Open Source Collaborative Innovation in European Public Projects


Through a selection of state-of-the-art project presentations, this session will illustrate how multinational partners leverage open source to help shape the future of the IT industry in European publicly-funded collaborative innovation programs.

Change in the IT industry is characterized by the raise of complex, highly capital-intensive systems and multi-year innovation programs. The European Commission fosters digital innovation by funding international research and innovation projects. A growing trend among projects is to follow an open source approach.

In this session we invite the leaders of publicly-funded collaborative projects to share their developments. This session is a showcase for international R&D projects in cloud computing, big data, software engineering and breakthrough internet applications.

We ask the project spokepersons to highlight the role of open source software in facilitating open innovation. We ask them to be candid and share with the audience their expectations, their successes and their difficulties.

Useful information and best practices on how to take part in publicly funded European projects will be addressed through a dedicated presentation and a planned Q&A with a project officer from DG CONNECT.

Moderator : Cédric Thomas, OW2

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Talk 1: Best practices for your participation in Horizon 2020 projects

This talk will start by an overwiew of Horizon H2020, the 8th European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and the administrative DG CONNECT and its Units that run the programme. The second part will explain where to find useful information, what are the main resources to use (EU-organized events, work program, upcoming calls…etc). A third part will explore the main financial vehicles (RIA, CSA and PPP).  To conclude, Key success factors of a project proposal will be presented, along with some best practices, useful recommendations and testimonies of companies.

Isabelle de Sutter, SYSTEMATIC & Cédric Thomas, OW2

Isabelle DE SUTTER works as Head of European Affairs at SYSTEMATIC Paris-Region. Isabelle has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a license in European Marketing sciences. Her mission: Supporting institutional and private companies in building collaborative international R&D projects (in particular under Horizon 2020 work programme) ; Coordinating a European project named Be Wiser (FP7 RoK) based on trust in Wireless and Internet Security in European regions. (12 partners) ; Managing partnerships with European clusters and platforms (Bicc Net, DSP Valley, EIT Digital, EIT Health, Eurecat, NESSI, SafeTRANS, etc…) ; Helping startups to develop their innovation ;  Taking part into French NCPs team: ICT and Security.

Before joining Systematic Cluster, Isabelle had over 20 years’ experience working in the business development and as a freelance European consultant. She has demonstrated skills in project management, providing support to SMEs and startups in their international development.

Cédric Thomas, is OW2 CEO. An IT industry veteran with twenty-five years of experience in strategic and marketing consulting for IT vendors and systems integrators, Cedric has masterminded the launch of the OW2 Consortium. Previously, as both an investor and a consultant with FronTier Associates, the consulting company he founded in 1997, he actively took part in three IPOs, contributed to the launch of several technology start-ups, helped establish a start-up incubator in Paris and set up technology firms in Boston and San Francisco. Before that, he was VP and Research Director at PAC, an independent provider of consultancy and marketing studies for the IT industry where he established successful research programs in Open Systems, IT spending and Outsourcing. Cédric studied for his PhD in Economics at the Sorbonne and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris. He teaches business strategy in several master programs.

Talk 2 : AppHub, The European Open Source Markeplace

AppHub is a non-profit marketplace aimed at facilitating the dissemination of open source software. It helps European collaborative projects to implement an efficient dissemination and market outreach strategy, it helps SMEs reach a global market, it is the marketplace where business users can discover, deploy and run quality open source software packages for their information systems. AppHub provides open source project software as cloud-ready packages that can be executed by a broad range of cloud service providers. The open source software great shopping mall will also help accelerate open source adoption. It provides a distribution channel to facilitate the connection between EU-supported open source projects and their potential markets. It helps develop efficient community support to EU-supported open source projects and open source SMEs in general.

Peter Deussen, Fraunhofer Institute

Dr Peter H. Deussen is researcher and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems in Berlin. He is an experiences project coordinator who has conducted various national and international research projects including several EU funded projects. He has a strong scientific background in system validation, testing, and software engineering. His current research interests comprise cloud computing, internet of things, and smart cities. Peter is member of the German National Body in ISO/IEC JTC1/SC38 (Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms). Peter acts as coordinator of the AppHub project (

Talk 3: CHOReVOLUTION Studio helps ITS teams design and run new service compositions without programming expertise

The CHOReVOLUTION Studio is a new Eclipse-based IDE for ITS business users, service integrators and cloud providers. Based on BPMN2 diagrams and modelling, it provides a dynamic and secure choreography of web services, without requiring programming expertise.
The platform covers business and technical needs not addressed by current solutions, from inception, to design, implementation and deployment in the cloud. Viktoria ICT is working on the Urban Traffic Control use case. 


Talk 4: OCCIware: Extensible and Standard-based XaaS Platform To Manage Everything in The Clouds

The OCCIware project aims at managing in a unified manner all layers and domains of the Cloud (XaaS), by building on the Open Cloud Computing (OCCI) standard. OCCIware Metamodel formally specifies the main OCCI concepts. Today a first EMF metamodel is defined that adds to OCCI new concepts such as Extension, Configuration, and EDataType, addressing some limitations of OCCI.
This session highlights OCCIware platform two main components:

– The OCCIware Studio Factory, allowing to produce visually customizable diagram editors for any Cloud configuration business domain modeled in OCCI using the OCCI Extension Studio, such as the flagship Docker Studio ;

– The OCCIware Runtime, based on OW2 erocci project, including the tools for deployment, supervision and administration, and allowing to federate multiple XaaS Cloud runtimes, such as the Roboconf PaaS server and the ActiveEon Cloud Automation multi-IaaS connector.

This talk includes a demonstration of the Docker connector and of how to use the OCCIware Cloud Designer to configure a real life Cloud application (a Java API server on top of a MongoDB cluster)’s business, platform and infrastructure layers seamlessly on both VirtualBox and OpenStack infrastructure.

Marc Dutoo, Smile

Open Source & Java Innovator. Software and Solution Architect, R&D, Project Manager, Consultant, Trainer. | Customers : IT, public administration, industry, defense, banking, healthcare, real estate, petroleum industry, air transport. | Specialties : Open Source & Java service & data architecture & integration (APIs, Big Data, SOA, ESB, Cloud), ECM (GED), BPM, web technologies and solutions. Marc is project leader of OCCIware.

Talk 5 : MODELS, a unified environment for the design of system applications on parallel platforms based on CPU, multicore, manycore, FPGA and heterogeneous SoC.

The goal of MODELS consists in creating a viable high-level parallel programming framework that targets as wide a range of parallel processing substrates as possible and is aimed at stream-processing applications. In order to do this, the project will build on existing infrastructure and tools, and incrementally add to and improve on them.

Among the improvements over prior art it will provide an:

– Holistic approach to system design in the form of a complete design flow starting from specifications down to implementations. This will enable developers to take into account functional and non-functional issues across all layers relevant to the design, and across all implementation targets.

– High-level parallel programming of a diverse range of platforms, from small embedded devices to

high-performance computing environment using an extension of the RVC-CAL dataflow language. This allows designers to defer system-level decisions such as those on partitioning and mapping parts of an application to the various processing elements in an architecture until late in the design process. Web site:

Alessandra Bagnato, SOFTEAM

Dr. Alessandra Bagnato (female) is a research scientist and project manager within the SOFTEAM R&D Department. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from TELECOM SudParis and Université Evry Val d’Essonne, France and a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Genoa, Italy. She has been at TXT Corporate Research Division headquartered in Milan from 1999 till September 2012 as Project Coordinator, Project Manager and/or Technical Leader in several European research projects in the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes related to embedded systems design, software/service development and security. She is currently working on Softeam’s H2020 INTO-CPS project (Integrated Tool Chain for Model-based Design of Cyber-Physical Systems, and on EUROSTARS MODELS project (System modeling and design exploration of applications for heterogeneous and parallel platforms).


Talk 6 : INTO-CPS project, an integrated “tool chain” for comprehensive Model-Based Design of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs)

Integrated Tool Chain for Model-based Design of Cyber-Physical Systems. The aim of INTO-CPS project is to create an integrated “tool chain” for comprehensive Model-Based Design (MBD) of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs). The tool chain will support the multidisciplinary, collaborative modelling of CPSs from requirements, through design, down to realisation in hardware and software. This will enable traceability at all stages of the development.

INTO-CPS will support the holistic modelling of CPSs, allowing system models to be built and analysed that would otherwise not be possible using standalone tools. We will integrate existing industry-strength tools with high Technology Readiness Levels (TRL 6–9) in their application domains, based centrally around Functional Mockup Interface (FMI)-compatible co-simulation. The project focuses on the pragmatic integration of these tools, making extensions in areas where a need has been recognised. The tool chain will be underpinned by well-founded semantic foundations that ensures the results of analysis can be trusted. Web site:

Andrey Sadovykh, SOFTEAM

Dr. Andrey Sadovykh (male) holds the M. Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the Ph. D. degree in Computer Science of Paris 6th University and the MBA degree of HEC Paris Business School. For his Ph. D. he worked in EADS Space Transportation as a research engineer in development of systems for distributed monitoring and supervision. He was involved in the European Space Agency (ESA) projects for ATV spacecraft validation facilities and Hardware in the Loop simulation.  In SOFTEAM, Dr. Sadovykh coordinates all the research activities of the company covering areas such as in model-driven development (MDD) and model-based system engineering (MBSE), Business Process Automation (BPA), eGovernment, eHealth, Cloud and Big Data. 


PrEstoCloud project will make substantial research contributions in the cloud computing and real-time data intensive applications domains, since it will provide a dynamic, distributed, self-adaptive and proactively configurable architecture for processing Big Data streams. In particular, PrEstoCloud aims to combine real-time Big Data, mobile processing and cloud computing research in a unique way that entails proactiveness of cloud resources use and extension of the fog computing paradigm to the extreme edge of the network. The envisioned PrEstoCloud solution is driven by the microservices paradigm and has been structured across five different conceptual layers: i) Meta-management; ii) Control; iii) Cloud infrastructure; iv) Cloud/Edge communication and v) Devices, layers.

This innovative solution will address the challenge of cloud-based self-adaptive real-time Big Data processing, including mobile stream processing and will be demonstrated and assessed in several challenging, complementary and commercially-promising pilots. There will be three PrEstoCloud pilots from the logistics, mobile journalism and video surveillance, application domains. The objective is to validate the PrEstoCloud solution, prove that it is domain agnostic and demonstrate the added value of its exploitable assets, for attracting early adopters and initialising the exploitation process as soon as possible.

Iyad Alshabani, ActiveEon

Iyad hold a computer engineer degree from the university of Aleppo, a Master and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Science and Technologies of Lille (Lille1) . His PhD thesis work focus on software components and composition frameworks for distributed and parallel computations. He is specialized in component based software engineering, distributed systems, HPC, Grid/Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Computing, Event Driven Architectures, Semantic Web, Big Data, business and scientific workflows and scientific research environments. He is actually the R&D and Innovation Manager at ActiveEon company. He occupied different R&D and innovation positions in public institutions and private companies where he accumulated a solid experience on multiple fields and participated to and managed many collaborative projects.