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FEC2 Volos

The 2nd Fed4FIRE+ Engineering Conference was organized by CERTH and the Fed4FIRE+ project, on October 4-6 2017, in Volos, Greece. The event had more than 85 registrations, 39 contributors from 10 different countries, 15 speakers and several interestings tutorials and sessions to follow. 

Read the FEC2 report to know about the main outcomes of the event.

Demo night

On Thursday October 5th, 19 exhibitors demonstrated the state-of-the-art of their projects in using Fed4FIRE+ testbeds, highlighting specific experiences, results and new opportunities. 

NITlab participated with the 5 following demos:

  • Building and Evaluating DIY networks using Fed4FIRE infrastructure
  • Energy Consumption Evaluation in Underwater Acoustic Modems
  • Enabling mobile experimentation in NITOS indoor testbed
  • Low-Power Wake-Up Radios for Asynchronous Awakenings in Wireless Sensing Systems
  • Video Streaming Service for 5G over Sub-6 GHz and mmWave Technologies


ITI Open Day 2017

NITlab participated in ITI Open Day 2017, in Thessaloniki, 16 May 2017, where we presented our latest activities around NITOS facility.

 The event was open to general public, civil society and companies/SMEs. CERTH/ITI invited participants of any age to attend, meet the exciting world of Computer Science and be informed about the latest research outcomes of CERTH/ITI in fields such as robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented reality etc. 

Photos from NITlab booth:

NITlab booth

NITlab booth 


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.


Teams competing
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.

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.

Poster Session  
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.

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).

MAZI presenting   discussions around MAZI
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.

MAZI prototype
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.

plenary meeting
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.


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