CENTRE FOR RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY, HELLAS


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DIMITRIOS TZOVARAS


Senior Researcher


Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras is Research Director at the Information Technologies Institute of CERTH and a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College, London.



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KONSTANTINOS GIANNOUTAKIS


Research Associate


Dr. Konstantinos Giannoutakis is a Research Associate in the Information Technologies Institute of CERTH.



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SHORT PROFILE


The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas was founded in March 2000 and is a legal, private law, non-profit organisation, under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), of the Greek Ministry of Development. The mission of CERTH is to carry out basic and applied research. The total annual turnover for CERTH in 2000 was close to 9 million Euro with more than 250 employees of various specialties. It currently consists of five Research Institutes. The Information Technologies Institute (CERTH/ITI) was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organisation under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of Greece, with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. CERTH/ITI is one of the leading Institutions of Greece in the fields of Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunications, with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects. CERTH/ITI has participated in more than 60 research projects funded by the European Commission and more than 85 research projects funded by Greek National Research Programmes and Consulting Subcontracts with the Private Sector (I&T Industry). In 2008, the Information Technologies Institute attracted an income of 14 M€ from National and European competitive R&D projects. For the last 10 years, the publication record of ITI includes more than 150 scientific publications in international journals, more than 400 publications in conferences and 45 books and book chapters. In 2002 a selected committee of experts in Information and Telecommunications Technology from European countries (other than Greece) evaluated the GSRT institutions, and graded ITI with 9.65/10 for excellence in research in Virtual Reality and 3D Imaging. CERTH has always been keen to offer the best possible working conditions to its researchers as a mean towards research excellence. Since 2003, CERTH has been appointed by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) as the coordinator of the Greek EURAXESS Network, a European initiative aiming at offering personalised assistance to mobile researchers. In 2008, CERTH was among the first Greek research organisations to undersign and accept the principles of the Charter and Code for researchers while at the same time CERTH’s representatives were members of the Greek delegation at the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility (SG HRM). Its latest achievement in the field of human resources is the “HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH” logo awarded by the EC in April 2012 as a proof that CERTH is committed to offer the best possible working conditions, regardless the socioeconomic environment, and at the same time work towards the realisation of the European Research Area (Innovation Union, Commitment #4)

RELEVANCE TO THE PROPOSAL


CERTH and more specifically the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) that participates in SoSoCloud has a long experience in the field of informatics and more specifically in Cloud computing, high performance computing, service description languages, interoperable data and services and user interfaces. CERTH/ITI has participated in a number of previous or ongoing FP7 EU relevant projects and thus it will bring in the consortium the knowledge from its participation to the EU projects mentioned below. The experienced researchers of CERTH will contribute to the successful realisation of the research challenges addressed by this proposal.

TASKS ASSIGNED AND ROLE IN THE PROJECT


CERTH will lead the Large-Scale Simulation Work Package that will provide the simulation platform of the proposed Self Optimization and Self Organization methods. The need for experimentation on large scale cloud infrastructures is of central importance for the validation of the proposed models over existing approaches, thus CERTH’s personnel will contribute on these challenges.
CERTH will partially contribute to the system Architecture and the service description language and interaction interfaces with end-users. Dissemination activities will take place for publishing innovations that will come out of the project in international journals and conferences.