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In recent years, the need to support older people and persons who belong to vulnerable social groups has increased dramatically. The necessity of reducing the cost of the 24/7 support and enabling immediate detection and prevention of problems related to people receiving support, has emerged.

New generation systems, which enable the collection, the secure transmission and the analysis of parameters from the natural environment, for example a patient’s vital functions are in demand. These systems belong to the category of cyber physical systems and require the development of new architectural hardware / software as well as tools and methodologies for efficient development of applications that will run on specific architectures.

The laboratory of Embedded Systems Design & Application of Computer & Informatics Engineering Department at the Technological Education Institute of Western Greece, deals with the development of embedded systems, cyber physical systems and applications to monitor and support vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with epilepsy.

Design of systems, methods and tools to support vulnerable groups


Two of the most important research projects, which are implemented under European funding from the Embedded System Design & Application Laboratory of the Computer & Informatics Engineering Department, at the Technological Education Institute of Western Greece, have to do with the development of techniques that allow developers to automatically parallelize applications for platforms and architectures of multicore processors and the development of a 24-hour monitoring system in order to support epileptic people.

The «ALMA» project, develops algorithms for coarse grain optimization for the optimum distribution of user Scilab code in existing multicore architecture so that the final embedded system runs within the specified time limits (hard real time deadlines). The near future plans of the lab include the development of the ALMA system architectures with more than 1000 processors and / or into distributed ecosystems of embedded systems (Internet of Things).

In the «ARMOR» research project framework a single, personalized, medically efficient and economical monitoring system of people with epilepsy is being developed. More specifically, advanced sensor networks are being developed for the safe, timely and efficient transmission of vital signs of patients in order to evaluate their health situation daily, 24 hours a day, in order to timely inform the patient, the doctor and the family for the possibility of seizure.

The Embedded Systems Design & Application laboratory (ESDA Lab) is also participating in EU funded projects under the framework HORIZON 2020. The first one is the RADIO project (, it is technically coordinated by ESDA Lab and it will develop a cyberphysical system for supporting elders and persons with chronic diseases in their daily home activities. The project is funded by the European Program for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020, PHC-19-2014: Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: service robotics within assisted living environments. The project funding is 3.805.625 € and it has duration of 36 months, starting on 01/04/2015. The second project is called ARGO (, it is scientifically coordinated by ESDA Lab and it will develop a system for WCET-Aware Parallelization of Model-Based Applications for Heterogeneous Parallel Systems. ARGO is also funded by the European Program for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020, ICT 4 – 2015: Customised and low power computing. The funding of ARGO project is 3.892.000 €; it has duration of 36 months starting on 01/01/2016.


The «ALMA» research project received the significant funding of €, in 2011, from the European Commission under the FP7-ICT-2011-7 (Grant agreement no: 287733). In November 2013, the second annual evaluation by independent European Commission experts was successfully completed.

The «ARMOR» research project also received funding of € 3.186.935.00 in 2011 by the European Commission under the FP7-ICT-2011-7 (Grant agreement no: 287720). The proposal received 2nd place and 1st in its category, within 100 proposals from which only six were financed. In January 2014 the second annual evaluation was successfully completed by independent experts of the European Commission.


ARMOR: demonstration of the operation and performance of the suggested algorithms.


Dr. Nikolaos Voros, Assistant Professor at Computer & Informatics Engineering Department, Scientific Director of Embedded System Design & Application Laboratory.

Team members: Dr. P. Alefragis, Dr. Ch. Antonopoulos, Dr. George Goulas, Dr. Vagelis Mariatos, Dr. G. Keramidas, K. Antonopoulos, Ch. Petropoulos, N. Raptis, Ch. Costas.

Embedded System Design & Application Laboratory, Computer & Informatics Engineering Department, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece.