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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: EEB-ICT-2011.6.5 | Award Amount: 3.80M | Year: 2012

The aim of the Odysseus project is to develop an Open Dynamic System (ODYS) enabling the holistic energy management of the dynamics of energy supply, demand and storage in urban areas, on top of an open integration platform supporting the integration scenarios for designated urban areas exemplified in the cities of Rome and Manchester. While in Manchester project results will be validated on a mature energy efficiency environment, on Rome it is in the early stages of dealing with energy efficiency in public building. So comparisons among each scenario will enrich conclusions on project results.\nThe concept of holistic energy management covers the monitoring of energy operation in a certain area according to 1) dynamic energy profile information for all relevant energy nodes and 2) the actual conditions and behaviour of all these nodes. Based on integral monitoring of planning and actual information problems can be spot (like deviations) and recommendations for resolution and in general optimization including commercial negotiation processes between the stakeholders (long term decision support). The later especially for real-time but also more tactical or even strategic adaptations (adding or changing nodes, changing connection, profiles, ...).\nThe Open Integration Platform will capture all energy node information required in a dynamic Energy Profile Card structured according to a proposed full taxonomy of energy node types and their associated properties and interrelationships. All instance data according to these information structures and these information structures themselves will be stored in an open standards-based and open source-based spatial database accessible via standard interfaces to keep the system flexible, interoperable, adaptable and extensible.\nOdysseus expected achievements to be reached are:\n-Integration Scenarios: detailed AS-IS & TO-BE business cases/models featuring: the energy infrastructure including all relevant energy nodes for the area of interest, all relevant activities, information, energy & energy flows (physical system dynamics) & the stakeholders and their supporting software applications\n-Open Integration Platform: an open information sharing environment (dEPC Server) as central place in the cloud where all dEPC data for urban areas are being managed in an uniform and open way\n-Holistic Energy Management System (hEMS): providing end-users (district facilities managers, utilities, operators, building managers, ...) with a set of fully interoperable software tools providing holistic dynamic management (energy supply and demand) in urban areas through monitoring and decision-making support\n-Validation of 1/2/3: integrating all Odysseus parts for real life operations based on a demonstration plan and implementation strategies. The applied integration platform and integrated applications are expected to show increased energy efficiency at the two demonstration sites and a better approach to the hEMS to end-users


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.8.2 | Award Amount: 948.90K | Year: 2013

Cultural heritage is one of the main assets of Europe and the deployment of research results in the areas of interactive storytelling, personalization and adaptivity, coupled with mobility-enabling systems, has the potential to increase access to resources, improve user experiences and boost the ICT industries. But take-up is slow and collaboration often difficult.\nThe aim of eCultValue is to encourage the use of new technologies that have the potential to revolutionise new ways to access cultural heritage and experiences offered by cultural resources in real and virtual environments or a mix of both.\nFor this purpose, eCultValue will look into technologies arriving from EU funded projects (Analysis of available technologies WP1), promote these technologies to people who will apply them (Capacity building of eCult Ambassadors and validation in Living Labs, WP2) and relate technologies to use-case scenarios (eCult on-line Observatory, WP3 and eCult Dialogue Days, WP4.\neCultValue will involve all stakeholders in the cultural value chain, adapting the triple helix approach to the cultural environment, to capture multiple reciprocal relationships between IT providers, cultural content holders and users/visitors/artists.\nThe concrete outcome of eCultValue will be:\n- a Catalogue of available technologies ;\n- the eCult Observatory, an online-platform for knowledge exchange;\n- a sustainable network of trained eCult Ambassadors that support the take up of project results;\n- a Vademecum for take-up of results;\n- Real-life showcases stemming from the projects promotion activities; and\n- a sustainable eCult Stakeholders Community for future collaboration.\nThe implementation will be carried out by a partnership that covers all stakeholders, from academia/research to museum networks to ICT providers and user communities.


A shared counter resource, such as a register, is disclosed in the hardware, where the register representing how much free space there is in the command queue is accessible to one or more processing elements. When a processing element reads the reservation register, the hardware automatically decrements the available free space by a preconfigured amount (e.g., 1) and returns the value of the free space immediately prior to the read/reservation. If the read returns 0 (or a number less than the preconfigured amount), there was insufficient free space to satisfy the request. In the event there was insufficient space to satisfy the request the reservation register may be configured to reserve however much space was available or to not reserve any space at all. Any number of processing elements may read these registers and various scenarios are described where the input and output queues are accessible via various processing elements.


A system and a method are disclosed for transforming cluster computing resources of a target system to match a user defined logical data flow so data processing between the source and target are functionally equivalent. The source logical dataflow is compatibly mapped to a target directed acyclic graph that represents the cluster computing resources. A series of subgraph assertion and transform operations are applied iteratively until the logical data flow is isomorphic with a directed acyclic graph. The assertion and transform operations are comprised of rules and assertions, which are maintained in a rules registry.


Patent
Concurrent | Date: 2013-06-14

A method and system are provided. A server (110) can include a control circuit (127) in communication with a client device (106). The control circuit can deliver a universal program guide (114) to the client device, the universal program guide comprising a plurality of predefined tiers. The control circuit can monitor a navigation path through at least two of the predefined tiers. The control circuit can determine a navigation duration occurring at each tier. The control circuit can create a unique program guide from the navigation path and the navigation duration. The control circuit can deliver the unique program guide to the client device for subsequent presentation.


Grant
Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 221.21K | Year: 2016

The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is to enable flexible carrier aggregation in mobile wireless networks using frequency-translational quadrature-hybrid (FTQH) technology. The customer demand for wireless connectivity keeps increasing both in terms of more connected devices and higher data rates. Carrier aggregation is a critical technology to further increase data rates for next-generation heterogeneous wireless networks. It lets mobile network operators and neutral hosts make more effective use of their fragmented spectral resources. Mobile communications are now an essential part of our personal and professional lives and impact all aspects of our society from business, to government, to education and the non-profit sector. The small business concern will generate OEM RF front-end products for the small-cell base station market which is growing rapidly with more than 10 million small-cell base station shipments estimated in 2020. This will strengthen the US commercial technology base and generate US employment opportunities as it grows its workforce. This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of the FTQH technology. This technology promises to enable the design of modular, flexible RF front ends for small-cell base stations. FTQH is a novel architectural approach that leverages existing RF filtering, RF switching and RF routing technologies while enabling low cost, high performance, modular RF front ends for flexible carrier aggregation.


Grant
Agency: Department of Agriculture | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2015

Glyphosate had been used for decades as a pre-emergence herbicide in commercial agriculture. The introduction of herbicide-resistant GMO soybeans and other herbicide-resistant crops made glyphosate the most popular herbicide for grain farmers in the U.S. As the use of glyphosate in post-emergence applications increased, several important weeds, among them Palmer amaranth or pigweed (Amaranthus palmeri), and mare's tail also called horseweed (Conyza canadensis), adapted varieties resistant to this non-selective systemic herbicide. In the last 10 years, a growing number of acres of otherwise arable land have been abandoned to weed species that cannot be effectively managed in an economically viable manner.This proposal offers a new approach to weed management for commercial agriculture; a means to apply herbicide exclusively to weeds in the presence crop plants. The proposed approach combines an autonomous carrier platform to navigate the field, a machine vision system to identify plants of interest and to direct the pointing and operation of a precision, leaf-specific herbicide applicators. These applicators, can be pointed at specific plants and parts of plants such as the leaves to project very small quantities of concentrated herbicide onto specific locations with great precision. The ability to apply any herbicide directly and exclusively to weeds in the presence of the crop expands the number and types of herbicides, including those herbicides previously restricted to burn-down applications, that can be now be applied in a post emergence herbicide treatment.While the primary purpose of the proposed system is weed control, it provides several other potential advantages to commercial farming. Among these are: (1) a means to geolocate and monitor the progress of specific plants during the growing season by capturing and saving images collected during repeated trips through the field; (2) scouting for pests and diseases as well as estimating yields and variations in yields across fields; (3) the ability to determine herbicide effectiveness on a plant-by-plant basis and to collect evidence of crop damage due to splatter or drift; (4) to more accurately verify herbicide resistance in weeds to better control the statistical models used in combined experiments and split-plot field trials as well as identifying and harvesting herbicide-resistant weed seed for agricultural research.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: SMALL BUSINESS PHASE I | Award Amount: 221.21K | Year: 2016

The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is to enable flexible carrier aggregation in mobile wireless networks using frequency-translational quadrature-hybrid (FTQH) technology. The customer demand for wireless connectivity keeps increasing both in terms of more connected devices and higher data rates. Carrier aggregation is a critical technology to further increase data rates for next-generation heterogeneous wireless networks. It lets mobile network operators and neutral hosts make more effective use of their fragmented spectral resources. Mobile communications are now an essential part of our personal and professional lives and impact all aspects of our society from business, to government, to education and the non-profit sector. The small business concern will generate OEM RF front-end products for the small-cell base station market which is growing rapidly with more than 10 million small-cell base station shipments estimated in 2020. This will strengthen the US commercial technology base and generate US employment opportunities as it grows its workforce.

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of the FTQH technology. This technology promises to enable the design of modular, flexible RF front ends for small-cell base stations. FTQH is a novel architectural approach that leverages existing RF filtering, RF switching and RF routing technologies while enabling low cost, high performance, modular RF front ends for flexible carrier aggregation.


At least a first image, such as a motion video image, is prepared for integration with at least a second image, such as a motion video image and/or a still image. The first image may be a barker, and the second image may be a menu or programming guide. To prepare the first image for integration, a first compressed image is formed, restricted to a first region of a first image area by representing at least one segment of a first image within the first region with a reference to another segment of the first image within the first region. The second image may also be prepared for integration by forming a second compressed image. The second compressed image may be restricted to a second region of a second image area by representing at least one segment of the second image within the second region with a reference to another segment of the second image within the second region. The first and second images are combined by selecting a portion of the first compressed image, selecting a portion of the second compressed image, and combining the selected portions to form an integrated image.


A shared counter resource, such as a register, is disclosed in the hardware, where the register representing how much free space there is in the command queue is accessible to one or more processing elements. When a processing element reads the reservation register, the hardware automatically decrements the available free space by a preconfigured amount (e.g., 1) and returns the value of the free space immediately prior to the read/reservation. If the read returns 0 (or a number less than the preconfigured amount), there was insufficient free space to satisfy the request. In the event there was insufficient space to satisfy the request the reservation register may be configured to reserve however much space was available or to not reserve any space at all. Any number of processing elements may read these registers and various scenarios are described where the input and output queues are accessible via various processing elements.

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