Events

5 October 2022 Publication on the ACM Computing Surveys Journal
Publication on the ACM Computing Surveys Journal
The Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology has been established as the de facto networking paradigm for complex and large-scale computer networks such as data centres or internet service providers, thanks to the flexibility and automation of many processes, the well-defined communication interfaces with data plane and the ability to program data plane devices. The Next Generation SDN (NG-SDN) offers enhanced programmability of data plane devices rendering something which was considered impossible to achieve in the past: programming the behaviour of data plane devices offering header field level manipulation and even experimenting with new protocol stacks in real infrastructure environments. P4 is a domain-specific programming language designed for specifying the behaviour of data plane devices. In past years P4 has met wide adoption by academia and the industry. The work entitled ‘Advancing SDN: from OpenFlow to P4, a Survey’ with authors Athanasios Liatifis, PhD candidate of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia, Dr Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia, Dr Thomas Lagkas, Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science of the International Hellenic University and Dr Vasileios Argyriou, Professor of the Department of Networks and Digital Media, has been accepted by the ACM Computing Surveys journal. The work is a survey of the P4 language and its use cases. Specifically, in this work an in-depth view of the following topics is discussed:
  1. P4 langue syntax and similar technologies
  2. Domains of application
  3. Constraints and limitations of the language
  4. Future directions and new challenges that will arise with the wide adoption of the language
The work was developed in the context of the TERMINET H2020 project. TERMINET aims to the definition of the Next Generation Internet of Things (NG-IoT) and is coordinated by the Laboratory of Internet of Things and Application (ITHACA) of the University of Western Macedonia where the Director is professor Panagiotis Sarigiannidis. The paper is available here.
28 June 2022 EVIDENT Sustainable Energy Days Event
EVIDENT Sustainable Energy Days Event
In the context of Sustainable Energy Days, the EVIDENT project hosted a virtual event about energy saving and energy efficiency, presenting the project’s objectives, the experiments that are being conducted, and the respective results obtained so far. In this respect, Ph.D. Candidate Dimitrios Pliatsios presented an overview of the EVIDENT project, highlighting the motivation behind the project, the main pillars, and the use cases that are currently under implementation. Finally, members of the EVIDENT project, along with sister project members and experts, participated in a panel discussion focusing on the importance of energy efficiency and the relevant policy measures.
10 June 2022 Paper authored by Y. Spyridis, T. Lagkas, P. Sarigiannidis, V. Argyriou, A. Sarigiannidis, G. Eleftherakis and J. Zhang selected as "Editor's Choice Article" by Sensors (IF: 3.576)
Paper authored by Y. Spyridis, T. Lagkas, P. Sarigiannidis, V. Argyriou, A. Sarigiannidis, G. Eleftherakis and J. Zhang selected as "Editor's Choice Article" by Sensors (IF: 3.576)
The paper entitled "Towards 6G IoT: Tracing Mobile Sensor Nodes with Deep Learning Clustering in UAV Networks", authored by Y. Spyridis, T. Lagkas, P. Sarigiannidis, V. Argyriou, A. Sarigiannidis, G. Eleftherakis and J. Zhang, was chosen by Editor-in-Chiefs as a work of high interest, and was deemed to be highly important in its corresponding research area. The article considers the objective of tracing a mobile IoT device of unknown location, using a group of UAVs that were equipped with received signal strength indicator (RSSI) sensors. It is worth mentioning that the article was funded by the H2020 TERMINET project (957406), which is coordinated by the ITHACA lab.
9 June 2022 Interview of Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis in the "Aksones Anaptiksis" news program of ERT3
Interview of Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis in the "Aksones Anaptiksis" news program of ERT3
Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis presented the activities of the ITHACA lab during his interview for the "Aksones Anaptiksis" news program of ERT3. Specifically, he brought attention to the importance of cybersecurity enhancement in Critical Infrastructures (CIs), in three pillars, namely, the detection of the cyberattack, the mitigation of the cyberattack, and the training of the staff to recognize malicious attempts. In addition, he highlighted the participation of the ITHACA lab in EU-funded research and development projects with the aim of developing tools and software to protect CIs, in smart grids, healthcare infrastructures and transportation environments. The interview can be accessed here.
11 February 2022 TERMINET 3rd Plenary Meeting
TERMINET 3rd Plenary Meeting
The 3rd plenary meeting of the TERMINET project was held virtually on 10-11 February 2022. During the meeting, the partners presented the status and progress of the project and discussed the future actions. TERMINET aims to deliver a novel reference architecture for the next-generation Internet of Things by leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as Multiple-access Edge Computing (MEC), Software Defined Networking (SDN), cloud computing, and virtualisation.
10 February 2022 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 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 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.

Drones, Volume 6, Issue 1 (January 2022).

2 February 2022 Research Excellence Award
Research Excellence Award

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.

12 January 2022 Best Student Paper Award for ITHACA: The paper entitled "TRUSTY: A Solution for Threat Hunting Using Data Analysis in Critical Infrastructures", authored by P. Radoglou-Grammatikis, A. Liatifis, E. Grigoriou, T. Saoulidis, A. Sarigiannidis, T. Lagkas and P. Sarigiannidis, won the “Best Student Paper Award” by IEEE Cyber Security and Resilience!
Best Student Paper Award for ITHACA: The paper entitled "TRUSTY: A Solution for Threat Hunting Using Data Analysis in Critical Infrastructures", authored by P. Radoglou-Grammatikis, A. Liatifis, E. Grigoriou, T. Saoulidis, A. Sarigiannidis, T. Lagkas and P. Sarigiannidis, won the “Best Student Paper Award” by IEEE Cyber Security and Resilience!
The paper entitled "TRUSTY: A Solution for Threat Hunting Using Data Analysis in Critical Infrastructures", authored by P. Radoglou-Grammatikis, A. Liatifis, E. Grigoriou, T. Saoulidis, A. Sarigiannidis, T. Lagkas and P. Sarigiannidis, won the “Best Student Paper Award”, by IEEE Cyber Security and Resilience. The paper aims to provide solutions towards protecting industrial environments, by utilizing Reinforcement Learning methods to strategically decide on the number of honeypots to be deployed in energy-related critical infrastructure. The research leading to the awarded paper was funded by the H2020 project, SDN-microSENSE (833955). The article is available here and here.
7 January 2022 Associate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis ranked amongst the leading 2% of scientists globally
Associate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis ranked amongst the leading 2% of scientists globally

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.

29 December 2021 Paper authored by P. Radoglou-Grammatikis, P. Sarigiannidis, G. Efstathopoulos and E. Panaousis selected as "Editor's Choice Article" by Sensors (IF: 3.576)
Paper authored by P. Radoglou-Grammatikis, P. Sarigiannidis, G. Efstathopoulos and E. Panaousis selected as "Editor's Choice Article" by Sensors (IF: 3.576)
The paper entitled "ARIES: A Novel Multivariate Intrusion Detection System for Smart Grid", authored by P. Radoglou-Grammatikis, P. Sarigiannidis, G. Efstathopoulos and E. Panaousis, was chosen by Editor-in-Chiefs as a work of particular interest, and was deemed to be highly important in its corresponding research area. The article discusses a multi-layered anomaly-based Intrusion Detection System, composed by network flow, packet and operational data-based detection. It is worth mentioned that the article was funded by the H2020 SPEAR project (787011), which is coordinated by the ITHACA lab. The full article can be accessed here.
1 December 2021 JAUNTY Multiplier Event - Transnational Workshop on SEMS and Smart Grids
JAUNTY Multiplier Event - Transnational Workshop on SEMS and Smart Grids
Smart Grid initiatives seek to improve operations, maintenance and planning in the Electric Grid by enabling the seamless exchange of data. However, two major challenges of Smart Energy Management Systems (SEMS) are a) the ability to detect and prevent critical equipment failures in advance and b) the deployment of device-level alerts regarding unusual patterns of off-hour consumption on the fly. More info
9 November 2021 Presentation in EU-IoT Training Workshops Series: Next Generation IoT Architectures
Presentation in EU-IoT Training Workshops Series: Next Generation IoT Architectures
TERMINET Project Coordinator, Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, Associate Professor at the University of Western Macedonia, participated in the 4th EU-IoT Training Workshop, which was focused on Next Generation IoT (NG-IoT) architectures. During his presentation entitled “TERMINET: A Next-Generation IoT Reference Architecture”, he introduced TERMINET to the audience, demonstrating the project's objectives and challenges. Later on, he presented TERMINET’s architecture model, while highlighting innovative technologies applied in the project, as well as six use case scenarios through which the TERMINET architecture will be demonstrated and validated.
17 September 2021 Presentation in the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
Presentation in the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications

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.

10 September 2021 Keynote Talk in GCAIA 2021
Keynote Talk in GCAIA 2021

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.

30 August 2021 ΙοΤ Week 2021- Online Event / 'Join the Next Generation IoT
ΙοΤ Week 2021- Online Event / 'Join the Next Generation IoT ; upcoming Open Calls' Workshop Session
The IoT Week 2021 conference welcomes the industry leaders, lead researchers and public service representatives not only from Europe but from around the world to share their views on how the technology can serve society better and identify what are the technological and societal challenges today. During the 'Join the Next Generation IoT ; upcoming Open Calls' session, Professor Panagiotis Sarigiannidis presented the basic objectives and use cases of the TERMINET project. TERMINET is one of the six Next Generation IoT projects that participated in this workshop.
28 July 2021 2021 IEEE CSR Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Security, Privacy and Resilience (EPES-SPR)
2021 IEEE CSR Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Security, Privacy and Resilience (EPES-SPR)

Panagiotis Radoglou-Grammatikis will present the paper entitled: TRUSTY: A Solution for Threat Hunting Using Data Analysis in Critical Infrastructures.

14-16 July 2021 3rd International Workshop on IoT Applications and Industry 4.0 Co-organization
3rd International Workshop on IoT Applications and Industry 4.0 Co-organization

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/

Organizing Committee

Thomas Lagkas, International Hellenic University, Greece

Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, University of Western Macedonia, Greece

John Soldatos, Athens Information Technology, Greece

13 July 2021 Presentation in Shaping the future of cybersecurity - Priorities, challenges and funding opportunities for a more resilient Europe
Presentation in Shaping the future of cybersecurity - Priorities, challenges and funding opportunities for a more resilient Europe
Αssociate Prof. Panagiotis Sarigiannidis conducted a presentation in the "Shaping the future of cybersecurity - Priorities, challenges and funding opportunities for a more resilient Europe" webinar, regarding the SDN-microSENSE project. View Presentation
07 July 2021 Best Oral Presentation in 10th International Conference on Modern Circuits and Systems Technologies (MOCAST)
Best Oral Presentation in 10th International Conference on Modern Circuits and Systems Technologies (MOCAST)
The paper “Dual-hop Blockchain Radio Access Networks for Advanced Coverage Expansion” by Theofilos Sachnidis, Alexandros-Apostolos Boulogeorgos, and Panagiotis Sarigiannidis won the best oral presentation award.
06 July 2021 Establishment of the first spin off of the University of Western Macedonia
Establishment of the first spin off of the University of Western Macedonia

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.

02 July 2021 2 Presentations in the 3rd International Workshop on Cyber-Security Threats, Trust and Privacy Management in Software-defined and Virtualized Infrastructures (SecSoft)
2 Presentations in the 3rd International Workshop on Cyber-Security Threats, Trust and Privacy Management in Software-defined and Virtualized Infrastructures (SecSoft)

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.

2 July 2021 SPEAR co-organises the 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Cyber-Security Threats, Trust and Privacy Management in Software-defined and Virtualized Infrastructures (SecSoft)
SPEAR co-organises the 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Cyber-Security Threats, Trust and Privacy Management in Software-defined and Virtualized Infrastructures (SecSoft)

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

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19 May 2021 The SmartROOT project was presented at the 10th International Symposium on Food Technologies
The SmartROOT project was presented at the 10th International Symposium on Food Technologies

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.
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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.
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IoTI4 2021 Deep Learning Competition
IoTI4 2021 Deep Learning Competition
The contemporary world is becoming increasingly dependent on automated computer systems, utilized in various sectors. Reliable Cybersecurity solutions have become essential towards protecting these systems, which are susceptible to cyber attacks aiming at the disclosure or modification of information, and in some cases at the complete disruption of their operation. Deep learning architectures offer novel solutions in this regard, providing methods for detecting and possibly mitigating such threats. ​ The aim of this competition is to challenge participants to develop robust models capable of performing anomaly detection, classification, and attack recognition in two Cybersecurity applications. In the first case, which targets large power networks, participants will have to develop a reliable detector, able to identify with high precision anomalies in the provided network traffic dataset. ​The second case involves environmental attacks on autonomous vehicles, based on modifications in traffic signs that aim to confuse the vehicle, or guide it to a different direction. The developed model in this case should be able to recognize these attacks on the given dataset of traffic sign images and classify them to the correct category. For more information: https://competition.ioti4-2021.web.uowm.gr/
2nd International Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Safety, Security and Resilience (EPESec 2021)Co-organization
2nd International Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Safety, Security and Resilience (EPESec 2021)

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/

EnergyShield:  https://energy-shield.eu/

FORESIGHT: project: https://foresight-h2020.eu/

PHOENIX: https://phoenix-h2020.eu/

SPEAR: https://www.spear2020.eu/

You can find more details in the following page: https://www.ares-conference.eu/workshops-eu-symposium/epesec-2021/

23 April 2021 INCIDENCE Kick-Off Meeting
INCIDENCE Kick-Off Meeting

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.

22 April 2021 Roundtable Discussion in Next Generation IoT and Edge Computing Strategy Forum
Roundtable Discussion in Next Generation IoT and Edge Computing Strategy Forum

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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.

22 April 2021 SDN-microSENSE Plenary Meeting
SDN-microSENSE Plenary Meeting

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).

15 April 2021 Talk on Next Generation Networks and Internet of Things
Talk on Next Generation Networks and Internet of Things

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.

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15 February 2021 SPEAR co-organises the 3rd IEEE SecSoft
SPEAR co-organises the 3rd IEEE SecSoft

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.

15 February 2021 2021 IEEE CSR Workshop
2021 IEEE CSR Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Security, Privacy and Resilience (EPES-SPR)

SPEAR and SDN-microSENSE are co-organizing the 2021 IEEE CSR Workshop on Electrical Power and Energy Systems Security, Privacy and Resilience (EPES-SPR).


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26 January 2021 MARS Interview
MARS Project Interview at ERT3-O3

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.

19 January 2021 6th SPEAR Plenary Meeting
6th SPEAR Plenary Meeting

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.

16 January 2021 SPEAR Project Coordinator Interview
SPEAR Project Coordinator Interview - ERT3 TV

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.

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15 December 2020 EVIDENT Kick-Off Meeting
EVIDENT Kick-Off Meeting

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.

24 November 2020 TERMINET Kick-Off Meeting
TERMINET Kick-Off Meeting

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. 

5 November 2020 SMARTROOT meeting
SMARTROOT First Online Meeting

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).

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