Press Releases

22.01.2018
HOBBIT celebrates its second year!
We are very happy to announce that HOBBIT is now two years old! The project consortium members were very active in this year and worked extensively towards the project’s major results: benchmark development, deployment of the HOBBIT platform and challenge organisation!
19.12.2017
“Digitalise your business” - Results from the European Research & Innovation Project CloudSocket
The CloudSocket project proposes a model-based approach to manage the business processes, hence to support the design, the analysis, the simulation, the export into an execution environment and finally the monitoring for evaluation purpose in order to assess the potential of the digitalisation.
18.12.2017
VISORSURF: A Hardware Platform for Software-driven Functional Metasurfaces. A new European project to produce materials with software-programmable electromagnetic behavior.
What if the laws of electromagnetism could be customized, rather than being simply adhered to? A new research project studies this direction, exhibiting paradigm shifting potential for wide range of applications. The project with the acronym VISORSURF is producing a first-of-its kind material, the HyperSurface, which can sense electromagnetic waves impinging upon it and alter them in ways dictated by software
01.11.2017
Dhealth Conference 2017
The Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of Foundation for Research and Technology –Hellas (FORTH) participates at the Annual Meeting for stakeholders and specialists in eHealth ecosystems, Dhealth Conference 2017 that will be held at Technopolis City of Athens – Gazi, on the 19th and 22nd October, 2017.
11.07.2017
The Summer School on Scientific Data Management of the EUDAT European Program has been successfully completed at the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH
The management of the scientific data is of paramount importance as it can help to verify, reuse and exploit the scientific results. It is important not only for the scientific community but also for citizens, since good practices in the scientific data management return as great benefits to the society and the citizens.Within the framework of this general direction, which is supported by the European Commission, the Information Systems Laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH has successfully hosted the Summer School for Scientific Data Management of the European Program EUDAT
07.04.2017
Summer School in Research Data Management
Information Systems Laboratory of ICS-FORTH will host a summer school in Research Data Management organized by European project EUDAT.
16.12.2016
Hobbit so far. Hobbit is now one year old!
HOBBIT during its first year was very active in several areas: members of the consortium attended a number of academic and industry-related events and conferences and published a number of posts on several topics related to benchmarking. Furthermore, members of the HOBBIT community were asked to complete a Survey that allowed HOBBIT partners to clarify the requirements for the HOBBIT benchmarks and platform.
07.11.2016
FORTH-ICS announces its collaboration with Audyssey Laboratories Inc.
FORTH-ICS audio technologies to find their way to worldwide markets through intellectual property licensing agreement
03.11.2016
More computations for less energy – the European way. New approach for ARM-based technology to halve the cost of powering data centers
EUROSERVER, a leading EU-funded research project, is paving the way toward lower energy consumption in data centers. Based on the concept of chiplets, where multiple silicon subsystems are mounted in an integrated device, along with an associated new groundbreaking system architecture, the project has enabled more energy-efficient servers and has even inspired startups motivated by the new technology.
31.10.2016
FORTH: Successful participation in eHealth Forum 2016
Rich experiences and networking were some of the gains of this year’s participation in the eHealth Forum 2016 for the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). The event was held at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, on October, 25th and 26th, 2016.
19.10.2016
Multi-faceted participation of ICS – FORTH at eHealth forum 2016
The Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of Foundation for Research and Technology –Hellas (FORTH) participates at the Annual Meeting for stakeholders and specialists in eHealth ecosystems, eHealth forum 2016 that will be held at Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, on the 25th and 26th October, 2016, with title: «eHealth: Catalyst for reform – Enabler for Growth». At the same time ICS-FORTH participates at the 1st Health Technology Event in Athens eHealth forum festival, that will be held at Technopolis City of Athens –Gazi, and is open for the general public.
26.08.2016
HOBBIT Holistic Benchmarking of Big Linked Data
HOBBIT project started in December 2015, and focused so far on the architecture and development of the Benchmarking Platform architecture and development, as well as Community building.
21.06.2016
Crete becomes the Silicon-Island of high technology research and development. The technology excellence of FORTH grows as a key European research centre and attracts a growing hub of high-tech corpora
FORTH – Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, in Heraklion, Greece and KALEAO Ltd. – High Tech company based in Cambridge, UK – announced today the creation of the KALEAO's Heraklion development centre that officially seals their on-going collaboration towards a joint research lab on low power computing and shows a clear indication of the growing international high-tech involvement in Crete, Greece. The centre is going to be inaugurated on the 30th of June in Heraklion.
16.05.2016
Stater 3602 An interactive system for the presentation of ancient coins
The interactive system Stater 3602, which allows the public to become familiar with selected ancient coins from the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection, is in operation at the ALPHA BANK – CULTURE store.
18.04.2016
Secure and reliable Smart Cities applications in Heraklion through the RERUM project
The Municipality of Heraklion in cooperation with Institute Of Computer Science of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas) implements the EU-funded project RERUM "Reliable, and secure Internet of Things applications for smart cities» (REliable, Resilient and secUre loT for sMart city applications -RERUM) under FP7 (7th Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration), from 09.01.2013 until 08.31.2016.
01.04.2016
The 17th Passive and Active Measurement Conference closed in success
The 17th international Passive and Active Measurement (PAM) Conference took place successfully on 31st March and 1st April at the Natural History Museum of Heraklion with approximately 70 researchers and experienced professionals from around the world as well as University of Crete students.
23.02.2016
A 4,37m€ European investment towards next generation Virtual Research Environments for 70.000 researchers
Sophia Antipolis, France – 1 February 2016 – ERCIM is leading a new EC research investment of 4,37m€ (the VRE4EIC project) to enhance Virtual Research Environments (VRE) aimed at (4) Empowering multi-disciplinary research communities and accelerate Innovation and Collaboration (EIC).
01.02.2016
GreenVM: Energy-Efficient Runtimes for Scalable Multicore Arcitectures
The research project GreenVM, for which Prof. Manolis Katevenis, Head of the Computer Architecture and VLSI (CARV) laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), and Prof. Panagiota Fatourou, affiliated faculty member of CARV, acted as Principal Investigators, has recently concluded. GreenVM has been funded through the “Excellence” action of the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology, operating under the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013.
01.02.2016
How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? – The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures
The next generation of supercomputers must be capable of a billion billion calculations per second. These are referred to as Exascale computers and with this ability to undertake such volume of calculations, they will transform our understanding of the world through advanced simulation and problem solving.
05.01.2016
HOBBIT: Holistic Benchmarking of Big Linked Data. New European project develops a holistic open-source platformand industry-grade benchmarks for benchmarking big linked data
Big Data is one of the key assets of the future. However, the cost and efforts required for introducing Big Data technology in a value chain is significant. Mastering the creation of value from Big Data will enhance European competitiveness will result in economic growth and jobs and will deliver societal benefit.
23.12.2015
Cross-border Patient Summary and ePrescription now one step closer to implementation
Nine EU Member States[1], along with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health, DG SANTE, tested the latest version of the OpenNCP tool, an open source reference implementation which integrates three e-SENS building blocks: e-Identification (e-ID), Non-repudiation and Capability Lookup (BDX-SMP)
04.11.2015
Best Student Research Paper Award at the 23rd European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2015) to researchers of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH
Anastasios Alexandridis, PhD Candidate at the University of Crete and member of the Signal Processing Laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science (ICS), Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), received the Best Student Paper Award at the 23rd European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2015, Nice, France 31st August - 4th September 2015), as the first author of the paper entitled "Addressing the data-association problem for multiple sound source localization using DOA estimates."
02.11.2015
Best Student Research Paper Award at the 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2015) to researchers of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH
The paper entitled “A Flexible Framework for Understanding the Dynamics of Evolving RDF Datasets”, presented by Yannis Roussakis, received the Best Student Research Paper Award at the 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2015, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania October 11-15, 2015).
22.10.2015
When your smart home will “LISTEN”
The new EU project “LISTEN” is working on creating a robust, hands-free speech control interface for home systems. The partners from Germany, Italy and Greece will develop a smart-home-specific natural voice interface to web services. Moreover, they want to bridge the gap between microphone systems, signal processing and speech recognition.
07.10.2015
Innovative BlueBRIDGE data services
New European consortium building data services for fisheries, aquaculture, ecosystem management, livelihoods and food system analysis
25.06.2015
INNOVATING THE HERITAGE RESEARCH SECTOR – PARTHENOS BEGINS ITS WORK
Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, will host the kick-off meeting of the international project PARTHENOS
19.06.2015
The European e-SENS Non-Repudiation Solution successfully tested at the IHE Connectathon 2015
At the end of April 2015, the e-SENS project tested the first integration of the e-SENS Building Block (BB) ‘Evidence Emitter’, a mechanism for achieving non-repudiation in cross-border communication though evidence generation and collection. The solution was presented during the 15th European IHE Connectathon event, an annual connectivity test marathon organised this year in Luxembourg by IHE-Europe in partnership with the Luxembourgish national e-Health agency, Agence eSanté. During one week, 300 participants, representing 74 vendors, performed 2300 tests on the Gazelle GITB compliant tool. The e-Health domain of e-SENS took advantage of this event to demonstrate the efficacy of the ‘Evidence Emitter’ BB by testing the integration into the OpenNCP software, which enables secure exchange of data between the National Contact Points (NCP) for cross-border healthcare.
16.06.2015
COHERENTPAAS: Massive data management for the Digital Single Market
An EU-backed project is simplifying cloud data management. This could help banks, telcos and other prospective customers build Big Data apps in hours instead of months.
17.11.2014
Best paper award for FORTH researchers in the area of Biomedical Informatics
The paper entitled “Modeling susceptibility to periodontitis” (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23100272) was awarded the “IADR/AADR William J. Gies Award” for 2014.
18.09.2014
COST Action Euro-TM European Researchers Unite to Unleash Potential of Multi-Core Architectures via Transactional Memory Computing
The Action IC1001: Transactional Memories: Foundations, Algorithms, Tools, and Applications (Euro-TM), funded by the European Commission in the context of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) European framework, is nearing its end. Euro-TM has served as a pan-European science and technology network of researchers working in the area of Transactional Memory (TM) with Prof. Panagiota Fatourou from FORTH ICS acting as the representative of Greece.
16.07.2014
3rd MUMIA Training School on Information Retrieval and Interactive Information Access, July 21-25, 2014, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
The Information Systems Laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), in collaboration with the EU-funded COST Network MUMIA (Multilingual and Multifaceted Information Access), organizes in Heraklion, Crete, the week from 21 to 25 of July, the 3rd MUMIA Training School on Information Retrieval and Interactive Information Access.
01.04.2014
Kikc-off event for DARIAH-GR project
The Institute of Computer Science - FORTH participates in the kick-off event of DARIAH-GR “Developing a Greek Research Infrastructure for the Humanities DYAS”
11.12.2013
TransForm: Theoretical Foundations of Transactional Memory
The research project TransForm, where the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Ressearch and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) acted as the coordinator, has recently been completed. TransForm was a project funded by the European Commission in the context of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network Action. The project contributed significantly to building the theoretical underpinning for the design and analysis of Transactional Memory (TM) systems.
30.10.2013
FORTH contributes scalable NoSQL data store and efficient networking platform to FP7 Project CumuloNimbo
One of the main challenges facing next generation Cloud platform services is the need to simultaneously achieve ease of programming, consistency, and high scalability. Big Data applications have so far focused on batch processing. The next step for Big Data is to move to the online world. This shift raises the requirements for transactional guarantees when updating data.
25.09.2013
FORTH and Forthnet collaborate in the MESH-WISE project for the development of heterogeneous self-organising Wireless Mesh Networks
Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) are considered as a promising solution for providing scalable, ubiquitous, reliable and cost-effective broadband access in rural environments. WMNs are composed of many autonomous nodes connected with each other wirelessly, that forward the data to the nodes-gateways to the Internet. In this respect, the network coverage can be expanded easily and without the need of ground fixed networking that is expensive and not easily managed.
03.09.2013
NetVolution: Α new ERC starting grant was awarded to FORTH-ICS
A new distinction for FORTH, Greece's major Research Centre, came through the recent approval by the ERC (European Research Council) of one more proposal that was submitted by Dr. Xenofontas Dimitropoulos of FORTH's Institute of Computer Science (ICS). This ERC grant will fund Dimitropoulos' "NetVolution" project, to perform research on evolving the routing system of the Internet. ERC starting grants are considered highly honorary: they are given for cutting edge research and they are very competitive -- in 2013, out of 3,329 proposals that were submitted Europe-wide and across all disciplines, only 287 were accepted, i.e. just nine percent (9%); only two (2) of these 287 approved grants are given to researchers in Greek institutions, and "NetVolution" is one of the two. Dr. Dimitropoulos is repatriating to Greece, coming to FORTH and the University of Crete, where he has been elected Assistant Professor, leaving his position with ETH Zurich.
31.05.2013
FORTH Researchers developed a novel system, referred to as SSDRC, for increasing intelligibility of speech in noisy conditions
Noise in everyday life is a significant and growing problem that, according to the World Health Organisation, is responsible for many healthy years of life lost. And it is not just traffic,mobile devices or so-called personal music equipment that is responsible, but speech itself. Anyone unfortunate enough to spend much time at a public transport interchange or airport is assailed by loud, distorted and repetitive announcements. Keeping the volume high is the easy way to ensure that anyone listening gets the message, especially in noisy environments, but is it the smartest solution?
27.05.2013
Best Paper Award at the eLmL 2013 International Conference to researchers of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH
The paper entitled “AmI-RIA: Real-Time Teacher Assistance Tool for an Ambient Intelligence Classroom”, presented by Asterios Leonidis, PhD Candidate at the University of Crete and member of the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory of ICS-FORTH, received the Best Paper Award at the 5th International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning (eLmL 2013, Nice, France, 24 February - 1 March 2013).
27.05.2013
Best Student Paper Award at the PECCS 2013 International Conference to researchers of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH
The paper entitled “Programming Smart Object Federations for Simulating and Implementing Ambient Intelligence Scenarios”, presented by Ioannis Georgalis, PhD Candidate at the University of Crete and member of the HCI Laboratory of ICS-FORTH, received the Best Student Paper Award at the 3rd International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communications Systems (PECCS 2013, Barcelona, Spain 19-21 February 2013).
19.04.2013
IOLanes: ADVANCING THE SCALABILITY AND PERFORMANCE OF I/O SUBSYSTEMS IN MULTICORE PLATFORMS
IOLanes dramatically improves the I/O behavior of data-centric workloads on shared virtualized servers in the data-centre.
The IOLanes project (www.iolanes.eu) over the last three years, since its start date on 1-Jan-2010 has examined fundamental issues related to I/O for data-centers. I/O is today a main problem for modern applications and is considered one of the issues that research needs to address in next-generation IT infrastructures.
18.04.2013
NEREIDS Project: Oil Spill Scenarios Workshop
The Workshop «Oil Spill Scenarios» is organised in the frame of NEREIDS Project «Embracing Innovation for Preparedness in Civil Protection & Marine Pollution», on the 23rd of April 2013, at the University of Cyprus (University campus, Room 010, Building 7, Social Facilities Center, Aglantzia Nicosia).
21.03.2013
NEREIDs: Embracing Innovation for Preparedness in Civil Protection & Marine Pollution
The NEREIDs proposal aims to strengthen civil protection and marine pollution preparedness and cooperation among Greece and Cyprus, building on international standards, best practices, and innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). An eLearning platform building on innovative concepts of online games, mobile technologies & apps will train professionals and volunteers in plans and best practices supported by R&D in Cyprus, Greece, United Kingdom, and Germany. (more in greek)
06.02.2013
European Certification for FORTH in Cyber Security
In the context of the 38th meeting of the European Network of Computer Emergency Response Teams, which was held in Lisbon, Portugal on 28-30 January 2013, the Computer Emergency Response Team of FORTH (FORTHcert) was awarded the TERENA Trusted Introducer certification
21.01.2013
Project REVAMMAD: Training of new generation of scientists to detect diseases through retinal imaging
The REtinal Vascular Modelling, Measurement and Diagnosis (REVAMMAD) project aims to train a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists for the academic, clinical and industrial sectors, and to trigger a new wave of biomedical interventions; PhD students will be trained by some of the EU’s leading academics and practitioners to further advances in diagnosis, prognosis and prevention of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke and coronary heart disease and retinal diseases. The project is funded by the European Union's 7th Framework (FP7) Marie Curie Initial Training Network programme and has a 3.8 million euro budget.
30.03.2012
Researchers of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH have been awarded grants from "ARISTEIA"
Researchers of the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) have been awarded two grants, from the Action "ARISTEIA" of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs/General Secretariat for Research and Technology, in the field of Mathematics, Statistics, Informatics and Computer Sciences.
10.02.2012
Statistics of reports received in 2011 by SafeLine
In an event held at the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs to commemorate the "Safer Internet Day 2012" on Tuesday February 7, 2012, the statistics of the reports received by the Hotline Safeline for illegal content or illegal behaviour on the Internet were presented to the Minister Anna Diamantopoulou by Mrs. Meltini Christodoulaki, Communications Liaison SafeLine, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation of Research and Technology (FORTH) .
07.02.2012
SafeLine: Safer Internet Day 2012
Today, Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Safer Internet Day is internationally celebrated. The slogan of this year's celebration "Discover the digital world together ... safely!" refers to the convergence of generations, indicating the urgent need for all of us to familiarize ourselves with the Internet, in order to be able to protect our children from the pitfalls effectively, giving them at the same time all the skills needed to surf online in a responsible and safe manner.
13.01.2012
Winter School on Speech and Audio Processing for Immersive Environments and Future Interfaces, 16-20 January 2012 - FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
The Signal Processing Laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) is organizing the international Winter School on Speech and Audio Processing for Immersive Environments and Future Interfaces of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (IEEE SPS Winter School on SAIE 2012, http://www.s3p-saie.eu/), which will take place during January 16 – 20 2012, in FORTH, in Heraklion Crete, Greece.
12.12.2011
Best Paper Award at the EHB 2011 international conference to researchers of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH
The paper entitled “An image analysis framework for the early assessment of hypertensive retinopathy signs”, presented by Dr. Vangelis Sakkalis, researcher at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on e-Health and Bioengineering 2011 (EHB 2011, Iasi, Romania, 24-26 November 2011).
24.11.2011
One-day workshop "Strategies of Digital Development"

The Representation of the European Commission in Greece in collaboration with the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) is pleased to invite you to a one-day workshop in the context of the “Going Local 2011 exercise – Digital Agenda” of the General Directorate of the Information Society and Media of the European Commission on the topic “Strategies of Digital Development” on Tuesday 29 November, at 10:30 hrs at the main amphitheatre of FORTH “Georgios Lianis”, Heraklion, Crete (N. Plastira 100)

06.10.2011
EuroRec EHR Quality Seal Level 2 granted to EHR system developed by FORTH
Nursing and Medical Applications (under the product name ICS-M), which are part of the software suite “Integrated Care Solutions” developed by the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), have been certified with the Seal of Quality Electronic Health Record (EHR) Level 2 (EuroRec EHR Quality Seal Level 2) by the European Institute for Health Records EuroRec (http://www.eurorec.org/).
27.07.2011
EU Project examines the Scalability and Performance of I/O Subsystems in Multicore Platforms
IOLANES (www.iolanes.eu) is a EU-funded research project targeted at understanding and improving the I/O performance in modern hardware that employs multicore architectures by adapting or redesigning the I/O stack. Since storage systems are perhaps the most critical component of modern computing infrastructures, the proposed work will benefit many I/O-intensive applications that support activities of businesses, organisations, and individuals alike.
06.06.2011
TransForm: Theoretical Foundations of Transactional Memory
TransForm is an EU-funded research project targeted at building the theoretical underpinning for the design and analysis of efficient Transactional Memory (TM) systems. Transactional Memory is a new programming paradigm which is considered very promising by many researchers.
28.02.2011
IOLanes: Advancing the Scalability and Performance of I/O Subsystems in Multicore Platforms
IOLanes (www.iolanes.eu) is a EU-funded research project targeted at understanding and improving the I/O performance in modern hardware that employees multicore architectures by adapting or redesigning the I/O stack, as appropriate and by providing system-level support that will allow future storage systems to take advantage of multicore CPUs in new ways.
06.12.2010
A European network of excellence for large-scale data management over the Internet is launched.
Researchers from the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas,   participate in PlanetData together with teams from another 6 European countries.

PlanetData Network of Excellence (NOE), Press Release, 8 December 2010.

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