iCIRRUS Meeting, University of Essex (Colchester), 26 and 27 January 2016

iCIRRUS is now in its second year and the first meeting of 2016 took place at the University of Essex in Colchester and was attended by representatives from all consortium partners.

The morning of the first day was taken up by the TSC meeting and two of the major discussion points were the upcoming annual report and review meeting in Brussels. TSC also heard progress reports from individual work packages and the possibility of a follow-on project was discussed. Successful conclusion of IDCC accession to the project and ongoing negotiations regarding potential EAB membership were also reported.

The afternoon started with the WP2 meeting with presentations by Philippe Chanclou, Patrik Ritosa and Stavros Hadjitheophanous which were followed by a discussion as to the next steps for this WP.

Progress in WP3 was introduced by Joerg-Peter Elbers (who has taken over from Peter Turnbull) and presentations by Philippos Assimakopoulos, Howard Thomas and Luz Fernandez provided more detail on the tasks for this WP, followed by a detailed discussion which concluded the technical part of the day.

An enjoyable dinner at one of the local restaurants provided a fitting end to the evening.

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Day 2 started with WP5 including presentations by Christoph Juchems, Patrik Ritosa and Luz Fernandez. This work package only started in month 9 and the ensuing discussion provided an important opportunity to discuss which technologies would be the most appropriate to pursue.

The first item after the coffee break was the General Assembly. Project members were informed about important management and administrative issues since the last plenary meeting. The first and foremost of these issues are the annual report and annual review. The Commission’s deadline for submission of all requested information is the 24th of February and the consortium further discussed format, and input of the report. It was also noted, that the slides for the annual review have to be submitted at the same deadline as the report and only minor changes can be made prior to the review meeting. The consortium was informed of submitted deliverables and submission dates for those due in the next few months, developments with EAB membership, and they were also reminded to let Conny and Dora know of any developments to be published on social media and on our website.

WP6 is involved with dissemination, standardisation and exploitation and discussions centred around the following: 1. Workshops – the project has approached several conference organisers with requests to host workshops and we will be finding out in the near future of their outcome. We are prepared to run two workshops during the second year and are aware that after a workshop has been approved, invitations for contributions and publicity have to be ready for release. There are also plans for an industrial workshop during the final year of the project. 2. Standardisation – partners participate in many standardisation meetings but reporting about these meetings is not always forthcoming. Partners were reminded that even if project developments don’t directly influence the outcomes of these meetings, it would still be very useful to report on the discussions. 3. Exploitations – our exploitation plans, both industrial and academic, have to be expanded and developed further. As the project progresses there will be advancements in the state-of-the-art and the consortium has to decide and define how these advancements are to be exploited.

We briefly discussed producing a video about iCIRRUS and will discuss this in future.

Partners were reminded about two issues: all publications need to acknowledge the project and as we are participating in the Open Research Data pilot we need to deposit any data that are used in publications.

WP4 was the last item on the agenda and formal contributions by Mike Parker, Yuan Kai, Chathura Maguralawage, Stavros Hadjitheophanous, Elisa Moron and Geza Koczian led to lengthy discussions and exchange of ideas.

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The meeting ended late afternoon and demonstrated that despite frequent virtual meetings and e-mails the value of  face-to-face discussions cannot be overestimated.