Research and Professional Activities

Structural Engineering & Construction Management Division

Structural engineering

Static, dynamic and stability analysis of concrete, steel, composite and fabric structures; theory of elasticity; computer methods of structural analysis; design methods and optimization; soil structure interaction; nonlinear analysis, special methods of analysis of multi-storey buildings, bridges, underground structures; experimental stress analysis and design methods; earthquake effects on structures.

Construction management

Automation and robotics, project management, project control, IT systems for construction planning and design, quality management, maintenance costs, novel procurement methods, formwork for concrete, financing of construction, and decisions under uncertainty, construction safety.

Building materials & technology

High performance construction materials; high strength concrete; fiber and textile reinforced cement and concrete, polymer concrete and gypsum; utilization of industrial wastes; corrosion of concrete and its reinforcement; chemical and mineral additives; shrinkage and creep mechanisms of concrete; sustainable construction and recycling.

Physical performance

Methodologies for the systematic application of the performance concept in building; CAAD tools for performance integrated design; building physics with an emphasize on heat and mass transfer, thermal and energy performance; moisture effects; condensation and mould growth; internal air quality; fire effects with an emphasize on smoke propagation and fire resistance; intelligent buildings; building acoustics; lighting.

Geotechnology

Foundation engineering; soil-structure interaction; slope stability; dynamic behavior of soils; earthquake response; liquefaction; experimental simulation; reinforced soil; retaining structures; swelling soils, unsaturated soils, rock mechanics, advanced monitoring; stability of methylhydrate wells; tunneling.

 

Environmental, Water & Agricultural Engineering Division

Water resources

Water supply systems and their quality; decontamination and treatment of water; decontamination and treatment of wastewater and reuse; special treatment of industrial wastes; environmental implications of effluent reuse in unrestricted irrigation, fish ponds and industry; environmental aspects of artificial islands; solid waste treatment; water security; planning and management of water reservoirs; biological systems for polluted water decontamination; water resources and supply systems management; optimal planning and function of water resources.

Hydraulic engineering

Hydraulics and hydrodynamics; hydraulic engineering and models; hydrology of groundwater, runoff and pollutants; hydrological models for pollutants movement; rehabilitation of polluted soils and aquifers; soil chemistry and interaction with contaminants; coastal and marine engineering; construction climatology.

Environment

Environmental microbiology and bio-corrosion problems; environmental biotechnology and its use in decontamination of hazardous chemicals; wind engineering and wind influence on environmental quality and constructions; oil reservoirs engineering; plant ecology and environment; chemistry of filtration and disinfection; sensing and monitoring of environmental systems and natural resources.

Air quality

Atmospheric flow system and pollutants movement in the Mediterranean Sea area including models and simulations; remote sensing of pollutants in air; aerosols and their distribution in the environment; use of GPS in environmental and ecological systems; environmental pollutants detection.

Agriculture

Quality control of agricultural production; control and sensing of intensive production systems; GIS in agriculture; chemistry of soils; soil fertility and conservation; agricultural machinery; “off-road” vehicles; reclaimed waste water and solid waste application in agriculture; aquaculture; “precision” agriculture; mechanical properties of biological products; management of agricultural systems and natural resources.

 

Transportation & Geo-Information Division

Road safety

Road safety data bases; accident analysis means to protect pedestrians; restraining systems for passengers; traffic police enforcement methods; safety technologies; learning process and risk taking behavior of drivers.

Road and pavement engineering

Spatial design of roads and intersections; energy savings in the regime of roads and intersections; highway and pavement materials; flexible and semi-rigid pavements; interaction between pavement structures and expanding clays.

Transportation,  land use planning & transportation economics

Transportation planning & policies; public transportation systems; disaggregate demand models; alternative transportation systems; transportation networks; environmental effects and air pollution caused by transportation systems; transport project appraisal.

Traffic engineering and control

Traffic systems and their control; capacity and traffic flow characteristics; signal light systems; decision-support system for traffic control centers; highway control methods;  Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

Surveying and geodesy

Precise surveying techniques; structure deformation monitoring; design and analysis of control networks; geometric and physical geodesy; surveying equipment; combining classical surveying with satellite (GPS) measurements.

Cartography and mapping

Computer assisted mapping; Geographic & Land Information Systems (GIS/LIS); spatial data handling; multi-representation and multi-scale of digital maps; automation of data capture and editing; quality control of digital mapping; thematic mapping.

Photogrammetry and remote sensing

Advanced analytical photogrammetry; digital aerial & satellite images; pattern & object recognition for scene analysis; converting raw image data to explicit information; sensor & data fusion; photogrammetry/GIS linkage; close-range & real-time photogrammetry.