High Performance Computing and Embedded Systems (HiPCES) Research Lab

Main Thematic Areas:

Parallel and Distributed Systems, High Performance Microarchitectures, Reconfigurable Computing, Systems-on-Chip (SoC), Networks-on-Chip (NoC), Pervasive and Embedded Systems, EDA Tools, and Exploitation of the state-of-the-art computing technology and smart systems.

Contact/Lead Person(s):

Dr. Costas Kyriacou and Dr. Konstantinos Tatas

Team/Unit/Lab Website:

 http://hipces.frederick.ac.cy/


Description of the main research interests and activities of the team/lab:

HiPCES is engaged in basic and applied research, in the areas of high performance computer architectures, pervasive and embedded computing systems. It is also engaged in the development of new applications and products that exploit the current state-of-the-art computing technology.  The main research activities of the Lab are:

  • Parallel Architectures: Members of the Lab have a significant contribution in the development of the Data-Driven Multithreading (DDM) execution and programming model. This is a threaded dataflow model, where non-blocking threads are scheduled for execution based on data availability. DDM has various implementations ranging from purely software, to multicore microarchitectures and network based.
  • Cache Optimizations: Thread-level cache prefetching mechanisms and eviction policies for multi-core and clustered systems. Exploitation of 3D chip technologies by caches. Temperature-aware cache replacement policies.
  • NoC: Architectures, EDA tools and IP for 2D and 3D Network-on-Chip MPSoC communication. 2D and 3D router IP blocks, NoC simulators for 2D and 3D architecture exploration and evaluation. Dynamic routing algorithms for Networks-on-Chip including fuzzy-based routing.
  • Reconfigurable techniques and FPGA exploration: Fine- and coarse-grain reconfigurable architectures and EDA tools for SoC. A complete EDA tool chain from mapping logic to custom FPGA architectures including bitstream generation.
  • Embedded Systems: Development of applications and products that exploit the current state-of-the-art computing technology such as embedded systems, mobile and smart devices, sensor networks, etc. Investigation of issues related to hardware/software co-design, real-time constrains, fault tolerance and power efficiency.

Description of the main equipment/facilities available:

Various Xilinx prototyping and evaluation boards from low-cost Spartan-3 and Spartan-6 to high-end Virtex-II pro, Virtex-5 as well as state-of-the-art ZYNQ-7000 SoC. EDA tools including Xilinx ISE and Vivado Design suites.

Research Projects Experience:

The members of the HiPECS Lab have participated in numerous research projects, which obtained funding from competitive calls primarily from the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus, the European Commission (ICT projects AMDREL and EASY) and the Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology.

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Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Design

Main Thematic Areas:

Manufacturing processes, Material Properties and Characterization, FEM Simulation, CNC machine tools, CAD/CAM systems, Rapid Prototyping

Contact/Lead Person(s):

Dr. Antonios E. Lontos

Team/Unit/Lab Website:

 


Description of the main research interests and activities of the team/lab:

The Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Design Unit aims to conduct high level of research in the field of manufacturing and engineering design of new and innovative products. Throughout various research projects the research team has solved many problems of the local industry. The main research areas that the team is dealing with are:

  • Application of thin hard PVD, CVD and Thermal Spray coatings on machine elements (extrusion dies, cutting tools, hybrid bearings, cam mechanisms)
  • Characterization and evaluation of the mechanical properties of hard and thin PVD, CVD and thermal spray coatings, fatigue prospect and determination of their working life under static or dynamic loads
  • Design and development of computational procedures by means of Finite Elements Method (FEM Simulation)
  • Manufacturing processes, CNC machine tools and CAD/CAM systems
  • Reconstruction of Archaeological Findings by Computer Tomographies and Rapid Prototyping Methods
  • Design and manufacturing of fiber-reinforced composite high-pressure pipes capable for corrosion liquids.

Description of the main equipment/facilities available:

The state of the art research facilities of the Unit consist of various research equipment, devices and machines such as 5-axis high speed CNC vertical milling machine, rapid prototyping machine, fatigue tester, press machine, electronic microscope, precision-controlled heat-treatment furnaces, materials characterization instruments, etc. Furthermore, the research team uses a number of CAD/CAM/CAE software packages such as LS-DYNA, DEFORM3D, ANSYS, COSMOS, Nastran etc. for making calculation, simulations and solid modeling.

Research Projects Experience:

The team has implemented numerous projects tackling issues like: Manufacturing processes, Material Properties and Characterization, Evaluation of the mechanical properties of material, Design and development of computational procedures by means of FEM Simulation, CNC machine tools, CAD/CAM systems, Reconstruction  of Archaeological  Findings, Rapid Prototyping Methods, Design and manufacturing of fiber-reinforced composites, Automotive joining processes, Manufacturing of aero-engine components, Additive manufacturing.

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Engineering Management & Aquaculture Engineering

Main Thematic Areas:

Applied Sciences & Engineering

Contact/Lead Person(s):

Dr. Michalis Menikou

Team/Unit/Lab Website:

 


Description of the main research interests and activities of the team/lab:

Engineering Management & Aquaculture Engineering research team was established in 2007 and its main research interests/ competences can be distinguished into two main areas:

  • Engineering Management: The Team has notable research work in areas of: (i) engineering economic analysis, (ii) technology assessment of emerging technologies, (iii) business process modeling and re-engineering, and (iv) Life-Cycle analysis of emerging technologies. The Team applied this knowledge into the following Industries: Construction, Automotive, Food, Aquaculture and Renewable Energy. The Team has an extensive web of associates (research and industry alike) across Europe and Globally.     
  • Aquaculture Engineering: The Team has systematically build expertise in areas of: (i) Aquaculture operations management/ optimization, (ii) aquaculture mooring requirements investigation and scenario development, (c) smart monitoring (sensor) applications of aquaculture operations and (d) renewable energy sources applications in the aquaculture industry. The Team successfully initiated, coordinated and completed a number of research projects in the aforementioned areas, with industrial and research partners from Europe and the USA alike. Currently, The team extends its know-how into sustainable management of the marine environment.

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Automotive Engineering, ICE and Vehicle Structures

Main Thematic Areas:

Modelling and simulation of lightweight vehicles, Combustion simulations, Crashworthiness

Contact/Lead Person(s):

Dr. Loucas Papadakis

Team/Unit/Lab Website:

 


Main Research Interests and Activities:

The main research team's interests and activities are following:

  • Design, manufacture, assembly and testing of the students' formula;
  • Emission measurements on ICE with alternate fuel mixtures;
  • Computational methods in passive vehicle crashworthiness;
  • Road safety and road accident reconstruction with the aid of computational tools;
  • Modelling and simulation of lightweight vehicle components during their manufacturing, joining and in-service.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Main equipment/tools/facilities available:

Our automotive engineering laboratory's major equipment and software are following: Vehicle Smart 600 cc turbocharged, Vehicle MAZDA Demio, Vehicle TOYOTA Corolla, CARTECH CET2000 four-gas petrol analyser and Diesel opacity measurement, Kane gas analyser AUTO5-3, CARMAN SCAN Diagnostic Tool and oscilloscope, BOSCH KTS540 hardware and ESI tronic software for diagnostic purposes and AUTODATA vehicle data software, Bosch FSA500 vehicle testing system, BMW 4 and 6--cylinder engine blocks etc., CNC Machine, Lathe and Milling machines, MIG/MAG and TIG welding machines, Hydraulic pressing machine and fatigue machine with force and displacement sensors, LS-DYNA, PC-Crash and SolidWorks.

Past Projects Experience:

Participation of members in past and current research projects: EC Horizon 2020 FoF-12-2017 AdditiveManufacturABLE (AMable – 768775), Development of Aero Engine Component Manufacturing using Laser Additive Manufacturing (MERLIN – 266271), Increase of the passive safety of cars for the protection of pedestrians by Crash Resistant Adhesive Bonding of attachments on Lacquered Surfaces (CrabLacs), COST Action CA18120 - Reliable roadmap for certification of bonded primary structures, Cost Action CM1404 - Chemistry of Smart Energy Carriers and Technologies (SMARTCATS), Integration of innovative green technologies on existing public transportation BUSes for 5% to 30% (BUS-FUEL-SAVING, Restart 2016-2020)

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Engineering Management & Aquaculture Engineering (2)

Main Thematic Areas:

Applied Sciences & Engineering

Contact/Lead Person(s):

Dr. Michalis Menikou

Team/Unit/Lab Website:

 


Description of the main research interests and activities of the team/lab:

Engineering Management & Aquaculture Engineering research team was established in 2007 and its main research interests/ competences can be distinguished into two main areas:

  • Engineering Management: The Team has notable research work in areas of: (i) engineering economic analysis, (ii) technology assessment of emerging technologies, (iii) business process modeling and re-engineering, and (iv) Life-Cycle analysis of emerging technologies. The Team applied this knowledge into the following Industries: Construction, Automotive, Food, Aquaculture and Renewable Energy. The Team has an extensive web of associates (research and industry alike) across Europe and Globally.     
  • Aquaculture Engineering: The Team has systematically build expertise in areas of: (i) Aquaculture operations management/ optimization, (ii) aquaculture mooring requirements investigation and scenario development, (c) smart monitoring (sensor) applications of aquaculture operations and (d) renewable energy sources applications in the aquaculture industry. The Team successfully initiated, coordinated and completed a number of research projects in the aforementioned areas, with industrial and research partners from Europe and the USA alike. Currently, The team extends its know-how into sustainable management of the marine environment.

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