Libera University Bolzano

Bolzano, Italy

Libera University Bolzano

Bolzano, Italy

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.4.4 | Award Amount: 13.86M | Year: 2012

Scalable end-user access to Big Data is critical for effective data analysis and value creation. Optique will bring about a paradigm shift for data access by\n\n* providing a semantic end-to-end connection between users and data sources\n* enabling users to rapidly formulate intuitive queries using familiar vocabularies and conceptualisations\n* seamlessly integrating data spread across multiple distributed data sources, including streaming sources\n* exploiting massive parallelism for scalability far beyond traditional RDBMSs\n\nand thus reducing the turnaround time for information requests to minutes rather than days.\n\nThese objectives will be achieved by bringing together leading experts and cutting edge technology from diverse communities to develop an extensible platform that will provide a complete and generic solution to the data access challenges posed by Big Data.\n\nThe platform will: (i) Use an ontology and declarative mappings to capture user conceptualisations and to transform user queries into complete, correct and highly optimised queries over the data sources; (ii) Integrate distributed heterogeneous sources, including streams; (iii) Exploit massively parallel technologies and holistic optimisations to maximise performance; (iv) Include tools to support query formulation and ontology and mapping management; (v) Use semi-automatic bootstrapping of ontologies and mappings and query driven ontology construction to minimise installation overhead.\n\nDevelopment of the platform will be informed by and continuously evaluated against the requirements of complex real-world challenges, with two large European companies providing the project with comprehensive use cases, and access to user groups and TB scale data sets.\n\nExperience from the use case deployments will be used to develop high quality tutoring and training resources, and to engage in an aggressive dissemination and exploitation program aimed at achieving the widest possible uptake of Optique technology.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SSH.2011.1.2-1 | Award Amount: 10.37M | Year: 2012

The objective of this 4-year project is to provide the analytical basis for a socio-ecological transition in Europe: the change to a new growth path with smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as is envisaged in the EU 2020 strategy. In order to support the transition, we analyse the need, the feasibility and best practice for change, specifying the institutional changes needed at all policy levels to implement these options. The old and new challenges Europe is facing define the starting point: globalisation, new technologies and postindustrialisation, demographic change and ecology in the context of welfare systems that have come under stress due to high public deficits. The vision is that Europe will become a role model for a high road growth path which actively incorporates social and ecological goals, employment, gender and cultural aspects in an ambitious, forward looking way while continuing to be competitive in a globalised world. To achieve these objectives, the consortium will carry out and synthesise robust research in research areas covering the challenges to the welfare system, the biophysical dimension of socio-economic development, the identification of drivers towards socio-ecological transition, the role of governance and institutions on the European as well as the regional level. The consortium will benefit from ongoing dialogue with international experts in the form of expert panels and sounding boards, taking into account their views on the direction and feasibility for this new growth path. The project will be carried out by a consortium of 34 partners from universities and research institutes with international and interdisciplinary expertise. It represents 12 member states. High level Scientific and Policy Boards will monitor the analysis and the policy conclusions to guarantee the impact and dissemination of the results.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2016 | Award Amount: 176.84K | Year: 2016

Neither the promotion of science and research nor innovation are a priority in South Tyrol, a land of around 500,000 inhabitants. Traditions are agriculture, skilled crafts and trades. Only 0.7% of South Tyrols gross domestic product is spent on research and development, compared with 1.26% in the whole of Italy and 1.63% within the EU. (Source: Istat 2015, OECD 2015). Those committed to promoting research in the region try to engage both politicians and the general public by means of a wide variety of activities. One particularly important crowd puller is the biennial Long Night of Research (Lunga notte della ricerca Lange Nacht der Forschung) in Bozen-Bolzano. The EURAC unibz TIS consortium together with other partners will be opening their doors for the fifth time on September 30th, 2016, allowing visitors the opportunity to have a proper look at the work of the scientists, to enter into discussions and conduct experiments with them, to be amazed and to have fun. The three main venues for events in Bozen-Bolzano will as before be linked by a free shuttle bus service which will also serve the locations of up to 8 further events partners. The Awareness Campaign will target around 300,000 persons. The ever growing visitor numbers of the previous events (in 2014 the record number of almost 16,000 visitors was reached!) suggests that we should expect around 15,000 interested individuals keen on joining us. This years theme is The Big Picture, and from 17:00 onwards, young and old will be able to see for themselves that South Tyrols researchers play their part in contributing important pieces to the jigsaw puzzle which will enable them to anticipate or to influence future developments in the big picture that is Science. Interactive stands, competitions, games, shows and discussions in a relaxed atmosphere will offer something for everyone, and above all provide personal contact with around 300 scientists and technicians.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: ENV.2010.3.1.8-1 | Award Amount: 3.50M | Year: 2011

In the context of climate change mitigation, technologies for removing the CO2 from the atmosphere are key challenges. The transfer of carbon from the atmosphere into useful carbon deposits is currently one promising option.Transferring biomass to carbon-rich materials with potential mega-scale application is an option to sequester carbon from plant material, taking it out of the short-term carbon cycle and therefore binding CO2 efficiently and even in a useful, productive, way into longer term non-atmospheric carbon pools. EuroChar will investigate carbon sequestration potentials that can be achieved by transforming plant biomass into charcoal (or Biochar) and add that to agricultural soils. Biochar production will be demonstrated using thermochemical (TC) or hydrothermal carbonization processes (HTC) that can produce energy and store 15 to 20% of the Carbon originally contained in the biomass. Detailed ISO-accredited whole Life Cycle Assessment will be carried out according to the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook on LCA, for both TC and HTC production systems to evaluate the net Carbon sequestration capacity associated to Biochar production. Physico-chemical properties of Biochar will be analysed in a series of laboratory studies that will use standardized analytical protocols, and a specific phyto-toxicity test will be made using molecular approaches involving a model plant. Part of the study will also address the short versus long-term stability of Biochar using recently produced and aged charcoal samples coming from archaeological sites. Specific investigations will also be made to assess Biochar decomposition using CO2-efflux measurements from 13C labelled Biochar. Three large-scale field experiments will be made in Italy, France and UK to analyse realistic scale application of Biochar. Upscaling will be considered by scenario analyses that will both consider the potential C-sequestration actually achievable at the european scale and the climate warming balance associated to carbon sequestration and potential changes in the mean surface albedo, due to massive use of Biochar as soil amendant. A number of stakeholders will be involved to review projects activities. For this the EuroChar Stakeholder Committee will be created and met periodically during annual project meetings. Dissemination activities will be implemented to make projects results available to a wider audience and the media.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.4.4 | Award Amount: 8.03M | Year: 2009

The objective of ONTORULE is to enable the right people to interact in their own way with the right part of their business application: different people with different requirements and background, ranging from business executives to IT developers, have to interact in different ways with different aspects of a business application, to use, control and manage it. We believe that this can be achieved by cleanly separating the domain ontology from the actual business rules; and the representation of the knowledge from its IT implementation. The vocabulary required to express the business rules, and the underlying ontology, must be acquired from the natural language sources; the rules must be authored, using that vocabulary, by the owner of the business policies; the data models for the IT applications must be designed by IT developers based on the application requirements. The relevant people in the organisation must be able to manage and maintain Ontologies, business rules and data models separately, without having to care about maintaining the others items. To implement the rules in the business application, the ontology must be mapped onto the applications data model and the rules operationalised accordingly. ONTORULE aims to develop and integrate all the required pieces of knowledge and technology to allow the acquisition of ontologies and rules from the most appropriate sources, including natural language documents; their separate management and maintenance; and their transparent operationalisation in IT applications. To achieve that objective, ONTORULE will deliver: - An integrating modelling and acquisition framework, based on the OMG SBVR standard and NLP technology - Usable ownership and management systems to empower the business owner of rules and ontology - Execution and inference engines to combine ontology and rule-based reasoning usefully and efficiently - End-to-end pilot applications to show the feasibility and added value of ONTORULE.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.4.2 | Award Amount: 2.73M | Year: 2010

Developing the capabilities of children to comprehend written texts is key to their development as young adults. Text comprehension skills and strategies develop enormously from the age of 7-8 until the age of 11, when children develop as independent readers. Nowadays, more and more young children turn out to be poor (text) comprehenders: they demonstrate text comprehension difficulties, related to inference-making skills, despite proficiency in word decoding and other low-level cognitive skills.\n\nThough there are several pencil-and-paper reading interventions for improving inference-making skills on text, and specifically addressed to poor comprehenders, the design and development of adaptive learning systems for this purpose are lagging behind. A few adaptive learning systems consider specific inference-making interventions that are pivotal in text comprehension, but such systems are designed for high-school children or university-level students, and with textbooks as reading material. The use of more intelligent adaptive learning systems to custom-tailor such interventions in an adaptive fashion to (hearing and deaf) poor comprehenders has tremendous potential. TERENCE embodies that potential.\n\nTERENCE aims at offering innovative usability and evaluation guidelines, refining the current cognitive and pedagogical models concerning story comprehension and inference making, and delivering a showcase intelligent adaptive learning system. The systems smart games, developed and classified according to the refined models, will ask children to draw inferences about temporal events of stories, in Italian and in English. Moreover, the system will allow teachers to choose and custom-tailor the types of stories and games according to the needs of their learners.\n\nThe guidelines, the models and the system will be the result of an orchestrated cross-disciplinary effort of European experts in diverse and complementary fields (art and design, computer science, engineering, linguistics, evidence-based medicine, psychology), and with the constant involvement of the end-users (deaf and hearing poor comprehenders, their educators) from schools in Brighton (UK), and in the Veneto area (Italy).


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.2 | Award Amount: 4.70M | Year: 2010

Interoperation between electronic services is one of the most challenging and pressing issues in todays increasingly globalized and de-centralized economy. Our proposal tackles this challenge with a unified research program based on two key notions: interoperation hubs, that enable flexible, scalable support for service collaborations in an open network, and dynamic artifacts, that provide an approach to modeling and deploying business processes that simplifies the management of hand-offs of data and process between different services and organizations. The research has three streams: (a) scientific, to develop the new notion of artifact-centric interoperation hub, and a surrounding framework of service coordination, views, evolution, verification, and process mining based on formal and empirical techniques and tools; (b) technology, to develop a substantial prototype for creating and operating these hubs, that integrates the techniques and tools devised by the scientific research stream; and (c) validation, to demonstrate and test the results of the research. The ACSI research program will simplify the creation and maintenance of service collaboration environments as follows:\n1.\tAt least 40% reduction, over conventional techniques, in the design and deployment of environments that support large numbers of service collaborations with similar goals\n2.\tAt least 20% reduction, over conventional techniques, in the costs of on-boarding into, and maintaining, service collaborations\n3.\tAt least 30% reduction in on-going manual activity needed to support typical service collaborations\n4.\tAt least 90% of data transformation in service collaborations will be automated\nACSIs consortium combines world-class researchers in all of the key technical areas needed for this research, including experts on artifact-centric business processes, verification, data integration and ontologies, process mining, services architectures, and business process management.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2014 | Award Amount: 189.03K | Year: 2014

In the alpine province of South Tyrol (500,000 inhabitants) science and innovation do not have a long tradition, but as everywhere they are crucial for the future development of the economy. LUNA (LUnga Notte della ricerca Lange NAcht der Forschung), which takes place every other year, is a great opportunity for the population to get in touch with scientists, to learn about research projects in the region and to have fun with scientific themes. The main organisers of LUNA are committed to creating a tradition for science and innovation in South Tyrol, organising different science events at planned intervals: LUNA every second year, science cafs every summer, activities for schools throughout the school year, etc. LUNA will be organised for the fourth time on 26 September in Bolzano/Bozen, the principal town of South Tyrol with 100,000 inhabitants. Once again a consortium comprising the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen, the Free University of Bolzano /Bozen and Techno Innovation South Tyrol will be the main organisers with their headquarters used as the major venues. A further five to seven additional partners (businesses, museums and other research institutions) are expected to open their doors as well. The Night will thus transform Bolzano into an exciting science park, where children and adults will be able to have fun with science at up to ten different venues connected via a free shuttle service. An intensive Awareness Campaign will ensure that about 300,000 people will be aware of LUNA. We expect around 14,000 16,000 visitors. From 5 pm until midnight we will show our guests, how Science makes you fly which is the main theme for this years event. People will be given the opportunity to participate in many different interactive presentations, games, quizzes, experiments and science performances. They will have the chance to talk, enjoy themselves, eat, drink and even dance with experts and scientists from many different discipline


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-NIGHT | Award Amount: 194.10K | Year: 2012

LUNA 2012, held on September 28, will show how science and research are the most important resources for solving current and future problems. LUNA 2012 will demonstrate that research is one of the most important driving forces behind the development of our society. More than 250 scientists are on hand to provide edutainment from 17:00h to 24:00h at ten different venues all over the city. They will be opening the doors to where research actually happens, welcoming people in to get to know them and their work through games, challenges, experiments and discussion, and from midnight onwards to let their hair down at an Aprs-Science Party. Children will get to see science as an exciting adventure, for young people it will be an attractive challenge for their own future, and adults will see how science impacts on and improves their daily life. All ten venues will offer a non-stop programme and will be linked by a free shuttle service. The main attractions will be at the headquarters of the three chief exhibitors: EURAC, TIS innovation park and FUB (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), and they will each deal with one leading theme No Walls (FUB), The Perfect Couple (TIS) and Surviving the Future (EURAC). These will correspond to the main ideas behind scientific communication: bridging the gap between science and society (FUB), establishing a direct link between researchers and entrepreneurs (TIS) and highlighting the importance of research for daily life and future survival (EURAC). A further seven establishments will also be opening their doors to the public, thereby turning the whole city into a kind of scientific adventure playground. This will be the third event of this type, with the organising partners all playing their well-practised parts. Visitor totals were 6,000 in 2008 and 12,000 in 2010, and we confidently expect around 10-12,000 this time, thats more than 10% of the population of Bolzano!


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-RISE | Phase: MSCA-RISE-2016 | Award Amount: 954.00K | Year: 2017

Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution and technological evolution from embedded systems to cyber-physical systems (CPS) in production. The main objectives of Industry 4.0 can be summarized as the introduction of intelligent systems in production and logistics, the development of highly adaptable and modular manufacturing and logistics systems, the integration of sustainable and advanced manufacturing technologies as well as the promotion of automation technology and human-machine interaction. In the context of Industry 4.0 new ICT and web technologies act as booster or enabler of smart, autonomous and self-learning factories facing the challenges of even more individualized and customized product portfolio. A great challenge for the future lies in the transfer of Industry 4.0 expertise and technologies in small and medium sized enterprises (SME). SMEs represent the backbone of the economy and have an enormous importance in the development programs of the European Union for strengthening the competitiveness of European enterprises. Although the high potential of Industry 4.0 in SMEs, the main limit lies in a lack of concrete models for its implementation and application in small and medium enterprises. Thus, this research project titled Industry 4.0 for SMEs - Smart Manufacturing and Logistics for SMEs in an X-to-order and Mass Customization Environment aims to close and overcome this gap through the creation of an international and interdisciplinary research network. Identifying the needs and enablers for a smart and intelligent SME-Factory, creating adapted concepts and design solutions for production and logistics systems in SMEs and developing suitable organisation and business models will be the three main objectives of this research network. The applicability of the results is ensured through a close collaboration with a European small and medium sized enterprise (non-academic partner) from mass customization industry.

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