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Social Enterprise and Collaboration Flows

July 3rd, 2012

Social Enterprise and Collaboration Flows will be the only to prosper in the future– via confused of calcutta

Business Game Design for team-based learning

June 27th, 2012

Some good tips for productive teams and leaders to consider 15 Principles of Business Game Design for team-based learning – The Bumble Bee

FIRE open call, mini call, whatyamacall

February 9th, 2011

This entry is cross posted from my TSSG blog.

Having finished up the SFI FI workshop, I had a little time to kill before an early flight to Brussels so I stayed in Dublin and headed for Landsdowne Road (Aviva Stadium) and the Ireland V Wales friendly. It was a cold-wet night, with not that many fans about, with it only livened up by a fantastic goal by Darron Gibson.

Anyway to day one of a 3 day trip to Brussels, I headed for Etterbeck and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) campus for the FIRE open call information day. Firstly there was a slight route optimization problem with getting to VUB from the airport but a train, metro, bus combination eventually got me there. Then comes the maze that is VUB really even with new signs the place is hard to navigate but lucky enough a memory of a Living Labs & Open Innovation event in 2007 got me to the right building location and room.

The information day was an opportunity to see how to submit proposals for the open calls launched by the BonFIRE, OFELIA, and TEFIS projects.

BonFIRE was up first up giving an overview of how it targets the Internet of Services and Future Networks research communities with it’s text bed infrastructure and in particular highlighting its multi-cloud facility and sophisticated network emulation [pdf].

Next up the TEFIS project gave an overview of their interdisciplinary infrastructure which has various testbed resources such as new network paradigms, cloud computing, advanced user interface for services [pdf].

Finally of most interest to me was the OpenFlow based testbed OFELIA which provides a platform for experimentation of novel networking protocols, addressing schemes and applications in the Internet [pdf].

Lunch was extracted form one of the biggest soup vats I’ve ever seen and then afterwards everyone headed over to Plienan 2 for more in-depth sessions with the project participants.

I headed for the OFELIA session which seemed to have the smallest room allocation and the largest number of participants. Further details on the open call process were provided which makes it sounds like a mini FP7 project proposal. I must say I feel for Hagan the coordinator as it doesn’t sound like an easy call to manage.

The last part of the session was the best as people pitched potential projects that could fit into the call and the project partners around the table offered their thoughts and advise in regards to the suitability of the proposal.

So that’s the FIRE open call day, I’ll complete a separate entry for the other two days in Brussels which was for the 7th FP7 Future Networks concentration meeting.

European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services

November 8th, 2010

This entry is cross posted from my TSSG blog.

This 1st Management Committee (MC) meeting of the European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services (QUALINET) on the 8th of Nov. 2010 was another item I participated in late last year and for which I wanted to report on.

The network is a new COST action in the ICT area. I won’t explain COST again, but if you haven’t come across this EU wide programme may I point you towards an overview of mine on COST at this link

Back to QUALINET, the objective of this COST Action is to establish a strong network on Quality of Experience (QoE) research and to promote methodologies to subjectively and objectively measure the impact in terms of quality of future multimedia products and services.

The network has large academic and significant industrial participation which will stand to it in the long run. The purpose of this meeting was to give all the MC participants some general information on the COST mechanism and on the funding and reporting of coordination activities. The MC’s also had to agree on the internal rules for the management committee, and most importantly to elect the Chair and Vice-Chair which all went very smoothly as Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi (Chair) and Prof. Andrew PERKIS (Vice-Chair) took the reins.

What followed were presentations on workplan and working methods for the implementation of the COST Action and the initial distribution of tasks. It was interesting to learn about the International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX), which has a deadline of submission coming up on March 14, 2011. There was also some impact on the standards side already, with some participation in the ETSI Workshop on QoE, QoS and User Experience . All the presentaions from this ETSI QoE workshop can be sourced here.

Finally the meeting had a twist as I got the opportunity to meet face-to-face a fellow tweeter Christian Timmerer (@timse7) from Austria. Given that I have only interacted with Christian online, it was nice to finally meet and have a quick chat.

Alround a quality first meeting.

MONET Special Issue: Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures

May 5th, 2010

Finally, after a long arduous process, which started on the 16 of October 2008, my guest editorship of the Mobile Networks and Applications Journal (MONET) with a special issue on Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures has finally come to press.

This whole experience has been an eye opener, having got through the chairmanship of TridentCom ’08 I thought the pressure was off, the conference was a success and all that had to be done was follow up the conference with a relevant journal, representing the highest quality research being carried out in the area of test beds and research infrastructures.
Things started off well in October 2008 with an invite to act as guest editor for the Mobile Networks and Applications Journal (MONET), and I called upon Frank Steuer, Jens Schumacher, and Thomas Magedanz to give me a helping hand which I must say I got immediate support from them.
We decided to host an open call for the Journal which was on track in December 2008 until a print backlog issue came up in regards to the Journal, which meant we had to push out our schedule by a couple of months. We then had to factor in that TridentCom ’09 was just around the corner and so we reset our deadlines to coinside with this upcoming conference at which point Shiwen Mao and Scott Midkiff joined the editorial team.
As the deadline approached, as editor I got an awful lot of requests from perspective authors, some funny, some not so funny with the normal one being “can I have an extension”. I was happy to help those that I could, although I recieved a couple of 10-15 line abstracts with requests to flesh out the rest of the paper for the author, which I just couldn’t support and a number of papers submitted to the incorrect special edition.
I found the reviews the toughest and the longest part of the process there were a large number of papers to go through and each needed a number of reviewers, I really could not have got through this without the help a number of TSSG colleagues.
Once the final reviews were complete it was time for my co-guest editors in Shiwen, Frank, Jens , Thomas , Raheem and Scott to rank and rate all the papers, their input and support was invaluable at this time, and we had to go through a hard decision process in regards to papers that made it in to the journal and those that just missed out.
I thought at that point we were nearly there but no, there was more tasks to come as the accepted authors needed to provide revisions or updates based on the review comments, and then the publication office of MONET required some slight modifications before being published.
The final item to be completed was the Editorial and once that was in place, it was a relatively smooth ride until publication day.
So there we go the Mobile Networks and Applications Journal (MONET) with a special issue on Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures is finally on the bookshelves, with 12 articles covering the evolution of experimentation facilities related to the improvements in wireless mesh networking, to an extensive spectrum occupancy measurement study, which provides the motivation for dynamic spectrum access (DSA) and everything in between I hope you find at least one of the articles of interest.
Article 1.
Trends, Advances, and Challenges in Testbed-based Wireless Mesh Network Research
Bastian Blywis, Mesut Guenes, Felix Juraschek and Jochen H. Schiller
Article 2.
A Testbed for Energy Profile Characterization of IP Services in Smartphones over Live Networks
Almudena Díaz Zayas and Pedro Merino Gómez
Article 3.
Integration of 3G Connectivity in PlanetLab Europe
Alessio Botta, Roberto Canonico, Giovanni Di Stasi, Antonio Pescapé, Giorgio Ventre and Serge Fdida
Article 4.
Service-oriented Access to Next Generation Networks—from Service Creation to Execution
Niklas Blum, Irina Boldea, Thomas Magedanz and Tiziana Margaria
Article 5.
Automated Troubleshooting of a UMTS-WLAN Test Platform
Ronan Skehill, Carlos Antonio de Ramos and Sean Mc Grath
Article 6.
Proposed Framework for Evaluating Quality of Experience in a Mobile, Testbed-oriented Living Lab Setting
Katrien De Moor, Istvan Ketyko, Wout Joseph, Tom Deryckere, Lieven De Marez, Luc Martens and Gino Verleye
Article 7.
A Kerberized Architecture for Fast Re-authentication in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks
Rafa Marin-Lopez, Fernando Pereñiguez-Garcia, Yoshihiro Ohba, Fernando Bernal-Hidalgo and Antonio F. Gomez
Article 8.
Service Oriented Testbed Infrastructures: a Cross-Layer Approach for NGNs
Niklas Blum, Thomas Magedanz, Florian Schreiner and Sebastian Wahle
Article 9.
Dynamic Rate and FEC Adaptation for Video Multicast in Multi-rate Wireless Networks
Özgü Alay, Thanasis Korakis, Yao Wang and Shivendra Panwar
Article 10.
Addressing Scalability in a Laboratory-Based Multihop Wireless Testbed
Brenton Walker, Jessica Seastrom, Ginnah Lee and Kun Lin
Article 11.
Utility Function Selection for Streaming Videos with a Cognitive Engine Testbed
Youping Zhao, Shiwen Mao, Jeffrey H. Reed and Yingsong Huang
Article 12.
Lessons Learned from an Extensive Spectrum Occupancy Measurement Campaign and a Stochastic Duty Cycle Model
Matthias Wellens and Petri Mähönen

Come test on IMS

March 19th, 2009

There is quite a recognisable shift in the way telcos are looking at their networks and the way services and applications are being tested & deployed on those networks.
So I must say fair play to Shane D and the lads for getting this extensive mobile test infrastructure in place here in Ireland, which will be giant step towards supporting the transition to Telco 2.0.
Photo Credit: phone art by Andrew Huff (Flickr)
If you are interested in playing, testing and validating internet services on the next generation communications network well have a look to see what’s on offer at the TSSG.

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!

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Innovation: Its Changing!

August 13th, 2008

I’ve implicitly mentioned my research on crowdsourced innovations, and here are a couple insights worth a read.
Crowd Image by James Cridland on Flickr
One a forum discussion on What is innovation? which is part of discussion being posed by NESTA on : What should an Innovation Index contain?.
Which goes hand in hand with a recent report on The New Inventors: How users are changing the rules of innovation with a full report [pdf].
Although the question always being asked is where is the proof, the report above give some examples … here’s a couple of others
1) The crowdsourced restaurant Elements, which is a concept that has expanded from the original idea for a small cafe to a full-fledged, green-certified restaurant. Members earn points for their participation efforts, and are eligible to share in the profits allocated to members. {As reported in the Washington Post}
2) If you’re going to write a book about crowdsourcing why not get the crowd involved in the book cover design as was the case with Crowdsourcing: How the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe. The Top 20 designs that just missed out being the book cover can be seen here, and nicely enough the first 5 Chapters of the book can be seen on the site also.

A perimeter that’s revolutionising mobile communications

August 11th, 2008

The EU FP7 project Perimeter is well an truly up and running now.
EU FP7 project Perimeter
PERIMETER is really attempting to take user-centric strategies to achieve seamless mobility driven by actual user needs, we believe that putting the user at the centre rather than the operator enables the user to control their identity, preferences and credentials, and so seamless mobility is streamlined, enabling mobile users to be “Always Best Connected” in multiple-access multiple-operator networks.
A major part of the TSSG work will be in the testbeds, where we will interconnect with TUB and then help co-create and assess Perimeters middleware components and its integrated applications and services.
Which leads nicely to FIREweek September 10-12th in Paris. An interesting event launched on the 10th with a follow up strategy workshop on the 11th, the week closing out with the 2nd workshop on IMS Enabled Converged Networks: New paradigms for services delivery

TridentCom 2009 call for papers

August 5th, 2008

Time just seems to roll around so quickly.[1]
For me TridentCom 2008 hasn’t finished and the 2009 call for papers has already been out for sometime now.
This is the 5th International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities (Tridentcom) which is being held April 6-8, 2009, Washington D.C., USA.
TridentCom 2009  Logo
The important dates (but always check the website) to hand are :-
Papers due (to be received by): October 1, 2008
Demo proposals due: November 1, 2008
Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2008
Submission of camera-ready papers: January 15, 2009