CUBIT joins ECSO and starts working on EU priorities in cybersecurity

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

CUBIT joins ECSO and starts working on EU priorities in cybersecurity News

 

 

Cubit has recently joined ECSO (European Cyber Security Organisation), the European Commission’s partner in implementing the contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP) on cyber security, established in 2016.

cPPP aim at fostering cooperation between public and private actors at early stages of the research

and innovation process and to stimulate cybersecurity industry by helping align the demand and supply sectors to allow industry to elicit future requirements from end users, as well as sectors that are important customers of cybersecurity solutions.

ECSO gathers over 260 members, ranging from European cybersecurity industry players, as well as national public administrations, research centres, SME’s, regions and academia. ECSO is not a lobbying body but an independent advisor to EU Institutions.

There are 6 working groups, that deal with the different aspects of cyber security industrial policy to support EU cyber ecosystem, EU Community and EU competitiveness growth. CUBIT is part of Working Group 6, aimed at:

  • supporting cPPP implementation,
  • coordinating cybersecurity activities across cPPPs, CCN Pilots and other EU Initiatives
  • suggesting the H2020 Work Programme and the future Horizon Europe and Digital Europe Programme.

www.ecs-org.eu

CUBIT presenting UMI-Sci-Ed project at ALL DIGITAL Summit in Bologna

Thursday, 10 October 2019

CUBIT presenting UMI-Sci-Ed project at ALL DIGITAL Summit in Bologna News

On 10-11 October Cubit is attending the XXII ALL DIGITAL Summit in Bologna, together with over 150 organisations and networks, working in the field of digital inclusion and empowerment. The event is organised by Cubit partner ALL DIGITAL, a pan-European network aimed at enhancing digital skills across Europe.

ALL DIGITAL Summit 2019 will delve into two crucially important themes for the participants: Basic digital skills and STEAM skills. The Summit offers a variety of workshops, discussion groups, plenary sessions around these topics, and will highlight some relevant projects which have made significant steps forward in enhancing STEAM skills. Among them, ALL DIGITAL has picked up the experience of the UMI-Sci-Ed project, in which Cubit is partner.

Learn more about UMI-Sci-Ed Project:
UMI-Sci-Ed (Exploiting Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things to promote Science Education) is a Horizon 2020 project, aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of science education and careers for young people (14-16 year-olds) via the use of latest technologies. We put Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things (UMI) into practice to improve the level of STEM education. At the same time, we are increasing the attractiveness of pursuing a career in domains pervaded by UMI for these youths.

CUBIT joined All DIGITAL network

Monday, 26 August 2019

Cubit has recently joined ALL DIGITAL network, a leading pan-European association based in Brussels, representing member organisations across Europe that work with 25,000 digital competence centres. The membership came as a result of the positive experience in the Umi-Sci-Ed Project – a Horizon 2020 project that CUBIT and ALL DIGITAL carried out with other Eu partners – aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of science education and careers for young people (14-16 year old) via the use of latest technologies.

ALL DIGITAL brings together 60 organisations that form together one of the major European communities in the field of digital skills. The network focuses on five thematic areas defined together by the partners: basic digital skills, employability and entrepreneurship, coding, digital media literacy, STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts/design and mathematics) for society.

ALL DIGITAL is currently working on a number of projects, most of them co-funded by European Union’s programmes, such as Umi-Sci-Ed, developed in partnership with Cubit.

https://all-digital.org/

https://alldigitalweek.eu/

 

Take part in the Umi-Sci-Ed Conference to get involved in science education through UMI

Thursday, 2 May 2019

The UMI-Sci-Ed conference is upcoming shortly, on May 22nd, 2019, in Brussels.

The UMI-Sci-Ed project enhances the attractiveness and inclusiveness of science education and careers for young people through the use of Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things (UMI).

The event will comprise a range of different discussions, plenary sessions and practical demonstrations, with the objective of engaging more organisations in this area and demonstrating tools and approaches that work. UMI-Sci-Ed aims to empower young people to think creatively, apply new knowledge in an effective way and become competitive in our increasingly demanding working environment.

The event addresses the educational community (teaching institutions, students, professors, tutors), VET providers, career support organisations, educational authorities and policy makers, but it fits also with companies and organisations creating IoT and advanced technology products, wanting to promote and support the adoption of such technologies.

The project partners include a range of Technological Institutions (CUBIT, Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”, the Cork Institute of Technology) and academic organisations (the University of Pisa, the University of Helsinki, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology). ALL DIGITAL, a pan-European member association, has supported the partnership in communication and dissemination activities.

Click here to have a look at the agenda and register for free: http://bit.ly/UmiSciEdConference

Successful outcome of the Power Follower Cities Conference

Monday, 15 April 2019

Fourteen cities have signed up to join the follower cities network of the POWER ProjectSuccessful outcome of the Power Follower Cities Conference News

The International Conference “Giving POWER to your city”, organised by the Power consortium in Pisa on the 12th April 2019 was a huge success.

About fifty representatives of the so-called “follower city” network gathered in the city of the leaning tower from numerous different countries (United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Hungary, and Romania) for a full day of studies on experiences and strategies for citizen involvement for the conscious management of water resources. The issue of water is going to fit into the broader issue of climate change, of topical relevance. Even if the answers must necessarily be political, to achieve real change it is essential to create awareness and stimulate participation on the part of the citizens.

The following instruments that can be used by the municipalities were presented and discussed: the Digital Social Platform, developed by the POWER project and available to all the network cities as an advanced tool to encourage interaction with citizens and increase their participation, the City Blueprint Framework, the Water Governance Analysis, and the ConCensus political mechanism.

The four project pilot cities  illustrated their experiences with respect to their four specific problems: reduction of water consumption – Milton Keynes (UK)water quality – Sabadell (Catalonia, Spain)flood risk – Leicester (UK)water conservation – Jerusalem (Israel).

The afternoon debate on the objectives of the network of follower cities was very well attended, and ample space was given to sharing the different experiences of the cities and discussing the advantages and opportunities of joining the “Follower City” network, including insights from representatives of the two local land reclamation and drainage authorities (Consorzio Bonifica Basso Valdarno and ANBI Tuscany).

At the end of the day, the declaration of interest in the POWER project was signed by 14 new entities.

The project consortium includes 12 partners – 4 research institutions dealing with environmental, social and governance issues, 2 innovative SMEs, 2 European non-profit organizations and the 4 pilot cities. The POWER Project is supported, from its inception in 2015, by 50 cities belonging to the EIP Water – City Blueprint Action Group and Netwerc H2O,  which many European and non-European municipalities have joined.

www.power-h2020.euSuccessful outcome of the Power Follower Cities Conference News

(the Palazzo dei Dodici in Pisa, venue of the Conference)

“Low-Cost Portable Reader for Frequency Domain Chipless Tags” in MDPI Electronics journal

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The paper “Low-Cost Portable Reader for Frequency Domain Chipless Tags: Architecture and Experimental Results on Depolarizing Tags”  has been published in MDPI,  the platform supporting academic communities since 1996. Based in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI has the mission to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines.

The paper describes the results of the research acivities carried out by Cubit within the scope of the EU funded project EMERGENT.

"Low-Cost Portable Reader for Frequency Domain Chipless Tags" in MDPI Electronics journal News EMERGENT activities focus on the intersectoral mobility dimension, based on the exchange of staff between academia and SMEs.

EMERGENT brings together six partners from three EU countries: University of Pisa – Department of Information Engineering (Pisa, Italy) – Coordinator, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain), Grenoble Institute of Technology – LCIS Lab (France), Consortium Ubiquitous Technologies-CUBIT Scarl (Italy), Generation RFID SL (Spain), ARDEJE Sarl (France).

EMERGENT project has relized innovative class of chipless RFID tags and sensors moving from conventional sensors towards next generation pervasive interconnected systems by employing environmental-friendly substrates such as paper and low-cost printing process.

Click here to download the full paper: ELECTRONICS_CUBIT_UNIPI

*Authors: Luca Boggioni (Cubit), Lorenzo Monti (Cubit), Sergio Terranova (Unipi), Filippo Costa (Unipi), Simone Genovesi (Unipi), Giuliano Manara (Unipi).

Power Idea Contest has been extended to 31 January 2019

Monday, 26 November 2018

Pisa, 26 November 2018 – The European POWER Consortium, has decided to extend the deadline of the competition to reward the most innovative sustainability ideas for the intelligent management of water resources at a municipal level.

“With the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities, we want to reward everyone that has an idea worth putting into action – be they university students, concerned residents, local groups or small businesses. Everyone can help local authorities tackle their water challenges in order to become more sustainable”, explains Prof. Giuliano Manara, President of CUBIT Scarl, consortium member of the EU-funded POWER project.

The POWER project has established a ‘Digital Social Platform (DSP)’ with the aim of enhancing and improving the governance of water networks. This innovative DSP approach wants to encourage the sharing of knowledge and experiences on water issues (scarcity, safety, quality, consumption) between citizens, public bodies and companies in different areas of the European Union and worldwide, thus creating an important tool to support the European policy of managing water resources.

The contest wants to stimulate citizen participation, and to increase awareness regarding water resources. The best proposals will be selected via a mix of public and consortium voting. The ten best ideas will be awarded with direct support of experts in this field to develop them further. The proposals must deliver solutions to the challenges that local authorities face with regard to climate change, water sustainability, sustainable consumption and production, or civic engagement. Social entrepreneurs, innovators, activists, students and others from the EU or Israel may submit their ideas via the POWER city websites of one of the four POWER cities. (See below).

The new deadline for submitting proposals is 31st January 2019.

Further information:

The POWER Idea Contest

To submit ideas:

Cubit Contacts:

Monica Pianosi monica.pianosi@cubitlab.com
Luciana Ferrari luciana.ferrari@cubitlab.com

New contest supports sustainable municipal water concepts

Saturday, 20 October 2018

POWER Idea competition now accepting applications – deadline 30 November

 

Pisa, 5th November 2018 – The European POWER Consortium, which brings together cities, SMEs and research centres, has launched a competition to reward the most innovative sustainability ideas for the intelligent management of water resources at a municipal level.

 

With the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities, we want to reward everyone that has an idea worth putting into action – be they university students, concerned residents, local groups or small businesses. Everyone can help local authorities tackle their water challenges in order to become more sustainable“, explains Prof. Giuliano Manara, President of CUBIT Scarl, consortium member of the EU-funded POWER project.

 

The POWER project has established a ‘Digital Social Platform (DSP)’ with the aim of enhancing and improving the governance of water networks. This innovative DSP approach wants to encourage the sharing of knowledge and experiences on water issues (scarcity, safety, quality, consumption) between citizens, public bodies and companies in different areas of the European Union and worldwide, thus creating an important tool to support the European policy of managing water resources.

 

The contest wants to stimulate citizen participation, and to increase awareness regarding water resources. The best proposals will be selected via a mix of public and consortium voting. The ten best ideas will be awarded with direct support of experts in this field to develop them further. The proposals must deliver solutions to the challenges that local authorities face with regard to climate change, water sustainability, sustainable consumption and production, or civic engagement. Social entrepreneurs, innovators, activists, students and others from the EU or Israel may submit their ideas via the POWER city websites of one of the four POWER cities. (See below).

 

The deadline for submitting proposals is 30th November 2018.

 

Further information

The POWER Idea Contest

To submit ideas:

Cubit Contacts:

Monica Pianosi monica.pianosi@cubitlab.com
Luciana Ferrari luciana.ferrari@cubitlab.com

The Umi Sci-Ed Project at the Internet Festival in Pisa

Monday, 15 October 2018

The Umi Sci-Ed project was presented at the Internet Festival in Pisa on 11th October 2018 with the seminar “God is in the Details – From UMI Technologies to new learning techniques aimed at training new makers starting from Communities of Practice “(Course for teachers recognized by MIUR).

The event’s aim was to stimulate new collaboration processes between schools, universities, research institutions and companies in order to enhance the importance of  balancing knowledge and expertise in the Internet of the Future developments, which are increasingly oriented towards a People’s Internet, and new actual processes rather than just connecting physical entities (smart objects) or virtual entities (cyberspace).

In an age of “clouding”, “virtualization” and “softwarization” of “everything” (Internet of Everything), students of learning have highlighted how the effectiveness of a process that should represent a continuity between the pre-school phases and long-life learning (continuous training), could increase drastically by the adoption of the Community of Practice (already adopted at international level and within large organizations). The words of Confucius, who lived over 2500 years ago: “I listened and I forgot, I saw and I remembered, I did and I understood”, express an intuition scientifically documented today by the most recent theories of learning: “to do” boosts the effectiveness of every learning process. Despite this evidence, we tend, however, nowadays, to debase any practical action as “trivial implementing activity” with respect to the theoretical part.

The event illustrated cases of value and skills building based on the application of UMI technologies and the “best practices” carried out with some schools in Tuscany, which allowed all interested parties to become part of the Communities of Practice created within the project. Luca Tavant, Cubit, presented the hardware tools used in the project.

Below a list of the speakers:

– Prof. Antonio Aiello (Psychologist, Professor UNIPI, Dept. Political Sciences)
– Eng. Giuseppe Caruso (Professor at the “Leonardo da Vinci” ITIS -Technical School in Pisa)
– Dr. Daniela Di Santo (Psychologist and Pedagogist)
– Prof. Stefano Giordano (Full Professor UNIPI Dept. of Information Engineering)
– Eng. Daniele Mazzei (Zerynth and Researcher UNIPI Dept. of Computer Science)
– Prof. Stefano Mazzantini (Vice Dean at the “Leonardo da Vinci” ITIS – Technical School in Pisa)
– Eng. Francesco Oppedisano (NetResults)
– Eng. Luca Tavanti (FW and SW Development Manager IoT Systems, Cubit European Projects Technical Manager)
– Eng. Marialaura Tamburello (Research Fellow UNIPI Dept. of Information Engineering)

http://umi-sci-ed.eu/

UMI-Sci-Ed project to be presented on June 7, 2018 at the Sustainable Development Festival 

Monday, 4 June 2018

The Horizon project UMI-Sci-Ed (of which Cubit is partner) will be presented on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pisa with the workshop: Learning  by “doing together”. Building and sharing change in the teaching of Stem subjects as “active learning places”.

The event is part of the program of the second edition of the National Festival of Sustainable Development: a cultural and political awareness raising initiative across the country, attended by over 180 organizations and networks representing the civil society in the framework of the European Sustainable Development Week. The Festival aims at involving citizens in the issues of economic, social and environmental sustainability, promoting the sharing of best practices on the themes of the Agenda 2030.

The objective of the UMI-Sci-Ed workshop is the presentation of the main lines of the Project, which proposes new perspectives in the teaching of STEM subjects through the application of UMI technologies (Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and Internet of Things), in order to improve the students’ skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and thus make a career in the field of UMI technologies more attractive.

Together with Cubit, the partnership comprises the following organizations:  Instituto Technologias Ypologistonkai Ekdoseon Diofantos – Coordinator (Greece), Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland), Helsingin Yliopisto (Finland), University of Pisa (Italy), Telecentre-Europe AISBL (Belgium).

Click here for more info.

CUBIT. C​ubus project, co-financed under Tuscany POR FESR 2014-2020