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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most important component at the forefront of the Scent project will be YOU – the people, acting as the project’s eyes and ears through smartphones and other devices. This is citizen science. But for monitoring the environment, a lot of research is still being done with traditional machines. In space, that is.
What kind of data is at the heart of the entire Scent project? Citizen-generated data (CGD).
CGD is how the Scent project will develop a “people-centred” web for monitoring the environment around us.
Over Winter 2016, Scent conducted a series of ‘Focus Group workshops’ in Tulcea, Romania and Athens, Greece. These two regions are where the project’s pilot studies will take place and Scent want to continuously engage with the local citizens and hear their views and opinions on the environment and if they are active in its conservation.
Environmental engagement among citizens is proving to be a global hot topic, as scientific communities are liaising more with the public to foster a wider awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and the consequences of climate change. Read more
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 688930.