'The E-GEM project proposes to evolve the current status of GNSS Reflectometry (GNSS-R) methods for the purpose of Earth monitoring, paving the way for operational applications in the domains of ocean altimetry and scaterometry (mainly wave height and surface winds, but also soil moisture, and biomass, monitoring of ice layers). The approach of the E-GEM project is to bring together lead experts in GNSS-R technologies and experienced teams in Earth Observation domains, in order to address the data needs and requirements of GMES services and other Earth monitoring initiatives, and how can GNSS-R methods best respond to the identified challenges in these domains. A strong connection with the users basis as well as with institutional, public and private stakeholders interested in the development and usage of the technology, will also steer the project’s efforts, and increase the awareness of this promising technology. Within the E-GEM project, three experimental platforms will be developed for GNSS-R data acquisition: a space-borne, an airborne and a ground instrument will acquire large amounts of data to support the development of algorithms. This data, together with the large effort put on the development and validation of algorithms and processing chains, will aim at obtaining high-resolution products for altimetry, wave height and surface winds. The expected improvements should largely result from the usage of the GPS P code (with the space- and airborne acquired signal), and Galileo’s AltBOC signals. For these purposes, the E-GEM project will rely strongly on the achievements of the GNSS-R community so far - in which European teams have historically had a leading role so far - and will bring together the individual efforts and other on-going projects into a joint working platform dedicated to the development and integration of GNSS-R technologies into GMES operational services.'
'Neural Engineering is an inherently new discipline that coalesces engineering, physics and neuroscience for the design and development of brain–computer interface systems, cognitive computers and neural prosthetics. For the implementation of future transformative technologies a new breed of young researchers must be trained to integrate ideas and skills from a broad range of disciplines.
NETT is composed of seven full network partners and ten associated partners including one international industrial company and eight SMEs. NETT will provide a European focus for the development of those aspects of Complexity Science most relevant to Neural Engineering, and ensure that we do not fall behind research in the US and Japan. We have identified some of the key challenges in this field and designed a set of inter-related multi-disciplinary projects that, by combining the skills of NETT members will generate transformative technologies such as novel speech recognisers, neural- inspired laser networks for information processing and robots with
To address key priority areas of FP7 in multi-disciplinary research, NETT will train ESRs and ERs using a structured, industry-focussed selection of training courses, with leading expertise in mathematics, physics, neuroscience and bioengineering from academia and the private sector. Each ESR will benefit from a secondment to another host country and an internship with an associated partner on problems of genuine real-world relevance. In this way ESRs will acquire a unique set of essential multi-disciplinary skills that will enhance research activity in the ERA and improve their career perspectives in both the public and private sectors.
NETT is thus a Marie-Curie ITN whose activities are designed to benefit the development of transformative technologies that could not be developed in isolation, and simultaneously maximise the use of shared resources and facilities for both training and research.'
'Within the framework of the FP7 3° call several policies are related to the maritime surveillance for safety purposes as border surveillance, traffic safety, fishery control and environmental protection and monitoring (i.e. sea platform infrastructures and sea ports).
Within all these policies the detection and the tracking of small vessels assumes a central strategic issue. A common tool, useful for monitoring the maritime borders and in particular maritime routings and traffic and the management of pollution, is proposed. In this program a Simulator for a Moving Target Indication System will be implemented. The heritage of the FP7 2° call is taken into account concerning the Operational Scenarios, the EU Techniques and Technologies and possible contributions from planned or on-going Space Missions. The SIMTISYS program will assure to the European Service Providers a useful and powerful tool for detection and tracking of small vessel in defined Scenarios.'
'EU-UNAWE responds to the outreach part of the Coordinating Action for FP7-SPACE-2010-1. It meets the specific requirements of the call (Section 126.96.36.199).
EU-UNAWE exploits inspirational aspects of astronomy and space to interest very young disadvantaged children in science and technology, broaden their minds and stimulate European and global citizenship. The proposal builds on Universe Awareness (UNAWE), a unique, innovative and proven programme for children aged 4 to 10 years. It will exploit the achievements of European (EU) and South African (SA) space sciences to inspire, excite and stimulate young children, when their curiosity is high and their value systems are being formed. Specifically, EU-UNAWE will: - Train and empower primary school teachers in 6 countries to include astronomy and space topics in the classroom. - Develop and translate hands-on material, where appropriate emphasising EU and SA science and technology. - Provide a network for exchange of expertise and material between educators - Lay the groundwork for expansion of the programme throughout the EU, Associated Countries and ICP Countries. - Act as a showcase for EU and SA astronomy/space and related technologies, by disseminating the products among very young children, their teachers and their families. - Use astronomy/space products to stimulate awareness and strengthen public support for EU and SA space science research and technology. - Stimulate the next generation of EU and SA engineers and scientists, particularly girls. - Contribute to the integration of disadvantaged communities in participating countries. - Strengthen collaboration between EU and SA over mutually beneficial scientific, technological, educational and social topics. - Provide significant added value for Europe’s expenditure on astronomy and space sciences for a modest incremental cost. Pooling complementary expertise and resources of 6 partners gives a project whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.'
'Coastal-zone oceanographic predictions seldom appraise the land discharge as a boundary condition. River fluxes are sometimes considered, but neglecting their 3D character, while the “distributed” continental run-off is not taken into consideration. Moreover, many coastal scale processes, particularly those relevant in geographically restricted domains (coasts with harbours or river mouth areas), are not well parameterized in present simulations. Because of this situation, local predictions still present significant errors and are not robust enough, even being locally wrong for sharp gradient events, such as flash flood discharges into the Mediterranean sea. This hampers decision-making in coastal zones. The FIELD_AC project aims at providing an improved operational service for coastal areas and to generate added value for shelf and regional scale predictions from GMES Marine Core Services. Local assimilation will be analysed together with advanced error metrics to provide a reliable service that can be transferred to public and private parties, using the spin-off company that will result from the project. This will be achieved by the introduction of more comprehensive “land” boundary conditions, improved local parameterizations and new coupling terms/strategies for the studied field cases. They cover a representative range of meteo-oceanographic drivers for four “geometrically” restricted domains (Catalan coast, Venice Gulf, Liverpool Bay and the Wadden Sea). FIELD_AC will bridge the gap from shelf predictions to local (river mouth or harbour/beach scales) simulations required at the coastal zone. This will result in a wider demand for operational services and an enhanced use of in-situ and remote observations. Such improvements (services and expertise) will require the advancement of the present state of the art.'