Section: Other Grants and Activities
Actions Funded by the EC
MOSAR (FP6 - LSH)
MOSAR is an Integrated Project supported for 5 years by the European Commission under the Life Science Health Priority of the Sixth Framework Program. Infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant bacteria (AMRB) account for an increasing proportion of healthcare-associated infections, particularly in high-risk units such as intensive care units and surgery; patients discharged to rehabilitation units often remain carriers of AMRB, contributing to their dissemination into longer-term care areas and within the community. The overall objective of MOSAR is to gain breakthrough knowledge in the dynamics of transmission of AMRB, and address highly controversial issues by testing strategies to combat the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, focusing on the major and emerging multi-drug antimicrobial resistant microorganisms in hospitals, now spreading into the community. Microbial genomics and human response to carriage of AMRB will be integrated with health sciences research, including interventional controlled studies in diverse hospital settings, mathematical modelling of resistance dynamics, and health economics. Results from MOSAR will inform healthcare workers and decision-makers on strategies for anticipating and mastering antimicrobial resistance. To achieve these objectives, MOSAR brings together internationally recognized experts in basic laboratory sciences, hospital epidemiology, clinical medicine, behavioural sciences, quantitative analysis and modelling, and health economics. MOSAR brings together 11 institutions recognized for their leadership in these areas, from 10 EU Member or Associated States, as well as 7 SMEs to develop and validate high-throughput automated molecular tools for detection of AMRB.
WASP is an Integrated Project supported for 4 years by the European Commission under the Information Society Technologies of the Sixth Framework Program. An important class of collaborating objects is represented by the myriad of wireless sensors, which will constitute the infrastructure for the ambient intelligence vision. The academic world actively investigates the technology for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). Industry is reluctant to use these results coming from academic research. A major cause is the magnitude of the mismatch between research at the application level and the node and network level. The WASP project aims at narrowing this mismatch by covering the whole range from basic hardware, sensors, processor, communication, over the packaging of the nodes, the organisation of the nodes, towards the information distribution and a selection of applications. The emphasis in the project lays in the self-organisation and the services, which link the application to the sensor network. Research into the nodes themselves is needed because a strong link lies between the required flexibility and the hardware design. Research into the applications is necessary because the properties of the required service will influence the configuration of both sensor network and application for optimum efficiency and functionality. All inherent design decisions cannot be handled in isolation as they depend on the hardware costs involved in making a sensor and the market size for sensors of a given type.
DYNAMO (COST 295)
Participant : Eric Fleury.
COST 295 is an action of the European COST program (European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research) inside of the Telecommunications, Information Science and Technology domain (TIST).
The acronym of the COST295 Action, DYNAMO, stands for Dynamic Communication Networks. The Action is motivated by the need to supply a convincing theoretical framework for the analysis and control of all modern large networks. This will be induced by the interactions between decentralised and evolving computing entities, characterised by their inherently dynamic nature.