Telecommunications Software & Systems Group
General Description:Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is a university-level institution in the South-East of Ireland with over 10,000 students and 1000 staff. The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (WIT-TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology is Ireland’s largest research centre in the Information and Communication Technologies domain. The TSSG ethos is to build links between academic and industrial research through the creation of a balanced portfolio of activity in basic research, applied research and pre-product development. Initial work was on telecoms network management, but this has expanded since then to include mobility, trust and security, autonomics, software development tools, pervasive computing and multimedia. The group has a ten-year track record in research in Europe’s IST/ICT framework programmes, with over 30 such projects to date. WIT is the Coordinator of the ceFIMS-CONNECT project, and was the coordinator of the ceFIMS project.
Department: The Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (WIT-TSSG) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation at the Waterford Institute of Technology. We carry out a wide spectrum of industry-informed research in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), particularly technologies enabling communications and information services. WIT-TSSG’s key technical Research areas are Mobile Platforms and Services, Trust, Security, Privacy and Identity, Data Analytics and Social computing and Adaptive Networks and Services. We create economic impact by translating our knowledge base and innovation into leading edge products and services by continuing our engagement with Industry in collaborative R&D, knowledge generation and transfer.
The Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia
General Description: The Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia is the Portuguese Research Council responsible for financing, evaluating the scientific research activities, projects and qualification of human resources. Since March 2012, it is also responsible for the Information Society Policy in Portugal, following the merging with The Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC), which was the coordinating structure for Information Society policies in Portugal since 2005. Through its Department of Information Society (DSI – Departmento da Sociedade de Informação), FCT coordinates the Information Society and Knowledge public policies and its mobilization, promotes and speeds up the social ownership of globalised internationalized knowledge, information and emerging technologies of high potential benefit in the creation of wealth and employment, and in the improvement of the quality of life. To that effect, it promotes: 1) qualifications, inclusion and accessibility to and with ICT, 2) the availability of public interest broadband digital content, infrastructures (NREN) and services, consolidating cooperative networks and safeguarding privacy, safety and security, 3) the knowledge creation and transfer, and the development of emerging technologies (e.g. Future Internet), fostering internationalization, and 4) the assessment, outlook and benchmarking of ICT use and development.
General Description: AMETIC is the Spanish Association for Electronics, Information Technologies, Telecommunications, and Digital Content. AMETIC is composed of over 5.000 associated enterprises and numbers 350.000 employees in its totality, representing an economic activity surrounding the 7% mark of Spain’s GNP.
AMETIC is born from the fusion of AMETIC and Asimelec, effective January 1st, 2011. AMETIC has a wide-reaching experience in creating sectorial stakeholder networks and in fostering cooperation between them. AMETIC launched in 2005 four national technological platforms: eNEM, eMOV, eISI, eSEC, in order to organize all the Spanish entities working in each specific field. Up to now more than one hundred of national organizations joined to platforms. During 2008 and 2009, the Spanish es.INTERNET Technology Platform was launched, joining together the industry (SMEs and big companies), Universities and research organizations, and coordinating common R&D activities and strategy in the field of Future Internet. Es.INTERNET technology platform also works as a bridge between the industry and the Administration.
AMETIC also has experience in coordinating European SCA for fostering cooperation with South America, like SALA3D (www.sala3d.eu) and Sala+ (www.salamas.eu).
AMETIC is member of Digital Europe and is the national contact point for the European eSkills-week.
The Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center
General Description: The Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) is a leading research and computing center in Poland. PSNC focuses on using, innovating and providing optical networking, high performance computing (HPC), middleware services or advanced Web‐based applications to enable advances in eScience and engineering. Currently PSNC hires about 260 employees, most of whom are researchers conducting applied research in four complementary departments: Applications, Supercomputing, Network Services and Future Networks.
Over the last twenty years, PSNC has been playing a major role in the development of many research eInfrastructures, including the country‐wide PIONIER optical network, data storage and HPC center. Currently the established eInfrastructures connect over 700+ research and public institutions, providing the fast and reliable access to European‐wide fast networks and resources, in particular to the GEANT infrastructure. PSNC has been involved in many R&D projects founded by FP5, FP6, FP7 and other European programmes, coordinating 6 of them, for instance GridLab or Phosphorus. Nowadays, PSNC participates in numerous international projects including AirProm, EuropeanaLocal, Geysers, GÉANT3, PRACE, HPC Europa, INFINITY, IMPACT, TEFIS, MAPPER, UcoMS, Experimedia, Wf4Ever, SUCCEED and MARCOS.
Expertise provided and main tasks assigned: PSNC is a member of INFINITY (INfrastructures for the Future Internet commuNITY) coordination and support action under the FI PPP programme, where it participates in the design and development of infrastructures’ repository, as well as dissemination, communication and road-mapping activities. PSNC can ensure good collaboration at the technical level with Infinity partners and when purposeful establish data exchange. As part of the GN3 FP7 project, PSNC worked on the Common Network Information System, a database of networking infrastructure elements. PSNC is also one of the key partners in a national project SYNAT, which goal is to provide a platform for the network knowledge resources for science, education and open information society. PSNC is responsible for the design and implementation of a prototype of the Integrated Knowledge System (IKS), i.e. semantic knowledge base based on a common ontology describing cultural heritage resources.