General Profile

University of Cyprus (UCY) is the leading university with more than 7,000 students and the most active research institution in Cyprus (European Research Rankings). UCY is the youngest institution to be ranked in the top 550 Higher Education Institutions in the world and is ranked 55th worldwide in the “150 Under 50 Rankings” (THE World University Rankings). UCY is one of the few organisations in Cyprus holding the EFQM “Committed to Excellence” Award and acknowledged with the “HR Excellence in Research” logo. It delivers up to 350 externally funded research projects, including several FP7 and H2020 projects, 10 ERC Grants and national and regional research programmes funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation and the European Structural Funds and holds two of the three ERC Advanced Grants awarded in Cyprus.

KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (KIOS CoE) is a large research centre (more than 90 researchers) within UCY. KIOS CoE boasts a critical mass of researchers with expertise in applied and industrial-geared research and innovation, particularly in the area of intelligent monitoring, management, and safety of critical infrastructure systems. KIOS CoE concentrates on infrastructures related to energy and power, telecommunications, water resources, and transportation. KIOS CoE involves the creation of an “Innovation Cluster” (KIOS Innovation Hub), to provide research and innovation services to organisations. KIOS CoE has secured more than 60 research funded programs, with more than 70% funding participation by the EU and the industry. Amongst the projects being delivered at KIOS is an ERC Advanced Grant, several FP7 and H2020 projects, as well as projects funded by the European Structural Fund Programmes. KIOS CoE has recently (Nov. 2016) been selected to receive seed funding from the European Union to advance into a flagship research and innovation centre of excellence; the first such Centre of Excellence in Cyprus. This success is the result of a lengthy and extremely competitive proposal process coordinated by the European Commission as part of the EU’s strategic programme “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation – Teaming”. KIOS CoE also has particular expertise in coordinating significant international and multidisciplinary networks of various sizes and subjects. KIOS was the first Cyprus based organisation to coordinate an ESF COST Action in the area of Critical Infrastructures and has also been a key driver for academic collaboration with industry, SMEs, as well as public service authorities and semi-governmental organisations.

Role in the Project

Leads: T2.1 and T3.4

Major Tasks:

  • Leading the elaboration of the Use Cases and the systems’ requirement analysis (T2.1)
  • Leading the pre-piloting via hardware-in-the-loop demonstration (T3.4) by set-up and tailor the pre-piloting facilities and run Real-Time Hardware in the Loop (RT-HIL) investigations such that to accommodate the specific NetApps tests on the physical layer of the Smart5Grid Architecture, while virtualizing the 5G communication layer making use of a network emulator hardware.

UCY’s role includes:

  • Leading the use case elaboration and the system requirement analysis of T2.1 and contributing on the technical requirements of each use case and by collaborating with the power industry partners in the project to assess the use-cases and all relevant network related models, parameters and operation conditions. UCY will also contribute to the overall architecture design of open exeperimental 5G platform and NetApps specifications (T2.2).
  • Leading the pre-piloting tests and validations through its leadership of T3.4, while ensuring the industry state of the art pre-piloting tests before going live in the field. UCY will use its state-of-the-art cyber-physical power system testbed and HIL infrastructure for actual tests using real data to be provided by the Partners responsible for the pilot sites. The pre-piloting facilities will be also used for running tests of other energy related applications to be developed during the project.
  • Contributing to the Smart5Grid network access/core platform building and orchestration, the open source service repository and the platform integration and interfacing between 5G and energy infrastructure of T3.1, T3.2 and T3.3, respectively.
  • Partcipating to the actual field demonstrations of Use Cases 1, 3 and 4 (T5.3, T6.3 and T6.4), to get feedback for the NetApp’s performance on the real field to create more efficient pre-pilotting testing procedures.
  • Disseminate the project results to its academic and industrial network (T7.1), interacting with other 5G-PPP projects (T7.3) and participating to the standardisation activities of the project (T7.4).

Project Related Information

Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU Contribution: € 275 000