ERCIM news bulletin March 2010

From the President

ERCIM continues to encourage European information technology and applied mathematics research via its members and their networks of contacts. The fellowship programme is popular both with applicants and hosting institutions. The Working Groups demonstrate activity in bringing together researchers from the ERCIM member institutions and wider to discuss issues and generate research proposals. As in the past, some of these proposals and - if successful - subsequent projects are managed by the ERCIM Office, although in the last year or so the number of ERCIM-managed research projects has reduced.

The hosting of W3C at ERCIM continues and a new agreement has been discussed and accepted between a new 'lightweight headquarters' of W3C currently co-located with the MIT host and each host (i.e. ERCIM for Europe, Middle East, Africa). I have had a telephone conversation with the new W3C CEO and further conversations are planned. The ERCIM-based W3C host has also been successful in proposals for European funding.

The ERCIM Strategy Task Group has been discussing the future of ERCIM and various options have been considered. The Board of Directors' Meeting in May promises to be lively with strategic discussions to be held alongside the usual executive business.

The strategic relationship with ETSI continues to flourish through joint plans for the next edition of the 'Infinity Initiative' series of seminars progressing, alongside plans for joint participation in the ICT2010 Conference and an initiative to visit jointly the new European Commissioners responsible for the areas of mutual interest.

Cor Baayen Award

ERCIM calls for nominations for the 2010 Cor Baayen Award.

Deadline for nominations: 30 April 2010.

Each year, ERCIM awards a promising young researcher in computer science and applied mathematics with the Cor Baayen Award. The winner of the award receives 5,000 euro, together with an award certificate. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the 2010 ERCIM fall meetings.

Nominees must have carried out their work in one of the 'ERCIM countries' (i.e., Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom). Nominees must have been awarded their PhD (or equivalent) after 30 April 2007.

Nominations may be submitted online only.

Detailed information and conditions:

ERCIM "Alain Bensoussan" Fellowship Programme

For the last call (2010-2011 1st round, 30 September application deadline ), 105 scientists from 40 countries applied for an ERCIM Fellowship.
A total of 17 fellowships have been granted by seven ERCIM member institutes (CWI, FNR, INRIA, NTNU, PLERCIM, SPARCIM, VTT).

During 2009, 63 fellows have been hosted. This represents 419 person months.

Next deadline for applications: 30 April 2010



ACGT has been granted a six-month project extension by the EC, bringing the project to end July 2010. The 25-partner strong IP is under the administrative and financial coordination of Jessica Michel and Florence Pesce since September 2009. In collaboration with Manolis Tsiknakis, Scientific Coordinator from FORTH, and the Management Board, the project had a very successful review in Brussels in December of last year. ACGT aims at developing open-source, semantic and grid-based technologies in support of post genomic clinical trials in cancer research by addressing clinicians, bio-researchers and software developers' needs. The goal is to provide an open platform where novel and powerful services can be offered and used by practitioners in the field. This final period of the project is largely dedicated to the wide demonstration and training in the use of the Ontology-based Clinical Trial Management (ObTiMa) System Software that has been in development since the project began in 2006. The next consortium meeting will take place 19-21 April 2010 in Heraklion, Crete.

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

D4Science-II - The D4Science-II CCPCSA was launched on October 1st, 2009. Administrative and financial coordination is handled by Jessica Michel and Emma Lière in collaboration with a strong team at CNR-ISTI. Donatella Castelli continues leading the project (D4Science-II technologically constitutes a continuation of the DILIGENT and D4Science projects) as Scientific Coordinator and Pasquale Pagano is the technical lead. D4Science-II develops technology to enable interoperation of diverse data e-Infrastructures that are running autonomously, thereby creating e-Infrastructure Ecosystems that can serve a significantly expanded set of communities dealing with multidisciplinary challenges whose solution is currently beyond reach. D4Science-II brings together several scientific e-Infrastructures established in the areas of biodiversity, fishery resource management and high energy physics, to set up a prototypical instance of such an ecosystem. The approach is innovate, and will dramatically enhance the support for conducting cross-domain science.


The Vitalas IP has been granted a three-month project extension by the EC, and the project is now in its final month with a Review scheduled for March 23rd. Nozha Boujemaa, Head of IMEDIA Research Group at INRIA, is Scientific and Technical Coordinator of the Vitalas project. She is supported by Jessica Michel and Camille Vidaud at ERCIM for administration and finance.  As a reminder,  Vitalas addresses the issue of digital archiving with a main strategic objective of enabling cross-media indexing and retrieval, as well as to design and develop new methods that will allow for content aggregation through the automatic annotation of content. Scalability has also been an important focus of the project participatns over this past year. Vitalas performs a large number of user tests in order to address the question of how to present search results to the user, how to provide interactive and economical search interfaces, and also how to develop interactive search mechanisms. Readers are invited to access the Vitalas online demonstration system at


The Coordination Action InterLink (International Cooperation Activities in Future And Emerging ICTs), coordinated by ERCIM and ICS-FORTH, and funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Programme of the European Commission, has elaborated research roadmaps for international collaboration in the domains of Software-Intensive Systems and New Computing Paradigms; Ambient Computing and Communication Environments and Intelligent and Cognitive Systems.
The final reports are now available on the project web site.
A booklet summarising the results can be downloaded at
Printed copies can be obtained from the ERCIM office.


The NetWMS project "Towards integrating Virtual Reality and optimisation techniques in a new generation of Networked businesses in Warehouse Management Systems under constraints" successfully reached the end of its EC-funded period in December 2009.
The Net-WMS project has advanced the state-of-the-art in bin packing, in constraint programming and in modelling languages, going far in the technological transfer toward the end-users. A comprehensive summary of the project results has just been published in the final project report available at the project web site.
A feature on NetWMS was published by ICT Results in the article "Software’s take on the light bulb joke".


The RACEnetworkRFID - a project designed to become a federating platform to the benefit of all European stakeholders in the development, adoption and usage of RFID, managed by ERCIM, has just completed the first year of the EC-funded period. The RACE network composed of 25 core members and more than 32 associated members gave input to the EC, to workshops, and standards organisations, presented a “Summary Report RFID Market Analysis”, and gave substantive input to the discussion about a common European RFID sign by publishing industry requirements. Another milestone is the database of RFID use cases that will provide an excellent overview of existing European RFID solutions.
Project web site:


ERCIM is a partner in VPH, the Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence. VPH aims to support and progress European research in biomedical modelling and simulation of the human body. This will improve our ability to predict, diagnose and treat disease, and have a dramatic impact on the future of healthcare, the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. The project is now in the second year and the community building process has made excellent progress. Recent achievements include the demonstration of exemplar projects (one of them provided by the ERCIM Working Group 'Digital Patient'), and the VPH Toolkit, a database with tools, methods and services for the research community.
Project web site:


The January issue of ERCIM News No. 80 (January 2010) has a special theme on "Digital Preservation", coordinated by Ingeborg Solvberg (NTNU) and Andreas Rauber (Andreas Rauber) and features a keynote by Pat Manson, Head of Unit "Cultural Heritage & Technology Enhanced Learning" European Commission Information Society and Media Directorate-General.

Next issues:
No. 81, April 2010: Special theme: "Computational Science/ Scientific Computing: Modelling and Simulation for Research and Industry"
No 82, July 2010: Special theme: "Bioinformatics (computational biology)".

ERCIM News articles (scientific sections) are now referenced by DBLP.

Events sponsored by ERCIM

ERCIM will sponsor three conferences in 2010:

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 in Lyon, France, in November 2008.

News from the Working Groups

Dependable Software-Intensive Embedded Systems

The DES WG is preparing workshops and special sessions at:

ME 2010: Microelectronics Conference, Vienna, 7-8 April 2010.
Embedded Systems Sessions will take place on 8 April. The program is available at . Most presentation on the second day (Embedded Systems Sessions) are in English.

SAFECOMP 2010, Vienna, 14-17 September 2010
An ERCIM/DECOS workshop is planned (and already fixed) on 14 September. ERCIM and the Austrian partner AARIT are scientific co-sponsors of SAFECOMP and have been already announced on the first Call for papers. ERCIM will be presented with a booth in the SAFECOMP exhibition area

Euromicro, SEAA, Lille, France, 1-3 September 2010: A special session is planned by the DES WG (co chairs Erwin Schoitsch and Amund Skavhaug).

All ERCIM members are welcome to contribute and participate!


The ERCIM WG eMobility had a meeting on 16 February 2010, hosted by SAP Research, CEC Zurich, Switzerland. During the meeting Yevgeni Koucheryavy (Tampere University of Technology) reported about the acceptance of a new COST Action IC0906 called WiNeMO (Wireless Networking for Moving Objects,, which has been driven by ERCIM EG eMobility members. The meeting also served to prepare the 4th ERCIM eMobility Workshop to be held in Lulea, Sweden, co-located with the 8th International Conference on Wired/Wireless Internet Communications (WWIC), on May 31, 2010. The call for papers is available now at

Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems

The FMICF Working Group will hold the 15th International ERCIM Workshop on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems in Antwerp, Belgium, 20-21 September 2010, colocated with ASE 2010 conference.
The aim of the FMICS workshop series is to provide a forum for researchers who are interested in the development and application of formal methods in industry. In particular, these workshops bring together scientists and engineers that are active in the area of formal methods and interested in exchanging their experiences in the industrial usage of these methods. These workshops also strive to promote research and development for the improvement of formal methods and tools for industrial applications.
Deadline for abstract submission: 10 April 2010
Deadline for paper submission: 18 April 2010
More information:

Models and Logics for Quantitative Analysis

The second annual meeting of the MLQA Working Group will take place on July 9 July 2010 as part of FLoC 2010 in Edinburgh (Scotland). The theme of the meeting is: "Static Analysis versus Model Checking: similarities, differences, synergies"

The aim is to create a vibrant event consisting mainly of a number of invited talks that will cover some of the historical developments, survey the links established, establish state-of-the-art, identify the problems still worth pursuing and give a perspective on the implications and (novel) applications that can be foreseen.

The following list of presentations have been confirmed (but titles are tentative):

  • Bernhard Steffen (on performing static analysis by doing model checking)
  • Flemming Nielson (on performing model checking by doing static analysis)
  • Marta Kwiatkowska (on quantitative model checking)
  • Joost-Pieter Katoen (on quantitative model checking)
  • Marsha Chechik / Arie Gurfinkel (on the use of abstraction in model checking)
  • Orna Grumberg (on the use of abstraction in model checking)
  • David Monniaux (on operations research in static analysis and model checking)
  • Michael Huth (on modelling and analysing control of access and risk)

On top of which we will have:

  • MLQA Business Meeting (open to all attendees) about the future of MLQA

It will also be possible for attendees to present their own work, either in a poster session or by short 1-slide presentations; the format has not yet been decided.

For the latest news please take a look at

Social Network Analysis

The next ERCIM SNA Working Group (WG) workshop was held on 11 March 2010 from 9:30am to 2pm at University College Dublin

This half-day workshop brought together European researchers on network data analysis. This workshop is of interest to researchers on:
- algorithmic aspects of large-scale networked data analysis
- information retrieval over social media
- data mining and semantic web approaches for social media enrichment.

The workshop provided an opportunity to interact with leading researchers in the above fields.

The workshop will began with two guest talks by Santo Fortunato on "Community Detection Algorithms: A Comparative Analysis" and Krista Glie on "Inference for Hidden Populations Based on Network Sampling". The workshop proceeded with short presentations where other participants summarised their research activities and future plans in this research area.

Further details:

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to present and/or attend this event.

Software Engineering for Resilient Systems

Modern open and distributed architectures are able to adapt to harmful events. However, the engineering of systems that exploit flexibility while remaining predictable is a challenge that demands attention from scientists and engineers across domains. The ERCIM SERENE Working Group on Software Engineering for Resilient Systems is holding its 2010 Workshop on 13-16 April 2010 at Birkbeck College, University of London. This year, the group has set up a special 2-day Spring School on Engineering Aspects of Resilience and Self-* Systems on 13-14 April, followed by a 2-day Workshop with around 10 scientific papers on 15-16 April. The Spring School looks at the achievement of resilience through self-managing, adapting and healing. It contains tutorials by Paola Inverardi (University of L’Aquila, Italy), Jeff McGee (Imperial College, London), Aad van Moorsel (Newcastle University, UK) and Mauro Pezzè (Universities of Lugano and Milano Bicocca).

For further details, see

Software Evolution

The Software Evolution Working Group will hold a Joint ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution (EVOL) and International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE) in Antwerp, Belgium, 20-21 September 2010

The IWPSE-EVOL workshop is the merger of the annual ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution (EVOL) and the International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE). The rationale for a common event is to capitalize on the synergies to be found when theorists and practitioners meet.
Research in software evolution and evolvability has been thriving in the past years, with a constant stream of new formalisms, tools, techniques, and development methodologies trying, on the one hand, to facilitate the way long-lived successful software systems can be changed in order to cope with demands from users and the increasing complexity and volatility of the contexts in which such systems operate, and, on the other hand, to understand and if possible control the processes by which demand for these changes come about.
The 2010 edition of the workshop will be held in conjunction with the 25th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE'2010)
More information:

In Fall 2009, on behalf of the EC DG Information Society, Arian Zwegers convened a group of experts on the theme of Software Evolution and Maintenance, in order to discuss about the medium and long term research challenges (timeframe of 2015 and beyond). To the extent possible, the EC will take into account these challenges while preparing their next framework workprogramme.
The expert group was moderated by Prof. Tom Mens, chair of the ERCIM Working Group on Software Evolution. He started out with a presentation of the main research challenges in software evolution, based on feedback received from various members of the ERCIM WG.
A detailed report will be published in the April issue of ERCIM News.
WG wiki:

News from W3C

New W3C EC projects

Open Media Web (OMWeb) - is a project that aims to build on Europe’s strength in multimedia technology and content to enable European research and industry to strengthen its position in Web technology. Philipp Hoschka, W3C leads the project, assisted by Celine Bitoune, ERCIM for administrative and financial matters. The project with ERCIM/W3C as unique partner started in January 2010
Project web site:

Multilingual Web is a thematic network composed of 20 partners, including the ERCIM members CNR, UPM (SpaRCIM) and University of Limerick (IUA). This thematic network will set a foundation for improving support on the Web for languages of the European Union and its trade partners, improving the efficiency of processes for creating and localizing content, both by machine translation and more traditional methods, and improving support for multilingual content and data on the Web. This W3C/ERCIM managed project is headed by Richard Ishida, W3C, W3C Internationalization Activity Lead; administrative and financial matters are handled by Celine Bitoune, ERCIM.
The project will officially start in April 2010.

Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe Named W3C CEO

W3C named Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe its new Chief Executive Officer. "Web technologies continue to be the vehicle for every industry to incorporate the rapid pace of change into their way of doing business," said Dr. Jaffe. "I'm excited to join W3C at this time of increased innovation, since W3C is the place where the industry comes together to set standards for the Web in an open and collaborative fashion." As W3C CEO, Dr. Jaffe will work with Director Tim Berners-Lee, staff, Membership, and the public to evolve and communicate W3C's organizational vision. The CEO is responsible for W3C's global operations, for maintaining the interests of all of the W3C’s stakeholders, and for sustaining a culture of cooperation and transparency, so that W3C continues to be the leading forum for the technical development and stewardship of the Web. Read the CEO Blog and learn more in the press release.

Two upcoming W3C workshops - still time to submit position papers!

W3C Community Invited to Discuss Future Standards for Model-Based User Interfaces
13-14 May 2010, in Rome, Italy

At this workshop, participants will examine the challenges facing Web developers due to variations in device capabilities, modes of interaction and software standards, the need to support assistive technologies for accessibility, and the demand for richer user interfaces. Discussion will focus on reviewing research on model-based design of context- sensitive user interfaces in relation to these challenges, and the opportunities for new open standards in the area of Model-Based User Interfaces.

This worksop is co-chaired by Dave Raggett (W3C) and Fabio Paternò (CNR-ISTI). W3C Membership is not required to participate; anyone who satisfies the participation requirements may attend as long as space permits. Statements of interest are due 2 April. Please see the Call for Participation for more information:

W3C Workshop on the Next Steps for RDF
26-27 June 2010, Stanford, CA, USA

Since its publication in 2004, the Resource Description Framework (RDF) has become the core architectural block of the Semantic Web. The standard is now widely deployed in terms of tools and applications. Due to this wide deployment, additional R&D activities, and the publication of newer standards (e.g., SPARQL, OWL, POWDER, and SKOS), a number of issues regarding RDF have come to the fore. Workshop participants will discuss these issues and help determine whether it is time for a new version of RDF.

The workshop is co-chaired by David Wood (Zepheira), Stefan Decker (DERI) and Ivan Herman (W3C). W3C Membership is not required to participate in the Workshop, but each participant must be associated with an accepted position paper. The deadline for position papers is 29 March 2010; see the Call for Participation for more information:

W3C is a partner of XML Prague
13-14 March 2010, Prague, Czech Republic

A number of people familiar to the W3C community will be speaking, including Liam Quin, Norm Walsh, Robin Berjon, Sharon Adler, Michael Kay, Felix Sasaki, and more.

26-30 April 2010, Raleigh, NC, USA

The annual World Wide Web conference takes place 26-30 April in Raleigh, North Carolina (USA) ( W3C is participating in several ways this year:

  • WWW2010 Workshops. W3C is co-chairing three:
    ° Philipp Hoschka for the "Augmented Reality and Virtual Interactivity (MobEA 2010)" workshop: proposals are due before 15 March; see the call for papers for more information:
    ° Eric Prud'hommeaux for the "The Future of the Web for
    Collaborative Science" workshop:
    ° Tim Berners-Lee for the "Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2010)"
  • W3C Track: W3C is inviting the developer community to two "camps":
    Linked Open Data, and HTML 5. The "camp" format, first adopted in Madrid in 2009, received positive feedback and so we are continuing, and improving, that format. Wikis ara avilable to submit topics of discussion in advance. All details are in:

Press Activities

Articles about ERCIM and its activites are listed at:

Next ERCIM meetings

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.