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The ODYSSEA platform will collect information from databases maintained by agencies, public authorities, research institutions and universities. The 4.5-year project is aimed at making Mediterranean marine data easily accessible and tailored to the needs of multiple maritime sector end-users. These include wind farms, mariculture, ocean energy, oil and gas extraction, undersea cables, ports and shipping, policy and others. ODYSSEA will develop a network of coastal observatories, deploying novel in-situ sensors at sea, employing oceanographic modelling and integrating existing mobile apps for citizen and scientist networks. It will also apply advanced algorithms to organise, homogenise and integrate large quantities of data. The ODYSSEA platform will provide, through a public portal, on-demand information services, including forecasts. The project will include capacity building to maximise exploitation of the information services for creating business and research opportunities across the Mediterranean Sea basin. ODYSSEA, led by the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) in Greece, is funded by HORIZON 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. "We have identified a real need to harmonise existing earth observing systems operating around the Mediterranean and upgrading their operational oceanographic capacities," said Prof. Georgios Sylaios from DUTH, who coordinates ODYSSEA. "The project will support EU policy implementation, thus improving interoperability in monitoring and fostering blue growth jobs creation." ODYSSEA is comprised of 28 partner organizations from 14 EU and non-EU countries across the Mediterranean. The consortium includes research institutes, universities, policy makers, non governmental organisations and SMEs. ODYSSEA will hold its opening conference in Kavala, Greece June 6-8, 2017. ODYSSEA is an EU-funded project intended to make Mediterranean marine data easily accessible and operational to multiple end-users. ODYSSEA aims to develop, operate and demonstrate an interoperable and cost-effective platform that fully integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin. For further information and updates, please follow our Facebook and Twitter.


Anastasiadou S.D.,University of Western Macedonia | Karakos A.S.,DUTH
International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society | Year: 2011

The aim of the present project is to record and investigate the beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and positions of the Electrical and Computer Engineering first year students of Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) regarding computer programming. The data was analysed through implicative statistical analysis and CHIC software, which provided the following analyses: a) the similarity dendrogram, b) the hierarchical dendrogram and c) the implication chart. The research results showed that: a) students' confidence in their ability to learn computer programming enhances their positive attitude towards its value and maximises the use of programming in their profession; b) student attitudes that are characterised by stress are influenced by the denial of the value, contribution and presence of programming in their future professional careers; and c) another factor that causes negativity in students is their lack of confidence, which results in them feeling that they must make a maximum effort to meet the demands of the course. © Common Ground, Oskars Rasnacs, Maris Vitins, All Rights Reserved.


Constantinidis T.C.,Technological Educational Institute of Athens | Vagka E.,Laboratory of Hygiene and Environmental Protection | Dallidou P.,Laboratory of Hygiene and Environmental Protection | Basta P.,Laboratory of Hygiene and Environmental Protection | And 3 more authors.
European Journal of Cancer Care | Year: 2011

The expansion of chemotherapy raised concerns about the health and safety of hospital personnel. Very little is known about the conditions of handling of chemotherapeutic agents by healthcare workers in Greece and possible adverse effects related to their safety practices, as well as the safety policies adopted by the Greek hospitals. A self-evaluation questionnaire was completed by 353 healthcare workers involved with the use of chemotherapeutic drugs in 24 Greek hospitals and the answers were statistically analysed. The majority of the healthcare workers are aware of the dangers of their work, although they had received limited training and medical surveillance. A significant percentage of them does not use personal protective equipment or use it inadequately. The safety design of their workplace is rather poor. Different health problems have been experienced, deriving from the respiratory, central nervous system, reproductive, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal system. The improvement of safety training and procedures as well as medical surveillance seems to be a vital priority of hospital administration in Greece, in order to comply with the European guidelines and for the prevention of occupational diseases and environmental pollution. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Kottas T.,TEIWM | Stimoniaris D.,TEIWM | Tsiamitros D.,TEIWM | Kikis V.,TEIWM | And 2 more authors.
2015 IEEE Eindhoven PowerTech, PowerTech 2015 | Year: 2015

'Smart Grid' is the term used to characterize an electricity grid that has been modernized using computer based remote control and automation. Such systems are beginning to be used at electricity networks, from the power plants and wind farms all the way to the consumers. Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM) were initially introduced by Kosko to model complex behavioral systems in various scientific areas. Fuzzy Cognitive Networks (FCN) have been used to identify nonlinear systems. The aim of FCN in this work is to predict and perform the necessary actions for supplying different ancillary services to the grid, such as fast active power compensation, voltage and frequency regulation, and back-up supply. The FCN manages to regulate the PV-inverters power output, the battery bank current and the loads consumption effectively, thus keeping the voltage and frequency of the microgrid in acceptable levels, maintaining at the same time its optimal, in respect to cost, operation. © 2015 IEEE.


Malliou P.,DUTH | Gioftsidou A.,DUTH | Gioftsidou A.,Democritus University of Thrace | Pafis G.,DUTH | And 4 more authors.
European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine | Year: 2012

Background. The partial meniscectomy leads to proprioceptive knee deficits in a short period after the arthroscopic procedure; however, to our knowledge, a limited number of studies have investigated the longterm outcomes of partial meniscectomy on the knee joint proprioception. Aim. The aim of the present study was to assess the proprioception and muscle function of the partial meniscectomized knee through balance and functional tests 1-2 years posterior to arthroscopic surgery. Design. This was an observational study. Setting. Partially meniscectomized persons after 1-2 years. Population. Twenty-six male patients who had an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy at the age between 20-40. Methods. All patients performed balance (Biodex Stability System and balance boards) and functional (triple jump) tests. On the balance system the deviations from the horizontal plane were recorded, on the balance boards their performance was timed, and on the functional test triple jump their performance was recorded in meters. Results. One-way Anova was used to determine significant differences between the healthy and injured limb. The level of statistical significance was set at p< 0.05. The results revealed significant differences (p< 0.05) between the healthy and injured limb at all balance and functional tests performed. Conclusion. The present study demonstrated that 1-2 years after partial meniscectomy, patients had reduced proprioception and knee muscular ability in the operated leg compared to the non-operated leg. Clinical rehabilitation impact. Proprioception and knee mus- cular ability deficits significantly affect objective knee function, indicating the importance not only of the restoring muscle function but also of the proprioception ability in partial meniscectomy patients.


Pouiklis G.,D.U.Th. | Kottaras G.,SPACE ASICS | Psomoulis A.,D.U.Th. | Sarris E.,D.U.Th. | Stamatopoulos N.,D.U.Th.
CEAS Space Journal | Year: 2012

The CAN bus standard is widely used in the space industry to interconnect subsystems. Its main advantage is the performance in terms of reliability, due to its sophisticated error handling mechanisms and electrical noise robustness. This paper presents a novel approach to the design of a CAN interface (including the CAN Controller-data link layer-and the CANopen-application layer) optimized for radiation-hardness, power consumption and other qualities desired for space systems electronics. The CAN interface was fabricated on a commercial 0.25 μm technology, integrated in a SoC with analog and digital subsystems. Tests have shown radiation hardness above 1 Mrad and no SEEs up to 57 MeV, with 3 mW power consumption, and a -55 to +125 °C operating temperature range, features greatly optimized in comparison to current implementations in the space industry. © 2012 CEAS.


Spyros L.,Duth | Tsompanis P.,Duth | Lavranos C.,Technological Educational Institute of Kavala | Kyriacou G.,Duth | Sahalos J.,University of Nicosia
Proceedings of 6th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2012 | Year: 2012

The basic idea proposed herein refers to the establishment of a negative refractive index by exploiting natural media with either a negative permeability or a negative permittivity. For this purpose magnetized ferrites or multiferroics are utilized in conjunction with periodic resonant electric dipoles. Likewise, magnetized cryogenic-solid state plasmas could be used with a periodic array of resonant magnetic dipoles such as split-rings. Intuitively it is expected that these natural media should be operating at their surface or leaky wave modes (possibly magnetostatic modes) and losses should be taken into account in order to preserve negative permeability (or permittivity) within a thin air sheet above their surface. These challenging questions will be addressed herein employing an eigenanalysis. © 2012 IEEE.


Chalatsi M.,DUTH | Gratziou M.,DUTH
Desalination and Water Treatment | Year: 2014

This paper examines three waste stabilization ponds (WSP) systems located in Vamvakofito, N. Skopos and Charopo, in the Prefecture of Serres. The systems were monitored for approximately four years and design assumptions were compared to real time data. After a series of chemical, biological and microbiological analyses, their efficiency at removing SS, BOD5, COD, TN, N-(Formula presented.), N-(Formula presented.), TP, FC, TC, inorganic elements and heavy metals from wastewater was also estimated. Temperature and weather conditions were recorded and the suitability of the effluents for irrigation purposes was examined. Equations were derived, correlating the outflow with the inflow and the complete mix first-order reaction rate constant k20 was calculated for BOD and NOD. The assessment of the ponds’ behaviour and performance not only provides information about those specific systems, but also offers guidelines for a future design and construction of WSPs systems at regions with similar geographic characteristics. © 2014 Balaban Desalination Publications. All rights reserved.


Gratziou M.,DUTH | Chalatsi M.,DUTH
Desalination and Water Treatment | Year: 2013

This paper is a review of the use of waste stabilization ponds (WSPs) systems in Mediterranean Europe. More specifically, it aims at registering the situation and the efficiency of waste stabilization ponds' systems in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and Cyprus. For that reason, the systems' efficiency for the removal of suspended solids (SS), BOD5, COD, N-total, N-NH4, P-total, and F. coliforms is estimated. The possibility of effluents' reuse, according to their quality, is also examined. All the aforementioned countries were selected because they have similar climate and they are all European Union member states: therefore, any differences in waste stabilization ponds' popularity and efficiency as well as in the legislation regarding the reuse of the ponds' effluents is also interesting. In Greece, the use of waste stabilization ponds is limited and although most of the existing ponds are not adequately designed, constructed, operated, and maintained, the systems' efficiency is satisfactory. © 2013 Balaban Desalination Publications.


PubMed | DUTH
Type: Comparative Study | Journal: European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine | Year: 2012

The partial meniscectomy leads to proprioceptive knee deficits in a short period after the arthroscopic procedure; however, to our knowledge, a limited number of studies have investigated the long-term outcomes of partial meniscectomy on the knee joint proprioception.The aim of the present study was to assess the proprioception and muscle function of the partial meniscectomized knee through balance and functional tests 1-2 years posterior to arthroscopic surgery.This was an observational study.Partially meniscectomized persons after 1-2 years.Twenty-six male patients who had an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy at the age between 20-40.All patients performed balance (Biodex Stability System and balance boards) and functional (triple jump) tests. On the balance system the deviations from the horizontal plane were recorded, on the balance boards their performance was timed, and on the functional test triple jump their performance was recorded in meters.One-way Anova was used to determine significant differences between the healthy and injured limb. The level of statistical significance was set at p<0.05. The results revealed significant differences (p<0.05) between the healthy and injured limb at all balance and functional tests performed.The present study demonstrated that 1-2 years after partial meniscectomy, patients had reduced proprioception and knee muscular ability in the operated leg compared to the non-operated leg. Clinical rehabilitation impact. Proprioception and knee muscular ability deficits significantly affect objective knee function, indicating the importance not only of the restoring muscle function but also of the proprioception ability in partial meniscectomy patients.

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