Kick-off Meeting

Patras, Greece, March 7-8, 2008

General Information

The Kick-off meeting will be held in Patras, on March 7–8, 2008. Patras is located at the Western part of Greece’s mainland on the Northwestern coast of Peloponnesus. It is the third largest city of Greece and has always been a path to Europe, a gate towards the West and a commercial channel to the ports of Italy, France and England. Patras was the Cultural Capital of Europe for the year 2006. The important archeological site of Olympia is situated at 90km from Patras, while Delphi lies 115km away.

At 6km from Patras and 2Km from the University stands the Rion-Antirion suspended bridge. With over 2200m of suspended length (over 3km total) it is the longest suspended bridge in the world and an impressive technological feat given the adverse physical features of the environment (strong winds, strong seismic activity etc.). The bridge is also a beautiful sight (and a nice walk for the hiking lovers) especially in the night. (You may find more info on wikipedia).


The meeting will be held in the amphitheater of the new CTI building. The building is located in the Patras University Campus in Rio (Kazantzaki street, see how to find it using Google Maps). It is reachable by bus, but since the buses are quite infrequent, it is recommended to take a taxi (the cost from Patra’s center should be around 7 euros).


Paul Spirakis (RACTI)
10:30 - 11:00 Administrative and Financial issues
Eleni Anisiou (RACTI)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:15 WP1: Principles of Adaptively Organized Societies of Artefacts
Maria Serna (UPC)

Task 1.1: Dynamicity models and algorithmic consequences
Task 1.2: Computation models and algorithmic consequence
Task 1.3: Cooperation models and algorithmic consequences

12:15 - 13:00 WP2: Designing the Adaptable Network Infrastructure
Alberto Marchetti Spaccamela (UDRLS)

Task 2.1: Adapting the communication infrastructure
Task 2.2: Adapting the internal structure and roles of artefacts
Task 2.3: Security for tiny artefacts

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:30 - 15:15 WP3: Adapting to the Dynamic Environment
Bastian Degener (UPB)

Task 3.1: Organizing distributed cooperation
Task 3.2: Discovering and tracking resources
Task 3.3: Reacting to dynamically changing physical environments
Task 3.4: Trust
Task 3.5: Reliable communication

15:15 - 16:00 WP4: Experiments and Testing
Sandor Fekete (TUBS)
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00 /td> Unification of Results
Paul Spirakis (RACTI)

Task 1.4: Principles of Adaptively Organized Societies of Artefacts
Task 2.4: Designing the Adaptable Network Infrastructure
Task 3.6: Adapting to the Dynamic Environment
Task 4.4: Experiments and Testing

17:00 - 17:30 Discussion
19:30 - 22:00 Social Dinner

10:30 - 12:00 Dissemination, Collaboration and Exploitation

PANORAMA Coordination Action
Alberto Marchetti Spaccamela (UDRLS)

ATRACO Project
Achilleas Kameas (RACTI)

AEOLUS Project
Sotiris Nikoletseas (RACTI)

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Software & Experiments Coordination
Stefan Fischer (UZL)

Central Experiments Repository

14:00 - 14:30 Online Algorithms (Tentative)
Elias Koutsoupias (UOA)
14:30 - 15:00 Self-Stabilization (Tentative)
hlomi Dolev (BGU)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00 Management, Review and Self-Assessment
Ioannis Chatzigiannakis (RACTI)

Plan of 1st Year
Panel of Experts
1st Year School

16:00 - 16:30 Discussion & Closing Remarks

Additional Material

For the preparation of presentations and talks that will be given during the kick-off meeting, the speakers are encouraged to use the following templates:

Travel Information for coming to Patras

  1. Tranportation Service (see details below) --For your easily transportation, there will be a free of charge bus waiting for you.

  2. By Train -- The Proastiakos (suburban) railway connects the airport to Athens and to the railway network of southern Greece operated by the OSE company. The Proastiakos station in the airport is just opposite to the main airport building and is accessible by a pedestrian bridge. You have to change twice, the first time in Kifisias station, and then in Kiato. There is a train every hour. The ticket for the whole trip is 14.49 €. Note that if you miss the Kifisias station when coming from the airport, do not worry: you can change also at one of he next two stations, Neratziotissa or Iraklio.

  3. By Bus -- You must first go to the KTEL Coach Station at Athens by taking the X93/E93 express bus that departs just outside the airport terminal at the Arrival level (Exit 5). The ticket costs 2.90 and you can buy it in the bus or at the bus stop. It takes between 40 and 60 min to get there. Alternatively you can take a taxi that will cost about 40 €. From the coach station there is a bus to Patra almost every 30 min and the trip is around 3 hours. The first bus is at 05:50 and the last at 22:00. The ticket costs around 14 € and you must buy a ticket before boarding. There is a big ticket hall at the east side of the station. Head for the booth with the signs “Achaia” and/or “Patra”. There is no need to reserve tickets in advance, you will usually find a ticket for a bus leaving in the next hour.

  4. By Car -- Several car rental agencies operate on the airport. The new “Attiki Odos” high-speed toll motorway connects the airport with Athens and the main greek highways. Leave the airport following initially the signs to ATHINA and then to ELEFSINA to enter “Attiki Odos”. From that point on just stay on the highway following the signs to ELEFSINA, subsequenty to KORINTHOS, and finally to PATRA. After Korinthos, the highway splits into two and you must follow the right way (there are signs to PATRA). On this second half of the trip you must be a bit more careful, as the highway gets narrower - one lane plus the emergency one. It is typical to drive on the emergency lane so that other cars (moving faster) can bypass. The total distance between Athens airport and Patras is ~250km and the total cost of the tolls is 7.2 €. When reaching Patras, immediately after the toll station, take the exit “University of Patras”, and then follow the signs to “R.A.C.T.I.”.

Details of the Transportation Service:

  • Thursday,March 6th: Airport El.Venizelos – Patras, time of departure: 20:00
  • Friday,March 7th: Hotel Achaia Beach - CTI, time of departure: 09:30
  • Friday,March 7th: CTI - Hotel Achaia Beach, time of departure: 17:30
  • Friday,March 7th: Hotel Achaia Beach - Patras, time of departure: 19:00
  • Friday,March 7th: Patras - Hotel Achaia Beach, time of departure: 22:00
  • Saturday,March 8th: Hotel Achaia Beach - CTI, time of departure: 10:00
  • Saturday,March 8th: CTI - Hotel Achaia Beach, time of departure: 16:30
  • Sunday,March 9th: Patras - Airport El.Venizelos, time of departure: 09:00

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