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Michel Cosnard, President of INRIA was elected President of ERCIM at the last ERCIM Board of Directors, held in Brno, Czech Republic, 4 November 2010. Michel Cosnard took office as ERCIM president 1st January 2011 for a two-year term. Michel succeeds Keith Jeffery who served as ERCIM President from January 2005.

MUSCLE (Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation and Learning) is the ERCIM Working Group dealing with all aspects of multimedia processing, analysis, and management. Several teams from both ERCIM and non-ERCIM institutions participate in this Working Group by sharing their experiences and carrying out common research. The most visible achievement so far has been the MUSCLE Network of Excellence, partially funded by the European commission from 2004 to 2008, which has established collaborations among the 45 partner groups (each active in some specific aspect of multimedia understanding), and has implemented a successful fellowship program to provide the opportunity for a number of postdocs to gain valuable experience in different international laboratories.

by Stefan Kowalewski and Marco Roveri

The 15th ERCIM Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems (FMICS) workshop was held in Antwerp, Belgium, on 20-21 September 2010. It was co-located with the 25th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE).

The kick-off meeting of a Working Group on Media Technology and Educations is planned on Tuesday, November 30, 10:00 - 15:30 at  Fraunhofer IAIS, Schloss Birlinghoven, 53754 St. Augustin, Germany. Scientists interested in participating in this group should contact Sepideh Chakaveh (see below)

by Flemming Nielson

The second annual meeting of the ERCIM Working Group on Models and Logics for Quantitative Analysis (MLQA) took place on Friday July 9th 2010 as part of the Federated Logic Conference (FLoC) organized by the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. It was attended by more than 30 researchers, from senior researchers to PhD students, and was one of the best attended satellite events taking place at FLoC.

by Jessica Michel Assoumou and Manolis Tsiknakis

During the last four and one-half years, the EU-funded ACGT project (Advancing Clinico-Genomic Trials on cancer: Open Grid Services for improving Medical Knowledge Discovery) managed by ERCIM, has been developing methods and systems for improved medical knowledge discovery and understanding through the integration of biomedical information.

by Erwin Schoitsch

ERCIM sponsored the 29th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security, SAFECOMP, which took place from 14-17 September 2010 at the Schönbrunn Palace Conference Center in Vienna, Austria. More than 100 experts from 17 countries, including US, Korea, Japan and Brazil, attended and contributed to the conference, workshops and exhibition. The conference was organized by the Austrian Computer Society (OCG), the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and EWICS TC7 (European Workshop on Industrial Computer Systems, TC7, Reliability, Safety and Security). The conference and programme chair was Erwin Schoitsch from AARIT/AIT.

by Vaclav Matias

In the 2010, the 35th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2010), sponsored by ERCIM and 19th EACSL Annual Conferences on Computer Science Logic (CSL 2010) were federated and organized in parallel. The scientific program of MFCS & CSL 2010 was further enriched by twelve satellite workshops on more specialized topics. The symposium was attended by more than 350 participants from 38 countries and five continents.

The main conferences and their satellite events were hosted by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, on 21-29 August 2010. Masaryk University if a founding member of CRCIM, the Czech member institution of ERCIM.

ERCIM booth at MFCS.

The series of MFCS symposia, organized in rotation by Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic since 1972, encourage high-quality research in all branches of theoretical computer science. Their broad scope provides an opportunity to bring together researchers who do not usually meet at specialized conferences.

Computer Science Logic (CSL) is the annual conference of the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL). The conference is intended for computer scientists whose research activities involve logic, as well as for logicians working on issues significant for computer science.