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Annual Spectrum Challenge in UTH

On 9th of February 2017, the annual Spectrum Challenge of University of Thessaly was held as the final competition between eleven teams that attented the HY448 class. In this competition the teams demonstrated their USRP-based radio design that could best use a given communication channel in the presence of other dynamic users and interfering signals. The Challenge was not focused on developing new radio hardware, but instead was targeted at finding strategies for guaranteeing successful communication in the presence of other radios that may have conflicting co-existence objectives. The Spectrum Challenge entailed head-to-head competitions between each team’s radio protocol and an opponent’s in a structured testbed environment based on the NITOS infrastructure.

 

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Teams competing in the Semifinals of the Challenge

 

Results of each match are being analysed
Results of each match are being analysed

 

Isotropic Thunders, winners of the Challenge
Isotropic Thunders, winners of the Challenge

 

The Spectrum Challenge event included a poster session, where the teams had to defend their ideas in front of the research personnel of NITLab. Two awards were given to two selected teams. The Best Idea Award following the votes of the attendants was given to Phantomades and the Spectrum Challenge Award was given to the winning team, Isotropic Thunder.

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Phantomades team, winners of the best innovative idea as voted by the NITlab team

This was the 3rd year of a successful Spectrum Challenge that was inspired by the DARPA Spectrum Challenge.

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Poster Session

Berlin Pilot 1st workshop, MAZI project

The 1st workshop of the Berlin Pilot of the MAZI project was organized, in Prinzessinnengarten, on 15 July 2016, in Berlin, Germany. The workshop was hosted by the Neighborhood Academy, the Design Research Lab and the MAZI project, which is coordinated by NITlab.

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The Prinzessinnengarten in the centre of Berlin, where the workshop took place

The event was attended by all members of the MAZI consortium and other invited guests included: Anna Heilgemeir/ Robert Burghardt (Stadt von Unten), Enrico Schönberg (Mietshäusersyndikat), Angelica Levi (Artist), Michelle Teran (Artist), Ruschka Steininger (Artist/ L.A.Müller), Matthias Jud (Artist/ Wachter & Jud), Marco Clausen & Åsa Sonjasdotter (Nachbarschaftsakademie).

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MAZI partners presenting the project to public audience

During the workshop the first prototypes of the MAZI project were presented and discussions around DIY networks took place that intended to go beyond the ecosystem of MAZI. The main objectives of this event were therefore, on the one hand, to present MAZI to a wider audience and publicly discuss relevant topics around the project‘s objectives, and on the other hand, to connect and exchange ideas between MAZI partners and local initiatives of the Berlin Pilot and relevant actors.

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The Letterbox, one of the prototypes of the Berlin Pilot

FLEX 2nd Open Call Kickoff Meeting

The FLEX 2nd Open Call Kickoff meeting was organized by NITlab, in Volos, Greece on 23 and 24 June 2016, together with the Plenary meeting of the FLEX core partners on 22 June.

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During the project's Plenary Meeting on 22 June, FLEX partners presented the latest progress of each Work Package, discussed about past activities and agreed on future steps. Moreover, the results of the 1st Open Call projects were presented.

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plenary meeting

The next two days, on 23 and 24 June, the 13 new Open Call partners introduced to the consortium the 9 innovative projects/experiments coming through the 2nd Open Call procedure.

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You can find more information related to the FLEX project and its 2nd Open Call here.

SmartFIRE ends with great success!

The SmartFIRE project ended on 31 December 2015, with great success and very impressing outcomes.

All partners of the consortium contributed to the design and the development of a unified and human-friendly platform for controlling, managing, provisioning and experimenting on top of the largest experimental infrastructures in Europe and South Korea.

The final achievements and outcomes of the project can be found in the final Press Release.

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MAZI kickoff meeting

The kickoff meeting of the MAZI project was organized by NITlab, in Volos, Greece on the 14th- 15th of January 2016!

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The kick-off meeting was organised by UTH and its purpose was:

  • to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between the participants
  • to meet each other and to understand their roles in MAZI
  • to further exchange ideas on the project implementation
  • to decide on the detailed action plan of each specific workpackage towards the preparation and delivery of MAZI deliverables
  • to discuss about the administration of MAZI and the rules of its implementation

During a break of the meeting, a tour to NITlab was organised in order partners to understand the capabilities of technology and how it can be integrated in the final MAZI scenaria.

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Tour time

Tour time

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