University Of Piraeus Research Centre
The University of Piraeus Research Centre (UPRC) is the Research Funding Administrative Unit of the University of Piraeus as established by the Senate decision of 30.06.1983, according to the Presidential Decree 432/81, as amended by the 679 / 22.08.1996 Joint Ministerial Decision of the Ministers of Finance and Education and Religious Affairs.
The purpose of the Unit is the allocation and management of funds intended to cover expenditure of any kind necessary for the needs of research, educational, developmental, continuing education projects as well as projects providing scientific, artistic and technological services, performing tests, measurements, laboratory tests and analyses, drafting specifications on behalf of third parties, as well as other related services or activities that contribute to linking education and research with production and are provided by the University of Piraeus scientific staff alone or with the cooperation of other relevant stakeholders, domestic companies, institutions and Ministries.
The University of Piraeus Research Centre (UPRC), within the institutional framework that leads its operation, has set the goal of becoming a modern and internationally recognized research center that will contribute to the promotion and recognition of the University of Piraeus as one of Europe’s leading universities. As part of its mission, the University of Piraeus Research Centre is working to achieve the following objectives:
Since its inception, the UPRC has completed more than 1,000 research projects, educational programs and development projects funded by the European Union, the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministries, Banks, Public and Private Sector Organizations. Projects completed or currently implemented include: Basic and Applied Research, Postgraduate Programs, Infrastructure Development Programs, Continuing Training Programs, Conferences, Events, Student Internships, Studies, etc.
The participation of the University of Piraeus in the project “Intelligent Research Infrastructure for Shipping, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics (EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.)” is implemented through the Transportation Systems Laboratory (http://www.transportationsystems.eu) of the Department of Maritime Studies.
Members of the Research Team
Dr. Stratos Papadimitriou is a Professor at the Department of Maritime Studies, University of Piraeus and he is also the Director of the Transportation Systems laboratory. His areas of expertise are Transportation Systems and Logistics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the City University of New York, a Master’s degree in Management from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and a Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the same University. He has extensive administrative experience in the field of Transport. He has acted as an expert and adviser to Ministers of Transport and Economy, the European Union, the World Bank, the EESC, OECD, on a variety of issues ranging from transport development, financing and transport policy formulation issues. Indicatively, from July 2010 till October 2012 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Athens International Airport. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) from 1997 to 2002 and the Chairman of the Hellenic Center of Investment (2002-2004). During his five-year tenure at OASA, the public transportation companies under the OASA umbrella were reorganized and restructured financially, a major investment plan was implemented, and a variety of innovative programs were introduced which modernized public transport in greater Athens. His full CV is available here.