About CERTH

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The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) is one of the largest research centres in Greece; top 1 in north Greece. It was founded in 2000 and is located in Thessaloniki. Its mission is to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation by conducting high quality research and developing innovative products and services while building strong partnerships with industry and strategic collaborations with academia and other research and technology organisations in Greece and abroad. CERTH participates in RINNO with two Institutes: Information Technologies Institute (ITI) and Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CPERI)

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. It is active in a large number of application sectors (energy, buildings and construction, health, manufacturing, robotics, (cyber)security, transport, smart cities, space, agri-food, marine and blue growth, water, etc.) and technology areas such as data and visual analytics, data mining, machine and deep learning, virtual and augmented reality, image processing, computer and cognitive vision, human computer interaction, IoT and communication technologies, navigation technologies, cloud and computing technologies, distributed ledger technologies (blockchain), (semantic) interoperability, system integration, mobile and web applications, hardware design and development, smart grid technologies and solutions and social media analysis.

CERTH/CPERI is classified among the Institutes of Excellence in Greece and contributes to the increased competitiveness of the Greek and European industry by providing unique and innovative solutions to research problems of technological and/or commercial interest. It has a wide background on the study and construction of process systems and integrated systems used for energy production, management and storage and has unique knowledge in system design, engineering and industrial automation. CERTH/CPERI’s expertise and competences include:

  • Design of fully automated process and energy harvesting systems;
  • Modelling and design optimization of complex systems (power systems, renewable energy systems);
  • Energy management of autonomous power systems;
  • Design and implement Smart-grid topology to optimize energy resources.

Role in the Project

CERTH/ITI will be the Scientific & Technical Manager (Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras) of the RINNO project. CERTH/ITI will deliver in detail, the technical description of the overall RINNO Suite and the specifications for each of its key components, modules and their functionalities. It will also implement AR “On-the-Job” training services for the efficient and attractive workers training and support.

Moreover, CERTH/ITI will lead the WP5 activities, aiming at creating a Marketplace capitalizing the RINNO Renovation Repository, delivering also a social collaboration platform for improving the cooperation of the involved stakeholders at all renovation phases. Finally, CERTH/ITI will deliver the Renovation Workflow and Transaction Manager which will include also the Smart Contracts.

CERTH/CPERI will be the Quality Assurance Manager (Dr. Nikolaos Nikolopoulos) of the RINNO project. In terms of technical contributions, CERTH/CPERI will lead the WP3 activities with a view to deliver a number of toolboxes for the evaluation of existing and novel technologies in terms of energy and environmental performance from a multi-point view. Furthermore, CERTH/ CPERI will be responsible for delivering the RINNO Renovation Optimizer and Planner which will support the holistic and optimized decision making process that will lead to the selection of the optimum renovation scenario.

In addition, CERTH/CPERI along with CERTH/ITI will deliver also the Renovation Validation and Benchmarking Tool – Performance Dashboard which will enable the facility manager to monitor home/building operations, decide on optimal control strategies and leverage their results for energy efficiency offerings. Moreover, it will be responsible, along with CERTH/ITI to integrate all RINNO various IT modules into a unified, interoperable and efficient RINNO framework the RINNO Operational Interface with Augmented Intelligence.

Key Personnel

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DR DIMITRIOS TZOVARAS

Dr Dimitrios Tzovaras is the Director of the Information Technologies Institute. He holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in 2D and 3D Image Compression from the Aristotle University of Thessalonik. H has conducted very important scientific and research work (624 publications in total), which is summarised in 3 books, 143 publications in International Journals with Referees, 46 book chapters, and 426 presentations in International Conferences with Referees.

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DR DIMOSTHENIS IOANNIDIS

Dr Dimosthenis Ioannidis is a Senior Researcher Associate in CERTH. He holds a PhD from the Faculty of Engineering department of Computer Engineering & Informatics. His main research interests include computer vision, stereoscopic image processing and signal analysis, linguistics algorithms, web services, semantics, visual analytics, energy efficiency, IoT platforms development and security ecosystems. He is the (co)author of more than 85 papers in refereed journals, edited books, and international conferences. He has served as a reviewer for several technical journals.

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DR STELIOS KRINIDIS

Dr Stelios Krinidis is a postdoctoral research associate in CERTH/ITI. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Computer Science Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His main research interests include computational intelligence, computer vision, pattern recognition, signal processing and analysis, 2D and 3D image processing and analysis, image modelling, fuzzy logic and visual analytics. He has authored 34 papers in international scientific peer review journals and more than 60 papers in international and national conferences. 

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DR NIKOLAOS NIKOLOPOULOUS

Dr Nikolaos Nikolopoulos is s Senior Researcher at CERTH. He holds a PhD in Computational Fluid Mechanics from the Mechanical Engineering, Laboratory of Aerodynamics. His main research interests include studies related to multiphase flows in energy systems, energy efficiency, energy process engineering both at steady and unsteady mode of operation, as well as numerical platforms development. During the last five years, he has been the (co)author of more than 70 papers in refereed journals, edited books, and international conferences.

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DR VASILEIOS SOUGKAKIS

Dr Vasileios Sougkakis is a Research Associate at CERTH/CPERI. He received his PhD from the University of Nottingham where he specialised in the energy performance of building envelopes. His research interests include the thermal performance of buildings, energy efficiency, overheating risk of dwellings and methods for quantifying the performance gap between the design and the as-built performance of buildings. His work has been published in international conferences and journal papers as well as a chapter in an edited book

Andreas Seitaridis

ANDREAS SEITARIDIS

Mr. Andreas Seitaridis is Research Associate at CERTH/CPERI. He received his MSc on Knowlegde, Data and Software Technologies in 2018 and graduated in 2015 from the Computer Science Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). He has worked as a teaching assistant as well on a research project at the same department. His research interests include linear optimization techniques on problems concerning electric vehicles charging and he has two publications on this subject.

Ioannis Mamounakis

DR IOANNIS MAMOUNAKIS

Dr. Ioannis Mamounakis is a Research Associate in CERTH/CPERI. He received his Diploma in Computer Science from the Computer Science Department (University of Crete) in 2010. In 2013, Dr. Mamounakis received his MSc diploma in Computer Science and Technology from Computer Engineer and Informatics Department (University of Patras, Greece) and in 2019, his PhD from the same Department. He has been a researcher of Computer Network Labs (CNL) at the University of Patras, from 2012 to 2015 and in High Speed Computer Network Labs (HSCNL) of National Technical University of Athens from 2016 to 2018. He has authored and presented his research works in various scientific journals and international conferences. During the last years, he is actively participating in several national and EC-funded projects. His research interests include, Life Cycle Analysis in Smart Grids, decision-making algorithms and pricing schemes in electricity markets. Also clustering techniques and pricing schemes for energy communities participation in the renewable energy markets. Dr. Mamounakis is additionally a web platform developer responsible for data gathering, analytics and algorithm implementation under smart energy networks.

Petros Iliadis

PETROS ILIADIS

Mr Petros Iliadis is a Research Associate at CERTH/CPERI. He received his Diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in 2016. In 2020, he concluded the Master’s program titled Engineering Project Management from the Hellenic Open University (HOU). Since then, he is a PhD candidate in the field of automatic control at Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) under the subject of “Computer-aided Engineering of Multi-domain Energy Systems towards higher levels of Renewables’ penetration and Digital Twins”. More specifically, he is dealing with: energy systems’ modelling of all scales, i.e., from building to island, power system’s analysis and especially the intermittent RESs’ impact on grid’s stability, energy forecasting and energy system optimization. His main interests are mathematical modelling, software development and machine learning.