Bridging the transatlantic divide in research and innovation in Cloud Computing, including security aspects, between EU and Brazil.

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Waterford Institute of Technology excels at bridging the transatlantic divide in research and innovation in Cloud Computing, including security aspects, between EU and Brazil.


Review Team (l-r): Cecilia Emi Yamanaka, University of São Paulo; Moacyr Martucci Jr., University of São Paulo; James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSG; Priscila Solís Mendéz, University of Brasilia; Antônio Augusto Fröhlich, Federal University of Santa Catarina; Sara Pittonet, Trust-IT Services; Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra; Eduardo Adilio Pelinson Alchieri, University of Brasilia; Rita Meneses, Trust-IT Services. Missing (Photographer): Paula Lopes, University of Coimbra.

Waterford Institute of Technology is a partner in the EUBrasilCloudFORUM project, a consortium composed of three partners from the EU and three partners from Brazil, whose main purpose is to ensure a platform for structured dialogue on EU-Brazil policy and research and innovation (R&I), in all areas related to cloud computing, including security aspects.

The project is funded under a joint call mechanism of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme with the EU partners funded by the European Commission and the Brazil partners funded by Brazil’s National Education and Research Network (RNP) and Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).

The project team had their first annual review in Brussels on 14th March, 2017, and received an excellent result, which signifies that the work it has accomplished in the first year has completed all tasks and deliverables on time and of excellent quality from the perspectives of both the funding bodies and external reviewers present from both the EU and Brazil.

The project has four pillars addressing the main purpose of enablement of the EU and Brazil to formulate together a common strategy and approach for R&I in cloud computing and security aspects aligned with the priorities of each region. The four pillars of the project are:

  1. FORUM: A community driven engagement FORUM for EU-Brazil policy and research and innovation dialogues;
  2. ROADMAP: EU-Brazil Research and Innovation ROADMAP and Action Plan related to Cloud Computing;
  3. MARKETPLACE: A web based Service Platform to promote the results from the EU-Brazil community & success stories; and
  4. EVENTS: including annual EU-Brazil policy dialogue meetings, industry driven Cloudscape Brazil series, and cooperation workshops for research and innovators.

Mr. James Clarke from the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) of Waterford Institute of Technology is the principal investigator on the project for WIT and he remarked about the review results, “The external reviewers and the project officers from both the Research and Development Center for Information and Communication Technologies (CTIC) in Brazil and European Commission were very happy with the results and outcomes of our first year, including the work that I coordinated in setting up two international EU – Brazil Working Groups on 1. Future scenarios and research challenges, and 2. Policy aspects, including standardisation and regulatory aspects. They were also very complimentary about the events organised in both Brazil and the EU during the year, which included a major EU – Brazil political dialogue event with two preparation workshops held on 9-11th November, 2016 in Brussels.

The partners in the EUBrasilCloudForum project include: University of Coimbra (Portugal), Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), Trust-IT Services (United Kingdom), University of Brasilia (Brazil), University of São Paulo (Brazil), and Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil).