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Universities, R&D Groups and Academic Networks

DATA is a unique forum for universities, research groups and research projects to present their research and scientific results, be it by presenting a paper, hosting a tutorial or instructional course or demonstrating its research products in demo sessions, by contributing towards panels and discussions in the event's field of interest or by presenting their project, be it by setting up an exhibition booth, by being profiled in the event's web presence or printed materials or by suggesting keynote speakers or specific thematic sessions.

Special conditions are also available for Research Projects which wish to hold meetings at INSTICC events.

Current Academic Partners:

University of Cagliari

The University of Cagliari was founded in 1606 along the lines of the old Spanish Universities of Salamanca, Valladolid and Léridaand. It is a public state University which has about 31,102 enrolled students and over 1,000  teaching staff. Besides that, about 200 visting professors come to the University of Cagliari yearly. At the moment it is one of the largest enterprises in the Region of Sardinia, thanks to its international policy, studies and its numerous agreements with prestigious universities in Europe and around the world.

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE) of University of Cagliari

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE) of University of Cagliari is a higher education and research organization. It manages and coordinates courses at B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. level as well as reserach activities in the field of biomedical, electrical, electronic, energy and telecommunication engineering.

LinDA - Enabling Linked Data and Analytics for SMEs by Renovating Public Sector Information

As public sector information data sources and initiatives have proliferated over the last years, linking and combining datasets has become one of the major topics for information managers of SMEs. Due to the massive growth of available data, conventional methods of data integration are bound to fail while the complexity of processes within organizations ask for more agile options to link and mash-up data in a qualified way. However, in many cases public sector information is not published in a machine-processable format but only as unstructured documents or reports, thus making the effort and cost of linking and utilizing this information unbearable for SMEs. The majority of available Linked Data tools have an academic focus and hence there is a strong need for supporting consumers unfamiliar with the linked data paradigm through interfaces that hide the underlying complexity and allow the re-use of existing software applications. The LinDA project aims to assist SMEs and data providers in renovating public sector information as well as analyzing and interlinking them with enterprise data, by providing Open Data renovation and Consumption application libraries that are based on the Linked Data paradigm but with a strong business, rather than academic, focus.The LinDA project aims to develop : a) A rule-based system for renovating and converting a wide range of supported data structures into arbitrary RDF graphs, b) A repository for accessing and sharing Linked-Data vocabularies and metadata amongst SMEs’, c) An ecosystem of Linked Data publication and consumption apps (visualization, exploration, data mining), which can be bound together in a dynamic manner, leading to new, unpredicted insights. Comprising 8 partners (3 SMEs), LinDA project will develop linked data apps that will be tested and exploited through the establishment of three pilots in the domains of Business Intelligence, Environment and News / Media.

The University of Haute-Alsace (UHA)

The University of Haute-Alsace (UHA, Université de Haute-Alsace) is an academic institution devoted to research and student education, welcoming some 8000 students on its two campuses: Mulhouse (6500 students) and Colmar (1500 students).

UHA offers hundreds of educational programmes in four main areas :

- Literature, Languages and Humanities

- Business and Management

- Law and Social Sciences

- Applied Sciences and Technologies

UHA is a high-level research institution, with 17 research units divided into 6 different areas.


The PERICLES project aims to address the challenge of ensuring that digital information remains accessible in an environment that is subject to continual change.  PERICLES is taking a ‘Preservation-by design’ approach which involves modelling, capturing and maintaining detailed and complex information about digital objects, the environment in which it exists, and the related processes and policies. Rather than a single system PERICLES will deliver a portfolio of models, services, tools and best practice to provide a framework for long-term preservation and change management.


Given the inability of Highly-Distributed-Application-Developers to foresee the changes as well as the heterogeneity on the underlying infrastructure, it is considerable crucial the design and development of novel software paradigms that facilitate application developers to take advantage of the emerging programmability of the underlying infrastructure and therefore develop Reconfigurable-by-Design applications. In parallel, it is crucial to design solutions that are scalable, support high performance, are resilient-to-failure and take into account the conditions of their runtime environment. Towards this direction, the ARCADIA project aims to design and validate a Novel Reconfigurable-By-Design Highly Distributed Applications Development Paradigm over Programmable Infrastructure. The proposed framework will rely on the development of an extensible Context Model which will be used by developers directly at the source-code level. Proper Context-Model will be assisted and validated by IDE-plugins (for many IDEs) in order to re-assure that the generated executable files contain meaningful semantics. According to ARCADIA’s vision, the generated executables should be on-boarded by a Smart Controller which will undertake the tasks of translating annotations to optimal infrastructural configuration. Such a controller will enforce an optimal configuration to the registered programmable resources and will pro-actively adjust the configuration plan based on the Infrastructural State and the Application State. The Context-Model and the aforementioned ARCADIA toolset will be complemented by a Development Methodology that will assure that developed Highly Distributed Applications are Reconfigurable-By-Design. The framework is planned to be validated and evaluated on three use cases that will be deployed over testbeds that host heterogeneous programmable infrastructure.