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The IMPReSS project is a 30-months EU-Brazil cooperative research project started in 2013.

The project is partly funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme in the area of EU-Brazil Research and Development cooperation under Grant Agreement no. 614100

The Brazilian funding is provided by CNPq Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico


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The IMPReSS consortium consists of 11 organisations from five different countries in Europe and Brazil. The consortium unifies a number of research groups that have a world leading position in their respective fields. The European part of the IMPReSS project is led by the Fraunhofer Institute FIT.

logo The Fraunhofer Institute FIT (Institute for Applied Information Technology) has been making significant contributions to Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Human-Computer Interaction. The first distributed email system in Europe based on open standards and the first commercial workflow system in Europe were developed at FIT. Software for creating and organizing internet communities, for brokering and presenting information, for navigating in micro surgery was awarded international prizes and is being marketed through successful spin-off companies. Currently FIT is the most successful Institute within all Fraunhofer Institutes in European Projects. FIT User-Centered Computing is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, which has gained an internationally acknowledged reputation in the areas of context-awareness, adaptive and personalized systems, context modelling, mobile services, and usability engineering. Three generations of adaptive, location-aware information systems have been built at the institute, bringing the Nomadic Computing vision closer to reality. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a major player in the European Research Area. The FhG is an autonomous organisation with a decentralised organisational structure of 58 institutes, of which 15 institutes are dedicated to research in information and communication technology.

logo CNet Svenska AB is a leading-edge software house specialising in semantic-based knowledge and content systems. We are developing systems to acquire, organise, personalise and share the knowledge embedded in web, databases and multimedia content. Our technologies achieve semantic interoperability between heterogeneous information sources and services, and allow our customers to maximise automation of the knowledge life cycle. The core in our offering is Visual Net Server, a semantic annotation server. It is used to capture knowledge from raw information and multimedia content in webs and other distributed repositories to turn poorly structured information into machine-processable knowledge.

logo In-JeT ApS has been engaged as concept and technology developer in Pervasive Computing since 1998 and has extensive knowledge about wireless technologies, networks, Semantic Web Services, ontologies, and Knowledge Management. Since 2000, In-JeT has specifically been working with eBusiness and eHealth services in heterogeneous networks. In-JeT has increasingly been incorporating socio-economic and cross-disciplinary research tasks in technology development and is working with sociologists and anthropologists to define boundary conditions and analyse and integrate ecosystems in technology development. We have also pioneered methodological techniques such as scenario thinking for deriving comprehensive user requirements.

logo ISMB (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella) is a research & innovation center operating in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) domain. Founded in Torino (Italy) in 2000 by Compagnia di San Paolo, a major European bank foundation, and Politecnico di Torino, today ISMB relies on technological and process competences of around 150 researchers working in close cooperation with companies, academia and Public Administration. ISMB is organized in Research Areas focused on core sectors of ICT that are capable of managing the whole value chain, from basic technology up to its practical implementation (proof-of-concept). Since 2010, ISMB has extended its activities to process innovation, orienting its focus on priority themes of the European agenda and establishing interdisciplinary three Strategic Programs, namely Smart Energy, Smart City and Smart Health, that employ excellences and results of Research Areas. The Institute is involved in several cooperations with both large and small-medium enterprises, as well as in various higher-education initiatives in partnership with academic institutions. ISMB will contribute to the project with highly skilled and experienced personnel from the Emerging Trends and Opportunities Function and the Pervasive Technologies (PerT) Research Area.

logo Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT is a government organisation established by law and operating under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT operates under the public mandate established for it by The Technical Research Centre of Finland Act (144/72). VTT is a multi-technological contract research organisation providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide knowledge base, Through its international scientific and technology networks, VTT can produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders. The VTT Group consists of VTT research and development, business solutions, strategic research, IP business and group services.

logo Federal University of Pernambuco The Networking and Telecommunications Research Group [GPRT] belongs to the Computer Science Center (Cin) of the Federal University of Pernambuco at Recife, Brazil and was created to research advanced topics in computer network and telecommunications areas. CIn is one of the most prestigious and highly regarded Computing Centres in the country with more than 70 PhDs. GPRT is currently actively involved in a number of research projects both at national and international levels. GPRT holds around 60 researchers including more than 10 PhDs, and a many MSc. and undergraduate students. Our research touches both theoretical and practical aspects from the Telecom area. We have at our facility a number of laboratories with advanced tools and test-beds to carry out our research including a multimedia and virtual reality laboratory, a virtual reality laboratory, a 10Gbps test-bed, a simulation test-bed, a Cloud Computing environment for testing resource allocation strategies in Clouds, a large number of wireless networks and servers.

logo Federal University of Amazonas. The Emerging Technologies & System Security Research Group [ETSS] is a research group from the Federal University of Amazonas in Brazil. Our research focus is to identify emerging technologies and conceive of new security solutions that will have a high impact on innovation with industrial relevance. ETSS performs research and development on behalf of government and industry. To keep pace with the rate of change in emerging technologies, we conduct a large amount of research in existing and emerging technology areas including wireless sensor network, delay-tolerant network, emergency network architectures, mobile system and security system. Currently, ETSS holds around 20 researchers including 04 PhDs, PhD and MSc students, and undergraduate students.

logo The Teatro Amazonas, administered by the Government of the State through its Secretariat of Culture, had its building started in 1882 and inaugurated on the 31st of December, 1896, at the peak of the economic rubber cycle, during the administration of Fileto Pires Ferreira. It is the major architectural cultural heritage of Amazonas. Although it is predominantly neo-classical in its elements, various other styles were used in the building, which characterize it as an eclectic work. The proscenium curtain was painted by the Pernambuco artist Crispim do Amaral and the decoration of the Noble Hall was undertaken by the Italian Domenico de Angelis. Inscribed as a historical endowment on November 28, 1966, this centennial building has a capacity for 701 persons in the audience and box seats. After its l990 restoration undertaken by the State Government, it regained its aplomb with the presentation of the Amazonas Opera Festival and the presentation, on its stage, of classical and popular programs of dance, music and theatre with local, national and international artists. The systems will be developed and tested in the Teatro Amazonas Opera House as an attractive showcase to demonstrate the potential of the smart system for reducing energy usage and CO2 footprint in an existing public building, that obviously allows no significant retrofitting and construction works.

logo Companhia Hidro Eletrica do São Francisco. CHESF is one of the largest mixed economy regional energy generating company with more than 16.000 employees. CHESF´s mission includes the production, transmission and commercialization of electricity in a sustainable and reduced cost manner. Annually, the company strategically invests 5% of its revenues or the equivalent to hundreds of millions of Euros in Research, Development and Innovation has always been present in CHESF. Adopt technology to support its growth strategy was undertaken since its inception, when it imposed the challenge, since the 1940s, the Paulo Afonso Hydroelectric Plant I. From the year 2000, the Company adopted a new level of activity. Now, not only using technology acquired, but the prospects it and develop it. Since then invests in projects that generate knowledge with better service at lower costs. It is with creativity that builds a future with processes more agile, more economical and sustainable, creating a better quality of life and benefits to society. CHESF currently embraces areas such as: energy distribution, energy efficiency, alternative sources, energy production, regional social insertion, environmental studies, telecommunications, etc. The company is part of the recent Pro-energy Efficiency Program (PROCEL) dedicated to the development of efficient lighting, air conditioning and heating systems used in public buildings. This serves as a lever for growth for all stakeholders: researchers, research institution, the developer of CHESF, the company itself, and especially society. Each new work contributes significantly to the development of more efficient, which may reflect, for example, the more balanced use of natural resources; improve the quality of life at work or in increasing the reliability of services. CHESF is how the remains, increasingly competitive: investing in knowledge generation and building the future with the best of their energies: innovation.

Engetron Ltd. Engetron is one of the most solid and important energy equipment manufacturers in Brazil. It acts throughout the product development cycle, starting with research, development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and maintenance of a large portfolio of Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) as well as well high end energy management systems. This is a company that dominates all the technology used in-house. Historically, its R&D investments have centered around power electronics, control and automation and software. It is their convergence into holistic solutions that gave its products the edge over competitors. Indeed, Engetron developed its own real-time energy management middleware. A recent company flagship is the development of a solution for reliable energy delivery known as “Garanteed Energy”: a personalized outsourcing optimized for energy efficiency, low costs and client versatile choice of energy supplier. Engetron has been first in Brazil to embed TCP/IP into its UPS products allowing their remote and secure management. Currently Engetron participates in an R&D project entitled “A Photovoltaic Generation System with Energy Storage Connected to the Grid”. The goal is to capture solar energy and store this in battery banks to inject into the Grid at peak consumption times hence reducing the demand on the local energy distributer company (CEMIG). With a planned conversion capacity reaching 100kW derived from Engetron´s UPS, the photovoltaic modules will be installed over The football Stadium in the city of Sete Lagoas. Other participants in the project include the state energy distribution company CEMIG (Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais), PUC-MG University (Pontifícia Universidade Católica) and UFV (The Federal University of Viçosa). Engetron´s continuous investments into software development, especially its management middleware is today classified at level F within the Brazilian software quality certification agency MPS.BR which equivalent to CMMI level 2. Its management processes adopt the guidelines from PMBOK.

logo Universidade Federal do ABC is located in the ABC region, an important industrial area around São Paulo. Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC) was created in 2006 to contribute directly and indirectly to the education of Brazilian people, to advance knowledge in the nature sciences, engineering, mathematics, computation and human sciences, and to meet the demands of the productive sector and public administration. UFABC follows an innovative pedagogical model, where interdisciplinarity plays a fundamental role and academics, students and researchers are highly encouraged to work together in a university that abolished the traditional concept of departments. Even in this short period of time, UFABC has been accomplishing important results both in teaching and in research. In a recent (2012) ranking of the Brazilian Ministry of Education UFABC appears in the second position among all Brazilian universities, as far as undergraduate teaching is concerned. Also, UFABC has been achieving important results in rankings that measure impact of the research, far beyond the world average. Since there are many industries surrounding the university campuses, UFABC has been developing important partnerships focusing on developing and exploring innovative services and products. In the last six years, faculty, students and researchers have established national and international cooperation in different areas, including ICT and Energy.