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October 9, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Editor´s Note: At Innaxis we are starting a new series that involves contributions from individuals that work at Innaxis. Below is our first contribution from Alberto.
It’s nice to learn new things every once in a while. I’m not a mathematician but I am definitely intrigued by the way some things work and how they can be studied. Recently I have been investigating lately about agent-based modeling.
Agent-based modeling is a relatively new science that is being used to analyse systems that are composed of many elements. In the Cassiopeia project, these elements are the airplanes, airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, and the passengers.
The nice thing about the agent-based models (ABMs) is that we can assign some decision making attributes to each element and see what happens when we run the program. Another important aspect of ABMs is that we can design the strategy of some elements, since sometimes what’s best for a single element is not the best for the team.
To put this in context, we can look at Russell Crowe’s character ¨John Nash¨ in the movie “A Beautiful Mind.¨ In one scene, his character explains that a group strategy does not necessarily require each member to achieve best possible outcome individually (which was in their case, for no one to approach the blonde woman). Often times when studying aircraft, we need to approach problems in a similar way- figuring out the group strategy that suits everyone in a collective sense. An example of this would be the distribution of delay amongst all the aircraft rather than having a few aircraft support the entire delay. This becomes a bit challenging as it would be much more easier and convenient to have solutions be based on key individual factors (one man approaches the woman; few aircraft bear the burden of delay), however we learn and demonstrate in the Casseiopeia project that agent-based modeling is actually the best way to resolve situations. In the end more is benefited from a involving multiple elements rather than just a few.
June 9, 2011 § Leave a Comment
SkyBus, a start-up supported by The Innaxis Foundation & Research Institute, has been named as one of the five final entities chosen to be in the IBM SmartCamp.
IBM first created ¨SmartCamp¨ as a worldwide competition for entrepreneurs in which they select the best technology- based on the proposed solution to help build a smarter world. The Startups technology must be aligned with the main IBM Smarter Planet main objectives and startegy. This is the first time that Spain will be hosting an IBM SmartCamp competition.
IBM SmartCamp is ¨is an exclusive global program bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and experienced mentors who want to build a Smarter Planet. SmartCamp provides access to world-class advisors plus a direct route to seed and venture capital.¨ The aim of SmartCamp is to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs to exploit opportunities in growth sections such as energy, healthcare, telecommunications, consumer goods and public administration.
The president of The Innaxis Foundation and Research Institute is also one of the founders of SkyBus. The event will take place in Barcelona, Spain on June 14th and will include mentoring sessions and networking opportunities with investors, marketing professionals and tech experts. Registration and the complete event programme can be viewed here.
To view the video pitch for SkyBus along with the pitches of the other finalists, please visit this page.
Innaxis holds parallel session at The European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition (FET11)
May 19, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Carlos Alvarez, President of The Innaxis Foundation & Research Institute chaired the parallel session, “Complex Systems for an ICT-enabled Energy System¨ at The European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition (FET11) held this past 4-6 May in Budapest, Hungary.
FET11 aims to provide a unique forum dedicated to future and emerging information technologies. It proves to be successful in bringing together scientists, policy makers, industrialists, and other stakeholders to discuss the latest breakthroughs and challenges within the industry.
The parallel session organised by Innaxis explored the ways in which Complex Systems science has had a role in the modelling, control, simulation, and governance of the future Energy System. Within the session a foundation was laid for a new research community to be able to formulate innovative approaches to help pave the way for future European-scale initiatives.
Other speakers included:
Pablo Viejo, European Institute for Energy Research,
Nikos Hatziargyrio, National Technical University of Athens, and
Daniele Miorandi, The ComplexEnergy Project
An insightful discussion was held throughout the session as a wide variety of professionals were brought together including some from Salzburg Research, Innova, and Smartlab-University of Genova.
Copies of the ComplexEnergy White Paper were also distributed to the attendees.
The presentation given by Carlos Alvarez introducing and kicking off the parallel session can be found here:
Any questions or comments can be sent directly to email@example.com.
March 18, 2011 § Leave a Comment
ComplexWorld will held the first Annual Conference in Seville on July 6-8, 2011 and it will be hosted by the School of Engineering of the University of Seville.
The ComplexWorld Annual Conference is intended as a forum for Air Traffic Management scientists and PhD students, Complexity Science researchers and the ComplexWorld Network community, including Members, Participants, and SESAR WP-E investigators.
The aim of the Conference is to bring together researchers from academia, research establishments, and industry that share common interests and expertise in the field of ATM Complexity Management that lies at the intersection of Complexity Science and ATM.
- Multiple spatio-temporal scales in ATM
- Non-determinism and uncertainty in ATM
- Emergent behaviour in ATM
- Complex modelling of the ATM system
- Validation and Verification of Complex ATM models
- Design, Control and Optimization of Complex ATM models
- Applications of Complex Systems to improve ATM performance
- Characterization of Disturbances in ATM
- ATM Resilience: Analysis of disturbance propagation and system stability and agility
- Information management and decision-making mechanisms in ATM
- Metrics at different scales, ontology and measurement in ATM
- Other complex socio-technical and/or transport systems.
Written contributions to topics mentioned above or similar ones are sought. Papers with innovative ideas and/or technical progress will be preferred. Please submit your abstract (one A4 page) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadlines:
April 1: Abstract submission deadline
April 18: Notification of acceptance
June 1: Full Paper submission deadline
July 6-8: Conference
We hope that this information is of your interest and encourage you to send a Paper and to attend the First ComplexWorld Annual Conference.
You will find more information about the Conference here.
Anyone interested in registering should contact Innaxis by e-mail (email@example.com) including the following information:
- Name and institution:
- Arrival and departure days.
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From your friends at The Innaxis Foundation & Research Institute, we would like to wish you a very happy new year. May 2011 bring you much success and we look forward to collaborating with you again in the future.
December 15, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Innaxis and Create-Net lead the preparation of the Research Roadmap.
On November 16th, The Innaxis Foundation & Research Institute along with Create-Net organised the second workshop of the ComplexEnergy project, putting together a group of experts from the ICT, Energy and ComplexSystems field. The goal of the workshop was to discuss the future roadmap for energy research in the context of complexity science and ICT fields.
The meeting was quite productive thanks to the scientific and technical level of the different experts. At the workshop officials from the European Commission also advised the best strategies for fostering research in this area. Innaxis and Create-Net will lead the preparation of a Research Roadmap that will take form of a public deliverable to the European Commission during the first quarter of 2011.
More information on the ComplexEnergy project and in the Energy/ICT/Complex systems research fields in general can be found on www.ComplexEnergy.eu.