FIRE Forum 2015

December 9, 2015 @ 09:30 – 17:00
European Commission DG Connect (VIP Room)
Avenue de Beaulieu 5

Forum2015European Experimental Infrastructure Driving Innovation

Wednesday 9th December 2015, Brussels, Belgium

Venue: European Commission DG Connect (VIP Room), Avenue de Beaulieu 5

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

The presentations are downloadable below in the agenda (Download).
Event photos are available in the FIRE Forum 2015 album at Flickr.
Download the introduction, agenda and practicalities.

Summary report

The FIRE Forum took place on 9th December 2015 in Brussels, bringing together around 70 participants. The meeting objective was to bring together representatives of all FIRE projects, including a series of new projects (14) from the latest Call, and the Experimental Platforms unit, to discuss technical issues of common interest regarding experimental facilities and (re)define experimentally-driven research to cope with the current demands for innovation. For this event, FIRE projects have been invited to contribute with the proposed topics for discussion, and by means of panels and breakout sessions, to activate productive discussions.

DG Connect director Mr. Mario Campolargo, in his introduction, stressed the importance of FIRE and its Forum to bring together different communities, demonstrating the open character of FIRE which has well developed over the times. He also mentioned the Innovation Actions and Research and Innovation Actions generating new types of projects. Achieving impact of FIRE remains a key objective for the FIRE initiative, as well as extending the FIRE branding, the FIRE community itself (in particular towards the IoT, Cloud and 5G communities) and international cooperation e.g. FIRE-GENI. Thereafter Mr. Per Blixt, Head of Unit of the Experimental Facilities unit addressed the new projects.

Thereafter 8 sessions proceeded:
• Session 1 focused on how to prepare for a European Experimental Infrastructure and creating the conditions for FIRE’s further evolution. Results of AmpliFIRE’s activities were presented by Mr. Hans Schaffers, AmpliFIRE coordinator, who focused on the role of FIRE as an accelerator to create a network of resources easily accessible and enabled by broker activities, high quality services and incubation support. He also mentioned the collaboration opportunities existing at the local and regional level and how national and EC activities should create synergy. Mr. Brecht Vermeulen discussed the approach and results of federation activities within FED4FIRE.
• Session 2 addressed the FIRE objectives and how projects would contribute. Mr. Mario Scillia from the Experimental Facilities unit presented the KPI approach and how projects contribute to this approach.
• Session 3 presented the new projects in more detail, and was led by Mr. Michael Boniface from AmpliFIRE.
• The previous session introduced the session 4 moderated by Monique Calisti and Michael Boniface (AmpliFIRE), exploring the future directions for FIRE Experimental Infrastructure based on the 14 new projects in the last call.
• Session 5 presented the view of Mr. Nikolaos Isaris, deputy head of the Experimental Facilities, on sustainability of FIRE facilities and how the new call in 2016 would contribute to that goal.
• Session 6 consisted of three parallel sessions led by John Domingue, Thanasis Korakis and Ingrid Moerman, discussing the future roadmaps in relation to FIRE activities in Infrastructure, Platforms and Applications. Session 7 then brought the feedback from these sessions. A common conclusion was that the exercise should continue on line using a collaboration tool.
• Finally, session 8 provided the wrap up of this Forum event. Upcoming FIRE open calls within the projects FORGE, MONROE, RAWFIE, WishFUL, OrganiCity and FIESTA were mentioned. Chair Mr. Martin Serrano summarized and closed the meeting in concluding that services are an important part of FIRE and that FIRE’s innovation roadmap should be continuously updated.


Chair: Martin Serrano, FIRE Board Chair, Insight Centre

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and registration
09:30– 10:00 Opening and introductions
Martin Serrano, Insight Centre, Welcome and agenda  Download
– Mario Campolargo, DG CONNECT Director – Net Futures
– Per Blixt, DG CONNECT, Head of Unit E4 – Experimental Platforms
10:00 – 10:30 Session 1: Preparing for a European Experimental Infrastructure
Creating the conditions for FIRE’s evolution towards 2020
– Hans Schaffers, Aalto University (AmpliFIRE coordinator): FIRE as an accelerator of innovation. Findings from AmplifIRE.  Download
Brecht Vermeulen, iMinds (Fed4FIRE): Federated, demand-driven and sustainable infrastructure for future internet experimentation.  Download
10:30 – 10:45 Session 2: FIRE projects contributing to Experimental Infrastructure Objectives
– Mario Scillia, European Commission: FIRE Performance Metrics and their role in guiding FIRE’s future development.  Download
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:10 Session 3: The Future FIRE Landscape from 2016 and Panel Introductions
– Michael Boniface, IT Innovation (AmpliFIRE)  Download
11:10 – 13:00 Session 4: Accelerating Innovation – How to cooperate for mutual benefits
Moderated by Michael Boniface and Monique Calisti
The purpose of this session is to explore future directions for FIRE+ by reviewing new facility projects funded in 2015 (expecting to start around Jan-16). The session is organised into two panels covering core aspects of FIRE+:
Panel 1: Networking (M. Boniface) 11:10 – 11:55
– ARCFIRE – Eduard Grasa  Download
– eWine – Ingrid Moerman  Download
– FUTEBOL – Johann Marquez-Barja  Download
– MAMI – Özgü Alay  Download
– Q4HEALTH – Donal Morris  Download
– SoftFIRE – Roberto Minerva  Download
– TRIANGLE – Michael Dieudonne  Download
Panel 2: Networked Services and Applications (M. Calisti) 12:00 – 12:45
– ARMOUR – Pedro Maló  Download
– EMBERS – Timur Friedman  Download
– F-Interop – Timur Friedman  Download
– its4land –  Joep Crompvoets  Download
– SELECT for Cities – Jarmo Eskelinen  Download
– SMARTBUY – Lorena Bourg  Download
– WAZIUP – Abdur Rahim  Download
Each panel will invite new projects to present 1-2 slides and then participate in an interactive debate.
Key questions to be explored include:
– What challenges are being addressed and how do the address key routes to impact for facility users?
– What technology platforms are emerging for EaaS, what resources are offered and how do they accelerate impact?
– Will projects provide convergent or divergent actions in FiRE+ in terms of both supported ecosystems and technologies?
– Summary Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 – 14:20 Session 5: FIRE towards H2020 and future collaboration
– Nikolaos Isaris, European Commission: FIRE Opportunities in the Work Programme 2016-2017.  Download
14:20 – 14:30 Session 6 Introduction to Breakout in Technical Discussions  Download
– Martin Serrano, Insight Centre: Framing the discussions and breakout objectives
14:30 – 15:30 Session 6A: Applications and Use cases Breakout
Chair: John Domingue
Session 6B: Platforms Breakout
Chair: Thanasis Korakis
Session 6C: Infrastructures Breakout
Chair: Ingrid Moerman
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:30 Session 7: Breakout Session Moderator Feedback
Moderators feedback on the key points and findings from each breakout session (10 mins each)
16:30 – 17:00 Session 8: Wrapping up
Monique Calisti, Martel (AmpliFIRE) – Upcoming Calls / Funding Opportunities  Download
Hans Schaffers, Aalto University (AmpliFIRE) and session moderators
Martin Serrano, Insight Centre (FIESTA)  Download
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