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The Bern University of Applied science is a public vocational university with campuses in Bern, Biel, Burgdorf, Magglingen, and Zollikofen, Switzerland. It is made up of six schools: the School of Engineering and Information Technology; the School of Architecture, Civil and Wood Engineering; the School of Management, Administration and Social Work; Bern University of the Arts; Swiss College of Agriculture; and the College of Sports Magglingen. Wikipedia.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.4.3 | Award Amount: 1.86M | Year: 2014

To make publishing and processing of linked data easy, the proposed project develops a set of integrated software components based on open-source Linked Data Platform best practices. The tightly integrated components support the multilingual data value chain from data exploration (e.g. identifying structured and unstructured data sources), extraction (e.g. using named entity recognition, RDF conversion), enrichment (e.g. interlinking, crowdsourcing), and delivery (e.g. analytics, apps for desktop and mobile devices). These components run on an open-source data platform with various enterprise-grade storage solutions.The vision is to make publishing and reuse of linked data as easy as possible for the end user thanks to a thriving market economy with data publishers, developers, and consumers along the value chain. Making data reusable and interoperable within and outside the organization requires a fundamentally different ap-proach to storing knowledge. The best name is probably a Logical Data Warehouse...because it focuses on the logic of information ...[for] giving integrated access to all forms of information assets. Only with integrated access to the data is it possible to have apps on top of that data that scale across single use cases and provide real added value.Fusepool LDAP (Linked Data Analytics Processing) derives its name from the idea of fusing and pooling linked data with analytical processing on top of it. Because linked data is multidimensional data, it lends itself to analytical processing such as consolidation (e.g. aggregation within a dimension), drill-down (e.g. navigating through the details), and slicing and dicing (e.g. viewing an aspect from different dimensions). However, an integrated publishing and processing workflow with integrated user interfaces is still missing. The lack of an integrated publishing and processing environment makes it difficult and time-consuming for data publishers and consumers to engage with linked data.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF-ICT-2013.7.2 | Award Amount: 14.01M | Year: 2013

During more than 50 years of the laser existence, they have been proved as the unique tool for diverse material processing application. New application ideas, coming from universities and research institutions, are usually implemented by spin-off companies with limited resources for market penetration. Research laboratories are using universal laser tools, while effective and low-cost production requires adaptation of the processes and equipment during the technology assessment by the end-user.\nThe APPOLO project seeks to establish and coordinate connections between the end-users, which have demand on laser technologies for (micro)fabrication, knowledge accumulated in the application laboratories of the research institutes, as well as universities and the laser equipment manufacturers (preferable SMEs) of novel lasers, beam control and guiding, etc. The goal is to facilitate faster validation of the process feasibility and adaptation of the equipment for manufacturing, as well as assessment of the selected production processes. The core of the consortium comprises laser application laboratories around Europe which are connected into a virtual hub to accumulate knowledge and infrastructure and promote the easy-to-access environment for the development and validation of laser-based technologies. All the partners have chosen a few directions for the assessment of novel laser technologies: in ultra-short pulse laser scribing for monolithic interconnections in thin film CIGS solar cells - from lasers to pilot lines; use of the lasers and intelligent scanning in smart surface texturing for automotive and printing/decoration industries and for 3D flexible electronics.\nImplementation of the APPOLO project will help the partners from European photonics industry to preserve their competitiveness and penetrate new niches on the global market. The equipment builders for automotive, photovoltaics, electronics and printing industries will benefit from faster integration of innovative technologies which will provide the new-quality consumer products, including low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells, comfortable interior and functionality of cars, smart sensors for environmental monitoring and more.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2011-1 | Award Amount: 2.71M | Year: 2011

The overall goal of the proposed project is to promote more sustainable transport through the development of electromobility solutions for cities and regions (ELMOS). The projects aims at delivering concepts for a better exchange of electromobility knowledge at regional and EU level, concepts for new business models and for cross-border field tests which should lead to an improved standardisation in electromobility technology and to new insights in applied science. The project therefore, contributes to enhance the regional capacities for a fostering of the sustainable transport-related economy. Electric vehicles are regarded as one of the cleanest solutions for urban mobility. Due to daily congested roads in and around agglomerations with highly polluting stop-and-go traffic, electromobility with zero-emissions in cities will bring large and quick gains in greenhouse gas reduction and alleviation of air and noise pollution. Moreover, innovative green vehicle concepts will lead to new and sustainable mobility forms in urban mobility. Some already see a new electric mobility age to come up. However, a fast uptake of electromobility depends on appropriate regional infrastructures, a shift in user patterns, and intelligent vehicle-use concepts embedded in the urban transport environment. The market potential is considered to be enormous. The working scheme is designed to achieve these objectives: High-level expert round tables and international networks will gather additional expertise. Two EU-mentoring regions are involved from the start. From the sectors ICT, automotive and renewable energy, four ma-ture and two less RDCs in geographically linked regions participate. Their intended set-up of joint concepts for electromobility cross-border testing has never been done so far. As con-crete outcomes, concepts for smart specialisation, a joint agenda for future RTDI and train-ing tools will be developed and exciting dissemination actions undertaken. Given the complexity of the electromobile technology deployment EU-wide triple helix ap-proach is a prerequisite and the support by a Regions of Knowledge project is thus, re-garded as a great chance.


Objective During the deinstitutionalisation of psychiatric care in Germany, new psychiatric care approaches have been developed, which have been rarely scientifically evaluated. This study aims at evaluating the residential care and supported housing program of a public service in Westphalia, Northwestern Germany. Methods Data on 1486 clients about sociodemographics, individual biographies, housing, social integration and perspective of care were collected by staff. Individual interviews on the clients' quality of life were conducted with 941 subjects. Results The residential care and supported housing program clients are chronically mentally ill and disabled. Clients from the supported housing sector have a much more favorable biographical and social background compared to those from residential care. Integration into the regular workforce does usually not happen. Clients from the residential care sector have only few social contacts outside their institution. The quality of life assessment revealed no differences between the settings. Conclusions More external social contacts should be provided especially for the residential care clients. Motivational interventions might enhance the clients' social inclusion further. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.4.1 | Award Amount: 2.46M | Year: 2012

Fusepool develops an user-adaptive Living Knowledge Pool for product development and research. Compared to existing search and knowledge management solutions, Fusepool provides two core benefits: the automated transformation of content from web-harvesting and participating organizations into structured Linked Open Data format and the automated group-specific optimization of knowledge finding and matching based on transfer learning from individual users. Instead of optimizing results only individually per user, Fusepool fuses anonymised user interactions to derive optimizations for specific user groups of users. Information mining and interlinking combine text mining, feature- and entity extraction with semantic web technologies. Content classification and entity identification enable automated enrichment and interlinking of information extracted from internal as well as web-harvested raw content. In addition, Linked Open Data (LOD) from hundreds of data repositories such as Eurostat or DBPedia (Wikipedia) are accessed to pool knowledge related to the information need of the user. Moreover, raw content that is transformed into machine-understandable content can be published as LOD for others to reuse it. Knowledge finding and matching refers to the semantics-aware search integrating content based on available metadata (e.g. classifications, entities) into a stream-lined application for finding and matching content to support the users information needs. Advanced search features include refinement and filtering, query intent discovery, and proactive information gathering. In addition, recommendations provide the user with potentially relevant information and user dis/approval optimizes future recommendations. Visual analytics and graphical user interfaces present intuitively the complex information and analytical results. Users can develop and share layouts and even layouts are able to adapt to user needs based on past user interactions.

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