REinEU2016 – EU Conference 2016


18th October 2016

10:00 - 12:00

Energy, Water and Environmental Footprint Interactions: Sustainability Implications for the Major Economy Sectors of Europe and Worldwide


Prof Dr-Hab Jiří Jaromír Klemeš, DSc

Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics

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Location: Aula Maxima Letna 9, Košice, Technical University of Košice

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An important issue is how to assess and measure the sustainability. An approach using environmental footprints as possible indicators has been developed and implemented. An overview of the definitions and units of measurement associated with environmental, social, and economic footprints is important because the definitions of footprints vary and are sometimes expressed unclearly. The virtual carbon emissions and water consumption in the national and international trade are important factors influencing the global environment sustainability. There is a considerable gap of virtual carbon emission and virtual water consumption in producing and consuming countries. Global trade can reduce global environmental pressure when the imported products are produced with lower carbon emission intensity and less water consumption than in the domestic industry. To develop self-sufficient regions based on more efficient processes by combining neighbouring countries can be a promising development.


22nd September 2016

9:00 - 16:00

Current trends in ICT


Dr. Michael Schukat

National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

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Location: University of Žilina,, Aula 4, Univerzitná 8215/1, 010 26 Žilina

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9:00 - 10:00

Dr. Schukat: Cyber-security of time-aware CPS

The introduction of cyber-physical systems (CPS) in diverse areas like energy (e.g. smart grid), transportation (e.g. autonomous automobile systems) or health (e.g. medical monitoring) will transform societies and economies. Timing  is  critical  in all these application domains.  For  example,  in smart  transportation  the  exchange  of  information  between  vehicles and  highways  will  depend  on  a  robust  ubiquitous  timing  system  to  ensure  the  availability and integrity of traffic and vehicle information.

This additional requirement  makes CPS far more vulnerable to cyber-attacks than traditional IoT / IoE deployments, as the necessity for logical correctness / integrity of a device’ or system’ operation is now complemented by its time correctness and timely operation; as a result entire infrastructures can be damaged or disabled simply by manipulating their time synchronisation.

This talk will provide a summary of (known and emerging) threat vectors in time-aware CPS and outline how modern cyber security concepts need to be broadened and adopted to address this problem.





Dr. Andrew Hines

Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

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10:00 - 11:00

Dr. Hines: Re-imagining quality of experience models for speech and audio

Predicting how a user perceives speech quality has become more important with the transition from traditional fixed telephony to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)-based systems. Similarly, media streaming is now an established method for listening to music and watching movie and TV content. Network bandwidth constraints are variable across the diverse range of devices on which content is consumed (e.g., mobile, desktop, home theatre). As a result, content distributors, such as YouTube or SoundCloud must support a range of bit rates  and codecs, beyond the once ubiquitous mp3, to optimise consumers’ Quality of Experience (QoE).

Accurate reproduction of the original sound source is not always necessary. If the sound is meets the listener’s expectations it can be perceived as a high-quality representation. Multimedia streaming on mobile devices using modern low-bitrate codecs can deliver QoE indistinguishable from uncompressed audio. Psychoacoustic inspired compression schemes have output signals that are optimised from the perspective of the human auditory system. Models that automate quality evaluation are a vital tool in delivering quality across modern speech and audio systems. This lecture presents the future possibilities, current challenges and state of the art in QoE prediction for speech and audio.



Dr. Thomas Zinner

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

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11:00 - 12:00

Dr. Zinner: QoE Management with Software Defined Networking

Today's consumer Internet traffic is transmitted on a best effort basis without taking into account any quality requirements. The backbone and the wireless access networks lack service guarantees for the predominant consumer Internet traffic with video streaming responsible for 60% of the traffic share. Cloud applications are gaining enormous momentum due to a number of promised benefits: ease of use in terms of deployment, administration and maintenance, high scalability and flexibility to create new services. However, as more personal and business applications migrate to the Cloud, the service quality will become an important differentiator between providers. As services rely on interconnecting networks, service performance and thus user satisfaction depend on network performance. Consequently, it is of outmost importance to understand the relationships between users perceived Quality of Experience (QoE), and network performance, described by QoS parameters.

However, in general the network does neither know which Internet applications it is carrying nor which quality requirements have to be met. To be able to meet the demands of applications and users in the network, QoE management is foreseen which requires an information exchange between application and network. From a conceptual perspective, QoE management requires three basic research steps: modeling QoE, monitoring QoE, optimizing QoE. Due to its innovation potential, Software Defined Networking (SDN) is seen as one key technology to enable and operate QoE Management. SDN supports the exchange of information between the network and applications running on top of it and thus facilities an application-tailored resource management.

The first part of this lecture covers QoE management and monitoring approaches, while the second part introduces SDN as well as its capabilities to support QoE management in general. Further, concrete examples demonstrate how an SDN-based QoE management may improve the user-perceived quality.




Dr. Hugh Melvin

National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

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14:00 - 15:00

Dr. Melvin: The need for better Time Awareness in Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Time Awareness can be defined as the extent to which a device,  system or model of same has an appropriate ability to sense and respond to timing signals/information.  With the growth in Internet connectivity, and focus on Internet of Everything (IoE), the complexity of   ICT systems has greatly increased. These systems can be classified as either hard or soft systems - and differ by the consequences of missed deadlines . The former category include Cyber Physical Systems  (CPS) and so-called Industrial Internet systems that manage safety critical  utilities and key infrastructure, whereas  the latter include RealTime Communication (RTC) applications , such as voice, video, and gaming, where timing issues can have a very significant impact on Quality of Service (QoS). Looking at the full end-to-end infrastructure for these systems , the common problem/ challenge is that the design of applications, computers and communications systems has evolved such that it optimises data processing but in doing so, degrades  timing accuracy. In practical terms, this results in applications, computers and networks that are designed for fairness and throughput rather than temporal determinism. As such, programming languages, multi-core devices with complex pipelining and cache prediction strategies, complex time sharing operating systems, and best effort networks with no admission control all represent significant advances when measured against metrics such as throughput and fairness, but cause problems for applications with special timing needs.




Dr. Pavel Davidson

Tampere University of Technology, Finland

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15:00 - 16:00

Dr. Davidson: Indoor positioning methods for smart phones

I overview existing methods for indoor positioning that can be implemented on a contemporary smartphone. The approaches include WLAN and magnetic field based positioning, map aided navigation using building floor plans, and aiding from self-contained sensors. WLAN based positioning methods considered in this talk are fingerprint approaches that determine a user’s position using a database of radio signal strength measurements that were collected earlier at known locations. Magnetic field fingerprinting can be used in an information fusion algorithm to improve positioning. The map-matching algorithms include application of wall constraints, topological indoor maps, and building geometry for heading correction. Finally, I discuss methods for step counting, step length and direction estimation, orientation tracking, motion classification, transit mode detection, and floor change detection in multi-storey buildings.




21st September 2016

10:00 - 12:00

Supporting Interactions between People and Cities



Dr Martin Tomko

University of Melbourne, Australia Department of Infrastructure Engineering

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Location: Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava,; Aula Dionýza Ilkoviča STU, Mýtna ulica 36, Bratislava

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Cities are complex environments, increasingly dependent on an intricate system of physical and information infrastructures supporting their inhabitants. As people live and move through cities, they interact with each other and their environment through pervasive mobile technology. Urban managers are increasingly supported by smart technologies (e.g., smart parking systems and traffic light management, energy consumption dashboards).

In this talk, I focus on how deeper understanding of user needs enables better design of urban information systems for different kinds of users. I discuss how the understanding of human cognition and communication supports the development of better spatial assistance systems, and the understanding of patterns in analytical processes improves expert tools for urban planners. I demonstrate the outcomes of research projects in wayfinding and navigation assistance, expert urban analysis portals, and retail behaviour analytics. I argue that the gap between our physical, social and information behaviour is shrinking. To better support urban living, urbanists, computer scientists, spatial information scientists and inhabitants themselves need to join forces.





25th May 2016

14:00 - 16:00

Industrial robotics in Europe – Status quo, ongoing challenges and future prospects

Prof. Siciliano

Professor Bruno Siciliano

University of Naples Federico II., PRISMA Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

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Location: Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava,

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The European manufacturing industry needs competitive solutions to attain and keep global leadership in products and services. Robotics is one of the few strategic technologies that will underpin the provision of solutions for many of Europe’s societal challenges. Robots are known to save costs, to improve quality and work conditions, and to minimise resource waste. With increased flexibility and ease of use, robots are at the dawn of a new era, turning them into ubiquitous helpers in production environments.

The adoption of robotics technology will help European manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures. ICT suppliers such as robot manufacturers, system integrators and technology solution providers are important facilitators to improve the efficiency, adaptability and sustainability of manufacturing systems as well as their better integration within business processes in an increasingly globalised industrial context. This lecture presents the status quo of the field, enlightens the core RTD issues to be solved, identifies the ongoing challenges, and discusses future prospects for all the stakeholders along the value chain.

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4th May 2016

9:30 - 11:30

Big data in Knowledge Management for Innovation

Prof. Uden

Professor Dr. Lorna Uden

Staffordshire University, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science

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Location: University of Žilina,, Aula 4, Univerzitná 8215/1, 010 26 Žilina

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A goal of knowledge management is the ability to integrate information from multiple perspectives to provide the insights required for valid decision-making.  In recent years, the ability for organizations to capture information about themselves, their customers, and every facet of their business has increased exponentially through big data. 

Big Data is the bridge to the next wave of innovation and growth. By combining data from multiple channels and sources and discovering patterns of interest, a business can realize operational efficiency and find new ways of growing business. Big Data does have a transformative potential, as has been shown by many lead adopters, however, extracting value from Big Data is no ordinary task. A smarter approach to the challenge of Big Data can be achieved through better knowledge management. This paper discusses the importance of effective knowledge management from big data to create value for innovation.




These lectures and discussions are related activities  running alongside the main conference, as public outreach activities to wider society, young people and university students.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 685 722.


closed since 24 Oct 2016
Registration 1 Mar – 24 Oct
Meeting Selection 10 Sep – 25 Oct
Event 26 Oct – 28 Oct
Language English
Costs Conference fees
Matchmaking: Free
Venue Incheba, Bratislava, Slovakia
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 203
Meetings 515
Austria 20
Belarus 1
Belgium 49
Bulgaria 2
Canada 2
China 1
Croatia 3
Cyprus 2
Czech Republic 41
Denmark 1
Estonia 2
Finland 12
France 22
Germany 25
Greece 8
Hungary 8
Ireland 2
Israel 2
Italy 19
Luxembourg 3
Malta 2
Moldova, Republic Of 1
Netherlands 13
Norway 2
Pakistan 1
Poland 8
Portugal 1
Romania 1
Russia 4
Slovak Republic 502
Slovenia 1
Spain 7
Sweden 5
Switzerland 5
Turkey 7
United Kingdom 13
United States 4
Total 802
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