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Research Center on Information and Communication Technologies (CITIC) is a technology center of the Universidade da Coruña (Spain), in order to promote the advancement and excellence in research, …

Research Center on Information and Communication Technologies (CITIC) is a technology center of the Universidade da Coruña (Spain), in order to promote the advancement and excellence in research, development and innovation on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and promote the transfer of knowledge and results to society.
CITIC is a meeting point between the university and the company that combines R&D departments of companies in the ICT sector with researchers from the university. Current working in different R&D projects more than 250 researchers from public and private sectors, providing a mixed environment that enables university-industry collaboration and knowledge transfer.
The units of CITIC are formed by two intelligent buildings (3.200m2) that are configurable for R&D activities of our researchers, companies and employees.

Technology Areas
[◄] Information Retrieval
[◄] Application integration / Information integration
[◄] Artificial Intelligence and Applications
[◄] Mathematics: Statistics and Operation Research. Applied mathematics
[◄] Digital Home and Networked Media
[◄] Systems Usability and Testing Methods
[◄] Digital Image Processing
[◄] Wireless Communications Systems
[◄] Web Information Systems (WIS)
[◄] Geographic Information System (GIS)
[◄] Distributed Systems and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
[◄] High performance computing (HPC)

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  • 1. RESEARCH CENTER ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
  • 2. Índice 1 Presentation .......................................................................4 2 Technology Areas ...............................................................7 2.1 [◄] Information Retrieval ................................................................................ 7 2.2 [◄] Application integration / Information integration ......................................... 7 2.3 [◄] Artificial Intelligence and Applications ....................................................... 8 2.4 [◄] Mathematics: Statistics and Operation Research. Applied mathematics ..... 8 2.5 [◄] Digital Home and Networked Media .......................................................... 9 2.6 [◄] Systems Usability and Testing Methods .................................................. 10 2.7 [◄] Digital Image Processing ........................................................................ 10 2.8 [◄] Wireless Communications Systems ........................................................ 11 2.9 [◄] Web Information Systems (WIS) ............................................................. 11 2.10 [◄] Geographic Information System (GIS)..................................................... 12 2.11 [◄] Distributed Systems and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) ................. 12 2.12 [◄] High performance computing (HPC)........................................................ 13 3 EUROPEAN PROJECTS developed by CITIC....................14 3.1 GTEC (Technology Electronics and Communications) ................................... 14 Acción integrada de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica entre España y Austria.............. 14 Enhanced diversity and Space-time Coding for metrO and Railway Transmission (ESCORT)14 3.2 MADS (Models & Applications of Distributed Systems) .................................. 15 OPTIBAND-Optimization of Bandwidth for IPTV video streaming ............................................. 15 PROTEST: Property-based Testing .............................................................................................. 16 Analysis Penetration of ICT and Promotion of E-Commerce Within SMEs Belonging to the Aquaculture Strategic Sector (e-AQUA)....................................................................................... 17 PROWESS-Propertybased testing of Web services.................................................................... 18 3.3 LIDIA (Laboratory of Research and Development in Artificial Intelligence) ...... 18
  • 3. Low Carbon at Work: Modelling Agents and Organizations to achieve transition to a Low carbon Europe (LOCAW) ............................................................................................................... 18 Galileo Speed Warning (GSW) ...................................................................................................... 20 3.4 LBD (Database Laboratory) .......................................................................... 21 Knowledge Discovery from Moving Objects (MOVE).................................................................. 21 3.5 GAC (Computer Architecture Group) ............................................................. 21 High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers Network of Excellence, HiPEAC-2 NoE 21 Open European Network for High Performance Computing on Complex Environments (Complex HPC) ............................................................................................................................... 21 High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilation Network of Excellence, HiPEAC- 3 NoE (ICT-287759)......................................................................................................................... 21 3.6 RNASA (Artificial Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems) ............................ 22 Red Iberoamericana de Tecnologías Convergentes NBIC en Salud (IBERO- NBIC)................ 22 3.7 TELEMÁTICA (Intelligence Telematics)......................................................... 22 SCIIMS (Strategic Crime and Immigration Information Systems) .............................................. 22 4 European Projects requested by CITIC in 2013 ..................23 Highest Achieving Mobility in Wireless Communications (HiMob) .................................... 23 E-Learning for Business in European Border Regions (E-BUS) ......................................... 23 Innovation and green governance for land valuation ........................................................... 23 Search and retrieval of information .......................................................................................... 24 5 More information:..............................................................24
  • 4. 1 PRESENTATION Research Center on Information and Communication Technologies (CITIC) is a technology center of the Universidade da Coruña (Spain), in order to promote the advancement and excellence in research, development and innovation on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and promote the transfer of knowledge and results to society. CITIC is a meeting point between the university and the company that combines R&D departments of companies in the ICT sector with researchers from the university. Current working in different R&D projects more than 250 researchers from public and private sectors, providing a mixed environment that enables university-industry collaboration and knowledge transfer. The units of CITIC are formed by two intelligent buildings (3.200m2) that are configurable for R&D activities of our researchers, companies and employees. Research Center on Information and Communication Technologies – CITIC Our activity: (a) Technology and knowledge transfer, (b) R&D Projects, (c) Full Quality in R&D&i (ISO9001 and UNE166002), (d) Technology Watch, (e) Business innovation through
  • 5. joint projects, (f) We promote university-business relationship, (g) R&D&i applied on the software, (h) Improving Software Development Process The CITIC has 11 research groups working in 12 ICT technology areas:  Technical capabilities: The proposed objective is to recognize the software as a key factor for the competitiveness of the industry and provide the tools and techniques to improve the ability to produce software systems and services of quality in time and costs. In the process of software development and use, and that support the different lines of R + D + i, we do: (a) Improving Software Development Process (b) Technology Watch (c) Interoperability (d) Testing (e) Security  Facilities: The CITIC has two modular and intelligent buildings with an area of 3.200m2 where businesses are located, researchers and collaborators. The different research groups are distributed in open spaces. Researchers have meeting rooms of different features, equipped High performance computing (HPC)) Information Retrieval Artificial Intelligence and Applications Digital Home and Networked Media Systems Usability and Testing Methods Digital Image Processing Wireless Communications Systems Web Information Systems (WIS) Geographic Information System (GIS) Distributed Systems and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Application integration Information integration Mathematics: Statistics and Operation Research. Applied mathematics
  • 6. with audiovisual equipment (projector, whiteboard, whiteboard), which are used by a reservation system through the intranet of CITIC. Some of these rooms, at present, are usually reserved for the implementation of demonstration projects as a showroom. CITIC also features: → Deployment Center and Data Processing Center (DPC) Updated and heterogeneous equipment on which tests are performed, pilots, demonstrations and pre-commercial deployments.. Compares and debug features, determine the impact by adding new features, load testing and evaluating performance of systems in different hardware and software configurations. → Digital Video Laboratory Professional equipment throughout the audiovisual chain which allows the acquisition, distribution and consumption in different scenarios of interactive digital television (DVB-T, DVB-C, IPTV, DVB-H). → Broadcast station TDT (DVB-T, DVB-H) Facility for issuing experimental content and services (DVB-T) and mobile TV (DVB-H) for R & D projects related to interactive digital TV. → Living Lab
  • 7. The living lab recreates a modern apartment connected through different access technologies (VDSL, cable and fiber to the home). It displays real scenarios validate technology in the home with the check on the usability of end technology products and services developed. 2 TECHNOLOGY AREAS 2.1 [◄] Information Retrieval Search for techniques and algorithms applied in the recovery, management and use of information on the web and through mobile devices that adapt to the characteristics of business information with the security and privacy restrictions defined in the organizations or entities. Search techniques and algorithms for enterprise information retrieval Lines of work and research: 1. Information retrieval models for the web and mobile devices; crawling and indexing techniques. Web retrieval, multimedia retrieval, document classification and clustering, summarization, etc.. 2. Search engines 3. Vertical Search Engine Theme 4. Design and development applications for mobile devices and web applications (Android, IOS, ...). 5. Efficiency and Distribution: accelerates information retrieval. 6. Efficiency on storage systems and information processing. 7. Recommender Systems 2.2 [◄] Application integration / Information integration Search for techniques and algorithms to solve the problems of integrating data, applications and services in corporate environment as in a web environment. Technological evolution is the common denominator in the need for application integration as each day new applications are developed and completely different environments such as the Web or mobile devices. Develop techniques and algorithms to solve problems in data integration and distributed applications. Develop intelligent systems for monitoring and supervising. Emphasis is placed in the integration of applications on mobile devices. The lines of work and research:
  • 8. 1. Organizations have applications and legacy databases that should continue using and maintaining productive while they add, change or migrate other applications. 2. Integration of information represented in different logical models 3. Distributed Query Optimization 4. Automate operations on websites 5. Techniques for creating intelligent semi-automatic light integration applications ("mashups"). 6. Telecommunication Networks: Management and Monitoring Systems, Alarm Systems Management, Efficiency and distribution 2.3 [◄] Artificial Intelligence and Applications Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Development intelligent systems for monitoring and supervising. Lines of work and research: 1. Design and development of intelligent monitoring and diagnosis 2. Machine Learning algorithms. 3. Prediction 4. Intelligent Interpretation of results 5. Technical Validation of intelligent systems 6. knowledge-based systems and expert systems. 7. Support Systems decision 8. Display of electrical networks 9. Techniques for software usability and validation. 10. Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems 2.4 [◄] Mathematics: Statistics and Operation Research. Applied mathematics The objective of this research area are nonparametric inference, game theory and applications of Statistics and Operations Research. Another of the goals is to develop and transfer research activities in the field of mathematical models and numerical methods for solving real problems and industrial and commercial applications. The study of problems ranging from mathematical modeling of processes and products, through mathematical analysis thereof and the design of more efficient numerical methods for resolution, until the implementation of computer algorithms for simulation of processes with computer applications, with the possibility of using computational tools high performance when the required computational cost.
  • 9. Lines of work and research: 1. Statistics a. Statistical models: Troubleshooting industrial, environmental, health, social, … (Forecast of electricity demand and price using nonparametric methods, Survival Analysis Applications in Biology and Medicine, Applications of Thermogravimetry estimate, Statistical Quality Control and Reliability Analysis) b. Survival analysis c. Statistical Quality Control (production processes, reducing costs, ...) d. Reliability Analysis (process design and manufacturing, machinery failure time, lifetime ...) 2. Operations Research (OR) a. Mathematical programming and applications b. Planning logistics models c. Optimal design of routes d. Inventory Management e. Arbitration 3. Applied Mathematics a. Mathematical models in engineering and applied sciences (hydrodynamic lubrication in rigid devices. Deformable devices Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication. Cavitation phenomena in lubrication. b. Mathematical Models in Finance, Health, ... (rating derivatives of type options: European, American, Asian, discrete and continuous barrier. Valuation of investments under uncertainty) c. Mathematical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) d. Numerical methods: analysis and programming e. Numerical simulation of processes 2.5 [◄] Digital Home and Networked Media Networked audio-visual systems defined services that allow the presentation of multimedia content in networked heterogeneous devices, including PCs, set-top boxes, home media centers and mobile devices connected to a network and data transmission media. The interaction causes an evolution of the passive consumption of television to a participatory model, ubiquitous and converged on different devices and platforms: terrestrial (DVB-T), cable (DVB-C) or satellite (DVB-S) and which data transport using IP (IPTV, Internet TV) and mobile television systems either broadcast (DVB-H, MBMS) or unicast (UMTS 3G). The focus on the user opens a huge range of new systems and networked audiovisual services that will revolutionize the way we understand the audiovisual and entertainment market.
  • 10. In this technological area the R & D actions are carried out oriented software systems and services across the value chain of interactive digital television, from: (a) Header services associated with the transmission of digital video (b) Software systems and user terminals in the connected home, (c) Systems for the production, indexing and archiving of audiovisual content Lines of work and research: 1. Design of the High Availability Distributed Systems 2. Distribution of HD multimedia content for the digital home (Video over Demand (VoD). Massive synthesis of interactive TV channels, Platforms for Digital Television Services, Distribution of content on the transport network (IPTV, DVB-T, DVB-C) ) 3. Services over IPTV Networks 4. Streaming multimedia 5. Functional programming. Web accessibility 6. Design, construction, validation and verification of distributed systems. (Advanced Risk Management Information System: Tracking Insurances, Claims and Exposures) 7. Software testing 2.6 [◄] Systems Usability and Testing Methods Development of new methodologies, tools, techniques and studies for the validation and analysis of usability of computer systems and their application to various fields Lines of work and research: 1. Definition of usability and context of use 2. Development of a taxonomy to characterize the elements and attributes. 3. Classification of different applications or systems 4. Analysis techniques for usability 5. Development of a methodology of analysis. 6. Usability of mobile devices 7. Usability of applications developed for mobile devices 2.7 [◄] Digital Image Processing The digital image processing can be defined as the set of procedures for handling and analyzing information in a digital image through a computer. This is an extremely large
  • 11. area, which encompasses many methodologies to improve the quality of the image and analyze its content and applies to areas as diverse as biology, medicine, defense, industrial automation, document analysis, information retrieval, engineering civil, etc. Research activities on Digital Image Processing and computer vision research, development and applications. Lines of work and research: 1. Ophthalmological Image Processing. Optical images Processing: 2. Biometrics and people characterization: 3. Retinal Image Analysis: (a) Drusen detection, (b) Red lesion detection, (c) Automatic computation of the Arteriolar-to-Venular Ratio 4. Biometrics 5. Perceptual organization 6. Deformable Models 7. Human behavior analysis 2.8 [◄] Wireless Communications Systems Telecommunication systems with particular emphasis on wireless data transmission technologies, applications and services. Development of technologies, applications and data transmission services through wireless media. Technologies: RFID, Zigbee, Bluetooth, Ultrawideband, WiFi, Wimax, GSM, 3G, LTE… Sensor wireless. Lines of work and research: 1. Iterative techniques and adaptive signal processing for estimation, synchronization and interference cancellation in wireless communications. Transmission systems with multi- antenna technologies (MIMO). 2. Construction of testbeds for the evaluation of wireless transmission schemes. 3. Prototyping of wireless communications terminal equipment using technologies SDR (Software Defined Radio). 4. Technologies RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). 5. Wireless networks of sensors and information systems context. 6. Wireless communications between vehicles. 7. GNU Radio Technologies. 8. Positioning systems and indoor location. 2.9 [◄] Web Information Systems (WIS)
  • 12. The Web information systems are useful in a number of areas. This Technological Area is specialized in the use of Web information systems for building digital libraries, e- Government applications, e-commerce applications. Among its applications may include the following (Lines of work and research): 1. Management systems with applications in multiple areas: territory, logistics, ... 2. Web and e-commerce portals. 3. Document management, digital libraries, newspaper libraries, documentation centers 4. Digital content. Solutions not only PCs but also for devices. 2.10 [◄] Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology Development based on GIS7. Experience with major market commercial tools. The technological characteristics are: (a) Based entirely on open source domain but with major market commercial tools (ArcGIS, ...) (b) Client-server architectures. (c) Applications interoperable and extensible. (d) Modular architecture based on standards defined by ISO services and OGC. (e) Information Systems aimed at creating a data infrastructure (SDI), following the directives of INSPIRE. The lines of work and research are: 1. Background information GIS 2. Urban Planning. 3. Land consolidation. 4. Management of expropriations 5. Impact of public performances. 6. Environmental Impact. 7. Distribution routes. 8. Geo-referenced Asset Management. 9. Geo-marketing. 10. Tourism promotion. 2.11 [◄] Distributed Systems and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • 13. Analysis, development, validation, verification and performance evaluation of systems consisting of distributed software agents logically or physically on a computer network. The technological area is interested in both the physical models and architectures that support these concurrent and distributed systems (computer network, computer cluster, multi-core systems, etc..) And various logic models to define service-oriented architectures (client / server P2P, cloud computing, etc..). Lines of work and research: 1. Use of distributed functional paradigm for building executable models and the latest implementation of highly available services. 2. Identification of design patterns and reusable components to standardize solutions to recurring problems in the various stages of development. 3. Use of formal methods in a pragmatic way in the software life cycle, for example to automatically validate or certify the system's behaviour based on formally specified properties on it. 4. Design, construction, validation and verification of distributed systems (Advanced Risk Management Information System: Tracking Insurances, Claims and Exposures) 5. Software testing 2.12 [◄] High performance computing (HPC) Research activities on the computer architecture, the high performance computing, the scientific visualization and the mobile robotics, and on the geographic information systems (GIS). Computer graphics and scientific visualization. Cloud computing The main lines of research in recent years have focused on: 1. High-Performance Computing (HPC): a. high-speed Java communications: b. Communications Software low latency for high-performance networks c. Reduced response time and parallel distributed applications in Java d. Applications to the financial sector / trading, energy, defense / space 2. Models computer graphics and scientific visualization. a. Land hybrid visualization: applications in land management, agroforestry inventory, forecasting weather risks ... b. Supercomputing / GPUs based simulation: applications for mobile devices, reducing the power consumption in mobile applications, financial calculations ... 3. Cloud computing. a. Integration of computational resources in clouds hybrid public / private.
  • 14. b. Data-intensive applications in the cloud. 3 EUROPEAN PROJECTS DEVELOPED BY CITIC 3.1 GTEC (Technology Electronics and Communications) Acción integrada de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica entre España y Austria Reference: AT2009-0014 Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Participants: Universidad de A Coruña y Technical University of Vienna Date: 01/01/2010- 31/12/2011 Global Budget : 12.000 € Main Researcher: Luis Castedo Ribas Abstract: Recently, the Grupo de Tecnología Electrónica y Comunicaciones (GTEC) at the University of A Coruña (UDC) started a collaboration with the research group led by prof. Markus Rupp at the Technical University of Vienna (TUWien) in the form of a five-month stay at Vienna of a Spanish researcher to participate in a series of measurements campaigns to evaluate the performance of the MIMO HSDPA radio interface under realistic conditions. The success of this visit has motivated us to propose the present project aimed at carrying out further experiments to evaluate the performance of the MIMO radio interface for the next generation cellular wireless standard 3GPP LTE. Three types of measurements campaigns have been scheduled for 2010 and 2011: point-to-point measurements; point-to-multipoint measurements; and point-to-multipoint with interference measurements. Both research groups have a long-standing experience in the realm of wireless communications and the construction of hardware testbeds for the assessment of MIMO technologies. Yet, the group at TUWien is recognized as one of the most outstanding in the field and is equipped with the adequate expensive infrastructure to carry out the measurement campaigns. From the Spanish side, the integrated action will allow GTEC members to visit TUWien and participate in the experiments. From the Austrian side, it will support visitors trips for analyzing the collected data and discuss the obtained results Enhanced diversity and Space-time Coding for metrO and Railway Transmission (ESCORT) Call: Unión Europea (contrato IST-1999-20006), Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (referencia TIC2000-2607-CE) y Xunta de Galicia (referencia PGIDT01TIC10501PM). Participants: Thomson-CSF, INRETS, Univ. Lille, IMST, CEIT, RATP, Metro Bilbao, UDC Date: 1/11/2000 - 30/6/2002 Global Budget: 120.102,99
  • 15. Main Researcher: Luis Castedo Ribas Abstract: In the guided urban transport domain, there are increasing needs of communications means due to:  the growing complexity of the command and control installations in metros,  the necessity to increase capacity and efficiency of existing lines  the need to optimise the management of these lines,  the need to enhance the security feeling of customers by offering information and entertainment services.  The need to realize phone and video transmission ESCORT aims at studying the feasibility of using multiple antennas together with GSM technology in railway environments. More specific objectives are:  Analysis of multiantenna GSM propagation in narrow tunnels  Analysis of diversity techniques for capacity and reliability increase  Analysis of radio planning aspects You can see the web the project http://www.escortsproject.eu/ 3.2 MADS (Models & Applications of Distributed Systems) OPTIBAND-Optimization of Bandwidth for IPTV video streaming (FP7-ICT-2009-4, Grant agreement 248495) Call: Unión Europea (7th Framework Programme, STREP FP7-ICT-2009-4) Date: 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2012 Global Budget(UDC): 126.688,00 € Budget UDC: 68.182,00 € Main Researcher (UDC): Víctor M. Gulías Fernández Abstract: European project called OptiBand (INFSO-ICT-248495). OptiBand focused on optimizing the bandwidth of IPTV for the delivery of multiple HD streams over a single ADSL line, and by that enabling multiple HD channels per household. OptiBand has conducted in-depth research and development regarding the efficient distribution of video content using smart data drop algorithm within the telecommunication aggregation networks, while preserving quality of experience according to both objective and subjective metrics. You can see the web the project http://optiband-project.eu/ OptiBand will focus on optimizing the bandwidth of IPTV for the delivery of multiple HD streams over a single ADSL line, and by that enabling multiple HD channels per household. OptiBand will conduct in-depth research and development regarding the efficient distribution of video content using smart data drop algorithm within the
  • 16. telecommunication aggregation networks, while preserving quality of experience according to both objective and subjective metrics. While preserving existing IPTV networks models and leaving existing infrastructures intact, OptiBand will introduce innovative technology of encoding, streaming and transporting of video content from head-end sites, through the entire IPTV network, down to the home networks. The consortium will conduct design, development, integration and demonstration of the video content data dropping algorithm. The video content data dropping algorithm technology will be introduced through simulations, lab integration and trial by real IPTV users in Telecom Italy. In the global economy environment, cost optimization and investment protection are mandatory requirements for any business decision. Therefore, leveraging the European and worldwide existing ADSL deployments and providing seamless integration to existing solutions and encryption schemes are keys to the success of OptiBand. OptiBand consortium gathers leading operator, vendors and research entities in order to consider the entire IPTV network, including economical aspects, of delivering premium video content over existing installed base. PROTEST: Property-based Testing (FP7-ICT-2007-1, Grant Agreement Nº 215868) Call: Unión Europea (7th Framework Programme, STREP FP7-ICT-2009-4) Date: 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2012 Total Costs(Lambda): 125.944,50 € Main Researcher: Víctor M. Gulías Abstract: The ProTest project successfully achieved goal was to deliver methods and tools to support property-based development of systems. The project partners developed software engineering approaches to improve reliability of service-oriented networks, to support fault-finding and diagnosis based on specified properties of the system, and built automated tools that generate and run tests, monitor execution at run-time, and log events for analysis. You can see the web the project: http://www.protest-project.eu/ This project was awarded first place as the best project in its year of completion by the European commission in charge of evaluation.
  • 17. Consortium: IT University of Göteborg University of Kent Universidad Politécnica de Madrid University of Sheffield  Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in 140 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.  Erlang Solutions Ltd is the market leader in Erlang/OTP related consultancy services. They offer Erlang/OTP training at all levels, experienced Erlang contractors, consulting services, in-house systems development and 24/7 support of Erlang based systems. Their network of certified consultants is one of the most experienced as they have been using Erlang/OTP since its early days. With offices in the UK, Sweden, Poland and soon the US, and also with clients on five continents, they are available for short and long term opportunities world-wide.  Interoud brings to the market solutions of cloud based systems that provide support for user's media experience needs. Their deep market knowledge leads to a clear product definition based on understanding of the end user's needs in media environments. The combination of this with R&D experience and heritage allow Interoud to build up highly competitive technological solutions, to package it with other technolgies from third party providers, and bring it to the market as proven end-2-end systems and turnkey solutions. This enables our customers to have very competitive services with short time-to-market.  LambdaStream from Spain, enables the future of QuadPlay and Personal TV. Their cutting edge products, fully engineered and developped within the company, are addressed to the coming future, already a reality, of media delivery. We have solutions for Mobile TV, Intenet TV, IPTV & Cable, Broadcast TV and Virtual Billboard.  Quviq AB develops and markets QuickCheck, a tool which generates test cases randomly from formal properties of the software under test. When a failing case is found, QuickCheck simplifies it systematically to a minimal failing example that often makes the cause of the problem self-evident. As well as the tool itself, Quviq offers training and support services to help customers get the maximum value from this new approach to testing. Quviq was founded in May 2006 by John Hughes and Thomas Arts, of Chalmers University and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and now serves customers in five countries and on two continents Analysis Penetration of ICT and Promotion of E-Commerce Within SMEs Belonging to the Aquaculture Strategic Sector (e-AQUA) Call: UE, INTERREG III-B Espacio Atlántico 014-e-AQUA 2003; Other call: Regional Grant of Galician Goverment posterior (PGIDIT04PXIC1050PM) Date: 01/10/2003 to 31/12/2005 Main Researcher (UDC): Víctor M. Gulías Fernández Abstract:
  • 18. The main objective of this project was to encourage the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and to promote e-commerce by all the economic players of the aquaculture strategic sector. Research about the status and possibilities for developing ICT in the Atlantic aquaculture sector was developed in order to gain reliable knowledge of the degree to which ICT, Internet and e-commerce have been deployed by SMEs and were operative in the participating Atlantic regions. The analysis checked the pros and cons found by the aquaculture SMEs in the usage of ICT and e-commerce for their activities. Partners analysed the ICT situation, their expectations and needs within 22 SMEs by country. Sitio web: http://www.e-aqua.org/ PROWESS-Propertybased testing of Web services Call: Unión Europea (7th Framework Programme, STREP FP7-ICT-2011-8) Date: 01/10/2012 to 31/09/2015 Main Researcher (UDC): Laura M. Castro Souto Abstract: This project will develop advanced software engineering technologies suitable for the networked, distributed dimension of software and access to services and data. Specifically, we will develop approaches to improve quality assurance: the challenge is to reduce time spent on testing, whilst increasing software quality, in order to quickly launch new, or enhancements of existing, web services and internet applications. We aim to automate quality assurance, reducing its cost and improving effectiveness, based on properties of the system that should hold. Thus, we will develop this property-based testing for web services and internet applications in order to achieve a real improvement of testing efficiency. We will enable testing to be compositional, and we will simplify creation and understanding of test models. We will develop techniques to compare multiple implementations, and to support testing of constantly evolving systems. We will address non-functional requirements such as performance requirements. Finally, we will define software assurance criteria that are compatible with property-based testing to ensure the highest quality assurance. http://www.prowess-project.eu Specifically, CITIC researchers, led by researcher Laura Castro, develop methods and tools for software developers, especially developers of Web services, to apply advanced techniques to test their products, thus helping to improve their quality and competitiveness. 3.3 LIDIA (Laboratory of Research and Development in Artificial Intelligence) Low Carbon at Work: Modelling Agents and Organizations to achieve transition to a Low carbon Europe (LOCAW) Call: 7th Framework Programme Código: ENV.2010.4.3.4-1 Grant Agreement 265155
  • 19. Participants: UDC, Sapienza Universitá de Roma (Italia), West University of Timisoara,(Rumanía), The James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen, Reino Unido), University of Gröningen (Holanda), University of Surrey (Reino Unido), University of Ümea (Suecia). Date: 01-01-2011 to 31-12-201 Number of participating researchers: 4 from LIDIA group. Budget of LIDIA group: 50.800 euros Main Researcher of LOCAW Project - Ricardo García Mira (UDC). Main Researcher of LIDIA Group: Amparo Alonso Betanzos Abstract:The project aims to analyze the behavior of (un) sustainability in the workplace, and see how behaviors and daily practices act as enhancers or as barriers to making changes at individual, organizational and society. For this study 6 European organizations: 2 public (UDC, City of Groningen), 2 private utilities in the field of energy and natural resources (Aquatim in Romania and Enel Green Power in Italy), and 2 multinational heavy industry (Volvo and Shell). The idea is to examine factors at the micro and macro single influence individual behavior, see the relationships between individuals and companies, the relationship between behavior at work and at home and realize all these factors into a model based on agents that remain as general as possible, reflect the individuality and characteristics of each of the six organizations, with the purpose of examining the impact of rules and standards for a scenario of decreasing CO2 emissions. You can see the web the project: http://www.locaw-fp7.com/. The project coordinator, Ricardo Garcia Mira, who stressed that the initiative, under the name 'LOCAW' - Low Carbon at Work - is one a project in the field of environment and is funded with a million and a half euros to analyze the behavior and sustainable behavior of citizens in their workplaces. Over a period of three years, the research group LOCAW analyze everyday practices in the workplace of citizens in order to spot trends and create a model to combat climate change and reduce emissions in companies and organizations. "New" Focus As indicated by Ricardo Garcia Look, the "novel approach" that makes this initiative is to analyze "the behavior of employees in organizations and enterprises" in regard to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental friendliness. Since the research group consists of "psychologists and sociologists", what interests them is to detect "models" that "explain the ecological behavior of the population" and give keys to
  • 20. improvement. "The ecological conscientious is high in the European Union, but not environmental attitudes.'s Ideas are inconsistent behaviors," stressed Garcia Mira, who try to find out the reason for this behavior. Thus, participants will discuss the "barriers" and facilitators to behavior that promote low emissions and sustainable development "individually" and collective organizational level, with the ultimate goal to "identify possible ways" to promote this type of behavior. The idea, clarified the coordinator, is that the final model that articulates this working group can "be incorporated as part of the management" companies for each worker and the whole is involved in reducing emissions. Galileo Speed Warning (GSW) Call: European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) Código: Grant Agreement No 228357 7th Framework Programme Participants: Mapflow Ltd. (posteriormente Avego), Technolution BV, EdotEverything.Com Ltd (Denarius Professional) y Universidade da Coruña Date: 05/01/2009 to 30/06/2010 Number of participating researchers: 16 (4 por parte de LIDIA) Total Budget: 299.392,00 €. LIDIA Budget: 28.600,00 € Consortium Coordinator: Jonathan Guard (Mapflow). Main Researcher of LIDIA group: Eduardo Mosqueira Reys Abstract: The project GSW (Galileo Speed Warning) was the development of a system of intelligent speed adaptation (ISA) called CARAT (Continuous Assessment of Road Attributes) Counter. The objective sought to counter the development of CARAT was twofold and was to analyze the two main challenges facing the ISA technology: user acceptance and technological difficulty. To gain acceptance by users developed a system of "rewards" that rewarded those drivers whose driving was correct and analyzed the usability of the product developed for the driving influence was minimal. Within the technological challenge looked at how current GPS signals affecting the system performance and how newer systems such as EGNOS and Galileo can solve existing problems. Finally, developing a business plan for marketing the product developed.
  • 21. 3.4 LBD (Database Laboratory) Knowledge Discovery from Moving Objects (MOVE) Investigador Principal: Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Luaces Call: Acción COST- 2009 Global Budget: It is not properly a grant, but are funded the Miguel Luaces’s travels to attend research meetings and organize the management action. Participation as a partner or project leader: partner 3.5 GAC (Computer Architecture Group) High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers Network of Excellence, HiPEAC-2 NoE Main Researcher: Koen De Bosschere (Ghent University, Bélgica) Call: Unión Europea, 7th Framework Programme- 2008 Global Budget: 4.800.000,00€ Participation as a partner or project leader: partner UDC – Ramón Doallo Biempica. Open European Network for High Performance Computing on Complex Environments (Complex HPC) Main Researcher: Emmanuel Jeannot (INRIA, Fracia) Call: Unión Europea, COST Action-2009 Global Budget: 360.000,00€ Participation as a partner or project leader: partner UDC – Ramón Doallo Biempica. High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilation Network of Excellence, HiPEAC-3 NoE (ICT-287759) Main Researcher: Koen De Bosschere (Ghent University, Bélgica) Call: Unión Europea, 7th Framework Programme- 2012 Global Budget: 3.800.000,00€ Participation as a partner or project leader: partner UDC – Ramón Doallo Biempica.
  • 22. 3.6 RNASA (Artificial Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems) Red Iberoamericana de Tecnologías Convergentes NBIC en Salud (IBERO- NBIC) Entidad financiadora: CYTED Entidades participantes: CYTED Date: Enero 2009 to 2013 Main Researcher: Alejandro Pazos Sierra Number of participating researchers: 84 3.7 TELEMÁTICA (Intelligence Telematics) SCIIMS (Strategic Crime and Immigration Information Systems) Call: FP7-SEC-2007-01. (Proposal ID: 218223) Dates: 1/11/2009 - 31/10/2012 Abstract: People Trafficking and People Smuggling has long been a problem for European Governments, adversely affecting the security of their citizens. In many cases women and children are exploited for the sex trade and labour exploitation. In formulating the SCIIMS project the consortium will focus upon the overarching question from which the developed system, demonstration and experimentation will answer: In the European Union context how can new capabilities improve the ability to search, mine and fuse information from national, transnational, private, and other sources, to discover trends and patterns for increasing shared situational awareness and improving decision making, within a secure infrastructure to facilitate the combating of organised crime and in particular people trafficking to enhance the security of citizens? The programme objectives are: 1) Development and application of information management techniques enabling information to be fused, and shared nationally and trans-nationally within a secure information infrastructure in accordance with EU Crime and Immigration Agencies information needs. 2) Development and application of tools to assist in decision making in order to predict analyse and intervene with likely people trafficking and smuggling sources, events, and links to organised crime. The SCIIMS Consortium will utilise State of the Art products which will form the platform to develop new innovative capabilities and technologies. This approach is designed to provide the EU with an early exploitation opportunity by the Consortium and User Groups. Capabilities and technologies will include:- Data Mining of large data sets utilising a data stream approach. Information management and fusion techniques in order to analyse relationships between different pieces of information. Web/database semantics tools to provide comprehensive search and retrieval of information. Decision aids based on self learning probabilistic tools. Participants: BAE Systems (UK), INDRA (Spain), Columba Global Systems (Ireland), Elsag Datamat (Italy), Denodo Technologies (Spain), Computer and Automation Research Institute (SZTAKI) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary), Universidad de A Coruña (Spain) Global Budget: 2.907.208,6 (EC Contribution: 2.318.996,45) Budget UDC: 210.601,60 (EC Contribution: 164943,20)
  • 23. 4 EUROPEAN PROJECTS REQUESTED BY CITIC IN 2013 CITIC Technology Centre bets on European projects. So far in 2013, the technology center CITIC has made five requests to European calls for financing R & D in ICT in a clear belief that internationalization will be one of the key stages in the growth and consolidation the center. Highest Achieving Mobility in Wireless Communications (HiMob) From the area of Wireless Communications Systems has requested the project Highest Achieving Mobility in Wireless Communications (HiMob) within the ICT call 11 (FP7-ICT- 2013-11). This project aims to develop new technologies to make existing mobile communication standards (eg LTE) to meet the stringent requirements for providing services to highly mobile users, for example, trains or airplanes. The consortium brings together various enterprises, service providers and research institutions in order to take into account the entire ecosystem of current and future networks, including economic, network to provide reliable broadband high-speed scenarios E-Learning for Business in European Border Regions (E-BUS) Another European project recently applied involve the collaboration of three research groups CITIC (LBD, RNASA and LIDIA), with extensive prior experience in developing platforms for e-learning website. This is the case of the E-Learning for Business in European Border Regions (E-BUS) in the call CIP-ICT-PSP-2013-7-ICT for learning. This project aims to address the imbalance between the supply of highly qualified professionals and the business community in a great part of the European Union regions with high rates of youth unemployment. CITIC's role in this project will be the development of the web application through which imparts training courses and make a link between the university and the business world. This consortium includes the three Galician universities, 2 and 3 Portuguese universities central European (Bulgaria, Bucharest and Bordeaux), and several technology centers, including Tecnalia, which is the Spanish center that has more European projects: between 2007 and 2012 participated in a total of 295 European projects, leading 68 of them. Innovation and green governance for land valuation Likewise, from the Computer Architecture Group (TAG) of CITIC has requested an Interreg-SUDOE project focused on innovation and green governance for land valuation. The widening gap between rural-urban combined with demographic and economic factors, produces a gradual reduction of the traditional activities, resulting in a cessation of the use of the field and its abandonment. These dynamics converge with climate change scenarios generating a dangerous cocktail: large abandoned areas
  • 24. without management of biomass that accumulates, with patterns of precipitation and summer temperatures adverse originate ideal conditions for wildfires. The project aims to promote the development of a 'green economy in the agri-food and energy, especially with land-based activities in areas at risk of abandonment. The project will improve the information on land suitability, efficient production systems and innovative experiences in land governance. Also, improve communication and coordination between relevant actors through a Web-GIS platform 2.0 (ie two-way), fostering new partnerships for territorial management. Search and retrieval of information In addition, two proposals have been sent from the area of search and retrieval of information to the call Consolidator Grant (FP7-ERC-2013-CG), aimed at young researchers with high potential talent and accredited by a promising career history for them to develop independent professional careers and move from work under the guidance of a supervisor to become independent researchers in their own right. A promising proposal comes from Fidel Cacheda researcher Telematica group, amounting to nearly 2 million, and the other from the group IRLAB requested by Pedro Cabalar, amounting to almost 1 million euros. 5 MORE INFORMATION: Research Center on Information and Communication Technologies Edificio CITIC, Campus Universitario de Elviña s/n. 15071 A Coruña Carmen Iglesias, Responsible for CITIC project office t +34 981 167 000 ext 5503 proyectos.idi@citic-research.org