Grants for Future Internet SMEs and Entrepreneurs (New!)

EMC2 would like to invite you to a special funding and mentoring event for Web Entrepreneurs and SMEs, providing the opportunity to access new technologies, expertise and collaborate on cutting edge research.

£3.5m (€4.2m) of grants to be given out in the next 6 months to web entrepreneurs and tech SMEs. Destined to support the building of new internet based solutions, and enhancing existing ones.

Funding of up to €90k for individual entrepreneurs and up to €150k for SME to build the Future of Internet Technologies on:

  • Learning and Training
  • Social Integration
  • Wellbeing and Health

This event is hosted by Digital Shoreditch & EMC2 to enable you to gain crucial insights from key individuals and experts running the FI-ADOPT project and also find out more about the wider FI-PPP programme.

Where and when
Event location: Digital Shoreditch HQ (Playgen), 42-46 Princelet, London, E1 5LP, http://goo.gl/FP0eRH
Date and time: Thursday, Jan 15th from 5:30-6:30 pm
Followed by Digital Shoreditch January Meetup  6:30-9:30pm

Event agenda
17:30 -18:30 FI-ADOPT Presentation with Q&A
18:30-21:30 Digital Shoreditch January Meetup, with FI-ADOPT drop-in info desk
Please register to attend here: https://ds15-january.eventbrite.co.uk

More about FI-ADOPT
FI-ADOPT is a project accelerator, supported by the EU. The second FI-ADOPT call is now Open, and Closes on 30th January 2015.

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Grants for Future Internet SMEs and Entrepreneurs

EMC2 would like to invite you to a special funding and mentoring event for Web Entrepreneurs and SMEs, providing the opportunity to access new technologies, expertise and collaborate on cutting edge research.

£3.5m (€4.2m) of grants to be given out in the next 8 months to web entrepreneurs and tech SMEs. Destined to support the building of new internet based solutions, and enhancing existing ones.

Funding of up to €90k for individual entrepreneurs and up to €150k for SME to build the Future of Internet Technologies on:

  • Social Integration
  • Wellbeing and Health
  • Learning and Training

Come and find out more at the FI-ADOPT free event hosted by EMC2 and Playgen! As the only FI-ADOPT funding event being held in the UK before the first call deadline, you'll be able to gain a crucial insight from key individuals and experts running the FI-ADOPT project and also find out more about the wider FI-PPP programme.

Where and when
The event will take place in the elegant Octagon, Grade II listed Queen's Building at Queen Mary, University of London
Event location: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/howtofindus/mileend/
Date and time: Monday, Sept 29th from 3-6pm

Event agenda
15:00 Registration and general information
16:00 Presentation on the Grants, followed by a Q&A and networking
18:00 Close
Please register to attend here: http://fiadopt-grants-for-future-internet.eventbrite.co.uk/

More about FI-ADOPT
FI-ADOPT is a project accelerator, supported by the EU, and the first call is now open, and closes Oct 30th!

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EXPERIMEDIA: €0.5M funding for innovative ideas!

EXPERIMEDIA is seeking new partners researching and developing technology in the area of Future Media Internet (FMI) to join the project. Whether you’re a service provider, application developer, broadcaster, content provider, a network provider or researcher EXPERIMEDIA is looking for novel FMI experiments that help to understand and deliver new forms of social interaction and experience in on-line and real world communities. All experiments must deliver significant impact to users and businesses within EXPERIMEDIA venues’ ecosystems at Schladming Ski Resort, Multi-Sport High Performance Centre of Catalonia (CAR) and Foundation for the Hellenic World (FHW).

The EXPERIMEDIA Open Call 2013 was published 3rd May 2013 and will close on July 3rd. This year the project has another 0.5M€ to fund experiments. All the necessary information may be found on the Open Call page and you may also want to look through the project’s public deliverables and existing experiments. If you want to stay tuned please join the EXPERIMEDIA mailing list. For any further inquiries please send an email to the EXPERIMEDIA project.

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EMC2 offers a unique opportunity for technology startups!

A unique opportunity for technology startups!

Are you a technology entrepreneur? Would your startup team like to participate FOR FREE in the bitspiration 2013 Demo Day contest in Poland? Then read on ...

bitspiration (23-25 June 2013, Krakow, Poland, http://bitspiration.com/) is a premier event for creative technology entrepreneurs, one of the biggest technology/ Internet Festivals in Central and Eastern Europe.

The bitspiration Demo Day is a startup contest. With EMC2's recommendation you could gain automatic entry to the semi-final stage – as well as free access to the rest of the festival – for two of your team members.

To be considered for this unique opportunity, please send a one-paragraph resume describing your startup venture to: george.whale@emc-square.org.

Find out more information about the: Demo Day and Demo Day Rules.

Finally, in case you are interested in helping, bitspiration is raising money to fund a prize for the startup contest.

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Successful presence of EMC2 at the GIE 2013

EMC2 had a successful presence at the exciting international exhibition 'Greek Innovation Expo 2013' that was held from 16 to 19 May at the Helexpo Palace exhibition center in Athens, Greece.

The EMC2 team presented more than twenty innovative applications based on the research conducted by the centre's research partners, of which more than ten innovative ideas belong to our Greek research partner: the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Information Technologies Institute (CERTH/ITI). The EMC2 team also conducted several one-to-one business meetings with Greek and international companies that laid the groundwork for future collaborations; we sure hope that those collaborations will lead to the transformation of our partners' research achievements to successful innovative products.

Mr L. Gymnopoulos presenting EMC^2

Dozens of professionals, technologists, entrepreneurs, representatives of companies, researchers and other stakeholders visited the EMC2 stand. Finally, at the invitation of the organizers the centre's Secretary, Mr Lazaros Gymnopoulos, presented EMC2 and the Greek research partner (CERTH/ITI) in a special workshop on the final day of the event.

For a full report on the outcome of the Greek Innovation Expo 2013 please download the GIE 2013 Organizers' Press Release (en) (21).

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Yet another audio features extractor… a great one!

Summary: YAAFE is an efficient toolbox that computes audio features out of audio signals.

Reference Code: 0301

For numerous applications involving audio signals, it is necessary to extract in an efficient manner audio features (or audio descriptors). YAAFE is an efficient toolbox that computes such audio features.

Distinctive aspects of the research

YAAFE stands for "Yet Another Audio Features Extractor". It’s a program designed for efficient computation of many audio features simultaneously. Audio features are usually based on intermediate representations (FFT, CQT, envelope, etc.); YAAFE automatically organizes the flow of computations so that these intermediate representations are computed only once. Computations are performed block per block, so YAAFE can analyze arbitrarily long audio files.

Potential applications

  • Audio indexing systems (music information retrieval, multimedia database search, etc.).
  • Audio processing system including audio scene understanding.

Partnership sought

The toolbox is available as source code and can be used to derive a product. An extension of YAAFE that provides higher-level audio descriptors is also available (source code shall be available based on a specific agreement).

Resources and information

http://yaafe.sourceforge.net/

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State-of-the-art Protein Docking Prediction Tool

Summary: High performance prediction tool for possible complexes that can be produced by the interaction between two proteins.

Reference Code: 0106

Protein functions are carried out through their interactions with other biological molecules, such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, sugars, nucleotides, ions and water. A failure to create the appropriate complex, during a protein interaction, may be the cause of several serious diseases. Thus, it is not surprising that research in protein interactions has attracted special interest from the scientific community for decades and still remains a hot research topic in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Bioinformatics. While determining the existence or not of an interaction can be easily carried out experimentally, the same is not possible yet for the accurate prediction of the binding interface, unless crystallography is applied. Therefore, computational approaches of protein docking are very popular to pharmaceutical companies, providing an important tool in computer-assisted drug design.

Distinctive aspects of the research

The tool can be used for predicting the final complex that will be produced by the interaction between two proteins. It accurately predicts the translation and rotation (pose) of one protein (ligand), with respect to another protein (receptor), that produces a stable complex. The tool computes the molecular surfaces of the interacting proteins and then compares these surfaces in terms of geometric complementarity. The used method outperforms existing state-of-the-art approaches.

Potential applications

Can be used by pharmaceutical companies in assisting the process of drug design by finding inhibitors for specific target proteins. Can be also useful to biologists and biochemists studying protein interactions.

Partnership sought

The tool has been already tested on docking benchmark datasets with very promising results. Experimental testing can be also performed in real cases but this should be done in collaboration with biologists and biochemists for experimental validation of the produced results. Further research focuses on improving the complementarity search algorithms in order to decrease the computation time. The research effort for that is estimated to 1 year.

Resources and information

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Enhanced Protein Classification Using Geometric Similarity

Summary: High accuracy classification of proteins based on the geometric similarity of their molecules.

Reference Code: 0105

The chemical properties and general function of given molecule are determined mainly by its structure in 3D space. All information required for a protein to be folded in its natural 3D structure is coded in its amino acid sequence. Therefore, the 3D representation of a residue sequence and the way this sequence folds in the 3D space are very important in order to be able to understand the “logic” in which a function or biological action of a protein is based on. With the technology innovation and the rapid development of X-Ray crystallography methods and NMR spectrum analysis techniques, a high number of new 3D structures of protein molecules is already available. Since the number of known protein structures increases very rapidly, a need for a classification of proteins is obvious, which may result in a better understanding of these complicated structures, their functions, and the deeper evolutionary procedures that led to their creation.

Distinctive aspects of the research

Fast and accurate classification of proteins based only on the geometric similarity of the protein’s 3D structure.

Potential applications

Useful tool for biologists and biochemists who are studying protein folding and protein classification providing fast filtering and suggesting a limited set of potential categories that the new protein may belong to. In this way, the time consuming experimental validation can be performed on a small set of potential categories.

Partnership sought

The tool has been already tested on benchmark datasets achieving high classification accuracy. Experimental testing can be also performed in real cases but this should be done in collaboration with biologists and biochemists for experimental validation of the produced results. Further research focuses on improving the geometric similarity search algorithms in order to decrease the computation time. The research effort for that is estimated to 1 year.

Resources and information

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EMC2 is Sponsoring WIA2MIS 2013

EMC2 is supporting its partner project 3DLife in organizing this year's edition of the International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIAMIS). As a major event in the multimedia community, WIAMIS enables researchers and developers to exchange knowledge and ideas on issues to do with interactive services.

For this 14th workshop, the main emphasis will be on audio analysis and audio-driven multimedia analysis research. The International Workshop on Image and Audio Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIA2MIS 2013) will be held at Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th July 2013.

Important Dates | Workshop Website | Call for Papers

  • Proposal for Special Sessions: 4th January 2013
  • Notification of Special Sessions acceptance: 11th January 2013
  • Paper submission: 8th March 2013
  • Notification of papers acceptance: 3rd May 2013
  • Camera-ready papers: 24th May 2013
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