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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement n° 813884.

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ESR 4: Urban Area Management in Smart Cities

Jean Felicien Ihirwe
Intecs (Italy)


The growth of the number of devices with sensing and communication capabilities as well as the advancements in technologies to store, analyse and distribute data can facilitate the management of complex systems such as the ones designed for the urban areas. In the domain of the smart cities, the deployment of a pervasive system capable of collecting and processing data seamlessly can enable real-time monitoring of the urban fabric and allows the stakeholders to offer enhanced services for end-users, while improving global efficiency. However, the development of such systems require multi-disciplinary techniques and tools enabling the design of UX interfaces, and managing scalability issues related to the amount of data produced by heterogeneous sources.

The Intecs Data Manager Framework (DMF) is a service-oriented framework used to decouple data gathering and processing, allowing the deployment of high level logic independently from the type of sensors/actuators used in the system. Integration of external sub-systems is provided by dedicated software components, which are in charge of integrating data and enabling communication with the attached sub-systems. Finally, the framework provides a set of basic services to perform resources discovery, communication and data processing, while the high level applications are deployed on top of the capabilities provided by the framework. The CHESS Eclipse project made provision of a toolset to support a model driven component based approach for the development of real-time and dependable complex systems.

The objective of this project is to investigate how to improve the model-driven design and development of IoT systems on frameworks such as the DMF, by using Scalable LCEPs to model data-sources heterogeneity, standards and technologies involved in communications, interoperability with external systems, scalability and resilience.

Expected Results

A significant contribution to the IoT development community will be the application of the Lowcomote concepts and technology to support the development of IoT systems. We expect to deal with scalability issues by supporting the application of the proposed techniques on models consisting of large numbers of elements and relations.




Secondment 1: Explore distributed verification of complex IoT systems under hetereogeneus infrastructure constraints.

Secondment 2: Collaboration with ESR2 to build editors for large IoT system models and log monitoring.

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Other ESR:  1;  2;  3;  4;  5;  6;  7;  8;  9;  10;  11;  12;  13;  14;  15;