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Software Services and Systems Network (Associate Partner)

Project Concept

S-Cube, the Software Services and Systems Network, is an FP7-funded Network of Excellence (contract no. 215483) that aims to establish an integrated, multidisciplinary, vibrant research community which will enable Europe to lead the software-services revolution, thereby helping shape the software-service based Internet which is the backbone of our future interactive society.

An integration of research expertise and an intense collaboration of researchers in the field of software services and systems are needed to address the following key problems:

  • Research fragmentation: Current research activities are fragmented and each research community (e.g., grid computing or software engineering) concentrates mostly on its own specific techniques, mechanisms and methodologies. As a result the proposed solutions are not aligned with or influenced by activities in related research fields.
  • Future Challenges: One challenge, as an example, is to build service-based systems in such a way that they can self-adapt while guaranteeing the expected level of service quality. Such an adaptation can be required due to changes in a system’s environment or in response to predicted and unpredicted problems.

SEERC joined the S-Cube Network of Excellence as an Associate Member (elected by the S-Cube Steering Committee) in January 2010, and will collaborate with other members of the network on joint research activities in specific research topics which have been identified by S-Cube as important competency areas (“life-cycle issues in service-based systems engineering and adaptation”, “run-time quality assurance and quality prediction for service-based systems”, and “self-* service and grid infrastructures”).

Project Results

S-Cube focuses on a number of objectives that are envisaged to have a long-lasting impact on European research:

  • Re-aligning, re-shaping and integrating research agendas of key European players from diverse research areas. By synthesizing and integrating diversified knowledge, a long-lasting foundation for steering research and for achieving innovation at the highest level will be achieved.
  • Inaugurating a Europe-wide common program of education and training for researchers and industry. This will create a common culture that will have a profound impact on the future of the field.
  • Establishing a pro-active mobility plan to enable cross-fertilisation, which will foster the integration of research communities and the establishment of a common software services research culture.
  • Establishing trust relationships with industry. Via European Technology Platforms (specifically NESSI) a catalytic effect in shaping European research, strengthening industrial competitiveness and addressing main societal challenges will be accomplished.
  • Defining a broader research vision and perspective. This will shape the software-service based Internet of the future and will accelerate economic growth and improve the living conditions of European citizens.


01/03/2008 - 29/02/2012

SEERC Budget

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7th Framework Programme - ICT, European Commission


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