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John Magan
22/05/2015 - 10:28

Science to the people!

Recently I attended the 2nd Barcelona Citizen Science Day organised as part of the city's Science Festival. The programme was full and varied and in itself a great example of the wonderful world of do-it-yourself, hands-on, accessible, practical science. A huge variety of projects (see below) was delivered with enthusiasm, passion, and energy!

The day was rounded off with a presentation by Public Lab who showed how a bit of technical ingenuity like cheap cameras on kites and balloons can be used to keep governments and large businesses more honest and accountable – for example, data they collected is being used in court cases against

Luigi Palopoli
21/05/2015 - 10:15

DALI: A new vision on robot assistance for active ageing

This is a guest blog post written by the DALi Project Coordinator, Luigi Palopoli

The challenges of an increased life expectancy

The population in advanced countries is ageing. This simple and widely recognised fact has a profound impact on our societies, on our health-care and on our economy.

One of the most obvious consequences of ageing is the number of people reporting some kind of activity limitations.  According to a recent survey, the fraction of EU population affected by physical or mental disability reaches 70% for females aged 78+ and for males aged 80+. The costs of activity limitations are immense on a person's productivity, on the quality of the nutrition, of social relations and ultimately of one's life. In this context, the Holy Grail of geriatric medicine is no longer the extension of the population's life

Javier Gutiérrez
19/05/2015 - 13:02

Looking INSIDDE artworks: cutting-edge exploration based on graphene and terahertz waves applied to cultural heritage

This is a guest blog post written by the Project Coordinator, Javier Gutiérrez Meana

I think one of the words that better defines INSIDDE (Integration of technological solutions for imaging, detection and digitisation of hidden elements in artworks) is challenging. For those who have not heard about it, the project brings together cutting-edge technologies to discover and analyse new features of both 2D and 3D artworks. And it does this in a non-invasive way, without even touching the surface of the object. To this end, the scanner basically consists of a transmitter and a receiver that are moved in two dimensions for measurment acquistion. For 3D objects, this is complemented by a turntable that allows us to rotate the piece.

Although not finished yet, it is fair to say that the first steps of the

Thierry Van Der Pyl
19/05/2015 - 11:37

The Human Brain Project Flagship call for systems and cognitive neuroscience is now open

I welcome the Human Brain Project (HBP) call for new partners from the systems and cognitive neuroscience community; its integration in the next phase is crucial for the progress of the project and essential for finalising the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) and unlocking the H2020 funding of the Flagship.

HBP has reserved a budget of 8 million Euros for these new partners for the next 2 years. Their task will be to undertake research in systems and cognitive neuroscience which cuts across and links the existing HBP subprojects, thus bridging the gap between theoretical modelling and the design of HBP's technological platforms. The scope of the call is in line with the recommendations in the mediation report.

Information days are organised in several Member States to present the scope of the call

Georges Lobo
12/05/2015 - 11:18

FORGE: Boost Your E-Skills with Free Online Experiments

I have always been inspired by the power of experimentation. For me this is the best method to understand the world around us. That is why I am particularly glad to introduce you to the FORGE project, a Future Internet research project which enriches online learning with experimentation possibilities.

FORGE makes e-learning more engaging by allowing online learners to design and run their own experiments on a world-class experimental infrastructure. They learn how network technologies work, by simply using them.

The FORGE team, gathering European education and research organisations, developed a toolbox to create interactive e-learning resources featuring network experiments run on Future Internet Research and

Oana Radu
11/05/2015 - 16:20

Smart Anything Everywhere: First calls for experimentation are open!

There are 26 million euros available through open calls. Two open calls are now available, check them out on the websites of CPSE Labs and EuroCPS.

Basically any object around us can become 'smart'. An excavator which could detect obstacles, a water supply network measuring water quality within minutes, a wireless microphone allowing soccer referees to communicate easily in a crowded and noisy stadium are some examples of "smart" products able to take decisions automatically thanks to microchips hidden inside.

Through the 'Smart Anything Everywhere' (

Elena Alampi-da...
29/04/2015 - 09:21

eIDAS: convenience and usability for electronic trust services

Last Thursday 23 April VP Ansip hosted the award ceremony of the e-Mark U Trust Competition, which was launched last year. The aim was to find the logo for the EU trust mark for qualified trust services in line with the eIDAS Regulation. An open competition which was addressed to young students, a selection which was open to public voting and that has been welcomed enthusiastically from many young talents.

And three young talents saw their efforts rewarded on Thursday when VP Ansip awarded Henrik Metstak – from Estonia, Riikka Uhmavaara – from Finland, and Igor Štumberger

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Anni Hellman
23/04/2015 - 07:48

Why does Europe need quotas for more women in ICT?

My mother was one of the few women to become civil engineers after the war years in Finland. She worked in the industry as head of a large laboratory. She wasn't, as a woman, allowed to use the management facilities such as the management restaurant or cafeteria - she was the only woman in the management team. At some stage she gave up working in industry and made her career as a teacher and later head of department in the university of applied sciences.

She gave me two pieces of advice that, she said, would help me cope in my working life.

One: if you have a great idea that would be worth pursuing, don't propose it. Talk about it to your boss, let him figure it out. Make him believe that it is his idea. He will get the glory but you get your idea through - and you will always know it was your idea.

Two: Life isn't fair. Working life is not fair. Don

Willy Van Puymbroeck
21/04/2015 - 10:59

Motivated, bright PhD students attend the 11th International Nanotechnology conference on Communication and Cooperation

Each year, the annual International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation (INC11) brings together senior researchers, industry leaders and policy makers from the US, Japan and the EU for in-depth discussions on the future of international collaboration in nanotechnologies, including nanoelectronics. This year's conference, the 11th consecutive INC, will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, on May 11-13, 2015. INC 11 will focus on smart mobility, robotics and nanomaterial informatics. Furthermore, it will provide the participants with the opportunity to attend the Japan Nano Day to gain a better understanding of the Japanese national-research-programs.

Following on from the successful launch last year, we replicated the initiative of financially supporting PhD students to attend INC. For 2015 we have selected the 6 most motivated

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Joan Cabestany
10/04/2015 - 12:38

REMPARK: a "Holter monitor" for Parkinson's disease

Imagine that it is possible to make a continuous follow-up process of the evolution of the symptoms associated to Parkinson’s disease. And even more, imagine that this process can be done in ambulatory conditions, while patients are doing their normal activities. The REMPARK project is making this real, proposing a new medical device; I like to define it the Holter for Parkinson disease, you will understand why.

 

The REMPARK project will finish at the end of April 2015, after a piloting phase involving 45 patients, who tested the system. They wore a waist sensor which detects, stores and sends to a server, the main symptoms associated to the disease, such as Dyskinesia (involuntary muscle movements), Bradykinesia (slow movements), Freezing of Gait (FoG -temporary and involuntary inability

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