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University of Patras - Computer Technology Institute

Overview:
The Computer Technology Institute (CTI) was founded in 1985 as a non-profit organization (presidential decree 9/1985) under the auspices of the General Secretarial of Research and Technology of Greece, with its head office in Patras. It is a financially and administratively independent research institution, currently supervised by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

Specialized in:
CTI and in particular R&D Unit 6 exhibits substantial research activity in the following subjects:

  1. Educational Technology. In the framework of this activity, R&D Unit 6 is involved in the development of basic and advanced network services for educational purposes.
  2. Computer Networks, Telematics and New Services. R&D Unit 6 is working on the development of advanced telematics applications especially in the areas of Teletraining (synchronous and asynchronous), Telecooperation, Teleworking as well as new generation applications, like Video on Demand,
  3. Services for Wide Area Networks (ATM).
In detail the following thematic areas are:
  • Multimedia and Hypermedia Networks
  • Internet and www-based Applications
  • Software Development for the higher layers of ISO/OSI and TCP/IP
  • Research and Development of advanced applications using real time protocols (RTP, RSVP, RTCP)
  • Design and Implementation of Information Systems, Networks and New Services in the sectors of Public Authority and Education
  • Virtual Reality applications and interfaces
  • Industrial Information Systems.
The industrial application sector of the R&D Unit 6 is involved in the research and development of Production Planning and Control Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Optimization and Simulation issues.

R&D Unit 6 constists of 2 PhD Researchers, 2 Senior Engineers, 6 Junior Engineers and 3 Undergraduate students.

Description:
CTI operates under the Private Sector legislation and is administered by a Board of Directors. It is closely affiliated to academia and in particular to the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of the University of Patras.

Today it constitutes an integrated research environment for the design and development of products and solutions. In continuous interaction with the academic community, the national and European Informatics Industry, the internatioal scientific community and the public sector, CTI has evolved to an internationally renowned research institution in Computer Science and Technology.

During the last years, CTI has been constantly expanding and strengthening its internal structure and operation: it has established its office in Athens, initialised the construction of a proprietary building in Patras, organised its scientific personnel in research units, established a Marketing Department, a Computer Network Services Lab and a Management Projects Department. CTI currently employs over 100 persons: researchers (including faculty members of the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of the University of Patras), technicians (computer engineers) , administrative employees and postgraduate students.

It is expected than the construction of CTI's building will be completed in the first half of 1999. It covers a total of 4430 m2 of a site of 10,000 m2 kindly donated by the University of Patras. The construction is funded with 1,6 billion drachmas by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, within the Public Investments Program.

The vast majority of CTI's income is derived from external projects (research programs, EU projects or contracts with the private sector), stare consulting, basic research funding as well as revenue from scientific conference organisation.

Products, projects and services

    • TRENDS (Training Educators Through networks and Distributed systems, EU Programme). The project TRENDS aims to develop and effectively offer education to teachers, in order to improve the quality of general purpose teaching services. It also aims to create new jobs in the area of education. The main concept is focusing on the improvement of existing Open Distance Learning (ODL) techniques, as far as multimedia and telematics themes are concerned, using the newest methods of Information Services. CTI aims to cover the needs of people who provide education, as education services providers, teachers, company administrators, educational material designers/producer, and users who take knowledge, as professionals who have direct educational needs and employees working in far-away working places.
      URL: www.lrf.gr/english/trends/trendshome.html
    • (CE)2 (Computer Experiments for Concurrent Engineering, BRITE EURAM). The major aim of project (CE)2 is the provision of solutions in improvement designs which come up in some instances of industrial applications, using modern, specific techniques. In detail, the project aims towards the solution of a multiobjective optimization problem, e.g., the finding of the best function which satisfies the constraints of the user or/and the physical concept of the problem. The under construction tool uses fast emulators instead of slow simulators. CTI is involved in the software development and integration of the different modules (algorithmic) of the system.
    • ELECTRA (European Electronic Information Centre for Adult Education, EU Programme, ISPO). Aim of the project ELECTRA is to satisfy the need for wide access to adult education and lifelong learning resources, by developing a European Electronic Information Centre for the citizens of the European Union, accessible through the Internet. The European Electronic Information Centre will collect the accumulated experience of European programmes, national and European policies and private initiatives, and information about organizations in the field of adult education. CTI is responsible for providing the technological experience and developing from technical and technological point of view the whole system.
      URL: www.electra.eu.org .
    • VES (Virtual European School, Joint Call for Educational Multimedia, EU Programme): VES is a European research project, with the aim to develop a comprehensive resource of teaching material for secondary school education. The project has started on March 1st and will develop the VES system, based on Internet technologies, with interconnected VES servers in the participating regions Austria, Italy and Greece during a two-year period. The interaction has been archived by using a 3D interactive virtual environment (VE). Moreover, VES will enable international social contact between pupils and teachers, providing communication tools, educational games and quizzes embedded in distributed virtual environments (DVE). CTI is responsible for developing the 3D interactive VE, the distribution of the educational material to the schools of the Greek Educational Network and will also set up the Greek Server of the VES System.
      URL: www.ves.eu.org .
    • TODAY'S STORIES (Long Time Research, Task 4.4, Intelligent Information Interfaces (i3), Experimental School Environments (i3-ese)): Today's Stories develops an approach to learning for young children (4 to 8) that is aimed at the development of social, communicative and emotional skills in the context of their everyday activities. The underlying idea is, first, that children may learn from reflecting on their actions and, second, that children may learn from other children's perspectives on their own actions. The results of Today's Stories are developed and applied within two school environments, in Denmark and in Israel. Exploiting the significant differences between both settings, the project pays attention to social, cultural and ethical implications, as well as to the conditions for acceptance and success. CTI is responsible for the development of the Multimedia Editing Environment. This will serve as the medium for the presentation of the children's stories and material.
      URL: www.inet.org .
    • TELEMATIC SERVICES FOR GREEK PTT: The object of this project is the research, the design and the pilot development of a service providing teleworking and teletraining in order to result in a commercial product. This project is being exclusively executed by CTI.
    • GUNet: The project aims to design, implement and test the right function of nodes which connect the local area Academic networks, in order to provide advanced high speed services of telematics. CTI participates in the RTS (Real Time Services), MBS (Management Bandwidth Services), VoD (Video on Demand) and IPv6 parts of the whole project.
      URL: www.gunet.gr .
    • SYN-KERKYRA, General Secretariat Research & Technology. The aim of the project is the design and the implementation of an Intranet and Internet based Information System, in order to provide an efficient management of information. The system supports the distribution of information and the exchange of documents from, towards and within the Prefecture of Kerkyra. CTI has the responsibility to make the system support the following functions:
      1. internet access by all the employees of Prefecture of Kerkyra, while all the departments will have their own e-mail address,
      2. users' participation in a variety of newsgroups,
      3. provision of public information to the citizens via WWW, while the citizens will be able to post their requests, complaints and comments,
      4. announcement of documents via Internet (as far as employees concern), access of DB via Web Front Ends and use of splitted spaces for document processing within a closed/restricted team,
      5. communication supported by teleconference tools (NetMeeting), on-line chat (Chat) and use of Bulletin Board.
      URL: erevos.ceid.upatras.gr/corfu .
    • DARING (Disabled people in new Internet jobs). The object of this project is the creation of a network for providing disabled people with information relative to existing posts of occupation and possibility of occupation, and for supporting communication in social, labour and technological themes. CTI develops an information system for disabled people and creates a team of teachers for teletraining, a method of training of people having kinetic disability in areas of personal progress, ways of education, Information and Communication technologies.

Contact information:
University of Patras
Computer Technology Institute
Christos Bouras, Associate Professor
Research Unit 6
61, Riga Ferraiou Street
GR-262 21 Patras
Greece
Tel: +30-61-960375
Fax: +30-61-996314
E-mail: bouras@cti.gr
Web site: www.cti.gr

Last update:
Friday 8th October 1999