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TridentCom 2008 call for papers

September 10th, 2007

Well the call is out, TridentCom 2008 is inviting you to submit a paper in the area of test beds and research infrastructures for the development of networks and communities.
We’ve recruited 3 excellent technical programme co-chairs this year, from the EU, Frank Steuer of the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, Laurens Cloete of the Meraka Institute, South Africa and Raheem Beyah of the Georgia State University, USA and so I believe we are in good shape for hosting an ground breaking conference.
Also with the conference being held in Innsbruck, Austria, a location between high Alpine mountains, it serves as an ideal place for skiing and mountaineering. There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck with the Nordkette served by a cable car and additional chair lifts further up. Other ski resorts nearby include Axamer Lizum, Igls, Seefeld, Tulfes and Stubai Valley.
Add this to your 2008 calendar!

Experiences of an Irish Researcher in FP6

September 4th, 2007

On the 18th of July last I was asked to present at an Enterprise Ireland information seminar in Waterford, highlighting the opportunities and support structures for Irish SME’s to become involved in projects within the EU 7th Framework Programme.
As the Framework Programme 7 presents fresh opportunities for SME’s, via the “Capacities Research for the Benefit of SME’s” Programme, to engage with other European partners, this seminar was put in place to provide an opportunity for delegates to hear first hand from experienced framework participants and the opportunity to network amongst their industry and third level peers.
(Can you tell I’ve ripped this blurb from the Agenda text?)
My presentation “Experiences of an Irish Researcher in FP6” can be found on the link provided and is also embedded below.

The event was well attended and I enjoyed giving the presentation. Given that the deadline for FP7-SME-2007-1 just closed an hour ago I thought it might be an idea to release this entry and get people thinking about the next Call.

The relationships between different scientific disciplines shown as a paradigm map

June 29th, 2007

I really enjoyed this visualisation of a topic map of science, especially the apparent links between Computer Science and Social Science – so much so I ordered a print, and framed it.
Science Paradigm Map
So what is this … well it’s a map that shows the 800k papers that were most highly co-cited by papers published in 2003. In the paradigm map the clusters are the reference points in science upon which current science is being built.
I’ve read from the authors that “Maths” is not as prominent as might be expected because the culture in math is different than the culture in other sciences in that math papers have far fewer references, thus lower co-citation rates and is also spread throughout the CS and engineering regions, especially where algorithms are used to solve engineering problems.
While I understand and quickly see that the map is hard to read, there are too many overlaps & text paths that bump over each other and that certain paths are too choppy, this has to be taken as an “art/science” illustrations, a tool that evokes interest in the area more so than helping to explain the phenomena that are supposed to be the science subjects.
A large version of the map can be seen on this link
Related to this topic but not related with the orginal authors is this piece on the 6 Degrees of Computer Science. The connections to Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Math / Physics, I think are well thought out.

New email standard DKIM approved to fight spam

May 25th, 2007

So news has hit that a “Promising antispam technique gets the nod” at the IETF through RFC4871.
However the comments added to the piece on Lifehacker: New email standard approved to fight spam and Slashdot: Bye Bye Spam and Phishing with DKIM? paints a different picture of how much people really do care about spam in todays world!
Want to learn more technically then DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) is the place to go.

WIT Physics open day March 2007

March 29th, 2007

In March I was asked to give a brief 10 min presentation to a 100 or so, fifth and sixth year students (secondary education / high school level) from around the South-East of Ireland about Physics with Computing.
What’s that I hear you say …… well my presentation is hosted on Slide Share ….. and hopefuly also embedded below for your viewing pleasure if your interested.

I tried to stick to more visual presentation, and must admit was the right way to go.
One of my follow presenters Gerald Fleming from Met Eireann and RTE took a completely different approach, going with a fully verbal presentations and I must admit both styles have given me a new perspective on presenting, as opposed to those dull & boring text filled powerpoint slide shows, which truely do not work.


March 5th, 2007

MORE is a European research project, which has been running since June 2006 but has only most recently moved closer to my resarch interests. With it focusing on the development of a Network-centric Middleware
for Group communication and resource sharing across heterogeneous embedded systems, the IST MORE project is:
* Implementing new technology to facilitate communication and distributed intelligence across groups of users using different wireless standards.
* Addressing the problem of how the interaction between humans and embedded systems can be efficiently supported by developing a system that can be tailored to the specific needs of diverse organisations.
* Designing a middleware platform that hides the complexity of the underlying heterogeneity of embedded systems through providing simplified APIs and management mechanisms for the future operators of these systems.
* Validating the MORE middleware with future operators will demonstrate the ease with which target organisations can put a usable and reliable system of networked embedded devices into operation using MORE middleware. Two use case scenarios are being implemented: Mitigation management (forestry and environment) and Medical environment (Diabetes).
For the Mitigation Management of environmental damage – e.g. critical value transgression for forest system stability (storm, biological stability), water quality, soil functionality – information must be transferred from automatic monitoring facilities (e.g. EU Level-I/II plots) to a heterogeneous group of (a) affected land owners and (b) persons in charge at different administration, research, and management organisations.
For the Chronic Care scenario which will allow diabetes patients, medical experts, patients relatives and family doctor to be grouped together and react to emergency situations in both static and mobile environments. With the help of the system patients can regularly check their status, analyse the monitored data, be informed on the actions they have to implement, get answers for their questions, and get external help if needed.
As you may tell the lines above are all forward looking “will” statements, there will be MORE concrete comments to follow once I get a chance to further participate in the project.
IST MORE is a Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) supported by the European Union as part of the Information Society Technologies (IST) Program.