ERCIM news bulletin October 2009

From the President

In each issue I seem to say that ERCIM is busy - well this time busier than usual with the submission of several proposals against the EC IST Call5 deadline of October 26th - extended to October 27th because of problems with the EC webserver. ERCIM is coordinating several very interesting proposals and the office staff have been working all hours to achieve submission. We now hope for success with these proposals to increase further ERCIM's presence in the research scene.

I am writing this from a meeting of research infrastructures (large scientific equipment and/or datacentres). Following the ESFRI (European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures) initiative there is e-IRG (e-Infrastructure Reflection Group) representation here. Such a meeting brings into sharp focus the power of ICT to assist research using infrastructures - but also the challenges of scale, speed, distribution, heterogeneity, coordination etc. The major points of debate include e-access to the facilities in an e-science environment and the management of the research results in an e-environment.

However, ERCIM activity is not restricted to Europe. Discussions continue over the relationship of W3C-Europe, managed by ERCIM, to a proposed new headquarters for W3C. This is important because of the contribution European W3C staff and ERCIM-coordinated research makes to W3C.

In this issue the Euro-India initiative is described; this follows previous successful projects involving China.

Returning to Europe, the ERCIM Strategy Task Group met and had deep discusions on the future of ERCIM: the ideas will be discussed more widely at BoD in November. The Strategy Task Group meeting was held jointly with our Advisory Committee so we had wide-ranging discussions that were very fruitful. ERCIM has been involved in discussions on professional societies in Europe involving many players of which the key ones are Wendy Hall (president of ACM and University of Southampton) and Fabrizio Gagliardi (Microsoft Research Europe and ACM European chapter) as well as Jan van Leuwen (Informatics Europe). I have been moderating the EC Expert Group on Cloud Computing (together with Burkhard Neidecker-Lutz of SAP) and our concluding report is now with the EC.

The fall meetings of ERCIM take place in November in Pisa; as usual there are many strategic and operational issues to discuss so the meetings should be lively! During the meetings the Cor Baayen award will be presented to this year's winner; it is noteworthy that Adam Dunkels - a previous winner - is receiving recognition from MIT Technology Review magazine for his leading-edge work. This issue describes the work of some Working Groups and announces two new Working Groups demonstrating that ERCIM is active, evolving and vibrant.

Cor Baayen Award

2009 Cor Baayen Award to Teemu Roos

In a tight competition, the ERCIM Executive Committee has chosen Teemu Roos from the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT as the winner of the 2009 Cor Baayen Award for a promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics.

Teemu Roos received his PhD degree from the University of Helsinki, Finland, in September 2007. The title of his thesis is "Statistical and Information-Theoretic Methods for Data Analysis". During and after his postgraduate studies, Teemu Roos has performed groundbreaking research by combining advanced theoretical reasoning with innovative technical solutions in the fields of information theory, data analysis and machine learning. He has attacked and solved practical problems of utmost importance in an unusually wide range of applications.

Teemu Roos will receive the prize during the ERCIM fall meetings in Pisa on 5 November.

ERCIM 2008 Cor Baayen Award Winner Named Top Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review

Adam Dunkels, senior scientist at SICS, Sweden and 2008 Cor Baayen Award winner, has been recognized by MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 for his work on Internet-connectivity for embedded systems and wireless sensors. Selected from more than 300 nominees by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, the TR35 is an elite group of accomplished young innovators who exemplify the spirit of innovation.
View winner Adam Dunkels in the TR35 Listing.

ERCIM "Alain Bensoussan" Fellowship Programme

From the Call 2009-2010 2nd round (30 April application deadline), a total 23 fellowships have been granted by 11 ERCIM member institutes (CNR, CWI, Fraunhofer, FNR, FORTH, INRIA, NTNU, PLERCIM, SARIT, SICS and VTT).

For the Call 2010-2011 1st round (30 September application deadline ), 105 scientists from 40 countries applied for an ERCIM Fellowship.

The PhD Fellowship Programme has been established as one of the premier activities of ERCIM. Since its inception in 1991, almost 250 fellows have been hosted.


D4Science-II - Towards an e-Infrastructure Ecosystem for Science

D4Science-II started on October 1st 2009 as one of the main European e-Infrastructure projects, involving 10 participants such as the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Co-funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the D4Science-II project held its kick-off meeting 13-16 October 2009 in Pisa, Italy.

D4Science-II aims to continue the path that the GEANT, EGEE, DILIGENT and D4Science projects have initiated towards establishing networking, grid-based and data-centric e-Infrastructures. The goal of this chain of work is to provide scientists with virtual research environments for unlimited generation and dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.

Scientific coordination of D4Science is headed by CNR while the management of the project is ensured by ERCIM.


The Euro-India ICT Cooperation Initiative (‘EUROINDIA’) is a Support Action under the Seventh Framework Programme. This initiative aims to reinforce collaborative research and innovation activities between Indians and Europeans in ICT domains and challenges targeted in the EU’s FP7. EuroIndia organized a series of events in India during August and was also invited to conduct a thematic session within the eIndia Conference.
ERCIM is a partner in this project, coordinated by the Department of Informatics at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

For a detailed report on the events, see
Euro-India web site:


ERCIM News No. 79 (October 2009) with a special theme entitled "Towards Green ICT", coordinated by Laurent Lefèvre, INRIA and University of Lyon, France; and Jean-Marc Pierson, IRIT, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France; and featuring a keynote by Mazin Yousif, PhD; CEO, Avirtec Corporation and chair of the ERCIM Advisory Committee, has just been published.

The January issue's (No. 80) special theme will focus on "Digital Preservation"

Events sponsored by ERCIM

ERCIM will sponsor three conferences in 2010:

ERCIM sponsored the 13th European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL) 2009 in Corfu, 27 September to 2 October 2009. ERCIM has endorsed the ECDL conference series since its creation and the ERCIM Working Group "Data and Information Spaces (DIS)" was strongly involved in the 2009 conference. ECDL 2010, organized by the University of Glasgow, UK (, will be the last ECDL conference because from 2011 on, the conference name will be changed to “Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries” (TPDL 2011, to be held in Berlin).

A detailed report on ECDL 2009 was published in ERCIM News:

ICT 2010, Europe's biggest research event for information and communication technologies, will be organised by the European Commission DG Information Society and Media on 27-29 September 2010 in Brussels. Save this date in your diary!
ERCIM and ERCIM-managed projects will most certainly have representation at this key event through booths and speakers, as was the case in Lyon, France, in November 2008.

News from the Working Groups

Two New ERCIM Working Groups Formed

To new ERCIM Working Groups have been established recently: The Working Group "Social Network Analysis" focusing on algorithmic aspects of network data analysis and the Working Group "Models and Logics for Quantitative Analysis" exploring and developing methods for formal verification of modern advanced software systems.

ERCIM Working groups are open to any researcher in the specific scientific field. Scientists interested in joining a Working Group should contact the coordinator.

Dependable Software-Intensive Embedded Systems

After the joint meeting of the Dependable Software-Intensive Embedded Systems (DES) WG and the Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems (FMICS) WG at ERCIM's 20th anniversary event in Paris, the WG co-organized several "special sessions" and a workshop on "Dependable Embedded Systems" at events throughout Europe:

  • "Special Session: Dependable Embedded Systems" at Euromicro-SEAA, 27-29 August 2009, Patras, Greece). ,
  • Session on "Safety and security as a systemic challenge" at IDIMT 2009 (Interdisciplinary Information Management Talks), Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic, 9-11 September 2009,
  • "ERCIM/EWICS/DECOS Dependable Embedded Systems Workshop" at SAFECOMP 2009, 15-18 September 2009, Hamburg.
    The presentations (papers and slides) of the SAFECOMP Workshop will be published as ERCIM Proceedings end of 2009.

SAFECOMP 2010 will be organized by the DES WG coordinator Erwin Schoitsch and OCG/AARIT, the Austrian member of ERCIM, in Vienna on 14-17 September 2010. SAFECOMP 2010 is sponsored by ERCIM. The conference will take place in the Schönbrunn Palace Conference Centre.

Grids, P2P and Services

The Working Group held a "CoreGRID" workshop during the EuroPAR 2009 conference in Delft; a big success with around 50 attendees. Two invited speakers gave interesting talks around Cloud computing platforms and middlewares (Kate Keahey from Argonne National lab) and about the XtreemOS project (Thilo Kielmann from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Ten presentations from accepted papers were also given as well as presentations from the topic leaders of the Working Group. Many interesting discussions were held during the two days. Slides from the topic leaders will be made available on the web site. Papers will be published by Springer.

Software Evolution

Working Group on Software Evolution held its 5th annual workshop, jointly with the 10th edition of IWPSE (International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution) on 24-25 August 2009 . To celebrate the 10th anniversary of IWPSE and the 5th anniversary of EVOL, a special edition at ESEC/FSE 2009 was organised where people from both communities could meet to discuss the latest trends and developments in software evolution. This initiative was very succesful, as it was the best attended workshop of ESEC/FSE, with around 40 participants coming from 15 different countries. We received 36 submissions, 17 of which were accepted for presentation (and publication in ACM proceedings) after peer review by an international committee of experts in the field.

The WG is editing a special issue of IEEE Software on "Software Evolution: Maintaining Stakeholders' Satisfaction in a Changing World". Submissions for this special issue should be sent before 1 November 2009. Publication is foreseen in the July/August 2010 issue of IEEE Software.

On Thursday 24 September 2009 WG members had a meeting with EU officers in Brussels to discuss about future research challenges in software evolution as possible relevant novel research topics for the next EC work programme.

On 17-18 December the WG is organising BENEVOL 2009, the 8th Belgian-Netherlands Seminar on Software Evolution, in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers from Belgium, The Netherlands and neighbouring countries to identify and discuss important principles, problems, techniques and results related to software evolution research and practice. Submissions can be sent until 13 November 2009. A selection of best submitted papers will appear as a special issue of Elsevier's Science of Computer Programming.


News from W3C

Let's Make Every Day One Web Day!

On 22 September, W3C celebrated the "One Web Day". The following blog post from Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications, urged all people "Make Every Day One Web Day!".

Since 1994, W3C has sought to ensure the Web is available to all people, from anywhere, on any device. Today I'd like to invite people to help build One Web by:

Learning about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and either (1) building your own customized checklist for How to Meet WCAG 2.0 or (2) putting together a customized web accessibility business case for your organization;

  • Reaching more people by learning about the quick tips for internationalization;
  • Cleaning up the Web and showing support for standards by using the W3C validator services;
  • Checking to see if your pages are mobileOK.

Happy One Web Day! We'd love to hear your ideas for building One Web.

W3C Launches Provenance Incubator Group

W3C is pleased to announce the creation of the Provenance Incubator Group, whose mission is to provide a state-of-the-art understanding and develop a roadmap in the area of provenance for Semantic Web technologies, development, and possible standardization. The group will be chaired by Yolanda Gil from the University of Southern California. The following W3C Members have sponsored the charter for this group: Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute, Talis Information Limited, University of Manchester, University of Southampton, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (USC / ISI), and Vrije Universiteit. Read more about the Incubator Activity, an initiative to foster development of emerging Web-related technologies. Incubator Activity work is not on the W3C standards track.
Provenance Incubator Group:

Developer Gathering during W3C Technical Plenary Week

As part of its efforts to broaden participation opportunities in W3C, W3C announces today its first Developer Gathering, to be held 5 November, 2009 during the W3C Technical Plenary Week (TPAC) in Santa Clara, California. Registration is open to the public; W3C is seeking in particular developers and designers who may not participate regularly in W3C groups. Arun Ranganathan (Mozilla), Fantasai, Philippe Le Hégaret, and others will speak on a variety of hot topics with a goal of feeding back comments to the groups developing the relevant technology standards.
Developer Gathering:

W3C Workshop on Access Control Application Scenarios - 17-18 Nov. 2009, Luxembourg

W3C invites people to participate in a Workshop on Access Control Application Scenarios on 17-18 November 2009 in Luxembourg. This Workshop is intended to explore evolving application scenarios for access control technologies, such as XACML. Results from a number of recent European research projects in the grid, cloud computing, and privacy areas show overlapping use cases for these technologies that extend beyond classical intra-enterprise applications. The Workshop is co-financed by the European Commission 7th Framework Program via the PrimeLife project.
Workshop CfP:
PrimeLife EU project:

More W3C News in the W3C Public Newsletter:

Shared Calendar

The Office maintains an internal calendar with all ERCIM-related events (general ERCIM meetings, WG events, sponsored events, etc.) at
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

Next ERCIM meetings

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 in Amsterdam
September 23-24, 2010 - ERCIM Execom (24.9.) and Task Group (23.9.) meetings in Trondheim
November 4-5, 2010 - ERCIM fall meetings, place to be decided