Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, was the venue for the 5th iCIRRUS project meeting hosted by Telekom Slovenije and with the project now past the half-way mark there was a great deal to talk about.
The consortium was welcomed by the company’s technical director Matjaž Pogačnik who gave an overview of Telekom Slovenije’s development to become one of the Balkan’s major network providers. The company has two sites in Ljubljana and the consortium was privileged to visit their broadcasting and pre-production facilities.
The first day started with a TSC (Technical Steering Committee) meeting, followed by a meeting of the TSC and External Advisory Board (EAB) members. Nathan Gomes welcomed Andy Sutton and Philippe Sehier who were attending in person and Jouni Korhonen and Thomas Pfeiffer who joined via WebEx. Nathan provided an overview of the project and WP leaders presented more detailed accounts of the current status of each WP which led to lively discussions between EAB members and the TSC.
The afternoon of Day 1 started with the WP3 meeting chaired by Daniel Münch discussing progress towards the upcoming deliverables and milestones and suggesting internal reviewers for TSC approval. Presentations by Luz Fernandez, Philippe Chanclou and Philippos Assimakopoulos described how work had progressed and future work was discussed.
WP2 discussions were initiated by Philippe Chanclou and Patrik Ritoša and Philippos Assimakopoulos provided a short report on the IEEE1904.3 (RoE) and IEEE1914 (NGFI) standards meetings in San Jose (CA).
WP5 was the first item on the agenda on Day 2. This WP is at a stage where discussion regarding hardware development, testbed set-ups and the demonstrator for the final review must take place urgently and with other WPs and final decisions must be taken in the near future.
The General Assembly (GA) was used to reiterate deliverables and milestones submitted / achieved during year 2 and remind partners of those coming up before the end of the year. Partners were also reminded to provide all published data for archiving in a publically accessible repository to ensure safe-keeping of our data and comply with the Open Research Data pilot . The dates and locations of the project meetings for 2017 were discussed and agreed and Telekom Slovenije in Ljubljana was suggested as a possible location for the final review.
WP6 is the WP responsible for dissemination, standardisation and exploitation. Consortium members have been busy attending conferences and standardisation meetings and have also contributed to a number of workshops through poster and oral presentations and (co)-organised workshops at ECOC 2016 and WWRF 37. Further workshops are planned (but not yet finalised) during 2017. The project has published 37 papers to date and we are expecting to continue publishing at the same rate for the remainder of the project. Industrial consortium partners are considering the exploitation of the project outcomes which will be formalised in an updated exploitation plan.
The final afternoon was dedicated to WP4, chaired by Mike Parker with presentations by Huiling Zhu, Kezhi Wang, Sabine Delaitre and Polyvios Michael. A sizeable length of time was dedicated to discussing the demonstrators for the final review and the facilities necessary and/or available at iCIRRUS partner organisations. The meeting closed late afternoon as scheduled.