Below are the projects that I have been involved:

Optique – Scalable End-User Access to Big Data

logo-optiqueScalable end-user access to Big Data is critical for e ective data analysis and value creation. Optique will bring about a paradigm shift for data access by ˆ providing a semantic end-to-end connection between users and data sources, ˆ enabling users to rapidly formulate intuitive queries using familiar vocabularies and conceptualisations, seamlessly integrating data spread across multiple distributed data sources, including streaming sources exploiting massive parallelism for scalability far beyond traditional RDBMSs and thus reducing the turnaround time for information requests to minutes rather than days. Optique is financed by the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) of the European Commission under Grant Agreement 318338.

Byte – The Big data roadmap and cross-disciplinarY community for addressing socieTal Externalities

byteLogoBYTE project will assist European science and industry in capturing the positive externalities and diminishing the negative externalities associated with big data in order to gain a greater share of the big data market by 2020. BYTE will accomplish this by leveraging the BYTE advisory board and additional network contacts to conduct a series of big data case studies in actual big data practices across a range of disciplinary and industrial sectors to gain an understanding of the economic, legal, social, ethical and political externalities that are in evidence. BYTE will supplement these case studies with a horizontal analysis that identifies how positive externalities can be amplified and negative externalities can be diminished.

ROLE – Responsive Open Learning Environments (finalised)

spidericon200x80ROLE technology is centred around the concept of Self-regulated learning that creates responsible and thinking learners that are able to plan their learning process, search for the resources independently, learn and then reflect on their learning process and progress.  Given this task, ROLE´s main objective is to support teachers in developing the open personal learning environments for their students where they can train each of the phases mentioned. The Role project is supported by the European Commission, in the theme ICT-2007 Digital Libraries and technology-enhanced learning, as a Large-scale integrating project (IP), under the 7th Framework Programme, Grant agreement no.: 231396.

iCamp – innovative, inclusive, interactive & intercultural learning campus (finalised)

icamiCamp is a research and development project funded by the European Commission under the IST (Information Society Technology) programme of FP6. The project aims at creating an infrastructure for collaboration and networking across systems, countries, and disciplines in Higher Education. Pedagogically it is based on constructivist learning theories that puts more emphasis on self-organised learning, social networking, and the changing roles of educators. iCamp project funded by the European Commission under the IST programme of FP6.

LEFIS – Legal Framework for the Information Society (finalised)

LOGO_LEFISThe LEFIS APTICE Thematic Network pursues to develop and implement a cross-national teaching and research infrastructure in the legal field which adequately responds to the needs raised by the information and knowledge society.Upon the base of previous EU-supported initiatives, it is expected to improve the current legal education practices by adapting them to the new social, political and regulative environment, whereby legal education is broadly conceived as covering related technological, social, economic, ethical, and policy-making issues. The Thematic Network LEFIS was financed by the European Commission in the frame of the SOCRATES/Erasmus programme.

TREE – Teaching and Research in Engineering in Europe (finalised)

TREE Presentation October 2007Contributing to the development and the enrichment of the European dimension in Engineering Education (EE) constitutes the global goal of TREE. In other words to enhance the compatibility of the many diverse routes to the status of Professional Engineer which exist in Europe and, hence, to facilitate greater mobility of skilled personnel and integration of the various situations throughout Europe. It must be emphasised that, according to the spirit of the Bologna Declaration, enhanced compatibility does not imply uniformity, and is certainly not intended to lead to a reduction of standards to the best common level that can be found. This was also the goal of the two TNPs (acronym for Thematic Network Project) dedicated in the recent past to EE in general: H3E (supported under Socrates I) and E4 (supported under Socrates II). The activities of these TNPs constitute the “roots” of TREE. It is then natural to assess first the contribution of these previous experiences to the global goal, giving for granted that, because of the continuous evolution of higher education in Europe, it would be naïve to consider such a goal as already reached. The Thematic Network TREE was financed by the European Commission in the frame of the SOCRATES/Erasmus programme in the period 2004-2007.