Seven new research projects kicked off for the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications in the first six months of 2020.

In January, researchers of the Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (SKEL) started work on the national project DebateLab: From Linked Data to Linked Arguments, funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (ELIDEK/HFRI) aiming to conduct basic and applied research towards developing the theoretical framework for representing, mining and reasoning with online arguments.

In March, the second national project for SKEL kicked off namely NAVMAT: Knowledge-based-system-for-naval-materials-failures funded by Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI). It aims to develop a computer based knowledge system in order to optimise naval materials failure management and support decision making in Maintenance and Repair Operations (MRO), materials supplies and staff training.

At the beginning of April, the national project P4-LUCAT: Personalized medicine for lung cancer treatment – using Big Data-driven approaches for decision support started which is funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT). The project proposes to develop a technological solution supporting oncologists in the selection of the most appropriate lung cancer treatment with a Big Data analytics dashboard, integrating patient data, public repositories and literature evidence.

In April, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the emblematic action SARS-CoV-2 was approved by the Greek State so as to help in the battle against Covid-19.

In May, the H2020 funded project, iRTA: intelligent Robotic high precision Treatment Application in rough terrain vineyards started aiming to build a smart spraying apparatus tailored to the intricacies of treatment application in rough and steep slope terrains and on cultivations of high variability between plants. SKEL researchers will combine state-of-the-art technologies with features that fully adhere to the requirements of the usage setting and integrate them into a flexible robotic platform.

In June, two more project kick off: MNL’s European H2020 project RESPOND-A Next-generation equipment tools and mission-critical strategies for First Responders aims at developing holistic and easy-to-use solutions for First Responders by bringing together the complementary strengths of its Investigators in 5G wireless communications, Augmented and Virtual Reality, autonomous robot and unmanned aerial vehicle coordination, intelligent wearable sensors and smart monitoring, geovisual analytics and immersive geospatial data analysis, passive and active localisation and tracking, and interactive multi-view 360o video streaming.

WiCom lab starts project DELHILA: Deployable high gain antenna structure for small spacecraft science missions which received funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) for two years.