Software Services in Romania – Academia and Industry Traian Rebedea [email_address]   “ Politehnica” University of Buchare...
Overview – Romanian ICT Academia <ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ University”: Informatics, Math departments <...
Academia Participation to FP7-ICT <ul><li>Most of the universities have participated in a FP7-ICT proposal </li></ul><ul><...
Top Successful Projects Call 1 Call 2 Call 3 Call 4 Call 5 Total Politehnica University of Bucharest 3 1 4 4 12 Technical ...
Top Successful Projects Research Institutes Call 1 Call 2 Call 3 Call 4 Call 5 Total National Research and Development Ins...
Remarks on Academia Participation <ul><li>Universities have a good participation in FP7-ICT projects </li></ul><ul><li>Res...
Strong & Weak Points <ul><li>Strong Points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good senior researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previo...
Future Developments <ul><li>The national research budget has drastically decreased in the last two years (2009&2010) </li>...
Overview – Romanian ICT Industry <ul><li>ICT - one of the most dynamic branches of the Romanian industry </li></ul><ul><li...
Romanian ICT Industry <ul><li>The communication operators </li></ul><ul><li>Several other important companies from Europe ...
Top Successful Projects <ul><li>Few companies have more than 1 successful project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Honeywell - 2 </l...
Strong & Weak Points <ul><li>Strong Points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important ICT actors are present in Romania </li></ul></u...
Conclusions <ul><li>There are several Romanian universities and companies involved in FP7 ICT projects </li></ul><ul><li>T...
CS Department @ PUB
Why? <ul><li>Politehnica University of Bucharest is the number 1 participant in FP7 ICT projects from Romania (no. 14 in E...
Experience & Vision 1973 2010 1965
1975 1972 2009
Research Labs <ul><li>Distributed Systems and Grid technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modelling, simulation, monitoring an...
Research Labs <ul><li>E-learning and Human-Computer Interaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative and personalized e-lea...
Research Labs <ul><li>e-Business (e-Business Academy) & e-Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research, development and learn...
Research Labs <ul><li>Computer-Aided Collaborative Knowledge Construction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative software to ...
Research Teams  <ul><li>Mostly formed by 1 senior researcher, several young researchers (PhD or PhD Students) and very goo...
Projects Call 1 – LTfLL  <ul><li>Technology-Enhanced Learning: 2008-2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop support and advice serv...
Learner’s Activities
Projects Call 1 – P2P Next  <ul><li>Networked Media: 2008 -2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: building a next generation P2...
IPvNext
Projects Call 1 – Sensei  <ul><li>The Network of the Future: 2008-2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: heterogeneous wireless...
Intelligent City Example
Conclusions <ul><li>Most FP7 ICT projects are in collaboration with partners that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Were part of a pr...
Conclusions <ul><li>The FP7 projects provide a mean to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attract students with promising results </li...
THANK YOU! <ul><li>Questions & Feedback </li></ul>
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    1. 1. Software Services in Romania – Academia and Industry Traian Rebedea [email_address] “ Politehnica” University of Bucharest Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    2. 2. Overview – Romanian ICT Academia <ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ University”: Informatics, Math departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Politehnica”: Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication, other Electrical Engineering departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In all major cities (over 15) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Institutes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly in Bucharest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some located in Iasi, Timisoara, Cluj, Constanta </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Academia Participation to FP7-ICT <ul><li>Most of the universities have participated in a FP7-ICT proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Only 9 of them have been part of a successful project consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Only 1 of them is coordinator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>West University of Timisoara </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Top Successful Projects Call 1 Call 2 Call 3 Call 4 Call 5 Total Politehnica University of Bucharest 3 1 4 4 12 Technical University of Cluj-Napoca 3 3 1 2 9 West University of Timisoara 1 1 2 University A.I.Cuza of Iasi 1 1 2 Politehnica University of Timisoara 1 1 University of Craiova 1 1 Babes-Bolyai University 1 1 University of Bucharest 1 1 University of Pitesti 1 1
    5. 5. Top Successful Projects Research Institutes Call 1 Call 2 Call 3 Call 4 Call 5 Total National Research and Development Institute for Microtechnologies  1 2 3 National Institute for R&D in Informatics (ICI) 1 1 2 Research Institute for Automation Equipment and Systems (IPA SA) 1 1 2 Institute e-Austria Timisoara 1 1 2 Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Romanian Academy 1 1 National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation 1 1
    6. 6. Remarks on Academia Participation <ul><li>Universities have a good participation in FP7-ICT projects </li></ul><ul><li>Research institutes participation can be improved </li></ul><ul><li>Romanian academia offers good partners for ICT projects in various domains: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software services, distributed systems, natural language processing, technology enhanced learning, artificial intelligence, computer graphics </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Strong & Weak Points <ul><li>Strong Points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good senior researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous experience in FP6 and FP7 projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possibility to attract young researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weak Points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low success rate for coordination of projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generation gap between senior and junior researchers </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Future Developments <ul><li>The national research budget has drastically decreased in the last two years (2009&2010) </li></ul><ul><li>More and more universities are going to focus on European research funds </li></ul><ul><li>This trend is visible from call 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Increased collaboration with European partners (conferences, infodays, students, master students, Ph.D. students, postdoc) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Overview – Romanian ICT Industry <ul><li>ICT - one of the most dynamic branches of the Romanian industry </li></ul><ul><li>Not very affected by the economical crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Several important multinational companies have important R&D departments in Romania: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IBM, Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, Continental, Ericsson, Nokia, Siemens, Honeywell, Amazon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, most of them focus only on the D and not on the R </li></ul>
    10. 10. Romanian ICT Industry <ul><li>The communication operators </li></ul><ul><li>Several other important companies from Europe are present in Romania </li></ul><ul><li>Important local actors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Softwin, Bitdefender, Siveco, UTI Systems, Gecad, Aquasoft, Totalsoft, ProSoft Solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Few of them are innovative in development, fewer are interested in research, collaboration and/or dissemination </li></ul>
    11. 11. Top Successful Projects <ul><li>Few companies have more than 1 successful project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Honeywell - 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BluePoint Solutions (ATC ROM, part of ATC Greece) – 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion Alliance for Europe GEIE - 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other over 20 companies have 1 project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Romtelecom, Siveco, UTI Systems, Intrarom, RomSoft, MySoft, … </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Strong & Weak Points <ul><li>Strong Points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important ICT actors are present in Romania </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good technical staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs are not very high </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of the Ph.D. and professionals with experience outside Romania are returning home </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weak Points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weak or no participation to FP7 ICT projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structural funds are simpler to obtain and sometimes more generous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low interest on innovation and research </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Conclusions <ul><li>There are several Romanian universities and companies involved in FP7 ICT projects </li></ul><ul><li>There are universities and companies that have the potential to be strong partners </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to convince companies to participate to a FP7 call </li></ul><ul><li>Training events are needed </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration events are needed </li></ul>
    14. 14. CS Department @ PUB
    15. 15. Why? <ul><li>Politehnica University of Bucharest is the number 1 participant in FP7 ICT projects from Romania (no. 14 in EU12) </li></ul><ul><li>From the 12 successful projects, more than a half involve research labs from the computer science department </li></ul>
    16. 16. Experience & Vision 1973 2010 1965
    17. 17. 1975 1972 2009
    18. 18. Research Labs <ul><li>Distributed Systems and Grid technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modelling, simulation, monitoring and evaluation large scale distributed systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of scalable, fault tolerant, high performance platforms for information gathering and visualisation of processing tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects in collaboration with California Institute of Technology and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P artner in FP6 projects: EGEE and SeeGRID, FP7 projects: P2P-next and SENSEI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internationally recognized results: CENIC awards in 2006 and 2008 for the MonAlisa project </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Research Labs <ul><li>E-learning and Human-Computer Interaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative and personalized e-learning systems, intelligent e-learning technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile learning, mobile social media & user generated content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P artner in FP6 project: COOPER, FP7 projects: LTfLL </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Research Labs <ul><li>e-Business (e-Business Academy) & e-Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research, development and learning activities in the field of e-services, particularly e-business, e-government, and m-services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Government system design for the public sector </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-agent systems architectures, automated negotiation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agent learning and affective agents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-organizing systems based on agent technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordination and negotiation mechanisms </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Research Labs <ul><li>Computer-Aided Collaborative Knowledge Construction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative software to support and analyze work in virtual teams (Computer Supported Cooperative Work - CSCW) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage of instant messaging, discussion forums, wikis and the Semantic Web for collaborative knowledge construction and group creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other groups: Semantic Web, Natural Language Processing, Computer Graphics </li></ul>
    22. 22. Research Teams <ul><li>Mostly formed by 1 senior researcher, several young researchers (PhD or PhD Students) and very good undergrad and master students </li></ul><ul><li>Generally, the teams are small (under or around 10 people) </li></ul><ul><li>The distributed system, Grid technology and software services is the most numerous and mature team </li></ul>
    23. 23. Projects Call 1 – LTfLL <ul><li>Technology-Enhanced Learning: 2008-2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop support and advice services to enhance individual and collaborative building of competences and knowledge creation </li></ul><ul><li>Uses and analyze the learners textual items </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents that are read, summaries, web conversations, tags, social network updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents that should have been read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents of other learners </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Learner’s Activities
    25. 25. Projects Call 1 – P2P Next <ul><li>Networked Media: 2008 -2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: building a next generation P2P content delivery platform </li></ul><ul><li>Partners include: TUDelft, University of Lancaster, Sapienza University of Rome, VTT Finland, BBC, Pioneer </li></ul><ul><li>PUB involved in Peer-to-Peer and IPvNext Networking Fabric (technical core of P2PNext) </li></ul><ul><li>Living Lab Trials: deploy test-beds/trials across Europe in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the P2P-Next approach when applied to a variety of services, across a heterogeneous networking infrastructure targeting various user terminals/devices. </li></ul>
    26. 26. IPvNext
    27. 27. Projects Call 1 – Sensei <ul><li>The Network of the Future: 2008-2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: heterogeneous wireless sensor and actuator networks (WS&AN) integration into a common framework of global scale available to services and applications via universal service interfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Partners include: CEA-LETI, University of Surrey, University Grenoble, Ericsson, Nokia, NEC, SAP, Telefonica, Thales, Sensinode </li></ul><ul><li>PUB involved in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficient Wireless Sensor and Actuator Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prototyping and Evaluating Platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissemination, Standardization, Exploitation </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Intelligent City Example
    29. 29. Conclusions <ul><li>Most FP7 ICT projects are in collaboration with partners that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Were part of a previous FP6 or FP7 consortium that included CS@PUB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have had a good experience with Master and PhD students that graduated at CS@PUB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Were involved in postdoctoral research with the teachers and researchers at CS@PUB </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contacts from important conferences </li></ul>
    30. 30. Conclusions <ul><li>The FP7 projects provide a mean to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attract students with promising results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide the guarantee that the university is engaged in state-of-the-art research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Very important for young researchers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top notch technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation to events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional income / funds </li></ul></ul>
    31. 31. THANK YOU! <ul><li>Questions & Feedback </li></ul>

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