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Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Information Technologies Institute

CERTH

The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organisation under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Greek Ministry of Development, with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 10/03/2000 it is a founding member of Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), one of the largest research centres in Greece; top 1 in north Greece with the mission to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation.

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, etc.) and technology areas such as data and visual analytics, data mining, machine and deep learning, virtual and augmented reality, image processing, human computer interaction, IoT and communication 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 social media analysis.

CERTH/ITI has participated in more than 525 research projects and R&D contracts. More specifically, it has been involved in 304 EU funded research projects (167 FP7 & 137 H2020) and in 221 projects funded by Greek National Research Programmes and Consulting Subcontracts with the industry (87 National; 8 Interreg and 126 R&D contracts).

For the last 10 years, the publication record of ITI includes more than 330 scientific publications in international journals, more than 780 publications in conferences and 100 books and book chapters. These works have been cited more than 7.500 times.

CERTH/ITI has a staff of approximately 360 people (including 18 senior researchers, 261 research assistants and associates, 62 Postdoctoral Research Fellows, 9 Collaborative Faculty Members, 10 Administrative and Technical Employees).

Project Members

Dr. Dimosthenis IoannidisProject Coordinator

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​Dr. Dimosthenis Ioannidis is a Senior Researcher Associate in CERTH. He received the Diploma degree in electrical and computer engineering, the MSc. in Advanced Communication Systems and Engineering from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his PhD with title «Privacy-aware human presence and movement analysis in controlled and uncontrolled environments», from the Faculty of Engineering department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras in 2000, 2005 and 2017 respectively. He has been a teaching assistant at TEI Thessaloniki (2006-2010). 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 including blockchain, as well as research in ethics and biometrics. During the last five years, he has been 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. He has also been involved in more than 30 research projects funded by the EC and the Greek secretariat of Research and Technology. During his involvement in these projects, he involved as a leader of several WPs, where he had the supervision of large team of developers and technical teams. He is also currently acting as an Ethics evaluator of running projects executed under the auspices of EC, providing services such as monitoring of research activities performed in projects in respect to assigned ethics requirements. Services are related to the assessment of the human participation in real-life trials, privacy enhancing technologies used for the protection of personal data as well as other ethics issues that shall be tackled within a project lifetime (i.e. dual use, misuse and personal sensitive data). Finally, Mr. Ioannidis is also a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Mrs. Panagiota Chatzipanagiotidou

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​Mrs. Panagiota Chatzipanagiotidou is a Research Associate at CERTH/ITI. She received her diploma degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in 2011. Her diploma thesis concentrated on the analysis of the shape and magnitude of settlements caused by subway tunnelling. She obtained her MSc in Earthquake Resistant Design of Structures from the Civil Engineering Department of AUTH in 2013, where her MSc diploma thesis focused on the Seismic behaviour and Risk Assessment of Natural Gas Pipelines. She has worked as Research Assistant at Boğaziçi University, the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Department of Earthquake Engineering in Istanbul for analysing the seismic behaviour of part of the Istanbul Gas Network. Her work in CERTH/ITI involves collaborations with international organisations under European programs and she has worked on the H2020 PLUG-N-HARVEST EU project, focusing on designing, developing and demonstrating a new modular, plug-n-play concept/product for adaptable dynamic building envelopes that can be deployable to both residential and non-residential buildings.

Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras

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​Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras is the Director (and Senior Researcher Grade A’) of the Information Technologies Institute. He received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. in 2D and 3D Image Compression from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Prior to his current position, he was a Senior Researcher in the Information Processing Laboratory at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His main research interests include network and visual analytics for network security, computer security, data fusion, biometric security, virtual reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Dr. Tzovaras has conducted very important scientific and research work (765 publications in total), which is summarized in 3 books, 178 publications in International Journals with Referees, 54 book chapters, and 533 presentations in International Conferences with Referees. Dr. Tzovaras has also acted as a reviewer of a large number of submitted scientific papers for a plethora of International Journals and Magazines, such as IEEE, ACM, Elsevier and EURASIP, as well as International Scientific Conferences (ICIP, EUSIPCO, CVPR, etc.). Since 2004, he has been the Associate Editor in the following International journals: Journal of Applied Signal Processing (JASP) and Journal on Advances in Multimedia of EURASΙP. He is also an Associate Editor in the IEEE Signal Processing Letters Journal (since 2009) and a Senior Associate Editor in the IEEE Signal Processing Letters journal (since 2012), while since mid 2012 he has been also an Associate Editor in the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing journal. During the period 2007-2009, he was elected to participate in the group of National Representatives of Greece in the European Commission for the FP7 Programme of International Cooperation. Since 2000, Dr. Tzovaras is leading the Virtual & Augmented Reality Lab of ITI, whereas he is the main responsible for the Digital Innovation Hub, namely nZEB (http://smarthome.iti.gr). He has participated with his team in more than 200 Research and Development projects of ITI. During the last 5 years, he has a very large management record having been the project coordinator of 22 projects and the technical/ scientific manager of 18 projects.

Mrs. Vasiliki Avgikou

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​Mrs. Vasiliki Avgikou is a Research Associate at CERTH/ITI. She received her diploma in Forestry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2002.  She has obtained a MSc in Applied Geography specialized in Remote Sensing and GIS applications from the Harokopeio University of Athens. She has worked for years as a Project Manager and Earth Observation Analyst in numerous European Union funded projects in the domains of  ICT, land use/land cover mapping, natural resources, coastal monitoring, disaster management and security. Since September 2021 she has been employed in CERTH/ITI involved in various H2020 projects, focusing in the sector of smart cities, energy and space.

Mr. Nikolaos Katsaros

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Mr. Nikolaos Katsaros is a Research Associate at CERTH/ITI. He received the diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with specialization in electrical power engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2019. His diploma thesis concerned the development of a control technique for the proper combined operation of the wind turbines in a wind farm, in order to attain an increase of the generated energy at the low wind speed region. After graduation and since June 2020, he has been employed in CERTH/ITI as a research associate involved in various H2020 projects, conducting research in the field of energy positive buildings, innovative energy systems integration and implementation of local energy communities.

His main research interests include electric mobility applications, power electronics, renewable power generation and storage systems. He is also a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Koltsios Stavros

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Koltsios Stavros received his Diploma Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science awarded by the Departments of the School of Engineering of Democritus University of Thrace in 2019.

He also received his MSc in Energy Building Design from the International Hellenic University, School of Science and Technology in 2021. Stavros is employed in the Informatics and Technology Institute (I.T.I.) of the Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas (CE.R.T.H.) since February 2021. 

His research interests include: Building Energy Modeling, Autonomous Electric Power Systems, Power Electronics, Energy Storage, RES, Hybrid RES Power Stations. 

 

Kaunas University of Technology

KTU

Kaunas University of Technology (hereinafter – KTU) originates from the University of Lithuania founded in Kaunas on 16 February 1922. The largest and oldest technological university in Lithuania, KTU has played the most important roles in the building of the identity of the regional and national academic environment, fostering and preservation of cultural and ethical values, promotion of the development of society and education as well as research and innovation breakthrough.

Being one of the leading interdisciplinary and competitive university, developing and transferring new knowledge and innovations, KTU constantly strengthens its positions at the international level. Today, KTU is a member of such influential international organisations and associations as EUA, CESAER, ECIU, etc. KTU is in cooperation with more than 350 research and academic institutions in 54 countries of the world as well as the representatives of international business enterprises.

Early 9.000 young and talented people study at KTU; therefore KTU offer a number of services for the development of employer's image and solutions for the search of employees (employer branding, solutions for the search of employees, non-formal education of students, etc.).

The information system APCIS, operated by the Open Access Center, includes more than 1200 services provided by over 1400 KTU researchers and can be used by business entities and public organizations. OAC is accessed as "one-stop shop" system.

The research at KTU, carried out by approximately a thousand academic employees across 9 faculties and 8 research institutes, produced near 1000 scientific publications in 2020. KTU took part in 244 international and national projects, including Horizon 2020, EIT, Interreg, Intergovernmental cooperation programmes, etc. and participated in 63 COST actions. Active cooperation in projects and networking ensure KTU scientific potential ant this confirm 67 start-ups since 2014, radical innovations patented in the USA, Europe and Asia - 23 national and 14 international patents were valid at KTU in 2019.

Based on the QS World University Rankings 2021, KTU's reputation among employers and academic partners is growing. In 2021 KTU is ranked 801-1000 and is among the thousand best universities in the world. In QS EECA (Emerging Europe & Central Asia) KTU ranks 50th. In „Times Higher Education" KTU is ranked under 1001+ section. The highest ratings KTU receive under "international image", "reputation among the academic community and employers", "current and future academic staff", "competitiveness in the international study arena" indicators.


Project Members

Professor dr. Andrius Jurelionis

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Dr Andrius Jurelionis is the dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture at Kaunas university of technology and a professor working in the field of indoor environmental engineering and energy. With over 60 published research papers and over 18 years of experience in academia, Andrius is currently focusing on university-business collaboration, challenges in architectural and engineering education, as well as digitalization in the built environment. Andrius is a board member in the Lithuanian Construction Association, a member in EC3 (European Council on Computing in Construction). In D^2EPC project he is responsible for the coordination of KTU team and related tasks.

Professor dr. Lina Seduikyte

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Dr. Lina Šeduikytė is a professor and chief researcher at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture at KTU. Her research field is related to sustainable development, life cycle assessment (LCA), indoor air quality, thermal comfort and energy efficiency. Lina Šeduikytė participated and participates in implementing international (H2020, Erasmus+, COST) and national research projects. She is also the author and co-author of more than 60 research papers in WOS and SCOPUS databases. Lina Šeduikytė is Editor in Chief of scientific "Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Civil Engineering", a member of the scientific comity of several international conferences.   

Dr. Eglė Klumbytė

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Dr Egle Klumbyte is a researcher and a lecturer at Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. She has 11 years of experience in academia and ten years of experience in the private construction sector as a Technical Supervisor and a Project Manager. Author of 11 scientific papers and one book chapter. Member of Lithuanian Young scientists association. In 2018, she defended her dissertation and received a PhD in civil engineering. Eglė Klumbytė is involved in two Horizon2020 projects as a Working package and a Task leader and is a team member who implements a national project funded by the European Social Fund.

Associate professor dr. Jurgita Černeckienė

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Dr Jurgita Cerneckiene is a researcher and an associated professor at Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. She develops her academic career since 2012 and received a PhD in 2017. Since 2007 Jurgita Cerneckiene also practises as a building energy efficiency evaluation expert in Lithuania. Author of 15 scientific papers. Jurgita Cerneckiene at the moment is involved into two Horizon2020 projects as a team member and has practise in one more Horizon2020 project, national scientific and infrastructural projects.

Associate professor dr. Darius Pupeikis

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Dr. Darius Pupeikis is a civil engineer, with a specialization in BIM (Building Information Modelling), building data science and energy performance. In 2010, Darius has defended his PhD thesis about the impact of a building's thermal inertia on indoor temperature and been graduated as a doctor in civil engineering. Currently, Darius is the Head of the Centre for Smart Cities and Infrastructure and is responsible for building a community, encouraging R&D activities, strengthening the study process in the field of digital construction, BIM, smart cities, and infrastructure. At the moment Darius's academic portfolio consists of 16 research papers, several national and international projects related to the digitalization of the built environment, more than 15 years of experience in academia and construction industry. He is a leader (senior expert) in one of the main current projects BIM-LT "Development of tools for increasing the efficiency of the life cycle processes of public sector structures using information modeling of a building". 

Associate professor dr. Donatas Rekus

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Dr Donatas Rekus is a researcher and an Associate Professor at Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. He has 18 years of experience in academic work and four years of experience in the private measurement engineering sector in engineering geodesy. Author of 20 scientific papers and two teaching books. Member of Lithuanian Association of Surveyors. In 2012, he defended his dissertation and received a PhD in measurement engineering. Donatas Rekus is involved in the Horizon2020 project as a team member.

Paulius Spūdys

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​Paulius Spūdys is a researcher and a PhD student at Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. He held a master's degree in Engineering Systems of Buildings and Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings gained over ten years of experience in the private construction sector in the design and installation of building systems as a Designer and Project Manager. Paulius Spūdys is involved in two Horizon2020 projects as a Task leader and team member.

 

Geosystems Hellas A.E.

GSH

​GEOSYSTEMS HELLAS S.A. (GSH) was established in November 2009 as the newest member of GEOSYSTEMS EU GROUP (www.geosystems-group.eu).Is a Greek SME with 9 engineers. Has three main activities: 1. acting commercially as Hexagon Geospatial and Hexagon Airborne Solutions authorized reseller and as consultant in Greece and Cyprus on subjects of Photogrammetrical, Remote Sensing, Geodetic and Environmental Monitoring projects working also with Big Data 2. participating in service projects, Enterprise Solutions /Smart M.Apps, Smart Cities /IoT Technology Trends and 3. participating in R&D projects based on the above expertise. [GSH] is working on commercial Environmental, Photogrammetrical, Remote Sensing projects and R&D projects for land management, crisis management and Spatial Data Infrastructure (INSPIRE Directive) implementations. [GSH] is deeply involved in Big Data and Data Fusion and machine learning techniques for European and National projects in Greece and establishment of infrastructure for spatial information (Metadata, Data Specifications, Data and Service Sharing and Monitoring and Reporting). Additionally, GSH holds extensive expertise in regards to operational requirements/scenarios definition in fields of data exchange/sharing in an interoperability manner. [GSH] is a member of EARSC, HASI and a funded member of si-cluster.

Project Members

Christos Kontopoulos, MSc

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​Christos Kontopoulos (male),[Cko] received his degree by the school of Rural & Surveying Engineering of the National and Technical University of Athens (NTUA). His main research interests and areas of specialization lie in the fields of GIS, remote sensing, photogrammetry and geospatial data analysis. He has been enrolled in several research projects and research teams, in the fields of WebGIS and geospatial data analysis while also presenting a great experience on photogrammetric, LIDAR data analyzing, cadastre and satellite data exploitation projects. He has also been involved in several other commercial projects., as a remote sensing and photogrammetry specialist, dealing with the processing and the analysis of multispectral and hyperspectral optical data, UAV data as well as LIDAR and SAR. In D^2EPC project he will act as the technical manager for all GSH’s related tasks and especially for the deployment of the online GIS tool.

Mrs. Vasiliki Charalampopoulou

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​Vasiliki (Betty) Charalampopoulou (female), [VCh] is a geologist, with a specialization on remote sensing, photogrammetry and GIS applications. In 1992, she graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and since then, she has been working on research projects in the area of photogrammetry, Earth observation and geoinformatics. She is actively enrolled in projects by ESA, EARSC and the GEO. Since 2011, she is the CEO of Geosystems – Hellas S.A., providing consulting, solutions and services on GIS and WebGIS, photogrammetry and Earth observation applications. As CEO and President she has established methodologies and formulated strategies, gaining many distributions and collaborations. She has also established several international collaborations with CNR, ESA, NASA, ISA, UNESCO, FIG, OGC, etc. and several international universities, local governments and industries, under the framework of collaborative H2020 and Interreg calls participation. In D^2EPC project she is responsible for the whole coordination of GSH team and related tasks.

Maria Chalakatevaki, MSc

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​Maria Chalakatevaki (female), [MCh] holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens - NTUA (Athens, Greece) and has also received her Masters degree (MSc) in Energy Production and Management in NTUA. Her working experience started early on during her undergraduate studies working with the H2020 - PEARLS project upon the renewable energies and overall energy consumption aspects and is also contributing in new proposals writings since then. In D^2EPC she will bring her energy building applications and policies expertise, and will carry out all relevant communications with the partners.

 

Cleopa Gmbh

CLEO

Cleopa GmbH is a provider of innovations in the energy sector since 1998 and offers a wide range of consulting and service offers. Dealing as efficient as possible with energy topics of our time, Cleopa offers solutions to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption of buildings (Residential, industrial etc) using state of the art methods and software (including BIM). Cleopa is trusted very well with the chances and challenges of energy efficiency projects, which is based on its long-standing activity in the energy consulting. Moreover, Cleopa is partner to various EU and National projects associated with the energy, financial, and business modelling sectors.

Project Members

MSc Christiana Panteli

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​Christiana Panteli is a researcher in Cleopa GmbH in the field of energy and buildings. Civil Engineering graduate focusing on Energy efficiency of buildings through state of the art digital tools. Graduate of Sustainable energy systems Masters Degree and having knowledge on Building's Energy related topics (Renewable energy sources design, Sustainable design of buildings). Currently a PhD student, highly interested in the research field of BIM and smart Buildings.

MSc Magdalena Okrzesik

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Magdalena Okrzesik is an architect - BIM coordinator in Cleopa GmbH. Graduated with a Master's degree in architecture from the University in Poland. Involved in the creation of buildings models in BIM technology. Currently expanding her knowledge in the field of energy performance certification of buildings. Interested in research of smart homes, and all the processes of implementing smart technologies.

MSc Alessandra Manzini

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​Alessandra Manzini is a PhD candidate at the University IUAV of Venice (defence in September 2022). She holds a MSc degree in  Planning and policies for cities, environment and landscapes from IUAV, Venice (Italia). She holds a MA in International Relations and a BA in Human Rights and Cultures from the Alma Mater Studiorum of the University of Bologna. She is currently a research associate at Cleopa Gmbh with specific tasks in Research and Innovation projects in the sector of Energy Efficiency and  Energy Transition. 

 

SEnerCon GmbH

SEC

SEnerCon is an energy service provider, focusing on Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings, Energy Consulting for the building sector and Energy Monitoring, also including non-residential buildings. Through partnerships with IoT/data acquisition specialists SEnerCon is able to implement significant reductions of energy demand and energy cost.
SEnerCon is also strong in developing innovative energy consulting approaches in research projects, making productive use of artificial intelligence and data science. SEnerCon is located in Berlin, having also a branch in Munich.  Senercon's senior-staff has 25 years engineering and consultancy experience in the field of asset based and operational EPC and building energy consulting. SEC provides IT support for its partner CO2Online in supporting private households and SMEs to save energy. The main energy saving advice channels are online applications that help consumers or employees detect and exploit energy saving potentials in their homes or working places, respectively.
The expertise of SEnerCon is frequently requested by national ministries as well as industry partners. On European level, SEnerCon was involved in several energy efficiency and ICT projects. Until today, SEnerCon online energy advice has been used more than 2.2 Mio times. Through its integrative multi-cultural setting, SEnerCon integrates perfectly in European projects but also features competencies to implement national projects with high maturity.

Project Members

Claudia Julius

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Claudia (gender female) holds a diploma in Biology and an EU diploma in Environmental Sciences. She has 20 years of experiences in project development and coordination in the field of energy efficiency on national and European level. She has developed and coordinated the ECCC and EECC campaign and developed the HEMON pilot project part of the FINESCE project. During the EECC project she involved companies and organized workshops for companies on energy efficiency and employee motivation.

Gerfried Cebrat

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​Gerfried (gender male) holds a diploma in mechanical engineering, specialising in heat and steam technologies and a diploma work assessing of heat pumps for district heating with heat from sewage plant. He finalized studies in technological environmental engineering and obtained a Ph.d. on tactical energy controlling of serial hybrid electric vehicles, all at the Technical University Graz. He has more than 20 years of experience in research promotional national and EU projects in the domains of energy efficiency and worked as assessor for building energy and renewable energy and energy auditor. He has developed the ERANet projects EPC4SES and FinSESCo, exploiting export data resulting from EPC issuing.

 

Asociacion Espanola de Normalizacion

UNE

​The Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) is legally designated as the National Standardization Body of Spain. It is the national representative and member of the European (CEN/CENELEC), International (ISO/IEC) and Pan-American (COPANT) Standards Organizations, and member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
More than 32000 standards in catalogue, 200 national technical committees and 150 responsibilities (chairpersons, secretariats, convenors) in international standardization committees are a sample of the experience developed as national standards body during more than 30 years.
Formally, it is a non-profit-making, private, independent and multisector organisation, recognised at National, European and International level. Through the development of technical standards helps improve the quality and competitiveness of companies, products and services.

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Project Members

Aitor Aragón

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MSc Civil Engineer working in the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) as responsible for BIM, sustainability in construction, and several construction product committees, also acting as Secretariat for ISO and CEN working groups for sustainability assessment applied to civil engineering works.

Previously worked in AENOR, as responsible for the Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) verification programme, GlobalEPD. Also participated as member of the board of European association ECO Platform (4 years as Vicepresident). Before, worked in the Vianova System group in software development applied to civil engineering, starting in the Norwegian headquarters and, after that, as co-founder and engineer in the Spanish branch, Vianova Systems Spain.

 

DEMO Consultants BV

DMO

DEMO Consultants is an independent consultancy firm specialized in Real Estate Information Management and works from three business units: Consultancy, Software and Research. It was established in 1996 and is based in Delft, The Netherlands.

DEMO supports its clients with real estate information management and produces innovative software products, such as the Real Estate Suite. Expert systems with user friendly apps, dashboards and other practical features. Software for the development and management of buildings and civil infrastructure. The Real Estate Suite comprises BIM, GIS, IoT, big data, VR/AR and Artificial intelligence technologies. DEMO team consists of building engineers, architects, real estate specialists, researchers and IT specialists. This expertise, extensive experience and an eye for current market developments ensures that DEMO offers its customers innovative and result-oriented solutions.

DEMO helps its customers by developing and delivering services and systems that consistently answer various real estate questions from various users at the right time, in the right place, and in an understandable manner at the lowest possible cost. 

Project Members

André van Delft

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​André is the managing director and founder of DEMO Consultants and is responsible for strategy, management and business development. He is also an experienced consultant specializing in real estate information management and developer of real estate software for buildings and infrastructure. He has designed and built various software solutions for ministries, municipalities, housing corporations, asset managers and research institutions. He also has more than twenty-five years of experience in various international research consortia in which DEMO has participated as a partner or coordinator and continues to participate. André combines a creative, innovative information management approach with a down-to-earth, pragmatic approach to developing and implementing software solutions and services for DEMO's customers. André studied architecture at TU Delft with a specialization in Construction Management and Real Estate Management.

Mija Sušnik

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​Mija is a researcher at DEMO Consultants with a background in Civil Engineering, a Master's degree in Building Engineering from University of Ljubljana (2018) and a Master's degree in Building Information Modelling from Politecnico di Milano (2020). In 2016 she was an Exchange student at Technical University of Denmark. She worked as an Engineering Consultant and Building Auditor focusing on reducing energy consumption in buildings (2018-2020). Her responsibility was also developing the strategy for implementing BIM into the business process and preparing educational webinars on BIM. In her recent research project (2020) she investigated the issues of interoperability between BIM and Calculation Virtual Environments for energy and acoustic analysis.

 

SGS TECNOS SA

SGS

SGS is the world’s leader in certification, inspections, verification and testing. It´s also a renowned multinational company with long experience in certifications for the energy sector. They work to achieve an improvement in the energy performance of its clients and partners. SGS Group, a multinational company, with more than 89,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 2,400 offices and laboratories in more than 120 countries.

SGS offers services that promote sustainable development, and our values also show a commitment to business sustainability. For us, sustainability is based on managing a profitable business in the long term, taking into account all environmental, social and economic effects, both positive and negative.

As energy efficiency and certification is one of the core business of SGS work, the enterprise seeks to improve the energy performance of its clients and partners, by assuring the safety and effectiveness of energy facilities.

Some of the SGS activities that will provide added value to this project are:
  • Environmental assessment and measurements.
  • Prevention, quality and environmental management systems.
  • Safety assessments
  • Plans for energy savings
  • Non-destructive and destructive testing
  • Development of training contents in safety and energy efficiency.
  • Sectorial studies: normative, legislation, safety rules, etc.
  • Fieldwork visits to facilities
  • CE-marking: evaluation to assure that a product complies with stringent EU product safety directives
  • "Product Audit Program: a set of activities that to certify certain characteristics of a product.
 
They will also provide their expertise in the energy efficiency sector, having developed plans for energy savings for companies and municipalities. As certification company, they can certificate energy savings and help to develop the energy efficiency plans to reduce consumption.

OUR VISION
We aim to be the most competitive and the most productive service organization in the world. Our core competencies in inspection, verification, testing and certification are being continuously improved to be best in class. They are at the heart of what we are. Our chosen markets are and will be determined by our ability to be the most competitive and to consistently deliver unequaled service to our customers.

OUR VALUES
We seek to be characterized by our passion, integrity, entrepreneurialism and our innovative spirit, as we continually strive to fulfill our vision. These values guide us in all that we do and are the bedrock upon which our organization is built.

SGS BY INDUSTRY
SGS offers services across 11 major industries through our nine business lines. Each business line develops and maintains world-class expertise to support the evolving needs of our customers. Thanks to our capabilities we are able to provide solutions to the challenges they face across the globe.

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https://www.sgs.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/sgs/

https://twitter.com/sgs_sa?lang=es

https://es-es.facebook.com/SGS/

https://youtu.be/YJduC8bPbGw


Project Members

Dr. Mercedes Rodriguez-Caro

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​Ms Mercedes Rodríguez-Caro is a Doctor of Medicine (Director of national and European R&D&I projects in different areas: safety, health, environment, energy, circular economy, intelligent cities, process digitalisation). She is an expert in the promotion and management of international R&D&I projects and actions. She has more than 20 years of experience in the coordination and management of singular projects. She has directed research and development projects in different areas, and has coordinated European consortia from conception to completion of the project. She is directly in charge of the development of new creative solutions, according to the review carried out on the client's experiences in each of the business lines. She designs and develops, together with different work teams, research and development projects for client and non-customer companies, public bodies, business associations and foundations, by identifying and maximising the grants for which their R&D&I projects are eligible, and then managing the entire life cycle of the grant and/or aid in its different forms.

Mrs Estefania Lopez

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Mrs. Estefania Lopez, has a degree in Law. After graduating she studied in-depth the judicial area. She began work at the European Association of Development Agencies (Brussels), starting her practice in the preparation and managing of the European Projects. She has experience in different EU Programmes: H2020, Interreg, Erasmus+, LIFE and COSME.

Mr Adrian Cano Cabanero

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​Mr Adrian Cano Cabanero graduated in Energy Engineering and Master in Energy Technologies for Sustainable Development. He has extensive experience with carrying out projects related to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, such as: Energy Audits, Technical Assistance for obtaining Sustainable Building Seals (BREEAM, LEED), Environmental Studies and Renewable Energy Viability Studies. Since 2017, he is a coordinator of Covenant of Mayors projects with the Provincial Council of Alicante, which includes the implementation of mitigation and adaptation plans for climate change (energy saving, emission reduction, water saving, etc.).

Mr Oscar Molins Teruel

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​Mr. Oscar Molins Teruel graduated in Energy Engineering and Master in Renewable Energy and Energy Effienciency. He has experience in renewable energy projects, carrying out projects with related to Energy Efficiency such as Energy Audits both industrial and in the tertiary sector, public lighting and hotels. He has held several training sessions regarding energy efficiency and feseability studies for the implementation of renewable energy in facilities.

Mr Antonio Dominguez Mas

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​Mr Antonio Dominguez Mas is an technician with ten years of experience in Energy Audits, both industrial and in the tertiary sector, public lighting, hotels, fleets of vehicles. He has participated in numerous environmental studies for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change of Mediterranean municipalities and held various conferences and training sessions. He has experience in thermographic analysis, testing of building facilities, energy certification and testing in gas installations.

 

HYPERTECH Energy Labs

HYP

Hypertech

is a Greek SME founded in 1997. Its Energy Labs unit specialises in offering ICT solutions for the Smart Grid of the future. It aims to provide flexible solutions for small and medium-sized electricity consumers and integrated solutions for electric utilities and service providers (Aggregators) in the field of demand management. The business strategy of Hypertech includes research and development of advanced technologies, to create a full suite of solutions and products appealing to everyone involved in the electricity market, namely:

·       Solutions for consumers: tools for creating detailed consumption profiles (Consumer Profiling), tools for personalized billing reports (Informative Billing) and innovative solutions for building automation and power-to-heat (thermal storage) in typical water heating and space heating devices.

·       Solutions for public agencies and business /industrial consumers: multi-parametric solutions to optimize energy consumption without compromising business performance targets (Enterprise Performance and Sustainability), tools for the analysis and real-time monitoring of power consumption data (Billing Analysis, Monitoring and Optimization), along with energy consumption forecasting and reporting tools.

·       Solutions for utilities and energy services companies: tools for analysing consumer portfolios and shaping optimized billing strategies, innovative solutions for forecasting and management of electricity demand, tools for electricity trading optimization and risk management and cutting-edge solutions for ensuring semantic interoperability between infrastructure / devices / systems of the Smart Grid, adopting the approach of the Internet of Things (Cloud and Standards-Based Services – "Internet of the Grid").

Hypertech has been actively involved in EU co-funded R&D programmes since its establishment. In the H2020 framework, Hypertech is currently coordinating projects MERLON, UtilitEE & COGITO and is the technical manager of PARITY, MERLON, BIMERR, PLANET, HOLISDER & DRIMPAC. It also currently participates as a main technology partner in FLEXIGRID & iELECTRIX.
Hypertech holds vast experience on various aspects of the DSM spectrum and the development of innovative tools both for the consumer, as well as, for the utilities and aggregators.

Project Members

Thanos Kalamaris

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Thanos Kalamaris received a B.Sc. in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2012; a M.Sc. in Physics & Technological Applications from National Technical University of Athens in 2014 and a M.Sc. in Data Science from Athens University of Economics & Business in 2017. He has worked as a researcher in the National Centre of Scientific Research "Demokritos" in the Institute of Nuclear & Particle Physics in terms of the Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment of CERN. Thanos has also previous consulting experience in the business sector. He has worked as a Data Analyst in a global audit firm, as well as an Energy Efficiency Analyst in the Department of Development in a large retail company where he heavily contributed to the accreditation of the ISO50001 certification. He is currently working as an R&D Engineer and Project Manager at Hypertech Technologies participating in D^2EPC project.

 

Austrian Standards International

ASI

​Austrian Standards International – Standardization and Innovation” (ASI) is the recognized standardization body in Austria, a non-profit service organization founded in 1920. It is part of a national, European and international standardization network: the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Austrian Standards International cooperates with the Austrian Electrotechnical Association (OVE), which is responsible for standardization in the electrotechnical field being member of CENELEC and IEC.

Project Members

Dr. Karl Grün

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​Karl Grün made his PhD in physics at the Technical University of Vienna and is working for Austrian Standards International since 1994. He is Director Standards Development leading the standards development department of Austrian Standards International. At European level he is member of the Technical Board of the European Committee for Standardization CEN, was Chairman of the Technical Committee Management Group (TCMG), member of the CEN-CENELEC Innovation Plan Steering Committee, member of the StandICTeu2023 Expert Advisory Group. He is member in the Working Group on Standards of the Association Industry 4.0 Austria - The Platform for Smart Production. He is lecturer about Standardization at different Universities in Austria.

Stefan Wagmeister

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​Education: studied architecture at Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien); Professional status: Deputy Director Standards Development (Austrian Standards International - A.S.I.)

Dipl.-Ing. Fernando Moya Cervelló

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​Mr. Fernando Moya Cervelló is a Civil Engineer (MSc Civil Engineering) graduated from the Alfonso X el Sabio University of Madrid, Spain, and Business Administration postgraduate (MBA) at Valencian International University, Spain. He is currently a Committee Manager at Austrian Standards International (ASI) in Vienna, Austria. His current focus at ASI is managing national standardization activities in the field of building technologies and equipment and energy sector. Fernando participates in several innovation projects funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020). Prior to joining the Austrian Standards International team, Fernando was Project Manager & Consultant focusing on the development of various international infrastructure PPP projects.

 

Frederic Research Center

FRC

​Frederick Research Center (FRC) is a leading research non-profit organization in Cyprus. It was established in 1995 in order to create a solid foundation for the development of scientific research activities of Cypriot and foreign scientists. Members of the FRC are the faculty of the Frederick University and independent scientists that promote their research through their collaboration with the FRC. Since its establishment, the Center has been involved in more than 80 externally funded research projects. The research initiatives and activities that are being carried out at the Center, have been funded predominantly from external sources through competitive national and European programs, including Horizon2020, LIFE, ERASMUS+, LLP, FP7 and from Regional Funds (INTERREG). Besides the self-funded creative and other projects, the staff has implemented or currently running more than a hundred R&D and consulting projects, the majority of which are coordinated by FRC researchers. As a consequence, the necessary services have been developed (e.g. Research, Financial, International & Public Relations) that provide the required support for the administrative, legal and financial management of funded projects such as the one proposed.
The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) of FRC (http://sus-energ.org) is an ISO 9000 certified group, which engages with state-of-the-art research in the fields of experimental and computational building physics, sustainable energy technologies, and also offers high- quality laboratory and consulting services. SERG has been involved in several research projects in these fields (PCPLASTER – M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2012, BioVernacular- National Framework Program of RPF for 2009-2010, SupERB – RPF for Research, Technological Development and Innovation “Restart 2016-2020”, Smart Growth, Integrated Projects; ACES – ERACOBUILD. The members of the SERG also have a rich collection of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals and proceedings in the thematic areas of energy efficiency and energy upgrading of buildings, as well as building physics and Life Cycle Assessment of individual building elements or whole buildings.

Project Members

Professor Paris A. Fokaides

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​Paris A. Fokaides is an Assistant Professor of Energy and Thermofluids in the Engineering School of Frederick University and a Senior Researcher at Frederick Research Center. Dr. Fokaides’ research is primarily concerned with experimental thermofluid mechanics, with a particular focus on the field of buildings’ energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies. He is the author and/or co-author of over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as 15 book chapters. He also offers numerous courses in the field of Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Process Engineering. He is the coordinator of two MSc Programmes in the field of Sustainable Energy Systems (at Frederick University and at the Open University of Cyprus).

Dr. Panagiota Konatzii

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Dr. Panagiota Konatzii is a post-doctoral researcher of the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) at Frederick University. She received a B.Sc. degree and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus in 2012 and 2013 respectively. She completed successfully a Ph.D. in Architecture at the same Department in 2020. She had been awarded a scholarship for postgraduate studies by the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation in 2014. During her postgraduate studies, she participated in research projects and published part of her research work in international scientific journals and conferences. She currently working in the field of BIM modeling, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for buildings and the sustainable built environment.

Ms Phoebe-Zoe Morsink-Georgali

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Ms. Phoebe-Zoe Morsink-Georgali is a Mechanical Engineer (BSc Mechanical Engineering) graduate from the Technological Education Institute of Chalkida, Greece, 2012 and Energy Engineer postgraduate (MSc Sustainable Energy Systems) at Frederick University, Cyprus, 2017. She is currently a Research Associate at the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) in Frederick University, engaging with state-of-the-art research regarding the sustainability assessment of sustainable and efficient energy technologies and products.

 

Austrian Energy Agency

AEA

​The Austrian Energy Agency was founded in 1977 as a non-profit-making scientific association. Its General Assembly comprises some of the most distinguished representatives of the Austrian Energy Sector. In 2011, the Austrian Energy Agency counted among its approximately 50 members the federal government, the nine federal provinces, important enterprises from the fields of energy industry and energy engineering, banks, interest groups, scientific organisations, energy agencies and consulting companies. This diversified structure is an essential prerequisite for independence and at the same time guarantees a good balance between theoretical scientific background and practical approach.

The Austrian Energy Agency develops strategies for sustainable and secure energy supply, provides advice and training, and is the networking platform for the energy industry.

Climate active, the climate protection initiative launched by The Austrian Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) is managed by the Austrian Energy Agency and coordinates the various measures in the areas of mobility, energy saving, construction & renovation and renewable energy.


AEA provides scientifically founded advice for decision-makers in politics, business and administration – both nationally and internationally. As a competence centre for energy AEA concentrates on three strategic areas: "mission zero", transformation and smart energy.
Focusing on mission zero the Austrian Energy Agency pursues the long-term objective of building a fossil-fuel free future through strategy development und the implementation of concrete measures. The Austrian Energy Agency employs a staff of around 84 people including secretarial support and has 8.5 million Euros annual turnover.

Project Members

DI MSc Nagmeh Altmann-Mavaddat

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​Senior Expert Buildings, in the Austrian Energy Agency since 2012 in the field of energy efficient buildings. Key activities focus on implementation of Energy Performance of Building Directive in the building regulations, Energy performance Certificate databases, uptake recommendation of the EPCs in the renovation and evaluation of training schemes for implementation of cross craft skills in construction. She has planned energy efficient buildings and published reports and articles about Quality and trends of renovation of the Austrian building stock and implementation of EPBD in Europe. Has a Master of Advanced Science (MSc) of the danube University in Krems in Solar Architecture and Diplom Engineer (DI) in Architecture of the Technical University in Vienna.

Nicole Hartl

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Ms Nicole Hartl has worked as a senior expert in buildings since 2007 in the Austrian Energy Agency. She contributed to carrying out the national climate protection programme klimaaktiv building and refurbishing. This included composing training materials and training energy consultants, architects and building owners of private service buildings and large volume residential buildings, organising and leading regular network meetings and events for the mentioned target group and establishing information materials. She has developed and realised tools to push the realisation of refurbishments in service buildings and the industry. She has also set up the evaluation system for the State Award Tourism – Energy efficiency in hotels and restaurants and sets up, leads and carries out EU-projects. She has an engineering degree (DI) from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria – School of Engineering and Environmental Sciences in Ecological Energy Engineering and is a Certified Environmental and Project Manager.


Patrick Vidovic

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​Mr Patrick Vidovic has been working as Junior Expert in the division Buildings in the Austrian Energy Agency since 2020. During his master's degree, he focused on low-tech office buildings and the user comfort in those. During an internship he calculated Energy Performance Certificates for office buildings in Austria and Germany and certified buildings according to various sustainability certificates (DGNB, ÖGNI,…). He received his Master of Advanced Science (MSc) at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, where he specialized in "User needs in low-tech office buildings".

 

IsZEB - Intelligent Solutions for Zero and Positive Energy Buildings

ISZEB

IsZEB is the Linked Third Party of CERTH that will undertake specific efforts for the scientific research around building smartness and EPCs and support the market outreach and the dissemination/communicatiion activities of the project.

IsZEB is a cluster of companies that have vast experience in both basic as well as applied research. By bringing together research and industrial stakeholders, IsZEB is able to support extended and market-oriented high TRL scientific results, based on real-life needs of SMEs and industrial key players in the energy and construction sectors. With it’s focus on smart buildings, as active building blocks of the new smart grid paradigm, IsZEB aims to go beyond current certifications and provide dynamic certificates that combine energy and smart characteristics. This is expected to enable such entities with a variety of digitised ancillary services that will empower them to participate in multiple new markets, including the opportunities deriving from the smart grid and the recently introduced energy communities. Combining both the experience and the state-of-the-art knowhow, IsZEB will support CERTH, and through that D^2EPC, but providing valuable market-driven insight to the various project aspects, complementing business-related aspects, while enriching further dissemination and exploitation activities. IsZEB aligns perfectly with the D^2EPC objectives and can enrich significantly the activities around SRI and EPCs, while also actively contributing in both dissemination and exploitation activities, by introducing valuable insight from industrials stakeholders as well as leveraging promotion opportunities deriving from its ecosystem. In particular, IsZEB will support the project as a partner within WP1, WP2, WP3, WP6, WP7, and WP8 activities.