Scent Spotlight series – Ioana Popescu, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

We recently spoke to Ioana Popescu, Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics at IHE Delft.

IHE Delft is an education and research institute based in the Netherlands. The students at IHE Delft come from various countries around the world, and the institute sees the potential benefits of the new Scent technology for these students, some of whom come from regions exposed to floods. Ioana explains that IHE Delft decided to get involved in the project partly because of their research interest and partly because of their students, who ultimately will be the beneficiaries of the systems being developed. Read more

U-Hopper at DSI Manifesto Workshop

Representatives of CAPS EU-funded projects and relevant DSI (Digital Social Innovation) initiatives met in Rimini, Italy to capture views and contributions on the priorities to set out in the Manifesto for Digital Social Innovation in Europe.

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2nd Scent Plenary Meeting in Rome

The Scent consortium gathered for its second plenary meeting in Rome 14-15 June 2017. The two-day plenary was attended by 24 partners representing all 10 partner organisations. Read more

Scent ‘Spotlight’ Series – Daniele Miorandi, U-Hopper

U-Hopper – an intro from Daniele Miorandi
Daniele Miorandi is executive VP for research and development at U-Hopper, a research-intensive technology-driven company. U-Hopper builds solutions for other companies through data analytics tools.

Daniele focused on U-Hopper’s earlier engagement with environmental projects before Scent, how smaller communities can benefit from Scent and how Scent can become a ‘lighthouse project’.

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Riccardo Braga from XTeam Software reviews Nordic Game Conference

From Wednesday, 17 May to Friday, 19 May 2017, Riccardo Braga, our colleague from partner organisation XTeam Software, travelled north to Malmö, Sweden for the annual Nordic Game conference. One of the leading European gaming conferences, the event boasts high-profile keynote speakers and focused talks on industry matters including mobile gaming and VR, as well as industry-insider networking sessions.

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Scent ‘Spotlight’ Series – Athanasia Tsertou, ICCS

Our Second ‘Spotlight’ entry focuses on the work of ICCS, the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, a research institute based in Athens. ICCS conducts research across several application areas, including security, transport, logistics and the environment. For the latter, ICCS interests include information and communication technologies for environmental applications, including sensors, sensor networks and embedded devices.

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Scent partner U-Hopper attends Commonfare Trentino

What fundamentally links Scent to a diverse set of EU-funded research projects and to a global movement/campaign is the theme of citizen science and its development as a citizen observatory project.

Last month, Andrea Cuoghi from Scent partner organisation U-Hopper, attended a round table with EU-funded digital platform Commonfare and local stakeholders in Trentino (Italy) in the interest of Scent and with the importance of making citizen observatory digital tools available to people across Europe in mind, to further develop projects like Scent.

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Scent ‘Spotlight’ Series – Riccardo Braga, XTeam Software

In the first of our ‘Spotlight’ series with Scent partners, we spoke to XTeam Software, a software development company based in Veneto, Italy.

XTeam – an intro from Riccardo Braga

Riccardo Braga is a mobile and video game developer at XTeam. He talked us through the company, its motivations to get involved with Scent and their role in the project.

Riccardo describes XTeam as a communications and software company, which specialises in developing communications techniques and software apps.

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Flickr tags could help predict floods

According to a new study, images of floods and other large amounts of water uploaded to the online social image gallery Flickr could help scientists predict floods before they overwhelm flood-prone areas and communities.

Researchers at the University of Warwick studied “tagged” photos on Flickr with words like “river” and “water” which were matched to known flood events, over a period of 10 years.

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Scent partners gather in Dublin for first plenary project meeting

Scent project partners were met with unusually dry Dublin conditions for the Scent project’s first plenary meeting, which featured presentations and discussions on project progress.

Partners from the Scent pilot areas; the Danube river delta (Romania), and the Kifisos river (Greece), presented the latest on their progress. Iulian Nichersu of DDNI emphasised the importance of the Tulcea and Athens focus groups that took place last November in painting a complete picture of the user requirements to consider for Scent.

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