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Centre for Data Science and Systems Complexity (DSSC), University of Groningen

DSSC Newsletter

SEPTEMBER 2018

UPDATES
EUR 3 million H2020 grant awarded to Raffaella Carloni
Linkage to pharmacy data: Pharmlines
DSSC members collaborate with one of the largest luxury shipbuilders in the world

CALLS FOR PROPOSALS
H2020 
DT-ICT-08-2019: Agricultural digital integration platforms (14 Nov.)
DT-ICT-10-2019: Interoperable and smart homes and grids (14 Nov.)

eScience Center and NWO
Early detection and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (deadline pre-registration: 1 Oct.; deadline full applications: 8 Jan.)
Access to the National Computer Facilities (continuous application)
User Support Programme Space Research (15 Nov.)

EVENTS
Opening Symposium Bernoulli Institute (1 Nov., 9.00-17.00, Bernoulliborg, 151)
Kick-off meeting CogniGron (26 Oct., 9.00-17.15.00, Energy Academy, 29)
IEEE eScience Conference (29 Oct. - 1 Nov., Amsterdam)
Workshop: Making the smart city safe for citizens: the case of smart energy and mobility (28-29 Nov., Business Intelligence & Smart Services Institute)
FAIR Data Science for Green Life Sciences (12 Dec., Wageningen)


UPDATES

EUR 3 million H2020 grant awarded to Raffaella Carloni Raffaella Carloni photo

The project “MAGNIFY-From nano to MAcro: a GrouNdbreakIng actuation technology For robotic sYstems” has been awarded by the European Union in the Horizon 2020 Framework Program within the FET-Open research and innovation actions call. The goal of MAGNIFY is to design and realize a new generation of artificial muscles for robotic systems, characterized by high force-to-weight ratio, high flexibility, fast reacting properties, and intrinsic rigidity tuning.

MAGNIFY is a four-years project and starts on October 1, 2018. MAGNIFY is a collaborative project between the University of Groningen (NL) as coordinator, the University of Bologna (IT), the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IT), and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR). Raffaella Carloni (Adjunct hoogleraar in the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence - Faculty of Science and Engineering) is the coordinator of the MAGNIFY project and principal investigator within the University of Groningen. The MAGNIFY project has been granted EUR 3 million, of which EUR 1 million will go to Raffaella Carloni’s robotics group.


Linkage to pharmacy data: Pharmlines

The PharmLines Initiative aims to facilitate research in which besides the broad health data of Lifelines, objective data on medication data is needed. The multidisciplinary data of the Lifelines Cohort Study has been linked to the medication data of the University of Groningen pharmacy prescription database, IADB.nl at a patient level by Statistics Netherlands.

Researchers worldwide and from diverse disciplines can now apply for the use of these linked Lifelines and IADB data; contact us at research@lifelines.nl or via professor Eelko Hak at e.hak@rug.nl. More information on the available data and the required application process will soon be placed on our website.


DSSC members collaborate with one of the largest luxury shipbuilders in the worldMeyer Werft

Meyer Werft Papenburg, one of the largest luxury shipbuilders in the world, and the University of Groningen will join forces to create the “Innovation Lab Papenburg - Groningen 2018-2050," in which new projects will combine scientific questions with concrete fields of application from the industry. The two major stakeholders in the Northern Netherlands and North Western Germany are logical partners when it comes to knowledge and innovation.

Currently, two projects are coordinated by the DSSC members Prof. Dr. Bayu Jayawardhana (ENTEG) and Prof. Dr. Jacquelien Scherpen:

  • Integrating big data and digital twin for a smart value
    chain in cruise ships’ industry

Project coordinator: Prof. Jayawardhana (ENTEG; Data Science and Systems Complexity centre); Dr. Paul Meyer (member of the IT Management Team at MW)

In the smart industry / Industry 4.0 era, information and communication technology are enablers of disruptive innovations in providing a high degree of flexibility in the manufacturing sector and improving productivity significantly by saving cost, time-to-market and development time. This applies also to the value chains in Meyer Werft where the design process, production planning & process, operations and maintenance become inseparable and highly interconnected. The Data Science and Systems Complexity center, where the group of Prof. Jayawardhana is part of and which is part of Faculty of Science and Engineering, will collaborate with Meyer Werft in the development of ICT technology that integrates model-based (digital twins) and data-based (big data) approaches in creating a smart value chain in cruise ships’ industry.

  • Energy efficiency on cruise ships; grids, fuels/sources and thrust/propulsion 

Project coordinator: Prof. Jacquelien Scherpen (ENTEG; Data Science and Systems Complexity centre member); Hermann-Josef Mammes (Head of Research & Development at MW)

One of the biggest and most important challenges for a ship builder is to build energy efficient ships. In this project both parties together work on technical solutions for combustion/fuels, propulsion efficiency and renewable energy production.


CALLS FOR PROPOSALS
H2020
DT-ICT-08-2019: Agricultural digital integration platforms (deadline: 14 November)
Agricultural research and innovation supports the sector in coping with a complex mix of challenges it is facing, including for example the pressures on natural resources and farm revenues. Pilots should address all of the below aspects:

  • Building platforms integrating different technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) devices, cloud, photonics, networks, geolocalisation (including through Galileo and EGNOS (the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service)) and robotics combined with applications based on data analytics and knowledge management.
  • Sharing data and generating knowledge via capturing and translating more and precise information. 
  • Developing decision support systems that will include, but are not restricted to, a benchmarking system on the productivity and sustainability performance of farms, services, technologies and practices. 

DT-ICT-10-2018-19: Interoperable and smart homes and grids (deadline: 14 November)
The aim of the pilot is to exploit IoT reference architectures models that allow for combining services for home or building comfort and energy management, based on platforms that enable the integration of relevant digital technologies like IoT, AI, cloud and big data services and where applicable, combined with blockchain technologies. Energy services, where appropriate, can be combined with additional non-energy services and foster the take-up of smart energy communities (in particular peer-to-peer energy markets). 

eScience Center and NWO
Early detection and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (deadline pre-registration: 1 October; deadline full applications: 8 Jan.)
Interdisciplinary consortia consisting of scientists and public/private partners can apply for funding to study the use of big data for the early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Participation of end users (citizens, patients and/ or (health)professionals) is mandatory.

Access to the National Computer Facilities (deadline: continuous application)
Supercomputers are used for technical scientific research. In the Netherlands, two different systems are available for national use. These are the Cartesius supercomputer, and the Lisa system. The granting scheme Access to the National Computational facilities grants access to these systems. Through this instrument scientists can apply for acces through means of a pilot application or a regular application.

User Support Programme Space Research (deadline 15 November)
The aim of the User Support Programme Space Research is to provide support to researchers working in the Netherlands during the (preparation for) use of infrastructure in space for the purpose of high quality scientific research. The programme is open to excellent research in the areas of earth observation and planetary research. Please see the call document (download below) for more information and how to apply.

EVENTS
Opening Symposium Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

1 Nov., 9.00-17.00, Bernoulliborg 151

The Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (JBI) and the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering (ALICE) have recently merged into the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (BI) that will combine and expand unique expertise in these disciplines available in Groningen. The festive opening of the Bernoulli Institute will be held with a Symposium that will combine pitches of interdisciplinary research at the Bernoulli, poster sessions and Best Poster Award, and talks from prestigious external speakers. Register here!

IEEE eScience Conference 2018
29 Oct. - 1 Nov. 2018, Amsterdam
 
IEEE eScience 2018 brings together leading international researchers and research software engineers from all disciplines to present and discuss how digital technology impacts scientific practice. From the humanities to physics and from ecology to astronomy. 
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FAIR Data Science for Green Life Sciences
12 Dec., Wageningen

The Wageningen Data Competence Center-part of Wageningen University and Research-is organising a one-day scientific symposium on FAIR Data Science for Green Life Sciences. The symposium focuses on state-of-the-art knowledge in data science and data management, new applications in the green life sciences, and insights from other domains that could be transferred. The symposium aims to bring together researchers and domain experts for discussion and exchange of ideas of the latest developments in data science as well as on the best practices within the green life sciences. More information and abstract submission can be found here
Kick-off meeting CogniGron
26 Oct., 9.00-17.15, Energy Academy 29
 
The University of Groningen has created the Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials Center (CogniGron) in order to join efforts from different disciplines with the goal of developing novel architectures for cognitive computing working at all level: materials, devices, systems, architectures and algorithms. A holistic approach that coordinates efforts in materials science, physics, mathematics, computer science and artificial intelligence is needed to achieve a breakthrough in the field: to develop learning at the materials level. Within CogniGron research groups from the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, as well as the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials will work together towards this goal. Registration is open here.
Workshop Making the smart city safe for citizens: The case of smart energy and mobility
28-29 Nov., Business Intelligence & Smart Services (BISS) Institute
 
The workshop will bring together practitioners from leading smart cities with experts on artifi­cial intelligence, data security and privacy from various disciplines. It involves experts from law, political sciences, environmental sciences and computer sciences, amongst others. Risk management in the smart city requires an integrated approach across these disciplines to succeed. The participants will study different modes of securing – in the political, legal and technological realm. More information is available here.
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