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Waterford Institute of Technology leading policy and technical dialogues between European Union and Brazil in Cloud Computing and Security

By 6th November 2015 No Comments

BrazilWaterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG) have been successful with the awarding of an International EU – Brazil project in the ICT 2015 call of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme.

The EUBrasilCloudFORUM project: Fostering an International dialogue between Europe and Brazil is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) project, whose principle goal aims at establishing an organisational cooperation forum that enables the European Union and Brazil to formulate and develop a common strategy and approach for research & innovation in cloud computing, including trust and security aspects, in line with the priorities of each region.

The EUBrasilCloudFORUM project, which officially starts on 1st January, 2016, is the consolidated result of the efforts pooled together by representatives of an EU-Brazil Working Group formed at an EU-Brazil workshop held in July 2014, in Brasília, which was attended by Mr. James Clarke of Waterford Institute of Technology. The working group was formed to take forward the results from the workshop and create a report for the European Commission (EC) and for the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) on areas related to cloud computing and security aspects. The main players in this working group decided to work together on a proposal submission and it has been selected for funding by Europe and Brazil under their 3rd EU – Brazil Joint call since 2010.

Mr. Clarke has been involved within EU-Brazil cooperation since the first EUBR workshop held in São Paulo in 2009, in which the first EU-Brazil joint call was established in Framework Programme 7 in 2010, and in the more recent EU-Brazil event held in Brasilia during the summer of 2014. In addition, Mr. Clarke coordinated the EU Framework Programme 7 Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT (BIC) project, which created an EU based cooperation platform for researchers in the areas related to Trustworthy ICT in EU and Brazil, India, South Africa, USA, and many other countries. Clarke also coordinated Waterford IT’s role in the Science Foundation Ireland International Strategic Cooperation Award (SFI ISCA) project Research Brazil Ireland, which enabled the strengthening of ties being Ireland and Brazil during this opportune period of the holding of this joint H2020 call between the two countries.

According to Clarke, “My involvement in Brazil dates back to 2009 as a member of the EU delegation while the first EUBR joint call was being realised and it is the consequential building of contacts over the ensuing years through these EU and Irish led international cooperation projects that have culminated into the success of the EUBrasilCloudFORUM project. This project places Waterford Institute of Technology in a pole position where we can help in shaping the direction of both policy and technical aspects of future EU – Brazil joint calls in the setting of the Digital Single Market. The EUBrasilCloudFORUM project will facilitate an open exchange via a systematic policy and technical dialogue with key stakeholders in order to build consensus between the regions and delivery of practical guides on how cloud services can help business and research and innovation activities between the EU and Brazil marketplaces.

Dr. Willie Donnelly, President of Waterford Institute of Technology, congratulated James Clarke on the awarding of this project, by saying ”James Clarke has been involved in building international cooperation projects at Waterford Institute of Technology  for over a decade and the awarding of this project puts WIT into a pivotal role in the international cooperation programme of Horizon 2020. Cloud computing provides a scalable on-line environment, which allows organisations to better manage their growth in a globalised market. However, there are still major concerns around trust and security in these environments and these research and innovation challenges must be addressed internationally. EUBrasilCloudFORUM provides a platform for Europe and one of the most important emerging economies to collaborate on the research and development of trustworthy cloud based solutions.”

In addition to Waterford Institute of Technology, the other partners in the EUBrasilCloudFORUM project include: Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), Trust-IT Services Ltd. (United Kingdom), Universidade de Brasília (Brazil), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), and Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil).