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The Mediterranean Regional Information Network (MedRIN) held its Kick-off Meeting on 13 & 14 at Chania, in Greece organized by NASA Internships.
MedRIN aims to serve as a liaising network of remote sensing scientists. Cyprus joins the network!
The aim of these networks is the cooperation of institutions from the participating countries in order to optimally exploit the latest technological developments in the field of Earth Observation, with satellite data from the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. The network includes researchers from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Turkey and Israel, and is expected to expand with institutions from Lebanon, Egypt and other North African and Middle Eastern countries.
EXCELSIOR at the first presentation of the meteorological radar service network at the Department of Meteorology in Cyprus
The Department of Meteorology (DoM) in Cyprus organized a workshop for presenting the meteorological radar service network which is now available to the DoM on 17 November 2017 at Athalassa. During the workshop Dr. K. Nikolaides the Director of DoM presented the advantages of running a system like this especially for measuring rainfall, since the measurements are automatically recorded and processes by sophisticated algorithms. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Kougiali, noticed that this knowledge is not only about the satisfaction of academic research topics but also for the satisfaction of a series of needs such as flight and ship security, the investigations conducted in the exclusive zone of Cyprus as well as the timely updating of the weather for the appearance of extreme weather phenomena. Dr. R. Mamouri and Dr. A. Nisantzi had the opportunity to discuss with the Dr. K. Nikolaides the forthcoming collaboration through EXCELSIOR project by preparing a letter of commitment.
Professor D. Hadjimitsis, the EXCELSIOR PC and Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) visited, following a formal invitation, the Ben-Gurion University in Israel between 23 and 25 April 2018.
Prof. D. Hadjimitsis met Efrat Borenshtain, who was responsible for the tour in the Marcus Family Campus, Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev Beer-Sheva. The Ben-Gurion University was founded in 1969 and is Israel’s fastest-growing and most dynamic university. Prof. Hadjimitsis first met Prof. Yuval Goren of the Department of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and discussed the potential collaboration of the Geological Survey Department of Cyprus, the ECoE and the BGU for the use of geospatial and geodetic technologies.
Following, Prof. Hadjimitsis met Prof. Emeritus Nachum Finger of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management which is one of the largest engineering departments in BGU with 30 faculty members and more than 800 undergraduate students, 120 MSc students and 40 doctoral students, (http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/engn/iem/Pages/default.aspx). Professor Emeritus Nachum Finger is responsible for the evaluation of projects in Israel and suggested collaboration with the EXCELSIOR team on quality programs with new ideas and new standards. As Prof. Finger was the former Rector of Ben-Gurion, he would be able to provide knowhow on how a Centre of Excellence could operate. Prof. Finger gave Prof. Hadjimitsis a tour of the Robotic Laboratory and explained the application of UAVs in the agricultural sectors.
In order to establish string synergies between the proposed ECoE and the Israeli Space Agency (ISA), during their visit to Israel, Dr. Christiana Papoutsa and Mr. Andreas Christofe met the Director of Department of External Relations & International Collaborations of the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) from the Ministry of Science, Technology & Space, the diplomat Leo Vinovezky. Mr. Vinovezky presented the activities of the ISA and the VENS Earth Observation Satellite which is an Israeli-French Satellite that monitors vegetation on Earth using innovative propulsion and EO systems. Mr. Vinovezky expressed his interest to proceed with MOU between the current ERATOSTHENES research centre and ISA. Mr. Vinovezky highlighted that the collaboration of ISA with the ECoE (MOU) is important since it can act as a link in order to promote the collaboration between ISA and the Department of Electronic Communications, responsible for space activities in Cyprus. This liaison will be of benefit of both countries which have started creating links for future collaborations in several sectors including the space sector and will further support the positioning of ERATOSTHENES as a key player of Space based activities in the region.
FabSpace 2.0 becomes an official main partner of ActInSpace® 2018, an international innovation contest invented by the French Space Agency (CNES) and supported since the 2nd edition by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the ESA Business Incubation Network
This month, FabSpace 2.0 officially announced the new partnership activities for the third edition of ActInSpace® 2018 to be held on the 25th – 26th of May 2018 all over the world. ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest inspiring young women and men worldwide to meet challenges based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures to launch start-ups into all areas of our daily lives. Designed for students but open to everyone, the objective of the contest is to foster entrepreneurship, encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space acquired data to change citizen’s lives, to boost employment and to protect our planet.
The contest also aimed to stimulate the uptake and reuse of space technology and data and identify future applicants for ESA BICs and partner incubators. Since its inception in 2014, 13 start-ups have been created thanks to ActInSpace®. Some of the successful start-ups are including Kermap (www.kermap.com), Upalgo (http://ezako.com/en), Skyai, and Hypermiles (https://hypermiles.tech).
This year contest will be fulfilling an international ambition which are transforming an essentially European edition into an international edition; bringing together 70 cities from all continents; attracting 3000+ participants to work on 60+ different challenges; and creating between 20 and 30 new start-ups.
As partner, FabSpace 2.0 will provide some challenges based on Earth Observation Data (links: (https://bit.ly/2qLXVMv and https://bit.ly/2vuiOAy) and a dedicated prize. Philippe Lattes, Deputy Director for Space from Aerospace Valley, the initiator of FabSpace 2.0 project said: “The Fabspace project is an educational innovation enabling students to discover the Copernicus programme, the potential of Earth Observation data and the world of entrepreneurship. Be part of ActInSpace is an amazing opportunity to highlight FabSpace activities”.
The international opening of the FabSpace project is underway, and a large part of the new launched FabSpaces are already integrated into the actions carried out. There are 11 FabSpaces who are involved as organizer or partner of ActInSpace® 2018 including:
- FabSpace France: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice, Brest
- FabSpace Poland: Warsaw
- FabSpace Germany: Darmstadt
- FabSpace Greece: Athens
- FabSpace Cameroon: Yaundé
- FabSpace Cyprus: Limassu
- FabSpace Czech Republic: Prague
- FabSpace The Netherlands: Noordwijk
Just after the contest, each team will be able to apply to the FabSpace 2.0 prize. The most promising project using Earth Observation Data will get a free trip to Toulouse to attend the ActInSpace® 2018 international final; receive a mentoring program by experts in selected area; and a meeting with Airbus representative in Toulouse. The registration is currently open. Students, citizen, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to register. To find out more about ActInSpace® 2018, the FabSpace 2.0 challenges and to register, please visit: https://actinspace.org/
FabSpace 2.0 is the open-innovation network for geodata-driven innovation – by leveraging Space data in particular, in Universities 2.0.
Its Work programme topic addressed INSO-4-2015: Innovative schemes for open innovation and science 2.0 b) Academia- Business/Public/CSO knowledge co-creation Coordination and support action. The FabSpace 2.0 project aims at making universities open innovation centres for their region and improving their contribution to the socio-economic and environmental performance of societies.
To achieve these general objectives, the FabSpace 2.0 project offers to concentrate on one research area with high expected socio-economic impact: data-driven innovation, with a particular attention to Earth observation data.
In the six European regions covered by the consortium, partner universities work together with co-located Business Incubation Centres of the European Space Agency (ESA BICs). ESA BICs aim at inspiring entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies, and provide technical expertise and business-development support.
This consortium, completed by TerraNIS – the French company that operates the European Group of Enterprises for a Network of Information Using Space (EUGENIUS) – and IDGEO – provisioning continuous trainings in Geomatics – and the European Business Network (EBN), will be a key success factor for the project.
In addition, FabSpace 2.0 selected 14 new FabSpaces in December 2017 located in various countries worldwide including France, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Lithuania, Armenia, Cyprus, The Netherlands, and Cameroon. These new FabSpaces expanded the FabSpace 2.0 network from its first founder FabSpaces in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Poland. The international opening of the FabSpace 2.0 network is underway and will be extended worldwide.
This project began on March 1st 2016 and will last 3 years. It is under the lead of Univ. Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier (UPS). For more information, visit https://www.fabspace.eu.
EXCELSIOR was presented by member of the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre Ms Eleni Loulli, at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) within the framework of the weekly PhD seminar, organized by the Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management of TUM. The Chair belongs to the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering of TUM. The research activities of the Chair concentrate on the two main areas of Integrated Water Resources Modelling, and Flood Modelling and Decentralized Flood Management. The team of the Chair uses remote sensing as a tool for their research and showed interest for a future collaboration. The TUM expressed their interested in collaborating further with EXCELSIOR in projects and especially partnering with Jordan for research opportunities in the East Mediterranean Region.
Mr. Georgios Mellilos attended the SPIE Defense + Security 2018 conference, which was held on 15- 19 April, 2018, in Orlando USA. This is one of the worldwide leading conferences that deals with the topic of Defense and Security. During his presentation on “Thermal Remote Sensing Approach combined with field spectroscopy for detecting underground structures […]..Read more
During the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, 8–13 April 2018, a session was organized entitled “AS5.1- Earth surveillance and space-based monitoring of the environment: Integrated approaches”. The Session, which was initiated within the framework of the activities of the EXCELSIOR project, was held under the Atmospheric Sciences Division and hosted a total of 33 papers. Six papers were presented in the Oral Session and the remaining ones were displayed in the Poster Session; both the Oral and Poster Sessions, took place on Friday 13 April 2018. Session AS5.1 was convened by Dr. Silas Michaelides and co-convened by the partners of the EXCELSIOR project, Prof. Diofantos Hadjimitsis from the Cyprus University of Technology, Dr. Gunter Schreier from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Dr. Harris Kontoes from the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and Dr. Albert Ansmann from the German Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS). Several papers from the EXCELSIOR community were presented during this session, covering a wide spectrum of research activities, such as, bathymetry mapping with remote sensing, marine spatial planning, detection of fronts using the Sea Surface Temperature product of the Sentinel-3 SLSTR instrument, integrated use of space technologies, UAVs and field measurements for cultural heritage, development and assessment of atmospheric correction algorithms for SENTINEL-2, remote-sensing-based methodologies for aerosol-cloud studies and cultural landscape risk identification. Both the Oral and Poster Sessions were considered very successful; the Oral Session was attended by more than 40 scientists from various related disciplines and the Poster Session attracted several attendees.
On behalf of the European Geosciences Union, Copernicus Publications will publish a Special Issue of the Journal Advances in Geosciences, under the same title as the AS5.1 Session. This Special Issue will host selected papers from this Session.
The Department of Electronic Communications of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, partner of the EXCELSIOR project, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), organized the workshop “2nd ESA PECS Call Briefing 2018” on Wednesday 4 April 2018 at CLEOPATRA Hotel, Nicosia. During the event Dr. R. Mamouri, Dr. C. Papoutsa and Dr. K. Themistocleous, informed about the framework and procedures for the submission of the Second Call for Outline Proposals under the plan for European Cooperating States
(PECS) in Cyprus. At the end of the workshop the ERATOSTHENES RC members had a face to face meeting with one representative of ESA’s program.
26 March 2018 – EXCELSIOR Research, Educational and Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Earth Observation: Interactive Networking and Collaboration Workshop
EXCELSIOR, organized an interactive workshop with the goal to promote collaborations in the sectors of Research, Education and Entrepreneurship in the context of the establishment of the new Centre of Excellence ERATOSTHENES. The workshop had a tripartite character: Firstly, the main objectives of the project were presented by Research Scientists of the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre of the Cyprus University of Technology (Prof Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis, Dr Kyriacos Themistocleous, Dr Chris Danezis, Dr Rodanthi- Elisavet Mamouri, Dr Christiana Papoutsa, Dr Georgia Kouta) who set the outline for the new Centre as well and its three pillars.
Secondly, a panel discussion session with the Space Technology experts from NASA, ESA, Copernicus, GEO, NOA, and others followed, which was moderated by Dr Themistocleous and which gave the opportunity to the participants to present their queries to the experts. Experts answered questions on the benefits of EO for Cyprus and how the ECoE would create opportunities for better monitoring of the environment in the region. The final element of the workshop included an interactive online questionnaire on key questions regarding the research areas of the new Centre which called the participants to respond in real time. The workshop’s interactive nature aimed in unfolding and extending a discussion on the sectors which concerned the establishment of the new Centre of Excellence ERATOSTHENES.
The workshop was successful in informing the international Stakeholders of the RSCy2018 conference from the private, public, research, entrepreneurial and academic sectors regarding the opportunities and the benefits from the establishment of the EXCELSIOR project for Cyprus and the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean. More than 120 Stakeholders were given the opportunity to promote further collaborations and common actions with the Centre of Excellence.
Dr. K. Themistocleous, visited the UNESCO premises in France. The aim of ERATOSTHENES RC is to capitalize the experience of the 3 running H2020 projects in cultural heritage ATHENA, CLIMA and PROTHEGO for EXCELSIOR. During the PROTHEGO meeting in France on 23 March 2018, Dr. Themistocleous discussed future collaboration with other project consortiums. Dr. Themistocleous presented the case study of protecting the Choirokoita world heritage site in Cyprus from geohazards. Dr. Themistocleous had productive meetings with Giovanni Boccardi, UNESCO, Chief Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit – Culture Sector in Paris. Dr. K. Themistocleous met with Maud Moullec PWC in Paris (Figure 33) and regarding the ERATOSTHENES RC activities related to the Copernicus cultural heritage and the potential of a further collaboration, especially through the proposed ECoE.
ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) has initiated its Business Incubation Centres (BICs) to work with and inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial start-ups companies. At the centres, the entrepreneurs are supported with technical expertise and business-development support. The Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) coordinates ESA’s seven Business Incubation Centres (BICs) in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, UK and Belgium. The BICs assists entrepreneurs and young companies to use space technologies and knowhow in innovative new products and services in non-space fields and also provide advice and support with business development. By the end of 2017, 18 ESA BICs in 15 European countries supported 140 start-ups. Over 500 new start-ups have been fostered creating thousands of new jobs and boosted regional economies while several more ESA BICs are under preparation.
The ESA BIC in Bavaria, Germany, was founded in 2009 and is managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). Together with its partners, the centre offers business start-up support and technical expertise in many space related areas, including satellite navigation, data systems, robotics and software systems. The ESA BIC Bavaria has business incubation offices in four locations in the region: the Oberpfaffenhofen headquarters and the branch offices in Nürnberg, Berchtesgadener Land and Ottobrunn. The Excelsior team visited the headquarters in Oberpfaffenhofen on March 22, 2018 and met with Thorsten Rudolph, Stefanie Hermann and Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen (Figure 15). Mr Rudolph, who is the CEO of the Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen, presented the activities of the ESA BIC. He agreed to discuss the opportunities through Excelsior to proceed with an ESA BIC in the Eastern Med region in the near future through ERC in order to foster and boost the earth observation sector and local and regional economy. The scientific expertise and development network of ESA BIC Bavaria’s partners will complement the local start-ups’ technical development and promote both the commercialisation and the usage of aerospace technologies in other growth areas.
19-23 March 2018 –EXCELSIOR at 2018 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) International Conference in University of Tübingen, Germany
Eratosthenes Research Centre presented ‘Athena Twinning ‘ (H2020)and ‘CLIMA _JPI’ (funded by Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation) as part of the Eratosthenes Cultural Heritage activities at CAA2018. Gunter Schreier from DLR, partner in the EXCELSIOR project, as an invited speaker on the 20th of March 2018 presented ATHENA, and EXCELSIOR Widespread H2020 projects...Read more
Mr. Komodromos attended the meeting ESA with EU-Non Full members of ESA at Paris in France at ESA Headquarters. 15 March 2018. Mr Komodromos highlighted the last two years activities in space for Cyprus and he presented also the Excelsior project. It was agreed also the Department of Electronic Communications to assist in the organisation of the Cyprus Space info session in September 2018. Mr. Komodromos had a meeting with EURISYS and promoted EXCELSIOR as the Cyprus success story in Earth observation.
ΕXCELSIOR AT A-LIFE Meeting in Austria
The 1st A-LIFE workshop took place at the University of Vienna between 5 and 6 March 2018 where Dr. R.E. Mamouri (CUT) and Dr. A. Ansmann (TROPOS) had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the scientific committee. A‐LIFE (PI: Bernadett Weinzierl, University of Vienna, Austria) involves partners from several European countries and the U.S. including the University of Vienna (UNIVIE, Austria), the German Aerospace Center (DLR, Germany), Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS, Germany), National Observatory of Athens (NOA, Greece), Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus) and 13 more research institutions.
The aim of the A-LIFE project is to investigate the properties of absorbing aerosols (e.g., mineral dust – black carbon mixtures) during their atmospheric lifetime to reduce large uncertainties in estimates of radiative forcing.
To achieve the aims of A-LIFE, an innovative aircraft field experiment was conducted in the Eastern Mediterranean between 3 and 30 April 2017 (aircraft base: Cyprus), and the field data are combined with laboratory and modelling studies. CUT and TROPOS followed the A-LIFE activities performing Atmospheric Remote Sensing Observations in Limassol (Cyprus Cloud Aerosol and pRecipitation Experiment (CyCARE) and CUT-TEPAK Remote sensing station), providing to the A-LIFE group the necessary information for the atmospheric conditions during the flights. During the workshop all participants had the opportunity to present first results of the different observations during A-LIFE campaign. R.E. Mamouri and A. Ansmann presented results from the CyCARE and CUT activities in Limassol during April 2017.
23-25 February 2018 – EXCELSIOR project supports the Innovation and Idea Development Center of Cyta in the first Cyta Smartcity Crowdhackathon– A three day Hackathon for Smart Cities!
Cyta’s Innovation and Idea Development Center hosted during the 23rd to 25th of February, 2018, the first Cyta Smartcity Crowdhackathon.
Participants in the Hackathon included young entrepreneurs, developers, analysts and students which were called to develop pilot services and applications for solving problems that the Local Authorities face in order to support local and national development through new technologies. The Hackathon for the Development of Innovative Applications and Services invited participants to give solutions for smart cities through pilot applications on the Internet or/and through smart devices. EXCELSIOR project supports the Innovation and Idea Development Center of Cyta in the first Cyta Smartcity Crowdhackathon– A three day Hackathon for Smart Cities!
The presentation was attended by significant stakeholders from the sector of economy, Municipalities and the academic community, as well as large organizations like Cyta, KPMG, Cyprus Research and Innovation Center (CyRIC), the innovation company Crowdpolicy, IDEA and all the participants of the Hackathon challenge. Members of the EXCELSIOR team networked with participants and informed interested stakeholders for the activities and aims of the project and arranged further meetings for collaborations!
23-25 February 2018 – EXCELSIOR at the signing ceremony of the agreement between the Chinese Group “Tatwah” and the Malaysian Group “ASN“ in Malaysia
EXCELSIOR at the signing ceremony of the agreement between the Chinese Group “Tatwah” and the Malaysian Group “ASN“ in Malaysia
23-25 February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Department of Electronic Communications of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, as the representative of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, attended the signing ceremony of the agreement between the Chinese Group “Tatwah” and the Malaysian Group “ASN” on 22-26 January 2018 for the use of Chinese satellites (Tatwah Group) using geostationary satellite positions belonging to Cyprus for provision of satellite services in Malaysia and the region through Malaysian Provider (ASN Group). The ceremony took place in Kuala Lumpur in the presence of representatives of the signatory countries, Malaysia, China and Cyprus. With this Agreement, Cyprus emerges as a significant actor in space technologies, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, it substantially benefits financially.
In the context of this ceremony, Mr. George Komodromos, Director of the Electronic Communications Department, on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, analyzed the island’s strategic position and the major importance for the creation of ground stations (node) on the island, in relation to satellite communications and Earth Observation.
The Department of Electronic Communications of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works is a partner in the EXCELSIOR program (ERATOSTHENES: Excellence Research Centre for Earth SurveiLlance and Space-Based MonItoring Of the EnviRonment) and the above-mentioned contacts of Mr. Komodromos, as well as this strategic agreement, contribute to the creation of mutually beneficial synergies for the program. EXCELSIOR project, which is coordinated by the Cyprus University of Technology, envisions the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for conducting basic and applied research and innovation in the areas of the integrated use of remote sensing and space-based techniques for monitoring the environment, through the TEAMING Horizon 2020 programme of the EU.
21 February 2018 – EXCELSIOR at the 1st conference of the Remote Sensing and Space Applications, Committee of the Geological Society of Greece.
1st conference of the Remote Sensing and Space Applications, Committee of the Geological Society of Greece at Αthens Harokopeion University
Mr Marios Tzouvaras presented the “EXCELSIOR Horizon 2020 Teaming project as a tool for the Eratosthenes Research Centre to become a Centre of Excellence in Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean region” during the first conference of the Remote Sensing and Space Applications,. The conference was organized by the Committee of the Geological Society of Greece
Vincent Ambrosia, Associate Program Manager in the NASA Applied Science Program Interview by Dr Georgia Kouta, Post-Doctoral Researcher, ERC How you perceive the impact of the establishment of an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence in a regional perspective, taking into account the scientific importance of another research Centre on EO with ground stations. […]..Read more
5 February 2018 – The Fourteen New FabSpaces´ First Joint Activity: FabSpace 2.0 Workshop on Sharing Practices to Spread the FabSpace Spirit in Warsaw, Poland
After having selected 14 new FabSpaces in various countries worldwide at the end of 2017, the FabSpace 2.0 project officially inaugurated the first joint activity of the fourteen new FabSpaces during the FabSpace 2.0 Workshop on Sharing Practices to Spread the FabSpace Spirit. The workshop was held in the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer Management of Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland. During the workshop, three key words were used as the main focus: Innovation, Simulation, and Earth Observation (EO). FabSpace 2.0 project aimed to stimulate (open) innovation in Earth Observation (among universities, civil society, corporates and public authorities) to make our planet a better place to live in by connecting EO (experts/data/SW) to other communities.
This workshop also placed a specific aim on sharing practices regarding operational and local awareness strategy. In this respect, the FabSpace 2.0 consortium stands ready to assist in the development of a comprehensive growth strategy for the new FabSpaces. The new FabSpaces will help consolidate the FabSpace 2.0 project’s mission all over the World, disseminating the services and helping to address the needs of final users of Earth Observation and geodata-based applications.
Upon officially inaugurated, each FabSpace could offer a “Space Science Shop” service that collects the needs and the societal challenges of external stakeholders (Civil Society Organisations, Public Authorities and Companies), linked to application domains of EO and satellite navigation uses (i.e., Agriculture and Forestry, Energy, Environment and resource efficiency, Intelligent Transport Systems, Smart cities, Health and well-being). The scope is to provide independent participatory research support in response to concerns experienced by external stakeholders, offering a demand-driven and bottom-up approach to the FabSpace facility and screening questions provided by these stakeholders. On behalf of EXCELSIOR, Dr Kyriakos Themistocleous, Stakeholder Manager of the project, represented CUT during the meeting in Poland.
One of the new FabSpaces manager, Prof. Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis from ERATOSTHENES Research Center, Cyprus University of Technology said:
“ The ERATOSTHENES Research Center is excited to have joined the FabSpace 2.0 project. We believe that the FabSpace 2.0 network shares our goals and vision to develop and promote innovative Earth Observation applications and services using open spatial data and geo-information technologies. This provides the ERATOSTHENES Research Center at the Cyprus University of Technology (School of Engineering and Technology) within the EXCELSIOR project (www.excelsior2020.eu) with the ability to become an open innovation centre in the Eastern Mediterranean region and improve its contribution to the socio-economic and environmental performance of Cyprus through the development and application of innovative Earth Observation applications, products and services. We believe that FabSpace approach brings a significant added-value in the promotion of new EO based applications and paves the way for the creation of new start-ups providing job opportunities and professional growth for students and researchers, establishing a mutually beneficial relationship in Europe and beyond.”
EXCELSIOR at the Copernicus Agriculture Workshop in Brussels
EXCELSIOR attended Copernicus Agriculture Workshop in Brussels in order to further develop opportunities for integrating Copernicus data and Copernicus Services to support agricultural end-users. The Workshop gave the opportunity to different stakeholders from the agricultural sector and the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service to provide information for products that can be relevant to this domain. It also posed an excellent opportunity for EXCELSIOR to interact and network with international stakeholders and share its aspirations and objectives.
EXCLESIOR meets with the ambassador of Israel in Cyprus
The new ambassador of the Embassy of Israel in Cyprus, Mr Shmuel Revel, during his official visit to CUT, has been informed about the research activities and existing and possible collaborations with Israeli academia and industry. Within this context, the ambassador met EXCELSIOR, which was presented as one of the key strategic collaborations with Israel in space technologies and Earth Observation.
24 January 2018 – Scientific contribution of NASA to the creation of the ERATOSTHENES Center for Excellence
Scientific contribution of NASA to the creation of the ERATOSTHENES Center for Excellence
ERATOSTHENES: a hub for space technologies and Earth Observation in the region
EXCELSIOR and the Cyprus University of Technology welcomed Dr Vincent Ambrosia, NASA expert, at the “Tassos Papadopoulos Hall” on Wednesday, January 24th, within the context of the ten year celebrations of the Cyprus University of Technology. Dr. Vincent Ambrosia is the Associate Program Manager in the NASA Applied Science Program and a member of the External Scientific Advisory Committee of EXCELSIOR. With his scientific expertise he will be a key member in the creation of the ERATOSTHENES Center of Excellence to conduct high quality basic and applied research in areas related with Earth Observation and remote sensing.
The lecture of NASA’s expert Dr Ambrosia, on “NASA mission: Earth Observations” attracted the interest of students, the general public and professionals in space technology, Earth Observation and telecommunications. The speech was addressed by the Rector Professor Andreas Anayiotos and the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs and Scientific Coordinator of the EXCELSIOR project, Professor Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis, who thanked the speaker for their long-term cooperation. The Rector stressed the importance of Research activity that is enhanced through the EXCELSIOR program and the international projection of the University achieved by such events. Moreover, he highlighted the full support and contribution of the University to the successful establishment of the ERATOSTHENES Center of Excellence (ECoE) in space technologies and in Earth Observation through the research project EXCELSIOR funded by the HORIZON2020 WIDESPREAD (Teaming Call).
The lecture was delivered as part of the broader activities of the EXCELSIOR Research Project (ERATOSTHENES: Excellence Research Centre for Earth SurveiLlance and Space-Based MonItoring Of the EnviRonment). NASA’s scientific advice through the collaboration of Dr. Vincent Ambrosia with the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre at the School of Civil Engineering & Geomatics of the Cyprus University of Technology counts three years and with his position in the Advisory Committee of the program, his presence in Cyprus and the contribution of NASA to the scientific excellence of the ERATOSTHENES Center is very important.
You can watch the lecture here: https://youtu.be/yR7C-gm9y4g.
EXCLESIOR held its second Internal Meeting with Partners
EXCELSIOR project partners met in January 22-24, 2018 to discuss further the progress of the project and decide on the next steps. During the meeting, presentations were made regarding the next steps of the project from all partners: Cyprus University of Technology, acting as the coordinator, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), the German Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works (MTCW) of the Republic of Cyprus, through its Department of Electronic Communications (DEC).
Also, important players in the Industry and Entrepreneurship Sector presented the benefits resulting from their collaboration with the EXCELSIOR project, placing the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence as a strategic partner in their action and strategic planning.
16 JANUARY 2018 – EXCELSIOR at HORIZON 2020 Cyprus National Event» Work Programmes 2018-2020 • Towards FP9
EXCELSIOR at HORIZON 2020 Cyprus National Event» Work Programmes 2018-2020 • Towards FP9
EXCELSIOR team attended event “Horizon 2020 Cyprus National Event: Work Programmes 2018-2020” aiming to inform researches and innovative businesses about the opportunities arising from the Horizon 2020 funding scheme for 2018-2020. The event was addressed by the Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades who commented on the economic benefits of the realization of Horizon programmes in Cyprus, stating that ‘for every euro it contributes to the programme Cyprus takes back more than three.’
Prof. Hadjimitsis presented during this event in the ‘SPACE’ session the activities of the ERC for the last 10 years in Εarth Οbservation, as well the EXCELSIOR Teaming project by highlighting the importance of space technologies and earth observation at the national, regional and European level. During this event, Dr K. Katzis (European Universiity of Cyprus) and Dr A. Agapiou (ERC, CUT) national contact points presented the existing funding opportunities in Space.
The ERATOSTHENENES Research Center is pleased to announce that it has become an associated partner to the FabSpace 2.0 Project, led by Université Paul Sabatier, which aims at fostering co-creation of innovative Earth Observation applications by enabling Universities to become Open Innovation Centres for their region.
The FABSPACE and EXCELSIOR project can work together to foster innovation EO solutions, support further business development, as well as exploit, sustain and disseminate EO applications and services.
ERATOSTHENES strongly supports the concept of creating a network of partnering Universities in many European countries for sharing good practices regarding educational programs and business mentoring as well as innovative application ideas developed by interdisciplinary project teams, based on using a free geo-information platform to access and process Earth Observation data and geo-spatial data.
We believe that the FabSpace approach brings a significant added-value in the promotion of new Earth Observation based applications and paves the way for the creation of new start-ups, providing job opportunities and professional growth for students and researchers, establishing mutually beneficial relationships in Europe and beyond.
What is FABSPACE 2.0
An open-innovation network for geodata-based innovation – by leveraging Space data in particular in Universities; A one-stop shop-access to Space data and a wide range of other data as well as free software and data processing tools to develop new digital applications.
Interview with Dr PANAYIOTIS PHILIMIS, President of Cyprus Association of Research and Innovation Enterprises (CARIE)
Dr PANAYIOTIS PHILIMIS, President of Cyprus Association of Research and Innovation Enterprises (CARIE)
Interview to Dr Georgia Kouta, Post-Doctoral Researcher, ERC
How do you perceive the impact of the establishment of an Earth Observation Center of Excellence in Cyprus on both the domestic and international level?
Earth Observation (EO) has demonstrated a growing scientific, social, economic and political importance in recent years. With Cyprus strategic position located in an area with a geographical and political significance, we strongly believe that a Center of Excellence (CoE) will have a huge impact both at national and international level. Our association has a number of innovative SMEs operating in the Earth Observation and data services industry; taking into account the high increase of research and innovation potential of Cyprus in the recent years, we highly recommend the creation of a CoE for Earth Observation and Spaced based Applications.
Considering that the ERATOSTHENES CoE objectives fully comply with the Smart Specialisation Strategy for Cyprus, which would you consider to be the economic benefits from the establishment of the CoE for Cyprus in the forthcoming years?
The number of useful applications both in public and private sectors are numerous. We envisage the creation of new innovative SMEs and startups while existing SMEs and related industry can benefit from new technological innovations and infrastructure offered by ERATOSTHENES CoE. All smart specialization sectors such as Energy, Health, Tourism, Maritime etc. are directly linked with services in EO and space based applications. We estimate that the impact on Cyprus economy within the next decade could lead to an increase of GDP by 2%.
ERATOSTHENES CoE envisions the establishment of a modern, innovative and autonomous research Centre in Cyprus which can bridge the gap between academic research and entrepreneurial innovation. How would you consider the role of CARIE to be in this objective?
CARIE association is the ultimate link between Cyprus academia and industry since our members are focused in producing innovative products and services by investing in research and development. CARIE could take the role of bridging this gap by ensuring constant transfer of knowledge and technology from ERATOSTHENES to both CARIE members but also other relevant industries. Our members are the most active SMEs in the European research and innovation competitive funding programs, being ranked first in EU with a 40% share of SMEs in the country’s R&I budget.
The Department of Electronic Communications (DEC) of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works (MTCW) of the Republic of Cyprus, the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) and the Cyprus University of Technology co-organized a Stakeholder Meeting on “Space technologies and Earth observation’s benefits for Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean”, on Wednesday 13 December in the Senate Room at the University of Technology Cyprus, in Limassol.
The National Stakeholders meeting of EXCELSIOR project was organized on Wednesday, 13 of December, 2017 in the Senate Room. The meeting which was attended by representatives from the Public and Private Sectors, the Academia and the Industry, covering multiple sectors such as Engineering, Technology, Topography, Architecture but also Culture and the Environment. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the benefits of the establishment of the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (CoE) which will be established through the realization of the EXCELSIOR project for Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as to map the needs and limitations in the use of space technologies.
The meeting which forms part of a more elaborate and specific meetings that will be co-organized from the EXCELSIOR and supporting partners, was addressed by Georgios Komodromos, the Director of Department of Electronic Communications (DEC), Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works (MTCW) of the Republic of Cyprus. Mr. Komodromos stated the full support demonstrated by the Ministry towards the objectives and goals of EXCELSIOR and its importance for the future of the Electronic Communications in Cyprus. The contribution of the CoE in the fields of Research and in the creation of new innovative services and products, the Centre will place Cyprus on the international map for Earth Observation.
On behalf of ETEK, the member of the Administrative Committee, Mr Ntinos Nikolaidis, congratulated EXCELSIOR and the members of the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre for their work and contribution in highlighting the significance of Earth Observation for Cyprus. Regarding the collaboration between his organization and ERATOSTHENES he mentioned that ETEK fully supports the effort that has been initiated for the establishment of an autonomous and dynamic Centre of Excellence in Cyprus which will benefit all Cypriot Engineers with the provision of information, data and the development of new products and services.
The Rector of the Cyprus University of Technology, Prof. Andreas Anayiotos, greeted the collaboration between the ETEK, the statutory Technical Advisor to the State and the umbrella organization for all Cypriot Engineers with the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre and the EXCELSIOR project, since members of the ETEK can benefit from the multiple integrated uses of remote sensing and space-based techniques for monitoring the environment. Moreover, Prof. Anayiotos stressed that the University has already committed to support both financially and in providing infrastructure and in kind contributions, to the Centre of Excellence which will be established during Phase 2 so that all its objectives are met. Professor Christis Chrysostomou, Vice-Rector of Economic Planning and Development of Cyprus University of Technology was also present at the meeting and expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the stakeholder engagement.
Finally, a short address was delivered on behalf of the Limassol Municipality, by the Vice-Mayor Mr. Nikos Sykas, who stressed the support to EXCELSIOR from the early beginning and its benefits for the city where the new Centre will be established, mentioning the development opportunities and the job openings for more than 200 researchers, scientists, engineers and administrative staff.
During the Meeting, Dr Kyriakos Themistocleous, Stakeholder Manager of EXCELSIOR, presented the ways in which interested parties can be affiliated with the new Centre offering a variety of opportunities for collaboration. The Coordinator of the project, Prof. Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis, made a presentation of the fields of activity that the new Centre will focus which include, inter alia, the Environment, Agriculture, Archaeology, Defense and Security, Water Management, Meteorology, Atmosphere, Electronic Communications, Forestry, Civil Defense etc. He also spoke about the importance of Open Data, like the SENTINEL from Copernicus and underlined that the project is fully aligned with the Smart Specialization Strategy of Cyprus in many areas, significantly enhancing the impact of the targeted regional and national investments, namely, Environment and ICT.
The Senior Researcher of CUT, Dr Kyriacos Neocleous and the Project Manager of EXCELSIOR, Dr Rodanthi– Elisavet Mamouri, presented the EXCELSIOR questionnaire to the participants which aimed in mapping the current needs and limitations in using space technologies. The participants discussed their organizations’ needs and conversed with the ERATOSTHENES researchers for the benefits of their collaboration with the Centre.
During the Ten Years Celebration of the Cyprus University of Technology, Prof. Hadjimitsis had the opportunity to introduce the EXCELSIOR project and bring to Prof. Nanopoulos’ attention the work that ERATOSTHENS research Centre has been doing the past ten years. Prof. Nanopoulos was specifically informed for the benefits of the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Earth Observation in Cyprus and wished the team, the best of luck during the Phase 2 of the project.
STELIOS ACHNIOTIS, President of Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK)
Interview to Dr Georgia Kouta, Post-Doctoral Researcher, ERC
How do you perceive the impact of the establishment of an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence in Cyprus, on both the domestic and international level?
I believe this is a very innovative endeavor, as such a Centre is much needed in Cyprus. The establishment of an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence in Cyprus will have tremendous impact not only in Cyprus but also in Europe, the Middle East and globally. The Centre of Excellence will be ideally suited to encourage innovation in both research and industry through the use of Earth Observation. This is an excellent opportunity to create more jobs in which Earth Observation techniques can be applied to resolve issues. The integration of different Earth Observation techniques for a better understanding, monitoring and consequently better exploitation and protection of the physical, built and human environment provide critical information through end user products that are crucial for more informed decision making oriented towards protection and management of environment and resources.
The Government of Cyprus and many semi government agencies, as well as industry and our members, will definitely benefit from the establishment of the Centre of Excellence, as it will provide them with resources to ensure public health and safety.
It is my opinion that such a Centre can also prove invaluable to engineers and other professionals, as it will provide them with new data that they can incorporate into their practices. This will also have a positive impact on the economy, as it will provide new jobs and opportunities to young professionals in the fields of engineering.
Considering that the ERATOSTHENES CoE objectives fully comply with the Smart Specialisation Strategy for Cyprus, which would you consider to be the economic benefits from the establishment of this CoE for Cyprus in the forthcoming years?
The economic benefits of the Centre of Excellence are quite substantial, considering that the Centre is in full compliance with the Smart Specialisation Strategy for Cyprus, which includes Tourism, Energy, Agriculture & Food Industry, Built Environment & Construction Industry, Transportation & Maritime Industry and Health.
As engineers, we are primarily focused on the Built Environment/Construction industry and the Transportation/ Maritime industry, which in turn affect the Tourism industry, which is the main industry in Cyprus.
Earth Observation applications that can be developed for the Built Environment & Construction industry and the Transportation & Maritime industry will significantly affect the productivity of engineers in a positive way, by providing them with the necessary information and tools to do their jobs more efficiently and ensure public safety.
Professor Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis provided a thorough presentation of the EXCELSIOR project during the final meeting of the DECATASTROPHIZE project on 4th and 5th of December 2017. The DECATASTROPHIZE demonstrated a Command Post / Table Top Exercise in Aloe hotel, in Paphos, while in the following day a workshop was organized. Both the exercise and the workshop concerned the use / demonstration of the final product of the EU co-funded project (DECATASTROPHIZE) which is an online platform to be used in preparation and prevention multi-hazards, i.e. natural disasters.
This project deals with the creation of an online platform for the early warning, preparation and prevention of natural disasters. The use of the platform helps the decision makers (e.g., Civil Defence, Fire Brigade, Department of Forests, etc.) to take the right decisions in disaster management and which are required to take thorough decisions under the pressure of time.
The partners involved in the project are: Cyprus University of Technology (Coordinator), Cyprus Civil Defence, Atlantis Consulting Company (Cyprus), French Geological Survey (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières), Foundation for Research & Technology (Greece), Technical University of Crete (Greece), Geoview Systems Számítástechnikai Kft. (Hungary), European Research Institute (Italy), Geosolutions (Italy) and University of Alcala (Spain).
Prof. Hadjimitsis, Dr Kouta, Dr Papoutsa and Mr Mettas had the opportunity to promote EXCELSIOR during the workshop and the final exercise. Prof. Hadjimitsis presented the 10 years activities of the ERATOSTHENES R.C in the areas of space, remote sensing and geoinformatics. He demonstrated the importance of using Copernicus data for the disaster management.
DECATASTROPHIZE’s budget amounts to € 875,000 and is co-funded by 75% of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and 25% by own contribution.
01-03 December 2017, EXCELSIOR at the 2nd Pan-Hellenic Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage (EUROMED 2017)
The EXCELSIOR project was presented at the 2nd Pan-Hellenic Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage (EUROMED 2017) conference that took place in Volos, Greece from 1-3 December, 2017. Dr Kyriacos Themistocleous presented a paper on “Earth Observation and Space-based applied to Cultural Heritage: current capabilities and future perspectives”, which included a poster presentation and discussion on the EXCELSIOR project and future collaboration. During the EUROMED2017 Conference, Dr Themistocleous presented also other running projects of the ERASTOTHENES Research Centre in which Earth observation is used for cultural heritage such as the ATHENA Twinning Project ‘From space to ground. Digital techniques for the investigation of monuments and sites’ , the CLIMA ‘Cultural Landscape risk Identification, Management and Assessment’ and PROTHEGO, ‘PROTection of European Cultural HEritage from GeO-hazards’.
The Establishment of the EXcellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment (EXCELSIOR) for the eastern Mediterranean Region
29 November 2017 – Launch Ceremony of RISE: Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies
Our recent international ranking in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, in the top position among the local institutions in Cyprus and between the 350 and 400 best Universities in the world is a vindication of our relentless efforts to implement our vision.” The Rector also mentioned that, CUT supports EXELSIOR which has received full marks in the overall evaluation at the pan-European level. Specifically, he mentioned that “we are confident that all these efforts will boost our country’s performance in research and expand its innovation ecosystem.”
Among the invited guests, Prof. Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis had the opportunity to discuss with the participants the benefits of the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence for Cyprus and the wider Eastern Mediterranean Region.
The largest research project in Cyprus, RISE, a Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies has officially been launched (Phase 2), during a well-attended event that was held on the 29th November 2017. The event was greeted by the Rector of the Cyprus University of Technology Prof. Andreas Anayiotos who mentioned in his speech that : “The Cyprus University of Technology is very proud to be part of this effort and have a substantial contribution with its knowhow. Our University is committed to the funding of the project with a significant cash contribution as well as an in kind contribution. The project’s aims, to have great impact through excellence in research and innovation, are aligned with the vision of our institution to promote excellence in research and innovation and acquire international recognition.
EXCELSIOR organized successfuly its first Stakeholder Meeting entitled “Space technologies and Earth observation’s benefits for Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean” in Nicosia on November 23rd. More than 100 National Stakeholders attended the event which was under the auspices of the Honorable Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades
The objective of the meeting was to inform National Stakeholders form the Private and Public sector, the Industry and the Academia regarding the benefits arising from collaboration with EXCELSIOR and its impact in Cyprus and the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean. It also aimed in fostering partnerships and collaborations as well as common actions between the National Stakeholders and the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence.
PROTHEGO workshop and 5th consortium meeting — Petra, Jordan.
The EXCELSIOR project was presented at the 5th Internal meeting of the PROTHEGO project in Petra, Jordan. The participants included representatives from Al – Hussein Bin Talal University, Petra archeological park, CH European Joint Program Initiative on Cultural Heritage, the Italian scientific attaché Il Cairo Embassy, the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research in Italy, the British Geological Survey, Natural Environment Research Council in the UK, the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy and the Geological Survey of Spain. The PROTHEGO project is funded in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) – HERITAGE PLUS, under ERA-NET Plus and the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission and aims to make an innovative contribution towards the analysis of geohazards in areas of cultural heritage in Europe.
1/ The Establishment of the Excellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment (EXCELSIOR) for the eastern Mediterranean Region
Mr. Marios Tzouvaras, Research Associate at the Eratosthenes Research Centre (CUT) presented the current activities of the Eratosthenes Research Centre and described the vision to upgrade the existing Research Centre into a sustainable and autonomous Centre of Excellence in the field of Earth Observation and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment, in the framework of EXCELSIOR project. The importance of collaboration with acknowledged research centres was also highlighted. Participants came together from the Università degli Studi della Tuscia, University of Stirling, University of Copenhagen and Alma Sistemi SAS.
Mr. Marios Tzouvaras, Research Associate at the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre (CUT) presented the current activities of the Eratosthenes Research Centre and described the vision to upgrade the existing Research Centre into a sustainable and autonomous Centre of Excellence in the field of Earth Observation and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment, in the framework of EXCELSIOR project. The importance of collaboration with acknowledged research centres was also highlighted. Participants were from the Università degli Studi della Tuscia, University of Stirling, University of Copenhagen and Alma Sistemi SAS.
Professor Diofantos Hadjimitsis (EXCELSIOR’s coordinator) and Dr Kyriacos Neocleous (member of EXCELSIOR’s quality assurance team) attended the Teaming Phase 1 Coordinators Meeting, an event organised on 9th November 2017 by the EC’s Research Executive Agency in Brussels (Covent Garden Building). The meeting included welcome speeches by Marc Bellens (Head of Department REA-B) and Mr. Peter van De Zandt (Head of Unit REA-B5) as well as presentations on a range of aspects relating to Phase 1 and Phase 2 Teaming projects. Professor Andreja Kutnar (Director of the ongoing InnoRenew Centre of Excellence) also made a presentation on her experience as coordinator of a Teaming Phase 2 project, while Inka Vaverkova (representative of the Czech Ministry of Education) made a presentation on the role of managing authorities in Teaming projects. At the end of the meeting, Professor Hadjimitsis and Dr Neocleous had a bilateral meeting with Mr Yiannis Vacondios (EXCELSIOR’s EC project officer) to discuss the progress of the EXCELSIOR project. During the event, the EXCELSIOR team also had the opportunity to meet the coordinators of other ongoing Teaming Phase 1 projects.
07 November 2017 – ‘EXCELSIOR’ meets the Laboratory for Scientific Computing in Cambridge University, in Cambridge, UK
Dr Christiana Papoutsa from the Eratosthenes Research Centre, Cyprus University of Technology visited the Maxwell Centre where she met with the Head of the Laboratory for Scientific Computing, Cambridge University, Dr Nikos Nikiforakis and his team members. During this meeting Dr Papoutsa presented the existing activities of the Eratosthenes Research Centre and described the vision of the EXCELSIOR project to upgrade the existing Eratosthenes Research Centre into a sustainable and autonomous Centre of Excellence in the field of Earth Observation and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment. She focused on the importance of collaborating with acknowledged research centres which have an extensive experience in working with partners from the industrial sector. During this meeting, Dr Nikos Nikiforakis gave helpful comments and insightful suggestions based on his broad experience for which we would like to thank him.
16 October 2017 – ‘EXCELSIOR’ at the 17th International Scientific and Technical Conference : ERS & Photogrammetry in Hadera, Israel
The EXCELSIOR Project participated at the 17th International Scientific and Technical Conference “FROM IMAGERY TO DIGITAL REALITY: ERS & Photogrammetry” in Hadera, Israel on Monday, 16 October 2017. During the presentation, George Mellilos on behalf of the project team, addressed the potential impact of the EXCELSIOR for remote sensing applications in Europe and the Eastern Meditteranean region throught the establishment of ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence. During the conference, a wide range of topics were also presented, which addressed the latest developments in earth observing systems, technologies and applications. Further, a meeting was held with Professor Ammatzia Peled, from the University of Haifa in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies and Head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratories.
EXCELSIOR: a European Horizon 2020 Teaming project for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in the Eastern Mediterranean for Earth surveillance and space-based monitoring of the Environment
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04–05 October 2017 – Presentation of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ at the MID TERM meeting of MSCA-RISE ‘SEO-DWARF’ in Bari, Italy
Christiana Papoutsa from Cyprus University of Technology gave a presentation of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ project during the MID TERM meeting of the ‘SEO–DWARF’ project, funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA–RISE). During her presentation she mentioned what is the vision of the upcoming Centre of Excellence ‘EXCELSIOR’ and she pointed out how relative activities of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ can benefit the progress of the ‘SEO-DWARF’ Project. Further, during the meeting both Christiana Papoutsa and Milto Miltiadou from CUT had the opportunity to discuss with the partners coming both from the industrial and academic sectors for future collaborations with the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Centre of Excellence.
A strong and experienced research team, of 4 academic and 5 industrial partners, coming from Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Cyprus and Bulgaria constitute the project’s consortium.
Industrial partners: (1) TWT GmbH Science & Innovation; (2) Planetek Italia S.r.l.; (3) I-SEA SAS; (4) Planetek Hellas EPE; and (5) CloudSigma AG and
Academic partners: (1) Laboratory of Remote Sensing, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA); (2) Cyprus University of Technology (CUT); (3) Department of Marine studies, University of the Aegean; and (4) University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Department of Computer Science.
Eratosthenes Research Centre and the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics of Cyprus University of Technology participated in the Researcher’s Night 2017 with our booth entitled ‘Exploring the past using state-of-the-art technologies’!!!
Our booth offered a unique experience and the opportunity to visitors to experience the cultural heritage of Cyprus and the wider Mediterranean region through state-of-the-art geo-spatial technologies. They had the opportunity to observe Cyprus from space, map the destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East, survey ancient cultural monuments and study the impact of time on them. Our tools are satellite images, historical aerial photographs as well as available historical maps. Searching and exploring the past through these technologies can help to preserve and understand Our Past and develop Our Future.
We would like to thank all the visitors for visiting our booth and wish to see you all again next year!!!
25-27 September 2017 – Presentation of ‘EXCELSIOR’ at the 11th EARSeL Forest Fire Special Interest Group Workshop, in Chania, Greece
Prof. Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis, and PhD candidate Andreas Christophe during the EARSEL workshop presented a paper on the “EXcellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment (EXCELSIOR) for the Eastern Mediterranean Region: the establishment of EO hub for data, products and services” and “Earth Observation for Forestry Applications in Cyprus”. During his presentation Prof. Hadjimitsis presented his vision about the Centre of Excellence by highlighting the following: ‘The new Centre to be the top-leading one in the Eastern-Med region! To host top scientists in earth observation! To be a sustainable centre through European and national funds! To provide product and services / Hub!‘Cyprus’ to be on the ‘European Map of Earth Observation’!’. He highlighted also that through the Widening Horizon 2020 call, the Eratosthenes Research Centre based on its existing experience of coordinating the ‘ATHENA’ Twinning project (www.athena2020.eu) has the capacity to move one step forward and be successful on the EXCELSIOR phase 2 project. During the EARSEL workshop the following poster papers have been also presented:
‘Earth Observation for Foresty Applications in Cyprus’ & ‘Exploring the Importance of Monitoring the Fire Risk Index in the vicinity of Cultural Heritage Sites in Cyprus using Sentinel Remote Sensing data’.
The EXCELSIOR team had interesting meetings with stakeholders from European and worldwide agencies, industry and the academia. Dr Vincent Ambrosia –NASA member of the Excelsior Advisory board and Prof. Rosa Lasaponara-CNR (partner in the ATHENA project) joined also the EARSEL workshop.
The EXCELSIOR team had interesting meetings with stakeholders from European and worldwide agencies, industry and the academia. The following institutions have agreed to collaborate with EXCELSIOR to achieve its goals:
1. Technical University of Crete, Greece
2. Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece
3. EFTAS, Remote Sensing Transfer of Technology, Germany
4. South Dakota State University, USA
5. University of Montpellier, France
6. University of Balamand Lebanon
7. RUDN University, Russia
8. Italian National Research Council (CNR)
Christodoulos Mettas from Cyprus University of Technology gave a presentation on the 13th of September 2017 in the framework of a dissemination event which took place in Paphos, in the Cyprus Civil Defence’s premises. His presentation focused on the objectives of the EXCELSIOR project and pointed out the how some of the priorities of the upcoming Centre of Excellence ‘EXCELSIOR’ can cover the needs of the Cyprus Civil Defence to handle Disaster Risks and develop early warning and alert systems to save lives and protect citizens, property and the environment in the case of natural and man-made disasters.
Dr Kyriacos Themistocleous presented the EXCELSIOR Project at the SPIE Remote Sensing Conference in Warsaw, Poland which is one of the worldwide leading remote sensing conferences on Monday, 11 September 2017 and on Tuesday, 12 September, 2017. During the presentation, he had the opportunity to present the project to the conference participants and address the potential impact of the EXCELSIOR project for remote sensing applications in Europe and the Eastern Meditteranean region. During the conference, a wide range of topics were presented which addressed the latest developments in earth observing systems, technologies and applications.
George Komodromos, Director of DEC, Cyprus, visited ESA ESRIN at Frascati on 19-20 September 2017 and he had the opportunity to promote EXCELSIOR as well to meet with Simonetta Cheli, Head of Strategy, Programme & Coordination Office, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA – European Space Agency member of EXCELSIOR External Advisory Board.
Dr Haris Kontoes, Research Director of NOA presented EXCELSIOR Teaming project at the 82nd Thessaloniki Fair during the GENERAL SECRETARIAT FOR RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY – ‘Research and Innovation for Society’ Session on 9th of September 2017.
Meet us at NOA stand to learn more about Excelsior from 9th to 17th of September 2017.
Launching of the H2020 Teaming project “EXCELSIOR”
Date: Friday 8 September 2017, 09:30-13:00 EET
Location: Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus.
Tassos Papadopoulos Building, Themidos and Iphigenias Str., Amphitheatre 1 (ground floor).
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The ‘EXCELSIOR Project Phase I’ was launched during a two-day kickoff event which took place in the premises of the Cyprus University of Technology, in Limassol, during 7-8 September 2017. This Horizon 2020 project started officially, setting up the framework for a one-year close collaboration between the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), acting as the coordinator, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), the German Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works (MTCW) of the Republic of Cyprus, through its Department of Electronic Communications (DEC).
The aim of the project is to upgrade the existing ERATOSTHENES Research Centre, established within the Cyprus University of Technology, into a Centre of Excellence for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment.
During the first day of the kickoff meeting, representatives from all the partners had the opportunity to organise and set the strategy for the effective progress of the EXCELSIOR project in a closed session. The second day of the meeting was an open event in which public authorities and institutions, private enterprises and the public were invited to participate. This event was under the auspices of the Honorable Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades who has addressed the kickoff meeting. The event was also addessed by Prof. Andreas Anayiotos, Rector of the Cyprus University of Technology followed by Mr Nicos Nicolaides, the Mayor of Limassol.
The EXCELSIOR project is supported by more than 30 organizations from Cyprus and abroad. Several distinguished speakers from interested stakeholders have also addressed the event, including the Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber, the Cyprus Association of Research and Innovation Enterprises, the Department of Meteorology, the Cyprus Civil Defence and the Department of Lands and Surveys. Also, representatives from private sector enterprises addressed the event, such as the Cyprus Research & Innovation Center Ltd, the Avanti Communications Group plc and GEOFEM Ltd. A talk dedicated to the ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation under HORIZON 2020 work programm for Research and Innovation’ was given by Mrs. Constantina Makri, on behalf of the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. Finally, representatives from the five partners of the EXCELSIOR project consortium delivered brief presentations of their respective institutions; The launching of the EXCELSIOR project was carried out in the presence of the Ambassador of Germany in Cyprus.
To watch the video of the speech of the honourable Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades, during the “Excelsior” Project’s kick-off event – 8th September 2017 please press here.
05-08 September 2017 – ‘EXCELSIOR’ at the RSPSoc2017 ‘Earth & Planets: Making the most of our Observations’ In London, UK
Mr Dimitris Kouhartsiouk gave an oral presentation for the EXCELSIOR project, during the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference (RSPSoc2017) ‘Earth & Planets: Making the most of our Observations’. The RSPSoc2017 took place in Imperial College, London between the 5th to 8th of September 2017. During the Conference posters for other ERC projects such […]..Read more
01 September 2017 – 15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST) in Rhodes, Greece
Dr Kyriacos Themistocleous presented the EXCELSIOR Project at the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology in Rhodes, Greece which is one of the worldwide leading environmental conferences on Friday, 1 September, 2017. During the presentation, he had the opportunity to present the project to engineers, scientists, researchers, students, managers and other professionals and address […]..Read more
Prof. Diofantos Hadjimitsis, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the Cyprus University of Technology, presented the H2020 Teaming project “EXCELSIOR” at the Final Multiplier Event of INTRAPRISE project on 29th of August 2017. Participants of the event included high-level executives of local enterprises, consultants, academics, life-long learning trainers and post-graduate students. During the event, a wide range of topics related to Intrapreneurship were presented having as a common goal to increase employability, innovation, productivity, and performance in a period of serious economic challenges.
On the 18th of July 2017, Mr Marios Photiou (Space Segment Manager) and Eleftheria Hadjioannou visited ERATOSTHENES Research Centre at the Cyprus University of Technology and discussed various ways of collaboration between Avanti Hylas 2 Cyprus Ltd and CUT.
On behalf of CUT and the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre Prof Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis, Dr Christos Danezis, Dr Rodanthi Mammouri and Dr Argyro Nisantzi presented the activities of the group for the last 10 years as well the opportunities of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Teaming project. Both sides agreed to collaborate in the area of broadband satellite communications and the relevant applications, as well as integration of various satellite technologies such as communications, navigations and earth observation.
Dr. Panayiotis Philimis (CEO) from CyRIC (Cyprus Research and Innovation Centre) visited ERATOSTHENES Research Centre and discussed with Prof. Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis and his team, research and development opportunities for the EXCELSIOR project. During the meeting (14/07/2017) both sides have agreed in strategic collaboration in areas of Research & Innovation and business opportunities of the proposed Centre of Excellence.
CyRIC is the only Business Innovation Center (EU-BIC) in Cyprus certified by European Business Network offering professional Research, Innovation and Business services with the mission to support the local development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs.
CyRIC is the major supporter of the EXCELSIOR project.
Dr Shimrit Maman, Research, Associate and Laboratory manager from the Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF) of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev visited the ‘Remote Sensing & Geo-Environment Lab’/ ERATOSTHENES Research Centre at the Cyprus University of Technology from 10th of July to 15 July 2017. During the visit Dr Shimrit Maman had the opportunity to come across with the various activities of the group for the last 10 years in the areas of earth observation. Based on the existing MOU between the two universities, it was agreed to further promote common activities between the two groups. Presentation of the EXCELSIOR Teaming project has been made by Prof. Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis. Dr Mammouri, Dr Nisantzi and Dr Themistocleous during the meeting with Dr Maman.
During the Geo-Cradle meeting in Brussels Dr Kontoes and Dr Mammouri had the opportunity to present and promote Excelsior project...Read more
PROTHEGO is funded in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) – HERITAGE PLUS, under ERA-NET Plus and the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, the project PROTHEGO aims to make an innovative contribution towards the analysis of geohazards in areas of cultural heritage in Europe. PROTHEGO applies […]..Read more
26 June 2017 – Presentation of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ in the final National Event of the Cascade FP7 Project
Presentation of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Teaming project by Prof. Diofantos Hadjimitsis, Dr Christiana Papoutsa and Dr Kyriacos Themistocelous at Pissouri Village in Cyprus during the final stakeholders meeting of the ‘Cascade’ FP-7 project. The National Event of Cascade Project was hosted by the Community Council of Pissouri in Paphos aiming to present the final results of the Cascade Project to the stakeholders, public authorities and farmers in Cyprus. The members of the Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment lab of the Eratosthenes Research Centre explores the high importance of using earth observation, Radar techniques and UAV’s for monitoring degraded areas due desertification and overgazing in Eastern Mediterranean region and especially in Cyprus.
During the 4th coordination meeting of the DECATASTROPHIZE project in Alcala de Henares (Madrid) in Spain during 21st and 22nd of June 2017, the team members of the CUT group promotes EXCELSIOR. DECATASTROPHIZE is directly related to EXCELSIOR since it aims in using geo-spatial decision support systems for rapid deployment, interoperability, transferability and sustainability to […]..Read more
Presentation of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Teaming project by Dr. Kyriacos Themistocleous at the Copernicus Relays and Copernicus Academy meeting in Brussels, Belgium. All members included the ‘ERATOSTHENES Research Centre’ of the Copernicus Network met in Brussels to receive the official welcome from the European Parliament and Commission.
Presentation of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Teaming project by Mr Andreas Christofe at Sheffield University during the final event of the ‘ANAGENNISISIS’ FP-7 project in which CUT participates. During the meeting Dr. Kyriacos Neockleous and Mr Andreas Christofe discussed the opportunities for future collaborations between ANAGENNISISIS’ partners and the Eratosthenes Research Centre.
Presentation of the mission and vision of the EXCELSIOR project during the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, (ISRSE) by Dr Kyriacos Themistocleous. Dr Themistocleous presented the expected outcomes of the EXCELSIOR Project at the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, (ISRSE), which convenue in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa 8-12 May 2017 under the overarching theme “Earth Observation for Development and Adaptation to a Changing World”. During the ISRSE Dr Themistocleous from CUT and Mr. Gunter Schreier from DLR promotes the EXCELSIOR Project to key earth observation stakeholders.
The members of the team had the opportunity to promote EXCELSIOR Project to the participants and stakeholders during the debriefing meeting of ESA. Mr George Komodromos during his oral presentation stated that space technology and earth observation is of high importance and one of the high priorities of the Cyprus Government.
The CyCARE campaign – a common initiative between the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Limassol and TROPOS – will fill a gap in the global understanding of aerosol-cloud interaction. The CyCARE campaign, which began in October 2016 and will last until April 2018, mainly aims to determine the role of different aerosol types on cloud […]..Read more
Results were announced during the Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geo-information of Environment 20-23March, 2017 – Cyprus. Oral presentation of the EXCELSIOR Teaming Project has been made by Dr Diofantos Hadjimitsis to the participants of the Conference. Dr Vincent Ambrosia from NASA congratulated the team for the success and stated that as a member of the external advisory board supports EXCELSIOR initiatives for developing a Centre of Excellence in earth observation in Cyprus.