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Short information about presentations of invited IST projects

I. "ALIPRO – towards better integration of research programs on mobile communication in Europe"

Daiva Vitkutė-Adžgauskienė, Dr., Head of Service Development, UAB "Omnitel", Lithuania

About presentation:

In the EU project under the name of ALIPRO, a consortium led by the Polish MOST Foundation aims at supporting the alignment of the new member states’ national and regional research programmes with European IST research in the area of mobile technologies, applications, and services. Being the participants of the ALIPRO project, we present the situation analysis for the national research programs on mobile communications in Lithuania, as well as benchmarking results for these programs against corresponding programs in other new EU member states. Also, we present our view on the programmes openness and predisposition for integration with ERA (European Research Area) as well as national mobility research development potential and possible scenarios for better alignment in the European level.

II. "wearIT@work – A New Working Paradigm by Wearable Computing"

Michael Boronowsky, Dr., Mr., University of Bremen - Center of Computing Technologies, Germany 

About presentation:

Currently wearable computing is still a technology of niches and in a laboratory stage. With wearIT@work a project dedicated to applications was launched by the European Commission (EC IP 004216). The first year of the project is over and first results were achieved. The concept of the project will be introduced and first results will be presented. As the project strongly follows a user centred design approach much effort was put on first investigations with users in the four application domains of maintenance, production, hospital and fire fighting. Beside these results concerning a wearable computing hardware platform and software framework were achieved. 

III. "MuLiMob - MULTILINGUAL AND MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY IS A MARKET ENHANCER: Creating communities in the mobile cyberspace"

Vibeke Wara, France 

About presentation: 

At a time when music purchasing is turning mobile, the music industry needs to reconsider music in a way other than as merely a product. Music is increasingly proving its role as the sole aesthetic expression present in everyone’s life. It is used as a media to create meaning and relationships within social structures. In Europe, sounds and styles are blending, trans-culturally and are ethnically intersecting to create a still larger amount of content variety. The target is increasingly crystallizing, creating a problem for marketers who are having difficulties with the amount of content. Furthermore, the market is so specific and under constant mutation making it extremely difficult to profile. Music marketing must be reconsidered in the era of digitalism. People’s relation to music has become a social act where they construct meaning during interaction by choosing music on a higher level and actively place themselves in social systems with a need for social amalgamation.  This is why it is important to develop a service of interactivity. The Music should not, per se, be considered as a product. Through the services offered – in the interactive relationship between the user and his mobile device – music becomes a product if developed as a way to assess music.

IV. "SIMS - How to stimulate development of the mobile service and application market in New Member States – especially in a context of SME developers and suppliers?"

Adam Turowiec, Director of  Institute of Communication and Information Technologies Ltd. (ITTI), Poland 

About presentation: 

Since July 2004 the European Commission has supported the arising market of developers and suppliers of mobile services and applications (MSA) through an FP6/IST SSA project entitled SIMS. The project focuses especially on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) being active in the sector. Currently, this market is underdeveloped and fragmented – which is a phenomenon typical for early development stages. So is the market of innovation-related information and knowledge providers to the SMEs in question. However, while developing and maturing, the MSA-SMEs are going to face – similarly to SMEs from many other sectors – a number of major challenges. Therefore, the SIMS project aims at stimulation of development and use of mechanisms to support MSA-SME innovation activities (including involvement in FP6 activities). Intermediate results of the project, based on conducted market research, subsequent analyses and recommendation being worked out, will be presented in this paper. 

V. "ULTRA: Augmented Reality Mobile System for Industrial Maintenance Applications" 

Jürgen Bund, Deputy Director for R&D at CCG (Centro de Computaēćo Grįfica), Portugal

About presentation:

The aim of this presentation is to show the work in progress for the IST project ULTRA. The ULTRA system comes to support industrial maintenance tasks by providing a light weight, comfortable and unobtrusive solution, very unlike existing solutions that require bulky hardware that severely limits the usability. The ULTRA system provides a complete solution, since it additionally offers a set of authoring tools for the creation of the 3D presentations of the maintenance tasks. ULTRA aims to play a significant part in pushing the current limit of existing mobile augmented reality technologies and to allow the implementation of advanced and novel applications in the area of industrial maintenance and service.

VI. "PULSERS - Pervasive Ultra-wideband Low Spectral Energy Radio Systems"

Sven Zeisberg, Technical Director Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, GWT mbH, Germany

About presentation:

PULSERS will contribute towards realising the IST vision “Optimally Connected Anywhere, Anytime.” This will be accomplished by scientific investigations and the innovative development of short-range wireless systems and architectures based on ultra-wideband radio technology (UWB-RT), in particular, new PHY/MAC concepts and hardware/software platforms capable to support a diversity of user scenarios. The key objective of PULSERS is to provide contributions in the area of R&D related to UWB-RT with the ultimate goal to achieve benefits to human communication needs. By bringing together experts on the topic from various European countries and by including important UWB players from Asia, the PULSERS R&D organizations aim at advancing the state-of-the-art and further the deployment of UWB-RT in Europe and world-wide. 

VII. "SatNEx – A Network of Excellence in Satellite Communications" 

Hartmut Brandt, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Insitute of Communications and Navigation, Germany

About presentation:

Satellite communications represents a specialised area of telecommunications. While the development of satellite technology is relatively slow in comparison to wireless networks evolution, due to the need for high reliability, the services that satellites are able to offer are evolving at much the same pace as their terrestrial counterparts. It is within this context that the Satellite Communications Network of Excellence (SatNEx) has evolved its initiative, the aim being to serve the engineering community with the latest technological trends, while also providing a solid grounding in the fundamentals for those new to the subject area.

VIII. "ENABLED - Putting all of Europe’s people on line"

Wai (Ray) Yu, Dr., United Kingdom

About presentation:

Europe is going on-line. The growth of multimedia broadband networks is spreading access to an e-Society of Europe where the activities of daily life take place on-line. People unable to gain access to the services offered by these networks will be denied access to participation in the life of the very community in which they live. For a significant number of people visually rich multimedia communications services are not easy to use. People with visual disabilities are in many cases excluded from access to on-line services by a lack of adequate technology to allow them to present the information in a format that they can read. The ENABLED project - Enhanced Network Accessibility for the Blind and Visually Impaired Integrated Project FP6-2003-IST-2-004778 - is determined to address this problem.

IX. "MobiLife: Applications and Services for the Mobile Users"

Mika Klemettinen, PhD, Research Manager at Nokia Research Center, Coordinator of MobiLife Integrated Project, Finland 

About presentation: 

IST Integrated Project MobiLife (IST-511607) for mobile applications and services research was launched in September 2004. The strategic goal of MobiLife Integrated Project is to bring advances in mobile applications and services within the reach of users in their everyday life by innovating and deploying new applications and services based on the evolving capabilities of the 3G systems and beyond. The research challenge of MobiLife is to address the multi-dimensional diversity in end-user devices, available networks, interaction modes, applications, and services. To deal with this complexity and reach its strategic goal, MobiLife researches with a user-centric approach context-awareness, privacy and trust, adaptation, semantic interoperability, and their embodiment in novel services and applications matching key use scenarios of everyday life. The presentation gives an overview of the project and its activities as well as main achievements during the first operational year.

X. "MOSAIC: A Strategic Roadmap and Research Agenda for Mobile Workplace Innovation"

Hans Schaffers, Dr., Senior Scientific Researcher, member of Management Team of the Telematica Instituut, The Netherlands

About presentation:

This presentation, based on the MOSAIC project, explores the potential of mobile and multi-location collaborative workplaces, investigates future scenarios and roadmaps, and discusses the strategies and research approaches for systemic innovation. Forces such as increasing globalisation, demographic change, European enlargement, and the emergence of networked organisations stimulate the emergence of new forms of organisation and collaborative working. Mobility, sharing of information and knowledge, and collaboration across organisational networks are key aspects of workplace innovations. New information and communication technologies enable a diversity of future workplace scenarios. However, coping with the human and organisational aspects involved will determine their success or failure. In order to exploit the potential of workplace innovations we therefore must better understand their systemic nature.

XI. "MOSAIC - Mobile workplace innovation and roadmaps for rural and regional environments and industries"

Adam Turowiec, Director of  Institute of Communication and Information Technologies Ltd. (ITTI), Poland

About presentation:

This paper presents results of the 6FP/IST project MOSAIC which aimed at support for mobile worker environments. One of MOSAIC’s results is a series of roadmaps for development of mobile workplaces in different sectors and contexts in the EU, including a scenario-based roadmap for creating innovation in rural and regional work for m-workers and m-workspaces. It builds on specific requirements, visions and scenarios for rural and regional environments, as well as on an analysis of real case studies and contributions from numerous experts (especially from NMS). The report provides focused recommendations for future supporting actions that will: raise IST consciousness, stimulate IT demand and networking among rural and regional players, provide public funding and legislative support, increase political importance of these problems, etc. The work undertaken within MOSAIC has been taken over by its successor project – COMIST which extends MOSAIC’s activities towards a larger number of New Member States (including Lithuania). 

XII.  "WINDECT for Professional Quality Voice on WLAN" 

Marjan Spegel, Dr., Head Laboratory for Computer Technologies Intelligent Systems Department J.Stefan Institute, Slovenia

About presentation: 

Voice-over-WLAN services and systems are the subject of intensive research and development and great improvements in the achievable quality of service (QoS)  have been made in recent years. In this paper, we test a number of current VoWLAN solutions and compare the QoS obtained with that of wired and wireless (DECT) telephony. We then describe a novel approach, currently being developed in the 'WINDECT'  project, which is based on mapping of the upper layers of the DECT protocol stack onto the QoS-extended 802.11e MAC layer. The approach is shown to be capable of guaranteeing isochronous communication of voice data packets during the contention-free period of the IEE802.11e frame and of supporting seamless handover and other DECT-like qualities. The WINDECT demonstration and test setup system is also presented. 

XIII. “EVEREST – A Policy Based QoS Architecture for Heterogeneous Wireless Systems”

Peter Karlsson, Ph.D., Director TeliaSonera corporate R&D, EU program managment, Sweden

About presentation:

The main objective of the EVEREST project is to investigate and propose mechanisms and algorithms that can handle the expected traffic growth and the more demanding QoS services in a heterogeneous network structure which comprises 2G and 3G cellular systems as well as wireless local area networks (WLANs). In particular, a QoS management architecture extending the 3GPP policy-based framework has been considered in order to address the QoS problematic within B3G networks. This paper describes the proposed architecture with special emphasis in a new concept called Wireless QoS Broker (WQB), introduced for managing the resources of the radio access part within the framework of Beyond 3G (B3G) network. This WQB can be understood as the counterpart of the Bandwidth Broker (BB) concept used in QoS Diffserv management for the Core Network part (CN). The paper also identifies the envisaged functions for the Wireless QoS Broker with special emphasis in the Common Radio Resource Management (CRRM) functionalities.

XIV. "IST4Balt - Information Society Technologies Promotion in Baltic States"

Alexander BERIOZKO, project manager, Dr., Mr., EDNES, France, Jean BONNIN, President, Prof., Mr., EDNES, France 

About presentation: 

IST4Balt will promote and coordinate FP6 Information Society Technologies (IST) activities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by dissemination actions, including conferences, workshops, demonstrations, training, technology and market studies. It will develop IST Information Dissemination Centres (IDCs) and organize seven all-Baltic conferences and nine workshops. IST4Balt will provide training to promote FP6 and IST and encourage submission of new proposals to the EC.

XV. "INTELCITIES and Mobile Applications"

Artūras Kaklauskas, Prof. Dr.Sc., Research Institute of Internet and Intelligent Technologies,  Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

About presentation:

The main objective of INTELCITIES is to create a new and innovative set of interoperable e-government services to meet the needs of both citizens and businesses. This will provide interactive citywide on-line applications and services for users that will make all aspects of what is “going-on” in the city available to all. This will support: the everyday needs and requirements of citizens and business through 24 hour access to transactional city services; more efficient city management and administration by integrating functions and services across city authorities, regional and national governmental agencies, utility and transport system providers and citizens/NGO networks; much more innovative and effective approaches to urban planning through more reliable city modelling, using advanced visualisation and predictive techniques, which will enable citizens and businesses to play a far more participative and inclusive role in influencing how planned changes in the city will affect their lives. It will help achieve the EU policy goal of the “Knowledge Society” by 2010 through new forms of electronic governance of cities and greater social inclusion through enhanced access to services by citizens and businesses. The presentation will emphasize the role of mobile technologies in Framework 6 INTELCITIES project.  

XVI.  “CASCOM – Context-aware Business Application Service Co-ordination in Mobile Computing Environments”

Heikki Helin, principal researcher at TeliaSonera, Finland

About presentation:

The research project CASCOM (Context-aware Business Application Service Co-ordination in Mobile Computing Environments — FP6-IST-511632-CASCOM) will implement, validate, and trial value-added support for business services for mobile workers and users across mobile and fixed networks. The vision of the CASCOM approach is that ubiquitous application services are flexibly coordinated and pervasively provided to the mobile users by intelligent agents in dynamically changing contexts of open, large-scale, pervasive environments. The essential approach of the research project CASCOM is the innovative combination of agent technology, semantic Web services, P2P, and mobile computing for intelligent P2P (IP2P) mobile service environments. The services of our environment are provided by agents exploiting the coordination infrastructure to efficiently operate in highly dynamic environments. The IP2P infrastructure includes efficient communication means, support for context-aware adaptation techniques, as well as dynamic service discovery and composition planning. 

XVII. "LIAISON: Location Based Solutions for professional workers"

Marco Manca, Director, Research & Development Dept., Telespazio, Italy

About presentation:

LIAISON is a 42 months integrated project co-funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme (Applications and Services for the Mobile User and Worker) and led by Alcatel. The LIAISON project aims at providing end-to-end solutions for a wide range of mobile workers by combining existing standards and techniques with innovations resulting from EGNOS and Galileo as well as newest Telecom networks (UMTS, TETRA and WLAN). In this presentation it will be shown the LIAISON user driven approach that covers all the location based potential needs for professional mobile services: Police, Fire Brigade, Waste management, Taxis and Security. In particular, as example, it’s presented the system solution customisation for the  Fire Brigade test case.

XVIII. "Measuring the labour market in the New Economy, contributions from the STILE project"

Peter Van der Hallen, Research Director of Higher Institute for Labour Studies , Lec tor of Catholic High School, Leuven, Belgium

About presentation:

1) how can we measure telework in existing labour force surveys;

2) how can the labour market mobility of the ICT workforce be measured in the Eurostat Labour Force Survey and in the Belgian administrative datawarehouse? 

XIX. "Ambient Networks – a new concept and architecture for mobile networking beyond 3G"

Johan Nielsen, Ericsson EAB, Sweden

About presentation:

The future wireless world will be filled by a multitude of user devices, and wireless technologies.  Furthermore, users will expect a rich set of communication services independently of the access they currently use. The access to these anytime-anywhere network access must be simple-to-use and affordable for everyone. The Ambient Networks project is addressing these challenges by developing innovative mobile network solutions for increased competition and cooperation in an environment with a multitude of access technologies, network operators and business actors. It offers a complete, coherent wireless network solution based on dynamic composition of networks that provide access to any network through the instant establishment of inter-network agreements. The concept offers common control functions to a wide range of different applications and access technologies, enabling the integrated, scalable and transparent control of network capabilities.

XX. "The Project PRO_NMS – PRO Active Actions for New Member States"

Malgorzata Gliniecka, Co-ordinator of the European Projects, NCP for IST/Poland

About presentation:

The European Project PRO_NMS aims to stimulate, encourage and facilitate the participation of organisations from the New Member States (NMS) and the Associated Candidate Countries (ACC) in the activities of IST. The project PRO_NMS addresses research organisations, SMEs, IT companies mainly from New Member States (NMS) - Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary and one NIS country - Ukraine- to enlarge the participation in Framework Programmes. These countries will be accompanied by partners from Austria and Germany. The consortium will reach the potential proposers to 5th IST Call as well as to future IST actions (FP 7th) from key IST fields: Micro/nano based sub-systems; Embedded Systems; ICT for Networked Businesses.
The PRO_NMS consortium will in three of proposed Strategic Objectives (IST research and technology areas common to all partners) facilitate the participation of organisations from the New Member States (NMS) in the activities of IST establish the partnership of research organisations from the NMS with organisations from the other MS. 

XXI. "EPRI-start: Stimulating the participation of SMEs from New Member States of the European Union in IST activities"

Marco Langhof, Managing Director, Teleport Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH, Germany 

About presentation:

EPRI start is a project that aims at stimulating, increasing, but at the same time qualifying the participation of SMEs from New Member States of the European Union in the IST Programme that is managed by the European Commission’s DG Information Society. EPRI start has the broadest possible coverage by involving partners from all New Member States of the European Union. On the other hand EPRI start has a clear and realistic focus on the field of SME participation in the IST programme.

XXII. "IST World: Advanced Information Technology for the European R&D Community"

Hans Uszkoreit, Prof., Saarland University, Scientific Director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany

About presentation:

IST World is a special support action in the IST Priority of FP6.  The project is applying advanced Internet and knowledge technologies to a new community building information service for the IST community. A special focus of the action is the R&D scene in the new and prospective member states of the EU. Not surprisingly, the majority of the consortium consists of members from these countries. The emerging IST World Portal has the following functions:

  • Information Repository: providing information about prospective partners, their resources, projects and expertise;
  • Partner Finding Tool: predicting the optimum consortia of partners based on their competences, experiences and trust;
  • Social Network Identification: analysing present research activities, actors, social networks and visualizing the results;
  • Forecasting / Prediction: forecasting of RTD trends based on monitoring of current RTD initiatives, projects and results;
  • Expertise Identification: summarising and presenting the complex expertise profile of researchers and organizations.

The information portal and promotion activities will focus on two out of four major thematic priorities within IST: (i) Knowledge and Interface technologies and (ii) Applied IST research addressing major societal and economic challenges. 

Therefore most research areas concerned with mobile ICT applications are within the scope of IST World.  


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