The scientific coordination will be taken over by the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). NOTRE will bring together the team from the multidisciplinary Social Computing Research Centre (SCRC) located in Cyprus with four internationally-leading counterparts in Europe, while stimulating scientific excellence and innovation capacity.

The advanced partners are four of most prominent European centres of excellence (FORTH-ICS, Greece; iMdea, Spain; MIRALab, Switzerland; University of Dusseldorf, Germany). They complement the NOTRE concept in different ways: they have strong research groups in areas related to Social Computing.


Cyprus University of Technology


Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is an established public university, which was founded by law on December 2003. It is one of three state universities in Cyprus. Cyprus University of Technology is a dynamic university with six leading schools/faculties and 10 academic departments, able to offer education and high level research, in primary branches of science and applied technology, at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Currently CUT runs a number of master courses including a Masters in Environmental Health (in English) in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) has as its strategic target the design and development of research activities both within the University and in cooperation with other research Institutes in Cyprus and abroad. The research emphasis of CUT is reflected in the substantial funding provided to academics for the establishment of research centres and laboratories. CUT aims at transferring knowledge (education) and producing new knowledge through basic and applied research in all the academic fields of the University’s six Faculties.

Research is carried out in each different Department or between two or more Departments, under the responsibility of one or more members of the academic staff. University research activities are realized through funding secured from two major sources: from the University’s state funded budget and from different organizations, entities or private sources at national, European and international level who award, with or without a competition, specific research projects to research groups and/or individual members of the Academic staff. Strengthening of the research management support and infrastructure, with the aim of securing externally funded projects, is another major objective of the University.

Moreover, the University has adopted principles in relation to research which conform with the European Union’s declarations relating to the creation of the European Research Area (ERA). CUT research and academic staff is involved in various Research Activities and National and European Research Programmes. CUT has managed to dispose of a significant number, of National Research Projects funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and of European Research Projects funded under the European Research Framework Programmes (FP6, FP7, HORIZON2020), the LIFE and IEE Programmes, the European Territorial Cooperation Programmes and other. In details, CUT research and academic staff is involved in 150 Projects with a total funding/contribution over than 18 million Euro.


Research Labs:

Microsoft Computer Games and Emerging Technologies Research Lab (

Visual Media Computing Lab (

Cyprus Interaction Lab (


Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas


The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with we ll organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. FORTH reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The Foundation, with headquarters in Heraklion, operating the following institutes: Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL); Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB); Institute of Computer Science (ICS); Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM); Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS); The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT); Division of Biomedical Research of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB).

The research and technological directions of FORTH focus on areas of major scientific, social, and economic interest, such as: Microelectronics, Lasers, Materials, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biotechnology, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics, Robotics, Telecommunications, Computational Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Human and Social Sciences, Cultural Studies. ICS-FORTH is currently creating a state-of-the-art AmI Facility, which occupies a three-floor 3,000 square meters building and comprises six simulated AmI-augmented environments, including a fully accessible two-floor home simulator.



IMDEA Networks Institute


IMDEA Networks Institute is one of the 7 IMDEA Research Institutes created in 2006 as a non- profit public Research Institute, with the objective of performing world-class research, carrying out technology transfer and attract talented researchers to the region of Madrid. As a growing, English- speaking institute, IMDEA Networks offers a unique opportunity for pioneering scientists to develop their ideas.Its multinational team is engaged in cutting-edge fundamental science in all areas of networking. IMDEA Networks counts with a number of prestigious researchers experienced in participating in EU and national funded projects, such as eCousin, iJOIN, Associated with document Ref. Ares(2015)4428279 – 20/10/2015

CROWD, FLAVIA, GeoNet, MEDIANET, E2NET and PASITO. Research members from the IMDEA team
involved in this project have a strong publication record, including publications in top-level journals (e.g., IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Journal of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Communication Magazine) and conferences (e.g., ACM STOC, ACM SIGCOMM e-Energy, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE FOCS, IEEE WoWMoM, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC), and good experience in technology transfer to industry.

IMDEA Networks is a leading institution in the analysis of all kind of networks and graphs, with particular expertise in the following:

• Big Data Infrastructure: programming in the Hadoop ecosystem (MapReduce, HBase, Pig), setting up
infrastructures (with local resources, or in the cloud with Elastic Map Reduce), and development of new big data solutions (including Spark / Scala).
• Machine Learning: experience developing solutions based on machine learning algorithms (PCA, SVD, decision trees) and its applications to large datasets.
• Natural language processing: development of new algorithms for NLP processing, based graph analysis, with applications to topic detection and sentiment analysis.
• Graph analysis: analysis of extremely large network graphs (Giraph, Neo4j, GraphLab, R).
• Social networks: gathering information from social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, and others), inference, modeling, and analysis of the social graph.



Interactive Systems DEI Lab

DEIThe DEI Lab at the Computer Science Department of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is concerned with research in different areas related to interaction, collaboration and learning. The lab’s objectives are to research, develop, and transfer technology, applying their results in real projects.



Universite De Geneve


Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 16’000 students of more than 140 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university.

UNIGE offers more than 280 types of degrees and more than 250 Continuing Education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields: exact sciences, medicine and humanities. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics. UNIGE is also host and co-host to six National Centres of Competence in Research: Frontiers in Genetics, Materials with Novel Electronic Properties (MaNEP), Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective. The university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. This acclaim has been won in part due to its strong ties to many national and international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.




University of Düsseldorf


Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is one of the younger higher education institutions in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia – founded in 1965. Since 1988 our university has carried the name of one of the city’s finest sons. Today around 25,000 students study at a modern campus under conditions ideally suited to academic life. As a campus university where everything is close together, all buildings including the University Hospital and the specialised libraries are easily reachable. Our university departments enjoy an excellent reputation due to an exceptionally high number of collaborative research centres. Moreover, the state capital Düsseldorf provides an attractive environment with a high quality of life.