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Speed Partnering EU style

January 22nd, 2009

The ICT Proposers Day 2009 kicks off today and wow what an agenda [pdf]!
ICT Proposers Day 2009, Budapest
In order to browse the site I have found it easier to go straight to the 2009-2010 priorities section and from there work my way through the challenges.
As for the ICT Proposers’ Day 2009 :: Browse ideas section ….. well now I’m finding it hard to tell the wood from the trees!
Well to help out, there are a number of TSSG folks out in Budapest, like Alan offering ideas, and and John presenting our research work.
It should be an interest event.

Irish IPv6 Summit Jan 28th 2009 (Dublin Castle)

January 21st, 2009

Its coming into the final week of preparation for the Irish IPv6 Summit, and there have been a ton of registration in the past week so don’t miss out [1]!
With the purpose of the event to raise awareness of the need for immediate IPv6 deployment, and the issues around such a deployment a well thought out programme is being presented in Dublin Castle. The summit includes a number of experienced panel speakers including Fred Baker (Cisco Fellow and Chair of the IETF Operations Group) and Detlef Eckert [pdf] (Advisor to DG-INFSO, EU Commission).
[1] For more information and registration details of the event, please visit

FIA Madrid 2008

January 21st, 2009

No its not a round of the F1 calendar, but an assembly gathering of European researchers contributing to the vision of the Future Internet.
Full details on the agenda for the 2 day meeting along with all the presentations and position papers can be found on this link
From the plenary session I found the German G-Lab project as described by Volkmar Dietz, BMBF quite interesting.
The majority of my time was spent in the Management and Service Aware Networking Architecture (MANA) session.
There were invited talks from the US on “Future Internet of Networks and Services” where Jeff Chase (Duke University) and Suzanne Iacono (NSF) offered their view points.
For the panel session on Service-aware Networking Architectures, I found the item presented by George Pavlou (UCL, U.K.) – for evolutionary service-aware architectures the most enlightening. However in aspect I didn’t enjoy from this session was the fact that the agenda mentioned that the panelists should have a 10 min short presentation and then a Q+A ….. every speaker seemed to overrun their time which left the whole session seriously overran with impatience!
The third panel on the “Self-management of Future Internet” had a presentation by Marcus Bunner (NEC Research, Germany) – for In-network management, which very much follows up on our collaboration in the WP4 of the ICT 4WARD project.
Also there was Joe Butler (Intel, Ireland) – highlighting the SLA for service management research coming out of the ICT SLA@SOI project.
In the summary proceedings for this MANA session 11 questions as asked during the session were highlighted. Most interesting for me were the discussion on:
• What the changes are there in Management responsibilities for Future Internet.
• What the changes are there in relationships between Management and Governance.
• What the changes are there in accountability and responsibility in Future Internet.
• What the changes are there in relation to Management and Costs in Future Internet.
• What the changes are there in management technologies.
All will be fully answered and solved by the next event which is planned for Prague, May 11th-13th 2009.

Transformations Exhibit at the Science Gallery

January 8th, 2009

In celebration of ten years of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI), the Higher Education Authority (HEA) hosted the Transformations exhibition in the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin from Thursday 27th November – Tuesday 2nd December.

The TSSG have been recipients of support from this programme and had the pleasure of presenting demonstrations from our research. Our exhibit was called the “Metropolitan Information Management System” and a number of TSSG staff worked extremely hard to highlight how our research has impacted on everyones day-to-day live; helping us to get around faster, to plan more effectively and to understand our environment.
The exhibit ‘Services in the City’ demonstrated to the visitors a scenario in which a person within the vicinity of a city centre could gain access to various information like shopping, child amenities, entertainment, directions to a location, details of the travel options etc., on their PDA or mobile phone.
This demonstration also marked the success of a PRTLI funded project called M-Zones which provided the basis and initial research that led to this vision of ubiquitous computing being pursued. The TSSG is currently involved in newly funded HEA project called “Serving Society: Management of Future Communications Networks and Services” or HEA FutureComm. This interdisciplinary project is investigating the relationship between technological and social trends/aspects in the future communication networks.
Back to the exhibit when you see how the set up of the demo looked before being constructed in the Science Gallery there were times when you wondered …… will this really be an interactive exhibit, however once the finished exhibit was in place it looked great, and people did come and interact!

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