University of Cyprus

The University of Cyprus was established in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. Postgraduate studies started in 1995. The main objectives of the University are twofold: the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus. The University is a public corporate body, governed by the Council and the Senate. The Faculties and Departments are administered by Boards; each Faculty is headed by a Dean and each Department is headed by a chairperson.

The Department of Computer Science is a research-oriented department active in several areas of Information Society Technologies. The research interests of the Department vary from purely theoretical and foundational topics to applied development where, to the extent possible, this applied research is aimed to be directly useful to the local community of Cyprus. Over the last years, the Department has been continuing and strengthening its many collaborations with other universities and research institutions all over the world, expanding its research into new areas. The general research areas of the Department include: eGovernment, Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, eHealth, Parallel and Distributed Systems and Computation, High-Speed Communication Networks, Internet Technologies, Concurrent Systems, Mobile Computing, Computer Architecture, Intelligent Systems, eLearning, Multimedia Systems, Formal Methods for Specification, Artificial and Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering. Furthermore, the Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus is in very close collaboration with the Cyprus Department of Information Technology and the Ministry of Health for the definition of related IST strategies and their implementation.

Relevant skills/experience/technologies: 
UCY is the coordinator of the project DITIS, which offers a secure virtual collaborative space for mobile home healthcare professionals. It also participates in a number of other related projects and trials, as for example LINKCARE and HEALTHSERVICE 24. Integrated Healthcare system software, monitoring of vital signs through a Body Area Network, effective and secure wireless transmission and secure processing of data are some of the issues addressed in these projects. These will be usefully employed in this project. Other relevant skills of the UCY team include personalisation, intelligent interfaces, location-based e-services, mobile computing and networking.

Role in the project:  
UCY will be responsible for WP5 (Security Middleware). In addition UCY has a major role in WP6 and participates with relevant knowledge in WP1-WP3.

Interest in project results:
UCY, as an academic and research institution, is interested firstly in enabling both the staff and the students involved in the project to improve their knowledge on the specific issues studied in this project. UCY aims at increasing the students training in a very competitive area to create career opportunities for these students, and also business opportunities. UCY will continue the specific research even after the project ends. The university intends to exploit the M•POWER results by: publishing papers for journals and conferences; and investigate the possibility of bringing some of the innovations to market through industrial links. The synergies with existing projects will be explored. At a general level, the university participation in research projects at the European level contributes to increase their competitiveness at the national level, attracting students and enabling better links with the industry.


Published January 12, 2007

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