Media Networking for Cloud-based Media Surveillance Platform: MNL participating in FP7/SEC SAVASA project

Media Networks Laboratory is participating in the FP7/SEC SAVASA Project, with a total budget of Eur 4M, aiming at providing a common platform for Surveillance Systems based on a cloud infrastructure. in the frame of this project MNL will implement the distributed video surveillance network (using cloud computing technology). Additionally MNL will develop the network security components for secure archive access and retrieval in the distributed video archive architecture based on an IP environment. The project started on December 12, 2011.

Project overview: The SAVASA project aims to create a common platform that provides for the decoupling of CCTV and Video Archive installations from technologies that are generally proprietary and based on diverse technical principles. The SAVASA project introduces an innovative cloud based service for the secure search and access to remote video archives namely Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS).

Expression of Interest

The Media Networks Laboratory of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, NCSR “Demokritos” (http://www.medianetlab.gr) is seeking collaboration with an external Research Associate in the frame of EU-funded research projects in the fields of communications and networks.

Minimum qualifications:

  • University degree (on Informatics/Telecommunications)
  • Programming expertise (C/C++, Java, Python)
  • Web applications development (HTML/CSS, Javascript, PHP)
  • Thorough knowledge of network protocols (TCP/UDP, IPv4/v6, RTP, HTTP) and network technologies
  • Fluent use of Greek and English

Also appreciated:

  • MSc degree
  • Experience in network management
  • Experience in management of Cloud Computing infrastructures
  • Experience in programmable networks

Send your CV to: gardikis [at] iit.demokritos.gr

An architecture for Media Ecosystem Deployment

An architecture for the deployment of Media Ecosystems has been defined in the frame of the ICT ALICANTE project. A Media Ecosystem is an integrated environment bringing together Network operators, Service/Network Providers and end-users/prosumers which collaboratively offer and exploit resources in order to publish, share and consume media services. The architecture proposed incorporates several features in the context of the Future Internet, including virtualisation, cross-layer optimisation and content awareness. The relevant paper was presented in the IEEE ISCC, Corfu, Greece, June 2011. Read the article here.

Digital Terrestrial Television seminars

Media Networks Laboratory ran a series of seminars to educate high school teachers on digital terrestrial television technology (DVB-T). The lectures were accompanied by a laboratory demonstration, where lecture attendees were presented a fully operational end-to-end DVB-T system. The seminars were organised by the Ministry of Lifelong Education. The presentation and a relevant information video (both in Greek) are available in the Education section.

W3C “Web and TV” Interest Group launched

MNL participated in the Second W3C Web and TV Workshop, held in Berlin, February 8-9, 2011 and is now a full member of the newly launched “Web and TV” Interest Group of the W3C.
The Web and TV Interest Group’s scope of work covers audio-visual content, e.g., broadcasting programs and Web pages, and related services delivered by satellite and terrestrial broadcasting, or via cable services, as well as delivery through IP.

The tasks the Interest Group will undertake include:

  • Identification of requirements for the Web to function effectively with TV services on TV devices and TV-like devices;
    Note “TV services” here means all (1) existing broadcast TV services, (2) emerging IP-ready TP services and (3) possible future interactive TV-based services.
  • Identification of requirements for smarter integration of TV services (via broadcasting or quasi-broadcasting based on telecom technology) and Web services on various devices;
  • Clarification about the conceptual relationship between Web and TV, especially the architectural relationship between Web services and TV services;
  • Review and discussion of deliverables under development by other W3C groups that touch on the use of the Web and TV;
  • Exploration of barriers to Web and TV services working on TV devices and TV-like devices, and potential solutions;
  • Exchanging information about Web and TV activities around the world.

Media Networking for Border Surveillance: MNL participating in FP7/SEC PERSEUS

Media Networks Laboratory is participating in the ambitious FP7/SEC PERSEUS Project, with a total budget of Eur 42.2M, aiming at intelligent maritime border surveiilance. MNLab will design and implement the communication networks needed to interchange video/image/voice/data traffic among the heterogeneous surveillance system involved in the demonstration platform. The project will start on Jan 1, 2011.

Project Description: PERSEUS project proposes a large scale demonstration of a European Maritime surveillance system of systems, integrating the existing operational maritime surveillance systems (the French SPATIONAV, the Spanish SIVE, the Italian NCC and the Greek assets) and enhancing them with innovative capabilities to directly address key challenges,Transnational exchange of useful and available information, and associated procedures and mechanisms, Detection of non collaborative/suspicious small embarkations and low flying aircrafts, Enhancement of detection of abnormal vessel behaviours, identification of threats and tracking of reporting and non-reporting vessels.
Generation of a common situational picture with appended information
Integration in the network created by NCCs, FRONTEX and EMSA with the relevant pull/push mechanisms, increased automation and elaboration of syntheses.

Building the Future Media Internet: ALICANTE project entering implementation phase

The definition/specification phase of the EU-funded ALICANTE project has been successfully completed and the project is now entering the implementation phase. ALICANTE, in which the MediaNet Lab is actively participating, employs a Content-aware architecture for deploying Media Ecosystems in the Future Internet. Read more at the ALICANTE Website.

1st IEEE Inter. Conf. on Energy Aware Computing

1st IEEE Inter. Conf. on Energy Aware Computing

Cairo, Egypt   December 16–18, 2010

The International Conference on Energy Aware Computing (ICEAC) is a technical forum organized by the Middle East Energy Efficiency Research Center (MER) for presentation of advances in all aspects of energy efficient computing ranging from system platform architectures and features, methods and tools, to low power circuits. Specific topics include, but are not limited to the following four areas:

    Energy Aware
    Platform Architecture

  • Platform power management features
  • Power delivery architectures
  • Energy efficient data center architectures
  • Platform thermal and acoustics
  • Power electronics for energy efficient computing
  • Low power embedded systems

    Energy Aware
    Development Tools

  • Methods and tools for forecasting estimating and validating power
  • Power workloads and benchmarks
  • Power simulation, emulation and modeling techniques
  • System power measurements

    Low Power
    Component Design

  • Low power component (logic, circuit, process technology) design
  • Low power libraries
  • Techniques for on-die fine grain power management
  • On-die sensors and instrumentation
  • On-die power delivery architectures
  • On-die power and thermal management

    Software/Firmware
    Power Management

  • Low power software techniques
  • Low power virtualization
  • Low energy displays
  • Energy efficient networking
  • Software power management features
  • Energy efficient firmware organization

Technical Paper Submissions

Two page papers (single-column format, font size 10pt) should be submitted, including all illustrations, tables, and references. Electronic submission in PDF format only via the web is required. A paper template is posted at the end of this page.

Submitted papers must represent original work, not announced, published, or presented before. Accepted papers will be published in Conference Proceedings, and included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Authors of selected papers from the Conference will be offered to submit enhanced versions of their papers for publication in an IEEE journal. ICEAC’10 will present 2 Best Paper Awards based on reviewer ratings and feedback from an invited panel of judges.
Invited Talk, Panel, Tutorial Proposals and Short Courses

There will be invited talks in plenary sessions by key representatives from industry and academia. Proposals for tutorials, panels, and short courses on future directions and design/technology alternatives in energy aware computing should be submitted to Technical Program Co-Chairs using the guidelines provided below. The short courses and turorials will be available to the conference attendees at no additional charge.
Student Paper Award

Students will be given the opportunity to showcase original work related to energy aware computing and highlight their goals, implementation choices, and success measures. The entries should be submitted electronically as a 2 page paper in PDF format, and should be identified as “Student Paper” on the first page.

Important Dates

Technical paper submission deadline extended to:
Sep-30-2010

Student paper award applications deadline extended to:
Sep-30-2010

Invited talks, panels and tutorial proposals deadline extended to:
Sep-30-2010

Notification of paper acceptance:
Oct-15-2010

Exhibition proposal deadline:
Nov-01-2010

Camera-ready papers due:
Nov-15-2010

NCSR Demokritos – Summer School 2010

The National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, continuing a long tradition, organizes from 5 to July 16, 2010 Summer School Guidance and Information, addressed graduates and graduate students.
The lectures of the Summer School is organized to:

A General Circle, which are generally the specialist fields of activity of the”D”to the latest research developments in each field, and Parallel three specificsessions , showing more specialized topics.
The thematic areas to be covered within the school include:

  • Basic Research in Science
  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Life Sciences and Biotechnology
  • Environment-Energy-Security
  • Information Technology-Telecommunications-Microelectronics
  • Cultural Heritage

The lectures of the Summer School will be held by distinguished scientists from research centers and universities in Greece and abroad and the NCSR”D”.

There is no financial cost for participating in the Summer School.

Participants will be given a certificate of attendance if they attend at a minimum number of lectures.

For more information you can subscribe to the announcement list of the Summer School by sending a blank e-mail here [sxoleio2010-subscribe@edu.demokritos.gr]

Information:
NCSR “Demokritos”, Office of Education, Patriarch Gregory V and Naples,
15310 Ag, Mrs. I. Apostolou, Mr. B. Chrysafiadis
Tel: 210 650 3055, Fax: 210 651 0384, e-mail: therino_sxoleio@edu.demokritos.gr

MNL entering Green IT technologies

MNL in cooperation with Future Intelligence spin-off company is entering Green IT technologies and smart energy systems.