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Francesco Adolf...
07/10/2015 - 17:29

Beyond traditional keyword approaches: text sentiment analysis

This is a guest blog post written by Francesco Danza, manager Expert System S.p.A

Sentiment analysis combines different techniques from natural language processing, computational linguistics, text analytics and semantic analysis. The main concept of the EU-funded project EuroSentiment was to provide a shared language resource pool for fostering sentiment analysis.

To this end, the project collected detailed requirements from language resource providers and users, with the aim of satisfying their needs in terms of multilingual, quality and domain coverage. Expert System took part in the project in order to improve and extend the use of our patented semantic technology Cogito®. Cogito is software that relies on a deep semantic analysis and a rich semantic network,

Peter Hanečák
07/10/2015 - 14:27

Supporting Open Data exploitation

This is a guest blogpost written by Peter Hanečák, Senior Researcher at EEA

Costs of OD publishing and consumption are still high and in many cases the process of OD publishing is not so easy (not automated or integrated to other processes related to data management). Partners within the EU-funded COMSODE project worked to develop the "Open Data Node" (ODN) platform. It is an open source software platform that provides the user with tools and functions for effective long-term publishing of open data in automated, repeatable and easy-to-use fashion. It supports the entire process of OD publication, management and exchange. The platform also integrates the powerful data transformation tool UnifiedViews, a visualisation tool, a proprietary "Search by

Peter Mildenberger
06/10/2015 - 12:30

eHealth interoperability: The scene is now clearly shaped

Many countries in Europe are developing eHealth strategies in order to offer their citizens a better quality of care within a financially sustainable healthcare system. The population is ageing and has specific needs, whilst mobility is increasing in Europe.

These challenges are addressed with the development of new technologies that support the necessary and required connection of healthcare ICT used in healthcare organisations and at regional, national and cross-border levels.

In this respect, a common European Interoperability Framework was defined and published by the European Commission in 2012. It describes an initial set of use cases and a selection of 27 Profiles and Standards.

After an evaluation process and consultation of the European multi-stakeholder

Josep Lluis Lar...
06/10/2015 - 10:59

New technologies for the analysis of large data sets

This is a guest blog post written by Josep Lluís Larriba-Pey, Director of DAMA-UPC and CEO of Sparsity

We, at Sparsity Technologies, a spin-out company of the Data Management research group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, have been working on new scalable methods to find relationships between massive sets of social graph data items. Our work led to us being a partner in the EU-funded Linked Data Benchmark Council project (LDBC) that aimed to create the first comprehensive suite of open, fair and vendor-neutral benchmarks for graph databases (to obtain fair metrics on the performance of the graph databases provided by any vendor). Another objective of the project was to establish an independent

Arian Zwegers
02/10/2015 - 15:55

Digital innovation hubs at ICT 2015

By Arian Zwegers, programme officer, and Anne-Marie Sassen, deputy Head of Unit.

The days of the brilliant inventor who experimented in his backyard and brought us products that changed our lives are memories of the past. We now see that new innovative products and services are brought to us by companies that are working closely with other companies, academia, research institutes, and investors. Just think about the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, where a whole range of organisations revolve around ASML and Philips. Other examples are the London startup ecosystem with

Koen Bertels
01/10/2015 - 18:18

Why do we need multidisciplinary research in ICT?

This is a guest blog post written by Koen Bertels, head of the Computer Egineering Laboratory, Delft University of Technology

How does a new research idea come to life?

Sometimes, the starting idea may seem trivial and overly simple. However, when we explore it further and discover its complexity, we realise that we require a multi-disciplinary approach in order to fully unravel its potential. In other cases, it is immediately apparent that the complexity to find a solution transcends the boundaries of individual scientific disciplines.

While working with my research team to build the next generation of high performance computing systems, we turned to multidisciplinary research in 3 different cases:

  1. For the development of a high performance platform for Next Genome Sequencing: here , the multi-disciplinary approach was evident as it was a

Paul Timmers
01/10/2015 - 15:52

A Europe that Cares – International Day of Older Persons

Beyond the fact that we're all getting a year older (since last time I wrote about the UN International Day of Older Persons) and gained 3 months of extra life expectancy, let us not forget that this day is an opportunity to reflect on how we – as a society – are looking at our older population.

Europe has experienced extraordinary change in recent years and months. The multitude and complexity of the societal challenges we face today is vast. The recovery from the financial crisis that affected the lives of many millions of Europeans, the migrant influx that result from conflicts and climate change in neighbouring regions, global security and sustainable development… all of them have taken over the "headlines" and in some way redefined the way we think about our economy

Alessandro Cattelan
30/09/2015 - 10:45

A market place for translation services

This is a guest blog post written by Alessandro Cattelan, Vice President of operations at TRANSLATED

TRANSLATED is an Italian translation company founded in 1999, providing online translation services to SMEs and to large corporations, serving over 60,000 customers. Besides providing translation services, we are also developing technologies to better serve its customers and to help its translators work faster and with a higher quality.

During the EU-funded MateCat project, we developed the MateCat translation software as an open source translation software. This software provides the functionalities of standard

Cecilia Laschi
29/09/2015 - 14:28

An octopus inspires scientists to create a soft material robot

This is a guest blog post written by Cecilia Laschi, OCTOPUS and RoboSoft projects coordinator

The OCTOPUS large project  set a completely new research direction in robotics by building robots with soft materials. Biologists, roboticists, computer scientists and material scientists dived deep into the study of this fascinating marine creature and the key working principles of its dexterity and intelligence. A span of technologies were then investigated and applied in a new way, to build robot parts and actuators, sensors and controls. Towards the end of the project (2013), an eight-arm soft robot was let free in the water of our experimental tanks, to be observed and measured.

OCTOPUS was funded by the Future and Emerging

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