The coordinators of two FP7 projects in the domain of cloud computing have been awarded "Etoiles de l'Europe" in France.

Etoiles de l'Europe and project logos

Project coordinators Levent Gürgen and Pietro Michiardi have been each awarded with one of the 12 “Etoiles de l’Europe” by the French Ministry of Education and Research for their activities in successful European projects, in particular for the coordination of the ClouT and BIGFOOT projects.

Since 2013, the French Ministry of Education and Research has officially recognised the commitment and role of French research teams as highly successful coordinators of EU funded projects with this esteemed award.

The jury is composed of directors from prestigious institutions in France. The award was handed over by Thierry Mandon, the French Secretary of State for Higher Research and Education, on 5th December 2016.

CLOUT, a joint European-Japanese ICT project, created an innovative smartcity platform based on the integration of Cloud and IoT technologies. The project aimed at offering citizens an array of tools to enable efficient communication and collaboration around daily challenges, such as energy management, traffic and mobility management, emergency assistance, leisure and many more. Field trials have been successfully deployed in Mitaka, Fujisawa, Santander and Geneva. Although the CLOUT project ended in June 2016, the current H2020 EU-Japan funded project BIGCLOUT is continuing its work. BIGCLOUT will be based on the CLOUT platform which will be expanded by addressing big data challenges.

BIGFOOT dealt with challenges related to the amount of digital information our world is confronted with. These data need to be captured, stored, and analysed  using cloud technologies. Nowadays, tools and services to store, process and interact with data are still in their infancy, represented by scattered solutions that do not have a unified vision, they lack common interfaces, and only offer best-effort services. The aim of BigFoot was to overcome current drawbacks by designing, implementing, evaluating and delivering an Analytics-as-a-Service solution which is an important asset for big data processing demands.

The BIGFOOT team was able to offer solutions that were contributing to the Free / Open Source Software community by releasing patches and updates to existing projects, or develop new projects. The project was driven by the use cases of its industrial partners e.g. it addressed, among other, issues encountered within security intelligence and Internet threat analysis.

BIGFOOT has been designed for private clouds, running the Apache OpenStack orchestration framework. Users can download, install, configure and run BigFoot Analytics as a Service on their private cloud here .