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.

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)

Edge Computing Resource Allocation for Dynamic Networks

The potential offered by the abundance of sensors, actuators and communications in IoT era is hindered by the limited computational capacity of local nodes, making the distribution of computing in time and space a necessity. Several key challenges need to be addressed in order to optimally and jointly exploit the network, computing, and storage resources, guaranteeing at the same time feasibility for time-critical and mission-critical tasks. Our research takes upon these challenges by dynamically distributing resources when the demand is rapidly time varying. We first propose an analytic mathematical dynamical...

Smart Distribution of Computing in Dynamic Networks (SDCDN) (2018)

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)

Framework for the Identification of Rare Events via MAchine learning and IoT Networks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a new structure of awareness – a cybernetic one – upon physical processes. Industries of different kinds are expected to join soon this revolution, leading to the so-called Factories of the Future or Industry 4.0. Our considered IoT-based industrial cyber-physical system (CPS) works in three generic steps: 1) Large data acquisition / dissemination: A physical process is monitored by sensors that pre-process the (assumed large) collected data and send the processed information to an intelligent node (e.g. aggregator, central controller);2) Big data fusion: The intelligent...

Big data and process modelling for smart industry (BDSI) (2017)

GreenEr Mobile Systems by Cross LAyer Integrated energy Management

Personal computing currently faces a rapid trend from desktop machines towards mobile services, accessed via tablets, smartphones and similar terminal devices. With respect to computing power, today´s handheld devices are similar to Cray-2 supercomputers from the 1980s. Due to higher computational load (e.g. via multimedia apps) and the variety of radio interfaces (such as WiFi, 3G, and LTE), modern terminals are getting increasingly energy hungry. For instance, a single UMTS upload or a video recording process on today´s smartphones may consume as much as 1.5 Watts, i.e. roughly 50% of the maximal device power...

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

Human-Guided Learning and Benchmarking of Robotic Heap Sorting

This project will provide scientific advancements for benchmarking, object recognition,  manipulation and human-robot interaction. We focus on sorting a complex, unstructured heap of unknown objects --resembling nuclear waste consisting of a set of broken deformed bodies-- as an instance of an extremely complex manipulation task. The consortium aims at building an end-to-end benchmarking framework, which includes rigorous scientific methodology and experimental tools for application in realistic scenarios. Benchmark scenarios will be developed with off-the-shelf manipulators and grippers, allowing to create an...

Object recognition and manipulation by robots: Data sharing and experiment reproducibility (ORMR) (2017)