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Engagement in EU projects
Professor Roger Woods
CTO
27 May 2014
About me
CTO of Analytics Engines Ltd.
• Accelerated Analytics for Big Data
• Technical company direction for company
• Mo...
Contents
Analytics Engines
Review of current EU projects
• Handhold
• Panorama
• Nanostreams
EU project journey
• Nanostre...
Who we are
Analytics Engines is a leading provider of
acceleration products, focussed on
providing optimal performance wit...
Our Mission
To improve application performance
by enhancing the speed and efficiency of
software algorithms through hardwa...
What we do
We provide our suite of accelerators, which can be easily
integrated with existing software to provide increase...
Our History
• Company founded in 2008
• Spun out of world leading ECIT Institute at Queens
University Belfast
• Commercial...
Contents
Analytics Engines
Review of current EU projects
• Handhold
• Panorama
• Nanostreams
EU project journey
• Nanostre...
EU projects
HANDHOLD (HANDHeld OLfactory Detector)
• Use of sensors/low power embedded computing for improved mobile
detec...
EU projects (cont’d)
PANORAMA: Ultra Wide Context Aware Imaging
• A ENIAC framework 7 project (Public-private partnership ...
EU projects (cont’d)
Nanostreams: A Hardware and Software Stack for Real-
Time Analytics on Fast Data Streams
• A framewor...
EU projects (cont’d)
Nanostreams: A picture worth a thousand words
Contents
Analytics Engines
Review of current EU projects
• Handhold
• Panorama
• Nanostreams
EU project journey
• Nanostre...
How did Nanostreams
start?
Approach from academia at Queen’s University Belfast
Neither an EU ICT Work Programme nor targe...
How did Nanostreams
evolve?
Context
• Real‐time analytics on streaming data require extremely high performance
and low lat...
How did Nanostreams
Evolve into an EU project?
Contemplated several funding alternatives
• Hard to involve SMEs and indust...
The consortium
Contents
Analytics Engines
Review of current EU projects
• Handhold
• Panorama
• Nanostreams
EU project journey
• Nanostre...
Misconceptions
Is EU project involvement too difficult?
• Network
• Projects actively need SME involvement
• Identify clea...
Misconceptions
What are the financial implications?
• May fund your proposed R&D plans
• Be aware of the funding regulatio...
Contents
Analytics Engines
Review of current EU projects
• Handhold
• Panorama
• Nanostreams
EU project journey
• Nanostre...
Final thoughts
Getting involved
• Cordis (http://cordis.europa.eu/)
• InvestNI
… more involved
• InvestNI
• Networking e.g...
Final thoughts
Go for it!
Engagement in EU projects
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CTO
27 May 2014
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    1. 1. Engagement in EU projects Professor Roger Woods CTO 27 May 2014
    2. 2. About me CTO of Analytics Engines Ltd. • Accelerated Analytics for Big Data • Technical company direction for company • Monitoring/engaging in funding opportunities for company Professor of Embedded Systems, Queen’s University • Leads a research group of 10 people in embedded systems for image processing and telecommunications • Considerable experience of computer platforms particularly Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) based acceleration • £2.4M of current grant support
    3. 3. Contents Analytics Engines Review of current EU projects • Handhold • Panorama • Nanostreams EU project journey • Nanostreams Misconceptions Final thoughts
    4. 4. Who we are Analytics Engines is a leading provider of acceleration products, focussed on providing optimal performance without technology bias.
    5. 5. Our Mission To improve application performance by enhancing the speed and efficiency of software algorithms through hardware acceleration.
    6. 6. What we do We provide our suite of accelerators, which can be easily integrated with existing software to provide increased application performance. This performance boost leads to significant commercial advantage, allowing increasingly complex analytics and enhanced real time processing of Big Data.
    7. 7. Our History • Company founded in 2008 • Spun out of world leading ECIT Institute at Queens University Belfast • Commercialising output from a long-term advanced research programme in hardware acceleration and FPGA processor design • Deep capabilities in high performance system design, and hybrid data processing platforms
    8. 8. Contents Analytics Engines Review of current EU projects • Handhold • Panorama • Nanostreams EU project journey • Nanostreams Misconceptions Final thoughts
    9. 9. EU projects HANDHOLD (HANDHeld OLfactory Detector) • Use of sensors/low power embedded computing for improved mobile detection devices to complement dogs in security. • Security Theme of FP7 Partners • Ireland (NUI, UCC, Irish Revenue Commissioners, Scorpion Net.) • UK (QUB, Analytics Engines) • Germany (Karlsruhe Inst. Of Tech) • Portugal (Instituto de Novas Technologias) • Defendec Ou (Estonia) Details • Total cost: 3,495,805€ (April 2012 – August 2015)
    10. 10. EU projects (cont’d) PANORAMA: Ultra Wide Context Aware Imaging • A ENIAC framework 7 project (Public-private partnership on nanoelectronics that brings together ENIAC Member/Associated States, EC and AENEAS (an association representing European R&D actors in this field)). • Highly sophisticated image processing technology has now has an established role in our lives, • move from ‘single-’ to ‘multi-view’ -> performance Partners Armines, Analytics Engines, Bosch Security Systems, CMOSIS, CycloMedia Technology, Eindhoven Univ., Grass Valley, IBBT-FMI, INRIA, Medisys, Philips Healthcare, Q-Free, STMicroelectronics, Technolution, Thales Angenieux, University of Catania, University of Leeds Details • Total cost: 22,800,000€ (April 2012 – August 2015)
    11. 11. EU projects (cont’d) Nanostreams: A Hardware and Software Stack for Real- Time Analytics on Fast Data Streams • A framework 7 ICT project • Data deluge is an unprecedented challenge for the computing ecosystem • Micro-server architecture and a scalable software stack that addresses the unique challenges of real-time analytics on streaming data. Partners QUB, Analytics Engines Ltd, Neueda Consulting Ltd (UK) ACE Associated Compiler Experts B.V., (Netherlands) IBM Research GMBH, Credit Suisse Bank, (Switzerland) Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece) Details • Total cost : 4,676,795€ (Sept. 2013 – Aug. 2016)
    12. 12. EU projects (cont’d) Nanostreams: A picture worth a thousand words
    13. 13. Contents Analytics Engines Review of current EU projects • Handhold • Panorama • Nanostreams EU project journey • Nanostreams Misconceptions Final thoughts
    14. 14. How did Nanostreams start? Approach from academia at Queen’s University Belfast Neither an EU ICT Work Programme nor targeted call • Clearly identified challenge that merits investigation from strong consortium Critical mass in the financial trading sector in Belfast • Extreme performance requirements, at odds with technology trends towards energy‐efficient servers Solutions considered required disruptive changes that span the entire computing software & hardware stack • Not be solved by a university, SME, or even multi‐national • First hint to consider an EU project
    15. 15. How did Nanostreams evolve? Context • Real‐time analytics on streaming data require extremely high performance and low latency Critical for important markets: capital markets, forensics • Currently supported by servers with high total cost of ownership Idea • Can a low‐cost server be used instead?
    16. 16. How did Nanostreams Evolve into an EU project? Contemplated several funding alternatives • Hard to involve SMEs and industry as funded partners in RCUK • Limited funding, small “demos” supported from instruments like TSB Critical mass of expertise available in the UK but important components missing • Compilers for application‐specific processors • Major server vendors not UK‐based
    17. 17. The consortium
    18. 18. Contents Analytics Engines Review of current EU projects • Handhold • Panorama • Nanostreams EU project journey • Nanostreams Misconceptions Final thoughts
    19. 19. Misconceptions Is EU project involvement too difficult? • Network • Projects actively need SME involvement • Identify clear goals • Remain focused on your company’s priorities • Use as opportunity for future R&D • Avoid major involvement • Don’t lead an EU project (or even workpackage) • Plead admin poverty! Is EU funding too hard to get? • Projects need SME involvement • Identify strong partners with EU experience
    20. 20. Misconceptions What are the financial implications? • May fund your proposed R&D plans • Be aware of the funding regulations • Shift towards partial payment upfront Doesn’t EU projects take too much work/time? It can do but you should… • Focus of what you want/can offer in terms of partnership • Don’t be badgered into doing something you don’t want! • Avoid leading a EU project • Set sensible achievable objectives
    21. 21. Contents Analytics Engines Review of current EU projects • Handhold • Panorama • Nanostreams EU project journey • Nanostreams Misconceptions Final thoughts
    22. 22. Final thoughts Getting involved • Cordis (http://cordis.europa.eu/) • InvestNI … more involved • InvestNI • Networking e.g. Linkedin • Attend focused meeting event • Engage with local/national research units Numerous advantages • Customers • Funding ‘cushion’
    23. 23. Final thoughts Go for it!
    24. 24. Engagement in EU projects Professor Roger Woods CTO 27 May 2014
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