Grid@Asia: European-Asian Cooperation in Grid Research and Technology

by Bruno Le Dantec

ERCIM organises the second Grid@Asia Workshop 20-22 February 2006 in Shanghai. The workshop is hosted by the Jiao Tong University. Some 100 participants have been invited from European and Asian research institutes, industry and ministries of research with the aim to foster co-operation with significant Grid actors within the European 6th and 7th Framework Programme (FP).

The workshop will comprise four sessions: the first on applications where Grid technologies play an essential role such as emergency response systems, advanced manufacturing, traffic simulation. The second session will be dedicated to joint research centres involving European and Chinese teams, ie, the Sino-French Laboratory in Computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics (LIAMA), the Sino-German Joint Software Institute (JSI) and the Southampton Regional e-Science Centre. The third session will take stock of the existing research projects partially funded by the European Commission and involving Chinese partners. The fourth session will be dedicated to future co-operation emerging from call 5 and 6 of the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme of FP6.

At the end of the workshop, an 'Information Day' will be organised by the European Commission to promote the IST Call 6 to be closed on 25 April 2006. This call covers the topics 'Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)', 'Advanced Robotics', 'Search Engines for Audio-Visual Content' and 'International Cooperation'.

This workshop is the second of a series of strategic workshops in Asia in the frame of the Grid@Asia initiative supported by the European Commission. The first event took place from 21 to 23 June 2005 in Beijing, hosted by the Beihang University. The aim of the iniative is to expand European Grid expertise through co-operation with leading Asian and international teams in the field.

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