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Hellenic Competition for Educational Robotics, Research and Innovation for children

You are invited on the 30th season of FIRST LEGO LEAGUE! Get ready to check out the engines, take off, and get into orbit. The biggest Hellenic Competition for Educational Robotics, Research and Innovation for children and this year in Volos!

The FIRST LEGO League for this school year 2018 - 2019 is under the auspices of the President of the Greek Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, has the title "Into Orbit". More than 300,000 children around the world imagine traveling with their team to space, to explore, learn, and find solutions as universe scientists and engineers. During the season, teams will choose and solve a real problem within the Project. They will build, test and plan an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. During the preparation and duration of the contest, the children will work together and discover new research paths

There are qualifying games in Athens, Volos, Veria, Thessaloniki, Crete & Xanthi. Only the 1/3 of the participating teams will take part in the big final competition on March 2019 in Thessaloniki. In Volos, for second year, on February 2, 2019 at the University of Thessaly (Argonafton and Filellinon) more than 120 children from Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa and Volos will take part to the semi-final competition solving a realistic problem about space and its mysteries. An exclusive organizer for Greece and Cyprus is the eduACT (Educational and Non-profit Association), which aims to promote innovative educational practices and technology. Strategic partner and co-organizer for the whole region of Thessaly is the University of Thessaly through the Development and Management Company University of Thessaly
An informative meeting and a brief presentation of the Competition, the track and this year's missions to coaches and mentors who are interested in taking part with their teams will take place on Friday 16 November 2018 at 19:30. at the Amphitheater of the former French Institute (G. Kartali-Rozou, Volos). For more information, please call 6944965406 (Mr. Kourias) and 2421074636 & 6974007962 (Mr. Proias) or visit www.eadp.uth.gr


First Prize at the European Xilinx Open Hardware 2018 Competition

The students Nikos Katsaros and Nikos Patsiatzis received the first prize in the Xilinx Open Hardware Design Contest 2018 competition, organized by Xilinx, the world's largest FPGA manufacturing company. Their project "Real Time HOG Implementation", first among European universities, was part of their thesis (supervisor Nick Bella). About a hundred teams of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students from around Europe took part in the competition. The two students were awarded at a ceremony held at Xilinx headquarters in Dublin.


Research project GAIA (Diophantos and TALOS University of Thessaly)

The research team Diophantos has developed and continuously expanded an Internet of Things infrastructure into school buildings in Europe to save energy. The target is to develop relevant teaching content addressed to all levels of education. At present, Diophantos coordinates the European project “Green Awareness In Action” (H2020 GAIA, http://gaiaproject.eu/), which involves schools from Greece, Italy and Sweden. GAIA aims to save energy in school buildings through an educational approach by changing the behavior of the educational community. Students and teachers will take detailed measurements about the energy consumption. In this context, collaboration begins with the TALOS educational robotics, programming and constructions team, University of Thessaly. Diophantos will directly expand the infrastructure with sensors in the building where the group (ex. French Institute, G. kartali 72 and Rozou str.)) and the 8th Gymnasium of Volos. With this research program, access will be given to environmental data from these sensors at the university team TALOS, as well as to students and teachers, in order to implement new educational actions based on modern ICT technologies. At the same time, it will bring together students and teachers with their respective educational communities from 22 schools and 3 countries.

More information soon on our website ... www.talos.uth.gr and www.eadp.uth.gr.


The Inauguration of the New Rectorate

On 14-09-2018, a Ceremony and a Press Conference about the Inauguration of the New Rectorate of the University of Thessaly was held at the Conference Room of the Rectorate Hall of the Papastratos building, with the presence of the current Rector and the members of the Rectorate Council. The former Rector, Professor George Petrakos, wished every success, presented a brief overall report of the work during the four-year period, 2014-2018, and placed himself at the disposal of the new Rector. The new Rector, Professor Zissis Moumouris, thanked Mr Petrakos for the work of the previous administration and referred to the main issues that will concern the Administration of the University of Thessaly in the new four-year term.


Hippocrates. The Eternal Return.

A series of events called “Hippocrates -The Eternal Return” has been successfully concluded for the second consecutive year, in honor of the father of Medicine. The series of events were under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos, co-organized by the School of Medicine of the University of Thessaly, the Region of Thessaly, the Municipality of Larissa, the Association "Hippocrates in Larissa", the Medical Association of Larissa and the Panhellenic Medical Association.


University of Thessaly and TALOS project

University of Thessaly and TALOS project. This year marks the second anniversary of the seamless operation of the innovative robotics, programming and creative craft workshops which continue with tremendous success this year for hundreds of students between the ages of 5 to16.

Since 2016, the University of Thessaly, by making full use of material and human resources, co-ordinates and implements with great success the self-financed project TALOS. In the framework of the programme, apart from the innovative creation and expression workshops involving children in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of highly trained scientists and trainers (faculty members, PhDs, Doctoral Candidates, postgraduate students), several distinctions in domestic and international competitions have already been noted (the team qualified for the finals of the FLL international robotics competition among 170 teams from all over Greece, ranking among the 10 most prominent teams in the European AstroPiest ESA competition among 250 teams from all over Europe, also receiving an award for the original robotic seismograph in the relevant Pan-Hellenic Competition and receiving a team award by the President of the Hellenic Republic for innovative educational actions in the wider region of Thessaly etc.). For the year 2018-2019, TALOS's is going to carry out a series of enriched workshops based on new partnerships on both a local and national level, always focusing on bringing children into creative youth development technological scenarios as well as involving them in scenarios in which the use of modern tools is necessary, focusing on issues of aesthetic and tactile creation.


Lifelong Learning Centre (KEDIVIM)

Lifelong Learning Centre (KEDIVIM) (Video)


4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility (CSUM2018)

The University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering, Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory – TTLog, organized the 4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2018 which was held at “THE SKIATHOS PALACE HOTEL”, in Skiathos Island, Greece on 24 – 25 May 2018. The Conference focused on Data analytics: Paving the way to sustainable urban mobility, as a sequence on the themes of the previous three events on green modes of transport, the impact of ITS in transit services and behavior, and the anthropocentric approach in urban mobility planning. The increasing and demanding needs for transport services, alleviating at the same time the consequences on the sustainability of the urban agglomeration and environment, place the emerging technologies as the top priority of the involved stakeholders. In the era of big data and digitization, the interest is set to meet the challenge of providing high level mobility services through exploring the new capabilities opened to the domain. Data mining, data analytics and machine learning techniques are in play. GPS and smart personal appliances, point detectors and social media are indicative sources providing ample information, which when handled properly is transformed to vital knowledge for better planning and achieving sustainable mobility.
The geospatial perspective of big data is discussed in some researchers’ work, which focuses on social networking and the usage of crowdsourcing in affecting mobility planning and travelers behavior. Urban space plays an important role in the livable city and its preservation is associated to eco friendly travel activities and transportation infrastructure design and some conference papers demonstrate that. Controlling CO2 emissions is the main concern of policy makers, who promote and favor mobility as a service and collaborative and cooperative transportation systems. Relevant topics are covered by researchers, in various applications. Incident detection, demand and traffic management, trip planning, shared infrastructure, shared connected and autonomous vehicles constitute some of the areas of research involving big data, depicted in another group of papers. Their applicability raises cyber security issues and the associated legal aspects, which are still under investigation, are addressed.
The above topics and many more were the content of CSUM2018. Delegates from 28 countries shared their interests, findings and experience. Following at least a three-round open review process, 103 papers of 268 authors were selected out of the 168 submitted, and were presented at the Conference, with the addition of three keynotes and two stakeholders’ presentations.

CSUM2018 was sponsored by:
- Marathon Data Systems
- SKIATHOSlife (media sponsor),

and, was supported by:
- European commission H2020 – PROJECT ALLIANCE (Enhancing excellence and innovation capacity in sustainable transport interchanges
- Region of Thessaly – Regional Unit of Magnesia and Sporades
- European commission H2020 – Project NOVELOG (New cooperative business models and guidance for sustainable city logistics).

Conference’s thematic areas were:
- Data-driven infrastructure management
- Transport data and analytics
- Big data and transport modelling
- Big data in transport system optimization
- Social networks and traveller behavior
- Traffic emissions and environmental impacts
- Public transport and demand responsive systems
- City logistics systems
- Application of big data technologies in transport
- Data security and legal issues

For more information about the programme and the activities of CSUM2018, please visit our website: http://csum.civ.uth.gr/.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of CSUM2018,
University of Thessaly, Department of Civil Engineering
Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory - TTLog
Pedion Areos, GR-38334
Volos, Greece
Tel.: +30-2421074164, +30-2421074158, +30-2421074191
Fax: +30-2421074131
E-mail: infocsum@civ.uth.gr
Conference website: http://csum.civ.uth.gr/

Press Release


Press Release For The 2018 Fish Farming Conference On "The Greek Fish Farming As The Leader Of Development Of The National Economy"

The 2018 Fish Farming Conference on "The Greek Fish Farming as the Leader of Development of the National Economy" was held at Domotel Kastri Hotel on 22 & 23 June 2018, under the auspices of the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic.

The main purpose of the conference was to bring together everyone involved in aquaculture; scientists and professionals both from Greece and the European Union, and to start a fruitful dialogue on the issues that concern the sector in Greece.

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, gave a welcome speech and among the keynote speakers of the conference was the Rector of the University of Thessaly, Professor Georgios Petrakos. The Professor of Urban Planning of the University of Thessaly, Mr. Dimitris Economou, expounded on his proposition on "Special Spatial Planning for Aquaculture: Axes of a Future Review". Assistant Professor Panagiotis Verilis of the Department of Agriculture, Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment of the School of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Thessaly, expounded on his proposition on “Greek Aquaculture: Research and Development for Global Leadership".


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