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.

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) (2016)

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)

Distributed Heterogeneous Vertically IntegrateD ENergy Efficient Data centres

Our world is in the midst of a “big data” revolution, driven by the ubiquitous ability to gather, analyse, and query datasets of unprecedented variety and size. The sheer storage volume and processing capacity required to manage these datasets has resulted in a transition away from desktop processing and toward warehouse-scale computing inside data centres. State-of-the-art data centres, employed by the likes of Google and Facebook, draw 20-30 MW of power, equivalent to 20,000 homes, with these companies needing many data centres each. The global data centre energy footprint is estimated at around 2% of the...

Heterogeneous Distributed Computing (HDC) (2013)

Dynamic Policies for Shared Cyber-Physical Infrastructures under Attack

The DYPOSIT project tackles the problem of large, shared CPS infrastructures under attack. In particular, the project responds to the critical need for dynamically formulating and adapting security policies, rapidly and on-demand, in the face of unfolding attacks on a shared CPS fabric integrating multiple applications run by a variety of stakeholders. DYPOSIT tackles this fundamental research problem through a novel dynamic policies approach rooted in a socio-technical understanding of the complexity and dynamics of shared CPS fabrics under attack. DYPOSIT’s approach is unique and transformative as it takes an...

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

Energy harvesting Communication netwoRks: OPtimization and demonStration

“Anytime, anywhere, anything” has been the recent catch-phrase used by technology evangelists promising untethered wireless data flow not only among people, but also among devices of any imaginable sort. Trillions of autonomous devices are foreseen in this promise. While wireless sensor networks solve the wiring problem, we would still need to recharge or replace hundreds of batteries every day or supply the network infrastructure (e.g. base stations in the cellular world) with an ever increasing amount of power. Harvesting available ambient energy, such as solar, thermal or electromagnetic, to power wireless...

Green ICT, towards Zero Power ICT (G-ICT) (2011)

eGlasses – The interactive eyeglasses for mobile, perceptual computing

The eGlasses project is focused on the development of an open platform in the form of multisensory electronic glasses and on the integration and designing of new intelligent interaction methods using the eGlasses platform. This is an initial development focused on long-term research and technological innovation in perceptual and super-perceptual (e.g. heart rate, temperature) computing. It is an emerging technology that is also focused on the creation of mobile, perceptual media. Perceptual media refers to multimedia devices with added perceptual user interface capabilities. These devices integrate human-like...

Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) (2012)