At a Glance

What started in 2004 as a painful quest to recruit graduate students, phd candidates and/or research associates to work on research ideas pertaining to construction engineering & management, and on other contemporary research topics, has since then snowballed into what we now refer to as the

"EUPALINOS - Construction Engineering and Water Distribution Networks Management Laboratory"
with about 10 researchers currently affiliated to the Lab, and employed either through externally funded projects or their academic programs (PhD candidates, MSc/MEng students).

Currently, the EUPALINOS Lab employs 3 postdoctoral fellows, 3 phd candidates, 3 research associates, and 3 MSc/MEng students, while also managing several other MSc/MEng students working on their graduate theses.
Dr. Symeon Christodoulou

Research Team

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Savvas Xanthos
Dr. Savvas Xanthos has a background in Mechanical Eng., with specialization in experimental fluid mechanics (Ph.D. 2004, City University, NYC). His research field has been in Fluid Mechanics, specializing in shock wave and expansion wave interaction with turbulence, hot wire anemometry techniques using 3D velocity, and fully 3D vorticity probes. He has also been researching force and moment measurements with locally developed stings and balances on high velocity projectiles, blast wave mitigation utilizing shock wave propagation, Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), and Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF). In the the last few years he has also been interested in the field of biomedical engineering and especially applying experimental procedures as well as finite element method (FEM) solutions to verify various theoretical models for atherosclerosis in human arteries. In particular multiple optical techniques such as confocal microscopy and electron microscopy were applied and used to further understand the formation and instability of such plaques. Moreover, a direct approach on the determination of the mechanical properties of coronary arteries has been of particular interest since these data can be used in finite element programs to better model the biomechanics and fluid mechanics of atherosclerotic lesions. Finally, for the last three years he has served as a research consultant on the development of a three-dimensional CFD model investigating the hydrodynamic behavior of activated sludge in Final Clarifiers of Water Pollution Control Plants. This model has been supplemented with bench scale experiments and data for the last 8 years. The findings of this modeling endeavor have been implemented in those final clarifiers at a cost of around $2,000,000.00 and the clarifier performance is being benchmarked against the model predictions with experiments performed in late 2009 and 2010. The CFD model developed is now being used as a tool for Final Settling Tank optimization studies for several municipalities in the US such as New Haven in Connecticut, DCWASA in Washington DC and Passaic Valley in New Jersey. He has collaborated in many different types of grants under a wide inter disciplinary area of mechanical, biomedical and civil engineering projects and has been an author of multiple scientific publications relating to the aforementioned areas of interest some of which have won different awards from the scientific community. Dr. Xanthos has recently successfully completed a one-year research placement at the University of Cyprus on a Fullbright Scholarship from the USA, and he is currently employed at the EUPALINOS Lab on two externally-funded projects related to water distribution networks (Nireas-IWRC) and building energy efficiency (ISES).

Dr. Michalis Fragiadakis
Dr. Fragiadakis is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Nireas-IWRC (Eupalinos Lab). He has also been elected as a lecturer at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He received his PhD in 2006 from NTUA and holds MSc degrees form NTUA (2002) and Imperial College, London (2001). He has served as an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Thessaly and as an Associate Researcher at NTUA where he taught structural analysis courses at both under and post-graduate level. His research activity is focused on earthquake engineering and on the seismic risk assessment of structures and lifelines (water and wastewater networks). Ηis interests also extend to computational methods in structural analysis and on the application of novel soft-computing methodologies for structural analysis and design. Dr Fragiadakis has been involved in various national and international research projects and has also organised a number of mini-symposia and special sessions in international conferences. He has authored and co-authored more than 10 book chapters and 25 journal papers, while his work has been included in the proceedings of several international conferences.

Dr. Charalambos Georgiou
Dr. Charalambos Georgiou has studied at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cyprus and holds a B.Sc. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2007), M.Sc. in Civil Engineering (2009) and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2013). He specializes in Building Information Modeling, Integrated Damage Assessment, Three Dimensional Visualization, Cost Estimating and Time Scheduling for Post-Earthquake Reinforced Concrete Building Rehabilitation. During his graduate studies he has worked at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cyprus as a Research Assistant on externally-funded research programs focused on Post-Earthquake Building Rehabilitation and as a Teaching Assistant in the courses of Earthquake Engineering, Steel Structures, Soil Mechanics, Foundations and Construction Management. Since 2009 he has been working as an Energy Officer in the Photovoltaic Systems and Energy Performance of Buildings Department at the Cyprus Institute of Energy. He has been also working at the EUPALINOS Lab, as a Research Associate (since December 2013) on an externally-funded project related to building energy efficiency (ISES).

Doctoral Candidates

Mr. Agathoklis Agathokleous
Agathoklis is a graduate of the Higher Technical Institute in Cyprus and the University of Surrey (UK, BEng). He joined the University of Cyprus in 2007, graduating with an MSc in Civil Engineering (2008). He subsequently enrolled in the PhD program from which he is expected to graduate in 2012. His reserch work has been on risk analysis, decision support systems and sensor development for the sustainable management of urban water distribution networks. He has worked on a nummber of related externally-funded projects by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (UCyEDRISENSE, UCyMSAD, UCyAMR) and has published extensively on his research work.

Mr. Charalambos Kyriakou
Charalambos Kyriakou received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Cyprus (2009). His undergraduate capstone design project focused on the design and construction of a waste treatment and disposal plant for the Larnaka & Famagusta provinces. He also completed a Master of Science degree in Construction Project Management at the University of Manchester (2010), with his graduate thesis titled "Design and construction: How a Project Manager can help ensure project success for the client". Upon completion of his studies, he worked for 2 years as a site and structural engineer in the public and private sector. He is currently a full-time PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Cyprus and also working as a Research Associate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for the needs of the research program "PRODROMOS: Integrated Platform for Security, Information and Accessibility in Intelligent Multimodal Transport".

Mr. George Hadjidimitriou
Georgios Hadjidemetriou holds an MEng in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. His thesis explored the way optimization methods can be used for the inspection of infrastructure. He has also completed an MSc in Project and Enterprise Management at University College London. His dissertation examined the role of emotional intelligence in the management of health and safety. He has gained work experience as a trainee in construction companies in Cyprus. He is a Ph.D candidate and his research focuses on Building Information Models.


Ms. Sofia Kranioti
Sofia is researcher specializing in hardware and software development. She holds a BEng in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She has been working for the EUPALINOS Lab on a number of externally-funded projects, on topics related to urban water distribution networks and sensor development (UCyAMR), BIM-based energy efficiency of buildings (ISES), and intelligent multimodal transport (PRODROMOS).

Ms. Eleni Toxqui
Ms. Eleni Toxqui holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the City University of New York and an MSc in Civil Engineering from NYU Polytechnic. Upon her graduation she joined STV, a leading U.S. civil engineering firm, as a project controls engineer on several U.S. projects. She is currently serving as a project manager for NIREAS-IWRC and, for the EUPALINOS Lab, as a Research Associate for two externally funded projects on intelligent multimodal transport (PRODROMOS) and building energy efficiency (ISES).

Mr. Anastasis Gagatsis
Anastasis is an environmental scientist, GIS and data analyst, with a BSc in Environmental Sciences (Univ. of York, UK) and a MSc in GIS (Univ. of Edinburgh, UK). He has been with the EUPALINOS research group since 2011, working on the degradation of water distribution networks and since 2013 on the PRODROMOS project, with a focus on designing and applying solutions for tracking inland movements of dangerous cargo trafficking through seaports.

MSc/MEng Students

Mr. Andreas Chari
Mr. Chari is currently in the last phase of his M.Sc. degree studies in civil engineering, having also graduated from the University of Cyprus's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a B.Sc. degree (2013). Andreas's research thesis focused on the stochastics of building energy calculations, closely working with coleagues on the ISES project (an EU-funded FP7 program in which the EUPALINOS Lab was a consortium partner).

Ms. Elena Kourti
Ms. Kourti has recently joined the University of Cyprus's graduate program in pursuit of a degree (M.Sc.) in civil engineering, having also been a graduate of the university's undergraduate program with a B.Sc. degree in civil and environmental engineering (2014). Elena's research interests are in the areas of transportation and of building information models.

Ms. Christina Christodoulou
Ms. Christodoulou is a graduate of the University of Cyprus with a B.Sc. degree in civil and environmental engineering (2014). She is currently in the graduate program in civil engineering, with research interests in building information models and sustainable built environment.

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The EUPALINOS Lab in Brief

EUPALINOS is a laboratory of construction engineering and of urban water distribution networks (UWDN) management, focused on scientific and industrial research pertaining to these thematic areas. The EUPALINOS Lab is affiliated with the University of Cyprus's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and with the NIREAS International Water Research Center (Nireas-IWRC), it is coordinated by Dr. Symeon Christodoulou and has been the host of several nationally and internationally funded research projects in construction engineering and management, building information models, water distribution networks, and transportation networks.

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