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European Commission


ESPRIT


Information Technologies RTD Programme

Domain 1: Software Technologies


Summaries of projects

RTD and Trial Applications

Fourth Framework Programme

(Incl. some Third Framework Programme Projects)

January 1997

2nd Edition



Directorate
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General III

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January 1997

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i

Number Index

8123

CITYCARD

An Electronic Information Service for European Local
Authorities

2

8125

HUMANOID 2

Realistic Autonomous 3D Virtual H
umans and their
Interaction in Multimedia Applications

4

8982

MATE

Multi Aircraft Training Environment

6

9075

MASK

Multimedia Multimodal Automated Service Kiosk

8

9801

WEBCORE

A World
-
Wide
-
Web C
oordinating Organisation

10

9806

E
URO
K
NOWLEDGE


European Knowledge Representation Standardisation

12

9807

BOISI

Bridging Open Systems to the In
frastructure

14

9808

CASTING

Case
-
Based Reasoning: Stimulation of Industrial Usage

16

9809

SER

Software Evolution and Reuse Deployment Plan

18

9810

CENT

Concurrent Engineering Needs and Technology

20

9811

SIENA

Stimulation Initiative for European Neural Applications

22

20280

WIDE

Workflow on Intelligent Distributed database
Environment

24

20294

OCBA

Objects for Critical Business Applications

26

20333

IRISPOL

Information Retrieval in an Integrated system for Police

28

20344

CARES

Cargo Assembly Re
-
Engineering Support Industry

30

20347

USEGAT

Use of Integrated Graphical and Textual Formal
Specification Languages in Industry

32

20401

CARICA

Case Acquisition and Replay in Fire Campaigns
Ambience

34

20424

2RARE

2 Real Applications for Requirements Engineering

36

20474

DRIVESPI

Risk Driven Software Process Improvement

38

20477

ARES

Architectural Reasoning for Embedded Software

40

20496

SEDRES

Systems Engineering Data Representation and
Exchange Standardisation

42

20507

DIAMANTA

DIADEM Methodology for MMI development Trial
Application

44

20545

TALENT

Trial Application on Database Coupling by Open
Database Middleware

46

20555

TARSAL

A Cluster of Trial Applications Using the RSAL Tool to
Build Reusable Code Repositories in order to Support
Efficient Software Development

48

20563

E2S

End
-
To
-
End Security Over the Internet

50

20620

HOD

Heterogeneous Organisation of Data

52

20635

ESTIMATION

Emerging Software T
echnologies for Trading and Fund
Management
-

Risks, Rewards, Solutions

54

20671

TOOBIS

Temporal Object Oriented Databases within
Information Systems

56

20682

TRAWE

Trial Application for Workbench Engineered
Distributed Systems

58

20695

ARTS

Application of Real Time Specification

60

20
716

GUARDS

Generic Upgradable Architecture for Real
-
Time
Dependable Systems

62


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ii

20717

OVID

Trial Applications of Voice Processing in Automated
Telephone Banking Services

64

20719

TAP
-
EXTRA

Trial Application of Explanation Technology for Risk
Assessment and Monitoring

66

20742

ECRIS

Trial Applications of the European Computerised
Reservati
on and Information System

68

20778

RETRARO

Use of the Expert System Platform REAKT for
Transport Robot Guidance

70

20786

FLACSCOM

Preparing th
e FLACS
-
Code for Commercialisation

72

20791

TRENDS

Traffic Engineering Network Data Services

74

20804

MASCOTTE

Management Services for Object
Oriented Distributed
Systems

76

20824

APPLICUS

Trial Application of Case
-
Based Reasoning for
Customer Support

78

20829

MARCK

Multiprocess Adap
tative Real
-
Time Control for a Kiln

80

20843

OPENDREAMS

Open Distributed Reliable Environment, Architecture &
Middleware for Supervision

82

2085
7

MAPI

MUSIC Assisted Process Improvement

84

20867

AIDA

Implementation of the Distributed RICHE Architecture
in an Accident & Emergency unit

86

20897

SACRES

Safety Critical Embedded Systems: From Requirements
to System Architecture

88

20935

CONFOSS

Confederation of SME Servers

90

209
38

REAKTANSE

Trial Application of REAKT Technology for Diagnosis
in Steel Production

92

21975

FAMOOS

Framework
-
based Approach for Mastering Object
-
Oriented Software Evolution

94

21978

BIOTEST

Biometric Testing Services

96

22005

WIRE

Web Information Repository for the Enterprise

98

220
10

RENAISSANCE

Methods for the Evolution and Re
-
engineering of
Legacy Systems

100

22016

CORVAL

Corba Validation

102

22030

CIME

Cooperative Inf
ormation Marketplace in Europe

104

22084

DISGIS

Distributed Geographical Information Systems
-
Models
Methods Tools and Frameworks

106

22117

LAW

Legacy Assessment Workbench

108

22130

DIXIT

Distributed Information Technology for Strategic
Multiobjective Process Control

110

22154

BRIDGE

D
evelopment of a Real
-
Time Intelligent Diagnosis Tool
for Large Technical Applications

112

22165

CHIC
-
2

Creating Hybrid Solutions for Industry and Commerce

114

22186

WATERNET

Knowledge Capture for Advanced Supervision of Water
Distribution Networks

116

22187

SERENE

Safety and Risk Evaluation using Bayesian Nets

118

22196

INRECA II

Information and Knowledge Reengineering for
Reasoning from Cases

120

22241

P3

Project and Process Prompter

122


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22246

FORMULA

Automatic Feature Extraction for Efficient Retrieval in
Large Multimedia Database

124

22252

MELISSA

Methods and Tools for Natural
-
Language Interfacing to
Standard Softwar
e Applications

126

22271

ACE

Analyst's Control Environment

128

22292

SPACE
-
UFO

Software Product Advanced Certification and
Evaluation

130

22352

AUDIS

Multipurpose Auditory Display for 3
-
D Hearing
Applications

132

22354

HELIOS

Hierarchical Performance Evaluation Modelling of
Large Info
rmation Open Systems

134

22360

SAFE
-
KBS

Substantiating the Safety of Systems containing
Knowledge Based Components

136

22362

COMMUTER

Co
-
opera
tive Multidimensional Multimedia and
Topological Elements Reintegration

138

22442

EM²S

Environmental Monitoring and Management Systems

140

22445

W3USERNET

A Project to Improve the Effectiveness of
European
Industry by Accelerating the Commercial Use of the
World
-
Wide Web

142

22561

ECDL

European Computer Driving Licence

14
4

22563

WFS

Web
for Schools

146

22704

ASPIRE

Advanced Modeling and Specification of Distributed
Information Systems

148

22816

COMPASS

Computer Assisted Passpo
rt for the Architecture and
Safety of Systems

150

22819

HITO

Herramienta Integrada Toatal de Optimizacion

152

22897

REFORM

A Reusable Framework f
or Rolling Mills

154

22933

DEADA

Development Environment for DBS Applications Based
on the Document Approach

156

22945

TOPGEN

Application of Advanced Software Technologies to the
Optimization of Po
wer Generation Plants

158

22967

VENN

Virtual Environment for Network Navigation

160

22994

SUSTAINS

Support Unable Users to Access Information
and
Services

162

23015

COMITY

Codesign method and integrated tools for advanced
embedded system

164

23053

MARKSERV

Marketing Server Upon Interne
t/Intranet

166

23161

A5/T

Advanced Adaptive Architectures for Asset Allocation
a Trial Application

168

23163

INFORMA

Integrated Formal Approache
s for Embedded Real
-
Time Systems

170

23173

SPECTRUM

Improved competitiveness through integration and
automation of complementary formal approaches in the
development process

172

23182

VOCAL

Validation of Constraint programming by an
Application in Logistics

174

23193

TUDOR

Toolset for User
-
object Development on Object
-
oriented and Relationa
l databases

176

23205

INSERT

Integrated Services Management Tools

178


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23233

OBOE

Open Business Object Environment

180

23239

PROFES

Product Focused Improvement of Embedded Software
Processes

182

23243

ARNO

Algorithms for Radio Network Optimization

184

23245

OMEGA

Object Oriented Metho
ds and Development
Environment for Geoscience Applications

186

23287

ADDE

Application Development for the Distributed Enterprise

188

23311

TREV
I

Text Retrieval and Enrichment for Vital Information

190

23356

SQUARE

Software Quality and Requirements

192

23374

BOLD

Batch Operations Logi
stics and Design

194

23767

DARE

Dates Renovations Enterprise

196

23802

GEIXS

Geological Electronic Information Exchange System

198

23917

SAFETYNET

Human Factors Safety Training on the Internet

200

24231

JEDI

JAVA enabled Database Access over the Internet

202

24481

GEOMIST

Geological
and Mining Information System on the
Iberyan Pyrite Belt

204



January 1997

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Acronym Index

2RARE

20424

2 Real Applications for Requirements Engineering

36

A
5/T

23161

Advanced Adaptive Architectures for Asset
Allocation a Trial Application

168

ACE

22271

Analyst's Control Environment

128

ADDE

232
87

Application Development for the Distributed
Enterprise

188

AIDA

20867

Implementation of the Distributed RICHE
Architecture in an Accident & Emergency unit

86

APPLICUS

20824

Trial Application of Case
-
Based Reasoning for
Customer Support

78

ARES

20477

Architectural Reasoning for Embedded Software

40

ARNO

23243

Algorithms for Radio Network Optimization

184

ARTS

20695

Application of Real Time Specification

60

ASPIRE

2
2704

Advanced Modeling and Specification of
Distributed Information Systems

148

AUDIS

22352

Multipurpose Auditory Display for 3
-
D Hearing
Applications

132

BIOTEST

21978

Biometric Testing Services

96

BOISI

9807

Bridging Open Systems to the Infrastructure

14

BOLD

23374

Batch Operat
ions Logistics and Design

194

BRIDGE

22154

Development of a Real
-
Time Intelligent Diagnosis
Tool for Large Technical Applications

112

CARES

2
0344

Cargo Assembly Re
-
Engineering Support Industry

30

CARICA

20401

Case Acquisition and Replay in Fire Campaigns
Ambience

34

CASTING

9808

Case
-
Based Reasoning: Stimulation of Industrial
Usage

16

CENT

9810

Concurrent Engineering Needs and Technology

20

CHIC
-
2

22165

Creating Hybr
id Solutions for Industry and
Commerce

114

CIME

22030

Cooperative Information Marketplace in Europe

104

CITYCARD

8123

An Electronic Informatio
n Service for European
Local Authorities

2

COMITY

23015

Codesign method and integrated tools for advanced
embedded system

164

COMMUTER

22362

Co
-
operative Multidimensional Multimedia and
Topological Elements Reintegration

138

COMPASS

22816

Computer Assisted Passport for the Architecture
and Safety of Systems

150

CONFOSS

20935

Confeder
ation of SME Servers

90

CORVAL

22016

Corba Validation

102

DARE

23767

Dates Renovations Enterprise

196

DEADA

22933

Development Environment for DBS Applications
Based on the Document Approach

156

DIAMANTA

20507

DIADEM Methodology for MMI development
44


January 1997

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Trial Application

DISGIS

22084

Distributed Geographical Information Systems
-
Models Methods Tools and Frameworks

106

DIXIT

22130

Distributed Information Technology for Stra
tegic
Multiobjective Process Control

110

DRIVESPI

20474

Risk Driven Software Process Improvement

38

E2S

20563

End
-
To
-
End Security Over the I
nternet

50

ECDL

22561

European Computer Driving Licence

144

ECRIS

20742

Trial Applications of the European Computerised
Reservation and Info
rmation System

68

EM²S

22442

Environmental Monitoring and Management
Systems

140

ESTIMATION

20635

Emerging Software Technologies for Trading

and
Fund Management
-

Risks, Rewards, Solutions

54

E
URO
K
NOWLEDGE


9806

European Knowledge Representation
Standardisation

12

FAMOOS

21975

Fr
amework
-
based Approach for Mastering Object
-
Oriented Software Evolution

94

FLACSCOM

20786

Preparing the FLACS
-
Code for Commercialisation

72

FO
RMULA

22246

Automatic Feature Extraction for Efficient
Retrieval in Large Multimedia Database

124

GEIXS

23802

Geological Electronic Information Exchange
System

198

GEOMIST

24481

Geological and Mining Information System on
the Iberyan Pyrite Belt

204

GUARDS

20716

Generic Upgradable Architecture for Real
-
Time
Dependable Systems

62

HELIOS

22354

Hierarchical Performance Evaluation Modelling of
Large Information Open Systems

134

HITO

22819

Herramienta Integrada Toatal de Optimiza
cion

152

HOD

20620

Heterogeneous Organisation of Data

52

HUMANOID 2

8125

Realistic Autonomous 3D Virtual Humans and their
Interaction in Mul
timedia Applications

4

INFORMA

23163

Integrated Formal Approaches for Embedded Real
-
Time Systems

170

INRECA II

22196

Information and Knowledge Reengineering for
Reasoning from Cases

120

INSERT

23205

Integrated Services Management Tools

178

IRISPOL

20333

Information Retrieval in an Integrated system for
Police

28

JEDI

24231

JAVA enabled Database Access over the Internet

202

LAW

22117

Legacy Assessment Workbench

108

MA
PI

20857

MUSIC Assisted Process Improvement

84

MARCK

20829

Multiprocess Adaptative Real
-
Time Control for a
Kiln

80

MARKSERV

23053

Marketing
Server Upon Internet/Intranet

166

MASCOTTE

20804

Management Services for Object Oriented
Distributed Systems

76


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vii

MASK

9075

Multimedia Multimo
dal Automated Service Kiosk

8

MATE

8982

Multi Aircraft Training Environment

6

MELISSA

22252

Methods and Tools for Natural
-
Language
Interfacing to Standard Software Applications

126

OBOE

23233

Open Business Object Environment

180

OCBA

20294

Objects for Critical Business Applications

26

OMEGA

23245

Object Oriented Methods and Development
Environment for Geoscience Applications

186

OPENDREAMS

20843

Open Distributed Reliable Environment,
Architecture & Middleware for Supervis
ion

82

OVID

20717

Trial Applications of Voice Processing in
Automated Telephone Banking Services

64

P3

22241

Project and Process Prompter

122

PROFES

23239

Product Focused Improvement of Embedded
Software Processes

182

REAKTANSE

20938

Trial Application of REAKT Technology for
Diagnosis in Steel Production

92

REFORM

22897

A Reusable Framework for Rolling Mills

154

RENAISSANCE

22010

Methods for the Evolution and Re
-
engineering of
Legacy Systems

100

RETRARO

20778

Use of the
Expert System Platform REAKT for
Transport Robot Guidance

70

SACRES

20897

Safety Critical Embedded Systems: From
Requirements to System Architecture

88

SAFE
-
KBS

22360

Substantiating the Safety of Systems containing
Knowledge Based Components

136

SAFETYNET

23917

Human Factors Safety Training on the Internet

200

SEDRES

20496

Systems Engi
neering Data Representation and
Exchange Standardisation

42

SER

9809

Software Evolution and Reuse Deployment Plan

18

SERENE

22187

Safety and

Risk Evaluation using Bayesian Nets

118

SIENA

9811

Stimulation Initiative for European Neural
Applications

22

SPACE
-
UFO

22292

Software Produc
t Advanced Certification and
Evaluation

130

SPECTRUM

23173

Improved competitiveness through integration and
automation of complementary formal approaches in
the development process

172

SQUARE

23356

Software Quality and Requirements

192

SUSTAINS

22994

Support Unable Users to Access Information and
Services

162

TALENT

20545

Trial Application on Database Coupling by Open
Database Middleware

46

TAP
-
EXTRA

20719

Trial Application of Explanation Technology for
Risk Assessment and
Monitoring

66

TARSAL

20555

A Cluster of Trial Applications Using the RSAL
Tool to Build Reusable Code Repositories in order
to Support Efficient Software Development

48


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TOOBIS

20671

Temporal Object Oriented Databases within
Information Systems

56

TOPGEN

22945

Application of Advanced Software Technologies to
the Optimization of Power Gen
eration Plants

158

TRAWE

20682

Trial Application for Workbench Engineered
Distributed Systems

58

TRENDS

20791

Traffic Engineering Network Da
ta Services

74

TREVI

23311

Text Retrieval and Enrichment for Vital
Information

190

TUDOR

23193

Toolset for User
-
object Development on Object
-
oriented and Relational databases

176

USEGAT

20347

Use of Integrated Graphical and Textual Formal
Specification Languages in Industry

32

VENN


22967

Virtual Environment for Network Navigation

160

VOCAL

23182

Validation of Constraint programming by an
Application in Logistics

174

W3U
SERNET

22445

A Project to Improve the Effectiveness of European
Industry by Accelerating the Commercial Use of
the World
-
Wide Web

142

WATERNET

22186

Knowledge Capture for Advanced Supervision of
W
ater Distribution Networks

116

WEBCORE

9801

A World
-
Wide
-
Web Coordinating Organisation

10

WFS

22563

Web for Schools

146

WIDE

20280

Workflow on Intelligent Distributed database
Environment

24

WIRE

22005

Web Information Repository for the Enterprise

98



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Keywords Index
-

Technical


3D graphic, 160

3D modelling, 186

3D sound, 132


active rules, 24

authentication, 98


B method, 172

bayesian belief networks, 118

biometrics, 96

BOOTSTRAP, 38

business objects, 180


CALS, 20; 42

cartographic support, 34

case
-
based reasoning, 16; 34; 78; 112; 120; 140

cellular networks, 184

certification, 136

client server, 68; 86; 100; 134

code generation, 88

complex transaction models, 24

compressed image transmission, 28

computer l
iteracy, 144

concurrent engineering, 20; 42

configuration management, 42

conformance testing, 102

connectionist systems, 22

constraint logic programming, 114; 154; 174

CORBA, 24; 68; 76; 82; 102; 106; 178; 180


daemons, 122

data mining, 78; 120

DBMS, 24; 4
6; 52; 58; 156; 202

DCE, 98

decision support systems, 34; 118; 140

dependability, 62

diagnosis, 78; 92

display technology, 6

distributed systems, 14; 46; 58; 68; 74; 76; 82; 86; 106; 110; 116; 140; 148; 188


elderly/disabled people, 126; 132

electronic com
merce, 10; 50

embedded systems, 88; 170

European Modelling Language, 188

evolution, 18; 36; 100

explanation techniques, 66


face features coding, 28

federation, 46


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financial analysis, 128

forecasting, 168

formal methods, 32; 36; 60; 88; 108; 170; 172

frame
works, 40; 94; 154

fuzzy logic, 54; 70; 110; 140

fuzzy matching, 120


gas explosion, 72

genetic algorithms, 54; 116; 184

geographical information systems, 106; 138; 166

goal oriented measurement, 182


hardware/software codesign, 164; 170

heterogeneous data
bases, 26; 46; 52; 82

human factors, 6

hybrid algorithms, 114


information access, 162

information retrieval, 28; 90

information system management, 178

Internet, 2; 10; 50; 124; 142; 146; 166; 200; 202

interoperability, 10; 46; 102; 104; 106


Java, 202


kn
owledge
-
based systems, 2; 12; 54; 110; 122; 128; 136; 140


legacy systems, 94; 100; 108

logistics, 174; 194


machine learning, 22; 116

maintenance, 78; 174; 196

man machine interface, 8; 44; 58; 64; 132; 176

maritime industry, 200

marketing, 166

mathematic
al programming, 114

middleware, 46; 76; 82; 176

monitoring, 116

multimedia, 4; 8; 28; 124; 200


natural language, 2; 126

neural networks, 22; 54; 110; 116; 128; 168; 184


object orientation, 58; 68; 76; 94; 106; 134; 180; 186

object oriented DBMS, 26; 56;
98; 176

OLE, 58

OMG, 106; 180

ontology, 12

open systems, 14; 134

optimisation, 158; 184


PASSPORT, 150


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pattern matching, 22

performance prediction, 134

planning, 174

POSC, 186

predictive control, 80; 152

product families, 40; 94

product quality, 182

projec
t management, 122

public key, 50


qualitative reasoning, 118

quality function deployment, 192

quality of use, 84

query by image content, 124


real
-
time, 32; 60; 62; 170

real
-
time discrete event simulation, 6

real
-
time knowledge
-
based systems, 66; 70; 80; 9
2

reengineering, 30; 94; 100; 196

reliability, 78; 82

repository, 48; 188

requirements engineering, 36; 192

resource allocation, 174

reuse, 12; 18; 42; 48

reverse engineering, 30; 40; 196

RICHE, 86

risk management, 38; 54; 72

RISKMAN, 38

robotics, 70


safe
ty
-
critical systems, 62; 88; 108; 118; 136; 150

scheduling, 194

security, 10; 28; 50; 98

signal processing, 92

simulation, 72; 134

software evolution, 94

software process, 38; 42; 136; 182

software quality, 136; 192

spatial analysis, 34

speech recognition,

8; 64; 126; 132

SPICE, 38

STEP, 150; 186

stochastic repair, 114

structural loading, 72

structured analysis, 32

supervision, 82

system architecture, 40; 164

system design, 188

system safety analysis, 150


temporal logic, 60

test case generation, 60

text fi
ltering, 128

time series, 128


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traceability, 36

training, 200


usability, 64; 84; 96; 162

user centred design, 84

user interface design, 44


VDM, 170; 172

verification and validation, 60; 88; 136

virtual reality, 4; 6

visual programming, 88


W3 Consortium,
10; 142

workflow, 24; 176

World
-
Wide Web, 10; 74; 98; 142; 146; 202; 204



January 1997

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Keywords Index
-

Sector

aerospace, 6; 16; 18; 20; 36; 42; 60; 62; 88; 108; 132; 136; 150; 164; 172

air traffic control, 192

airlines, 6; 30

car industry, 70; 94
; 114; 120; 132; 150; 164

cement industry, 110

ceramic industry, 80

construction, 186

consumer electronics, 20; 40; 130

defence, 22; 56

education, 144; 146

energy, 22; 82; 114; 118; 158; 174; 178

environment, 140

finance and banking, 16; 18; 22; 24; 26; 38
; 50; 54; 56; 64; 100; 114; 166; 168; 176; 188;
192; 196

fire fighting, 34

food, 152; 194

geoscience, 180; 186; 204

health care, 14; 16; 24; 28; 56; 58; 86; 142; 176; 182

industrial automation, 40; 88; 122; 194

information services, 90; 104; 190

instrument
ation, 48

IT industry, 10; 12; 18; 22; 38; 46; 48; 76; 84; 90; 98; 100; 106; 122; 126; 134; 156; 180;
188; 202

land planning, 204

manufacturing, 20; 22; 48; 70; 78; 80; 114; 120; 152; 154

maritime industry, 6; 136; 170

media and multimedia industry, 4; 124

mining, 186; 204

museums, 192

nuclear, 62; 108; 136; 150; 172

petrochemical, 14; 44; 52; 72; 110; 112; 142; 182; 186; 194

pharmaceutical, 22

police, 28

post, 52

public administration, 2; 24; 56; 106; 138; 142; 156; 162; 176; 188

publishing, 28; 124; 142;
190; 202


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railways, 8; 32; 62; 170

retail, 44; 50

robotics, 22; 78

security, 96

steel industry, 38; 92; 114

telecommunications, 14; 16; 18; 22; 26; 36; 40; 94; 100; 122; 130; 164; 182; 184

textile, 194

tourism and travel, 8; 44; 58; 68

transportation, 74; 1
12; 160; 172

water industry, 66; 116; 140; 178



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Legend


EU member
-
states

A


Austria

B


Belgium

D


Germany

DK


Denmark

E


Spain

F


France

GR


Greece

I


Italy

IRL


Ireland

L


Luxembourg

NL


Netherlands

P


Portugal

S


Sweden

SF


Finland

UK


United Kingdom


States associated with Esprit

CH


Switzerland

FL


Liechtenstein

ISL


Iceland

ISR


Israel

N


Norway


Other countries participating in projects

AUS


Australia

CA


Canada

EE


Estonia

HU


Hungary

RUM


Rumania

USA


United States of America


Roles

C


Coordinator

P


Partner

A


Associate Contractor


Project numbering

8000, 9000 Series:

Framework Programme III *

20000 Series:


Framework Programme IV



* Only the project summaries of direct relevance to ST and not published in the December 1993 issue
"Software and ad
vanced information processing
-

Ref. EUR 15375
EN/3
"


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Summaries of projects






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Esprit Project 8123
-

CITYCARD

An Electronic Information Service for European
Local Authorities

Keywords:

RTD project.


Technical
-

natural language
, knowledge
-
based systems
, Internet
.

Sector
-

public administration
.

The main objective of CityCard is to improve resident participation in Local
Authority (LA) activities and initiatives by information dissemination, service
provision and communication enhancement between residents and LAs. To
expedite public access
to information and services the CityCard system can
offer residents the possibility of obtaining information and/or services in
complex areas such as public health, planning, traffic management, local
police, education, and child minding. Information provi
sion type will depend on
local demand.

To improve resident participation in LA activities the system offers two
possibilities:



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residents and LA. The system will guarantee security, users' privacy and data
integrity.

The major res
ult of the project, the creation of an industrial prototype based on
two different pilot applications (Wansbeck and Bologna), has already been
reached. The consortium's exploitation strategy aims to customise CityCard for
any LA, by using the portable natu
re of CityCard's basic components.

Contact Point

Mr. Luca Tognoli


Omega Generation

tel + 39 51 30 66 44

Via Murri 39

fax + 39 51 39 03 10

I
-
40137 Bologna

E
-
mail: omega@omega.nettuno.it

Participants

Country

Role

OMEGA

I

C

MARI

UK

P

COMUNE DI BOLOGNA

I

A

W
ANSBECK

UK

A

LAGOTEX

P

A

AJUNTAMENT DE BARCELLONA

E

A

Start Date

Duration

15 June 1994

29 months






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Esprit Project 8125
-

HUMANOID 2

Realistic Autonomous 3D Virtual Humans and
their Interaction in Multimedia Applications

Keywords:

RTD project.

Technical
-

multimedia
, virtual reality
.

Sector
-

media

and

multimedia industry
.

The main goal of HUMANOID 2 is the creation of tools for "The digital
Commedia dell'arte
Age". The target market of its predecessor HUMANOID
(Project 6709) is simulation, where representation of virtual humans is an
essential

factor. HUMANOID 2 promotes autonomous realistic virtual humans,
particularly for the multimedia industry, where interactive use of the
functionality would be an immediate asset.

Each film and TV producer is interested in developing new features and
progr
ammes where the public is involved interactively. The authors, editors
and publishers of CD
-
I's and CD
-
ROM's who exploit the demand for increasing
interaction need such a system. Furthermore many users of the software
HUMANOID would also like to add tool
s.

The HUMANOID 2 project provides designers with the capability of embedding
simulated humans in games, multimedia titles and film animation. HUMANOID
2 makes the technology developed by the HUMANOID project available to the
entertainment industry, includ
ing the following functions: human modelling,
motion control of the human body, deformations of the body while in motion,
interaction of the virtual human with the 3D scene, object grasping, walking,
neural network systems for behavioural motion control, f
acial animation.

HUMANOID 2 extends the capabilities of humanoids developed by the HUMANOID
project in two ways to make them appear more realistic:



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based on these autonomous humanoids. The project also develops an
d
evaluates an effective user interface by conducting user trials. Particular
attention is paid to the believability of the humanoids and the fluency of
interaction with the user.


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Contact Point

Mr. Jean
-
Paul Thorn

RTL Productions

tel +352 45 05 45 22
0

177, rue de Luxembourg

fax +352 45 05 45 225

L
-
8077 Bertrange

Participants

Country

Role

RTL PRODUCTIONS

L

C

ERA FILMS N.V.

B

P

IPO

NL

A

PHILIPS RESEARCH

UK

P

SILICON GRAPHICS

CH

A

EPFL

CH

P

TELMAT MULTINODE

F

P

UNIV. GENEVA

CH

P

Start Date

Duration

3

January 95

24 months



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Esprit Project 8982
-

MATE

Multi Aircraft Training Environment


Keywords:
RTD project.

Technical
-

real
-
time discrete event simulation
, human factors
, virtual reality
, display
technology
.

Sector
-

aerospace
, airlines
, maritime industry.

The aim of the Multi Aircraft Training Environment (MATE) project is to use
advanced software and man
-
machine interface technology to exploit the hiatus
in the market for pilot training equipment.

Current pilot training is based on (a) expe
nsive high fidelity flight simulators,
and (b) low
-
cost low
-
fidelity CBT (Computer Based Training) systems. The
high cost of (a) and the limited training value of (b) means that ownership of
training equipment is not cost
-
effective for the smaller operator
s.

The objective of the MATE project is to demonstrate a new pilot training
system with the following characteristics:



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training, supplementing the more expensive simulators currently used for this
purpose.


Contact Point

Mr. Ole Lindemann Bogh

AVITRACO A/S

tel + 45 42 31 0
3 99

16 Faergevej

fax + 45 42 31 07 00

DK
-
3600 Frederikssund

Participants

Country

Role

AVITRACO

DK

C

TTSL

UK

P

RISOE

DK

P

DASA

D

P

ECRC

D

A

DATACEP

F

A

DRA

UK

A

DIVISION

UK

A

Start Date

Duration

1 October 1994

36 months




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8

Esprit Proj
ect 9075
-

MASK

Multimedia Multimodal Automated Service Kiosk

Keywords:

RTD project.

Technical
-

speech recognition
, multimedia
, man machine interface
.

Sector
-

railways
, tourism and travel
.

The rigidity of user interfaces (touch
-
screen or menu
-
driven) of automatic
systems prevents users from transacting tasks as fluen
tly as would be the
case were they communicating with other people. The objective of the MASK
project is to develop an automated kiosk demonstrator with a more friendly
user
-
interface, and to pave the way for a more advanced public service
application by
the use of multimodal and multimedia input
-
output. The MASK
kiosk should be used in a real public service context (rail traveller services).

To improve the effectiveness of the user dialogue, and to simulate as close as
possible human
-
human dialogue, the p
roject has analysed the technological
requirements in the context of users and the tasks they perform in executing
their enquiries (e.g. train timetable). This user
-
centred study was based on the
Wizard of Oz technique which is a simulation
-
based study. Th
e project will
enhance existing automated kiosks by enabling interaction through the co
-
ordinated use of multimodal inputs (speech recognition combined with touch
screen), multimedia outputs (voice synthesis, graphics, etc.). The MASK kiosk
will be able to

"understand" in natural language, taking into account user
hesitations, and will also be able to recognise different speakers (speaker
independent).

The design of the enhanced kiosk will be implemented and evaluated in the
context of representative tasks
and users, and improvements in effectiveness
are expected over current systems.

The results of the work will be exploited within the project by the industrial
partner MORS. It is expected that the break through made in the context of
the demonstrator shou
ld be exploited by other systems in other applications,
thus increasing the general competitiveness of Europe in the world
-
wide
market for public service systems.



January 1997

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9

Contact Point

Mr. Sour Chhor


MORS

tel + 33 1 49 39 32 32

Centre d'Affaires Paris
-
Nord

fax

+ 33 1 48 65 33 58

Tour Continental
-

BP200

E
-
mail:
m_capn@dialup.francenet.fr

F
-
93153 Le Blanc
-
Mesnil Cedex

Participants

Country

Role

MORS

F

C

SNCF

F

P

LIMSI

F

P

UCL

UK

P

SIGNES PARTICULIERS

F

A

Start Date

Duration

1 April 1994

30 months




January 1997

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10

Esprit Project 9801
-

WEBCORE

A World
-
Wide Web Coordinating Organisation

Keywords:
accompanying measure.

Technical
-

World
-
Wide Web
, W3 Consortium
,

Internet
, interoperability
, security
,
electronic commerce
.

Sector
-

IT industry
.

The project is conducted both by INRIA and MIT, together with CERN.

The
European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) invented the World Wide
Web in 1989. The needs of particle physics have forced CERN to be a pioneer
in networking technology for many years; it is still a major networking site.
INRIA, the French Nationa
l Institute for Research in Computing and
Automation is the European centre of the World
-
Wide Web. The American
centre is at the Laboratory for Computer Science at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT/LCS).

The WebCore project is a pilot project

with the overall goal of creating a
European information market where information, goods and services can be
purchased, sold or exchanged freely to improve economic well being and
quality of life for people in Europe and throughout the world. The approac
h is
based on the World
-
Wide Web (WWW), an enabling technology that allows
users to access information from different sources in a uniform way via
networks. It already offers access to a wide range of information sources via
intuitive interactive interface
s. New sources can easily be added.

The specific objectives are to establish the European Chapter of the
international World
-
Wide
-
Web Consortium (W3C), and to arrive at
specifications and recommendations which to guide further evolution. The
results envisa
ged within the action time scale include improving WWW
standards in response to both evolving user requirements and advancing
technology. In some areas progress on standards can be achieved within the
time scale: in others recommendations will be made on s
tandards policy,
including what needs to be standardised and what standards need to be
incorporated.

The World
-
Wide
-
Web Consortium promotes the Web by producing
specifications and reference software. W3C is funded by industrial members
but its products are

freely available to all. The consortium is run by MIT LCS, in
the US, and INRIA, in Europe, in collaboration with CERN.

The aims of the consortium are to support advancement of Information
Technology in the fields of networking, graphics and user interfac
es by
developing the World
-
Wide
-
Web into a comprehensive information
infrastructure and to encourage industry to adopt a common set of
interoperable protocols. The role of MIT and INRIA is to provide a vendor
neutral architectural, engineering and administ
rative structure necessary to:



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A variety of topics are addressed by the consortium. Areas investigated
include:



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Contact Point

Mr. Jean
-
François Abramatic

INRIA

tel + 33 1 39 63 55 11

Domaine de Voluceau, BP 105

fax + 33 1 39 63 53

30

F
-
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex

E
-
mail:



jean
-
françois.abramatic@inria.fr

Participants

Country

Role

INRIA

F

C


Start Date

Duration

1 February 1995

18 months







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Esprit Project 9806
-

E
URO
K
NOWLEDGE

European Knowledge Representation
Standardisation

Keywords:
accompanying measure.

Technical
-

reuse
, ontology
, knowledge
-
based systems
.

Sector
-

IT industry
.

The E
URO
K
NOWLEDGE

standardisation initiative grew from awareness that
knowledge technology has an increasingly important role to play in systems
development, and that full exploitation has not been made of established
knowledge f
ormalisms.

An underlying issue is that without the ability to
reuse

knowledge from one
system to another, the cost of development will continue to be excessive. In
addition, without the ability to
communicate

knowledge, computer systems will
remain
data

pr
ocessors. It is the consortium's view that the way to remove
these obstacles is to develop standards facilitating knowledge reuse and
exchange:



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K
NOWLEDGE

is establishing
recommendations for knowledge level standards; currently, at this level, there
is evident deficiency. It
is here that Europe has greatest experience and
renown. Americans are addressing the "lower" levels of knowledge
representation (file
-
interchange and implementation/source levels): these
computationally oriented expressions of knowledge are forcibly the "l
owest
common denominator" and are simply inadequate for implementation
independent representation of knowledge interchange with non
-
computer
professionals.

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URO
K
NOWLEDGE

are:



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results take the form of recommendations on:



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Problem
-
solving model expression and
criteria.

E
URO
K
NOWLEDGE

works by way of issuing Requests
-
for
-
Commentary on
consortium proposals, and Requests
-
for
-
Action for original contributions, to the
knowledge engineering community. The project maintains a Web page,
participates in relevant conferen
ces and workshops, and issues bulletins
("Eur
O
K
NOWLEDGE

News").

Contact Point

Mrs. Mari Georges


ILOG

tel + 33 1 49 08 35 57

9 rue de Verdun

fax + 33 1 49 08 35 10

F
-
94253 Gentilly Cedex

E
-
mail:
georges@ilog.fr


http:
//www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/~euroknow/

Particip
ants

Country

Role

ILOG

F

C

UNIV .EDINBURGH

UK

P

DTK

D

P

CAP GEMINI INNOVATION

F

P

CISE

I

P

UNIV. COVENTRY

UK

P

SWISS BANK

CH

P

DEC

F

P

Start Date

Duration

1 February 1995

15 months







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Esprit Project 9807
-

BOISI

Bridging Open Systems

to the Infrastructure

Keywords:
accompanying measure.

Technical
-

open systems
, distributed systems
.

Sector
-

telecommunications
, petrochemical
, health care
.

The area of Open Systems has been developing standards and reference
models. Architectural and application specific frameworks have been defined
with som
e influence from the requirements of the user. These frameworks will
be extended to the Information Infrastructure. The two major poles in the
Information Society are, on the one hand users and, on the other, providers.
BOISI is an accompanying measure tha
t endeavours to bridge and to reconcile
these poles by establishing a general reference model for User Requirements
for Open Systems as an input to the implementation of the Information
Infrastructure. Several Applications areas have been selected in order

to bring
together the general model which will be further validated against the
experience and technology awareness of X/Open prior to undertaking
measures for the building of consensus. Workshops are planned to influence
the players in the Information So
ciety. A final report will document the results
and indicate areas of further action. BOISI is undertaken by the key European
Open Systems groupings.

BOISI considers how to approach bridging Open Systems to the Information
Infrastructure, using experience
available from individual groups who can
represent user reference models from vertical industry sectors and from the
horizontal viewpoint. Some of these groups (Partners/Core Group) are already
familiar with the concept of Open Systems Infrastructures with
in their own
sector, and have participated in initiatives in this area supported by the
European Commission in ESPRIT and other programmes, particularly the
Open Systems Working Group set up by DGIII. The work of this group has,
within a short time, establ
ished a clear initial consensus about User
Requirements in outline structural terms. The implications of this have
significant potential benefit in terms of horizontal synergy, market stimulus and
value creation.

BOISI seeks to establish the reality of thi
s potential; to assess how the links
can be realised within a general reference model, the implications for the
implementation strategy of the Fourth Framework Programme, to secure
input/validation from other related groups and vertical sectors and to prov
ide
conclusions and recommendations for the future. It builds on existing work that
has been undertaken within current Framework Programmes to establish the
reality of a common approach to the linking of information systems and the
infrastructure needed to

support them. The aim is that quantifiable synergy
benefits can be obtained from focusing on horizontal excellence supporting the
interoperability of high value, low overhead application components.

BOISI falls into two main phases: first, establishment o
f a basic paradigm via
the Core Group along with the production and agreement of a scoping study
and interim report. Second, the exposure of the basic paradigm to inputs and
comments from other groups resulting in a publishable document and a set of

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policy

and actions recommendations. These will become the base for
disseminating and communicating the results and conclusions across the wide
spectrum of the two poles; users and providers.

During the period to February 95, the Core Group secured consultative
f
eedback from the vertical and horizontal sectors with which they have direct
contact as input to an Interim Report. During the period from September 95 to
February 96 a number of workshops were organised to cover the involvement
and input from other groups

based on the Interim Report, in terms of exposure
to a wider audience (EC, politicians, industry, vertical sector agencies,
Eurogroups) at both the macro
-
environment level and in a more general public
situation. This will result in a final study report, a

set of recommendations and a
formal presentation of the results.


Contact Point

Mr. David Lloyd
-
Williams

Groupe RICHE

tel + 44 1734 321215

Penerley Lodge, Wokingham Road

fax + 44 1734 344329

Hurst, Berks


UK
-
Reading RG10 0SB

Participants

Country

Role

STI
CHTING GROUP RICHE

NL

C

X/OPEN

UK

P

ETIS

B

P

POSC

UK

P


Start Date

Duration

1 December 1994

10 months







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Esprit Project 9808
-

CASTING

Case
-
Based Reasoning: Stimulation of Industrial
Usage

Keywords:
accompanying measure.

Technical
-

case
-
based reasoning
.

Sector
-

finance and banking
, aerospace
, telecommunications
, health care
.

Experience is at the heart of any decision, in business as well as in our private
lives. It is based on what we have seen or dealt with in the past and the
decisions made then with their kn
own outcome that are guide current
decisions. While our personal experience is only based on what we have in our
memory, in industrial and business operations such "history" is stored in vast
data
-
bases. But do operators when diagnosing a system, or bank m
anagers
when deciding to give a loan make use of that stored information? Or will they
rely on their own memory because accessing and analysing those data
-
bases
is too much time consuming? Most of the time they ignore the hidden but
valuable information th
at has been collected.

To support human decisions in terms of time and quality, specific tools and
techniques are necessary to structure old and new "decision cases" and
automatically relate new situations to previous cases.

Such a technique, known as Case
-
Based Reasoning (CBR), has been
developed over the past decade and has now reached a stable level. It
supports reuse of existing information without tedious and time consuming
collection and structuring of new information. It thus ensures short
developmen
t and take
-
up time in a business organisation. Software tools are
coming on the market and numerous companies have explored these tools
and built successful applications amongst others, such as:



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CASTING is the proactive intermediate between the users and

the tool
suppliers, triggering and monitoring pilot applications.

The CASTING supportive operations are undertaken in France, UK and Italy.
Leading experts in the field of CBR and experienced users provide valuable
information to decision makers, helping
them to form a clear picture of the
potential benefit to their own applications. These include the domains of
marketing, commercial bases, logistics, order treatment and customer
services, production and quality management control, and administrative
servi
ces as well as data management.

Such an approach will help companies and institutions to increase the quality
of their services and products and to optimise the relevant time management.

CASTING has validated the relevant information for an easy access to
CBR
including:



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Contact Point

Ms. Rita Busert


Marketing & Technologies Avancées

tel + 33 1 45610502

36 avenue Hoche

fax + 33 1 45632258

F
-
75008 Paris

E
-
mail: brains@mta.fr

Participants

Country

Role

MTA

F

C

ALGOTECH SISTEMI

I

P

MARI COMPUTER SYSTEMS

UK

P

Start Date

Duration

1 January 1995

18 months




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Esprit Project 9809
-

SER

Software Evolution and Reuse Deployment Plan

Keywords:
accompanying me
asure.


Technical
-

reuse
, evolution
.

Sector
-

telecommunications
, finance and banking
, IT industry
, aerospace
.

The objective of this action is to further promote and deploy the Software
Evolution and Reuse (SER) solutions produced by previous Esprit projects
REBOOT, PROTEUS, RECYCLE, EUROBANQUET, EUROWARE, SCALE
and COSMOS in European software producing or
ganisations.

Promotion will particularly focus on the management of the software
organisations who, because of their maturity and dimension, are potential
users of the proposed technology.

A user group includes all participants involved in deployment and s
upports
information exchange, based on experiences with the proposed solutions,
refine user requirements, and further disseminate SER solutions.

The ultimate goal is to have secured at least 20 organisations applying one of
the proposed solutions upon proj
ect completion.

In order to achieve the above objective, a bi
-
directional flow of information has
been established both to and from actual and potential users. Moreover,
because promotion and deployment complement each other they will be
strongly linked th
roughout the project to ensure maximal efficiency.

The main activities are:



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Contact Point

Mr. Jean
-
Marc Morel

Bull S.A.

tel + 33 1 3080 7448

Rue J
ean Jaurès

fax + 33 1 3080 7078

F
-
78340 Les Clayes
-
sous
-
Bois

E
-
mail: J.M.Morel@frcl.bull.fr


Participants

Country

Role

BULL

F

C

SINTEF

N

P

TXT

I

P

TTB

UK

P

ATC

GR

P

SEMA GROUP

E

P

Q
-
LABS

S

P

EP
-
FRAMEWORKS

S

A

Start Date

Duration

1 January 1995

12 months







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Esprit Project 9810
-

CENT

Concurrent Engineering Needs and Technology

Keywords:

accompanying measure.

Technical
-

concurrent engineering
,
CALS
.

Sector
-

consumer

electronics
, aerospace
, manufacturing
.

The project is aimed at promoting rapid European industrial adoption of
Concurrent Engine
ering (CE) concepts by :

1.

Developing industrial awareness of the concepts, benefits and
implementation strategies for CE

2.

Identifying European Industrial requirements

3.

Assessing the suitability of existing Information Technology and identifying
deve
lopment needs.

The project tackles the framing of CE methodology and related
needed/available enabling Information Technology into a coherent picture. This
is to be compared with the industrial expectations and requirements derived
from organisational, cul
tural and human product development characteristics.
This is performed to enable production of an assessed set of guidelines for CE
implementation in European industry that apply to complex electronic products,
at both multi
-
company and company
-
wide levels
.

Tasks concentrate on identifying general methodological issues in Concurrent
Engineering. These will be discussed and analysed during a dedicated
workshop. Attention will be centred on the European industrial environment. It
is anticipated that the final

users of CE methodology, will identify the features
and constraints that must be satisfied if effectiveness and economies are to be
met by the CE implementation strategy.

The project will cover development of prerequisites for CE implementation,
evaluatio
n of suitability of existing information technology, identification of IT
areas requiring further developments, and definition of methods to be used for
capture and characterisation of product development processes.

Validation of identified CE methodology
is achieved through the specification of
two pilot implementation programmes driven by the final user.

Exploitation plans of project results include, at industrial partner level, the
future implementation of pilot programmes specified during the project, a
nd at
methodological level it is expected that results will constitute a reference for
the identification of development activities in IT for CE, and for the
development of integrated support services to industry for the adoption of CE
strategy.


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Contact P
oint

Mr. Sandro Nardi

Alenia Elsag Sistemi Navali

Via Tiburtina Km 12.400

tel + 39 6 41883558

I
-
00131 ROMA

fax + 39 6 41883571


Participants

Country

Role

AESM

I

C

METASISTEMI

I

P

THOMSON
-
CSF

F

P

Start Date

Duration

1 January 1995

15 months







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Esprit Project 9811
-

SIENA

Stimulation Initiative for European Neural
Applications

Keywords:

accompanying measure.


Technical
-

neural networks
, conn
ectionist systems
, pattern matching
, machine
learning
.

Sector
-

energy
, finance and banking
, manufacturing
, pharmaceutical
, defence
,
telecommunications
, IT industry
, robotics
.

The broad objective of the SIE
NA project is to increase take
-
up of Artificial
Neural Networks (ANNs) by European business. It is recognised that although
Europe research is strong in this area, industrial uptake lags behind the USA
and Japan. The project emphasis is therefore on the
ap
plication

of the
technology rather than its development. It will particularly help suppliers who
are small innovative SMEs technology suppliers or users.

The major objectives of SIENA are as follows:

1.

To assess the current state of the market for ANNs, i
ncluding both the
supply side (tool vendors, system builders etc.) and the demand side (end
-
user companies). The assessment includes an analysis by country (or
region) and by industry sector, since the picture is unlikely to be
homogeneous across all of th
ese.

2.

To increase awareness of the potential benefits which the use of ANNs can
bring to business in Europe, in terms aimed at managers and senior
technologists in companies. This includes pointers to the ways in which
firms can secure advantages from th
e technology; this would include
reduction in manufacturing costs, increase in product quality, faster time to
market, and so on.

3.

To encourage suppliers of ANN technology in Europe by raising the market
consciousness and creating a "demand pull". Firms
contributing to the
project will obtain access to results which can be used for their own future
planning.

4.

To develop material which can be used in achieving immediate project
objectives and which may also provide a focus for future initiatives. In
part
icular, case studies drawn from existing practice and experience.

5.

To prepare the ground for future European initiatives in this area. The
experiences from this project will be valuable for input to planning future
programmes in the same area. The projec
t may also lay the foundations for
a network of application specialists across Europe to complement the
largely academic links which exist at present.

The main results of SIENA will be as follows:



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Dissemination of findings from the project, including presentation at one or
more major conferences and el
ectronic dissemination via the World Wide
Web.

Contact Point

Mr. Tony Morgan


Augusta Technology Ltd

tel + 44 1970 62 60 01

The Science Park 2

fax + 44 1970 62 66 65

Dyfed

E
-
mail: azm@augusta.co.uk

UK
-
Aberystwyth SY23 3AH


Participants

Country

Role

AUGUST
A TECHNOLOGY

UK

C

NCAF

UK

A

ZENTRUM FUR NEUROINFORMATIK

D

A

NEUROPTICS

F

A

IIC

E

P

STICHTING NEURALE NETWERKEN

NL

P

Start Date

Duration

1 January 1995

18 months







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Esprit Project 20280
-

WIDE

Workflow on Intelligent Distributed dat
abase
Environment

Keywords:
RTD project.

Technical
-

workflow
, DBMS
, active rules
, complex transaction models
, CORBA
.

Sector
-

health care
, finance and banking
, public administration
.

The main objective of the WIDE project is to extend the techno
logy of
distributed and active databases, in order to provide added value to advanced,
application
-
oriented software products implementing workflow techniques.

WIDE is inspired by a coherent, component
-
oriented vision. Modern software
systems should be bui
lt by composing, enhancing, and integrating software.
Thus, flexible and extensible active rules and enhanced transactional models
will be developed on top of existing database kernels, with a kernel
-
independent approach that warrants maximum portability a
nd inter
-
operability.
In particular, compliance towards the CORBA standard will be enforced.

The technology developed in WIDE will be directly exploited for the
enhancement of FORO, an existing workflow management system supporting
the management of enterp
rise
-
wide processes and their constraints in a co
-
operative, distributed environment, developed by Sema Group sae.

From a technical standpoint, WIDE will provide innovative, tightly integrated
features concerned with advanced transactions (supporting distr
ibuted and
asynchronous processing in the context of long
-
running and co
-
operative
activities) and with reactive processing (supporting a rich event language as
well as enhanced, flexible coupling to transactions).

These features will be used to improve th
e services offered by FORO, in
particular for what concerns distribution and flexibility, two strategically
essential features for the next generation of workflow management systems.
Access to a variety of heterogeneous sources (with some support for
multi
media features) and inter
-
operability will also be considered within the
scope of WIDE.

The following results are expected:



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two technical dimensions of the WIDE project and two users, ING Bank and
the Manresa Hospital. The relevant applications are:



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Contact Point

Mr. Gabriel Sánchez Gutiérrez

Sema Group sae

tel + 34 1 3272828

Albarracín, 25

fax + 34 1 7543252

E
-
28037 Madrid

E
-
mail: gsg@sema.es


http://www.sema.es/projects/WIDE

Participants

Country

Role

SEMA GROUP SAE.

E

C

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

I

P

UNIV. TWENTE

NL

P

ING BANK

NL

P

HOSPITAL GENERAL DE MANRESA

E

P

Start Date

Duration

1 November 1995

30 months





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Esprit Project 20
294
-

OCBA

Objects for Critical Business Applications

Keywords:
RTD project.

Technical
-

object oriented DBMS
, heterogeneous databases
.

Se
ctor
-

finance and banking
, telecommunications
.

The goal of the project is to provide object
-
oriented DBMS technology for
mission critical business applications. There is an increasing
number of
business applications which are advancing towards more complex data like
picture, text, graphics and/or object oriented design and development tools.
Nevertheless they retain the requirements of mission critical applications like
large scale mult
i
-
user capabilities, search capabilities, performance,
robustness, etc.

The benefits of object data management for commercial applications are:



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departmental
technical application domains, has begun to enter the mainstream commercial
market. Indicators for this are: major investments of large software vendors,
spreading out of

OT into most end user areas and rapid development of
standardisation bodies (OMG, ODMG). However, Object
-
Oriented DBMS must
satisfy the requirements of large scale commercial applications in terms of
performance and availability.

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d ODBMS vendors are now working together on
this subject. This presents a unique opportunity The approach is to further
develop each of the DBMSs, that represents proven technology in its area,
with the complementary technology of the partner. Approaching
the final goal
of a mission critical OODBMS in those different ways will support rapid
progress in the subject.

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pieces of technology available from Software AG and O2 Technology wil
l be
integrated. In the second the project will concentrate on developing and