22 October 2010


Proposal abstract
The objective of this project is the realization of a secure, flexible and dynamic mechanism using risk-based methodologies, capable of responding to threats and vulnerabilities and to adapt dynamically to the changes in the operating conditions, business processes or use practices, through the management of the entire vulnerability life cycle.
Besides the technological aspect, the project will give adequate attention to usability and availability aspects, and will thus involve multi-disciplinary research activities, experiments or demonstrations in realistic, complex and scalable sceneries and contexts
Thanks to the VMS, organizations will be able to measure, in a faster and more accurate way, the level of risk connected to ES device and ICT infrastructure.
Using the VMS, the organization will make ES more secure, reliable and resistant to attacks and operative malfunctioning, improving Security, Privacy and Dependability (SPD)

Risk management will be performed through the following logical steps:
1. determination of objectives, alternatives and constraints;
2. evaluation of alternatives, identification and resolution of risks eg., developing a prototype to validate the requirements;
development and testing of the next level of the product: evolutionary model, if the risks involving the user interface are dominant; cascade model, if the greater risk is represented by the integrability of the system; transformational model, if security is the most important issue;
3. Planning of the next phase, deciding whether to continue with another cycle of the spiral or not.

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18 October 2010

New milestone for ERC project as driverless vehicle reaches China

After a 13,000 kilometre, three month journey through Europe and Asia, unmanned vans powered by green energy and funded by the European Research Council have crossed the Chinese border.
The expedition started on July 20 in Italy, with the goal of reaching the World Expo in Shanghai on 28 October, where a demonstration will take place at the European Union/Belgian Pavilion.
The Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge is part of a research project on autonomous driving funded mainly by the ERC, which aims to improve road safety.
“We have now covered more than two thirds of the route. When it comes to the technology of the vehicles it went smoothly all-in-all,” said lead researcher Alberto Broggi, of Parma University’s Vislab. “We are happy about the test and the great amount of data we are acquiring for further processing at the end of the trip. We had to intervene manually only on limited occasions, for example in the traffic jams of Moscow, when passing a toll station or in case of really adverse weather.”
The convoy, which includes back-up vehicles, has travelled about 6,500 km in 80 days and passed the border between Kazakhstan and China. The rest of the trip will take an estimated 17 days, through varied Chinese landscape, including the Gobi Desert.:

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15 October 2010

Bidding opens on 2011 €780M information technology funding

The European Commission has announced the largest annual budget in 25 years of backing information technology research, opening the bidding for 2011 funding of €780 million at ICT 2010, the biennial showcase of the fruits of its investment in the field, held in Brussels this week.
More is to come, since the Commission has committed to increasing the ICT research budget by a further 20 per cent each year up to the end of Framework Programme 7 in 2013. And speaking at the opening of the conference Neelie Kroes, head of the Digital Agenda, told the 6,000 delegates she will make “a very strong case for even stronger levels of support,” in FP8.

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14 October 2010

Innovation Emergency

The European Commission is calling for a ‘collaboration revolution’ to get the public and private sectors working together, as the main plank of its new plan to promote innovation and so create jobs, solve the grand challenges and build an innovation culture to rival that in the US.

The focus for doing this will be European Innovation Partnerships, (EIP) each focused on a specific grand challenge, with concrete goals, driven by a board that will be chaired by one or more commissioners, with ministers from national governments, MEPs, and people from industry, academe and the public sector. Along with acting on the supply side to develop and introduce new products and services, EIPs will be able to act to bring down regulatory barriers, and so smooth the path to market and adoption.
The first partnership, due to get off the ground in 2011, has the objective of extending the health span of EU citizens by an average of two years by 2020. “This will reduce the strains on health budgets and open up new markets,” said Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for research, innovation and science, unveiling the project as a centerpiece of the Innovation Union, one of seven initiatives the Commission is launching as part of its Europe 2020 economic strategy.

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13 October 2010

EU aims to make data access and planning a part of research funding

The European Commission, now planning its next big cycle of research funding, is considering giving greater importance to the way researchers manage, share, store and gain access to scientific data.  

EU Vice President Neelie Kroes said, “We need to ensure that every future [research] project funded by the EU has a clear plan on how to manage the data it generates. Such plans should foster openness and economies of scale, so that data can be re-used many times rather than duplicated.”
With plans for the next big Framework research programme FP8 now being drafted, Kroes said, “We should all should strive to make real progress towards open access to the scientific data produced within the EU’s framework programme research projects.” 

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11 October 2010


DEADLINE: 2 December 2010
For SME targeted Collaborative Projects the minimum conditions to participate are: at least independent legal entities, each of which is established in a Member State or Associated Country, and no 2 of which are established in the same Member State or Associated Country.

Ensuring the safety of Nanotechnology: 
New methods for measuring, detection and identification of nanoparticles in products and/or in the environment
Cross-cutting and enabling R&D: 
Tools and methodologies for imaging structures and composition at the nanometre scale
Enabling Research and Development: 
Research and innovation for advanced multifunctional ceramic materials
Integration of technologies for industrial applications: 
Advanced textiles for the energy and environmental protection markets

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