JAUNTY Multiplier Event – Transnational Workshop on SEMS and Smart Grids

JAUNTY Multiplier Event – Transnational Workshop on SEMS and Smart Grids

In order to meet the high expectations on the energy market’s practices, the industrial community needs new well-educated professionals, even at the early stages of their life career.
Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) need to discover efficient ways to disseminate the expertise developed through research projects and activities across Europe.

This changing environment introduces new demands and trends in terms of education and sets new requirements for university graduates. JAUNTY (Joint undergAduate coUrses for smart eNergy managemenT sYstems) is the beneficial result of transferring state of the art knowledge gained during the implementation of the innovative Horizon 2020 projects SDNmicroSENSE and SPEAR – funded under the H2020 program – directly to undergraduate student’s classes.

University of Western Macedonia and ITHACA Lab, participating in this endeavour, successfully organized a Transnational Workshop on Smart Energy Management Systems (SEMS) and Smart Grids on December 1st 2021.

This transnational event brought together academics, professionals and stakeholders in the ICT and ECE fields, involving as panelists Prof. Emmanouil (Manos) Panaousis, University of Greenwich, Head of the Cyber Risk Lab, UK, Dr. Stavros N Shiaeles, University of Portsmouth, UK, Prof. Sokratis K. Katsikas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors, Norway, Prof. Christos Xenakis, University of Piraeus, Greece, Dr. Erkuden Rios Velasco, Tecnalia, Spain, Dr. Thanassis Giannetsos, Ubitech, Greece, Mr. Christos Dalamagkas, Public Power Corporation, Greece, Dr. Igor Kotsiuba, CEO and Founder of iSolutions Labs – Cybersecurity R&D Agency in Ukraine and the UK, Ukraine and Dr. Elisavet Grigoriou, Sidroco Holdings Ltd, Cyprus.

Reaching an audience of more than 70 participants, Panagiotis Sarigiannids, Associate Professor of University of Western Macedonia, Kozani, Greece presented the basic principles of SEMs in Critical Infrastructures and coordinated a discussion that highlighted the main challenges for broad adoption, as well as the expected impact of the deployment of Smart Energy Management Systems in Europe.

During the 2nd Roundtable Session, Thomas Lagkas, Assistant Professor with International Hellenic University, Greece gave a presentation on cyberattacks and countermeasures in Smart Energy Management Systems. Following up, he coordinated a discussion that pointed out the significance of cybersecurity practices and state-of-the-art solutions in the cybersecurity domain.

The 3rd Roundtable Session was led by Ms. Sofia Giannakidou, Software Engineering with K3Y Ltd, Bulgaria. She presented the current trends for Smart Energy Management Systems and then coordinated a discussion concerning the best practices on SEMS training, as well as the required skills that need to be developed by professionals in this domain.

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