MOSAIC 2B @ES2015

MOSAIC 2B @ Third International Conference on Enterprise Systems 2015

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From 14-15 October 2015 professor Alta van der Merwe and Aurona Gerber presented an overview of the MOSAIC 2B project at the Third International Conference on Enterprise Systems (ES 2015) in Basel, Switzerland.

In the parallel session “Project Presentations” on Wednesday 14 October 2015 the partners from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) presented  an overview of the MOSAIC 2B project as well as what has been accomplished in the last 24 months since the start of the project.

The audience enjoyed the presentation and as was mentioned by James Lapalme (Canada) that he applause the MOSAIC 2B consortium for the work that has been done by and believe that “… more Computer Scientists should become involved in projects of this nature where it is not only about technology but the advancement of society.”

The MOSAIC 2B project – funded by the European Union and the Department of Science and Technology South Africa – will end by November 2015. After a field trial of six months with 14 micro-entrepreneurs the consortium is currently investigating the latest results and implications that will be presented at the final dissemination event in November in Pretoria.

The Enterprise Systems conference series is jointly supported by the IEEE Technical Committees Enterprise Architecture and Engineering and Enterprise Information Systems.

Best paper award to Vicomtech-IK4

Best paper award to Vicomtech-IK4 in the International Conference on Innovation in Medicine and Healthcare hold in Kyoto from 11th to 12th September

Dr. Eider Sánchez, researcher in Vicomtech-IK4, was awarded for the best article in the 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Medicine and Healthcare hold in Kyoto from 11th to 12th September.

The paper "Integrating Electronic Health Records in Clinical Decision Support Systems" by doctors Eider Sánchez and Carlos Toro (Vicomtech-IK4) together with Prof. Manuel Graña (Computational Intelligence Group, UPV) is focused on the secondary use of medical history systems and suggests the reuse of the implicit knowledge embedded in it in order to improve the knowledge on the mechanisms of a disease and/or the effectiveness of the treatments. The registered data in the medical history, reflects implicitly different clinical decisions made by the clinical professionals and their context (e.g. criteria followed during decision making, patient parameters taken into account, effect of the prescribed treatments). In this research work the authors propose a methodology that allows the management of electronic medical history not only as data containers, but also as clinical knowledge repositories. They present an architecture for the extraction of the knowledge from medical history and a methodology to feed support systems with this knowledge for clinical decisions, in a way that could render benefits for the decision making of medical professionals, health managers and medical researchers.

The third edition of this International Conference taken place in Kyoto, gathered researchers and engineers, managers, students and practitioners from the medical arena, to discuss the ways that innovation and knowledge exchange can be applied to issues relating to medicine, surgery, healthcare and ageing population.


Dr. Eider Sánchez, Senior Researcher at Vicomtech-IK4

Vicomtech receives a European award

Vicomtech, partner of GMN, receives a European award for increasing health-care productivity and efficiency

Vicomtech technology centre is grateful to see that its work, experience and technological know-how has been awarded by the ITEA Excellence Award 2015 together with the rest of the partners of Mediate Project. ITEA is a European organisation that supports innovative projects focused on Software intensive systems and services, key for innovation in European competitive industries such as the automotive, health or aerospace sectors.

Vicomtech-IK4, together with the consortium has received the award in the “Business impact” category for its project Mediate focused on health-care.

These awards aim at highlighting high technical contribution examples as a result of the European collaboration. This year the ITEA awards have been focused on the business impact and standardisation

ITEA is the program of the Eureka Cluster composed of strategic initiatives under the industry for technologies (key technologies for European competitive improvement) development leadership.

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Mobile Cinemas

Mobile Cinemas to boost entrepreneurship and connect communities

From March 2015, the many small towns and villages sprinkled across the picturesque rural landscape of the Nkangala district in Mpumalanga will soon be the backdrop to an innovative technology experiment that will turn 14 micro entrepreneurs into mobile cinema operators.

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the European Commission, this consortium driven project called MOSAIC 2B hinges on the creation of new technologies and the development of a robust and user friendly ‘Cinema-in-a-backpack’. The overall project management is in the hands of the company GraphicsMedia.net from Kaiserslautern Germany.

The Cinema-in-a-backpack is a mobile, easy to use product incorporating a projector, speakers, a battery and a tablet, which enables micro entrepreneurs to project films, becoming part of their business offering to local communities in far-flung villages.

The MOSAIC 2B project aims to test an alternative and lower cost distribution channel for multi-media content that will offer a secure and viable method for reaching and connecting areas with poor or absent infrastructure. In addition to the development of these technologies, a further goal of this project is to respond to two specific challenges in the SA market. Firstly, the inaccessibility of cinemas in rural areas, and secondly the challenges experienced by entrepreneurs to run sustainable businesses. For that reason, a concept of a micro-franchise model for the ‘Cinema-in-a-backpack’ has been developed that exploits the advantage of the DTN technology to spur entrepreneurial activities in rural areas through this offering that is underpinned by training conducted by the University of Pretoria.

The technology developed during the initial phases of the MOSAIC 2B project, which commenced in October 2013, includes the development of a cost effective delay tolerant network (DTN) through which content is sent to the cinema operators using public busses, in this case PUTCO busses, carrying so-called infostations to bus depots in rural areas. To receive the content the micro entrepreneurs visit their local PUTCO bus depots with their ‘Cinema-in-a-backpack’ at which point the MOSAIC 2B application contained in the tablet connects to the so-called infostations via Wi-Fi and the multimedia content is downloaded. Moreover, this business application, developed by EPI-USE, allows the micro entrepreneur to order, pay for and download the content of their choice and plan and document their screening events (capturing information such as number of audience members, ticket price, other business services offered and more). Lastly, the information collected via the business application is packaged using visual analytics, developed by Centro de Computação Gráfica in Portugal, offering the micro entrepreneurs business intelligence to assist them to optimise their cinema business.

Many of the micro entrepreneurs selected to join the project as cinema operators have expressed their enthusiasm for this opportunity, both as individuals building businesses and as community members recognizing that the need for affordable local entertainment. The field experiment is planned and run by Infusion who will be responsible for collecting the data to optimize the learnings over the next 6 months.

MOSAIC 2B is executed by a consortium of 6 partners – 3 from South Africa and 3 based in Europe – and will end in September 2015 after 2 years.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for reserarch, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 611796, as well as from the Department of Science and Technology South Africa under financial assistance agreement DST/CON 0227-229/2013.