Internal news bulletin July 2009

From the President

ERCIM has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary: details of the website with all the information about the event is presented below. Reaching 20 years of cooperating for excellence in IT and Applied Mathematics is a significant milestone and a time to reflect on past success and simultaneously plan for the future with both predictions of future challenges and plans for meeting them. Indeed the Strategy Task Group of the ERCIM Board of Directors is considering various radical futures and in September we will meet with our external advisory committee to take this work forward.

Various ERCIM Working Groups are very active in putting together project proposals to support joint working with partners in industry and academia from countries coordinated via the ERCIM member in that country. The skills and experience of the ERCIM Office will be deployed to coordinate and manage the ERCIM proposals.

Meantime the second edition of ERCIM Innovation (magazine) is being prepared and there is significant activity among ERCIM members in innovation. Plans for the next Infinity Initiative Seminar with ETSI have commenced, as has planning for our next Strategic Seminar aimed at industry.

ERCIM News continues as our flagship publication with exciting topics: the current issue is particularly relevant covering financial mathematics. It contains some articles which should assist everyone in understanding the recent credit crunch and consequent recession.

ERCIM continues its vibrant life thanks to the enthusiasm of the researchers supported by the ERCIM Office.


ERCIM 20th anniversary

On 28 May, in conjunction with the ERCIM Spring Days meetings in Paris, ERCIM and INRIA organised ERCIM’s 20th anniversary celebration. The anniversary was marked by a seminar including presentations by renowned personalities from research and industry, and representatives from the ERCIM community.

Set in the heart of the historical Le Marais district, ‘Les Jardins du Marais’ was the venue not only for the celebration, but also for the ERCIM Board of Directors and Editorial Board meetings, several ERCIM Working Group meetings and two European project meetings, namely InterLink and EuroIndia. In all, 180 attendees participated in ten meetings over three days.

Presentations, Photos at http://paris2009.ercim.eu/
Report in ERCIM News at: http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/content/view/613/848/


ERCIM-ETSI-EC Infinity Initiative: “Bio ICT-The Heart in the Computer”

The 2nd Edition of the ERCIM-ETSI Infinity Initiative took place on 2-3 April at ETSI in Sophia Antipolis, France. This year, the theme of this series of advanced seminars was ‘Bio ICT-The Heart in the Computer', with a special focus on ‘Modelling and Simulation of Organs'. The event was held in cooperation with the European Commission and was supported by the VPH (Virtual Physiological Human) Network of Excellence, a network of which ERCIM is a core member.
Event programme and presentation material:
http://www.etsi.org/WebSite/NewsandEvents/Past_Events/2009_BIOICT_INFINITYINITIATIVE.aspx


ERCIM Brussels Office is up & running... for you!

The ERCIM Office in Brussels opened end of 2008 and is now fully operational. Beyond a working space for 3 people, equipped with Wifi, printer, copy, coffee and cookies (real ones, not virtual...), it offers two meeting rooms, one up to 8 people, and the large one up to 15 people.

The office is located in central Brussels and is the ideal place for your project meetings, re-hearsal of review meetings, preparing hearings, consortium set-up...

The meeting rooms are available free of charge for every ERCIM member, but pre-reservation should be done to ensure availability.

For information relative to the ERCIM Office in Brussels, contact Pierre Guisset (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


New Projects

RACE Network RFID

ERCIM is coordinating the "RACE Network RFID", designed to become a federating platform to the benefit of all European Stakeholders in the development, adoption and usage of RFID. The network started in March 2009 and gathers already 25 partners from 17 EU member states including the ERCIM members Fraunhofer (IML) and VTT, and ETSI as a Work Package leader.
The ambitious aim of the network is to:

  • Create a federating platform to the benefit of all European stakeholders in the development, adoption and usage of RFID.
  • Position the European Union as a world leader in RFID excellence.
  • Establish the market position for RFID in Europe, defining the roadmap and addressing the barriers to adoption and deployment as well as fragmentation in the market.
  • Promote best practices, case studies, reports, guidelines, events and services to increase awareness at European and national level.

More information: http://www.race-networkrfid.eu/


ERCIM News

ERCIM News No. 78 (July 2009) with a special theme featuring nineteen articles on "Mathematics for Finance and Economy", coordinated by Ralf Korn, University of Kaiserslautern and Fraunhofer ITWM, Germany, has just been published. This issue includes a keynote "Quantitative Finance and the Credit Crisis" by Michael A H. Dempster, Centre for Financial Research, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge & Cambridge Systems Associates and an article "Quality of Quantitative Finance" by Paul Wilmott stating “There is too much mathematics in finance”.

Future issues planned:

No. 79 (October 2009): Special theme: Towards Green ICT
No. 80 (January 2010): Special theme: Data Preservation

http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/


Events sponsored by ERCIM

In 2009, ERCIM has been sponsoring the following events.

For 2010 the sponsorship of SAFECOMP 2010 (http://www.safecomp.org/) has already been aproved.

Further sponsorship for events in 2009 is not possible anymore. However, to increase the visibility of ERCIM, the member institutes organising big events are encouraged to associate ERCIM to their events. ERCIM can provide information material and advertise the events on the ERCIM website and in ERCIM News.


Shared Calendar

The Office maintains an internal calendar with all ERCIM-related events (general ERCIM meetings, WG events, sponsored events, etc.) at https://bscw.ercim.eu/bscw/bscw.cgi/336096
accessible from the ERCIM home page "Intranet -> Shared calendar" (BSCW account needed for access).


Press Activities

Articles about ERCIM and its activites are archived at
http://www.ercim.eu/about/press


News from the Working Groups

ERCIM Workshop on Social Network Analysis

On 18th June at University College Dublin, this one day workshop brought together European researchers on network data analysis to assess the level of interest in collaborating in future research in this general area. This workshop covered topics related to algorithmic aspects of social network analysis and on network data analysis in other areas such as bioinformatics. The objective was to identify the potential for future collaboration.

Constraints

The 2009 ERCIM Workshop on Constraint Solving and Constraint Logic Programming (CSCLP 2009) was held at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain, 15-17, 2009. The workshop covered all aspects of constraint and logic programming, including various foundational issues, implementation techniques, new applications as well as teaching issues. Particular emphasis is on assessing the current state of the art and identifying future directions.

More information: http://www.lsi.upc.edu/~larrosa/CSCLP2009.html

Data and Information Spaces

The ERCIM Working Group on Data and Information Spaces (DIS) held its first workshop on 27 May in Paris, in conjunction with the ERCIM 20 years celebration. The theme of the workshop was "large scale and federated information spaces". 20 participants from thirteen institutions attended this combined Working Group workshop and meeting, where four submitted and two invited papers were presented.
Detailed information: http://wiki.ercim.eu/wg/DIS/index.php/Workshops

Dependable Software-Intensive Embedded Systems

The ERCIM Working Groups Dependable Embedded Systems (DES) and Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems (FMICS) seized the opportunity at the 20th anniversary event of ERCIM end of May in Paris to have a joint technical meeting. Experiences were exchanged, projects and scientific work were presented, and further cooperation was discussed, especially in light of the successful jointly edited special theme ‘Safety-Critical Software’ in ERCIM News 75.
See article in ERCIM News: http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/content/view/614/850/

The next joint ERCIM WG workshops planned are:

  • ERCIM/DECOS/COOPERS Dependable Embedded Systems Workshop, SAFECOMP 2009 (15.-18. 9. 2009, Hamburg)
  • Special Session: Dependable Embedded Systems” at Euromicro-SEAA (27.-29. 8. 2009, Patras, Greece).

eMobility

The 3rd ERCIM Workshop on eMobility was held at University of Twente, The Netherlands on May 27-28, 2009, in conjunction with WWIC 2009. More than 30 participants attended the workshop. The program was again formed of several invited talks as well as contributions received from an open call for papers.

The workshop started with two invited talks given by Prof. Fernando Boavida (University of Coimbra) and Prof. Aiko Pras (University of Twente) presenting two already running FP7 Networks of Excellence. The other invited presentations given by Thomas Bohnert (SAP Zürich) and Prof. Geert Heijenk (University of Twente) focussed on different vehicle communication issues. While the former one rather discussed business-related aspects, the latter one discussed car-to-car communications issues and in particular mechanisms for cruise control to improve security and efficiency as well as reduce emissions.

In addition to the invited talks, several technical sessions based on a peer reviewing process have been organized. 14 papers from 22 submissions have been accepted and presented within two abstract and short paper sessions on "Security and Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication in Mobile Networks" and "Wireless Mesh, Wireless LAN, and Fixed Network Service" as well as two full paper sessions on "Performance Optimization in Wireless and Cellular Networks" and "Real World Applications and Case Studies of Wireless Sensor Networks and Wireless LANs".

In the tradition of its predecessors, the 3rd workshop of the ERCIM WG on eMobility has been a big success in terms of attendance and quality of presentations. This could only be achieved due to the hard work of authors and reviewers. The hosts at University of Twente under the guidance of Geert Heijenk not only provided excellent meeting facilities, but also published printed workshop proceedings.

More information and proceedings are available at
http://wiki.ercim.eu/wg/eMobility/index.php/Third_ERCIM_Workshop_on_eMobility#3rd_ERCIM_Workshop_on_eMobility

Environmental Modelling

The 15th ERCIM Environmental Modelling Group Workshop took place on 27 May 2009 during the ERCIM Spring Days Meeting & 20th Anniversary Celebration, Les Jardins du Marais Hotel, Paris, France. The five participants discussed intensively the presentations on:

  • forecast of local wind fields for increasing of wind farm power output by data fusion methods
  • design and optimization of traffic and energy infrastructure networks in the Megacities of the future to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases towards a sustainable development of these Megacities
  • further advances in Air Quality Modelling, in particular, integration with urban high-resolution land data assimilation systems
  • detection of motion on fluid flow images.

The participants analyzed the possibilities for joint proposals in the forthcoming ICT and environmental calls and decided to discuss and propose topics for such projects in the next months.

Grids, P2P and Services

A new Working Group Grids, P2P and Services has been established with two main objectives:

  • To ensure the sustainability of the CoreGRID Network of Excellence which is requested by both the European Commission and the CoreGRID members who are highly motivated to continue working together
  • To establish a bridge and to foster collaboration between several research communities that are now involved in the emerging area of Service Computing: namely high-performance computing, distributed systems and software engineering.

CoreGRID officially started in September 2004 as an European research network to develop the foundations, software infrastructures and applications for large-scale, distributed Grid and P2P technologies. Since then, the network has achieved tremendous results in terms of integration, working as a team to address research challenges, and to produce high quality research results. Although the main objective was to solve research challenges in the area of Grid and P2P technologies, the network has adapted its research roadmap to include the new challenges related to service-oriented infrastructures, which are very relevant to the European industry as illustrated by the NESSI initiative developing the European Technology Platform on Software and Services. Currently, the CoreGRID WG is conducting research in the light of the emerging Internet of Services, clearly positioning itself under the umbrella of the Future Internet Assembly. The Grid research community has not only embraced but has also contributed to the development of the service-oriented paradigm to build interoperable Grid middleware and to benefit from the progress made by the services research community.

For the first year of the CoreGRID WG we have selected 10 research topics and have identified a recognised internationally researcher as a leader of each topic.

- T1 - Service Level Agreement. Contact: Omer Rana (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T2 - Data & Knowledge Management. Contact: Philippe Massonet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T3 - Scheduling. Contact: Ramin Yayapour (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T4 - Virtual environments. Contact: Norbert Meyer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T5 - Network monitoring. Contact: Augusto Ciuffoletti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T6 - Volunteer Computing Systems. Contact: Gilles Fedak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T7 - Trust & Security. Contact: Alvaro Arenas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T8 - Self-* and adaptive mechanisms. Contact: Vivi Fragopoulou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T9 - Advanced programming models. Contact: Marco Danelutto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- T10 - Tools and Environments for Application Development and Execution. Contact: Vladimir Getov (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

A call for participation was issued in March 2009. If you would like to participate in a given topic, you should contact the Working Group leader and ask to be involved. Then a specific form has to be completed by your institution to secure enough funding for travelling to meetings organized by the Working Group on given subjects or for the annual CoreGRID Symposium. The documents are available within the ERCIM Working Group Web pages
(http://www.coregrid.net/mambo/content/view/747/418/).

The annual CoreGRID workshop will be held within EuroPAR 2009 in Delft, 24-25 August. The goal of the workshop is to gather participants of the working group, present the topics chosen for the first year, and to attract new participants who will present their most recent research results during this one-day and an half workshop. Ten papers will be presented between two invited talks. Topic leaders will also present their present and future activities. Workshop proceedings will be then published by Springer. http://www.coregrid.net/mambo/content/view/784/435/

A Service Level Agreements in Grids Workshop will be held within Grid 2009 conference in Banff, Canada. The submission dead-line is July 26, 2009. http://www.coregrid.net/mambo/content/view/786/1/
Several other workshops will be annouced soon.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the WG leader, Frederic Desprez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

IM2IM

The 2009 IM2IM workshop was held at Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions in Paris in the framework of the ERCIM 20th anniversary meetings and the FP7-ICT-2009-6 call devoted to the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH). Talks were scheduled on the first and second day (first part of morning), whereas the remaining meeting part was devoted to discussion for 7FP proposals, the major goal of this workshop. Following this workshop, a second meeting was held in Berlin at Fraunhofer FIRST to launch 2 STREP proposals.

Most of the first speakers came from companies. Among these companies, some are members or satellite of Meditech (http://www.meditech.cf.ac.uk/). Ash Harkara (Simpleware, Exeter, UK) gave an overview on their know-how in image processing and mesh generation (CADesign, rapid prototyping, etc, ie, from images to surfaces, volumes, and meshes, plus services) with multiple examples from biomechanics, natural sciences, and deformable composite materials. Davy Willems (Materialise, Belgium - considered by EU as a large company) spoke on developed software, particularly those for biomedical application (eg, Mimics for image processing and 3-matic for meshing, optimization, and design), including surgical simulations and other minimally invasive procedures. Both Simpleware and Materialise are ready to incorporate a VPH proposal. Nuno Diniz (Glaizer, France) presented his company that is at interface between research and market, ie, aims at testing economic models and determining market penetration strategy. They are ready to participate in advisory board of an ERCIM-managed proposal for next VPH call.

Anna Caroli (Biomedical Eng., Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Bergamo) presented works carried out in image processing group on vascular pathologies (in collaboration with D. Steinman from Toronto, Canada) and polycystic kidneys in close collaboration with clinicians that then allows to collect both anatomy and function (velocity distribution - BCs). Her group targets image-based modelling of vascular morphology in large patient cohorts. Some questions remain such as clinical needs in kidney diseases and expected outcomes.

Martin Hofmann (SCAI, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, with two groups on bioinformatics and numerical analysis) focused on data mining from genes to organ anatomy and population data, taking the “@neurIST” project as example.

Steffen Unger (FIRST, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) comes from a department ISY that comprises simulation, Grid computing, visualization/virtual reality group. He is involved in real-time simulation for mini-invasive medicine and surgery in soft tissues (projects “URO-Trainer”, “Endoguide”).

Ezra Neufeld and Dominik Szczerba (BIWI - in a group leaded by Gabor Szekely -, ETHZ and IT'IS with interaction with two spin-offs “SPAEG” and “ZMT”) are involved in image processing (they particularly have a method to enhance signal-to-noise ratio in MRI measurements; they have acquired data of whole body scans of various types of humans), computer visualization (especially for surgical simulator, treatment optimization and planning), and computational physics (electromagnetic wave exposure and thermal ablation of tumours, including both hardware and software) and mathematical modelling in biology (eg, angiogenesis and tumour growth). Peter Edwards (PETIC, Cardiff, Wales) is involved in building a framework for merging research for both physical (including computer sciences) and life sciences. They have facilities for PET/SPECT/CT, MRI (EMRIC and CUBRIC), US, optical, and vibrational techniques. Nicolas Lomenie (IPAL - international mixed research unit CNRS-UJF-NUS-Astar) presented “MIIRAD” works on cognitive medical image exploration, including histopathological grading. Jacques KLOSSA (TRIBVN, France) pointed out the importance of microscopic imaging that is required for multiscale modelling approaches.

Catalin Fetita (Telecom SudParis) belongs to the “Artemis” team involved in digital imaging S&T, especially in the development of medical tools (detection, follow-up, treatment planning, and prediction of treatment outcome of lung airway diseases, such as asthma, bronchectasis, COLD, and cancer). They are able for each section of the tracheobronchial tree to give lumen size and wall thickness. They not only target lung airways, butt also pulmonary blood vessels.
Tzu-I Tseng (NCHC, Taiwan) talked on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) due to pharyngeal wall collapse. A goal was to propose an index and threshold for treatment from patient anatomy after flow simulation. This is a good example of fluid-structure interaction in patient-specific domains.

Laurent Boudin (LJLL, INRIA-UPMC-CNRS REO) presented aerosol flow (aerosoltherapy) in a medical connecting device in which deposition can be measured. Aerosol is described using a probability density function. Boundary conditions remain a challenge. (In France, a network exist that could serve as a basis for a potential proposal in this topic.)
Pino Pontrelli (CNR, Roma) used finite volume formulation of the Lattice Bolzmann Method to solve flow on a corrugated surface (blood flow in the microcirculation), assuming a steady, fully developed flow in a rigid pipe. He is targeting blood flow in the microcirculation (flow in alveolar capillary and hepatic lobule are potential applications).

Software Evolution

The WG is organising a Joint ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution and International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24-25 August 2009

This Anniversary edition "The Future of Software Evolution" coincides with the 20th Anniversary of ERCIM, the 10th Edition of the International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution and the 5th Edition of the International ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution

This workshop, co-located with the 7th joint ESEC/FSE Conference, is a merger of the annual ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution and the International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution. The rationale for a common event is to capitalize on the synergies to be found when theorists and practitioners meet.

More information: http://ssel.vub.ac.be/iwpse-evol/


Next ERCIM meetings

September 17-18, 2009 - ERCIM Execom (18.9.) and Task Group (17.9.) meetings in Sankt Agustin, Germany
November 5-6, 2009 - ERCIM fall meetings in Pisa
April 22-23, 2010 - ERCIM Execom (23.9.) and Task Group (22.9.) meetings in Switzerland
May 20-21, 2010 - ERCIM spring meetings, place to be decided
September 23-24, 2010 - ERCIM Execom (24.9.) and Task Group (23.9.) meetings in Norway
November 4-5, 2010 - ERCIM fall meetings, place to be decided