March 2019

New Partner Profile:University of Piraeus Research Center

Author: Andriana Prentza, PhD Associate Professor Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus


Based in Greece, the University of Piraeus Research Center (UPRC)
was founded in 1989 and provides administration and technological support to basic and applied research, carried out by the teaching staff of the University of Piraeus, at national and international level. Within the University of Piraeus is the Department of Digital Systems (DDS) which provides students with knowledge and practical experience in various fields of information and communication technologies.


The department conducts research and development in the areas of software engineering, information systems, eHealth and eGovernment services, big data analysis, eLearning, security of information systems and networks, web engineering/Internet technologies, digital communication systems and intelligent networks. Staff in the department are very actively involved in many national and EU- funded projects for many years and are published extensively in international journals and magazines including IEEE, ACM, Elsevier, Springer and IEE.

The UPRC team participating in the LIGHTest project has been engaged in several Large Scale Pilot (LSP) projects:

• PEPPOL – Pan-European Public Procurement OnLine (2008 – 2012)

• e-SENS – Electronic Simple European Networked Services (2013 – 2017)

• TOOP – The Once-Only Principle Project (2017 – 2020)


The team has strong expertise in coordinating piloting in LSPs, in business related process for both pre-and post-award in public procurement, in eDelivery infrastructure and eDocuments and Semantics, and in software development including integration and testing. UPRC has been involved in the CEN BII workshop and is also participating in the national eInvoicing Committee. UPRC is also a member of OpenPEPPPOL AISBL, a non-profit association based in Brussels, which continues, since 2012, the work of the PEPPOL LSP in the eProcurement domain.

In LIGHTest, UPRC is contributing to the integration of LIGHTest in the PEPPOL infrastructure and the activation of the LIGHTest service in different pilot scenarios.