EternalS

Project Overview


EternalS  logo

Latest research work within ICT has allowed to pinpoint the most important and urgently required features that future systems should possess to meet users’ needs. Accordingly, methods making systems capable of adapting to changes in user requirements and application domains have been pointed out as key research areas. Adaptation and evolution depend on several dimensions, e.g., time, location, and security conditions, expressing the diversity of the context in which systems operate. A design based on an effective management of these dimensions constitutes a remarkable step towards the realization of Trustworthy Eternal Systems. The EternalS Coordination Action specifically aims at coordinating research in that area based on a researcher Task Force together with community building activities, where the organization of large workshops and conferences is just one of the tools that will be used to conduct a successful CA.

EternalS creates the conditions for mutual awareness and cross-fertilization among the 4 ICT-Forever Yours – FET projects (FP7-ICT-Call 3): LivingKnowledge, HATS, Connect and SecureChange. These projects are currently conducting research in key ICT areas:

  • Automatic learning of systems capable of analysing knowledge and diversity with respect to their complex semantic interactions and evolution over time (e.g. diversity of opinions due to sequences of events),
  • Exploitation of formal methods for the design and networking of adaptive and evolving software systems, where security policies and fully connected environment represent fundamental properties of effective present and future systems. Thanks to the indirect participation of the above-mentioned projects, EternalS will actively involve many researchers from both academic and industrial world in its action. This will allow for :
    • Thoroughly studying eternal systems’ dimensions such as diversity & time awareness and self-adaptation & evolution by automatic learning, in fields of relevance, i.e., Knowledge, Software, and Networked and Secure Systems; and
    • Writing the roadmap for interesting and successful future emerging technology.

 

EternalS started on the 1st March 2010 and has duration of 36 months.

 

Key Objectives


The main ideas of Eternals are:

  • The CA will create the conditions for mutual awareness and cross-fertilization among the four ICT-Forever Yours (FY) FET projects of the 7th framework (Call 3-ICT), i.e., LivingKnowledge, HATS, Connect and SecureChange. The CA will leverage the fact that the consortium comprises the four project coordinators of the above-mentioned FY-FET projects (i.e., UNITN coordinating LivingKnowledge and SecureChange, CTH coordinating HATS and INRIA coordinating Connect). This will guarantee the active involvement of about forty different partners, both academic and industrial, in the proposed action. Furthermore, EternalS will also significantly impact other ICT-FET Proactive initiatives, e.g., FET proactive – Pervasive adaptation.
  • The above four ICT-FY-FET projects concern heterogeneous research fields in the target area of system Eternity: Knowledge, Software and Networked and Secure systems. However, they obviously share similar objectives. In particular, they all try to achieve properties such as adaptation, evolvability and flexibility in order to develop long living and versatile systems, i.e., Eternal Systems. Consequently, this CA identifies three cross-cutting research topics that are of interest for the four ICT-FY FET projects. These are: (i) diversity awareness & management, (ii) time awareness & management, and (iii) self-adaptation & evolution by automatic learning.
  • As three of the above projects focus on software, the CA includes a qualified partner on Multimedia Knowledge, i.e. the K-space group of QMUL. This will provide more balance between software and knowledge aspects in the proposed action and will also extend its reach.
  • Since an important output of the CA will be roadmap documents for future research, we also included in our consortium a partner with long expertise in this activity, i.e. WIT.

 

The high level profile of the consortium partners along with their position in the respective projects will allow us to carry out a very effective action by:

  • Taking advantage of the networks already activated by the individual ICT-FY FETs to circulate ideas, experts and students.
  • Organising workshops, whose organisation and participation can count on a base of forty different institutions.
  • Exploiting the summer school initiatives of two of the four ICT-FY FETs to offer multi-disciplinary training focused on adaptation, evolvability and flexibility of systems and data/knowledge.

Funding


EU FP7.

Contact


TSSG Contact : Robert Mullins

Phone              : +353 51 302964

Email               : rmullins@tssg.org

 

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO UNITN         Italy

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB CTH          Sweden

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN

AUTOMATIQUE                                                                  INRIA France

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN                       K.U.LEUVEN Belgium

QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON                 QMUL United Kingdom

WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY              WIT     Ireland