Hellenic Open University (HOU) is a Public University founded by the Greek Government in 1992 and fully operational since 1997. Its prime mission is to offer university level education using distance learning methodology and to develop the appropriate material and teaching methods. An equally important aim is the promotion of scientific and applied research in the field of distance and lifelong learning. HOU is comprised of four schools, namely, School of Science and Technology, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, and School of Applied Arts.
The CONES (Converged Networks and Services) Research Group of HOU is located in Patras, Greece. CONES operates under the School of Sciences and Technology of the Hellenic Open University (HOU). Research in the CONES Research Group (http://cones.eap.gr) at HOU is concerned with Future Internet architectures (co-operative communications, cognitive networks, autonomic communications, energy-efficient systems), media optimisation solutions across heterogeneous networks and Advanced Cloud Computing Infrastructure and Services. The research group consists of one faculty member, 2 post-docs, 4 PhD students and 4 collaborative researchers.