by David Southwood, Director of Science, European Space Agency

Joint ERCIM Actions

A New Palette of Open Source Services for Communities of Practice
by Christine Vanoirbeek, EPFL, Switzerland

Advancing Clinico-Genomic Trials on Cancer
by Manolis Tsiknakis, ICS-FORTH, Greece

Synergies between ERCIM Projects

Tribute to Gilles Kahn

SOFSEM 2006: Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science
by Julius Stuller, Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Science/CRCIM, Czech Republic

News from W3C

W3C launches Chinese Office

W3C launches Incubator Activity

Outreach Activities related to EU-funded Projects

W3C Track at WWW2006

W3C Second Workshop on Internationalizing W3C's Speech Synthesis Markup Language

W3C Web Services Addressing Interoperability Event

W3C Names Ubiquitous Web and Interaction Domain Leaders

Latest W3C Recommendations

R&D and Technology Transfer

Processor Architectures

A Novel Processor Architecture for Efficient Conditional Processing: Accelerating the Von Neumann Machine
by Jan van Lunteren, IBM Research GmbH, Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland

Human-Computer Interaction

Artificial Characters tested by Patients at Karolinska Institutet
by Marie Sjölinder, SICS, Sweden


An Educational Portal: Bridging the Gap among Students, Educators, Parents and Administration
by Constantine Stephanidis, George Margetis, Alexandros Mourouzis and Anthony Savidis, ICS-FORTH, Greece

eSCM - An Interactive Education and Discussion Platform for Supply Chain Management
by Zsolt Kemény and Elisabeth Ilie-Zudor, SZTAKI, Hungary

Control Systems

Design of an Intelligent Traffic-Control System
by István Varga, Balázs Kulcsár, and Péter Tamás, SZTAKI, Hungary

Stochastic Systems

News from the World of Hidden Markov Models
by László Gerencsér, SZTAKI, Hungary

Complex Systems

Rigorous Open Development Environment for Complex Systems - RODIN
by Alexander Romanovsky, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Scientific Computing

Global Warming could Destabilize Plankton in Oceans
by Jef Huisman and Ben Sommeijer, CWI, The Netherlands


Characteristic Structures from Videos for Indexing
by Tamás Szirányi, SZTAKI, Hungary

Pervasive Computing

Applying a Model-Driven Method to the Development of a Pervasive Meeting Room
by Javier Muñoz, Estefania Serral, Carlos Cetina and Vicente Pelechano, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain


For conference announcements, see ERCIM's calendar of events

In Brief

The "Golden Book": Commitments made during the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society [more]

First Van Wijngaarden Awards
for Lynch and Diaconis [more]

Special Theme


IT and Mathematics for Space Exploration - Introduction to the Special Theme
by Peter Allan, CCLRC, UK, and Pierre Rochus, Centre Spatial de Liège, Belgium

Invited article:
Synthetic Aperture Radar - Another Look at Earth and Planetary Surfaces
by Christian Barbier, Centre Spatial de Liège, Université de Liège, Belgium

Advanced On-Board Software for Planetary Exploration
by Andy Smith, Mark Woods and Martin Townend, SciSys Ltd, UK

MEXAR2 Support to Space Mission Planners
by Amedeo Cesta, Gabriella Cortellessa, Simone Fratini, Angelo Oddi and Nicola Policella, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy

Designing for Software Reuse - the Herschel Common Science System
by Peter Roelfsema, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, The Netherlands

Testing the Robustness of Spacecraft Control Software
by Olaf Maibaum German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

A New Approach for Advanced Life-Support Systems Control
by Jordi Duatis, Joan Mas, NTE SA, and Cecilio Angulo, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

The Astro-Wise System: A Federated Information Accumulator for Astronomy
by Edwin A.Valentijn and Gijs Verdoes Kleijn, Astro-Wise Consortium OmegaCEN-NOVA/Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands

AstroGrid - Part of the European Virtual Observatory
by Peter M Allan, Space Science and Technology Department, CCLRC, UK

The Geolocation of GERB Data
by Martin J. Bates, Peter M. Allan, Brian Coan, Andy Smith and Brian C. Stewart, Space Science and Technology Department, CCLRC, UK

Galaxy Filament Detection using the Quality Candy Model
by Pierre Gernez, Xavier Descombes, Josiane Zerubia, INRIA, France; Ëric Slezak and Albert Bijaoui, French Riviera Observatory, France

Modelling the Long-Term Evolution of the Orbital Debris
by Luciano Anselmo, ISTI-CNR, Italy

The Need for Situational Awareness: European Space Comes of Age
by Richard Crowther, CCLRC, UK

The Threat of Space Debris and Micrometeoroid to Spacecraft Operations
by Frank Schäer, Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics - Ernst-Mach-Institut, Germany

Orbit Computations in H.M. Nautical Almanac Office
by Don B.Taylor, CCLRC, UK

Characterizing the Local Instability of Orbits in Broad Parameter Spaces
by Juan C. Vallejo and M.A.F Sanjuán, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Large-Format Science-Grade CMOS Active Pixel Sensors for Extreme Ultra-Violet Space Science
by Helen Mapson-Menard and Nick Waltham, CCLRC, UK