Patras, Greece
Patras, Greece

University of Patras is a university established in 1964 in Patras, Greece. Initially housed in the city centre, the university's campus is now located in the adjacent municipality of Rio. Covering an area of 4.5 km², it is one of the largest in the country. Until September 2002, it was the only university in the Peloponnese and Western Greece with the exception of Epirus.In particular it comprises 5 Schools – School of science, School of Engineering, School of Social Studies and Humanities, School of Health science and School of Business Administration. It is the third largest university in the country, with 18,500 undergraduate students, 2000 post-graduate students, 670 teaching staff, 369 administrative personnel and 403 teaching and research assistants. The initial emphasis on science and technology has been extended to other academic areas such as Health science, Humanities and Business studies. Today, its 22 departments, with a large number of sectors and consequently a great range of disciplines, reflect a balanced academic environment.The university is accessible by GR-8A, and now the new bypass with an interchange in the west and a westbound interchange in the northeast. The elevation is around 50 m above sea level. The facilities lie in the western part, the central part and the northern part. The far western part, and the eastern part are empty.The campus has 4 entrances; the Platonos Entrance Eisodos Platonos, the Dionysios Solomos Entrance Eisodos Dionysiou Solomou, lying to the west next to Papandreou Avenue which is also a road linking to Kastritsi, Georgios Seferis Entrance Eisodos Georgios Seferis in the east and G. Ritsou Entrance Eisodos G. Ritsou with the old GR-8A in the north. The mountains are situated in the southeast. The track and field and sporting grounds are in the southern part. Wikipedia.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-7 | Award Amount: 8.63M | Year: 2013

Human skills are the main driver that enables producing high added value products in Europe. Thus the manufacturing processes are based on utilizing these skills. ROBO-PARTNER aspires the integration of the latest industrial automation systems for assembly operations in combination with human capabilities, combining robot strength, velocity, predictability, repeatability and precision with human intelligence and skills. Thus, a hybrid solution involving the safe cooperation of operators with autonomous and adapting robotic systems through a user-friendly interaction is proposed. The focus will be given in the following directions: - Development of highly intuitive interfaces for safe human-robot cooperation during assembly by using sensors, visual servoing, speech recognition, advanced control algorithms - Development of advanced safety strategies and equipment allowing fenceless human robot assembly cells - Introduction of robust methods and software tools for determining the optimal planning of assembly/disassembly operations using a multi-criteria, simulation enabled approach - Adaption of simplified robot programming by means of: a) Programming by demonstration & b) Robot instructions libraries - Introduction of mobile robots acting as assistants to the human operators (e.g. for supplying parts to the assembly line) - Development of more flexible integration and communication architecture by utilizing a distributed computing model and ontology services. The project will be based on industrial applications, bringing its development to a maturity level that allows the introduction in industry, as well proven production technologies. Two demonstrations in automotive will involve the assembly of seat and suspension by robots in cooperation and workspace sharing with humans. A second demonstration will focus on capital goods assembly and the last one on the white goods industry for sealers assembly.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP.2012.1.4-1 | Award Amount: 11.55M | Year: 2013

The target of the Smartonics project is the development of Pilot lines that will combine smart technologies with smart nanomaterials for the precision synthesis of Organic Electronic (OE) devices. The Smartonics objectives are: 1.Development of smart Nanomaterials for OEs (polymer & small molecule films, plasmonic NPs and super-barriers) by process and computational modeling optimization. 2.Development of smart Technologies (r2r printing and OVPD machines combined with precision sensing & laser tools and processes). 3.Integration of Nanomaterials & Technologies in Pilot lines for precision synthesis of Nanomaterials & OE devices, optimization, demonstration and evaluation for Industrial applications. Smartonics will develop three Pilot lines: a) OVPD Pilot line equipped with in-line optical sensing tools, b) r2r printing Pilot line, which will combine optical sensing and laser processing tools, and c) s2s Pilot line for the precision fabrication of OE devices (e.g. OLEDs, sensors from state-of-the-art Nanomaterials) and for the evaluation of encapsulation of these devices. The above will be up-scaled in Industrial processes. More specifically: - The parameters for small molecule OPVs will be up-scaled to Industrial scale OVPD machine. - The process parameters for r2r OPVs will be up-scaled and demonstrated in r2r printing machines. - The advances and precision in the synthesis of nanomaterials by the optical sensing tool will be evaluated for flexible displays. - The advances for the r2r printing process will be evaluated for large-scale production of OPVs. - The flexible OPVs will be validated and implemented in automotives applications. All the above are consistent with the topic NMP.2012.1.4-1 since the the targets of project are including the development of Pilot lines that will be combined with production machines (gas (transport and printing), precision and fabrication tools and processes for the precision synthesis of Nanomaterials and OEs.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FI.ICT-2011.1.8 | Award Amount: 17.36M | Year: 2013

FI-STAR will establish early trials in the Health Care domain building on Future Internet (FI) technology leveraging on the outcomes of FI-PPP Phase 1. It will become self-sufficient after the end of the project and will continue on a sustainable business model by several partners. In order to meet the requirements of a global Health industry FI-STAR will use a fundamentally different, reverse cloud approach that is; it will bring the software to the data, rather than bringing the data to the software. FI-STAR will create a robust framework based of the software to data paradigm. A sustainable value chain following the life cycle of the Generic Enablers (GEs) will enable FI-STAR to grow beyond the lifetime of the project. FI-STAR will build a vertical community in order to create a sustainable ecosystem for all user groups in the global Health care and adjacent markets based on FI-PPP specifications. FI-STAR will deploy and execute 7 early trials across Europe, serving more than 4 million people. Through the trials FI-STAR will validate the FI-PPP core platform concept by using GEs to build its framework and will introduce ultra-light interactive applications for user functionality. It will pro-actively engage with the FI-PPP to propose specifications and standards.FI-STAR will use the latest digital media technology for community building and will proactively prepare for Phase 3 through targeted elicitation of new partners using open calls. Finally, FI-STAR will collaborate with other FI-PPP projects, through the mechanisms in place, by actively interacting with all necessary bodies. FI-STAR is a unique opportunity for implementing Future Internet Private-Public Partnership in the Health Care domain, by offering to the community standardised and certified software including a safe, secure and resilient platform, taking advantage of all Cloud Computing benefits and guaranteeing the protection of sensitive and personal data travelling in Public Clouds.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-2 | Award Amount: 9.65M | Year: 2013

The young optoelectronic industry has critical mass and already impacts for more than the 10% on the European economy, employing 290 000 people and guarantees a stable double digit growth in current and coming years. Europe is playing a leading role in R&D (>1,000 research organization active) and is still able to face Far East and American competitors in manufacturing. whiteR is a necessary action to translate this R&D excellence into future leadership in manufacturing high value added optoelectronic devices. whiteR production island aims to make a move away from the manual assembly processes that have characterized the industry for decades to high-accuracy, high-yield, automated methods. The new manufacturing concept is based on the combination of fully automated, self contained, white room modules whose components - robots, end effectors, transport, handling and tooling systems - are conceived as Plug&Produce mechatronic sub-modules properly configured coherently with the production requirements. The technical objectives of whiteR system are: 50% reduction of cost compared to current productions system; 30% set-up and ramp-up time reduction by self adaptive reconfigurability; All components of the production system reusable re-assembled and upgraded in a new different system; Creation of a EU/International standard for optoelectronic package configuration. The achievement of the objectives will be demonstrated by 2 different demonstrators where the same whiteR island will be reconfigured to be used in two different real industrial environments related to the laser processing (Prima Power) and the solar energy systems (NSL). whiteR team forms a lean and efficient organization linking together 3 academic and research institutions to 10 industrial partners from 5 different countries, including both system development companies and industrial end users.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-7 | Award Amount: 10.67M | Year: 2013

LIAA aims to keep assembly jobs in Europe by creating and implementing a framework that enables humans and robots to truly to work together in assembly tasks. Co-working allows the senses and intelligence of the human to be complemented by the strength and endurance of the automation and so obtains the best from each of them, reducing repetitive injuries and costs and enhancing job satisfaction and the average length of time that a worker can continue in the same job. The LIAA framework will be developed not from theory, but instead from the extensive experience partners have gained through many previous projects. It will not be a thought experiment, but applied to create solutions to five real use cases from five different areas of industrial assembly. In this way the framework will be forced not only to be useable and functional but also general enough to be broadly applicable. A LIAA work station c an be used either by human or robot alone or by both together, and the instructions for tasks will be written for both, by formalising a modular skill hierarchy and creating both human and machine instruction sets for each skill. People will be able to keep track of what the automation is doing and is about to do via an augmented reality (AR) display. The robot will keep track of what the human is doing and is about to do via a dedicated camera-based system and some intelligent prediction algorithms. To date, safety regulations only cover very limited types of human-robot interaction in industry. The inclusion of Denmarks Notified Body as a partner in LIAA ensures that not only will all our solutions be properly risk assessed for actual use in industry but also that our experiences will feed back to those responsible for drafting new EU robot co-worker safety regulations. The direct final outcome of LIAA will be five working co-worker solutions to diverse industrial assembly use cases and a strong unifying framework providing a basis for future co-worker solutions.


Yannopapas V.,University of Patras
New Journal of Physics | Year: 2012

We show that topological frequency band structures emerge in two-dimensional electromagnetic lattices of metamaterial components without the application of an external magnetic field. The topological nature of the band structure manifests itself by the occurrence of exceptional points in the band structure or by the emergence of one-way guided modes. Based on an electromagnetic network with nearly flat frequency bands of nontrivial topology, we propose a coupled-cavity lattice made of superconducting transmission lines and cavity QED components, which is described by the Jaynes-Cummings-Hubbard model and can serve as a simulator of the fractional quantum Hall effect. © IOP Publishing and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.


The present review aims to give to a researcher who has no experience with Photofuelcells all necessary basic knowledge to join the field without much trouble and to give to an experienced researcher a handy manual of reference. The author has dealt with the principal matters related with the design of a photoelectrochemical cell and the factors that affect efficient production of electricity by photocatalytic degradation of (principally) organic and (secondarily) inorganic waste materials. A large portion of the paper is devoted to the review of materials used for making a photoanode since most of the accomplished research is on this exact matter. The paper also briefly reviews the materials used to make the rest of the components of the cell as well as the models of cell efficiency and photodegradation procedures during cell operation. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IEF | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF | Award Amount: 161.97K | Year: 2015

Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapies, such as bevacizumab, inhibit VEGF angiogenic actions and are increasingly used in the clinic as anticancer regimens for a variety of tumours, among which glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most lethal and angiogenic brain tumour, characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity. However, resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy, which leads to ineffectiveness of the existing drugs, is often acquired and suggests that there is urgent need to identify novel targets and develop alternative or complementary therapeutic options. Previous in vitro studies of the host lab have identified a novel receptor that binds VEGF and through co-operation with alpha v beta 3 integrin, is required for VEGF-induced endothelial and GBM cell migration. This receptor also mediates VEGF effects that are not inhibited by bevacizumab, encouraging the hypothesis that its targeting might be beneficial for at least some cases of resistance development to bevacizumab. The objectives of the current application are: 1) to study how VEGF interacts with this novel receptor in several different GBM cell lines, as well as in commercially available tissue arrays containing different grades of astrocytomas, and evaluate the physiological significance of such interaction, 2) To determine the interplay between this and other VEGF receptors/co-receptors, such as VEGFR-2, alpha v beta 3 integrin and nucleolin, and elucidate the cross-talk of their signalling pathways that subsequently activate the transcription factors NFAT and AP-1 and play a role in VEGF-induced cell migration, angiogenesis and inhibition of apoptosis. The project incorporates state of the art in vitro and in vivo approaches and is based on a multitude of disciplines, in order to validate an alternative target for GBM therapy, uncover novel or poorly explored signalling pathways, and identify potential bioactive molecules to be tested as inhibitors of GBM progression and angiogenesis.


Patent
Papadakos, University of Patras and Mourjopoulos | Date: 2016-06-08

A novel method for generating sufficient electric power for energy harvesting applications from acoustic power produced within enclosures and especially by operating loudspeakers is disclosed. The disclosed method is applied in conjunction with piezoelectric transducers, which interact with acoustic waves via an acoustical-mechanical coupling mechanism. The coupling mechanism disclosed herein offers a mechanical advantage and achieves impedance matching between air and the piezoelectric material. This mechanism achieves the optimal energy transfer and the generation of sufficient electric power for energy harvesting applications.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.5.2 | Award Amount: 4.18M | Year: 2014

NoTremor aims to provide patient specific computational models of the coupled brain and neuromuscular systems that will be subsequently used to improve the quality of analysis, prediction and progression of Parkinsons disease. In particular, it aspires to establish the neglected link between brain modelling and neuromuscular systems that will result in a holistic representation of the physiology for PD patients. A significant breakthrough of NoTremor is that these models will not be used for abstract representation of the physiology or as a match between theory and clinical measurements. On the contrary, they will be used with a totally new perspective; predictive simulation. NoTremor will integrate computational models of the basal ganglia and brainstem into a unique multi-scale parametric computational model that can be subsequently simulated in the NoTremor simulation engine in a physics-based manner. NoTremor will revolutionize research in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative movement disorders and provide a novel approach for their analysis founded on a solid computational modelling basis that links midbrain degenerations to motor behaviour. The computational models will be quantified and validated through test campaigns with a very large cohort of PD patients. The impact of such a groundbreaking approach is huge and the foundations laid here are expected to result in a widespread adoption of predictive simulation not only in PD, but also in other neurodegenerative diseases. The ultimate challenging use of the NoTremor developments will be from the one side clinical decision support and from the other side the investigation, virtual prototyping and testing of new drugs using virtual patient models. UCB Pharma aims to incorporate the NoTremor computational modelling and simulation approach in their drug development pipeline that is expected to significantly boost the efficiency and personalization of new drugs.

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