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European Research 2002

The European Research Area and the Framework Programme

Brussels, 11-12-13 November 2002

Participants' forum

Wednesday 13 November - morning

  1. Knowledge Management in a Scientific environment
  2. Benefits from ITER in the European Union
  3. Multiagent Systems as a Leading Edge Technology – From Promises and Current State towards a European R&D Agenda
  4. In vivo molecular imaging of gene expression and function
  5. Wise use of natural resources - a global initiative
  6. Gender equality in FP6 - How to increase the participation of female researchers
  7. Can we defeat antibiotic resistant microbes?
  8. Towards an integrated European Freight Mobility
  9. The Governance of Radioactive Waste Management : first Perspectives from the COWAM Network
  10. Prevention of degenerative diseases; clues from studies understanding oxidative stress
  11. Conscience clause for scientists and engineers
  12. Medical Messages in the Media: Are well educated journalists better off (while trying to reach the big audience) - or just another endangered species?
  13. Towards a European capacity for integrated sustainability assessments
  14. Hydrogen Energy for the Sustainable City
  15. Barriers and Barriers and opportunities: issues of the information society for people with print disabilities
  16. JET: a bridge to ITER
  17. Realistic modelling of complex biological and environmental processes on Grids
  18. Challenges for lifting European R&D expenditure from 1.9% to 3% of GDP
  19. Towards a more autonomous aircraft in the future air traffic management system
  20. Grid-enabled Collaborative Visualisation

 

Time: 9.00 - 10.00

Democritus Room

Title

Knowledge Management in a Scientific environment

Organised by

SCK CEN

Belgium

1

Paul Borgermans

SCK-CEN

BE

2

Marie-Laure Ruyssen

SCK-CEN

BE

3

Campbell Warden

EARMA/Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias

ES

Objective of the event

The current process of defining the ERA and widely the transition to the knowledge-based economy, highlight the importance of managing scientific knowledge. The purpose of this workshop is to increase awareness and understanding of the emerging concern about Knowledge Management for a scientific environment through the following topics:

Addressing how some of the well accepted models for the Valuation of Intangibles, or Intellectual Capital, and Management of Knowledge can be adapted to the special circumstances of HE/ROs (Higher Education & Research Organisations).

Addressing the issues and research for defining a practical knowledge management approach in order to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing between R&D communities.

Introducing the concept of a reference implementation of distributed knowledge portals according to the open source software principles and based on XML for information storage and transport.

The audience will be both general and specific/interdisciplinary (expertise on change management, organisational sociology, pedagogy & e-learning, Intellectual Property Rights, etc).

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Time: 9.00 - 11.00

Mendeleiev Room

Title

Benefits from ITER in the European Union

Organised by

EFDA

1

Dr. Lackner

EFDA

EUR

2

Dr. Andreani

EFDA

EUR

3

Dr. Barabaschi

ITER

EUR

4

Dr. Vallé

FRAMATOME

FR

5

Dr. Jacquinot

CEA

FR

6

Dr. Alejaldre

CIEMAT

ES

7

Prof. W. d'Haeseleer

University of Leuven

BE

Objective of the event

It is possible that the ITER machine will be located in the EU. The debate aims at highlighting the benefits for science and technology and also for the EU industries to have such a major fusion experiment in Europe. The round table will consist of representatives of the fusion programme, of industry and of the laboratories proposed as possible hosts for the machine.

The audience would consist of persons interested in large project and spin-offs deriving from fusion activities. ITER is now at a decision point and also persons outside the specific discipline will be likely interested in the topic.

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Time: 9.00 - 12.00

Bohr Room

Title

Multiagent Systems as a Leading Edge Technology – From Promises and Current State towards a European R&D Agenda

Organised by

TU Ilmenau

Germany

1

Stefan Kirn

TU Ilmenau

DE

2

Joerg Mueller

Siemens AG

DE

3

Michael Luck

University of Southampton

UK

Objective of the event

Since long, cooperating intelligent software agents (in short: agent technology) are assumed being a promising technology to adequately address the requirements of inherently distributed problems in the "real" world. Until now, however, there are no large multiagent systems demonstrators available that address problems really fitting the complexity and dynamics of large industrial applications in important European industries (e.g., chemistry, car manufacturing, aeronautics, genomics and biotechnology). This leads to two important open problems.

In this particular context it is the main purpose of the workshop:

  • to present preliminary results from this work to a European audience and, in close cooperation with the participants,

  • to draw conclusions for a European R&D agenda adressing how, and in which particular cases, agent technology can contribute to the competitiveness of enterprises.

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Time: 9.00 - 12.00

Prigogine Room

Title

In vivo molecular imaging of gene expression and function

Organised by

CEA

France

1

B. Tavitian

CEA

FR

2

G. Knudsen

U. Copenghagen

DK

3

A. Jacobs

Max Planck Inst

DE

4

S. Aime

U. Torino

IT

5

M. Janier

ANIMAGE

FR

6

C. Lowik

U. Leiden

NL

7

A. Van der Linden

U. Antwerp

BE

8

J. Bell

Imperial College

UK

Objective of the event

The key question addressed by this forum is : how to establish the EU as the international leader in the field of molecular imaging ? To this goal, the workshop will present and discuss the extraordinary opportunities due to recent advances in molecular imaging modalities :

for studying gene expression and function non-invasively ;

for validation in the context of living organisms of targets and drugs designed by genome data mining and in vitro gene expression analysis ;

for the acquisition of fundamental knowledge about the patterns of gene expression in normal tissues ;

for the definition of the changes in specific gene expression in major diseases ;

for the design and development of drugs targeting gene expression.

Targeted audience include molecular imaging laboratories (MILs) dedicated to in vivo molecular imaging, established drug companies, research groups, departments of Clinical Medicine private companies, notably biotech companies, etc.

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Time: 9.00 - 11.00

Virtanen Room

Title

Wise use of natural resources - a global initiative

Organised by

Wageningen University

The Netherlands

1

Henk Wösten

Wageningen University and Research Centre - Alterra

NL

2

Johan Bouma

Wageningen University and Research Centre - Alterra

NL

3

Jack Rieley

Centre for International Co-operation in Management of Tropical Peatlands

ID

4

Monty Jones

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

GH

5

Vo Tong Xuan

Angiang University

VN

Objective of the event

Sustainable management of natural resources is a central objective of the European Community. In this context, global change and ecosystems are priority research themes for the 6th Framework Programme.

Initiative NETWISE combines complementary skills and expertise on water, biodiversity and land management issues of respected research networks world-wide, as will be illustrated by three selected cases: Peatlands (SE Asia); Water scarcity (W Africa); Land use conflicts (Vietnam). As such it is in a key positon to make a significant contribution to mitigating or reversing current adverse trends in global natural resource quality.

While solutions to reverse negative effects of unwise resource use need to be location-specific, supportive strategic planning and policy formulation clearly require analysis and co-operation at higher aggregation levels. This requires effective co-ordinated action among qualified knowledge centres in the South and in Europe. The various research challenges will be outlined.

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Time: 9.00 - 12.00

Szent-Gyoryi Room

Title

Gender equality in FP6 - How to increase the participation of female researchers

Organised by

EU-Bureau of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research

Germany

1

R. Gerold

European Commission, DG Research

EUR

2

N. Dewandre

European Commission, DG Research

EUR

3

I. Nippert

Institut for Human Genetics, Universityclinic Münster

DE

4

B.J. Blazic

Laboratory for Open Systems and Networks, Jozef Stefan Institute

SI

5

S. Buckingham

Brunel University, Dep. of Geography

UK

6

B. Mühlenbruch

Competence Centre Women in Science, Bonn

DE

7

M. Linková

Competence Centre Women in Science, Prague

CZ

8

N. Sartori

EU-Bureau of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research

DE

9

A. Umek

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

SI

10

B. Lohwasser

Bureau for International Research and Technology Cooperation

AT

11

I. Sciriha

University of Malta, Dep. of Mathematics

Mt

12

L. Van Damme

Swedish EU-R&D Council

SE

Objective of the event

Gender equality and the stronger participation of female researchers is one of the objectives of FP6. The workshop will present the initiatives the European Commission has developed to achieve this goal.

These Commission's initiatives are supported by several Member States, which have launched different activities to promote the participation of women scientists in the framework programmes.

To increase impact, however, these fragmented national endeavours to heighten female participation in the framework programmes should be combined to joined efforts.

The workshop should also bring together experiences and best practices, and where female scientists from throughout Europe could meet to discuss their role in European research.

Topics to be addressed will be the following:

Integration of the gender dimension in FP 6

Exchange of experiences and best practices

National activities to increase female participation in FP 6

Situation of women scientists in the Associated States.

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Time: 9.00 - 11.00

Pauli Room

Title

Can we defeat antibiotic resistant microbes?

Organised by

Centro Nacional de Biotecnología

 

Spain

1

Miguel Vicente

Centro Nacional de Biotecnología. CSIC

ES

2

Dominique Lebeller

Aventis Pharma

FR

3

Trinad Chakraborty

Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie

DE

4

Dan Andersson

Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control

SE

5

Dominique Fourmy

Laboratoire de RMN a Haut Champ ICSN CNRS

FR

Objective of the event

Societies face the problem of the increasing spread of antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria. Paradoxically, this is a consequence of the tremendous success that antibiotic therapy attained during the last half of the 20th century. The development of these powerful drugs liberated humans from the scourges of deadly infectious diseases, while the use of antibiotics in activities not directly related to human health and the abuse and misuse of their therapeutic properties have increased the pool of resistant microbes worldwide. The efficacy of antibiotic therapies created a sense of confidence in their curative power that was enhanced by the tremendous success of pharmaceutical companies in discovering additional new antimicrobial drugs. However, the situation is rapidly changing due to the increasing number of antibiotics to which microbes are becoming resistant, the rate of spread of antibiotic resistance and declining efforts to find new therapeutic agents.

Proposed audience: General, with basic knowledge of microbiology.

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Time: 9.00 - 11.00

Ramon y Cajal Room

Title

Towards an integrated European Freight Mobility

Organised by

Consorzio Train

Italy

1

Klaus Ebeling

   

2

Peter Wolters

   

3

Pierluigi Ficara

   

4

Olivier Onidi

European Commission

EUR

5

Antonio Vacas de Carvalho

   

6

Christos Tokamanis

European Commission

EUR

7

Giovanni Satta

   

Objective of the event

The workshop is aimed to present major research areas serving EU sustainable transport policy with a view to foster the enlargement process and to support EU cooperation program in the Mediterranean, thus improving both West-East and North-South relationships.

It will be dedicated to the three pivotal topics, unanimously identified at the EU level, where there is a need to concentrate R&D and demonstration actions in order to build in the next decade an effective dynamically integrated European logistics area:

Sustainable and competitive transports through intermodal shift developments

Safety and reliability of European transport area based on Knowledge Society Technologies

Strategic role of advanced ICT driven logistics for the EU single market.

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Time: 9.00 - 11.00

Moniz Room

Title

The Governance of Radioactive Waste Management : first Perspectives from the COWAM Network

Organised by

Mutadis

France

1

Mr Ahagen

Oskarshamn Community

SE

2

Mrs Engström

SKB

SE

3

Mr Flüeler

ETH-Zurich

CH

4

Mr Gadbois

Mutadis

FR

5

Mr Heriard Dubreuil

Mutadis

FR

6

Mr Hollmstrand

The Waste Network

SE

7

Mr Kruse

Protestant Church of Lüchow-Dannenberg

DE

8

Mr Eggermont

SCK.CEN

BE

9

Mrs Sené

GSIEN

FR

Objective of the event

COWAM is a European concerted action (2000-2003; DG RTD) aiming at recommendations to improve the decision-making process related to radioactive waste management facility siting and operation at the local and regional levels, taking into account the specificity of national contexts of EU member states. COWAM addresses this problem at first from the viewpoint of the local and regional communities currently or potentially concerned by this issue. COWAM Network gathers representatives of local communities, NGOs, national authorities, implementers and experts. After a presentation of first results, several members will give their views on the opportunities and relevance to make progress within an Integrated Project involving the various actors concerned (including a major contribution from local communities and NGOs), and the possible outcomes of such a Project. A discussion with the audience will then be open to initiate a dialogue with various actors interested in this Project proposal.

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Time: 9.00 - 12.00

Van Der Waals Room

Title

Prevention of degenerative diseases; clues from studies understanding oxidative stress

Organised by

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Germany

 

Chair: Dr. H. Bartsch

1

C.P. Wild

Molecular Epidemiology Unit,University of Leeds, Leeds.

UK

2

F. J. van Schooten

University of Maastricht

NL

3

G. Fürstenberger

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg

DE

4

J. Nair

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg

DE

5

A. Barbin

International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon

FR

6

H. Ohshima

International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon

FR

7

M. Saperbaev

Institute Gustave Rossy, CNRS, Villejuif

FR

8

E.Dogliotti

Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome

IT

9

A. Collins

Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen

UK

Objective of the event

Oxidative processes are involved in ageing as well as in the pathogenesis of different degenerative diseases. Oxidative stress enhances lipid peroxidation (LPO) , implicated in promotion and progression stages of carcinogenesis and development of atherosclerosis, in particular under conditions of chronic inflammation and infections. Besides impaired quality of life and the loss of human resources, the cost for medical care for combating the above degenerative diseases within Europe in future will become enormous as it is estimated that more than 2,000,000 new cases of degenerative diseases diseases will be detected each year. Understanding the common genetic disturbances that occur in pathways of disease progression will facilitate mechanism based common preventive strategies for lowering degenerative disease prevalence within European countries and world wide.

Targeted audience are mainly scientists, involved in the basic and translational research and medical practioners working in the area of biomedical research, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

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Time: 10.00 - 12.00

Democritus Room

Title

Conscience clause for scientists and engineers

Organised by

Association for the Promotion of Scientific Accountable Behaviour (APSAB)

Switzerland

1

Henri-Philippe Sambuc

Fondation Science et Conscience

CH

2

Mike Waghorne

Public Service International (PSI)

UK

3

Gérard Toulouse

Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

FR

4

Christophe Schneider

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

DE

Objective of the event

Many scientific funding agencies have already nominated an ombudsman who can collect information about scientific misconduct : that is to say, fraud and violation of the intellectual property right (professional codes). The conscience clause widens this field of application. It is a project for an international convention that seeks to make respect the intellectual honesty of salaried scientists and engineers by entitling them to disclose serious wrongdoing when such acts are committed deliberately and repeatedly in breach of the greater good : public health, the precautionary principle, the environment, professional codes and ethical codes regarding scientific research and technological production.

Is it pertinent to widen the scope of application of this kind of disclosure?

Is it necessary to involve non governmental organisation at large in this process, and not only scientific agencies?

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Time: 12.00 - 14.00

Democritus Room

Title

Medical Messages in the Media: Are well educated journalists better off (while trying to reach the big audience) - or just another endangered species?

Organised by

Karolinska Institutet

Sweden

1

Kamran Abbasi

British Medical Journal

UK

2

Carl J Sundberg

Karolinska Institutet

SE

3

Franklin D Apfel

WHO

DK

4

Anna Larsson

Swedish Public Radio

SE

5

Mårten Rosenqvist

Souther Hospital, Stockholm

SE

6

Ulf Wallin

Gothenburg University

SE

Objective of the event

This round table discussion will highlight problems and solutions in the struggle to bring relevant and useable health facts to as many people as possible.

Medical journalists meet many barriers in their daily work trying to critically assess and explain scientific medical messages to the public. Recent studies show that lack of knowledge, access to reliable experts and conflict of interest in medical science are among them.

The event is directed to representatives of the medical, scientific and media professions, health policy makers, a wide range of health communicators from governmental and non-governmental organisations and everyone with an interest in how health, medicine and science issues are communicated to the public and what kind of impact health messages have on society. It is an interdisciplinary meeting, open to different professionals as well as lay people.

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Time: 11.00 - 13.30

Mendeleiev Room

Title

Towards a European capacity for integrated sustainability assessments

Organised by

University of East Anglia

United Kingdom

1

John Schellnhuber

Potsdam Institute and Tyndall Centre

DE

2

Guy Brasseur

Max Planck Institute

DE

3

Mike Hulme

Tyndall Centre and European Climate Forum

UK

4

Pier Vellinga

Free Univ. Amsterdam

NL

Objective of the event

This seminar will address the range of research priorities identified for the thematic priority areas of FP6 that address sustainable development, such as: Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems, and Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-Based Society. It will:

review the challenge to European policy objectives and scientific capacity posed by the imperative of sustainable development;

propose new networks of excellence under FP6 to provide Europe with a world-leading capacity in the areas of earth system modeling (ENES) and integrated sustainability assessment (enVISAge);

report on the on-going FP5 EFIEA-2 concerted action on integrated environmental assessments;

through a panel-led discussion on these themes, address ways forward in the specific context of the likely detailed structure and content of FP6.

The event is intended for an inter-disciplinary audience, relevant to the theme of global change and sustainable development.

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Time: 12.00 - 14.00

Bohr Room

Title

Hydrogen Energy for the Sustainable City

Organised by

Zincar srl

Italy

1

Raffaele Vellone

ENEA

IT

2

Maurizio Bernardo

Regione Lombardia

IT

3

N.N.

European Commission-DG TREN

EUR

4

Francesco Baldanzi

Zincar srl

IT

5

Dan Rastler

EPRI

USA

6

Christoph Huss

BMW

DE

7

Lars Malmrup

Turbec

SE

8

Karlis Mikelson

Latvenergo

LV

9

Kare Kloi

Statoil

NO

Objective of the event

The workshop is aimed to present the use of energy generated by hydrogen, a major research topic serving EU urban sustainable energy and transport policies. It is acknowledged how densely populated areas suffer from air pollution and traffic congestion requiring effective, high efficiency, novel technologies based on a carbon free fuel, as hydrogen, for urban transport, heat and electricity production.

The event will be dedicated to three strategic areas where are concentrated most of the R&D and demonstration actions preparing within the next decade the shift to hydrogen:

low emission and ustainable Hydrogen fueled urban transport vehicles;

clean, combined heat and electricity generation plants;

harmonization of safety requirements and regulations to implement Hydrogen based urban districs.

The workshop is intended to address policy makers and public administration officers; scientists and experts of combustion technologies, energy generation, automotive propulsion, environmental technologies, as well as those operating in the area of material science; etc.

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Time: 12.00 - 14.00

Prigogine Room

Title

Barriers and Barriers and opportunities: issues of the information society for people with print disabilities

Organised by

City University

United Kingdom

1

Helen Petrie

City University

UK

2

Joaquin Trapero

Soluziona Telecomunicaciones

ES

3

George Ioannidis

Bremen University

DE

4

Kevin Carey

HumanITy

UK

5

Martyn Cooper

Open University

UK

6

Rodolfo Cattani

European Blind Union

BE

7

Klaus Miesenberger

Linz University

AT

Objective of the event

There are at least 15 million people with print disabilities in the European Union. This includes people with visual and hearing impairments, cognitive impairments, dyslexia, aphasia lack of education, and those for whom a European language was not their native language. The developing information society with its extensive use of ICTs in education, work and leisure can provide many technological solutions to the problems of those with print disabilities. However, it can also pose new barriers to information access, if ICT-based products and services are not designed to be accessible.

Results from a number of European funded projects which are exploring different technological solutions for different print disabled groups will be considered, as well as the view from the user organizations.

The audience include researchers and workers in industry and policy makers with an interest in disability and social exclusion and marginalized groups should find this event interesting.

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Time: 11.00 - 13.00

Virtanen Room

Title

JET: a bridge to ITER

Organised by

EFDA

1

J. Pamela

EFDA-JET

EUR

2

H. Bruhns

European Commission

EUR

3

M. Romanelli

ENEA

IT

4

H. Zohm

IPP

DE

Objective of the event

JET: a bridge to ITER

As europe and its international partners embark on the final step to the realisation of fusion electricity production through ITER, it is essential that jet is retained to provide the skills and expertise required for this to be achieved. JET is the only tokamak close to the size of ITER and uniquely capable of using tritium the fuel planned for ITER.

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Time: 12.00 - 14.00

Szent-Gyoryi Room

Title

Realistic modelling of complex biological and environmental processes on Grids

Organised by

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

1

Jari Jarvinen

Centre for Scientific Computation (CSC)

FI

2

Victor Alessandrini

IDRIS/CNRS

Fr

3

Dave Snelling

Fujitsu European Laboratories

UK

4

Peter Coveney

Queen Mary College, University of London

UK

5

Carole Goble

University of Manchester

UK

6

Piotr Balr

Institute for Computational Mathematics (ICM)

PL

7

US guest speaker (tbc)

ANL

US

Objective of the event

The event is intended to discuss tools and methodologies for providing infrastructure for linking data from experiments (e.g. "wet" biology) with information via computation and data-processing on a European Grid (e.g. "in silico" biology). This involves the composition of complex workflows and use of metadata to store and retrieve information and to provide interoperability between different information sources. It is based on experience in the 5th framework Grid projects and nationally based projects in bioinformatics and complex computation, for example the myGrid and RealityGrid projects in the UK eScience programme, the EuroGrid and GRIP projects of the 5th Framework proposal and features input from the US BioGrid efforts.

This is an interdisciplinary workshop, of interest to computer scientists involved in constructing Grid architectures and middleware with computational scientists involved in modelling complex systems. We consider that biological and environmental science applications are particularly suited to the approach we are discussing.

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Time: 11.00 - 14.00

Pauli Room

Title

Challenges for lifting European R&D expenditure from 1.9% to 3% of GDP

Organised by

UNICE

Belgium

1

Philippe Busquin

Commissioner for research

EUR

2

Georges Jacobs

President of UNICE

BE

3

Fred von Dewall

ING Bank

NL

4

Yannis Tzavaras

Intracom

GR

Objective of the event

The aim of this panel discussion should be to discuss on a high level how to increase R&D spending in Europe from currently 1.9% to 3% GDP by 2010, in line with the conclusions of the European Barcelona Council. It should examine how to improve framework conditions for R&D and innovation on the basis of the policy areas identified in the Communication of the Commission " More research for Europe- towards 3 % of GDP" (COM 499 dated 11 September 2002). The panel discussion should in particular look at the "3% target" against the background of the economic trends since the Barcelona Summit.

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Time: 11.00 - 13.00

Ramon y Cajal Room

Title

Towards a more autonomous aircraft in the future air traffic management system

Organised by

Eurocontrol Experimental Centre

1

Eric Hoffman

EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre

EUR

2

Francis Casaux

Centre de Etudes de la Navivation Aerien

FR

3

Tony Henley

BAE Systems

UK

4

Giancarlo Ferrara

ENAV SpA

IT

5

Niclas Gustavson

LFV

SE

Objective of the event

Airbourne Separation Assurance is a research area where Europe is taking a leading role toward global improvements to the air traffic management system and technical interoperability. Very promising initial results are becoming available and the workshop is dedicated to this theme. Speakers and other participants from many of the major European Projects will be assembled to expose the current state of research in this area, to present initial results and to highlight concerns and issues requiring focus for the future.

The targeted audience comprise researchers, and policy and planners, from the technology, ATM, airframe, avionics and airline communities.

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Time: 11.00 - 13.00

Moniz Room

Title

Grid-enabled Collaborative Visualisation

Organised by

Cardiff University

United Kingdom

1

Nick Avis

Cardiff University

UK

2

John Brooke

Manchester University

UK

3

Ulrich Lang

HLRS

DE

4

Ken Brodlie

Leeds University

UK

5

Michael Gronager

UNI-C

DK

6

Michael Schroeder

City University

UK

7

Peter Sloot

University of Amsterdam

NL

8

Gabrielle Allen

ZIB

DE

9

Giovanni Aloisio

University of Leece

IT

10

Blair Parkin

Acuity

UK

Objective of the event

The objective of this event is to investigate and explore issues arising in using Grid-enabled infrastructure (such as academic and public networks) to support collaborative visualisation.

The event is based on an increasing need to bring together scientific and business communities from across Europe, and utilise visualisation as a means to support active problem solving and knowledge discovery. Researchers and practitioners from the fields of scientific visualisation (such as in medicine, bioinformatics etc), engineering (such as in automotive, aerospace, civil engineering etc), and commerce (such as fraud detection, demographic studies etc) are invited to participate.

Audience comprise the application community, and infrastructure developers (such as computer scientists and industry) to identify how these needs may be addressed. Especially encouraged are SMEs and new enterprises interested in exploiting emerging Grid infrastructure and visualisation techniques being developed through Framework 5 and regional funding programmes.

 

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