- P4 langue syntax and similar technologies
- Domains of application
- Constraints and limitations of the language
- Future directions and new challenges that will arise with the wide adoption of the language
The paper entitled "Detection and Characterization of Stressed Sweet Cherry Tissues Using Machine Learning", authored by C. Chaschatzis, C. Karaiskou, E. Mouratidis, E. Karagiannis, and P. Sarigiannidis, was chosen for the cover of the forthcoming issue (Drones, Volume 6, Issue 1 January 2022). The paper aims to provide solutions towards protecting perennial fruit crops by utilizing machine learning algorithms (Yolov5). The research was co-funded by the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, grant number T1EDK-04759.
The first research excellence award for the academic year 2020-2021 for the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia was awarded to Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, director of the ITHACA Lab, and Ph.D. candidate Dimitrios Pliatsios, for their publication “A Survey on SCADA Systems: Secure Protocols, Incidents, Threats and Tactics”. Their research work was published in the IEEE Communication Surveys & Tutorials journal, which publishes tutorials and surveys covering all aspects of telecommunications and features an impact factor of 25.249.
In “A Survey on SCADA Systems: Secure Protocols, Incidents, Threats and Tactics”, an overview of SCADA architectures and industrial communication protocols is provided, along with a presentation of SCADA security objectives, vulnerabilities, and high-impact cybersecurity incidents against critical infrastructures. Additionally, an extensive review of the security methods and tactics aiming to secure SCADA systems is carried out. Finally, the state-of-art regarding SCADA cybersecurity, as well as the future research trends, are analyzed.
Associate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, director of ITHACA Lab, is included amongst the top 2% of scientists worldwide with the greatest impact for the year 2020 in his research area, according to a study conducted by Stanford University, entitled "Data for updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators". A total of 9 researchers and academic staff from the University of Western Macedonia are included in the list, verifying the high quality research activities taking place in the University.
Dimitrios Pliatsios presented the paper entitled "Semi-Grant-Free Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access for Tactile Internet of Things" in the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications.
Associate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis was invited to present a keynote talk in the 2nd Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Applications (GCAIA 2021). The topic of the lecture was Next Generation Internet of Things: Requirements, Applications & Paradigms, where mutliple applied topics in NG-IoT were demonstrated, based on national and European projects.
Panagiotis Radoglou-Grammatikis will present the paper entitled: TRUSTY: A Solution for Threat Hunting Using Data Analysis in Critical Infrastructures.
It is evident that IoT is entering multiple fields of everyday life. The proliferation of IoT devices as well as the numerous use cases reveal the very promising potentials of IoT in revolutionizing several aspects of common activities as well as business processes. The new challenge is to identify efficient ways of integrating IoT technologies in contemporary applications exploiting the potentials of real-time monitoring, interactive control, self-management, and data analytics towards “smart” behavior and enhanced performance.
The main scope of the “IoT Applications and Industry 4.0” (IoTI4) workshop is to identify and promote new techniques for the realization of promising IoT applications in various areas, including Industry 4.0 scenarios. The workshop focuses on Industrial Internet of Things systems and applications, which represent the highest value segment of the IoT market. The heavy research endeavors of last years have provided efficient solutions and enhanced technologies that enable the creation of such a network, overcoming several challenges stemming from the special attributes of device-to-device communications, embedded devices, and big data management.
More information: http://ioti4-2021.web.uowm.gr/
Thomas Lagkas, International Hellenic University, Greece
Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, University of Western Macedonia, Greece
John Soldatos, Athens Information Technology, Greece
After many years of applied research carried out in the laboratories of the Polytechnic School, the first spin-off of the University was created under the name "METAMIND INNOVATIONS I.K.E." which is expected to contribute to the development of the region and to strengthening the competitiveness of the Foundation. The creators of the spin-off are the Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Panagiotis Sargiannidis as well as doctoral candidates who conduct research under his supervision, funded by European and National funds.
Αssociate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis presented the objectives, activities, and latest results of the SPEAR research project.
Also, Dimitrios Pliatsios presented a paper entitled "A Dynamic Recommendation-based Trust Scheme for the Smart Grid" in Technical Session 3 – Security Models and Trust Schemes.
Paper Abstract: The integration of the internet of things (IoT) concept into the traditional electricity grid introduces several critical vulnerabilities. Intrusion detection systems (IDSs) can be effective countermeasures against cyberattacks, however, they require considerable computational and storage resources. As IoT-enabled metering devices have limited resources, IDSs cannot efficiently ensure security. To this end, trust evaluation schemes have emerged as promising solutions toward protecting resource-constrained metering devices. In this work, we proposed a trust evaluation scheme for the smart grid, that is based on direct trust evaluation and recommendation. The proposed hierarchical scheme is able to evaluate the trustiness of each metering device without requiring any significant modifications to the already deployed infrastructure. Additionally, the proposed scheme features is dynamic, meaning that it is robust against non-adversarial events that negatively impact the device’s trustiness. To validate the performance of the proposed scheme, we carry out network-level simulations and investigate how the various network parameters impact the trust evaluation performance
The SecSoft workshop is a joint initiative from EU Cyber-Security projects: ASTRID, CYBER-TRUST, GUARD, SIMARGL, DATAVAULTS, RAINBOW, PALANTIR and SPEAR.
The main purpose of the SecSoft workshop is to integrate the "Security, Safety, Trust and Privacy support in virtualized environments" conference topic. Beyond security mechanisms at the hypervisor or domain level, the softwarization of legacy security appliances, and federation schemes between multiple domains, this Workshop will look ahead to more dynamic, agile, and autonomic forms of detection and reaction of advanced threats, including the persistence ones. The specific focus will be on secure and trustworthy digital services, including pure virtual services as well as cyber-physical systems. The objective is to stimulate a constructive discussion on overall frameworks and specific aspects that are necessary to build wide situational awareness and to timely counter cyber-attacks: pervasive monitoring and deep inspection, cross-correlation in time and space dimensions and detection, automated control and management of complex orchestratable systems, forensics and legal investigation, trustworthiness and privacy.
The SecSoft workshop is a joint initiative from EU Cyber-Security projects: ASTRID, CYBER-TRUST, GUARD, SIMARGL, DATAVAULTS, RAINBOW, PALANTIR and SPEAR.
Date of Workshop: 2nd of July 2021
Αssociate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis participated in the 10th International Symposium on Food Technologies, where he presented the objectives, aims, and expected impact of the SmartRoot project.
The 10th International Symposium on Food Technology aims to present the latest creations in the field of food technology, providing companies from different European countries with an excellent opportunity to hold bilateral meetings aimed at establishing technology cooperation agreements.
In conjunction with the ARES workshops EU Projects Symposium 2021 at 16th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2021 – http://www.ares-conference.eu).
The EPESec 2021 workshop aims at collecting the most relevant ongoing research efforts in the EPES security field. It also serves as a forum for relevant projects in order to disseminate their security-related results, boost cooperation, and foster the development of the EPES Security Community made of security experts and practitioners.
The workshop is co-organized from the following H2020 R&D projects:
SDN-microSENSE project: https://www.sdnmicrosense.eu/
CYBER-TRUST project: https://cyber-trust.eu/
FORESIGHT: project: https://foresight-h2020.eu/
You can find more details in the following page: https://www.ares-conference.eu/workshops-eu-symposium/epesec-2021/
The kick-off meeting of the INCIDENCE project took place on the 23rd of April 2021. During the meeting the project consortium was introduced, while each presented their respective activities to be carried out throughout the duration of the project.
The goal of the INCIDENCE: promotINg Cyber-hygIene in eDucation through sEcuring distaNCe lEarning project is to support addressing the distance learning and teaching challenges in two levels: a) on educational level, by delivering a novel cyber hygiene framework, tailored to the requirements and characteristics of HEI distance learning and teaching; b) on infrastructure level by offering a safe to use eLearning toolkit reflecting on modern eLearning pedagogies and state of the art cybersecurity and privacy advances. Such solutions will empower both teaching staff and students with knowledge on maintaining a high level of cyber hygiene and new capabilities to respond to potential threats that may arise.
Αssociate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis participated in a roundtable discussion entitled Visionary Concepts. The discussion was part of the Next Generation IoT and Edge Computing Strategy Forum organized by the European Commission in collaboration with EU-IoT.
The virtual forum aims at gathering top technology experts from across several digital and vertical domains, as well as corporate-strategy level representatives to exchange views on priorities, challenges and opportunities, and establish a commonly shared strategic European vision for the next-generation IoT and (far) edge computing. With its medium-term time perspective, this initiative is part of the implementation of the European data and cloud strategy, and will be supported by a research and innovation theme on Cloud-to-Edge-to-IoT under the first Work Programme of Horizon Europe.
The bi-annual plenary meeting of the SDN-microSENSE (https://www.sdnmicrosense.eu/) took place on the 22nd of April 2021. During the meeting, the partners presented the status and progress of the project and discussed the future actions.
SDN-microSENSE intends to provide a set of secure, privacy-enabled and resilient to cyberattacks tools, thus ensuring the normal operation of decentralised Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES) as well as the integrity and the confidentiality of communications. All designed, developed, and tested technologies should consider the latest related research findings and maintain high compliance with current industrial standards (e.g., IEC standards).
Associate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, Director of ITHACA, performed an invited presentation on the Next Generation Networks and Internet of Things workshop, organized by the IEEE Student Branch of the University of Western Macedonia for the Global IoT day. His presentation entitled "Next Generation Internet of Things: Modern Applications", introduced the actions and research areas of the ITHACA Lab.
SPEAR co-organises with the following H2020 projects: ASTRID, CYBER-TRUST, GUARD, SIMARGL, DataVaults, RAINBOW, and SIMARGL the 3rd International Workshop on Cyber-Security Threats, Trust and Privacy Management in Software-defined and Virtualized Infrastructures (SecSoft) co-hosted at the 7th IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft2021) that will be held from June 28 to July 2, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. SecSoft 2021 workshop homepage: https://www.astrid-project.eu/secsoft/. SPEAR participates in the Technical Program Committee of SecSoft 2021 with Panagiotis Sarigiannidis from the University of Western Macedonia.
SPEAR and SDN-microSENSE are co-organizing the 2021 IEEE CSR Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Security, Privacy and Resilience (EPES-SPR).
Drone handler Stelios Loupidis of GEOSENSE, the Technical Manager of GEOSENSE Vassilis Polychronos, the Grevena Agricultural Collaboration’s agronomist Sakis Folinas, the PhD. Candidate of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UOWM, Giorgos Kakamoukas and the Assistant Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, gave an interview at ERT3 TV – O3 and Nikolaos Pitsiakidis.
Due to the COVID-19 emergency situation, the 6th plenary meeting of the SPEAR project took place virtually during 15 and 16 January 2021.
Towards the end of the project and the final evaluation by the end-users, the meeting was focused on the progress of deploying the SPEAR platform on each of the four pilots, namely, a) the VETS hydropower plant, b) the substation laboratory at Tecnalia, c) Both the Testing, Research and Standards Centre and the Lavrio Power Plant of PPC, and d) the smart home of CERTH.
During each demonstration, the end-users performed cyberattacks against the industrial devices used in each pilot, and the SPEAR platform successfully detected these attacks and visualised the relevant security events. Finalising the SPEAR deployments in pilots, the final evaluation and user acceptance testing will follow in the next months.
Dr. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, coordinator of the SPEAR project and Assistant Professor at the University of Western Macedonia, gave an interview at ERT3 TV and Nikolaos Pitsiakidis about the SPEAR project and the challenges that we face and SPEAR tries to solve in terms of cybersecurity and privacy in smart grids.
The kick-off meeting of the EU-funded H2020 project #EVIDENT was held virtually on 15-16 December, 2020. 9 project partners from 5 countries will investigate the socio-economic non-energy impacts and behavioral insights on energy efficiency interventions.
The kick-off meeting was held virtually on 23-24 November, 2020. 27 project partners from 11 countries will investigate a novel next generation reference architecture based on cutting-edge technologies for next generation IoT.
On Thursday 05/11/2020, the first online meeting of the Erasmus+ project SmartROOT: Smart faRming innOvatiOn Training was held. The project is implemented in the framework of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships.
The SmartROOT project, which is coordinated by the Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia Sarigiannidis Panagiotis, includes 7 partners. The SmartROOT project partners are comprised of 3 Universities (University of Western Macedonia – Greece, International Hellenic University – Greece and Sveriges LnatbruksUniversitet – Sweden) and 4 companies (Sidroco Holdings Limited – Cyprus, Federacion Espanola de Indurrtias de la Alimentacion y Bebidas – Spain, INFALIA Private Company – Greece and AGRIVI doo za Proizvodnju, Trgovinu Iusluge – Croatia).