ICCS is a research organisation associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The SECE is a well-reputed school with more than 1000 active students and 200 PhD students. ICCS has been established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry out R&D activity in the fields of all diverse aspects of telecommunication systems, biomedical engineering, and distributed systems, control systems, computer systems and their applications, software and hardware engineering. The active research personnel of ICCS presently consists of 60 SECE/NTUA staff members, 15 additional research scientists & more than 500 research associates. There are about 40 laboratories and research units presently active in ICCS. In HOLA CLOUD, ICCS participates with the Telecommunications Laboratory which has been running for over 20 years, and, more specifically, the Distributed, Knowledge and Media Systems Group (DKMS, www.grid.ece.ntua.gr).
The research activities of the group mainly include: (i) Advanced Distributed Computing, dealing with topics such as SOI, Data Aggregation, Policy-driven systems, QoS in Service Provisioning Systems, SLA Lifecycle Management (IRMOS (FP7), Vision (FP7), Optimis (FP7), 4Caast (FP7), BEinGRID (FP6), NextGRID (FP6), Akogrimo (FP6), etc), and (ii) Knowledge, Media & Digital Art, including social media analytics, knowledge representation in various domains (with particular focus on health) and semantic inference (OpenScienceLink (CIP-PSP), PONTE (FP7), RADICAL (CIP-PSP), Consensus (FP7), ANSWER (FP7), SocIoS (FP7), +Spaces (FP7), FIDIS (FP6), etc)
Role in the project
The DKMS group is one of the key technical partners of the OpenScienceLink project, services of which (namely trends analysis, research collaborations suggestions and data journals development) will be adapted and integrated by the group into the HOLA CLOUD platform. Moreover, DKMS has experience in supporting EU projects and initiatives since it has successfully coordinated the CHALLENGES EU support action that brought together stakeholders in order to identify future research topics in the domain of distributed systems, as well as it has actively participated the HOLA! project through the building of the HOLA! portal and numerous exhibitions.
Besides the HOLA CLOUD platform contributions, DKMS will also contribute towards the organisation of the envisioned workshops and meetings, and the development of the proceedings of these events. Several group members have organized and chaired such meetings, while also developed and edited the corresponding proceedings.