Research, both basic and applied, contributes significantly to the transformation of modern society into a knowledge-based society. Basic research produces new knowledge, which sets the ground for future innovations. Applied research responds to the constantly increasing demands for innovation-based economic development and progress, towards national well-being and development. The rapid growth of social, economic and technological advances requires a strong interaction between basic and applied research, especially at the fast-developing sector of information technology and telecommunications.
Research requires thorough planning, constantly funded infrastructure and, most of all, researchers with considerable expertise, extensive background knowledge, willingness to participate in the research process and high level of cooperation and efficiency. As a system for the production of knowledge, research is closely connected to education and technology.
Consequently, investing on research has become a major goal of the ICSD Department and a primary motivation for its development. The Department invests and excels in important areas of basic and applied research, such as:
- Algorithms and computational complexity
- Information retrieval
- Knowledge representation
- Information and communication systems security and privacy
- Information law
- Intelligent agents
- Differential equations applications
- E-commerce – entrepreneurship – e-government
- Computer science foundations
- Mathematical physics
- Nanotechnology and bioelectronics
- Privacy and data protection legal and regulatory issues
- Multi-agent systems
- Information systems strategy and investment
- Pervasive computing systems
- Personal and mobile communication systems
- Decision support systems
- Data protection and privacy enhancing technologies
- Telecommunication systems and networks
- Computer-supported cooperative work
- Digital integrated circuits and systems
The faculty members of the ICSD Department have considerable experience in designing and carrying out competitive research and development projects on an international level. Such projects have been funded by programmes of the European Commission and the European Committee for Standardization: FP7, FP6-STREP, FP6-IST, TEN/TELECOM, ISIS, Leonardo, ACTS, INFOSEC ETS II, ESPRIT/ESSI, Telematics Applications, ACTION 2, INFOSEC, ESPRIT LTR, BRITE EURAM, INNOVATION, RACE, VALUE II, LRE, ESPRIT, EURET/EURATN, AIM and others.
The faculty members of the Department have also got significant experience in designing and carrying out competitive research and development projects on a national level. Such projects are funded by the Greek ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Finance, Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, Health, Public Order and Citizen Protection, Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, Shipping and Island Policy, as well as by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, the General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad, the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance, the National Organization for Medicines, the Social Insurance Institute, the State Scholarships Foundation, the Information Society S.A., numerous private institutions and others.
Taking advantage of EU funding opportunities through the ERASMUS / SOCRATES programmes, the Department has established and maintained educational and research partnerships with a large number of European universities, such as: Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (University of London), University of Plymouth, University College Dublin, Aston University, Kingston University, Trinity College Dublin, University of Stockholm, University of Lund, Chalmers Institute of Technology, Karlstad University, University of Hamburg, University of Essen, University of Regensburg, Catholic University of Leuven, University of Vienna, Technical University of Graz, University of Oulu, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University of Milano, Deusto University, University of Malaga, Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Copenhagen Business School and others.
Since academic year 2018-19, the ICSD Department offers four MSc taught programmes and one joint MSc in collaboration with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. The goal of the MSc programmes is to develop basic and applied research and to advance scholarly work in the field of information and communication systems.
The ICSD Department offers opportunities for post-doctoral research in the field of information and communication systems. The application procedure for carrying out postdoctoral research in the Department is described in the Regulations for Postdoctoral Research. According to Article 7 of the institutional regulations for postdoctoral research and in accordance with the decisions No 1/28.09.2016 and 15/23.05.2018 of the Department’s Assembly, postdoctoral researchers are required to:
- Offer teaching assistantship of 6-8 hours weekly. If a postdoctoral researcher is not able to meet these requirements, they will be asked to offer another kind of research/supporting work.
- Compile a yearly research report in collaboration with their supervisor professor. The report is submitted to the Department’s Assembly and the postgraduate admissions office from 1st September to 31st October.
The Laboratory of Information and Communications Systems Security (Info-Sec-Lab) was founded in 1999. Currently, it includes 6 academic staff mem¬bers (Prof. S. Gri¬tza¬lis, Prof. L. Mitrou, Assoc. Prof. G. Kambourakis, Assoc. Prof. S. Kokolakis, Asst. Prof. M. Karyda, and Asst. Prof. E. Konstantinou) and more than 36 research scientists and engineers. Our security team is the largest in Greece and one of the largest in Europe.
The members of the Info-Sec-Lab have been involved in several R&D projects on se¬cu¬ri¬ty and privacy, security investigations, au¬dits, security conference committees and security reviews. Most of the R&D projects have been funded by European Com¬mis¬¬sion Pro¬gram¬mes, the European Standardization Committee (CEN) (e.g. FP7, FP6, FP5, IST, STREP, MED, eTEN, Telematics for Admini¬stra¬tions, ESPRIT, European Trusted Services ETS I & II, ISIS, INFOSEC, Healthcare Telematics, RACE, ACTS, AIM, VALUE, STAR, ORA, Socrates/Erasmus etc.), or the Greek Government (e.g. the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministries of Defence, Health, Education, Development, Wel¬fare, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Culture, Justice, Interior, Data Protection Commission, etc.). Many other projects have been funded by private organizations (e.g. the Hellenic PTT (OTE SA), Athens Chamber of Com-merce and Industry, Hellenic Petroleum (EKO SA), the Athens Underground, Athens Tram, etc.).
Indicatively, during the period from 2009 to 2018, Info-Sec-Lab researchers have been involved in more than 25 international and 58 national research projects with a total budget of approximately 5 MEUR. Moreover, several members of the lab have participated in numerous committees for the evaluation of major projects of the Hellenic public sector.
Since 1999, Info-Sec-Lab members have developed a close collaboration with numerous international educational institutions, organizations and companies:
University of Murcia (Spain), University of Malaga (Spain), University Centre of Defence at the Spanish Air Force Academy (Spain), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), University of Milan (Italy), University of Padua (Italy), Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy), University of Regensburg (Germany), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), University of Vienna (Austria), Katholieke University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Tilburg (The Netherlands), University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UK), University of East London (UK), University of Plymouth (UK), University of Bristol, Cryptography Group (UK), University of Bristol, Systems Center (UK), Bournemouth University (UK), University College Dublin (Ireland), Aalborg University (Denmark), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark), Technical University of Cyprus (Cyprus), Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Columbia University (USA), Stevens Institute of Technology (USA), George Mason University (USA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (USA), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), National University of Singapore, Singapore, University of Technology and Design (Singapore), Seoul National University of Technology (Republic of Korea), Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (Republic of Korea), University of Melbourne (Australia), Victoria University, (Australia), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), University of Otago (New Zealand), Izmir University (Turkey), Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) (Singapore), Outpost24 A.B. (Sweden), Workable, European Commission, Republic of Cyprus, European Commission Joint Research Centre.
Members of the Info-Sec-Lab have participated as authors of books or book chapters, book editors or editors of conference proceedings, authors of invited journal papers and authors of scientific journal or international conference articles, in more than 600 publications on information and communication systems security and privacy protection.
Furthermore, members of the Info-Sec-Lab have served more than 900 times as conference general chairs, program chairs, program committee members, members of organizing committees, referees in scientific journals and international conferences, in the area of information and communication systems security and privacy protection. According to Google Scholar the number of citations to the scientific work of the Info-Sec-Lab members exceeds 8,000.
Members of the Info-Sec-Lab have also been active in the organization of more than 90 inter-na¬tio¬nal con¬fe¬ren¬ces, work¬shops and summer schools on information & communications technologies security and privacy. These include: : IFIPSEC. : IFIP CMS. : IPICS European Summer School. : ACM CCS. : IPICS European Summer School. : IPICS European Summer School. : IFIPSEC. : EuroPKI. : IEEE ICPS, SecPerU, INC, IPICS European Summer School. : CRITIS, IEEE ICPS, SecPerU, IFIP NETWORKING, SecPri_MobiWi, ISC, TRUSTBUS. : IEEE ICPS, SecPerU, IFIP EUC, TRUST, TRUSTBUS, WDFIA. : ChinaCom, MUSIC, CRITIS, IEEE ICPS, SecPerU, IEEE WiMob, SecPri_WiMob, Mobiquitous, SMPE, MUE, PCI, SMPE. : CSA, CRITIS, IEEE ICC, IEEE WiMob, SecPri_WiMob, ISA, MCIS, MINES, MPIS, OTM IS, SCC, SECURWARE, SMPE, TRUSTBUS. : CHINACOM, EuroPKI, FutureTech, IPICS European Summer School, MINES, OTM, SCC, SecIoT, TSP. : EUREKA!, IEEE CloudCom, MINES. : SecIoT, FCST, IEEE GLOBECOM ManSec CC, : FutureCyber, SMPE, FTRA-MUE, NCS, IEEE/IFIP EUC, IPICS European Summer School, : FTRA-STA, IPICS European Summer School, : MCIS, PCI, IPICS European Summer School, : SpaCCS, DFIS, MCIS. : SpaCCS, SPIoT, MOBILITY, ISSR, SECPRE. : DASC, SECPRE, IEEE Smart World Congress, SPIoT, MOBILITY.
The main research interests of the Info-Sec-Lab members include:
- Secure e-commerce
- e-learning architectures and services
- Privacy enhancing technologies
- Critical information and communication infrastructure security
- Secure electronic vot¬ing
- PKI theory and practice
- Wireless mobile ad hoc and sensor networks security and privacy
- Mobile devices security
- Legal and regulatory issues in data and privacy protection
- Security and privacy economics
- Medical informatics security and privacy
- Smart card technology and applications
- Voice over IP security and privacy
- Digital forensics
- Cyber crime and cyber security
- Grid security
- Cloud computing security and privacy
- Security in future internet
- Security policies
- Security management
- Risk assessment methodologies
- Intru¬sion detection systems
- Social networking security and privacy
- Fraud detection
- Security education, etc.
In our knowledge-based society, the vast amount of information that is the driving force behind the activities of organizations and communities requires drastic changes in markets. It is, therefore, urgent to restructure businesses towards capturing, exploiting and disseminating information coming from different sources and found in different magnitudes and forms, in ways that improve the performance of everyday activities in complex, unpredictable and dynamic settings.
Within this framework, the objectives of the AI-Lab include:
- Empowering humans to perform collaborative activities in complex and dynamic settings
- Exploiting and integrating information coming from different (and possibly heterogeneous) information sources
- Capturing and mining knowledge from data
- Designing and implementing distributed cognitive systems for information exploitation and collaboration
ISL is staffed by members of the UoA faculty, post-doc and postgraduate researchers, including associates from a wide spectrum of international caliber experts and researchers. The areas of expertise of ISL span within the life-cycle of information systems and services for administrations, enterprises and citizens, covering:
- Information systems investments planning and impact assessment
- Government transformation and ICT-enabled, collaborative governance
- Simulation and visualisation of systems, data and argumentation
- Ontologies for supporting the collaboration among public organizations
- Web-based service modelling, engineering, marketing and support
- Web 2.0 methods and tools for societal collaboration
- Information systems and services evaluation, verification and validation
- Security, identity, privacy and trust management
Computer and Communication Systems Laboratory (CCSL) was founded in 1999 as a research and educational unit of the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean, Greece.
The current research and teaching activity of the CCSL members is well balanced between theory and practice and covers a wide range of information and communication technology (ICT) fields. During the past years, the members of the group have been involved in several European and nationally funded projects and have acquired considerable experience and knowledge. Based on this knowledge, CCSL is able to offer innovative solutions for the development and implementation of various components of the ICT infrastructure, which are required for the efficient delivery of future digital services.
The strategy of CCSL is well connected with the latest technological developments in wireless and mobile telecommunications, free-space and fiber-based optical communications, communications networks, digital circuits and systems design, as well as Internet and global web technologies. More specifically, the CCSL’s strategy includes the exploitation of the wireless networks architectures and web technologies for the elaboration of innovative results and the integration of modern services, the design and development of transmission techniques, routing and applications in the era of 5G networks, as well as the design of efficient digital hardware systems for fast signal and image processing.
CCSL has a highly experienced research team with a proven record of providing robust research and practical solutions, including:
- Electromagnetic measurements and safety evaluation studies
- Channel characterization, propagation models and performance modelling of wireless systems
- RRM in cellular, wireless, multi-hop and cooperative networks
- Cognitive radio systems
- Energy-aware, context-aware next-generation networks & services
- Self-optimized and reconfigurable networks
- Wireless, mobile and satellite cooperative systems
- Integration of heterogeneous radio technologies
- SDN/NFV/Cloud computing
- Design and programming of pervasive computing systems
- Design and implementation of photonic neuromorphic computational architectures
- Digital circuits and systems design
- Digital image processing - Digital data forensics
- Design of integrated photonic and optical systems and components for computation and communication applications
- Security in virtualized environments
- Physical-layer security for broadband networks and IoT
- Satellite communication systems and localization
The Database Lab was founded in 1999; its members have been conducting research in the field of data management with an emphasis on processing and optimization techniques for multidimensional data queries, data security and privacy, data warehouses and data mining, big data management, location-based services, etc.
As a research unit of the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean, the Database Lab and its members have supported at least fifteen different undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses offered by the Department. In addition, the Database Lab has undertaken and/or supported the teaching of data management courses offered by other Departments of the University of the Aegean or by Departments of other tertiary education institutions in Greece.
In the Database Lab, postgraduate and undergraduate students acquire specialized, academic, theoretical and technical grounding in the dynamically developing fields of data management and generally data science. Database Lab members are actively involved in international journal publication committees in the laboratory’s areas of interest, as well as in the organization of a great number of high scientific profile international conferences, acting either as TPC members or as external reviewers. The Database Lab maintains partnerships with many research and educational institutions, as well as with other public and private research and technology organizations.
GeoDySyC, the Laboratory of Geometry, Dynamical Systems and Cosmology, is one of the oldest research labs/research groups of the University of the Aegean. It was officially founded in 1998 and is responsible for the teaching and research related to various directions in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, with particular research emphasis on cosmological problems. GeoDySyC is a research unit of the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean in Samos. Members of the group have been responsible for creating conditions conducive to research in the areas of gravitation, relativity and cosmology, dynamical systems and differential geometry for more than two decades and they have been in close and fruitful collaboration with various institutions and centres around the world, including Yale University, University of Cambridge, IHES Paris and CERN.
GeoDySyC offers a number of undergraduates and various doctorate-level courses for the Dept of Information and Communication Systems Engineering and also for the School of Sciences in Samos. The undergraduate courses are: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Applied Mathematics, Differential Equations, Physics I, Physics II, Mathematical Modelling, Dynamical Systems, while the doctorate-level, postgraduate courses that have been offered by members of GeoDySyC over the years include Astronomy and Cosmology, Mathematical Methods of General Relativity, Dynamical Systems, Differential Geometry and Theoretical Mechanics. GeoDySyC is also responsible for the creation and operation of the Theoretical Cosmology Doctoral Program run in the department over a period of 5 years. Faculty members of GeoDySyC have also recruited two postdoctoral fellows and a number of PhD students.
Members of the laboratory have published hundreds of publications in journals and conference proceedings and have been responsible for the organization of 15 international conferences and summer schools in Samos in the past two decades. They have also invited a number of distinguished scientists to the Department, with extended stays ranging from a few weeks to several months. These visitors include professors John Barrow, Dieter Brill, Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat, Steven Hawking, Demetrios Christodoulou, Vincent Moncrief, Vitaly Melnikov, Peter Leach and Ignatios Antoniadis.