Funded Projects

Important note: the projects below are recommended for funding to the national research funding organisations of CHIST-ERA by the Call Steering Committee of CHIST-ERA. The actual funding of the projects depends on the successful completion of contracts negotiation at the national level.

Emotion psychology meets cyber security in IoT smart homes

In Cocoon, we interweave innovations in two distinctly different disciplines to understand and improve security of home IoT technology: emotion psychology and cyber security. We produce an understanding of the psychology of IoT users, assess risks in current and future IoT systems, and formulate provisions for the design and integration of user-centric IoT in tomorrow’s homes. Home is a safe haven to experience privacy and control, personal autonomy and integrity. IoT technology is expected to merge physical and virtual worlds, creating smart home environments that enhance wellbeing. As the physical and the...

User-Centric Security, Privacy and Trust in the Internet of Things (SPTIoT) (2015)

A Context-Adaptive Content Ecosystem Under Uncertainty

The objective of CONCERT is to develop a content ecosystem encompassing all relevant players which will be able to perform intelligent content and network adaptation in highly dynamic conditions under uncertainty. This ecosystem will have as basis emerging information-/content-centric networking technologies which support intrinsic in-network content manipulation. The project will consider uncertainty aspects in the following two application domains: a) social media networks based on user generated content and b) CDN-like professional content distribution. Three dimensions of uncertainties will be addressed:...

Context- and Content-Adaptive Communication Networks (C3N) (2012)

COnsumer-centric Privacy in smart Energy gridS

Smart meters have the capability to measure and record consumption data at a high time resolution and communicate such data to the energy provider. This provides the opportunity to better monitor and control the power grid and to enable demand response at the residential level. This not only improves the reliability of grid operations but also constitutes a key enabler to integrate variable renewable generation, such as wind or solar. However, the communication of high resolution consumption data also poses privacy risks as such data allows the utility, or a third party, to derive detailed information about...

Resilient Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems (RTCPS) (2014)

CQC

Composing Quantum Channels

In classical information theory the major conceptual step, done by C. Shannon, was to abstract the intuitive notion of a communication channel, which lead to the development of classical information theory. With the development of quantum physics and the new possibilities it provides for communication and computation the mathematical concept of a quantum channel, describing general input-output relations was developed in the same way. Quantum channels are therefore the main building blocks of quantum information theory and unlike their classical counterpart their basic properties are not yet understood. Of...

Quantum Information Foundations and Technologies (QIFT) (2010)

Dynamically Evolving Long-Term Autonomy

Many complex autonomous systems (e.g., electrical distribution networks) repeatedly select actions with the aim of achieving a given objective. Reinforcement learning (RL) offers a powerful framework for acquiring adaptive behaviour in this setting, associating a scalar reward with each action and learning from experience which action to select to maximise long-term reward. Although RL has produced impressive results recently (e.g., achieving human-level play in Atari games and beating the human world champion in the board game Go), most existing solutions only work under strong assumptions: the environment...

Lifelong Learning for Intelligent Systems (LLIS) (2017)

Declarative and Interoperable Overlay Networks, Applications to Systems of Systems

An increasing number of different kinds of resources, including everyday objects, are interconnected to each other. Some analysts estimate that around 50 billions of devices should be interconnected at the horizon of 2020. This paves the way for new large-scale systems, and requires the need for novel architectures and design principles to support such a scale. Further, these resources may be very different at both the hardware and software layer, in terms of both functional and non-functional properties. This will lead to system of systems that federate highly heterogeneous distributed systems as already...

Heterogeneous Distributed Computing (HDC) (2013)

Device-Independent Quantum Information Processing

Device-Independent Quantum Information Processing represents a new paradigm for quantum information processing: the goal is to design protocols to solve relevant information tasks without relying on any assumption on the devices used in the protocol. For instance, protocols for device-independent key distribution aim at establishing a secret key between two honest users whose security is independent of the devices used in the distribution. Contrary to standard quantum information protocols, which are based on entanglement, the main resource for device-independent quantum information processing is quantum non-...

Quantum Information Foundations and Technologies (QIFT) (2010)

service and user-based DIstributed SElection of content streaming source and Dual AdaptatioN

The DISEDAN project proposes an evolutionary solution to enhance the content delivery via Internet. It focuses on research in the area of multi-criteria content source (server) selection, considering user and server contexts and requested content. The project proposes two innovative concepts that improve the current streaming systems. The first one is a two-step server selection mechanism which allows for cooperation between Service Provider (an entity offering the content distribution service, but owning or not a network infrastructure) and End User (an entity which consumes the content) making use of...

Context- and Content-Adaptive Communication Networks (C3N) (2012)