Born in Paphos, Cyprus, Petros did his undergraduate studies at the University of Patras (Diploma in Civil Engineering, 1992), graduate studies at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of California, Berkeley (1995-1996) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of CEE (M.S. in Structures, 1995 and Ph.D in Information Technology, 2001). He worked as a research scientist in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Patras (1992-93), as a research assistant at MIT (1996-2001), as a teaching assistant on computing-related courses at MIT (1994-95 and 1996-2001), and as an IT associate in the Information Technology Division of Morgan Stanley (2001-2003).
Petros joined the University of Cyprus in September of 2003 at the rank of the Lecturer. He was responsible for the restructuring of the Undergraduate Program of Studies and the development and promotion of the Graduate Program of Studies of the CEE Department, adopting the ECTS system according to the Bologna Declaration. He has also served as the Department's Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Library, Information technology and Computing coordinator (2003-2005), and he represented the School of Engineering in the Senatorial Committee on Graduate Studies (2003-2005) of the University of Cyprus. The courses that he has been teaching include structural analysis, structural dynamics, computer-aided civil engineering, and software development for CEE. His research interests include structural dynamics, earthquake resistant design, computer-aided engineering and information technology in CEE.
Panayiotis Polycarpou graduated in 2004 from the Department of Civil Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Next, he pursued graduate studies at the same department, obtaining, in 2005, a M.Sc. in Earthquake Resistant Design of Structures. In 2006, he joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEED) at the University of Cyprus (UCY) pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. He has completed the write-up of his PhD dissertation on August 2009, and successfully defended it to obtain on September 9th the second PhD awarded by the CEE Department of the UCY and the second PhD ever awarded in the field of Civil Engineering in Cyprus. His doctoral dissertation is entitled "Investigation of earthquake induced poundings of seismically isolated buildings" and involves 2D dynamic analysis of seismically isolated buildings, considering poundings.
His research interests are in the field of Earthquake Engineering and Computer-Aided Structural Engineering. His has extensive experience in software development using object-oriented design and programming, especially with the Java programming language, as well as, in numerical analysis and computer algorithms. During his doctoral studies at the UCY, he obtained valuable research experience as a research assistant in the research project: "Earthquake-Induced Poundings of Seismically Isolated Structures", which was funded by the European Commission under a Marie Curie Action.
Dimos Charmpis obtained a Diploma in Civil Engineering (5-year course) from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece (1994). He also received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from NTUA and Athens University of Economics and Business (1999). He then earned a Ph.D. degree from NTUA (2003) after completing a thesis on topics in the area of Computational Mechanics. As a postdoctoral researcher he worked together with research groups at NTUA, Technical University of Munich (Germany) and University of Innsbruck (Austria) during 2003-2005. In August 2005 he joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Cyprus and is currently an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Charmpis has strong expertise in Computational Mechanics and specialization in finite element methods, numerical algorithms, statistical analysis and probabilistic/stochastic methods, parallel computing, structural optimization and artificial intelligence. His research work aims in the development and exploitation of innovative computational methodologies for the analysis and design of structures under static or dynamic/seismic loading. He has participated in several research projects funded by national or European Union sources focusing on computational methods for structural engineering applications. He has also experience from working in the private civil engineering sector in Greece.