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Gr. Lambraki and Distomou 21, Room 101

Director: Professor Μaria Boile

Deputy Director: Assoc. Prof. Αlexandros Artikis

Doctoral Candidates:


Eleftherios Sdoukopoulos

He received a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation to conduct part of his doctoral dissertation in the USA. Mr. Sdoukopoulos received a scholarship as a “Doctoral Dissertation Visiting Research Student” and visited the University of Memphis (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019) where he conducted research on the evaluation of the efficiency and productivity of inland corridors and port interconnection networks under the supervision of his doctoral dissertation of Professor Maria Boyle and Αssociate Professor Michalis Golias who welcomed him to the University of Memphis. He is a Research Associate and Head of Laboratory at the Hellenic Institute of Transport of the Center for Research and Technology (https://www.imet.gr/index.php/en/news-el-2/365-sdouk-scholarship-el).

Doctoral Dissertation Visiting Research Student, E. Sdoukopoulos, Memphis University, US

Angelos Angelakakis

He has participated in numerous traffic studies in Greece and Cyprus in collaboration with private companies. In 2019 he attended (with a scholarship) the international training program “Maritime and Port Security”, lasting 14 days, organized by the Center for Transport and Maritime Studies of the Galilee International Management Institute in Israel. He is an Associate Researcher at Hellenic Institute of Transport of the Center for Research and Technology.

Vasiliki Maria Perra

She is a Spatial Planning, Urban Planning and Regional Development Engineer specializing in Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development and in the Techniques and Methods of Analysis, Planning and Management of Space. Furthermore, she has received knowledge certification in Data Analysis from Data Science & Data Engineering Athens. Since 2018 she is a Scientific Associate of the Hellenic Institute of Transport of the Center for Research and Technology.

Konstantia Karagkouni

She is an Engineer of Spatial Planning and Regional Development, with MSc in Organization, Management and Planning of Transport Systems (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR). In 2017 she worked for the Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET) in Lyon, France. She successfully completed the quarterly training seminar in 2018 held by The Greek Exporters Association (SEVE) “Export trade transactions of products” combining series of theoretical courses and internship in a private company. Finally, she has experience on the management-coordination and implementation of co-funded projects of the European Union (HORIZON, Interreg Europe, etc.). Since April 2020, she is a member of CERTH/HIT, where she is participating in research programs on sustainable mobility and maritime transport.

Andreas Kouvaras

He graduated with honors from the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus in 2017 and was honored with the scholarship SEVASMIA REGKOS (Propeller Club of the U.S. International Port of Piraeus). He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law (specialization in Maritime Law) from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. At the same time, he is studying at the undergraduate level at the Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and at the postgraduate level at the Information Systems of Linnaeus University. Finally, in 2017 he participated in the writing of the chapter “Coastal and Maritime Tourism” in the collective project “European Governance in key areas for the recovery of Greece: Agricultural Production, Tourism, Maritime Policy” carried out by the European Center of Excellence Jean Monnet of the University of Athens, under the European Commission’s three year lifelong learning program (2014-17).

New equipment for the Laboratory of Quantitative Analysis in Shipping


The Laboratory of Quantitative Analysis in Shipping of the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus, in the framework of its research activity is going to acquire equipment of value more than one million euros that includes: autonomous vessel, Drone system, and remote underwater inspection robot. GlobalSim, a company with an international presence on 6 continents that has manufactured some of the largest and most realistic crane simulators in the world, will provide training simulator equipment including a full-mission simulator, autonomous Ro-Ro simulator, trainer’s station as well as software models and controls.

More specifically, the autonomous vessel (WAM-V 16 ASV) is characterized as one of the most stable vessels in its class, with easy portability and flexibility, making it useful in applications such as marine surveys, defense, and maritime security, as well as research and development in the field of robotics. The quadcopter drone system (MATRICE 300 RTK) is the newest commercial drone platform inspired by modern aviation systems, offering artificial intelligence capabilities for more than 55 minutes of flight. It can find application in firefighting, in search and rescue, in control of legislative applications, and in research in power supply systems and gas or oil pipelines.

The remote underwater inspection robot (Guardian Mini-ROV), with 4 horizontal and 1 vertical thrusters, has 2 high-definition color video cameras, with LED lighting, so that it is suitable for long-range missions, more than 400 meters.

A key element of the training simulator system is the trainer’s station. Instructors and observers can monitor a learner’s actions in the simulator, under different scenarios, as the learning environment can be completely controlled.

The full mission simulator is designed to train students in many types of equipment. The training is specially designed and equipped with seven screens, a pilot chair, and authentic systems, so that it looks exactly like the size and layout of the actual pilot cabin. Software models include various types of equipment: ship loading and unloading cranes, rail stacking cranes, container transport stacking truck, forklift, Ro-Ro functions, and automated operation scenarios.


Particularly, the autonomous Ro-Ro simulator, through virtual reality, provides the ability to simulate the ship, the 3D display inside and outside as of her, as well as in processes such as loading and unloading cargo. In the specially designed script editor, the instructor, in all the above models, can control factors such as time of the day, visibility, wind, and other weather conditions, while the script can be supplemented with additional parameters such as ships, cranes, pedestrians, and cargoes.


The results of the use of the above equipment, will once again confirm the position of the Department of Maritime Studies, in terms of its contribution to the education of young people with high professional training in the field of shipping, as well as the provision of high-quality research by our laboratory.

Active Projects

  • Title: “BLUE AIR”, Interreg V- B Adriatic- Ionian Program, in collaboration with Area Science Park – Trieste
  • Study on the Capacity for Greening of European Sea Ports with funding body European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport (MOVE)

Proposals Under Evaluation

  • “ATTICA BUSINESS PROGRAM 2014-2020 ACTION ¨ RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS IN THE ATTICA REGION – Development of Innovative & Interactive Services for the Promotion of the History of Greek Shipping ‘- MOTIONS »
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D6-01-07 (Safe, Resilient Transport and Smart Mobility services for passengers and goods) – Proposal acronym: CONFIDENT

Completed Projects

  • Partner participation in the support of OLTH SA for the implementation of the actions of the European project «Port IoT for Environmental Leverage – PIXEL» (Project Grant Agreement No. 769355 financed by the Horizon 2020-MG – 2016-2017 / H2020-MG-2017). Contracting Authority: Thessaloniki Port Authority SA.
  • Proposal for a Sectoral Study on the potential of Agrologistics in Greece in collaboration with CERTH, EXANTAS, AMERICAN FARM SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE & RUTGERS THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY

«Collaboration of the Quantitative Analysis in Shipping Laboratory of the University of Piraeus with the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, within the premises of which state-of-the-art simulators have been installed, to provide training on cargo handling and loading/unloading operations. Read more»

In the framework of the Cooperation Protocol that has been signed between the Elefsis Port Authority, the University of Piraeus, and the Hellenic Institute of Transport, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, an underwater inspection of a shipwreck in the gulf of Elefsis was carried out by the Quantitative Analysis in Shipping Laboratory (QUALs) of the University of Piraeus, Department of Maritime Studies.

The University of Piraeus Research Center invites you to participate in the Virtual Workshop on Transnational Cooperation for Blue Growth in the Adriatic – Ionian Region that will be held on Tuesday the 3rd of May 2022 at 17:00 Athens’ time. The aim of this event is to highlight the importance of aligning Blue Growth innovation policies and identify the challenges and opportunities in this field for strengthening the macro-regional cooperation between Greece and other ADRION countries. The event is addressed to Quadruple Helix actors that are involved or interested in the blue economy sectors and the integration into them of innovation solutions and activities.

The workshop is organized within the framework of the BLUEAIR project, which is supported by the Interreg ADRION Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and IPA II fund. The project aims the alignment of Blue Growth innovation policies within the ADRION region through a macro-regional Smart Specialization Strategy (S3). For further information about BLUEAIR you may find here.

For participating in the virtual workshop, please register yourself here.

«Co-designing the BLUEAIR Mutual Learning Process on Blue Growth innovation policies. Find out more here https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/news/co-designing-the-blueair-mutual-learning-process-on-blue-growth-innovation-policies»

«Here you can find the BLUEAIR Project leaflet! ».

«Best Practice Identification and Benchmarking Report published. Find out more here https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/activities/best-practice-identification-and-benchmarking-report-published».

BLUEAIR project presented at the conference of the Chamber of economy of FBiH

How to achieve a coherent innovation policy in the Adriatic-Ionian Region? Find out more https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/news/how-to-achieve-a-coherent-innovation-policy-in-the-adriatic-ionian-region

BlueAir Launch Event will be held on Tuesday 16th of November at 09.00 am. To participate, follow the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81273363238?pwd=VHRVZ3Z0Y0I2eUUrRUp6Q2JkMXVudz09&fbclid=IwAR0oxMU5LMaFnhsVniDBXMEqQ4PjqJu3LKeYUy89Ls62U1RfADHPmVDlv-c#success

BLUEAIR project presented on 3rd SMARTY Interregional Policy Brokerage. Find out more here https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/news/blueair-project-presented-on-3rd-smarty-interregional-policy-brokerage

Presentation of the first BLUEAIR press release. Find out more here (https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/news/first-blueair-press-release)

Presentation of BLUEAIR at the 3rd SMARTY Interregional Policy Brokerage. For more information visit (https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/news/blueair-project-presented-on-3rd-smarty-interregional-policy-brokerage).

Participation of the director of the Laboratory, Professor Maria Boile at the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair

“BLUE AIR Project: Support the development of a regional innovation system for the Adriatic-Ionian area” (https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/news/the-first-steering-group-sg-meeting-was-held).

“Presentation of the BLUE AIR project at the 6th European Union Strategic Forum for the Adriatic and Ionian Region”(https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/news/blueair-project-presented-on-the-6th-forum-of-the-eu-strategy-for-the-adriatic-and-ionian-region).

The Laboratory of Quantitative Analysis in Shipping, by the help of its collaboration with the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) of the Center for Research and Technology (CERTH) and with the Port Training Institute organized by EXANTAS Scientific Research and Vocational Training in the Port Sector, Freight Transport and Logistics – A Combined Initiative “held at the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEP). A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the University of Piraeus, the Hellenic Institute of Transport CERTH / HIT, and the Port Training Institute “EXANTAS” (https://www.imet.gr/index.php/-2/497-mou-papi-imet-el).

Approval of a proposal for the acquisition of large equipment (simulator for the use of various types of machinery, automation, special equipment and technologies, and autonomous unmanned vessel)

The director of the Laboratory of Quantitative Analysis in Shipping, Professor Maria Boile presented to the Hellenic Parliament’s Special Permanent Committee on Regions the issue of “capturing the trends of the port industry, focusing on” smart ports “(https://www.imet.gr/index.php /el/news-el-2/657-hit-presentation-at-the-hellenic-parliament-s-committee-on-regions-2020-el).

Benchmarking of Innovation Policies in E.U. Macroregions/Sea Baisins – VALIDATION WORKSHOP. Find out more here https://blueair.adrioninterreg.eu/events/benchmarking-of-innovation-policies-in-eu-macroregions-sea-basins-validation-workshop

The Laboratory of Quantitative Analysis in Shipping has developed collaborations with Academic and Research Institutions of the country and abroad, having offered teaching work and/or have developed joint research actions:

Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) of the Center for Research and Technology (CERTH)

Signing of a memorandum for the cooperation between the University of Piraeus – CERTH / HIT – Port Training Institute “EXANTAS”

EXANTAS Port Training Institute



Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Rutgers University, US

International European Maritime and Port Security Program, Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel

International European Maritime and Port Security Program, Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel

Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel

The Quantitative Analysis Laboratory in Shipping has also developed collaborations with a number of private and public sectors as well as with European and International Institutes, Research Centers and Academic Institutions.