , 13th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (ISSPIT 2014), Dec 15-17 December 2014, Noidia, Delhi, India.
Andreas was invited to give the keynote talk: "The Web of Things: towards smart pervasive environments" at the 2nd International Workshop on Smart City and Ubiquitous Computing Applications (SCUCA 2014) to be held in conjunction with the 10th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (IEEE WiMob 2014), on October 8, 2014, in Larnaca, CYPRUS. More info at http://netlab.frederick.ac.cy/scuca2014/
MarsSense in Top4 Student Research Papers at SpaceOps 2014 JPL, NASA
On the 20/6/2014 a press conference was held by the Minister of Communication and Works, for the success of the MARS sense team (in which our lab member Charalambos Sergiou is a member) to be selected among the 4 best student paper (among 333 papers) in the SpaceOPS 2014 conference. The press conference was covered by RIK, ANT1 and SIGMA TV stations.
Congratulations to Dr. Charalambos Sergiou for the huge success of their MARS sense proposal. 

Andreas attended and delivered a talk on Explore and Exploit in Wireless Adhoc Emergency Response Networks at the International Workshop on "Future of Wireless Communications ", April 11, 2014 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. See link for workshop and link for talk.  
Congradualtion to Eliana (Iouliani) Stavrou for succesfully defending her Ph.D. thesis entitled ‘‘An Intrusion Recovery Security Framework in Wireless Sensor Networks" on the 17th February 2014. Her thesis can be downloaded from here and the presentation here
Talk on HelpNet: an ad-hoc Emergency Response Network, on the 26th November at Imperial College, London, Gabor Seminar Room, 611, from 10:30-11:30. This talk is part of the COMMSP Seminar series.
More info: here  
Workshop on Wireless Communications in Smart Grid and Smart Home chaired by Prof Andreas Pitsillides of the Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus and Dr Suvendi Chinnapen of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg.
Edison Room, Technolab, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Campus, 9m-4pm, Friday, 4 October 2013.
More info here
Mini-Symposium - The Internet of Things, Machine to Machine Communication and Smart Cities, held in Cape Town University, September 5, 2013.

Organized by Neco Ventura, University of Cape Town.

Prof. Andreas Pitsillides was a keynote speaker. Theme: "The Web of Things: towards smart pervasive environements".

More Information: Mini-Symposium 2013 IOT M2M Smart_Cities


Cyprus Toursit Guide, was recently launced on Google Play (for Android devices; very soon it will be made available for iPhone, Windows, and Symbian). The application is jointly developed by NetRL, IMH, and Geomatics. The project is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. A press article appears in Kathimerini
The NetRL in collaboration with AGILE IST funded research project is organising a workshop on the 25th June on  AGILE: Towards "Plug-and-Play" Control for Complex, Large-Scale Real-Life Systems. The announcement and invitation can be found here.
Andreas Kamilaris (Postdoctoral Researcher of the NETRL, University of Cyprus) and Sotiris Themistokleous (Assistant Director of CARDET)  delivered a workshop on "Sustainable Energy Awareness and Learning Practices", at the Joint European Summer School for Doctoral Candidates on Technology Enhanced Learning 2013, (JTEL 2013), Limassol, Cyprus. The workshop focused on methodologies and initiatives for promoting energy awareness, along with the demonstration of study cases from CARDET's experiences in the field of sustainable development, and online social networking applications and tools for energy awareness, deriving from the work of the NETRL.The presentation of the workshop is available here
Invitation to deliver a Talk on  The Web of Things: Towards smart pervasive enbvironments, Thursday 13th of December 2012, 14:00-15:00 at  Room CY007, UCLan, Cyprus Campus, Larnaca.
 Social Electricty is launched (available here ) and in the news (TV: in ANT1 , RIK , and in Print: Cities Today , Issue 8, Dec 2012 (article), Phileleftheros, and Interview at ITU). The ITU award ceremony was held in Paris on the 19th September. A link to the ceremony can be found here and in the ANT1 news .
Another success of the NetRL and Andreas Kamilaris: First prize in the 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge, organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). And a year later (July 2013) an article by Andreas Kmialris in the ITU blog .
The announcement:
'The application “SocialElectricity” has been awarded the winner of the second ITU Green ICT Application Challenge. Designed by Andreas Kamilaris, from Cyprus, “SocialElectricity” is a Facebook application that allows people to compare their electricity footprint with their friends and also their neighborhood/village/town in a country-wide scale. The application aims to help people become aware of their electricity consumption and manage it more rationally.

As PhD student, Andreas Kamilaris works at the Networks Research Laboratory, which is part of the Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus, under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Pitsillides.

The winner of the competition – Andreas Kamilaris – will present his application on 19 September 2012.'  Link to announcement
Publication of the book: 

J. Antoniou, A. Pitsillides, Game Theory in Communication Networks: Cooperative Resolution of Interactive Networking ScenariosHardcover: 152 pages, Publisher: CRC Press (Aug 2012), ISBN-10: 1439848084, ISBN-13: 978-1439848081

Game Theory in Communication Networks: Cooperative Resolution of Interactive Networking Scenarios

Succesful defence of PhD
Congradulations to
Andreas Xeros Information Dissemination in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks, thesis was defended in November 2012.
Andreas Kamilaris Enabling Smart Homes using Web Technologies, thesis was defended in December 2012.
Pavlos Antoniou for succesfully defending his PhD Thesis on the 21st May 2012. His thesis and presentation can be found here.
The project "Social Networking of the Smart Home", performed by Andreas Kamilaris and Prof. Andreas Pitsillides as part of their activities on the Web of Things, has recently received the attention of the Web community.
Numerous blogging sites and newspapers have mentioned this work including Plogg InternationalProduct Sourcing, Benzinga, EarthTechling, and newspaper article (in greek). Recently a best paper was awarded during the ENERGY 2011 conference.
Through this work, household appliances and sensors penetrate deeply into social networking infrastructures, fully leveraging their software mechanisms in order to enable a vision of a smart home with a social shape.

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18 - 20 June 2012, WiNeMO – COST IC0906 Summer Training School on “Enabling the Future of Intelligen
March 5 2010, Award of an Honorary Doctorate Andrew J. Viterbi (English)
March 5 2010, Award of an Honorary Doctorate Andrew J. Viterbi (Greek)
March 18-19 2009, Short Duration Course on Computational Swarm Optimisation
Joint work with NKUA on Access Network Synthesis Game in Next Generation Networks
Lecture: Collaborative Services in Complex Systems
5th Annual Netrl Barbeque event
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