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AIAI-2012 International Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2012 Workshop (Chalkidiki Greece, September 27-30, 2012)

The 1st CTTE Workshop on “Network Operators View on Future Networks Landscape: Will it be Cloudy with a Chance of Data Rain?”(Athens, Greece, June 06, 2012)

The Connected Smart Cities Workshop (organized by the European Commission) (Brussels, Belgium, September 13, 2012)

The tGov-2013 International Workshop (“The 4th Transforming Government Workshop”) (London, UK, March 21-23, 2013)

Future Internet Assembly FIA-2013 Dublin (Dublin, Ireland, May 08-10, 2013)

The SaCoNeT 2013 International Conference / LiveCity Workshop on Smart and Pervasive Communications for Enhanced Communities (Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013)

EANN-2013 International Conference / (LiveCity) IPMSC-2013 Workshop (Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013)

AIAI-2013 International Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2013 Workshop (Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013)

Annual Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Conference (Letterkenny in County Donegal, Ireland, October 17-19, 2013).

pre-ICIS Workshop on Electronic Government (Milan, Italy, December 14-15, 2013)

5th ENEPROT Pan-Hellenic Conference for Protypation, Standards and Quality (Thessaloniki, Greece, February 21-22, 2014).

Future Internet Assembly FIA-2014 Athens (Athens, Greece, March 17-20, 2014).

The tGov-2014 International Workshop (“The 5th Transforming Government Workshop”) (London, UK, June 12-13, 2014).

The SaCoNeT 2014 International Conference / The 2nd LiveCity Workshop on Smart and Pervasive Communications for Enhanced Communities (Villanova i la Celtrú, Spain, June 18-20, 2014).

The EuCNC 2014 International Conference (Bologna, Italy, June 23-26, 2014).

The 20th Americas International Conference on Information Systems-2014 (AMCIS-2014) (Savannah, Georgia, USA, August 07-09, 2014).

AIAI-2014 International Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2014 Workshop (Island of Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014).

IAEM-2014 Irish National Conference (Dun, Laoghaire, Ireland, October 16-18, 2014).

VDE-2014 German National Conference (Frankfurt am Main, Messe, Germany, October 20-21, 2014).

NAT-2014 German National Conference (Hamburg, Germany, December 12-13, 2014).

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Event (Greifswald, Germany, January 16-17, 2015)

Support of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education – LiveCity presentation

Participation to the cohIT-2015 Conference


AIAI-2012 International Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2012 Workshop (Chalkidiki Greece, September 27-30, 2012)

OTE, in the scope of the prescribed WP6-related context of the LiveCity Project effort, and also working in cooperation with the University of Athens (UoA) and the Brunel University has organized a “LiveCity”-based Workshop, that is the IIVC-2012 Workshop (“The 1st Workshop on Intelligent Innovative Ways for Video-to-Video Communication in Modern Smart Cities”).

Related information about this 1st IIVC Workshop can be found at the following website: http://delab.csd.auth.gr/aiai2012/workshops_innovative_ways_v2_v_communication_modern_smart_cities.html.

The Workshop has been realized in the context of the AIAI-2012 International Conference (“The 8th Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations Conference”) that was held in Chalkidiki, Greece, during the period September 27-30, 2012. [http://delab.csd.auth.gr/aiai2012/]

In the wider context of the IIVC Workshop’s Program Committee, apart from other participants there were also support provided by RedZinc, QuartzSpark, UL (University of Luxembourg) and OneSource, thus demonstrating the strong LiveCity interest to support the entire scope of the Workshop.

Finally, seven (-7-) papers have been approved after reviews by at least two independent academic and/or business referees, per case.

All papers have been presented in two separate sessions (IIVC-1 and IIVC-2 sessions) and have collected very positive “feedback” from the audience of the hosting conference.

Brief AIAI-2012 description

After 50 years of research in Artificial Intelligence (AI), the dream of intelligent machines that use sophisticated and advanced approaches is now becoming a reality. AI researchers have already created systems that are capable of tackling complicated and challenging problems. Scientists have developed analytical models and corresponding systems which can “mimic” human behaviour and cognition, they can understand speech, beat experts human chess players, and countless other feats that can have a potential impact in our everyday lives. It is a fact that humans are a species that learn by training plus trial and error, so it can be considered rational to see AI more as a blessing and less as an inhibition. On the other hand, the misuse of AI technology is always a potential.

The 8th AIAI conference has been supported and sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). It is the official conference of the IFIP’s Working Group 12.5 “Artificial Intelligence Applications”. IFIP was founded in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO, following the first World Computer Congress held in Paris the previous year. The 1st AIAI conference was held in Toulouse/France in 2004 and since then, it has been held annually offering scientists the chance to present the achievements of AI applications in various fields.

Conference Proceedings have been published by Springer.

This Springer volume of the AIAI-2012 Conference Proceedings belongs to the IFIP AICT series. It contains the papers that were accepted to be presented orally at the main event of the 8th AIAI Conference and the papers accepted for the 8 Workshops that were organized as “parallel” events, namely: the 2nd AIAB, the 1st AIeIA, the 2nd CISE, the 1st COPA, the 1st IIVC, the 3rd ISQL, the 1st MHDW and the 1st WADTMB.

The 8TH AIAI Conference was held at the Sithonia peninsula of Chalkidiki/Greece, on September 27-30, 2012. The diverse nature of papers that have been presented, has demonstrated the vitality of AI computing approaches and proved the very wide range of AI applications as well. On the other hand, the volume of AIAI-2012 Conference Proceedings contains basic research papers, presenting variations and extensions of several existing methodologies.

The response to the Call for Papers was more than satisfactory with 98 papers initially submitted to the main event. All papers have passed through a peer review process by at least 2 independent academic referees. Where needed, a third referee was consulted to resolve any resulting conflicts.

In the 8th AIAI conference, 43.9% of the submitted manuscripts (totally 44) were published in the Proceedings as full papers whereas 5.1% as short ones. The authors of accepted papers of the main event come from 17 different countries, namely: Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Tunisia and United States of America.

Papers presented in the AIAI-2012 Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2012 Workshop

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“Developing Innovative Live Video-to-Video Communications for Smarter European Cities”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.279-289.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_29

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE),

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE) and

Latif Ladid (UL).

 

The LiveCity Project effort intends to create a city-based “Living Lab” and associated ecosystem to pilot live interactive high-definition video-to-video (v2v) on ultrafast wireless and wireline Internet infrastructure for the support of appropriate public service use cases among a number of city user communities initially in four major European cities (Dublin, Athens, Luxembourg (city) and Valladolid). The essential aim is to empower the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way by using v2v over the Internet, as the latter can be considered to improve city administration, reduce fuel costs and carbon footprint, enhance education, improve city experiences for tourists/cultural consumers and save patients’ lives. LiveCity underpins technology which has the ability to massively scale while it integrates the necessary ingredients in an efficient low-cost manner and provides a proper testing ground for a mass market deployment to the cities in Europe.

 

2.

“Multimedia Content Distribution Over Next-Generation Heterogeneous Networks              Featuring a Service Architecture of Sliced Resources”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.300-310.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_31

 

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE) and

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE)

Recent advancements of IP networks pave the way for Over-the-Top (OTT) applications. Evolved telecom platforms provide revenue potentials via Service Gateways (APIs) on top of VoIP/RCS (IMS), Machine Type Communication (MTC) and Smart Bit pipe approaches. QoS is achieved through over-provisioning in today’s access and core networks since there are no flexible mechanisms that are available for end-users to influence the QoS level. Processes for user-demanded and operator-controlled QoS management as well as mechanisms for applications signaling their requirements on the data path into the network are far from being adequate. Novel approaches regarding end-to-end inter-domain flow-control architectures, i.e. network slicing, as well as machine-to-machine (M2M) virtualization platforms that handle such functions as device/ communication management, session management and bearer and charging management are emerging promising enhanced multimedia communications and efficient utilization of network resources. They promote cloud services and they integrate the computer word into next generation telecommunications.

 

3.

“Enhancing Education and Learning Capabilities via the Implementation of Video-to-Video Communications”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.268-278.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_28

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE),

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE),

Donal Morris (RedZinc) and

Martin Kennedy

(Skryne School).

The LiveCity Project addresses a number of communities where the citizens of a city can have specific challenges and derive immediate benefits or advantages from the proper and effective use of live interactive high definition video-to-video (v2v) communications over the Internet, for various sectors of applications and/or related services. One of these communities is the educational community, where major benefits and impacts may raise, as a result of the innovative v2v implementation and use, to support teaching and learning activities. In this paper, we propose a specific context to satisfy this challenge, based on the formation of a “network” of involved schools, where we also identify essential users’ needs and propose distinct educational use cases (i.e.: v2v for school-to-school communication and v2v for an interactive homework channel). In addition, we discuss potential benefits from this action and we identify legal and ethical issues that may affect further progress.

 

4.

Video-to-Video for e-Health: Use Case, Concepts and Pilot plan”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.311-321.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_32

 

Makis Stamatelatos (UoA),

George Katsikas (UoA),

Petros Makris (UoA), Nancy Alonistioti (UoA),

Serafeim Antonakis (UoA),

Dimitrios Alonistiotis (UoA)

and

Panagiotis Theodossiadis (UoA).

Future Internet and smart cities are creating a very promising paradigm for providing advanced services to citizens. The paradigm of e-Health forms a valuable yet demanding use case for design, develop, deploy and provide related services. The aim of LiveCity project is to empower the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive efficient and socially useful way by using high quality video-to-video (v2v); v2v can be used to improve medical services. This paper presents the related concepts, the scenario and the pilot set for the tele-monitoring service realization, deployment and provision.

5.

“Utilizing a High-Definition Live Video Platform to Facilitate Public Service Delivery”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.290-299.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_30

 

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE)

and

Donal Morris (RedZinc).

 

The LiveCity Project effort intends to create a city-based “Living Lab” and associated ecosystem to pilot live interactive high-definition video-to-video (v2v) on ultrafast wireless and wireline Internet infrastructure for the support of appropriate public service use cases among a number of city user communities initially in four major European cities. The essential aim is to empower the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way by using v2v over the Internet, as the latter can be considered to improve city administration, enhance education and city experiences for tourists/ cultural consumers and save patients’ lives. We discuss the role that stakeholders can play in identifying appropriate KPIs to assess the progress of the LiveCity concept, covering the underlying network infrastructure, the intended services-facilities per specific case, as well as users’ satisfaction and requirements.

6.

“The Impact of IPv6 on Video-to-Video and Mobile Video Communications”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.322-331.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_33

 

Latif Ladid

(SnT/Université du Luxemburg)

and

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE)

New technologies, viewing paradigms and content distribution approaches are about to take the TV/video services industry by storm. Five emerging trends are observable, among which is the worldwide deployment of IP Version 6 (IPv6), that are all related to the next-generation delivery of entertainment-quality video and can be capitalized upon by progressive service providers, telcos, cable operators, and ISPs. This work aims at exploring the IPv6-based evolving trends and offering practical suggestions of how it could support effective growth of video-to-video and mobile video communications. It also addresses an overview of IPv6; the rapid expansion of video-based solutions in the ICT market sector; IPv6 advantages for enhanced video communications as well as QoS issues from the use of IPV6 and IPv6 multicast approaches.

7.

“LiveCity: A Secure Live Video-to-Video Interactive City Infrastructure”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.260-267.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_27

 

Joao Goncalves (OneSource),

Luis Cordeiro (OneSource),

Patricio Batista (OneSource)

and

Edmundo Monteiro (OneSource).

In typical video-to-video transmissions, security and confidentiality is becoming an issue of greater importance, but these features come at a cost. In mobile environments, where CPU time is a valuable resource, such features should be thoroughly thought over as they usually require heavy computational resources. In this paper a short analysis on existing streaming solutions, standardized and otherwise, is performed while taking into consideration the scope of the LiveCity project of developing applications destined to the end-user. An analysis of different transmission protocols and their specifications, as well as encryption protocols designed to work on top of streamed data, is performed as a means to access which specifications better fit LiveCity requirements.

 

 

The 1st CTTE Workshop on “Network Operators View on Future Networks Landscape: Will it be Cloudy with a Chance of Data Rain?” (Athens, Greece, June 06, 2012)

OTE has participated to The 1st CTTE Workshop on “Network Operators View on Future Networks Landscape: Will it be Cloudy with a Chance of Data Rain?” organized by the University of Athens (UoA) on June 06, 2012.

A lecture presentation has been given in the official Workshop’s program by the Project Coordinator, Dr. Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE).

Title of lecture: “Innovative Live Video-to-Video Communications for the Support of Interactive and Smarter European Cities”.

Brief 1st CTTE description

The 1st CTTE Workshop on "Network Operators View on Future Networks Landscape: Will it be Cloudy with a Chance of Data Rain?" has been held in conjunction with 11th Conference of Telecommunication, Media and Internet Techno-Economics (CTTE) on 6th June 2012. The Workshop took place at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) in Athens.

This Workshop aimed to provide a forum for network operators, industry, researchers and practitioners to present and discuss network operators’ views for advances towards the Future Networks. The focus of the symposium was on the network operators’ point of view on emerging management schemes for future Internet technologies, intelligent adaptation and autonomous functionalities, cloud and virtualized systems and data awareness and exploitation techniques.

 

The Connected Smart Cities Workshop (organized by the European Commission) (Brussels, Belgium, September 13, 2012)

OTE has participated to The Connected Smart Cities Workshop organized by the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on September 13, 2012.

A lecture presentation has been given in the official Workshop’s program by the Project Coordinator, Dr. Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE) and a Fact-sheet has also been submitted to the attention of the European Commission, to serve dissemination effort and intended interworking between existing EU-funded projects.

In the above event has also participated Dr. Tigran Avanesov from the University of Luxembourg.

In the scope of the event, the Project has communicated representatives from similar initiatives and has exchanged ideas in order to investigate, potentially, future synergetic actions.

Further information can be found at:

http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/fire/connected-smart-cities/csc_en.html

The tGov-2013 International Workshop (“The 4th Transforming Government Workshop”) (London, UK, March 21-23, 2013)

OTE, has been invited by Brunel University to join the tGov-2013 International Workshop (i.e., “The 4th Transforming Government Workshop”) organised by the Brunel University in London, UK on March 22-23, 2013, and to make a relevant thematic presentation based on the original LiveCity context. More information about the tGov2013 Workshop can be found at: www.tgovworkshops.org.

The Workshop has been hosted at Brunel University in West London and has been organized by eGovPoliNet, a coordination activity funded by FP7 (www.policy-community.eu) and the CEES project (i.e.: an EU FP7 IAPP Marie Curie Action, www.iapp-cees.eu.).

The overall focus of the 2013 tGov Conference was be to bring together researchers from different disciplines in the field of electronic government and policy modeling to share knowledge, expertise and best practices in ICT enabled Public Sector Transformation.

OTE has participated to the event and a lecture presentation has been given in the official Workshop’s program, by OTE’s representative Dr. George Diakonikolaou. The lecture was specifically oriented to the thematic concept of the municipal services that are intended to be offered by the related pilot action of the LiveCity Project (as discussed in the context of the corresponding WP3). Furthermore, OTE has also dispersed other aspects originating from the LiveCity effort.

Among other project partners, RedZinc has participated in the tGov-2013 Workshop, also assisted by OneSource.

Title of lecture: “Live Video-to-Video Communications Supporting Interactive City Infrastructures”.

 

Future Internet Assembly FIA-2013 Dublin (Dublin, Ireland, May 08-10, 2013)

The LiveCity Project has been invited by the European Commission to participate to the forthcoming FIA 2013 Event, held at Dublin, Ireland, on May 08-10, 2013. More event-specific information can be found at: http://www.fi-dublin.eu/.

The theme for FIA-Dublin was “Future Internet accelerates Innovation”. The event focused on how European Future Internet research and innovation can support EU’s competitiveness and enable a new wave of technologies at the eve of Horizon 2020. FIA Dublin has been framed around two major themes:

  • European competitiveness: towards a strong, diversified and competitive EU Future Internet industrial base, with high innovation performance in global markets.
  • European research & innovation: towards a more effective exploitation of EU Future Internet research results from industry, academia and research.

FIA Dublin also facilitated FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) demonstrations. FIRE has two related dimensions: on the one hand, promoting experimentally-driven long-term, visionary research on new paradigms and networking concepts and architectures for the future internet; and on the other hand, building large-scale experimentation facilities to support both medium- and long- term research on networks and services by gradually federating existing and new test-beds for emerging or future internet technologies.

Overall the objective of FIA Dublin was to strengthen FI innovation and support European competitiveness towards the attainment of our European Future Internet strategy.

Part of the FIA activity was relevant to the thematic scope of “Connected Smart Cities”, where the LiveCity Project is included, with other similar EU-Funded projects.

A lecture presentation has been given by RedZinc, on behalf of the LiveCity consortium, in the related “Connected Smart Cities” Session.  In this Session, LiveCity has been included together with other EC-funded PSP-Pilot B projects.

http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/event/connected-smart-cities-workshop-and-creative-ring-session-pre-fia-dublin-2013

Title of lecture: “LiveCity: Live Video-to-Video Supporting Interactive City Infrastructures”.

According to the corresponding guidelines, OTE has prepared a LiveCity Poster that has been demonstrated during the FIA-2013 event.

In addition, RedZinc has worked together with RCSI/Beaumont Hospital, OneSource and UoA for the proper organization of the Ambulance Use Case demonstration within the scope of FIA 2013, Dublin.

LiveCity participation in FIA-2013 is summarized here.

 

The SaCoNeT 2013 International Conference/ LiveCity Workshop on Smart and Pervasive Communications for Enhanced Communities (Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013)

OneSource, has contacted the organizers of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”) that has been held in Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013, with the aim of organizing a LiveCity-based Workshop (i.e.: the LiveCity Workshop on Smart and Pervasive Communications for Enhanced Communities, that took place on June 17, 2013).

More information about the SaCoNeT 2013 International Conference can be found at: http://www.lissi.fr/saconet2013/start.

Detailed information about the Conference and the LiveCity Workshop in particular, can be found at:

http://www.lissi.fr/saconet2013/wiki/program?DokuWiki=9fad71d0bf949a74116d02d92d9072ea

Brief SaCoNet 2013 description

The main scope of the SaCoNeT 2013 Conference deals with the ever growing smart communications fields embedded in complex systems, for a wide variety of applications in the future generation of network and cloud computing technologies. SaCoNeT focuses on how smart communications affect protocols, global design, equipment, algorithms, paradigms, power consumption, etc., for a large family of applications (Healthcare, Underwater, Vehicular, Robotic, Economics, etc.) using different network technologies (Sensor Networks, MANET, VANET, Ubiquitous, Virtualization, Data centers, etc.).

Indeed, autonomous applications embedded in complex configurations and dynamic environments, have suffered a rapid expansion from classical applications where different modular devices, actuators and sensors interact closely. This expansion considerably impacted on the control of a given system in a centralized manner. Current research trends propose new autonomic architecture schemes that manage and control future emerging networks: Sky of clouds, Internet of things, Smart Grids, Smart Cities, etc. In parallel, the evolution of Internet usages appeals for higher quality guarantees in order to support stringent services. In this context, for example, Healthcare and wellness applications such as helping elderly people, assisting dependent persons, or habitat monitoring in a smart environment, constitute some of the potential scenarios of convergence between autonomous systems and smart network technologies. These applications, which are based on high-level commands, accomplish some specific tasks, reveal new challenges regarding mechanic design, portability, acceptability, power support and efficiency, control theory, etc. In addition to achieve portability and low-power systems, which are major challenges that limit substantially the efficiency of any autonomous system based application; smart network paradigms should also take into account issues related to cost, economic aspects, scalability and security. Another key challenge arises at business level, since existing models do not cover added value services. Before investing in these infrastructures, providers must be ensured to perceive incentive compensations. This conference will highlight the overlapping of these two domains of autonomous systems and smart network technologies devoted for different applications and a large variety of domains. Issues related to concepts, new technologies, test-beds, and protocols will elicit particular attention.

According to the announced information, the SacoNet-2013  LiveCity Workshop has been organized as follows, comprising of four (-4-) papers plus one (-1-) invited speaker as follows:

Eleni Patouni (National & Kapodistrian University Of Athens, Greece).

Title: “UniverSelf - “Cleaned state” not “clean state”“

Papers presented in the SaCoNet 2013 Conference / LiveCity Workshop

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“An outage compensation algorithm for WLANs”.

Published by IEEE, IEEE Communications Society,

in the Proceedings of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”),

held at Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013.

Alexandros Apostolidis (UoA),

Dimitris Siouras (UoA),

and

Nancy Alonistioti (UoA).

 

In this paper we propose an algorithm to address the emergency case of an access point (AP) failure by adjusting a radio parameter of the neighboring APs. The goal is to minimize the coverage gap while at the same time: a) restrain imposed interference as much as possible and b) provide adequate load fairness among the APs. We assume an 802.11 infrastructure network where initially every mobile terminal (MT) can connect to at least one AP even when all APs are transmitting at the minimal power level. The algorithm uses a fuzzy inference system with the following inputs: a) the compensating AP’s load and b) a metric of the overlapping area that each compensating AP creates with the neighboring APs. The output is the transmission power increase of the compensating Aps.

 

2.

“Time Estimation of a Ring-based Bootstrapping Protocol in Wireless Sensor Networks”.

Published by IEEE, IEEE Communications Society,

in the Proceedings of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”),

held at Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013.

Ghofrane Fersi (National School of Engineers of Sfax, Tunisia),

Wassef Louati

(High Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia of Mahdia, Tunisia),

and

Maher Ben Jemaa (ReDCAD, Tunisia)

Bootstrapping is one of the most crucial issues in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) especially at the case

of ring-based protocols where all the nodes should be placed into one global consistent ring. Recent approaches are unable to form directly one global ring. They form as a first step multiple rings, then add an additional step to fuse all the rings into one global consistent ring. We have proposed in a recent work a solution that avoids the formation of separated rings and forms directly one global consistent ring by orchestrating the nodes joining process and avoiding concurrent joining. In this paper, we investigate the following problem: Since our bootstrapping approach has multiple sequential steps whose durations are ensured by timers, we should estimate the maximal duration of each step in order to optimize the total time needed to reach the steady state.

 

3.

“Touch By Touch: Promoting Cultural Awareness With Multi-touch Gaming”.

Published by IEEE, IEEE Communications Society,

in the Proceedings of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”),

held at Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013.

Andrei Popleteev (SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Rod McCall (SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Andreea Molnar

(Brunel University)

and

Tigran Avanesov Alonistioti (SnT/Université du Luxembourg).

This paper presents a work in progress focused on facilitation of cross-cultural awareness between citizens of two European cities. We aim to engage visitors of telecom museums in Athens and Luxembourg to learn more about both cities by means of collaborative games played on multi-touch tables. We also explore how live video-to-video streaming influences players’ behavior and collaboration with remote players.

 

4.

A Dynamic Governance Framework for Efficient Orchestration of HetNet Empowerment Mechanisms”.

Published by IEEE, IEEE Communications Society,

in the Proceedings of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”),

held at Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013.

 

Roi Arapoglou (UoA),

Konstantinos Chatzikokolakis (UoA),

George Katsikas (UoA) and

Nancy Alonistioti (UoA).

 

Now days autonomic network management systems are a significant part of Future Internet vision. These systems may be considered as Network Empowerment Mechanisms (NEMs) in an Heterogeneous, Multi-tier Network Environment. Their main purpose is to monitor network manageable entities, perform decision functions, and start possible healing actions. The NEMs deployment and interworking is proven to be a challenging task, as they increase network complexity in Future Internet paradigm. The decisions and the enforced actions of different NEMs may be conflicting for the underlying network environment thus increasing the complexity of the Network Management. The Unified Management Framework (UMF), solves the aforementioned problems by enabling the efficient orchestration of NEM entities. Following the UMF paradigm, in this work we provide the implementation of the Governance functionality based on an ontology implementation. Furthermore, building on the outcomes of the ontology, we implement the conflict detection and resolution functionality, aiming at handling conflicts in policies introduced by the network operator. The afore-described approach enables the dynamic introduction of newly deployed NEMs into the Governance lifecycle, through the use of OWL language, under specific time constraints.

 

LiveCity participation in SaCoNet 2013 is summarized here.

 

EANN-2013 International Conference / (LiveCity) IPMSC-2013 Workshop (Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013)

OTE, has contacted the organizers of the EANN-2013 International Conference (“The 14th International Conference on Engineering Applications on Neural Networks”) to be held in Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013, with the aim of organizing a LiveCity-sponsored Workshop, that is the 1st Workshop on Innovative European Policies and Applied Measures for Developing Smart Cities (IPMSC-2013).

The Conference is supported by Springer and by the INNS (International Neural Network Society). More related information can be found at: http://delab.csd.auth.gr/eann2013/about%20eann%202013.php.

The EANN-2013 is sponsored by Springer and by INNS - EANN Special Interest Group. Since the first conference in 1995, EANN has provided a great discussion forum on engineering applications of neural networks and related artificial intelligence technologies. EANN promotes the use of neural networks and associated techniques where significant benefits can be derived from their use. However, the Conference also promotes possibilities for discussing novelties and other opportunities in a wider thematic scope, thus attracting interest from other domains like, for example, the one which is related to the Future internet (FI) development which may potentially follow patterns similar to neural networks. Thus, it might be interesting to examine and/or discuss how some network-related applications focusing upon the FI context could be correlated to the proposed scope.

The Conference is not only for reporting advances in techniques, but also for showing how neural networks provide practical solutions in a wide range of applications (as discussed in the previous paragraph). Novel, innovative applications and methods are particularly appreciated and can be included in the Conference’s wider scope.

OTE, in cooperation with the University of Athens (UoA) and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) has proposed the organization of the 1st IPMSC Workshop that has been accepted by the Conference organizers. More related information can be found at the corresponding Workshop’s website: http://delab.csd.auth.gr/eann2013/workshops.php?workshop_id=3.

The 1st IPMSC Workshop primarily intends to “satisfy” the needs and/or requirements already identified in the scope of the LiveCity Deliverable 7.2 (D7.2: “Plan for Inter-Working with Other Projects”), which is also a strategic priority for the LiveCity Project.

Thus, the main aim is to try to “create” -at least during the forthcoming EANN-2013 event- a fully interactive forum, with representatives from other EU-funded projects mainly originating by the “Connected Smart Cities” thematic area, so thus to disseminate results, discuss experiences and exchange ideas and practices, inter-alia.

To accomplish this target, OTE has already sent -by postal courier services- official letters as “written invitations” to all other EU-funded projects belonging to the “Connected Smart Cities” area, so that to “target their interest and to make them join” the planned Workshop.

The IPMSC Workshop has been established to disseminate knowledge obtained from EU projects and funded research in the area of Smart Cities as well as original technical reports/deliverables from related pilots and intelligent telecom applications such as the LiveCity Project (Grant Agreement No.297291) (coordinated by OTE) and SandS: Social&Smart Project (Grant Agreement No.317947) (coordinated by NTUA). Other similar projects from the same thematic category are expected to join the current workshop.

The effort has also been supported by other LiveCity partners (i.e., UL, Brunel University, RedZinc, OneSource and the Municipality of Vrilissia).

Finally, six (-6-) papers have been approved after reviews by at least two independent academic and/or business referees, per case.

All papers are to be presented in two separate sessions (IPMSC-1 and IPMSC-2 sessions) as appear in the program of the event.

Papers presented in the EANN-2013 Conference / (LiveCity) IPMSC-2013 Workshop

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

Living Labs in Smart Cities as Critical Enablers for Making Real the Modern Future Internet”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.312-321.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_33

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE)

Kelly Georgiadou (OTE)

and

Eleni Rethimiotaki (UoA).

 

The present position paper discusses several challenges originating from the fast growth of the Future Internet (FI) in the context of ICT, mainly within urban environments where a multiplicity of digital-based opportunities may appear for the benefit of various categories of citizens (corporate and residential) as well as of several legal entities. In particular, we focus upon the concept of actual European Living Labs that can be identified as real “enablers” for the fast growth and the proper adoption and/or implementation of modern FI-based facilities and of related services-products in a variety of domains as well as for a diversity of applications, also covering many innovative ones. Living-Labs can provide a diversity of benefits for the market, the technological evolution and the society, thus enhancing progress and development.

 

2.

“Energy Efficient E-Band Transceiver for Future Networking”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.292-301.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_31

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937

 

Kelly Georgiadou (OTE)

Mario Giovanni Frecassetti (ALU-I),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE)

and

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE).

 

Rapidly changing network requirements and traffic growth, call for new deployment architectures and utilization of emerging technologies in higher operational frequencies, such as the E-band. The E3NETWORK project aims at designing an E-band transceiver capable of fulfilling the enhanced backhaul challenges set by future networking. In this paper, the unique characteristics of E-band systems are highlighted. A regulatory overview of the E-band allocations is presented. The main potential applications of E-band technology are investigated. Among others, focus is given to comparative advantages of E-band backhauling against conventional backhaul solutions

3.

A Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) Model for Scheduling Nonlinear Multimedia Services in Multi-commodity Fat-tree Cloud Networks”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.257-268.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_28

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937

 

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

George Caridakis (OTE)

and

Stefanos Kollias (NTUA).

 

Cloud computing delivers computing services over virtualized networks to many end-users. Virtualized networks are characterized by such attributes as on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid and elastic resource provisioning and metered services at various qualities. Cloud networks provide data as well as multimedia and video services. They are classified into private cloud networks, public cloud networks and hybrid cloud networks. Linear video services include broadcasting and in-stream video that may be viewed in a video player whereas no-linear video services include a combination of in-stream video with on-demand services originated from distributed servers in the network and deliver on demand interactive and pay-per view content. Furthermore heterogeneous delivery networks that include fixed and mobile internet infrastructures require that adaptive video streaming should be carried out at network boundaries based on such protocols as HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Distributed processing of nonlinear video services in cloud environments is addressed in the present work by defining Distributed Acyclic Graphs (DAG) models for multimedia processes executed by a set of non-locally confined virtual machines. A novel discrete multivalue Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm is proposed in order to optimize task scheduling and workflow. Numerical simulations regarding such measures as Schedule-Length-Ratio (SLR) and Speedup are given for novel fat-tree cloud architectures.

4.

“Creative Rings for Smart Cities”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.282-291.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_30

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937

Simon Delaere

(iMinds),

Pieter Ballon

(iMinds),

Peter Mechant (iMinds),

Giorgio Parladori

(ALU-I),

Dirk Osstyn

(ALU Bell NV),

Merce Lopez

(i2Cat),

Fabio Antonelli (CREATE-NET),

Sven Maltha

(DI&I),

Makis Stamatelatos (UoA)

and

Ana Garcia

(NTUA).

In order to become true, Smart Cities are going beyond safety and transportation: Smart Cities should be Smart Creative Cities providing and sharing services based on applications addressing – among others - culture and creativity on top of Future Internet platforms and network infrastructures. Smart Cities should go beyond safety and transportation aspects and address the Creative Industries (CI). Creative Industries are those industries that have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and combine the production and commercialization of creative content. They include a.o. design, advertising, film and video, music, performing arts, printing, publishing and broadcasting companies. CI lie at the crossroads between the arts, business and technology, making them a source of competitive advantage. Today they are no longer the product of wealth but the origin of it. This paper presents the concept of the Creative Rings in the context of Smart Cities in terms of scenarios, infrastructures and applications

5.

Social and Smart: towards an instance of subconscious social intelligences”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.302-311.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_32

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937

M. Graña

(Universidad del Pais Vasco),

B. Apolloni

(University of Milano),

M. Fiasché

(University of Milano),

G. Galliani

(University of Milano),

C. Zizzo

(University of Milano),

George Caridakis

(NTUA),

Georgios Siolas

(NTUA)

Stefanos Kollias

(NTUA),

F. Barriento

(Fundación Cartif)

and

S. San Jose

(Fundación Cartif)

The Social and Smart (SandS) project aims to lay the foundations for a social network of home appliance users endowed with a layer of intelligent systems that must be able to produce new solutions to new problems on the basis of the knowledge accumulated by the social network players. The system is not a simple recollection of tested appliance use recipes, but it will have the ability generate new or refine existing recipes trying to satisfy user demands, and to perform fine tuning of recipes on the basis of user satisfaction by a hidden reinforcement learning process. This paper aims to advance on the specification of diverse aspects and roles of the system architecture, to get a clearer picture of module interactions and duties, along with data transfer and transformation paths.

6.

Intelligent and adaptive pervasive Future Internet: Smart cities for the citizens”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.269-281.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_29

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937

George Caridakis

(NTUA),

Georgios Siolas

(NTUA)

Phivos Mylonas

(NTUA),

Stefanos Kollias

(NTUA)

and

Andreas Staffyloppatis

(NTUA).

Current article discusses the human centered perspective adopted in the European project SandS within a framework of Internet of Things (IoT). SandS is a complete ecosystem of users within a social network developing a collective intelligence and adapting its operation through appropriately processed feedback. In the research work discussed in this paper we will investigate SandS from the user perspective and how users can be modeled through a number of fuzzy knowledge formalism through stereotypical user profiles. Additionally, context modeling in pervasive computing systems and especially in the SandS smart home paradigm is examined through appropriate representation of context

cues in the overall interaction.

 

LiveCity participation in IPMSC-2013 is summarized here.

AIAI-2013 International Conference/ (LiveCity) IIVC-2013 Workshop (Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013)

OTE, in the scope of the prescribed WP6-related context of the LiveCity Project effort, and also working in cooperation with the Brunel University and the Université du Luxembourg has organized a “LiveCity”-based Workshop, that is the IIVC-2013 Workshop (“The 2nd Workshop on Intelligent Innovative Ways for Video-to-Video Communication in Modern Smart Cities”).

Related information about this 2nd IIVC Workshop can be found at the following website: http://aiai2013.cut.ac.cy/ivc-2013/

The Workshop has been included in the context of the AIAI-2013 International Conference (“The 9th Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations Conference”) held in Paphos, Cyprus, during the period September 30 - October 02, 2013. [http://aiai2013.cut.ac.cy/].

This event is a continuity of the very successful IIVC-2012 Workshop of the previous 8th Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations Conference” (AIAI-2012) held in Chalkidiki, Greece.

Finally, four (-4-) papers have been approved after reviews by at least two independent academic and/or business referees, per case.

All papers are to be presented in one session, as it appears in the program of the event.

Papers to be presented in the AIAI-2013 Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2013 Workshop

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

(Semi-) Pervasive Gaming Educational and Entertainment Facilities via Interactive Video-to-Video Communication over the Internet, for Museum Exhibits.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2013) International Conference, held at Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013.

H. Papadopoulos et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2013 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 412, pp.474-485.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41141-0

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41142-7

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41142-7_48

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Rod McCall

(SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Andrei Popleteev

(SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Tigran Avanesov

(SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Tomas Kamarauskas

(SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE),

Kelly Georgiadou (OTE),

Nikoletta Liakostavrou (OTE),

Ioannis Kampourakis (OTE) and

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE).

 

Based upon the core concept of the LiveCity Project we focus on the specific City Cultural Experiences v2v Pilot, designed to allow for visitors at two defined locations to interact with one another in a joint experience and to get educational/entertainment benefits, originating directly from the museum content delivery. We discuss a set of semi-pervasive games (the so-called “Twin Cities” games) which are designed to bring people together at remotely twinned locations through the use of video-to-video communication and multi-touch interaction. We also present an early classification of video-to-video (v2v) interaction games that is designed to inform designers about the potential of such technologies. We classify them as: using video for awareness and communication, interacting with video and video as a game.

 

2.

“A Novel Rate-Distortion Method in 3D Video capturing in the Context of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) in Intelligent Communications”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2013) International Conference, held at Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013.

H. Papadopoulos et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2013 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 412, pp.462-473.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41141-0

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41142-7

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41142-7_47

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Anastassios Dagiuklas (Hellenic Open University)

and

George Anastassopoulos (Democritus University of Thrace).

High-Efficiency Video Coding is currently proposed as the newest and most efficient video coding standard by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group. Compression improvement relative to existing standards is estimated in the range of 50%. It is a block-based hybrid video coding algorithm that introduces several novel features compared to MPEG-4 like Coding Units associated with Prediction Units and Transform Units, Advanced Motion Vector Prediction, minimization of a rate-distortion Lagrangian cost, directional orientations for intra-picture prediction etc. The core algorithm of Context-Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding is based upon that of the MPEG-4 standard. View synthesis algorithms for HEVC stereo and 3D encoding are expected to be finalized as a standard extension. A Multi-view Video Coding scheme based upon the estimation of correlated parameter sets of elastic models between views is wherein adopted. The order of the tensor equals the number of multiple views. Underlying distributions are updated step-by-step. They are modeled according to context indices.

3.

Tutamen: An Integrated Personal Mobile and Adaptable Video Platform for Health and Protection.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2013) International Conference, held at Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013.

H. Papadopoulos et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2013 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 412, pp.442-451.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41141-0

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41142-7

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41142-7_45

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

David Palma (OneSource),

Joao Goncalves (OneSource),

Luis Cordeiro (OneSource),

Paulo Simoes (OneSource),

Edmundo Monteiro (OneSource),

Panagis Magdalinos (UoA)

and Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE).

A framework for mobile and portable High-Definition Video streaming is proposed, developed and assessed. Suitable for emergency scenarios, involving for instance ambulances and fire-fighters, the presented framework resorts to a state-of-art platform which considers off-the-shelf hardware and available video codecs for High-Definition Video. The obtained results show that the proposed architecture is able to efficiently support rescuing teams in the demanding scenarios where they operate, guaranteeing video quality and ease of use. This solution is particularly useful for situations where experts in the fields can accurately provide their insights and contributions remotely and in a timely fashion

4.

“Defining Key Performance Indicators for Evaluating the Use of High Definition Video-to-Video Services in eHealth”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2013) International Conference, held at Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013.

H. Papadopoulos et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2013 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 412, pp.452-461.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41141-0

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41142-7

DOI:      10.1007/978-3-642-41142-7_46

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Andreea Molnar (Brunel University),

and

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University).

This paper examines the process of developing key performance indicators (KPIs) for evaluating the use of high definition video (HD) to video (V2V) communication for tele-monitoring patients in a healthcare setting. The research is performed in the context of the European Commission funded LiveCity project and uses as a case study the monitoring of glaucoma patients using V2V technology. Initially, a set of KPIs are defined for V2V use in eHealth services based on literature and secondary research and these KPIs are then refined based on interviews with medical staff involved in the treatment of glaucoma patients. The obtained KPIs are used to analyze the potential of using V2V services in the context of tele-monitoring glaucoma patients.

 

LiveCity participation in IIVC-2013 is summarized here.

Annual Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Conference (Letterkenny in County Donegal, Ireland, October 17-19, 2013).

The 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting and AGM took place in Letterkenny from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th October 2013. The Letterkenny meeting was the first time the Association hosted its Annual Scientific Meeting in Co. Donegal, Ireland.

Further information can be found at: http://www.iaem.ie/index.php/scientificmeetings/2013-scientific-meeting

The theme of the IAEM-2013 Conference was: Emergency Medicine - a Vision for the Future”.

IAEM (http://www.iaem.ie/) is a limited company (Registration Number 499633) and a Charity (CHY 17751) recognised by the Revenue Commissioners under the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 which aims to:

  • Educate clinicians in all aspects of Emergency Medicine through organisation of an Annual Scientific Meeting, other academic fora and through support of the Basic Specialist (BSTEM) and Higher Specialist Training (HSTEM) programmes in Emergency Medicine.
  • Promote the highest standards of emergency care for patients of all ages in the diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of undifferentiated illness, injury and behavioural disorders.
  • Advocate for and seek the best quality and quantum of suitably trained staff and other resources so as to meet and maintain the highest standards of emergency care.
  • Support, advance and monitor sustainable training and research in emergency care for all patients.
  • Provide expert guidance and advice on matters relating to optimum emergency care, both to the public and relevant national health-related bodies.
  • Support and advice groups interested in advancing emergency care, both at home and abroad.

While the Association's remit is Ireland, IAEM plays an international role through membership of the European Society for Emergency Medicine and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. (Fuller details are provided in the IAEM Constitution).

Papers presented in the IAEM-2013 Conference

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

Healthcare provider perspective on Telemedicine in Pre-Hospital Care: A LiveCity Survey of Doctors and Nurses in Emergency Department of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Published in the proceedings of the Annual Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Conference held at Letterkenny in County Donegal, Ireland, October 17-19, 2013.

 

A. Padki,

(RCSI / Beaumont Hospital),

A. Houlihan,

(RCSI / Beaumont Hospital),

A. Amadi-Obi,

(RCSI),

P. Gilligan

(RCSI / Beaumont Hospital), and

C. O’Donnell

(HSE)

 

Prompt specific intervention is required to improve clinical outcome in certain medical   emergencies such as myocardial infarction and stroke. However many of these emergencies occur in situation where immediate specialist management may not be possible. Augmenting first responder decision-making by directly connecting them with medical specialists may improve outcome. This is now possible with live interactive high definition v2v communication pogrammes like the LiveCity Project. As part of the ambulance use case pilot study of the LiveCity Project, we present a survey of the perspectives of nurses and doctors in Emergency department of Beaumont Hospital Dublin. A questionnaire comprised of seventeen questions was designed by our research team. It included four questions on demographic details and thirteen questions related to comfort levels with technology and willingness to use telemedicine in different circumstances. The questionnaire was distributed in the Emergency Department of Beaumont Hospital Dublin over the course of a week. They were given to all doctors and nurses that were on duty during the course of the survey. The quantitative analysis was done with SPSS software. The comments and statements of the qualitative data were analyzed using simple thematic analysis. 31 doctors and nurses were     included in this survey. 90% (n=28) of respondents were willing to use the new technology comprising 92% (n=11) of doctors, and 89 % ( n=16) of nurses. For specific medical conditions                 willingness to use telemedicine raged from 77% (Stroke) to 91% (Myocardial Infarction). There was a correlation between professional experience and willingness to use telemedicine                 with more experienced health care professionals showing a reticence to adopting telemedicine in their practice. Interestingly, we note a consistent pattern of increased willingness of doctors to use telemedicine on all aspects compared to nurses. High acceptance level of telemedicine in the Emergency department suggests that the possibility of enhanced adoption rate. Of interest is the relatively lower willingness amongst nurses and experienced personnel indicated that targeted awareness programmes for these sub-groups    may be required to aid implementation.

2.

Perceptions and views of use of Telemedicine in Emergency Care: A LiveCity survey of patients attending the Emergency Department.

Published in the proceedings of the Annual Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Conference held at Letterkenny in County Donegal, Ireland, October 17-19, 2013.

 

A. Houlihan,

(RCSI / Beaumont Hospital),

A. Amadi-Obi,

(RCSI),

P. Gilligan

(RCSI / Beaumont Hospital), and

C. O’Donnell

(HSE)

 

The LiveCity project is a European Commission funded, live interactive high definition v2vcommunication that enables tele-presence applications such as telemedicine. This technology is well suited to pre-hospital care where specialist consultation by first responders, in acute medical emergencies such as myocardial infarction and stroke, and may improve clinical outcome. However for the successful adoption of these technologies, patients must be aware of and comfortable with its application. As part of our pilot study to analyze the utility of video‐to‐video consulting in pre‐hospital care we conducted a survey of the perspective of patients of this technology in emergency medicine. After ethics approval, a questionnaire incorporating both free text response and Likert scale format questions was used to analyze patient response. Patients attending the Emergency Department in Beaumont hospital, that met our inclusion criteria, were included in the study. Data analysis was with SPSS software.  85.7% indicated they were comfortable with technology, ranging from “slightly comfortable” to “extremely comfortable”, 96.4% of the respondents had a positive view of video-to‐video consulting between ambulance crews and emergency department doctors. This increased to 100% positive response for use of the technology specifically in the incident of suspected myocardial infarction or major trauma, but remained at 96.4% in the incidence of stroke. Our results reveal a high positive response to the use of telemedicine even amongst those that profess a discomfort with new technology. This public goodwill can be leveraged by policy makers and other stakeholders to advance the implementation of telemedicine use. This is particularly prescient as investment in telemedicine research is required to establish a regulatory framework for wide scale telemedicine adoption.

3.

Study of Paramedic Perceptions of the potential for Telemedicine use in Pre-Hospital Care..

Published in the proceedings of the Annual Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Conference held at Letterkenny in County Donegal, Ireland, October 17-19, 2013.

 

N. Owens,

(RCSI / Beaumont Hospital),

A. Amadi-Obi,

(RCSI),

P. Gilligan

(RCSI / Beaumont Hospital), and

C. O’Donnell

(HSE)

 

Telemedicine in pre‐hospital care may have the potential to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve clinical outcome. However, like all new and evolving technologies its adoption is dependent on stakeholder awareness and comfort. As part of the LiveCity Project, we analyzed perceptions and awareness of paramedics on the use of video communication technology in pre-hospital care. A Pilot study of paramedics, using a free-text response questionnaire was performed. 50 Ambulance crew members that transported patients to the Emergency department of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin were included in the survey. 46 out of the 50 questionnaires were completed and returned. Respondents ranged in age, from 25 to 62 years old. Experience spanned from less than 1 to 30 years. More than 90% of respondents were of the opinion that video communication technology would play a role in pre-hospital care and suggested potential uses included medical oversight, ECG review, major trauma and stroke management. However, when respondents were asked about their willingness to adopt this technology in practice 67% indicated they would adopt it.  This study indicates a high rate of acceptance of the concept of video communication technology in the pre-hospital setting amongst paramedics. However, the disparity between level of acceptance (91%) and willingness to implement it in practice (67%) suggests that confidence in the technology and evidence of its efficacy might help to improve widespread adoption.

LiveCity participation in IAEM-2013 is summarized here.

pre-ICIS Workshop on Electronic Government (Milan, Italy, December 14-15, 2013)

Brunel was invited to deliver a keynote (invited) presentation at the pre-ICIS Workshop on Electronic Government organised by the e-Government special interest group (SISeGov). The theme of this Workshop was “Digital Public Sector Evolution: Big Data, Smart Cities, and Open Innovation”. (Milan, Italy, December 14-15, 2013)

 

The Title of the keynote presentation was:

“E-Government Led Innovation in the Public Sector: Lessons From the Past and Future Directions”.

Contributor: Prof. Vishanth Weerakkody.

 

5th ENEPROT Pan-Hellenic Conference for Protypation, Standards and Quality (Thessaloniki, Greece, February 21-22, 2014).

The Union of Hellenic Scientists for Protypation and Standardization (ENEPROT) was founded on May 15, 1997, following the 1st International Conference: "Standardization and Related Activities: A Means of Balkan Countries' Collaboration", organized by some of its founding members. Since then, it operates as a common ground for exchanging views and shaping opinions for all scientists (according to the Aristotelian meaning of the term, knowledge being the one and only science) who believe that protypation is the primary compositional element of human societies, as a base of every human activity. More related information can be found at: http://protypation.web.auth.gr/eneprotEN/index.htm.

ENEPROT is a group of specialists, who, following this viewpoint, deal with protypation scientifically, each in his own field. By scientifically we mean that we search, without time limits, in depth and multisidedly the separate topics of standardization and protypation. Of course, each one's occupation is a matter of each one's special field. However, under the cover of ENEPROT an osmosis of each separate viewpoint takes place, so that the result is a fully scientific coverage of the topic. So, centered in ENEPROT, discussions take place, viewpoints are exchanged, and analyses, attitudes, and records about standardization and protypation are shaped in groups.

 

The 5th pan-Hellenic ENEPROT Conference for Protypation, Standards and Quality” took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, on February 21-22, 2014.

The main concept of the conference was about the telecommunications sector.

Papers presented in the 5th Pan-Hellenic Conference for Protypation, Standards and Quality organized by ENEPROT / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece February 21-22, 2014.

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“Development of Interactive & Educational Games Applications via Video-toVideo Communications”, («Ανάπτυξη Εφαρμογών Διαδραστικών Εκπαιδευτικών Παιγνίων μέσω Επικοινωνίας Βίντεο-προς-Βίντεο») (article in Greek).

 

Published by ENEPROT-Union of Hellenic Scientists for Standardization (Ed.), Proceedings of the 5th National Conference for Standardization, Prototypes and Quality”, February 21-22, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp.87-99. [ISBN: 978-960-9555-02-9].

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Kelly Georgiadou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE),

Vasiliki Palikira

(Ionian University),

Nikoletta Liakostavrou (OTE),

Ioannis Kampourakis (OTE) and

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE).

 

Στην εργασία εξετάζονται βασικά χαρακτηριστικά ορισμένων εφαρ-μογών ηλεκτρονικής επικοινωνίας μέσω της χρήσης βίντεο, με έμφαση στο χώρο του πολιτισμού, όπως αναπτύσσονται στο πλαίσιο του ευρωπαϊκού ερευνητικού προγράμματος “LiveCity”. Με στόχο την προώθηση σύγχρονων υπηρεσιών για την ενίσχυση της δια βίου μάθησης αλλά και του προσανατολισμού του κοινού σε συνδυασμένες εφαρμογές από τους τομείς της τεχνολογίας και του πολιτισμού για την υλοποίηση της κοινής ευρωπαϊκής πολιτικής για την αειφόρο ανάπτυξη, προτείνεται η σχεδίαση διαδρα-στικών εκπαιδευτικών παιγνίων τα οποία θα εξυπηρετή-σουν τους επισκέπτες των διασυνδεδεμένων -στο πρόγραμμα LiveCity- μουσείων. Τα παίγνια βασίζονται σε ένα περιβάλλον «μεικτής πραγματικότητας» με στοιχεία τόσο από τον πραγματικό κόσμο όσο και από ένα εικονικό διαδικτυακό περιβάλλον αναφο-ράς. Παρατίθενται και αξιολο-γούνται ουσιώδεις θεωρήσεις που διέπουν την επικείμενη σχεδίαση εφαρμογών «διεισδυτικών» παιγ-νίων με τη χρήση επικοινωνίας μέσω βίντεο, ενώ αναπτύσσεται-αξιολογείται το νοηματικό υπόβαθρο για όλες τις συναφείς εφαρμογές. Τέλος, προτείνονται ενδεχόμενες θεματικές επεκτάσεις.

 

In the context of the present paper we examine several features of specific electronic communications applications established via the use of video-to-video (v2v) to support culture, as performed in the scope of the LiveCity EU-funded research program. Aiming to the development/adoption of modern digital services suitable for learning purposes as well as for the support of citizens’ orientation to a “museum”-born context for the promotion of their cultural, educational and entertainment interests, the LiveCity program develops several interactive games based upon a hybrid “mixed” reality framework with elements from both real and virtual world. We propose and discuss a variety of “pervasive” games to be realized via the combined use of v2v communication together with interactive multi-touch tables, established in the involved interconnected museums (“twinned locations”). We assess the underlying potential and we also propose contextual extensions of the related games.

 

2.

“Energy-Efficient E-Band Transceiver”, («Ενεργειακά Αποδοτικός Πομποδέκτης Ε-Ζώνης») (article in Greek).

Published by ENEPROT-Union of Hellenic Scientists for Standardization (Ed.), Proceedings of the 5th National Conference for Standardization, Prototypes and Quality”, February 21-22, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp.30-38. [ISBN: 978-960-9555-02-9].

Kelly Georgiadou (OTE),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Mario-Giovanni L. Frecassetti

(Alcatel-Lucent, Italy) and

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE).

Στην παρούσα μελέτη παρου-σιάζεται το ευρωπαϊκό ερευνητικό πρόγραμμα E3NETWORK, που ασχολείται με τη σχεδίαση ενός πομποδέκτη Ε-ζώνης για την οπισθοζευκτική (backhaul) υπο-δομή των δικτύων του μέλλοντος. Ο πομποδέκτης κάνει χρήση σύγχρονων μεθόδων ψηφιακής διαμόρφωσης για την επίτευξη υψηλής φασματικής απόδοσης, γεγονός που σε συνδυασμό με το μεγάλος εύρος ζώνης επιτρέπει χωρητικότητες μεγαλύτερες των 10Gbps. Το σύστημα αναμένεται να παρουσιάσει αυξημένη οικο-νομική και ενεργειακή απόδοση, ενδυναμώνοντας τη θέση της Ευρωπαϊκής Βιομηχανίας στο πεδίο της τεχνολογίας δικτυακών υποδομών. Διευκολύνει επίσης τη μετάβαση σε μικρότερους και πιο αποδοτικούς, ενεργειακά, σταθ-μούς βάσης, που είναι το «κλειδί» στις καινοτόμες δικτυακές τοπο-λογίες για την κάλυψη των νέων μορφών χρήσης των δικτυακών πόρων. Έμφαση δίνεται στα μοναδικά χαρακτηριστικά των συστημάτων της Ε-ζώνης και στις εφαρμογές τους. Επίσης ανα-λύονται σε βάθος τα υφιστάμενα πρότυπα που διέπουν τη λειτουργία τους, καθώς και οι διεθνείς και Ευρωπαϊκές πρα-κτικές τυποποίησης. Τέλος, παρα-τίθεται προτεινόμενη συμβολή των μέχρι σήμερα αποτελεσμάτων του έργου σε δράσεις τυποποίησης.

 

The current study presents the European research project “E3NETWORK”, which works on the design of an E-band transceiver for the backhaul infrastructure of future networks. The transceiver utilizes modern digital modulation schemes for achieving high spectral efficiency which, in combination with the increased available bandwidth, allows for capacities greater than 10Gbps. The system is expected to present high economic and energy efficiency, thus strengthening the position of European Industry in the field of network technology infrastructures. It will also facilitate transition to smaller and more “energy efficient” base stations, which are the “key” to novel network topologies allowing new ways for using network resources. Emphasis is given to the unique characteristics of E-band systems and their potential applications. Underlying standards defining their operation, as well as international and European standardization practices are thoroughly analyzed. Finally, some proposed contributions of the project’s latest results to standardization actions are quoted.

 

3.

“European Standardization Activities for the Development of Modern Technology Standards (Networks & Services) supporting e-Communications”, («Ευρωπαϊκές Δράσεις Τυποποίησης για την Ανάπτυξη Σύγχρονων Προτύπων Τεχνολογικών (Δικτύων και Υπηρεσιών) Ηλεκτρονικής Επικοινωνίας») (article in Greek).

Published by ENEPROT-Union of Hellenic Scientists for Standardization (Ed.), Proceedings of the 5th National Conference for Standardization, Prototypes and Quality”, February 21-22, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp.17-29. [ISBN: 978-960-9555-02-9].

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE) and

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE).

Οι τεχνολογίες επικοινωνιών και πληροφορικής (ΤΠΕ) αποτελούν βασικά εργαλεία για την ανάπτυξη αλλά και το μετασχηματισμό της σύγχρονης οικονομίας και της κοινωνίας, μέσω της διάθεσης πολλαπλών οφελών και  καινοτομίας. Για την επίτευξη, εντούτοις, ενός τέτοιου στόχου που λαμβάνει χώρα σε ένα περιβάλλον ευρύτερης σύγκλισης, οι ΤΠΕ χρειάζεται να υιοθετήσουν συγκεκριμένους κανόνες και διαδικασίες για τη σχεδίαση, ανάπτυξη, διαμόρφωση και τελικά για τη διάθεση-προσφορά δικτύων, εφαρμογών και συναφών «προϊόντων», όπως υπαγορεύεται από τις δράσεις της σύγχρονης τυποποίησης, η οποία αναγνωρίζεται ως μοχλός ανάπτυξης και παραγωγικότητας. Στο πλαίσιο αυτό, η παρούσα εργασία αναγνωρίζει και αξιολογεί την τρέχουσα πολιτική της συντονισμένης ευρωπαϊκής τυποποίησης στον τομέα των ΤΠΕ η οποία, μέχρι σήμερα, ήταν αρκετά επιτυχής και αποτέλεσε μία από τις βασικές κινητήριες δυνάμεις για τη δημιουργία της εσωτερικής αγοράς εμπορευμάτων. Εντούτοις, καθώς οι νέες τεχνολογικές εξελίξεις θέτουν νέες απαιτήσεις σε παγκόσμια πλέον κλίμακα, η εργασία αναγνωρίζει και οριοθετεί τις συναφείς προκλήσεις, στρατηγικούς στόχους όπως και προοπτικές περαιτέρω εξέλιξης από την επικείμενη ανάπτυξη νέων προτύπων.

 

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) offer a great variety of benefits to the modern Internet-based societies and they constitute essential “tools” for the fast development of our economy. In order to realize their expected fundamental support so that to achieve progress and growth within a broader scope of “convergence”, ICTs have to be conformant to specific processes and/or methodologies, as the latter are implied by the modern standardization concept, affecting the provision of networks and/or services-facilities and or devices-equipment. The present paper discusses and evaluates the current and coordinated European standardization policy framework that was beneficial for the advance internal European market sector. However, as modern and innovative technological solutions impose new requirements under a global perspective, the paper identifies the related (strategic) challenges and discusses opportunities for further growth.

 

4.

“Modern Ways of Video-to-Video Communications: The Approach by the LiveCity European Research Program”, Σύγχρονες Μορφές Επικοινωνίας Βίντεο-προς-Βίντεο: Η Προσέγγιση κατά το Ευρωπαϊκό Ερευνητικό Πρόγραμμα LiveCity») (article in Greek).

Published by ENEPROT-Union of Hellenic Scientists for Standardization (Ed.), Proceedings of the 5th National Conference for Standardization, Prototypes and Quality”, February 21-22, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp.74-86. [ISBN: 978-960-9555-02-9].

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE) and

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE).

Το ευρωπαϊκό ερευνητικό πρόγραμμα LiveCity αποτελεί μέρος της τρέχουσας κοινοτικής πολιτικής για την ανάπτυξη καινοτομιών «ανοικτού» χαρακτήρα με στόχο τη διάθεση, στους πολίτες, εφαρμογών και υπηρεσιών που βασίζονται στο Διαδίκτυο του Μέλλοντος και που τελικά θα δημιουργήσουν τις σύγχρονες «έξυπνες» πόλεις. Το LiveCity αποσκοπεί στην ανάπτυξη -μέσω επιλεγμένων πιλοτικών συστημάτων-σεναρίων που ανταποκρίνονται σε σύγχρονες τεχνολογικές, κοινωνικές, εμπορικές και άλλες προκλήσεις- κατάλληλων εφαρμογών επικοινωνίας με τη χρήση ζωντανού βίντεο υψηλής ποιότητας πάνω από το Διαδίκτυο πληρώντας τις απαιτήσεις της ευρυζωνικότητας, έτσι ώστε η επικοινωνία να καθίσταται αμεσότερη, παραγωγικότερη και σαφώς αποτελεσματικότερη. Το πρόγραμμα εστιάζει σε επιλεγμένα σενάρια χρήσης με έμφαση σε στοχευμένες εφαρμογές στον τομέα της εκπαίδευσης (eEducation services), της υγείας (Emergency και eHealth services), της πολιτιστικής ενημέρωσης (city experiences) και της εξυπηρέτησης του πολίτη από την τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση, με πολλαπλά άμεσα αλλά και έμμεσα οφέλη για τους συμμετέχοντες (φυσικά και νομικά πρόσωπα).

 

The paper focuses around the “multi-dimensional” thematic scope of the “LiveCity” research program, funded by the European Commission. LiveCity is an active part of the European strategic effort for the promotion and the development of innovative solutions, intended to be offered to the citizens for their inclusion in a digitally-based society and for the creation of “smart cities”. The program supports the inclusion of modern interactive video-to-video (v2v) communications in a great variety of selected use-cases that, in turn, can lead to the deployment of effective pilot actions offering technological, business and social benefits to the involved players. Video communications can extend and improve, significantly, both the profile and context of modern Internet-based communications. The program examines applications relevant to the provision of eEducation services, Emergency and eHealth services, support of city experiences and municipal services.

 

 

Future Internet Assembly FIA-2014 Athens (Athens, Greece, March 17-20, 2014).

The LiveCity Project has been invited by the European Commission to participate to the 11th Future Internet Assembly FIA 2014 Event, held at Athens, Greece, on March 17-20, 2014. More event-specific information can be found at:: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/future-internet-assembly.

 

fia 2014

 

The event has been held under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union, co-organized and supported by the European Commission.

FIA Athens 2014 focused on reshaping the Future Internet infrastructure for innovation.

The FIA Steering Committee has launched an open call to select up to 9 FIA working sessions within the scope of the Conference, seeking proposals that cover aspects related to:

  • The new Internet technological landscape based on network/cloud integration through Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and innovative software and services that enable application innovation.
  • The contribution of the EU National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) developments in the SDN/NFV domain.
  • The role of SDN/NFV in: (i) building Internet applications of major impact (e.g., social networks, open data, big data analysis, etc.) with virtual services capabilities; (ii) enabling  the reduction in resources used (energy efficiency, reduction of raw-materials, etc.); (iii) fostering the emergence of open platforms to create downstream markets for third party developers;
  • The EU Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) and how they are positioned relative to these developments and relevant requirements towards demonstration and test-beds in Europe/globally.

In particular, the FIA Steering Committee is keen to receive proposals from industry experts, academia and research institutes. The proposed sessions should follow these criteria:

  • Contain new and forward-looking ideas;
  • Feature a diverse array of presenters and experiences;
  • Introduce visionary ideas and practices which will inspire audience;
  • Promote cross cutting approaches and technologies to attract stakeholders and entrepreneurs;
  • Deliver best practices & creative approaches towards research and technological innovations;
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion.

 

FIA Athens 2014 was the first FIA under Horizon 2020, allowing presenting a wider picture of Net Futures EU research activities. The program is actually under finalization following to the open call for sessions launched by the FIA Steering Committee to select up to nine forward-looking and inspiring working sessions.

 

Part of the FIA activity was relevant to the thematic scope of “Connected Smart Cities”, where the LiveCity Project is included, with other similar EU-Funded projects.

 

A lecture presentation has been given by OTE, on behalf of the LiveCity consortium, in the related “Connected Smart Cities” Session.  In this Session, LiveCity has been included together with other EC-funded PSP-Pilot B projects.

Title of lecture: Video-to-Video Communications: A Means to Enrich Living Standards and to Support Development and Growth in “smart” Urban Environments.  The Scope of the LiveCity effort.

In addition, within the same context of the pre-FIA-2014 Event, a second LiveCity-based lecture presentation was given by UoA, in the Workshop on Network Virtualization – Part I.

Title of lecture: “Controlling Virtualization: An SDN-based v2v Services Pilot”.

According to the corresponding guidelines, OTE has prepared and presented two LiveCity Posters in the demonstration booth that has been demonstrated during the FIA-2013 event.

OTE has also prepared -together with UoA- an updated LiveCity Fact-Sheet, which has been distributed to the participants of the FIA-2014, Athens Event in order to disseminate progress of the project.

OTE, in cooperation with UoA and OneSource, has organized a demonstration booth where the Emergency use case and the patient telemonitoring use case have been continuously demonstrated.

The booth has attracted the interest of all participants-visitors, as well as of the representatives of the European Commission, including            Mrs. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission.

At the end of the event, OTE, acting as coordinator of the LiveCity project has received the “Best Demonstration FIA-2014 Award ” for the LiveCity project, among 48 participants.

LiveCity participation in FIA-2014 is summarized here.


Finally, an extended reference to the LiveCity project has been included in the Commission's net-Xperiment future Magazine, Feb.2014 Edition.

 

The tGov-2014 International Workshop (“The 5th Transforming Government Workshop”) (London, UK, June 12-13, 2014)

t-Gov 2014 is an annual research workshop addressing the e-Government and t-Government area, pledges to be a thought-provoking workshop, bringing together local and international researchers and practitioners with keynote speakers and research papers from within the UK, EU and other global regions. The theme of this year's workshop was “Co-Creating Public Services of the Future: The Role of ICT and Citizens’ Participation in Transforming Government”.

 

eGovPoliNet is collaborating with tGov 2013 in organizing a set of presentation and panel discussions to bring together researchers and practitioners to present their approaches on ICT for governance and policy modelling.

The t-Gov 2014 Workshop has been organized by the Brunel University, UK.

 

More information can be found at: http://www.policy-community.eu/news-events/events/events-repository/transforming-government-t-gov-workshop-2014

EMAUG got invited to present the LiveCity Project at the Transforming Government (t-Gov) Workshop 2014 at Brunel University, London, UK (June 12-13, 2014).

 

The LiveCity-based presentation (given by Bibiana Metelmann and Camilla Metelmann) was ranked one of the five best presentations and EMAUG got the opportunity to publish the presentation “LiveCity - The Impact of Video Communication on Emergency Medicine” at a special issue of the International Journal of E-Government Research (IJEGR).

LiveCity participation in t-Gov 2014 is summarized here.

 

The SaCoNeT 2014 International Conference / The 2nd LiveCity Workshop on Smart and Pervasive Communications for Enhanced Communities (Villanova i la Celtrú, Spain, June 18-20, 2014)

OneSource, after the successful organization of last year’s 1st LiveCity Workshop in SaCoNet 2013 International Conference, has contacted the organizers of the SaCoNet 2014 International Conference (“The 5th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”) that has been finally held in Villanova i la Celtrú, Spain, June 18-20, 2014, with the aim of organizing a 2nd LiveCity-based Workshop (i.e.: the 2nd LiveCity Workshop on Smart and Pervasive Communications for Enhanced Communities.

More information about the SaCoNeT 2014 International Conference can be found at: http://www.craax.upc.edu/saconet2014/cfp.html.

Brief SaCoNet 2014 description

The scope of SaCoNet-2014 was to deal with the growing smart communications fields embedded in complex systems for a wide variety of applications in the future generation of network and cloud computing technologies. SaCoNet focuses on how smart communications and ICT networks impact not only on network technologies (protocols, equipment, algorithms, power, MANET, VANET, etc.), but also on creating collective and individual awareness about the multiple sustainability threats which our society is facing nowadays at social, environmental and political levels, considering a wide family of applications (healthcare, underwater, vehicular, robotic, economics, etc.). This conference will highlight the overlapping of these two domains of autonomous systems and the smart network technologies devoted for different applications for a large variety of domains. Issues related to concepts, new technologies, test-beds, and protocols will elicit particular attention. SaCoNet-2014 solicits papers dealing with Smart Communications.

 

The Second LiveCity Workshop on Smart and Pervasive Communications for Enhanced Communities (LiveCity 2014) has been finally held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies (SaCoNeT 2014) in Vilanova i la Geltrù, on June 20, 2014.

This has been organized in common with the 1st WOSDN Workshop (which is supported by FP7 CityFlow EU-funded Project).

 

According to the announced information, the SacoNet-2014 LiveCity Workshop has been organized as follows, comprising of four (-4-) papers plus one (-1-) invited speaker as follows:

 

Presentations given in the SaCoNet 2014 Conference / the 2nd LiveCity Workshop

  • Presentation of the session and topics being discussed
  • The LiveCity Project — Challenges and Results
  • Interactive smart tool for museums
  • First-responder unit – Demo

LiveCity participation in SaCoNet 2014 is summarized here.

 

The EuCNC 2014 International Conference (Bologna, Italy, June 23-26, 2014)

EuCNC-2014 was the 23rd edition of a successful series of a technical and scientific conference open to the world research community, sponsored by the European Commission, in the area of Telecommunications, focusing on communication networks and systems, and reaching services and applications. It aimed at showcasing the results of the consecutive programmes on R&D and projects co-financed by European programmes, as well as presenting the latest developments in this area. The conference had a not for profit organisation, hence, registration fees were “as low as possible”, and all surplus was to be made available in grants. The conference will be indexed in the major databases. Best Paper Awards have been granted. Accepted and presented papers have been published in the EuCNC’2014 Conference Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. More information can be found at: http://eucnc.eu/.

This year’s event took place in Bologna, Italy (June 23-26, 2014).

 

Following to the above concept, UoA has prepared and submitted a paper for participation to the EuCNC-2014 International Conference, working together with OneSource and OTE.

Paper presented in the EuCNC-2014 Conference

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“E-health Applications for Smart Cities Infrastructures based on Live Video-to-Video Solutions”.

Published in the Proceedings of the EuCNC-2014 Conference, June 23-26, 2014, Bologna, Italy.

 

Panagiotis Diamantopoulos

(UoA),

Nikolaos Bompetsis (UoA),

Eleni Patouni

(UoA),

Nancy Alonistioti

(UoA),

Luís Cordeiro (OneSource),

João Gonçalves (OneSource),

Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE)

and

George Lyberopoulos (COSMOTE).

The vast medical advances allow to effectively address numerous medical conditions, which are not always successfully confronted; this is due to the remote patient location or the delay between the medical treatment and the actual incident. The Smart Cities vision can provide an effective solution, complementing physical infrastructure by the availability of intellectual and social capital, and thereby increasing both urban competitiveness and quality of life. However, significant challenges with respect to QoS/QoE guarantees need to be resolved before such a paradigm shift. This work introduces a platform based on video-to-video (v2V) communication links among high-speed fixed and wireless networks; the goal is to support high-bandwidth video calls between hospital and patients/emergency personnel. Two use cases have been considered. The first one aims at remote telemonitoring of patients, while the second one uses the v2v platform for communication between ambulances and hospitals in rush hour. The performance evaluation of the platform and developed applications has been realized, focusing on: a) the bandwidth and CPU consumption of the applications when streaming Full HD (High Definition) video in a fixed network, and b) the video degradation when using different bit rates over 3G. The results proved the applicability of the v2v   technology, which is expected to trigger disruptive innovation in the e-health domain, laying the foundation for the Smart Cities of the future.

In addition, LiveCity participated in the Exhibition section of EuCNC-2014 where the E-Health use case was successfully demonstrated.

LiveCity participation in EuCNC-2014 is summarized here.

 

The 20th Americas International Conference on Information Systems-2014 (AMCIS-2014) (Savannah, Georgia, USA, August 07-09, 2014)

Brunel has participated to the 20th Americas Conference on Information Systems-2014 (AMCIS 2014) in Savannah, Georgia, USA (August 07-09, 2014).

More related information can be found at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2014/

 

Paper presented in the AMCIS-2014 Conference

 

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“Indicators for Measuring the Success of Video Usage in Public Services: The Case of Education”.

Published by AIS eLibrary in the Proceedings of the American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS-2014), held at Savannah, Georgia, USA, August 07-09, 2014.

 

(More information about the conference can be found at:

http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2014/).

 

AMCIS 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-692-25320-5

 

Andreea Molnar (Arizona State  University),

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

and

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University).

 

 

 

 

AIAI-2014 International Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2014 Workshop (Island of Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014)

OTE, has also examined the option for organising a third, in turn, LiveCity-based Workshop that is the IIVC-2014 Workshop (“The 3rd Workshop on Intelligent Innovative Ways for Video-to-Video Communication in Modern Smart Cities”), in the context of the forthcoming AIAI-2014 International Conference (“The 10th Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations Conference”) that took place in the Island of Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

This was due to the great success of the previous IIVC-2012 and IIVC-2013 Workshops.

It is so expected that there will be, for once again, participations following to the “good” tradition of the previous past similar events.

 

The proposed 3rd IIVC (IIVC-2014) Workshop has been organised by OTE, with the support of Brunel University and UoA. Other LiveCity partners (OneSource, EMAUG, UL, MUVRI, RedZinc, QuartzSpark) also supported the initiative and occasionally participated to the organizational activities of the Workshop Program Committee.

Related information can be found at: http://delab.csd.auth.gr/aiai2014/

Papers presented in the AIAI-2014 Conference / IIVC-2014 Workshop

 

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

Modern Video-to-Video Communications to Enhance Citizens’ Quality of Life and Create Opportunities for Growth in “Smart” European Cities”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.1-12.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Ioannis   Chochliouros (OTE),

Anastasia S. Spiliopoulou

(OTE),

Ioannis M. Stephanakis (OTE),     Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE),

Evangelia Georgiadou (OTE),

Maria Belesioti

(OTE),

Luís Cordeiro (OneSource)

and

João Gonçalves (OneSource).

The LiveCity Project effort structures a city-based “Living-Lab” and associated ecosystem to “pilot” and test live interactive high-definition video-to-video (v2v) on ultrafast wireless and wireline Internet infrastructure for the support of suitably selected public service use cases also involving a number of city user communities in five major European cities (Athens, Dublin, Luxembourg (city), Valladolid and Greifswald). The “core” target is to allow the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way by using v2v over the Internet in a variety of distinct use cases that discussed and analysed, in detail, in the present work.

 

2.

Optimal Video Delivery in Mobile Networks Using A Cache-Accelerated Multi Area eMBMS Architecture”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.13-23.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Ioannis M. Stephanakis (OTE),

Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE),

George Lyberopoulos (COSMOTE),

and

Kostas Berberidis (University of Patras).

Long-Term Evolution (LTE) evolved into enhanced Multimedia Broadcast / Multicast Service (eMBMS) that features improved performance,, higher and more flexible LTE bit rates, Single Frequency Network (SFN) operations and carrier configuration flexibility. Multiple eMBMS service areas allow for efficient spectrum utilization in the context of mobile Content-Delivery-Networks (CDNs) as well as for delivering broadcast and push media over modern broadband networks. This paper intends to highlight novel service architectures for efficient content delivery. Content caching is a widely used technique in the networking industry that brings content closer to end-users improving, thus, service performance and latency. Next generation wireless networks use edge located cache as well as core located cache in order to reduce traffic between the gateway and the internet and make the response of mobile network faster. This is referred to as hierarchical/distributed caching. Dimensioning of individual scenario-based traffic models for health care, museum virtual tours and interactive educational use cases in the context of the LiveCity European Research Project is attempted in this work. ON/OFF source models featuring state dependent active and inactive periods are used in order to describe multi-threaded resource transmissions. A group of chain ON/OFF models holds the parameters of the basic services and defines cache requirements. An architecture that associates distributed cache deployed at eMBMS Gateways per service area is proposed in order to reduce backhaul traffic. A simple algorithm that determines the optimal cache size in a mixture of chain ON/OFF modeled services is presented.

 

3.

Video-to-Video E-Health Applications Supporting Medical Use Cases for Remote Patients”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.24-29.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Panagiotis Diamantopoulos

(UoA),

Eleni Patouni

(UoA),

Nikolaos Bompetsis (UoA),

Nancy Alonistioti

(UoA),

João Gonçalves (OneSource),

Luís Cordeiro (OneSource),

Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE)

and

George Lyberopoulos (COSMOTE).

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) relevant to health and healthcare systems can rise their effectiveness, expand quality of life and “reveal” innovation and novelty in modern health-related markets, thus implicating options for further growth. The broadly used term “e-Health” regularly implicates the use of ICT in health products, services to improve health of citizens, efficiency and productivity in healthcare delivery, and the economic and social value of health, in general. In this end, the LiveCity Project aims at empowering the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way, by using high quality video-to-video (v2v) over the Internet. In this work, the LiveCity platform for e-Health is presented, along with two use cases for remote patients’ telemonitoring and emergency cases.

4.

“The Potential of Telemedicine”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.30-37.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Bibiana Metelmann (EMAUG),

Camilla Metelmann (EMAUG),

Konrad Meissner (EMAUG),

Michael Wendt (EMAUG),

João Gonçalves (OneSource),

Peadar Gilligan

(RCSI),

Ahjoku Amadi-Obi (RCSI),

Donal Morris

(RedZinc),

Eleni Patouni

(UoA)

and

Martin von der                 Heyden

(EMAUG).

Telemedicine as a communication technology to overcome geographical distances can increase the quality of medicine. The prerequisite for telemedicine is that two persons or groups of persons are connected with each other. Often this connection is built beforehand during a face-to-face-meeting when both partners apportion the communication devices. If an emergency patient is not already part of a telemedicine project, the connection has to be newly created and the device to build the connection has to be brought to the patient. In the EU-funded LiveCity-Project the hypothesis was evaluated, that in emergency situations a telemedicine connection between a patient and a remote medical doctor can be accomplished by a device brought to the patient by paramedics. It was to be established if communication with a head mounted video-camera coupled with a LTE internet connection was feasible for this purpose.

5.

“Software-DefinedNetworking: Guidelines for Experimentation and Validation in Large-Scale Real World Scenarios”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.38-47.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

João Gonçalves (OneSource),

David Palma

(OneSource),

Luís Cordeiro (OneSource),

Shachin Sharma

(Ghent University - iMinds),

Didier Colle

(Ghent University - iMinds)

and

Adam Carter

(Univ. of Edinburgh).

This article thoroughly details large-scale real world experiments using Software-Defined Networking in the testbed setup. More precisely, it provides a description of the foundation technology behind these experiments, which in turn is focused around OpenFlow and on the OFELIA testbed. In this testbed preliminary experiments were performed in order to tune up settings and procedures, analysing the encountered problems and their respective solutions. A methodology consisting of five large-scale experiments is proposed in order to properly validate and improve the evaluation techniques used in OpenFlow scenarios.

6.

Remote Video-to-Video Eye Telemonitoring Use Case for Glaucoma Patients”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.48-55.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Dimitrios Alonistiotis

(UoA-Attikon Hospital),

Evgenia Kontou

(UoA-Attikon Hospital),

Nikolaos Karachalios (UoA-Attikon Hospital),

Eleni Patouni

(UoA),

Panagiotis Diamantopoulos

(UoA),

Nikolaos Bompetsis (UoA),

Nancy Alonistioti

(UoA)

and

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE).

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness globally and the second most common cause of avoidable visual impairment. It also holds a record in noncompliance to therapy from the patients in up to 50% of the subjects treated with anti-glaucoma eye drops. LiveCity e-Health is a European research program, which aims to provide better treatment and follow up of glaucoma patients at their home, through telemonitoring with high definition video-to-video (v2v) communication from the University Hospital. Secondly, it aims to reduce the cost of health and improve the city environment by decreasing the number of visits to the Hospital. For this purpose, a software application has been developed; the latter is easy to use for elderly people at home, and capable of keeping the medical history and digital records of every patient in the Glaucoma Department. In addition, a specific web camera with snapshot ability of high quality photo of the eye has utilised. Two patients have been initially enrolled in the study and the preliminary results are so presented.

7.

“ICT in the Future Classrooms and Teaching: Preparing the Knowledge Workers of the 21st Century”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.56-62.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Dimitrios Charalambidis

(“Saint-Joseph”, Hellenic-French School).

A knowledge worker is a person that adds value to an organization by processing existing information to create new information and knowledge that could be used to define and solve problems. The future classroom is the cradle (for students) and the action field (for teachers) of a knowledge worker. It incarnates the vision for learning and teaching with the use of Information, Communications and Technology tools (ICT) in order to provide to the students significant 21st century skills such as personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, digital competence, as well as collaboration and communication abilities. From the teacher’s point of view it demands understanding and creative use of ICT tools, organizational and administrative competences, use of up-to-date teaching scenarios, intuitive assessment methods and most of all a “lead and teach by example” attitude. Building the future classroom is all about delivering competent and effective people to the society, people that will be the key stakeholders in a world that seeks innovation and creativity in order to keep going socially, scientifically, economically, etc. In this paper we will provide insights about the reasons why a future classroom teacher should afford 21st century skills to his students and continuous professional development to himself.

8.

“Promoting ICT Skills through Online Services: Case Study of Video use for Adult Education in Municipalities”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.63-72.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Andreea Molnar (Arizona State University),

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel)

and

Ahlam Almuwil (Brunel).

The usage of video communication in public services can alleviate some of the existing problems these services face in their adoption and also help in increasing the level of outreach to citizens. In this article we focus on the usage of video-to-video (V2V) communication in municipality services for ICT education of senior citizens. For this purpose, our study focuses on determining criteria that are important for both the teachers and citizens in using such an innovative service. This paper reports on the findings from focus group consultations conducted with teachers and students, in this case senior citizens, of a municipality in Spain who was piloting the use of V2V services for adult education. The research identified several criteria relevant for consideration when deploying V2V as part of a local government service portfolio, of which, trust, quality of service and convenience emerged as common for all stakeholders involved.

LiveCity participation in AIAI-2014 is summarized here.

 

IAEM-2014 Irish National Conference (Dun, Laoghaire, Ireland, October 16-18, 2014)

RCSI/Beaumont Hospital (in cooperation with HSE) have joined the IAEM-2014 International Conference, in Ireland. Details relating to the LiveCity Project studies on staff, patient and paramedic perceptions of telemedicine were presented by Dr. Ahjoku Amadi-Obi at the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Conference in Dun Laoghaire on October 16-18, 2014.

Two (-2-) posters have been presented during the event, by RCSI/Beaumont Hospital and HSE.

Dr. Ahjoku Amadi-Obi updated the literature search for the Telemedicine project and is continuing to work on the posters arising from the existing research performed by the medical partners in the Project.

Further information can be found at: http://www.iaem.2014.com

Posters presented in the IAEM-2014 Conference

 

Poster No.

Poster title

Authors

Poster abstract

1.

“Audio-visual communication with the pre-hospital environment, why are we not already doing it?”.

 

In the Proceedings of the Annual Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Conference 2014, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, October 16-18, 2014.

R. Little

(RCSI),

A. Khashab

(RCSI),

A. Almutawa

(RCSI),

A. Amadi-Obi

(RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

P. Gilligan

(RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

and

C. O’Donnell

(HSE).

Telemedicine presents an opportunity to extend the reach of pre-hospital care particularly in

situations where early intervention can improve outcome. However, the ambulance use case of the LiveCity project has continued to encounter technological challenges that limit the clinical utility of telemedicine in the pre-hospital environment of our study region.

2.

"Would they or wouldn’t they study? A LiveCity pilot study to assess the feasibility of recruiting patients having suffered possible stroke, heart attack or trauma to involvement in telemedicine research”.

 

In the Proceedings of the Annual Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Conference 2014, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, October 16-18, 2014.

R. Little

(RCSI),

A. Khashab

(RCSI),

A. Almutawa

(RCSI),

M.A Eswararaj

(RCSI),

A. Houlihan

(RCSI),

A. Padki

(RCSI),

S. Gannon,

(RCSI),

N. Owens,

(RCSI),

A. Amadi-Obi

(RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

C. O’Donnell

(HSE).

and

P. Gilligan

(RCSI/Beaumont Hospital).

There was an acceptance rate of 98.5% amongst patients regarding the use of an audio-visual link between the ambulance and the Emergency Department. This finding is in line with previous studies and it is very promising for the widespread implementation of and research into telemedicine in the pre-hospital environment.

LiveCity participation in IAEM-2014 is summarized here.

 

VDE-2014 German National Conference (Frankfurt am Main, Messe, Germany, October 20-21, 2014)

The National German Congress VDE ("VDE-2014 Kongress") took place in Frankfurt am Main, Messe, during the period October 20-21, 2014.

The congress is highly recognisable as it concentrates results from the current state-of-the-art of modern technologies.

The core concept of this year’s congress was about and “Smart Cities – Intelligent Solutions for the Future Life”.

It was the main conference of VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik, Informationstechnik), which is the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies and is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe.

 

The conference was under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

More than 2,000 participants discussed how the challenges of future mega-cities can be met and how ICTs can improve the life of inhabitants.

More information can be found at: http://conference.vde.com/kongress2014/Seiten/CallforPapers.aspx.

 

EMAUG has submitted two papers (in German) as below, working with RedZinc, OTE and OneSource.

Both papers have been accepted for inclusion in the official congress’ scope.

These are to depict views of the medical community about the LiveCity context and are expected to have impact upon their contexts.

Both LiveCity-based papers were welcomed by the Conference audience and have attracted the interest of many participants.

 

Papers presented in the VDE-2014 Conference

 

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“Videoübertragung in Echtzeit zur Verbesserung der Notfallmedizin”

("Live Video Connection to improve emergency medicine”).

(Article in German).

Proceedings of the VDE-Kongress 2014, Smart Cities: Intelligente Lösungen für das Leben in der Zukunft held at Frankfurt am Main, Germany, October 20-21, 2014. Published by VDE Verlag GmbH, Berlin, Offenbach, pp.497-502.

[ISBN: 978-3-8007-3641-6].

 

Bibiana Metelmann (EMAUG),

Camilla Metelmann (EMAUG),

Donal Morris

(RedZinc),

Luis Cordeiro

(OneSource),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Konrad Meissner

(EMAUG)

and

Michael Wendt

(EMAUG).

Mit Hilfe einer live Video- Übertragung vom Unfall- oder Notfallort zu einem Notarzt in einer zentralen Leitstelle lässt sich die schnelle medizinische Versorgung von Unfallpatienten und Notfällen vor Ort verbessern. Im Rahmen des LiveCity-Projektes wird eine solche Video-Konsultation in einem Simulationslabor mit einem zweiarmigen experimentellen Vergleich in einem cross-over design untersucht. Dafür wurde eigens eine Videokamera mit entsprechender Hard- und Software entwickelt.

 

The fast medical treatment of accident and emergency patients can be improved with aid of a live video transmission from the accident or emergency site to an emergency doctor in a central office. Within the LiveCity project such a video consultation was studied in a medical simulation centre with a two arm experimental trial with cross-over design. For this a video camera with special hard- and software was developed

2.

“Potenziale der Telemedizin bei Patienten in der Häuslichkeit”.

("Potentialities of telemedicine for patients at home").

(Article in German).

Proceedings of the VDE-Kongress 2014, Smart Cities: Intelligente Lösungen für das Leben in der Zukunft held at Frankfurt am Main, Germany, October 20-21, 2014. Published by VDE Verlag GmbH, Berlin, Offenbach, pp.92-97.

[ISBN: 978-3-8007-3641-6].

 

Bibiana Metelmann (EMAUG),

Camilla Metelmann (EMAUG),

Donal Morris

(RedZinc),

Luis Cordeiro

(OneSource),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Konrad Meissner

(EMAUG)

and

Michael Wendt

(EMAUG).

Telemedizin ist ein wichtiges Zukunftsthema. Die Kommunikation in der Telemedizin kann dabei nicht nur auf horizontaler Ebene, beispielsweise zwischen zwei Ärzten in verschiedenen Krankenhäusern, stattfinden, sondern auch auf vertikaler Ebene, zum Beispiel zwischen Arzt und Patient in der Häuslichkeit. Eines der Ziele der Telemedizin ist dabei, den Patienten möglichst lange in seiner gewohnten Umgebung zu lassen und eine Krankenhauseinweisung zu vermeiden. Um Telemedizin zu ermöglichen, muss der Patient mit speziellen Devices für die Häuslichkeit, die die Verbindung herstellen, ausgestattet werden. Bei Notfällen muss dieses Device erst zum Patienten gebracht werden. Dies lässt sich wie beispielsweise im LiveCity-Projekt dadurch realisieren, dass das alarmierte Rettungsfachpersonal dieses Device mitbringt.

 

Telemedicine is an important future topic. The communication in telemedicine can be both: horizontal, e.g. between two medical doctors in different hospitals, and also vertical, e.g. between medical doctor and patient at home. One goal of telemedicine is to leave a patient im his familiar surroundings as long as possible and to reduce hospital admission. To enable telemedicine, the patient has to be equipped at his home with a special device, which can build the telemedicine connection. In emergency situations this device has to be brought to the patient. This could be achieved, as in the LiveCity project, if the alerted paramedics bring this device.

 

LiveCity participation in VDE-2014 is summarized here.

In response to one of EMAUG’s presentations at the VDE conference in Frankfurt am Main, the journal "Computerwoche" published an article about the LiveCity Project in Greifswald.

"Computerwoche" is a weekly magazine for CIOs and IT-manager with a circulation of about 20.000 copies.


The article by Dr. Rolf Froböse is in German and summarizes the paper "The Potential of Telemedicine for Patients at Home", concluding that there is a high potential for the use of a video camera like the LiveCity camera in emergency medicine.

This is the article-link:

http://www.computerwoche.de/a/die-potenziale-der-medizintechnik-sind-noch-nicht-ausgeschoepft,3071238

NAT-2014 German National Conference (Hamburg, Germany, December 12-13, 2014)

The Norddeutsche Anästhesie-Tage ("NAT-2014 Kongress") took place in Hamburg, Germany, during the period December 12-13, 2014.

(For more details, see http://www.mcn-nuernberg.de/externeseiten/27_nat/programm-12122014.html).

This National German Congress (Kongress für Anästhesie und Intensive Therapie mit Pflegesymposium und Rettungsdienstforum) is a highly recognisable event -with international aspects and remarkable feedback- in the specific domain of the medical intensive care.

 

EMAUG has participated to the NAT-2014 Event by performing two LiveCity-based oral presentations (in German) during the first day of the Congress (December 12, 2014), included in the SO1 Session (“Wissens Chaftlicher Nachwuchs”).

These were as follows:

  • LiveCity - Telemedizin im Rettungswesen

(presentation given by Mrs. Bibiana Metelmann).

  • LiveCity – als Notarzt per Video am Einsatzort

(presentation given by Mrs. Camilla Metelmann).

LiveCity participation in NAT-2014 is summarized here.

 

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Event (Greifswald, Germany, January 16-17, 2015)

EMAUG has presented the LiveCity Project at  Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Event in January 2015.

The well-known "Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg" in Greifswald organized a panel, which brought together experts and students from different scientific disciplines (e.g. medicine, health care management, law, pharmacy and psychology) to discuss the problem of ageing population and its consequences for medicine.

In this scope, EMAUG has discussed about “how telemedicine in emergency medicine might be a possible solution for (elderly) people experiencing an emergency”.

More information about the program of the event can be found at: http://blog.wirwis.de/category/gesundheitsmanagement/).

 

The following presentation and discussion took place under the supervision/coordination of Mrs. Camilla Metelmann (EMAUG) and Mrs. Bibiana Metelmann (EMAUG) in the session of January 16, 2015:

  • LiveCity - Telemedizin am Notfallort

LiveCity participation in Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Event is summarized here.

 

Support of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education – LiveCity presentation

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education - the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung or the ”bpb” as it is referred to in short - is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues to all people in Germany. “Citizenship education” in this connection broadly means educating and encouraging citizens to actively participate in society and in the democratic process. The bpb’s work focuses on fostering an awareness of what democracy is and on furthering participation in politics and social life.

 

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education runs a webpage called “Netzdebatte.pbp.de”, discussing current developments of the digital world. The aim is to raise the public awareness concerning political aspects of IT and internet. Within the main topic “Internet of Things”, a special issue regarding “Smart City” was made with video-interviews as highlight.

EMAUG has been asked, in the context of the VDE conference, to perform a 7 minute interview about telemedicine in general and the LiveCity Project.

Among others, the following questions were covered:

- What is telemedicine?

- How can telemedicine help in medical emergency situations?

- What are other telemedicine projects?

- What happens, if a patient doesn’t want to be on camera?

- What legal entities have to approve the technology before it can be implemented?

More related information can be found at: http://www.bpb.de/dialog/netzdebatte/197222/spezial-smart-city

LiveCity support of the German Federal Agency for Civil Education is summarized here.

 

Participation to the cohIT-2015 Conference

 

The German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors and others hold an annual conference called conhIT (Connecting Healthcare IT). The Congress (http://www.conhit.de/en/) plays an important part in enabling exhibitors and visitors at conhIT to keep abreast of latest developments and its emphasis is on papers offering practical information.

The practice-oriented congress programme is developed by the congress Committee. Representatives of the leading healthcare IT industry organisations and institutions serving on this committee ensure that the information and training needs of the conhIT target groups are met to the greatest extent possible.

 

The conhIT is organised in cooperation with the following industry associations:

The German Association of Healthcare IT Vendors (bvitg),

The German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS),

The German Association of Medical Computer Scientists (BVMI),

The German Association of Hospital IT Managers (KH-IT) and,

The Working Group of Directors of Medical Computing Centres at German University Clinics (ALKRZ).

 

This years’ motto will be motto “Shaping the Future with Health IT”.

The conhIT-2015 event will take place in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, April 14-15, 2015.

EMAUG has been invited to join Session 5 (Telemedicine).

 

EMAUG has got a paper accepted for presentation as shown on the following link: http://www.conhit.de/en/CongressAndAcademy/CongressProgram2015/Eventdetails.jsp?fairID=316823&eventDateId=336667&lang=en

LiveCity participation in sohIT-2015 Conference is summarized here .