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A Vision of Services and Virtualisation in the Internet by 2020 - a collaborative integration of SOFI community contributions to the Roadmapping activity into a holistic chapter


[edit] Third call for contributions

A Prize (Netbook) will be awarded for the most thought-provoking presentation not currently addressed in the roadmap.

At the Future Internet Assembly in Poznan on October 25th and 26th the FIA research roadmap working group is holding a session to review and update the roadmap (

We are seeking to identify areas of research not currently addressed by the roadmap and are soliciting short presentations (5 minutes) on areas for high impact research that should be included in the roadmap. We are aiming for distinctive and thought provoking suggestions for topics not currently addressed in the roadmap (which may be downloaded from

To stimulate contributions to this session, a prize (a netbook computer) will be awarded to the presenter of the most interesting and thought provoking idea. Contributions of no more than two pages in Word (.doc or .docx) format should be sent to session organiser,, by 30th September 2011.

Contributions should address areas not substantially covered in the current version of the Roadmap, and should address 1. The proposed area of research to be include in the research roadmap, 2. The impact that the proposed research will have (i.e. the benefit, the problem solved, the opportunity enabled,) 3. The underpinning technologies and research ideas that would be the starting point for the research.

Selected contributions will be invited to make a short presentation at the Roadmapping session at FIA Poznan and will be asked to participate in the subsequent discussion panel. Contributions received may then be included in a new version of the FIA research roadmap. The winner of the prize will be selected by members of the working group present at FIA Poznan.

[edit] SOFI workshop contributions

[edit] Roadmapping workshop 31 Mar 2011

There was a SOFI presentation Image:FIA Research Roadmap Input - ENG.pdf at the Future Internet Roadmapping workshop, 31 March 2011 in Brussels.

[edit] Experts meeting 28 Feb 2011

There was an experts meeting for FP8 roadmapping in the SSA&I unit on February 28th, in Brussels. See [1] for the results of that meeting.

Report from SOFI member Stefano De Panfilis, Engineering

Report from SOFI member John Domingue, Open University

[edit] Second call for contributions

Written contributions to the roadmap should be send your written contributions by 20th March 2011 in Microsoft Word .doc format to Nick Papanikolaou (HP Labs) –

A workshop takes place on Thursday 31st March, 10.00 AM to 4.00pm at the European Commission, Beaulieu 25, room 0/S1, Brussels.

Register for this event via the following link: [2]

Researchers working in the field of Future Internet are invited to contribute short position papers, to be presented at the workshop, with the intention that they will shape the content and impact of the roadmap.

The contributions are expected to not exceed three (3) A4 pages, and will address, in order, the following four issues/questions [These are standard headings which must be used]:

  • What changes will occur? Describe the broader social and other changes that research into the future internet will need to take into account here. Indicate the timescale of these changes
  • Which positive outcomes can be brought about by the use of technology? Discuss how you imagine the world will be as a result of the changes and advances that will have occurred; what impact will we be able to have? When will we have that impact?
  • Discuss the difficult problems (broader, technical, …) that have to be addressed satisfactorily in order to handle the changes and realise the vision
  • What’s the answer? which new approaches/technologies/… will likely be most useful in addressing the gaps and challenges? What research needs will emerge as we try to build such solutions? What are the steps to developing the solutions?

[edit] First call for contributions

From [3]: To kick off the roadmap we are asking the Future Input Support Action projects to contribute key ideas for the research roadmap ahead of FIA Ghent, in December 2010, for discussion and review at an afternoon workshop for members of the FISA group on Wednesday 15th December, 2.00 to 5.00 pm.

'Deadline is 8 December, 2010'

Please add key ideas here as a title and insert text around that idea, as shown in the example below. To help us, please add your project's name to the contribution. The contribution should take the following form, as requested in the call for contributions:

Each of the 'big ideas' should summarise, briefly, the following points, preferably in no more than a paragraph on each on:

   * The challenge that is being addressed.
   * What does this mean for future internet? What needs to be different or new?
   * Impact - i.e. who will benefit, how, and when? 

[edit] Key Idea 1


THE BIG CHALLENGE: The world's biggest challenge in the future will be to pay entitlements to retired persons and to cut global economic deficits. This will require new policies of social disruption likely to generate discontent and even revolution in societies.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR FUTURE INTERNET: How to find solutions in a networked world with broadband Net and huge amounts of structured data to prepare better for these future social and economic challenges. This means that there needs to be not just a focus on quantitative aspects in the Future Internet, but also on ensuring data and service availability, (re-)usability and quality.

POTENTIAL IMPACT: We believe global availability of Future Internet, in particular useful services built on top of qualitative structured data sets, can back new technology solving real problems.

e.g. Report on Adverse Events in Hospitals (Nov 2010) 13.5% Medicare patients have an adverse event in hospital. Of 15 000 monthly deaths, 44% are believed to be preventable. One adverse event is Pressure Ulcers (an ulcer which occurs by a hospital stay). Just monitoring the data around Pressure Ulcers helped identify how to reduce their occurrance. It is the data which is invaluable, and it is the service layer on the Future Internet which can facilitate the access to (services over) the data which can solve real human problems.

In corollary, unavailability of Future Internet could be unforeseeably disastrious. So keeping services available, correct and secure is of a global priority.

[edit] Key Idea 2

PROJECT NAME: Beniamino Di Martino, Salvatore Venticinque – Second University of Naples

THE BIG CHALLENGE: In the Future Internet real people and things will enter the digital world where they will be able to be identified, to be localized, to interact with applications, as well as to localize and identify other virtual entities. In the same way applications will be able to localize real things and can interact with people and real objects. Virtual reality and augmented reality will share the same information.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR FUTURE INTERNET: one of the most successful applications of today: Facebook or any social network. How many real and fake profiles are there? How much information about real people, events and objects are available? e.g. photos, addresses, numbers of cellular phones, personal information. How many application interfaces are available to retrieve information about people and allow to produce and modify contents? How many applications are developed, installed and continuously updated within those networks. These applications can use the available information, can interact with profiles or with their owners. They can implement a tunnel between the Facebook world and other virtual or real worlds.

POTENTIAL IMPACT: What is there behind an application or a profile? Is it real, virtual or fake? When this is not considered, many important problems can arise. The biggest limitation will be the possibility to discriminate between real and virtual entities, between fake and true information!

[edit] Key Idea 3

PROJECT NAME: SOCIETIES - Kevin Doolin, Chief Engineer TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology

THE BIG CHALLENGE: While the SOCIETIES project will make great steps forward in terms of dynamic community formation integrated with social networks, many challenges remain in place in this space. particularly the Future Internet needs to understand the needs of, and new uses of, our EU social network providers. These challenges include items such as federation across multiple SNS, privacy protection legislation comparison with the US, dynamic SNS formation, and using SNS as an enabler ( as a context source, single sign on - single provider, user profile provision (address, credit card, avatar etc), service announcements/broadcast across SNS, real world event dissemination, and context aware SNS).

WHAT IT MEANS FOR FUTURE INTERNET: Research and development related to these topical areas will further ensure the success of SNS in Europe, and place us in a better position to compete internationally with the typical big providers such as Facebook.

POTENTIAL IMPACT: An increase in next generation service capabilities, new ways to use SNS, greater integration of SNS in Europe.

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