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Project Summary

The goal of iCIS is to perform world class research in intelligent computing for the Internet of Services and Things, and to achieve a continuum and an increased momentum in national and international cooperation on these scientific challenges, sustainable increase in critical mass and international impact, as well as a long-term financial sustainability of the consortium by preparing it for national (e.g., QREN) and international (FP7, FP8) framework programmes and for technology transfer and start-up promotion.

Research in iCIS will be focused in two complementary, yet interrelated, directions: advanced algorithms and infrastructures for information capture and management in the Internet, and intelligent algorithms for data analysis and knowledge extraction for smart Internet services. The former will investigate key solutions for the future internet related mainly to cloud computing, internet of services and things, internet security, and advanced software engineering, whereas the latter will concentrate on intelligent algorithms for data analysis and knowledge extraction over Internet-based solutions focusing on relevant scientific and socio-economical problems involving complex, multi-parametric and high volumes of data. More specifically, the consortium will focus on three main application areas where considerable expertise exists in the team: computational intelligence for personal health systems (PHS) directed to chronic cardiovascular and neurological disease management, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and information retrieval systems.

To achieve the strategic goals of the research line within iCIS, a twofold strategy shall be followed: first, existing networks and international research projects shall be used as anchors, i.e. research where the team has proven excellence (e.g., in next generation networks technology, sensor network solutions, in PHS for cardiovascular and neurological diseases, in ITS, in security and dependability of large scale computer systems) will be pursued by tackling central research questions in the field and with a high degree of alignment with FP7 and Horizon 2020 challenges. Second, throughout the project, project concepts will be defined and developed. Concept definition aims at identifying the scientific, social and economic requirements of relevant project ideas, key technologies and know-how from inside the consortium to solve the problem, but also expertise outside the consortium (either using existing networks or seeking new partners). These concepts will be the basis for new project and network proposals to be lead or to be integrated by researchers of the consortium and for the promotion of technology transfer to innovative start-ups.

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