WIT TSSG group experts to assist future of EU-Brazil co-operation at conference


WIT TSSG group among experts to shape future of EU-Brazil co-operation on cloud computing, Big Data and IoT at events held in Porte Alegre, Brazil.

The EUBrasilCloudFORUM  project, which has Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG group as a partner, organized an interesting EU-Brazil (EUBR) workshop and conference held on 6-7th July, as part of the much larger annual Conference of the Brazilian Computing Society (CSBC 2016) event in Porte Alegre, Brazil over the last days.

On 6th July, 2016, the first edition of Workshop on Cloud Networks - WCN 2016 was held, bringing  together well-experienced researchers, engineers, and practitioners from academia, industry and government to discuss and advance the state-of-the-art research in the emerging area of cloud-based networks and applications.

Policy makers and thought leaders from Brazil and Europe will be on hand to set out their mutually agreed priorities moving forward. Key players from Brazil include Priscila Solis Barreto, Professor at University of Brasília, Wanderson Paim de Jesus, R&D Project Manager at RNP (the Brazilian Research and Education Network), Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, President of the Brazilian Computing Society, (SBC),and Maximiliano Martinhão, SEPIN Secretary at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications. Representing Europe will be Augusto Alburquerque from the Delegation of the European Union to Brazil.

James Clarke, the WIT participant to EUBrasilCloudForum in attendance, was a co-chair with Professor Moacyr Martucci Jr. from the Department of Engineering and Digital Systems of Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo, in a session entitled Working Group on future scenarios and research challenges.

The project uses the concept of Working Groups (WGs) that will support the project’s efforts in collecting information from the wider expert communities in EUBR activities related to cloud computing, including security aspects. The objectives of the WGs were presented:

Objective 1. To define a research roadmap for future WPs/Calls;

Objective 2. To provide expert information for Policy Dialogue workshops;

Objective 3. To form into a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Cloud Computing for SBC;

Objective 4. To promote the EUBR projects results together in a collective and louder voice.

As a starting point, at their first concertation meeting with other related EUBR projects, held in Rio De Janeiro during March, 2016, the project started a WG dedicated to compilation of relevant futuristic scenarios, drivers and challenges to further scope gaps in the state of the art, which can then be plugged by research and innovation opportunities for EU and Brazil collaborators.

According to Clarke, “the primary goal of the session on 6th July, 2016 was to gather valuable feedback from the audience interactively on a number of questions, so we can find out whether we are on target with the selected future scenarios and research opportunities and to plan out the WG activities in the future, which includes widening the scope of the WGs to address more activities collectively,  and contribute to the EU-Brazil Research and Innovation Roadmap and Action Plan related to Cloud Computing, to be used by the funding agencies in both countries to build new EUBR joint calls.”

The benefits to participation in the WGs were also outlined, including the ability to voice areas of interest and hot topics towards the building of the calls from the very beginning, including participation to the Workshop being held alongside the annual Policy Dialogue meetings planned in Autumn in 2016, where these topics are typically decided for future Joint calls.

Clarke continued, “the project also has an ambition to grow our Working Groups into a Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Brazil Computer Society (SBC) as there is currently no SIG on cloud computing in SBC and this was welcomed and re-iterated in the inaugural talks during the morning session of WCN 2016 by MCTIC representatives and by Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, President of SBC, Brazil.”

On 7th July, the 3rd edition of Cloudscape Brazil was held, with the ambition to shape cloud computing developments in both Brazil and Europe by bringing insights into current market trends, challenges slowing down mainstream adoption of cloud services, and best practices to address them. Further topics include: policy issues around taxation, bandwidth, energy pricing, security and data protection, which are slowing down cloud adoption in Brazil. Cloudscape Brazil took a practical look at some of the major challenges & requirements to the adoption of cloud computing, exploring pathways for closer collaboration between Brazil and Europe on issues of common interest.

As a follow-up of the technical presentation of novel solution towards a more reliable and resilient cloud services and applications at WCN 2016, Cloudscape Brazil 2016 was a forum for discussing cloud-friendly policy measures to ensure the supply side meets the demand and needs of cloud services’ consumers of more trustworthy and reliable cloud computing services. The aim of the event was also to introduce a dialogue demonstrating how SMEs and end users can benefit and make the most out of adopting cloud computing.

Clarke concluded, “79 participants attended the two events, including 35 speakers, including 11 speakers from Europe. In addition, 22 position papers and 6 scientific papers were received following our pre-workshop/conference CfP providing incredibly valuable contents, and all are available online at the event page here. The full agenda for the events can be found here. A full report of the events will be available on the web site shortly. 

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