CTIT Newsletter – March 2007
NIRICT Kick-off event
On Thursday, March 22 2007, the official kick-off event of NIRICT will take place in the Jaarbeurs, Utrecht.
Dr. Ronald H.A. Plasterk, Minister OC&W, will open the conference!
More information can be found on the website: http://nirict.3tu.nl.
CTIT Symposium 2007:
On Wednesday, May 9 2007, CTIT organizes its annual symposium. This year the theme is "Enabling Sustainable and Personalised Healthcare with ICT".
Please find the scientific programme on our website: www.ctit.utwente.nl
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As of February 20, CTIT is a member of the recently established ERCIM WG eMobility. Contactperson is Geert Heijink. For more information: http://www.emobility.unibe.ch/
ERCIM - the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading research institutes from eighteen European countries are members of ERCIM.
12 April 2007: the first colloquium of the recently started Centre for Information Technology and Society (CITS)
Time: 12.30 – 14.00 / Location: Cubicus, room C 238
Presentations of current research projects:
- Willem Pieterson (GW). Media choice and the use of digital services in governmental context.
- Mariet Theune (EWI. Human media Interaction). Effectivity of virtual agents in traffic information
The meeting will be continued with an exchange of relevant information about conference, research funding possibilities, etc. and the organisation of the second colloquium.
Organizers: Nelly Oudshoorn, Philip Breij, Jan van Dijk
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Other important dates
June 14 (afternoon) First CITS workshop. Theme: Second Life
November 8 (afternoon), Second workshop. Theme: Changing Roles of users
24-25 May 2007: 28th Symposium on INFORMATION THEORY in the BENELUX
Organized by Raymond Veldhuis (chair), University of Twente. For more information: http://www.sas.el.utwente.nl/home/wic2007
12 June 2007: BRAINPLAY '07: PLAYING WITH YOUR BRAIN
Brain-Computer Interfaces and Games
Workshop at ACE (Advances in Computer Entertainment) 2007
Salzburg, Austria, 12 June 2007
For more information: http://www.ace2007.org/
Anton Nijholt, CTIT, University of Twente, the Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
Desney Tan, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA,
18-20 June 2007: Innovative Mass Storage Technologies 2007 (IMST 2007)
Location: Eden Dish Hotel, Enschede.
IMST2007 aims to bring together academic and industrial researchers working in the area of (mass) data storage An exciting list of invited speakers will provide a cutting-edge overview of the latest research advancements in the areas of:
- Emerging and Future Technologies
- Magnetic Memories
- Solid State Memories
- Optical Memories
A unique feature of the IMST conference is the two invited Industrial sessions (European and Overseas players), that offer to all participants the opportunity to review the strategy and latest advances of world-leading industrial actors.
As innovation often emerges at the interfaces between scientific communities, the scientific committee of the conference proposed to add a special tutorial session on systems aspects.
21-23 June 2007: European Computing and Philosophy Conference (ECAP’07)
University of Twente, Enschede
conference director: Philip Brey [GW]
local organizer:Katinka Waelbers [GW]
Submission of abstract for this multidisciplinary conference is open for scholars in the humanities and the natural sciences
For more information:
18-20 July 2007: 13th EUNICE Open European Summer School and IFIP TC6.6 Workshop on Dependable and Adaptable Networks and Services
Location: University of Twente, Waaier WA3, Enschede
One of the main challenges in the next decade will be to make the Internet and the services that are provided on top of it more dependable and adaptable. Research on these themes is needed for fixed, wireless and ad-hoc networking, ubiquitous communication and computing, sensor networks, and context-awareness. While individual mobile applications with context-aware and personalize features emerged, at the same time many challenges for network and service architectures were imposed concerning integration, interoperability, management, provisioning, reliability and security. On the one hand research has to build up a sound understanding of these applications and their supporting service and network architectures. On the other hand, the service and network infrastructure needs to be able to provide the necessary quality of service for the envisioned applications.
10/4 – 11/5-2007: European Funding Academy, 7th Framework Programme, Budapest, Hungary. www.europamedia.org
9/11-07-2007: CIVR 2007, ACM International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval. Location: Old Lutheran Church, Amsterdam.
23/27-7-2007: SIGIR 2007. Location: hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam.
Information on research funding programmes
Three new programmes will start in 2007:
Multiscale Simulation Tools (MST): No information yet.
Thin Film Nanomanufacturing (TFN); call to be expected before the summer. Research on functional (nano) layers. Utilisation: from IC devices, sun cells (silicium, polymer), UVX mirrors, electronic papers
Smart Systems in Package (SmartSiP): integration of advanced SiP-technology and state of the art embedded system software from the beginning of the designphase of new Systems-in-Package. Further information is not yet availabel. We will keep you informed.
From February 21, 2007 on, requests for Innovation Vouchers can be done by SME’s at SenterNovem. Innovation vouchers are meant to foster cooperation between SME’s and Knowledge Institutes. There are some differences with previous calls, you can find this information at the SenterNovem website (information in Dutch).
Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union:
FP7 and CTIT:
CTIT has opened an information site on the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7). The most relevant information on FP 7 will be addressed and there will be links to other information sites. Focus is on the ICT Programme, but there is also information on other programmes (Health, Transport, Marie Curie, etc.).
We kindly request you to inform CTIT on any initiative within FP7 for projects you are involved in. You can contact Wilma Hiddink (email: email@example.com).
Rules for participation in FP7 (information from EG Liaison/in Dutch)
The ICT-programme is the most important progamme for CTIT. For the ICT Theme, three calls for proposals are anticipated for 2007-2008. The first ‘Call for proposals’ will be published on December 22, 2006. Deadline submission is 8 May 2007.
The first two Calls will be the largest (especially the first one!) and it is by no means certain that for a specific topic there will be additional Calls! So be prepared for the first Call.
For more information on the First Call, see Calls for Proposal: 1st Call - December 22, 2006 and ICT Information site.
Full details on the scope of each call, the funding strategy and on budget allocation are outlined in the ICT Work Programme 2007-2008.
Future and Emerging Technologies
FET Open Call: more information
In June 2007, as part of the 2nd ICT Call, most probably a Call will be launched for the FIRE Initiative: FIRE addresses long-term research which will investigate new architectures and approaches to build the foundations for the future Internet, embedding radically new paradigms, and getting rid of the accumulated shortcomings caused by the 'patches' used in the current Internet, so to make the internet more efficient in supporting society, economy and ultimately the innovation process.
OTHER FP7 PROGRAMMES:
Deadline: 19 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time) - more information
Security Research Programme:
Deadline: 31 May 2007 – more information
Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities:
Deadline: 10 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time) - more information
Sustainable Surface Transport
Deadline Call 1 RTD: 3 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time) - more information
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-5-1-1-NIGHT. Deadline: 03 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN Marie Curie Initial Training Networks. Deadline: 07 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-2-ERG European Reintegration Grants (ERG). Deadline(s): 25 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-4-3-IRG International Reintegration Grants (IRG). 25 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-5-2-AWARDS Marie Curie Awards. Deadline: 26 April 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-3-1-IAPP Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways. Deadline: 31 May 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-1-IEF Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development. Deadline: 14 August 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-4-1-IOF International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development. Deadline: 14 August 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Call for Proposals FP7-PEOPLE-2007-4-2-IIF International Incoming Fellowships. Deadline: 14 August 2007 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
Information on all Calls: see Cordis website
Joint Technology Initiatives
New within FP7 are the Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI’s), to pursue ambitious common RTD objectives. JTI’s have their own Strategic Research Agenda. Basis forms an ETP, representing industries’ interests with the aim to create new markets. Goal a.o. is the alignment of national priorities. The JTI’s have large budgets from many sources (public, private, EU, member states). Currently, 6 protential themes have been identified, two in the ICT domain (ETP’s: Artemis -> Embedded Systems and ENIAC -> Nano-electronics). This may become an interesting source for research funding.
1-05-07: Vernieuwingsimpuls Veni-programme
3-05-07: FP7 Programme Sustainable Surface Transport: RTD and TREN
8-05-07: 1st Call FP7/ICT Programme (see information on research funding programmes)
Recently started projects
We intend to give information on new projects in every Newsletter. Please inform CTIT on all projects that have been approved for funding. Contact: Wilma Hiddink (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Please enclose you project proposal and budget information, as well as information on possible candidates for vacant positions. Thus we will also be able to update our website.
S-Mobile: Security of Software and Services for Mobile Systems
Project Manager: Dr. Sandro Etalle
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel.: +31 53 489 1195
Project website: s-Mobile
The objective of S-Mobile is to create a framework and technological solutions for trusted deployment and execution of mobile applications in heterogeneous environments. While today the development of third party applications for mobile platforms (i.e. mobile phones, cars, etc.) is tightly controlled by single entities (i.e. telecom operators, mainly due to security risks), there is a need to open the software market of nomadic devices (from smart phones to PDA, from RFID systems to cars) to third party applications with a higher degree of assurance. S-Mobile will make this possible by extending the existing security model beyond the sandbox model and by integrating mechanisms for trust management and credentials negotiation. A licence-based security mechanism will lie at the core of the framework. A licence will be associated to each application stating in detail what are the capabilities needed to be executed. A licence is a fine-grained claim done by a mobile application regarding the interaction with relevant security and privacy features of a mobile platform. This licence should be published by applications, understood by devices and all stakeholders (users, mobile operators, developers, platform developers, etc.). The licence should be enforced at time of delivery and loading, and during execution of the application by the mobile platform. The resulting new paradigm will not replace, but enhance existing security mechanism, and will provide a flexible, simple and scalable security and privacy protection mechanism for future mobile systems. It will allow a network operator and a user to decide what an application is allowed to do, prevent bad code from running, and allow good code to be easily designed and deployed.
Project duration: January 2007 until January 2011
Project budget: 439 K-€
Number of person/years: 2.5 fte
Participants: VU Amsterdam, UT
Project budget CTIT: 170 K-€
Number of person/years CTIT: 1.2 fte
Involved groups: Distributed and Embedded Systems (DIES)
CTIT Strategic Research Orientation: ISTRICE (Integrated Security and Privacy in a Networked World)
Liquidity risk in financial institutions
(funded by the RABO-Bank)
Project Supervisor: Dr. Berend Roorda
School of Management & Governance
Tel.: +31 53 489 4383
Risk models in banks typically aim at quantifying likely losses over a given time horizon in various separate risk domains. Formal risk quantification is not only deemed to be of value by practitioners but also required under new supervisory frameworks in the banking world (Basel II). Despite a large increase in sophistication in numerous areas, risk theory falls short in addressing one basic risk: illiquidity.
Financial institutions face the essential problem to find the right balance between their assets and their liabilities. In traditional commercial banks assets are less liquid than the liabilities. Associated with this discrepancy is the chance of pressure situation which could leave the bank unable to service their obligations or fund its assets. A classical example is the bank run in which perceived concerns about creditworthiness result in substantial deposit withdrawals by clients. Thus at the core of the business of banks is the management of cash flows in order to maintain a prospective equilibrium.
Since the severe consequences liquidity crunches may have on a bank, effective management of liquidity risk is crucial for the sustained survival of a bank. Current liquidity risk management in banks is geared towards preventing liquidity to vanish by pursuing or prescribing sensible actions rather than deriving a rigorous method to quantify the risk. However, a meaningful treatment of liquidity risk in financial institutions should consist of two equally important parts: (1) quantification and (2) management. However, prior to engaging in any of the two, there is a need for a throughout clarification of the meaning of liquidity risk and its various propositions. This is crucial as one cannot measure what one does not understand. Similarly, measurement should precede management. The research questions can be stated as follows:
A. What is liquidity risk and what are its significant characteristics?
B. How can liquidity risk be rigorously quantified?
C. How can liquidity risk be mitigated?
D. How can a suitable limit setting be derived on basis of risk budgeting?
In case the project succeeds in answering the research questions banks can expect to (1) satisfy regulators requests for a quantification of liquidity risk, (2) reduce liquidity risk, and (3) enhance the management of business units through methodical risk budgeting based on theproposed risk measures.
Project duration: January 2007 until January 2010
Number of person/years: 1 fte (Kolja Loebnitz / Ph.D. Student)
Involved groups: Finance & Accounting
CTIT Strategic Research Orientation: Industrial Engineering & ICT
MinADEPT - Providing Full Life Cycle Support For Adaptive Processes By Advanced Mining Approaches
NWO (Open Competition)
Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator: Dr. Manfred Reichert
EWI - Information Systems Group
Phone: +31 53 489 3705
Recently many efforts have been undertaken to make process management systems (PMS) more flexible and several approaches for "adaptive" process management have emerged. The basic idea behind them is to enable dynamic changes of different process aspects (e.g., control flow, resources) and at different process levels. For example, ad-hoc changes conducted at the process instance level (e.g., to add or shift steps) make it possible to flexibly adapt single process instances to exceptional or changing situations. As a positive side-effect we obtain much more meaningful process logs when compared to existing PMS. So far, adaptive PMS have not addressed the fundamental question what we can learn from this additional information and how to derive optimized process models from it. Process mining techniques offer promising perspectives, but have focused on the analysis of pure execution logs so far. The MinADEPT project will close this gap and provide a comprehensive approach for the intelligent mining of adaptive processes. This involves three problems: First, we have to determine which information about ad-hoc deviations shall be logged to achieve optimal mining results. Second, we have to develop advanced mining techniques which utilize execution and change logs. Third, we have to integrate these techniques with existing adaptive PMS in order to provide full process life cycle support. A case study in the healthcare sector will contribute to test and evaluate our approach.
Project Partners: TU/e
Project duration: 4 years (January 2007 – December 2010)
Project budget: 344.5 k-€
Old SROs: eHealth SRO, A-SI SRO
New SROs: ASSIST SRO
NIRICT SRA: Enterprise Information Systems
14.03.2007 Nataša Jovanović [EWI]
21.03.2007 Laura Brandan Briones [EWI]
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