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1 European Commission DG Information Society Agents and Middleware in the IST Programme - a Vision and Related Calls Dr. Max Lemke EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate-General Information Society Essential Information Society Technologies and Infrastructures Technologies for information processing and management, communications and networks

2 European Commission DG Information Society Research versus Market Trends Research Trends active networks & agents component-based software grid technologies... Market Trends advanced telecom services application service provision community computing... What do these trends lead to ?

3 European Commission DG Information Society Active Networking Todays networks: reprogrammable only by vendors Active Networks: receipt and execution of active packets By opening network nodes service providers are freed from: –vendor independent implementations –time-consuming standardisation processes –work-arounds to implement functionality Components of Active Networks –programmable networking infrastructure –active packets (e.g. mobile agents) –programming language (e.g. JAVA)

4 European Commission DG Information Society Agent Technologies Agents- active information processing - migration through the network Platforms differ by - operating System - architectural choices Two main approaches- FIPA - MASIF Standard properties: autonomous, interacting, re-active, pro-active Other attributes: intelligent, mobile, multiagents, holonic, trusted, cognitive capabilities

5 European Commission DG Information Society Application Service Providers ASPs manage and deliver application capabilities on a subscription basis to multiple users across a WAN remote access to hosted applications flat rate per user business model on his own predefined computing platform

6 European Commission DG Information Society Application Portals: A possible future scenario ? Application Portals allowing a user to select a set of application services irrespective of the platform or organization through which the service is provided Todays ISPs do not own network resources ==> future APs do not own computer resources

7 European Commission DG Information Society Potential Roles of Application Portals provide all integration technologies –to front all applications –to integrate with in-house systems ensure confidentiality and integrity manage hardware and networking resources including licensing issues take responsibilities for resources consumed i.e. provide settlements between providers and a single invoice to the user including secure payments

8 European Commission DG Information Society Roadmap of Related Calls - WP 2001

9 European Commission DG Information SocietyTake-up Aimed at transferring leading-edge as well as established but insufficiently deployed methodologies and technologies to industry and other organisations in order to achieve greater efficiency time innovators early adopters early majority Technology Transfer RTD Commercial Phase T a k e - u p

10 European Commission DG Information Society Take-up Types Trials (users & suppliers): –evaluation of promising, yet not fully established technologies & solutions –targets early adopters+ early majority Best Practice (users): – promote take-up of well established technologies & methods –targets early majority

11 European Commission DG Information Society TRIAL Characteristics Objectives:adaptation, introduction and evaluation of technologies in applications Technology:emerging, but NOT established Consortium:user(s) - supplier(s) - expert(s) Innovation:use of advanced technologies in applications Risk:applicability of technologies / application benefits Work done: user: specification, integration, verification supplier: adaptation, customization, integration Beneficiaries: user:commercial advantage of first use supplier: establish/broaden his market Outcome:advanced prototype public high quality final report

12 European Commission DG Information Society Best Practice Characteristics Objectives:improve processes or way of operation by use and evaluation of technologies Technology:well founded, mature and established, but insufficiently deployed Consortium:user(s), eventual subcontractor(s) Innovation: use of advanced technologies in applications Risk:applicability and benefits in the application Work done: experiment, evaluate,document Beneficiaries: user Outcome: public high quality final report

13 European Commission DG Information Society Adaptation and Introduction of Mobile and Intelligent Agent Technologies in new Services and Industrial Applications Examples:Users: –service creation:all level service providers, customers –information filtering:all levels –electronic commerce:businesses trading electronically –network management:network operators

14 European Commission DG Information Society Adaptation and Introduction of Middleware for Management of Process Flow in Distributed Applications with Shared Resources to new Services and Industrial Applications Examples for technologies: –distributed object broker architectures (CORBA, EJB, …) –application servers, integration servers, web integration Examples for Applications: –Web-based distributed applications (distributed engineering, data mining, OLTP, network management… in aerospace, automotive, banking, telecom, new services, …) –Use of distributed object broker architectures for component-based integration with legacy systems (on corporate or virtual enterprise level) –Development environments and tools

15 European Commission DG Information Society Integrated Vision and Control intelligent integration of embedded vision systems in production environments introduction of control systems Technical focus: –networked systems –off the shelf components –integrated with production planning tools

16 European Commission DG Information Society Thematic Clustering Multiplier effect in reaching European industry: –small individual projects - limited reach –obtain critical mass of results per theme / industrial sector –stimulation of further technology transfer and replication –targeted dissemination to industrial audiences –allow efficient technology transfer across Europe Increased efficiency of co-ordination: –experienced principal contractors –common interface to the EC –harmonised and simplified procedures for reporting, monitoring, reviews, cost statements, centralized payment

17 European Commission DG Information Society Thematic Clusters E C Coordinator Principle Contractor Principle Contractor... Member Activity... Thematic Cluster

18 European Commission DG Information Society Existing Clusters Integrated Machine Vision European Take-up of Essential Information Society Technologies - Integrated Machine Vision (EUTIST-IMV) Activities: KNOT,3D-INLINE,SAFEGLASS, IMBUS, IMTEX,CV-ADCONTROL,ASPIC-LINUX SEESAW,SIGPROEL,TOPCAPI Principal Contractors: –CiS-TZM (D) (co-ordinator) –Satakunta Polytechnic (FIN) –EPCC (UK) EC responsible: Max Lemke Medical European Take-up of Essential Information Society Technologies - Technologies for Medical applications (EUTIST-M) Activities: CREAM,ISAC,ADAM,IONIC, DISMEDI,DEAF Principal Contractors: –UPV (E) (co-ordinator) –ENEA (I) –CINECA (I) EC responsible: Tom Clausen

19 European Commission DG Information Society EUTIST-IMV: Statistics 10 experiments Average funding per experiment: ~ 270 KEURO Cluster Work Packages: ~ 10% of Funding 3 Principal Contractors, 32 Members Average partners per trial Duration –Cluster: 30 months –Experiments: months

20 European Commission DG Information Society Eligible Costs in Trial or Best Practice Measures No difference between universities and companies Personnel100% Durable equipment50% Consumables50% Travel & Subsistence50% Computing50% (only 3rd party invoices) Subcontracting50% IPR Protection0% Other Costs 100% (central services, e.g. cluster web-site) Overheads0% Co-ordination(cluster co-ordinator only, by above categories)

21 European Commission DG Information SocietyContract Model Contract Accompanying Measures specific to Technology Take-up Measures –Standard contract prepared by EC, signed by EC and PCs (DE, EN, FR) –Annex I: Description of Work –Annex II: General Conditions (standard, provided by EC) option 3 (<100% funding, participants own knowledge) suboption 2 (use oriented) model membership agreement (several members) –CPF (contract preparation forms) for IST take-up prepared by co- ordinator with ELECTRA tool: with contributions from ALL participants

22 European Commission DG Information Society Recommendations for Proposers in AL IV.2.4 Individual proposals per action - no a priori clustering Provision of ~10% of requested funding for cluster WPs Cluster WPs could be carried out by partners –who are experienced in technology transfer –who are neutral related to competing users or suppliers Partners for Cluster WPs could be but do not have to be –included in proposal –foreseen in proposal as NN partners

23 European Commission DG Information Society Multinationality Requirements for Take-up Proposals Principal Contractors have to be single or have to fulfil multinationality requirements for RTD projects In case of one Principle Contractor, no multinationality requirements for Members Individual proposals must have a European Dimension, e.g. results and experiences are of broader interest and are disseminated across Europe

24 European Commission DG Information SocietyEvaluation Evaluation Criteria Scientific/technological quality and innovation Community added value Contribution to Community social objectives Economic development and S&T prospects Resources, Partnership, and Management Evaluation Manual for the IST Programme: Additional or specific elements per action type Scores and Thresholds per action type No anonymity requirements for Support Measures

25 European Commission DG Information Society More information Infosheet: IST Programme: Call Info: Call Info: Evaluation Manual: Evaluation Manual: Standard Contracts: Standard Contracts: HPCN TTN Network:

26 European Commission DG Information SocietyContacts For all administrative informationFor all administrative information IST Information Desk Tel. (32-2) Fax (32-2) IST Information Desk Tel. (32-2) Fax (32-2) For discussion of content and ideasFor discussion of content and ideas Max Lemke, Tom Clausen (Take-up) Merce Griera I Fisa (RTD) EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate-General Information Society Essential Information Society Technologies and Infrastructures Technologies for information processing and management, communications and networks (E1) Tel. (32-2) /94942/68591 Fax (32-2)


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