icon_ucn.pngUCN @ Sophia Quarterly Newsletter #1

October 2014


icon_news_old.pngEnergy Aware Network Workshop: On October the 14th, 2014, will take place the "Energy Aware Network Workshop" at Inria, room "Euler Violet". See the Workshop Programme for details. The Labex will organize such thematic workshops in every scientific axis and application domains over the coming year.

Project Engineers call:  The Labex launched a call for Project Engineers : the deadline of the first call is October 31st, 2014. It will be followed by a second call at the end 2015. See call details here.

Invited researchers: The Labex will welcome 3 invited researchers within the next three months: Prof. Elisabeth de Carvalho from the Aalborg University of Denmark on November 2014, Prof. Michele Magno from the ETH Zurich from the 24th of November, 2014, to the 27th of February, 2015, and Prof. Claudia d'Amato from the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” from January to March, 2015.

Labex funded Master students: the selected Master's students for a Labex grant are starting their year in Nice and Sophia Antipolis. We wish them a lot of success for their studies!

Labex funded PhD students and postdocs:  5 selected PhD student out of the 7 approved PhD subjects this year arrived in their teams. We welcome them. Their research topic are presented below.

Welcome to UCN @ Sophia Newsletter

This is the first issue of this trimestrial newsletter which intends to give an overview of the UCN@Sophia Labex activity and reminders on mains events. This newsletter is the opportunity to stay tuned with the Labex developments and not to miss opportunities offered by the Labex.

Founded in 2012, the Labex UCN@Sophia reached full speed during year 2013 and it is now well identified as an instrument to boost reasearch in its five main topics (data centric networks, distributed computing, security and privacy, network infrastructures, and energy efficiency) and two application areas (ITS and e-Health). It has proposed several regular events and calls which have been widely disseminated through the Labex web site and mailing lists towards all Labex partners.

The agenda of the Labex will be well filled by the end of 2014, in particular with the organization of three thematic workshops in the areas of energy aware networks, intelligent transport systems, and e-Health. Similar thematic days will be oragnized regularly in all topics covered by the Labex to improve scientific networking and stimulate collaborations on the Labex sceintific topics. They are organized by the researchers for the researchers: before anything else they are the result of the involvement of all Labex researchers willing to debate and foster collaborations within their research domain. We are thankful to all events organizers for their time and their support.

We hope that you will find in this newsletter an interesting and complementary source of information concerning the Labex daily life.

  • October 11 & 12, 2014. "Fête de la Science" at the International Centre of Valbonne
  • October 14, 2014. Energy aware network workshop
  • November 1 to November 30, 2014. Visit of Prof. Elisabeth de Carvalho
  • November 27, 2014. E-Health Workshop
  • November 24, 2014, to February 27, 2015. Visit of Prof. Michele Magno
  • February 18 to 20, 2015. Mediterranean Days 2015
Open calls

Project Enginners. First call for Project Engineer. Deadline on October 31st, 2014.

Invited researchers call. The Invited Researchers call is open permanently: The call details here.

Coming calls. The next call for PhD grants and postdoctoral contracts allocation will be open at the end of 2014.

Labex UCNSophia PhD and postdoc recruitment

UCN @ SOPHIA Labex PhD students and post-docs researchers arrived this year. These last months, the UCN @ SOPHIA Labex research teams welcomed 6 new PhD students and one post-doc researcher: Hlib Mykhailenko has worked since June on the subject "Probabilistic Approaches for Big Data Analysis", under the co-direction of Philippe Nain and Fabrice Huet; Nicolas Huin since September on the subject "Energy-Efficient Software Defined Networks", under the co-direction of Frédéric Giroire and Dino Lopez; Abdoul Macina will start on October with the subject "Distributed Query Processing over a wide-area network", with the co-directors Johan Montagnat and Olivier Corby, as well as Akimu Dihissou with the subject "Système antennaire directif et reconfigurable pour réseaux de capteurs sans fil", under the co-direction of Robert Staraj, Raymond Knopp and Dominique Nussbaum. Florian Lugou will also start his thesis about "Environnement pour l'analyse de sécurité d'objets communicants", with Ludovic Apvrille and Aurélien Francillon. At last, Mehdi Ahizoune will start on October with Yves Roudier and Philippe Collet to work on "Software Factories for Security-by-Design".

One post-doc researcher, Nhan Trong Le, has integrated the LEAT teams, MCSOC and CMA in order to work about "Improving energy efficiency of communicating objects using multiple harvesters and reconfigurable antennas" for 2 years.

Useful tips / Reminders

UCN @ Sophia regular seminar. The Labex sponsors a regular seminar (every other Thursday afternoon at 14:30) covering all its scientific topics. The 2014-2015 seminar first session is planed on October.

H2020 Guidelines "How to participate?".  2 guidelines to know "How to participate to H2020?" are available on the website: http://www.horizon2020.gouv.fr/pid29749/comment-participer.html

Labex overview

As this is the first issue of this newsletter, it is probably relevent to give an overview of the Labex objectives, structure and main actions. This article provide a synthetic view on the Labex. Interested readers may refer to last year annual report (available on the intranet) for more details.

Labex objectives. The UCN@Sophia Labex aims at strengthening research on advanced network and distributed systems in Sophia Antipolis. It more specifically targets five research topics (data centric networks, distributed computing, security and privacy, network infrastructures, and energy efficiency) and two application domains (Intelligent Transport Systems and e-Health). It both provides financial supports to research activities and helps structuring research activities among the Labex partners. 

Labex structure and main actions. The Labex governance is headed by  an Administration Council (CA) which decide on its budget, strategy and results exploitation. The Administration Council is composed of one representative per partner and the Labex executive members. A Direction Comittee (CDir) is responsible for the executive direction of the Labex. It is composed by one representative per partner and the executive members (Labex director, Scientific and Technical coordinator and Scientific Orientation Comittee chair). To decide on its orientations, the Direction Comittee is helped by several committees: (i) the Scientific Orientation Committee, in charge of the scientific strategy and evaluation; (ii) the Partners Club, in charge of links with industry; and (iii) the Valorization Committee, in charge of results exploitation and communication. To achieve its objectives, the Labex is investing in three complementary areas: direct research support, training and industriral innovation.

Scientific networking. The Labex promotes research excellence and fosters collaborations among its partners within its research domains. It plays an incitative role, both at the direction level, as the scientific policy of the Labex is decided by a committee representative of all partners, and at the research program level, as it provides financial support for collaborative projects and networking. A regular seminar and thematic workshops are organized to facilitate liaison between researchers with similar research interests. Calls for PhDs, postdocs and project engineers support have been organized to strengthen selected research programs.

Teaching. The Labex also aims at promoting excellency in its research themes through the training of students. It delivers master grants to reward selected students for their academic results, strengthen the attractivity of Master courses in the Labex domains, and promote excellency. On a longer term, the Labex participate to the discussions on the evolution of the relevant Master curriculums to ensure a better representation of its research topics in the advanced students training.

Innovation. The Labex aims at strengthening bounds with companies and facilitate transfer of research results towards industry. This action is currently just starting with the call for project enginners in particular, which aims at supporting development of demonstrators and prototypes for research results. Links with industrial partners will be tightened in the near future with the creation of a Labex club of partners.