Angelos K. Marnerides

Angelos K. Marnerides – Coordinator

UCY

Prof. Angelos K. Marnerides is a Prof. (Asst.) of Cyber Physical Systems Security in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and a Faculty Member at the KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence, of the University of Cyprus. Prior to that he was an Prof. (Assoc.) in the School of Computing Science (SoCS) at the University of Glasgow (UofG), UK where he led the SoCS Cyber Security research strategy as the head of the Glasgow Cyber Defence Group (GCDG). He still maintains an Honorary Prof. (Assoc.) position at UofG. Angelos’ holds a BSc(Hons) in Computing Science from Middlesex University (London, UK) and an MSc (Distinction) and PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University (Lancaster, UK). His research revolves around the formalisation, design and implementation of measurement-based security and resilience mechanisms addressing challenges resulted by the intersection of the Internet and the Internet of Things (IoT) with cyber-physical systems that were traditionally isolated (e.g., Critical National Infrastructures). His research philosophy is in designing secure and resilient systems with strong theoretical foundations and in providing practical, data-driven implementations that are deployable in the real world. His research has received significant funding in excess of €9M+ from the industry (e.g., Fujitsu, BAE, Raytheon), funding bodies (e.g., EU, IUK, EPSRC) and UK agencies (e.g., UK MoD Dstl, GCHQ). Within COCOON, Angelos is the project’s Technical Coordinator, he is the leader of WP1, WP4 and he will also oversee all activities related to the project’s research and software development of the COCOON cyber protection services for the modern power grid in the 4 distinct COCOON pilots.

Mathaios Panteli
UCY

Mathaios Panteli holds an Assistant Professor position within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus since January 2021. He also holds an Honorary Lecturer position in Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, UK, and he is currently an Andre Jaumotte Chair Professor in Université Libre de Bruxelles (by the Royal Academy of Belgium). Prior to joining UCY, he was a Lecturer at the Power and Energy Division of The University of Manchester, serving as the Deputy Lead of the Sustainable Energy Systems research cluster. His academic qualifications include an M.Eng. degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2009, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Power Engineering from The University of Manchester, U.K., in 2013. Through his academic career, Mathaios has successfully developed a multi-million research portfolio, attracting funding from research councils, industry, and European Commission. His main research interests include techno-economic reliability, resilience and flexibility assessment of future low-carbon energy systems, grid integration of renewable energy sources and integrated modelling and analysis of co-dependent critical infrastructures. He has published over 100 research articles in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Mathaios is an IEEE Senior Member, an IET Chartered Engineer (CEng), the Chair of the CIGRE working group C4.47 “Power System Resilience” and the CIGRE Cyprus National Committee, an invited member of multiple IEEE, CIGRE and CIRED working groups, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). He serves as an Associate Editor in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, and IET Renewable Power Generation. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Newton Prize and he led the team receiving the 2022 Innovation Radar Prize by the European Commission.

Maria K. Michael
UCY

Maria K. Michael is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), at the University of Cyprus. She is also a co-founding academic member of the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence, at the University of Cyprus, which currently supports ~200 researchers and engineers specializing in the areas of Intelligent Monitoring, Control and Security of Critical Infrastructure Systems. Prior to joining the University of Cyprus, she taught as a Lecturer at the ECE Department at Southern Illinois University, and as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Maria holds BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (specialization in Computer Engineering), from Southern Illinois University, USA. At the University of Cyprus, she leads research activities in the areas of dependability, security and optimization in embedded and IoT-enabled cyber-physical systems. She also has extensive expertise in the areas of test, reliability and safety of integrated circuits and (safety-critical) embedded systems. Her current research focuses on hardware-enabled security and cyber-security in intelligent embedded systems and cyber-physical systems, performance and dependability optimization of AI/ML edge intelligence, reliability and security of resource-constrained edge-based accelerators, with applications in critical infrastructure systems such as smart grids, UAVs, robotics and autonomous vehicles. She has published more than 100 articles in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Maria’s research has been supported by local and international agencies and industry in Europe and the United States, such as EU FP7, EU H2020, EU COST, NSF, Intel Corp., and the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation, receiving significant funding to lead and participate in more than 26 funded research programs/grants. She currently leads the KIOS teams in the H2020 SESAME project (Secure and Safe Multi-Robot Systems) and the EDF ACTING project (Advanced European platform and network of Cybersecurity training and exercises centers). She is also leading tasks for vulnerability analysis and mitigation techniques from cyber-security threats, in the H2020 ELECTRON project (Resilient and Self-healed Electrical Power Nanogrid).

Demetris Theocharides
UCY

Demetris Theocharides has received his BSc in the Department of Information Technology from the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki.
Strong team player with diverse programming skills and a keen interest in emerging technologies.
He is currently working as a Software Engineer at KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence.

Philip Westbroek

Philip Westbroek
ENEXIS

Philip Westbroek works for the Dutch regional grid operator Enexis; he is responsible for OT security. Philip is also a certified IEC 62443 trainer for ISA Europe. He is a cybersecurity and data communications enthusiast with more than 20 years of experience in these fields; he holds a master’s degree in information security management. During the past 16 years, he was responsible for the design and realization of a number of smart grid projects. Among these projects were a cryptoserver solution for smart meters and the Enexis Private MVNO solution. This award-winning mobile M2M data communications solution enables Enexis to switch from one mobile operator to another without swapping the SIM cards Enexis uses in their RTUs, smart meters, and other M2M equipment. Philip was the lead implementer of the Enexis ISMS for the OT environment; this ISMS was certified for ISO 27001:2017 in 2020.

Filip Holik

Filip Holik
UGLA

Dr. Filip Holik is a research associate at the University of Glasgow (UofG), UK, where he is responsible for research in programmable networks for critical infrastructure. Filip holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Informatics from the University of Pardubice (Czechia) where he specialized in OpenFlow-based software-defined networks and their security applications in IoT networks. Prior to the UofG role, Filip worked as a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Gjøvik, Norway) where he was responsible for developing a simulator of digital substations with emulated communication for cybersecurity awareness. Filip maintains an external associate professor position at NTNU and is leading cybersecurity courses for business professionals in Oslo.

Dimitrios Pezaros
UGLA

Dimitrios Pezaros is Professor of Computer Networks and director of the Networked Systems and Cyberdefense laboratories in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, where he currently holds the Dstl & CINIF / RAEng Research Chair in Digital Resilience for Critical National Infrastructure. He has received significant funding for his research from UK, European, and international funding agencies and industry, and has published widely in the areas of computer communications, network management, and network resilience. His research is focusing on assuring the operation of future networked infrastructures through the exploitation of closed-loop and machine-learning-based monitoring and control algorithms, and using programmable networking and function virtualization technologies. Prof Pezaros holds BSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Lancaster University, UK. He is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the BCS and the IET, and a senior member of the IEEE and the ACM.

Awais Aziz Shah
UGLA

Awais Aziz Shah is working as a lecturer in the school of computing science at the University of Glasgow (UoG). He is a senior member IEEE, member of the Glasgow Systems Section (GLASS) and Networked Systems Research Lab, UoG. His research is focused towards using Network Programmability and Resilience using Software-Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and virtualisation technologies such as containers to virtualise the modern network infrastructures in achieving low-latency, energy efficiency, Quality of Service (QoS), and optimal Virtual Network Functions (VNF) chain deployments. He is also working on detecting threats to the Critical Infrastructures (CI) such as Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Smart Grids using Machine Learning techniques.

During his PhD at the Telematics Lab, Politecnico di Bari, Italy, he developed an SDN-based hierarchical framework for the orchestration and management of VNFs in Optical Transport Networks. Through this work, in collaboration with industrial partners from Telco industry in Italy (SMOptics and Experis), he simulated large-scale optical nodes been monitored by multiple levels of SDN controllers and centeralised network service orchestrator inside the OpenStack Cloud. Furthermore, he has worked on developing a routing strategy for Transport Networks using SDN to ensure energy efficiency and at the same time QoS. Moreover, he has served as a Research Fellow from December 2021 to September 2022 in the Communication, Sensing and Imaging group on several use cases under the umbrella of Scotland 5G testbed that includes orchestration of services on the 5G testbed using SDN and Internet of Things frameworks. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Daniel Morales Wagner
CEO
Ingelectus

Master in Electrical Energy Systems and Industrial Engineer specialized in Electrical Power Systems from the University of Seville. In 2011 he received from Cátreda Endesa the prize for the project, “Strategies for optimal operation of wind farms through reactive power centralized control algorithms.” In 2012 he joined Ingelectus as CTO and since 2017 he’s CEO. His main areas of interest are renewable energies, smart cities, modeling and simulation of electrical power systems, state estimation, and controlled switching devices.

David Señas Sanvicente
Product Manager
Ingelectus

Degree in Telecommunications from the University of Seville (ETSI) specializing in telematics. He is currently coordinator of information technologies at Ingelectus, as well as responsible for the plant controller (PPC) developed by Ingelectus. He has a high degree of technical knowledge in industrial communication protocols such as Modbus TCP, IEC 104, OPC, etc. He also has a high knowledge in control systems.

Luna Moreno Díaz
Project Manager R&D
Ingelectus

Graduated with a Master’s in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Electrical Energy Systems from the University of Seville (US). She is responsible for renewable plant integration projects and R&D projects on smart distribution networks at Ingelectus. She has experience in project management, in the analysis of electrical data and in the development of simulation studies of electrical power systems.

José Luis Costela Guijosa
Telecommunication Engineer
Ingelectus

Graduated in Telecommunications from the University of Granada (UGR) specializing in Telematics. He is a Software Engineer at Ingelectus Innovative Electrical Solutions S.L., working as a product developer. He has experience both in the use of Databases and in programming aligned with applications in the electricity sector.

Carlos Garcia Garay
Telecommunication Engineer
Ingelectus

Software Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Cáceres. Working as a software developer in Ingelectus, besides being part of the support team of the plant controller (PPC) developed by Ingelectus. He has programming knowledge in both Front End and Backend, knowing the languages: Python, C++, JavaScript, and Golang, as well as React and Angular technologies. He also has knowledge of networking and telecommunications.

Mr. Julio Alejandro González
Ingelectus

Graduated in Computer Engineering – Computer Engineering from the University of Seville. He is responsible for software development at Ingelectus, designing and developing software solutions, as well as data modeling and architecture design. He has experience developing and managing cloud and microservice architectures for applications in the power sector.

Konstantinos M. Gektidis
HEDNO

Konstantinos M. Gektidis, born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1998, holds an M.Eng. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece, earned in 2021. He is presently a Ph.D. candidate in the High Voltage Laboratory (HVL), AUTh. His research focuses on enhancing the surge protection systems for sensitive electronic equipment, particularly for advanced electrical and telecommunication applications such as electric vehicles, data centres, and energy storage systems. His research places a strong emphasis on developing innovative surge protection strategies and methods designed for targeted surge protection in low-voltage installations and distribution power networks. He serves as a teaching assistant at HVL and actively participates as a research assistant in projects supported by both state and industry funding. Additionally, he holds a position at HEDNO S.A. (Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A.), where he works in the European Union Funded COCOON research project. Within this position, his main focus is on overseeing the pilot implementation of the COCOON project in Greece.

Apostolos N. Milioudis

Apostolos N. Milioudis
HEDNO

Apostolos N. Milioudis was born in Xanthi, Greece, in 1985. He received the Dipl.-Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2007 and 2012, respectively. His research interests include power system protection and analysis, with special emphasis on the simulation of transmission and distribution systems, high impedance fault detection techniques, artificial intelligence applications in power systems, power line communications, and smart metering. From 2015, he is with the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) S.A. and he is responsible for protection – automation system implementation as well as modernization of the medium voltage grid.

Fotios Fotellis

Fotios Fotellis
HEDNO

Fotios Fotellis graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his field of interest is Power Systems. His research is devoted to a future of 100% decarbonization and simultaneously the proper integration of the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) into the grid, resolving critical issues, such as stabilization, control, and resilience, providing thus better services for the customers. At present, he works as a freelancer researcher and holds a position at HEDNO S.A. (Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A.), taking part in the Cooperative Cyber Security prOtectiON (COCOON) project for modern power grids. HEDNO is the leader of the WP5 (Secure Energy Communities) and participates in numerous other tasks in other WPs. Fotios is involved in the software development, the configuration of a modern power grid, and testing the COCOON solution pilot under real conditions. Also, in HEDNO, he holds a position in the department of Research and Innovation for the Distribution System, contributing to the modernization and effectiveness of the system.

Alejandro Rojano Padrón

Alejandro Rojano Padrón
R&D Engineer
Cuerva

Graduated in Physics and Master in Renewable Energies at the University of La Laguna. Currently developing his doctoral thesis in electromobility at the same University. He joins Cuerva* in June 2023 to provide technical support to R&D projects, both national and European. Previously, he has worked as head of R&D in a startup dedicated to the installation of photovoltaic energy for self-consumption and charging points for electric vehicles.

Jorge Rueda Quintanilla

Jorge Rueda Quintanilla
R&D Manager
Cuerva

Industrial Engineer, energy specialization. Also, holding the PMP certification with PMP ® number 1980333. In the company since 2020, currently working as R&D Manager. Before joining Cuerva, he worked as Program Manager and R&D Manager in two aeronautical companies for six years. Formerly involved in several national and international innovation projects about additive manufacturing, digitalization, or process automation also as Senior Project Coordinator.

Marina Melero Muñoz

Marina Melero Muñoz
Project Manager R&D
Cuerva

Industrial Electronics Engineer by University of Granada. Before joining Cuerva* in 2023, she joined the workforce developing her degree Thesis in the automotive lighting sector. After that, she worked for 2 years and a half as a Graduate and Technical Sales Engineer in the electronic components sector. Interested in continuing to make use of her technical and soft skills to develop trusting relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.

Pablo Blázquez Martín

Pablo Blázquez Martín
Smart Grids Engineer
Cuerva

Degree in Electric Engineering at University of Oviedo, and master’s degree in electric energy conversion and power systems (EECPS), during the study period he worked for two years as a research assistant in different groups at the University of Oviedo, in the field of railway simulation focused on electricity consumption as well as in the generation of digital twins of low voltage networks for the control of transformers, and the study of the integration of DERs in the network, now in Cuerva the main role is as R&D researcher, working in different European founding projects as well as in the proposal of new ones, providing technical insight.

Fernando Rubio Villar

Fernando Rubio Villar
Smart Grid Engineer
Cuerva

Fernando Rubio joined Cuerva to work on the technical and management side of the national and international R&D&I projects in which the company is involved, focused on the areas of Smart Energy and Smart Grids. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Malaga and has a post-graduate degree specializing in Home Automation, Energy Efficiency, and Technical Management of Buildings. He has previous experience in the area of Renewable Energies, especially in photovoltaic, wind, and its integration into SCADA control and management systems.

Charis S. Demoulias Kontis
AUTH

Professor Charis S. Demoulias received the Dipl. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the AUTH, in 1984 and 1991, respectively. Currently he is Associate Professor with the Electrical Machines Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, AUTH. His research interests include power electronics, harmonics, electric motion systems, and the integration of renewable energy sources in the power grid. He has 50 publications in the fields of renewable energy sources, power quality and microgrids. From 1991 to 2003 he co-founded Alteren SA, a technical consulting company offering consultancy services in private and public energy-saving and renewable energy projects. From 1997-2003 he also acted as contractor for power quality projects (harmonic filters), industrial energy-saving projects and PV installations (stand-alone and grid-connected). He has participated as coordinator or partner in seven EU-funded projects and six national projects. Since 2011 he has been evaluator and reviewer of 25 EU-funded projects. He is senior member of IEEE and member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Charis is the Coordinator of COCOON and he will be mainly involved in technical Work Packages WP2 and WP5. .

Eleftherios O. Kontis

Eleftherios O. Kontis
AUTH

Eleftherios O. Kontis received the Dipl. (Eng.) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2013 and 2018, respectively. From 2018 until 2021, he conducted post-doc research, focusing on the real-time assessment of the stability and the dynamic analysis of modern power systems. During his Ph.D and post-doc studies, he was a scholar of the Greek State Scholarship Foundation. He is currently a research associate with the AUTH. He also works as a power system engineer with the Southeast Electricity Network Coordination Center. He has nine years of experience as a researcher in EU Research Projects (FP7, H2020, and Interreg-Med). His main research interests include power system modeling and dynamic analysis, distributed generation, operation and control of active distribution networks, and real-time analysis of power systems through field measurements. Within the COCOON, Lefteris will participate in WP2 and WP5.

Georgios C. Kryonidis

Georgios C. Kryonidis
AUTH

Georgios C. Kryonidis received his Diploma and PhD degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (DECE) at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in 2013 and 2018, respectively. From 2018 to 2021, he was an adjunct Lecturer at the DECE AUTH and at the University of Western Macedonia, Kozani, Greece. From 2021 to 2023, he worked as an Operations Engineer at South-East Electricity Network Coordination Center (SELENE-CC), in Thessaloniki, Greece. Currently, he is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the DECE AUTH. He has a 10-year experience as a researcher in EU research projects (Horizon Europe, H2020, FP7, Interreg-Med). His research interests include distributed generation and storage, renewable energy sources, microgrids, and smart grids operation and control. He has co-authored 76 publications in the above fields. Finally, he is a Senior member of IEEE. Within COCOON, Georgios will be mainly involved in WP2 and WP5 activities.

Alexandru Stefanov
TUD

Alexandru Stefanov is Assistant Professor of Intelligent Electrical Power Grids at TU Delft, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, The Netherlands. He is Director of the Control Room of the Future (CRoF) Technology Centre in the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy. His research interests are cyber security for power grids, resilience of cyber-physical systems, and next generation grid operation. He holds the professional title of Chartered Engineer from Engineers Ireland. 

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/alexandru-stefanov 

Himanshu Goyel
TUD

Himanshu Goyel is a Ph.D. scholar at TU Delft, specializing in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Cyber Security for Cyber-Physical Power Systems. His academic journey includes a master’s by Research in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Mumbai University. His research interests include topics such as data integrity attack detection and cyber-physical system-enabled smart grid controller placement. He has contributed significantly to various projects, including the development of intrusion protection systems and machine learning-based security solutions for power networks. His professional experience spans roles at Technische Universiteit Delft, Rakuten Mobile Inc., and startup GridSentry, emphasizing his expertise in cyber security and power system resilience.