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Objective ICT -2007.8.2: Fet proactive 2: Pervasive adaptation (Extract from Work programme text)

Target outcome:

Technologies and design paradigms for massive-scale pervasive information and communication systems, capable of autonomously adapting to highly dynamic and open technological and user contexts. Adaptation strategies (bio-inspired, stochastic or others) will operate at different time scales and speeds, from short term adaptation to long-term evolution, and will imply changes in software, hardware, protocols and/or architecture at different levels of granularity and abstraction. Projects will focus on one or both of the following areas:

  • Evolve-able and adaptive pervasive systems , able to permanently adjust, self-manage, evolve and self-organise in order to robustly respond to dynamically changing environments, operating conditions, and purposes or practices of use.
  • Networked societies of artefacts that adapt to each other and to changing needs, collectively harness dispersed information and pursue immediate or long-term goals for context-sensitive service delivery in rapidly changing and technology-rich environments.
Both technological and user aspects (in a social context) need to be considered in a multidisciplinary and integrated approach, considering in particular aspects such as:
  • Adaptive security and dependability : theories, techniques and architectures, able to cope with the volatile landscape of risks, threats, attacks and context dependent user expectations for privacy and security in evolving and heterogeneous pervasive systems.
  • Dynamicity of trust : capabilities for establishing trust relationships between humans and/or machines that jointly act and interact within ad-hoc and changing configurations.
  • Security for tiny and massively networked devices : efficient, robust and scalable cryptographic protocols, algorithms and other security and privacy mechanisms, including hardware-based ones, as well as collective, biologically or socially inspired ones.

Coordination actions (CAs) should support the consolidation of research communities, their visibility, the coordination of research agendas and, where appropriate, the coordination of national or regional research programmes or activities. The initiative also encourages international cooperation in foundational research on topics described above.

Expected impact:

Projects should make key contributions to achieving a new generation of massively scalable systems that, in spite of heterogeneity, noise and often unreliable conditions, can display a fundamental capacity for self-controlled adaptation and organisation. They should foster new human-centric services, reducing management and maintenance cost, and ensure security and trust in pervasive applications, addressing the needs for both accountability and privacy.

Other Call info: Background documents ; Funding Scheme  & Indicative budget distribution ; Timetable ;

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Other Call info

Background documents
Funding schemes

CP, CSA (CA only)

Indicative budget distribution

17 M€: An amount from the 2008 budget is expected to be added for which a new financing decision to cover the budget for that year will be requested at the appropriate time.)

  • CP 16 M€ of which a minimum of 9 M€ to IP and a minimum of 3 M€ to STREP ,
  • CSA 1 M€ (CA only)


  • Call launched: 22 Dec 2006
  • Start of projects: Jan-Febr2008