UBITECH participates in the kick-off meeting, in Athens, Greece (September 26, 2018) of the DESTINY Greek research project, officially started on September 1st, 2018. The project is co-funded by the action “Researching-Creating-Innovating” (under the instrument “Partnerships of Enterprises with Research Organizations”) of the operational programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religion Matters (Grant Agreement No. T1EDK-02886) and spans on the period September 2018 – August 2021. The DESTINY project proposes to develop and, subsequently, support the clinical implementation of an advanced medical decision support system (DSS) for patients with high grade ovarian epithelial cancer (HGOC), based on radiogenomics, to enable the automatic classification of HGOC patients into risk categories. The produced DSS would provide important tools for MR image optimization, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) data processing, and medical and statistical data storage and therefore, it could be potentially used as a comprehensive digital service by health professionals for personalized medicine.
UBITECH hosts the kick-off meeting, in Athens, Greece (September 14, 2018) of the ARMONIA Greek research project, officially started on August 1st, 2018. The project is co-funded by the action “Researching-Creating-Innovating” (under the instrument “Partnerships of Enterprises with Research Organizations”) of the operational programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religion Matters (Grant Agreement No. T1EDK-05061) and spans on the period August 2018 – January 2021. The ARMONIA project proposes the realization of the self-configured and unified access and metro network that will support the increasing traffic load and the requirements of emerging applications, enabling the redesign and upgrade of different segments of the network, as well as the re-configuration of equipment – without the involvement of manual operations that result in high capital (CAPEX) and operation expenditures (OPEX).
UBITECH participates in the kick-off meeting, in Nicosia, Cyprus (September 18, 2018) of the NAVARCHOS2 Cypriot research project, officially started on September 1st, 2018. The project is co-funded by the “Research in Enterprises” action of the multi-annual development framework of Programmes RESTART 2016-2020 for the support of Research, Technological Development and Innovation in Cyprus (Grant Agreement No. ENTERPRISES/0916/0072) and spans on the period September 2018 – August 2020. The NAVARCHOS2 project aims at the technological and innovation driven upgrade of Navarchos Fleet Management Systems so as to compete world-class related platforms that operate mainly on the cloud as a service and provide significant graphical information system capability and capacity as well as address the majority of operational and maintenance management requirements. The main features that will be designed and implemented in the frameworks of NAVARCHOS2 include: a) real-time driver-centric notification and recommendations algorithms for eco-driving behavior, b) intelligent metrics and analytics for empowering fleet managers to have a more comprehensive overview and complete control of their fleet, c) routing optimization and scheduling tools for increased fleet productivity, and d) scalable, highly available and high performance cloud-based infrastructure.
The first contractual review meeting for the PrEstoCloud H2020 co-funded research project took place in Brussels on September 7, 2018. The PrEstoCloud consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the first 18 months of project. UBITECH, as integration leader,provided a live demo of the integrated PrEstoCloud platform for the deployment of an application built using the micro-service paradigm and applications following the Function as a Service (FaaS) technology was deployed at Cloud and Edge resources.
A scientific paper entitled “Performance Evaluation of Service Functions Chain Placement Algorithms in Edge Cloud” has been co-authored by University of Würzburg and UBITECH, and is presented at the International Teletraffic Congress ITC 30, that is held September 4-7, 2018, at the University of Vienna, Austria, and constitutes the 30th edition of the international flagship congress in the field of networking science and practice. In this paper, Dr Anastasios Zafeiropoulos and his co-authors propose four placement algorithms that aim to efficiently place the Service Functions Chains (SFCs) in servers with regard to minimizing service response time and resource utilization. Herein, heuristic approaches are evaluated against optimal solutions for the placement problems, which are formulated by using Integer Linear Programming (ILP). They evaluate and compare these placement strategies in a simulator. The result shows that the optimized solutions produce lowest service response time and least server utilization in all types of simulated SFCs.
A scientific paper entitled “Adaptive Edge and Fog Computing Paradigm for Wide Area Video and Audio Surveillance” has been edited by UBITECH and is presented at the Intelligent Systems and Services for Cloud Accessible, Data-intensive Computing (ISS-Cloud) Workshop that takes place as part of the 9th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA 2018), hosted between 23 – 25 July, 2018 in Zakynthos, Greece. In this paper, UBITECH describes a novel, adaptive architecture and that builds on top of a distributed computing paradigm and is ideal for smart surveillance systems that can utilize resources at Cloud, Fog and Edge, documenting the main architectural components, the hardware options and key software components of the system – incorporating Cloud, Edge and Fog Computing concepts and artifacts. Edge Computing is realized by a camera embedded system, Cloud Computing with the usage of public accessible infrastructure for data processing and Fog Computing for the processing and data fusion of video streams in small areas.
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The first review meeting for the UNICORN H2020 co-funded research project took place in Brussels on July 12, 2018, wherein the consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the first 18 months of project. The overall objective of the project is to simplify the design, deployment and management of secure and elastic – by design – multi-cloud services. This will be achieved by a) developing and design libraries that will provide security enforcement mechanisms, data privacy restrictions, monitoring metric collection and resource management; and b) enabling continuous orchestration and automatic optimization of portable and dynamic Cloud services running on virtual instances or micro-execution containers for increased security, data protection privacy and vast resource (de)-allocation. Continue reading A successful review for the UNICORN H2020 project in Brussels with UBITECH’s live demo of its policy-aware, multi-Cloud orchestrator
A scientific paper entitled “BigDataStack: A Holistic Data-driven Stack for Big Data Applications and Operations” has been co-authored by UBITECH and is presented at the IEEE International Congress on Big Data (Big Data Congress 2018) that takes place between 2-7 July, 2018 in San Francisco, California, USA. In this paper, Dr. Panagiotis Gouvas and his co-authors present the architecture of a complete stack (namely BigDataStack), based on a frontrunner infrastructure management system that drives decisions according to data aspects, thus being fully scalable, runtime adaptable and high-performant to address the needs of big data operations and data-intensive applications. Furthermore, the stack goes beyond purely infrastructure elements by introducing techniques for the dimensioning of big data applications, modelling and analysis of processes as well as the provision of data-as-a-service exploiting a proposed seamless analytics framework.
Following a peer-review process, Springer Earth Science Informatics has accepted to publish a scientific manuscript, authored by UBITECH, University of Aegean and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,, entitled “Development of a Spatial Database and Web-GIS for the Climate of Greece”. Dimitris Ntalaperas and his co-authors present the design and implementation of a spatial database and a web-GIS application that allow the management, visualization and analysis of data that are directly or indirectly related to climate and its future projections in Greece. Emphasis is given to the design decisions made in order to fulfill the requirements of flexible data querying and reporting, and of maintenance cost minimization. Cartographic layers for climatic and other parameters are dynamically produced through database views and geographic web services. The web-GIS provides user-friendly cartographic operations for visualizing and manipulating thematic maps, as well as reporting services for selecting, displaying and downloading climatic values for selected areas.
UBITECH is coordinating the presentation of the MATILDA 5G PPP project demonstration in the EUCNC’s exhibition area at 19-21 of June 2018 (https://www.eucnc.eu/exhibitions-and-demos/). The exhibition is going to take place at Booth #21, while the main theme of the demonstration is going to be “MATILDA – Orchestrating 5G Ready Emergency Services”.