The Cyprus Institute will be closely cooperating with Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany’s largest computational centre, as part of a European Commission program.
‘Teaming’ is a competitive European Program that creates new or update existing centres of excellence through a coupling process with a leading scientific institution.
Taking part in the program is part of the Institute’s aims to develop a Centre of Excellence in Simulation and Data Science.
The project that received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, was among around 200 other programs under the European Union’s ‘Teaming’ action, according to a Cyprus News Agency (CNA) report earlier this week.
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In order to prepare a sustainable business plan, the Cyprus Institute will be in close cooperation with Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany’s largest computational centre.
The Institute will also be cooperating with local partners the Departments of Antiquities, and Meteorology, and Nicosia General Hospital, as well as two SMEs, Hyperion Systems Engineering, and SignalGeneriX ,connecting the center directly to commercial applications.
The upgraded Computation -based Science and Technology Research Centre will provide access to computing infrastructure, training, dedicated support and services to Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
During a presentation on Monday, project coordination Professor Constantia Alexandrou explained the importance of scientific discovery through simulation.
She said simulation has been established as a key element in solving world’s most challenging problems.
Alexandrou added that the Centre of Excellence will explore the opportunities arising from the convergence of super computer big data and cloud computing technologies.
Alexandrou said that the project aims at developing powerful supercomputing in Cyprus to join the rest of the Europe in scientific progress, to enhance scientific capabilities and competitiveness in Cyprus, to address problems created by the economic crisis and to enhance Cyprus role in the Eastern Mediterranean.
That, she added, will be achieved through cooperation with Jülich Research Center which has one of the largest supercomputing centers in the world.
Alexandrou pointed out the Institute’s vision is to use simulation and data science to address grand challenges as to preserve cultural heritage, predict climate change, explore renewable energy and personalise medicine.
The vision also includes providing a cutting-edge computational infrastructure in Cyprus and to engage more researchers and technical personnel in the project.
In his welcome address President of The Cyprus Institute Professor Costas Papanicolas, said that without research centres, Cyprus faces the danger to stay behind of the rest of the world in utilising the opportunities that are brought about by data-science and simulation.
The project, he added, aligns with the European priorities and aims to embed Cyprus in the European roadmap.
He added that Monday event marked the beginning of a year-long effort aiming to engage the research communities, governmental institutions and industry to prepare a roadmap outlining the steps to be taken towards establishing the Centre of Excellence.
Papanicolas said the upgraded center will provide access to cut-edge computing infrastructure, train the next generation of scientists and to develop the tool and services for the academic, industrial and entrepreneurial communities including the government and industry.
In his speech Director General of Research Promotion Foundation Vassilis Tsakalos said that the project offers a new possibility to expand the capacity of a major research infrastructure so that new computational tools can be created, new paths in research on cultural heritage, energy, health and other sciences can be opened, more data of private companies and public services can be analysed, new opportunities for education and innovation can be created.