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A project proposed by the Research Consortium led by Prof. Matsumoto, School of Information Science, submitted for European Union Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7), has been accepted by the European Commission

A project proposed by the Research Consortium led by Prof. Matsumoto, Information Theory and Signal Processing Laboratory, School of Information Science, submitted for European Union Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7), has been accepted by the European Commission

[Project Title]

links-on-the-fly technologies for Robust, Efficient, and Smart Communications in
Unpredictable Environment (RESCUE)

The core technologies of the RESCUE project have been mainly originated from Prof. Matsumoto's group in School of Information Science, JAIST, and the consortium is composed of JAIST, University of Oulu (Finland), Dresden University of Technology (Germany), Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany), Surrey University (UK), AGH University (Poland), Ubiteck Ltd (UK), FQS Poland in Fujitsu Group (Poland), and Thales Communications and Security (France). The total funding amount of the project is 4.423 Million Euros by the European Commission, and in addition to this amount, each consortium member's organization also funds the project, resulting in approximately 7 Million Euros in total. The project duration is 3 years (Nov 1, 2013-Oct 31, 2016).

[Abstract]

The proposal was submitted to the category, Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructure in FP7-ICT-Call-2013-11. The goal of the project is the concept creation of technological bases towards flexible and robust wireless communication systems by the tight integration of satellite and terrestrial wireless communications for social safety networks. The major challenge of the project is expected to be in the process of best-utilizing the suitability of satellite communications systems for broadcasting, combined with the terrestrial networks.

[Project duration]

Nov 1, 2013-Oct 31, 2016

[Comment]

The EU FP7 funding program is categorized into:
(1) Call-for-Applications on Specific Topics from Specified Country/ies,
(2) Call-for-Applications on Specific Topics from EU Countries, and
(3) Call-for-Applications from around the world towards Researchers' Mobility Enhancement of.

The acceptance of the projects applied to the category (2) is decided only by the competition in terms of scientific values, capability of organizations participating in the consortium, impacts to the society, and dissemination methodology. In the ICT area, the category (2) is further classified into the three classes, Future Enabling Technologies (FET), Specified Targeted REsearch Project (STREP), and Integrated Project (IP), depending on the budget size (FET is the smallest and IP is the largest). The RESCUE project belongs to STREP from which, in principle, only those organizations (companies and universities) taxed by its located country in EU can obtain the funding budget. This indicates that the organizations located in non-EU counties can participate in the consortium mainly composed of the organizations in EU, even though they know that they can not obtain any funding budget. Since we have our official status in University of Oulu, we have the right to directly apply to the project as an official member of the consortium, and acquire the funding budget at University of Oulu. Those students in JAIST who would like to work as a project worker of the RESCUE project can be sent to University of Oulu under the dual degree program between the two universities, where they can receive a salary from the project, because JAIST is a non-EU official member of the RESCUE project consortium.

The fact that the RESCUE project has been accepted as an official FP7 ICT project by the European Commission clearly indicates the high research activities and competence of JAIST, and the technologies originated from JAIST, a non-EU university, is expected to be extended/expanded and bloom up in Europe with a lot of fruitful results.

The project progress will be released at the website:
www.ict-rescue.eu
(currently, only top page is available. The rest of the pages are under construction).

January 23, 2014

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