The Open University (OU) is the UK’s largest university, with 250,000 students per year studying its courses. This number includes 22% of all part-time higher education students in the UK. The OU is leading the FutureLearn initiative, aiming at delivering high quality MOOCs from a network of renowned UK universities. The OU offers a wide variety of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and opportunities to study these resources collaboratively online through projects like OpenLearn and SocialLearn. The OU is also one of the top global contributors of learning materials in iTunes U. The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), a proof-of-concept and prototype development laboratory which was set up by the OU in 1995 in recognition of the need to be at the forefront of research and development in a convergence of learning technologies and new media. KMi is an 80-strong Research and Development Unit on the OU campus in Milton Keynes, which explores the future of learning and the boundaries between knowledge and the media we use to work with it. The KMi team are engaged in over 100 projects, many with the EU. They have led and participated in a number of key TEL (Technology-Enhanced Learning) projects, including ROLE, STELLAR, iCoper, OpenScout, TELMAP, and weSPOT. They routinely collaborate in ensuring that ideas developed in highly strategic projects such as this one are deployed at scale, quickly and economically, and in ways that can be shared with the whole sector. Common threads include Open Source, Open Research, Open Knowledge, Open Innovation and Open Content.
Dr Aitor Gomez-Goiri
Research Associate in the Knowledge Media Institute
Administration Coordinator in the Knowledge Media Institute
University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras, Greece, in 1964 and it began functioning in the academic year 1966-67. UoP is the third largest university in Greece with each own campus in the outskirts of Patras city. The Network Architectures and Management (NAM) group which is going to carry out the work in this project acquired its expertise through collaborations with industry and a series of research projects, mainly European. It is currently comprised of 2 professors, 3 post-docs, 2 researchers-system developers and 7 PhD students. During the last four years we have recently involved in many Future Internet Research (FIRE) projects: AutoI, Panlab-PII, and we have coordinated the project VITAL++. We are currently coordinating the FIRE project STEER, we are a partner on FIRE OpenLab and we are executing an experiment on BonFire project. Additionally we have published more than 30 scientific papers. Finally we have deployed and maintained an IMS test-bed while we have under implementation a Cloud Computing infrastructure testbed. We have designed and developed a new P2P client for live streaming, which is currently under test in the university campus with real users. We have also implemented many tools for FIRE, that where part of the Teagle framework in Panlab and now are part of OpenLab project, namely FSToolkit and FCI. All these tools are already used by our testbed users and can be found at our Patras Platform for Experimentation portal.
Prof. Odysseas Koufopavlou
Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr Christos Tranoris
iMinds (formerly known as IBBT) is an independent strategic research institute founded by the Flemish government in 2004 to stimulate ICT innovation by addressing technological, legal, business and sociological aspects. The IBCN research group (Internet Based Communication Networks and Services) is part of the Future Internet Department (FID) of iMinds and belongs to the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of Ghent University (UGent). At a national level the group is collaborating with over 100 industrial partners in many multidisciplinary projects. Also internationally there is strong involvement in European research projects, especially in the Future Internet area, with about 50 finished and running EU projects over the past 10 years. Since the start of the IBCN group (1992), research resulted in 1200 publications in international journals and conference proceedings, 60 PhDs, 30 international awards, and 4 spin-off companies.
Jono Vanhie-Van Gerwen
Doctoral student at Ghent University
Prof. Ingrid Moerman
Professor with the Department of Information Technology at Ghent University
Dr Daan Pareit
Postdoctoral research engineer at Ghent University
GRNET currently employs more than 15 senior researchers, most of them having completed PhD postgraduate studies. In addition, GRNET has close cooperation with multiple research labs in the Greek Universities and research institutes.
More information about GRNET is available at: www.grnet.gr.
Project Manager at The Greek Research and Technology Network
Dr Afrodite Sevasti
Chief Business Development Officer at The Greek Research and Technology Network
Marketing Manager at The Greek Research and Technology Network
University Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne Universités (UPMC), in particular it Laboratoire Informatique (LIP6, a joint research unit of both UPMC and CNRS – CNRS is a third party linked to UPMC, allowed in FP7 through the special clause n°10 of the Grant Agreement) has been a pioneer in experimentation facility federation since prior to the establishment of the FIRE unit. Since 2006 and through various development and extension phases UPMC coordinates currently FP7 FIRE IP OpenLab and partners in a newly launched EC flagship IP Fed4FIRE, which can be considered to be performing another development spiral on European experimental facilities. Within France, UPMC leads the FIT Equipex project (2011-2019) that federates infrastructures that consist of embedded communicating objects ”ECO”s. Through the ECO testbeds, the FIT project will provide a very large-scale infrastructure suitable for testing heterogeneous embedded communicating objects of all sorts. UPMC is also managing and developing OneLab, a facility with over 140 member institutions (universities and industrial research labs) and hundreds of active researchers which also runs the TopHat measurement infrastructure and develops the MySlice resource browsing and selection tool.
Prof. Olivier Fourmaux
Associate Professor at UPMC Sorbonne Universités
NICTA (National ICT Australia) is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre of Excellence. With over 700 people, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research, commercialisation and research training. NICTA‘s research strategy is to focus its efforts to maximise their impact. It is organised along four major research themes: Embedded Systems, Networked Systems, Making Sense of Data – finding ways to make sense and extract value from the growing amounts of data created by ICT systems and Managing Complexity – developing efficient and reliable tools and processes to solve complex ICT problems. Specifically, the Networked Systems theme is focusing on networked systems, which differ from the current systems in their scale, the technologies used to interconnect them, and the way they can be used. NICTA‘s approach to managing networks is to ensure that they operate efficiently, reliably, safely and predictably as well as being able to exploit unique applications and services. NICTA has been participating for many years in various international facility activities. It has deployed multiple indoor and outdoor facilities and has advised various research groups around the world in their respective facility efforts. NICTA’s open-source Control and Management Framework (OMF) and companion Measurement Library (OML) manage around 15 facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia. NICTA has been a partner in three successfully completed FIRE EU projects (OneLab2, NADA and OpenLab), and currently participates one another FIRE EU project (Fed4FIRE). In addition, OMF is the management backbone of the WiMAX meso-scale project within the NSF Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), and OML is the foundation measurement system within the GENI Instrumentation and Monitoring Infrastructure project.
Dr Guillaume Jourjon
Senior Researcher at NICTA in the Network System Group
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is the leading university on the island of Ireland and is ranked 13th in Europe and 53rd in the world, according to the Times Higher Educational Supplement global rankings 2007. The University has 24 schools across 3 faculties and has currently over 1,500 research accounts. TCD covers all the major scientific disciplines, participates in all the major EU R&D programs, and has research income which now accounts for more than one third of Trinity’s annual operating budget and which has increased from €20 million in 2000 to a €81million in 2007. Technology transfer, patents, licenses and associated outputs have increased in parallel with the increase in research. This increased research activity has come from a wide variety of sponsors but with particular emphasis on the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Higher Education Authority Programme for Research in Third Level Institutes (HEA PRTLI). Other major providers of research income to the College are the European Union, the Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland and other Public Sector bodies, business and industry, and charities. The percentage of the College’s Research income that comes from Irish sources is now 87.73%, with foreign sources 12.27%.
Prof. Luiz DaSilva
Stokes Professor in Telecommunications at Trinity College Dublin
Dr Johann Marquez-Barja
Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin