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Periodic Report Summary 2 - FORE-MONT (Fostering innovation based research for e-Montenegro)

Project Context and Objectives:
Fore-Mont is an EU project, supported through Coordination and support action funding scheme, addressing FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1. Its budget is over the period 2013-2016 and its beneficiary is University of Montenegro (UoM), through its Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE) which is an actor of excellence for education and research in the field of ICT in Montenegro.

Fore-Mont aims at strengthening the UoM(FEE)’s excellence by improving its research infrastructure, as well as by fostering its human resources and long-term partnerships. The main objective of the Fore-Mont project is strengthening the development of University of Montenegro’s innovative research performances in Information and Communication Technologies and applications. The major tool of the project is establishment of the Research Centre for Info-Communication Technologies (Centre), at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE). Through its operation, this Centre will enable better results of its researchers when working on a crucial project’s topic: building a sustainable strategy, knowledge, and infrastructure to be able to support the development of e-Society for Montenegro.

The Fore-Mont project relies on 5 partners from 5 different countries all over EU: Centre for TeleInfrastrukture (University of Aalborg), CEA-LETI from Grenoble, Erticsson Nikola Tesla Zagreb, Institut Jozef Stefan and iMINDs. Apart from that, the project and will be supported by 8 entities, from state authorities to SMEs, industries or regional organisations.

Measurable project’s objectives are: the acquisition of important pieces of equipment; the implementation of a new centre dedicated to joint research; the hiring of three experienced researchers (one dedicated to the Intellectual Property development plan); intense incoming and outgoing mobility trainings; participation in international conferences; organization of 1 regional conference; organization of workshops; participation in scientific and industrial events to promote the project steps and results. More information about the project activities can be found on

The project outcomes are visible through successful and long term research cooperation with international partners, successful internal consolidation and recognition of the new Centre as the leading research entity in the country for the ICT, when it comes to the advanced solutions for info-communication infrastructures, smart applications and e-services. Moreover, ICT as a mechanism to stimulate the national economy is the strategy already developed by the Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro. There, it is clearly stated that deployment of an e-Society requires collective efforts of all interested parties: national authorities, agencies and departments, scientific and research entities, private sector, users and the overall community. In that context, it is clear that the priorities for the development and implementation of ICT are highly related to the subject and the impacts of the Fore-Mont project.

This project has also facilitated UoM(FEE)’s integration into ERA, through becoming the major actor in ICT innovative research at national/regional level and a competent partner for Horizon2020 projects. Finally, the UoM(FEE) has been creating opportunities to be granted patents and to provide applied solutions and products in different domains which reach expectations and demands of e-Montenegro development.

The project has successfully completed 36 months of the total 42 months of duration on 31st May 2016. During this second reporting period (M19-M36), the project has performed its 2nd implementation phase, with its new Research Centre for ICT becoming fully operational. The Centre successfully gathered different FEE research groups together with the recruited researchers and the synergy effects of their closer cooperation have been widely visible. Better infrastructure conditions have been created through operation of the new laboratory space and the level of knowledge of the researchers has been constantly increased through various project activities, including seminars, workshops, mobilities, conferences. The final evaluation of the project implementation and its results will be performed by the panel of external experts in the last phase of the project implementation (M37-M42).

Project Results:
In WP1, the focus was on establishment of the new Research Centre for ICT, considered as a major tool for the project implementation. New Centre dedicated to innovation based ICT research was launched at the end of the 1st phase of the project implementation (end of M12) with the aim of providing an institutional framework for a synergy between different fields of ICT research, represented by distinct UoM(FEE)’s research groups. At the same time, a modern laboratory environment of the new Centre has been created, improving the overall research capacities of the Faculty and UoM. In that manner, it has been enabled to implement the strategy adopted in gathering research efforts of the researchers in the Centre, having in mind the identified directions of the Fore-Mont research agenda. At the same time, it has been intended to create the leading national and regional centre to offer the adequate range of materials and skills, for all relevant stakeholders in Montenegro and South-Eastern Europe area.

WP2 is dedicated to structuring and improvement of the UoM(FEE) human resources in the area of ICT , in order to increase the overall human capacities, strengthen knowledge base and overcome identified weaknesses in this area. Within this WP, a new Human Resource policy has been conceived in the context of restructuring and the new research organization at the UoM(FEE) in the context of creating the Research Centre for ICT. By employing two experienced researchers with the expertise in ICT field and an IP expert, UoM(FEE) has improved its competences in this area. The focus was on giving a possibility for the return of researchers that left Montenegro and pursued their career at well-known research institutions abroad, as well as on their full integration in the sustainable research activities of the Centre.

WP3 focuses on: mobilities, IP seminar and knowledge improvement with the goal to improve expertise of the Research Centre for ICT by a strong exchange of know-how with the partner entities. In this reporting period, activities given with Sub-Task 3.1.1: Organisation of the mobility training, were continued. Taking into consideration the main directions of the Centre’s research agenda and the missing competences at UoM (FEE) which needed to be developed, the topics of both incoming and outgoing exchanges were very carefully defined with the participation of the project collaborative partners. After the completion of secondments, each researcher submitted Individual Mobility Report by which he/she identified his/her knowledge progression. When the task of increasing the knowledge and innovation potential through IP training and management policy is considered, its realization is visible through engagement and training sessions provided by the IP expert recruited through the project’s WP2. Apart from organizing a special seminar dedicated to IP issues and participation in a number of similar events at the national and international level, there were done draft of Intellectual Property Policy as well as the Guidelines for patent application, in order to protect the intellectual property arising from the research activities and familiarize researchers with patent protection procedures. Also, three internal trainings were organized to increase the skills of the UoM(FEE)’s researchers, with the topics being in the fields recognized as those where additional increasing of expertise was needed, but also being in line with the new research agenda of the Research Centre for ICT.

WP4 focuses on strengthening cooperation with the partners and the position of the Centre. Through the Task 4.1: UoM (FEE) research platform around advanced innovative solutions for info-communication networks and e-services engineering, new research agenda for the Research Centre for ICT has been created. This has been done through implementation of a work group which includes all Fore-Mont collaborative partners. This work group had regular meetings where some of the relevant national stakeholders (industry, SMEs) also took part. These meetings were held right after the Fore-Mont Advisory Board meetings. Following the first phase in which the identification of the thematic areas for the Centre’s research agenda has been performed, the second phase was focused on putting together new research agenda that would enable a shift in UoM(FEE) research, initiating cross/multidisciplinary breakthrough ICT research activities. Three meetings on the research agenda were held, where the progress in ongoing work on the main axes and topics of the Centre’s research agenda was presented. The meetings were focused on the progress achieved in structuring and implementing the new research agenda in the Centre. Thus, following the joint work with the project partners, it has been demonstrated that the collaborative platform organized on agreed research topics has been created in a flexible way that fosters high-level capacity building, innovation and industrial partnerships. In that manner, interdisciplinary structure has been implemented enabling the synergy of the research efforts in the directions related with the Fore-Mont objectives. Thus, significant results have been achieved in working on: generic IoT deployment and services, cooperative communication solutions for 5G infrastructure networks, software defined networks, remote sensing and monitoring, signal processing algorithms for analyzing different sensing signals, expert systems for smart agriculture, ... Generally, the research has been organized in the following thematic areas that encompass these and similar topics, using the synergy of the particular research competences within the Centre:
• enablers and functionalities for IoT deployment and services,
• network softwarization,
• wireless networks,
• signal processing applications and
• intelligent sensor nodes.

These thematic areas (topics) can be considered as major ones from the point of creating the Centre’s collaborative platform which has enabled full synergy of the research skills in the Centre, improving significantly the scientific productivity of UoM(FEE) in the field of ICT research. At the same time, following the approach that the targeted societal and economic impact of the solutions created in the Centre could be achieved only if they are tested carefully in laboratory or test bed environments, the Centre’s researchers have been working on putting together several test beds that enable detailed and practical evaluations of theoretical models and solutions. Thus, by the end of the project implementation, the Centre have a unique infrastructure test bed facilities that will ensure its further positioning well beyond the national and regional level, increasing possibilities for its better visibility in the ERA. The Fore-Mont project was promoted through the participation of the project coordinator at the executive panel organized at IEEE WCNC 2016 held in Doha, Qatar, in April 2016, through the workshop organized at CROWNCOM 2016, held in Grenoble, France in the period 30 May - 1st June, 2016, as well as through organization of special session at IEE Conference TELFOR 2014 organized in Belgrade, Serbia. Additionally, the Fore-Mont researchers participated in the IWIE workshop on innovations held in Aalborg in May 2015 where they were awarded for one of the best innovative ideas. And in a number of similar events which have not been initially planned (with no additional costs to the project budget). Also, at the end of M28 of the project implementation, a regional conference in the framework of the already regionally recognized annual ICT fair (INFOFEST) was organized. The main scope of the conference was “ICT services and applications and their societal impacts” where researchers coming from SEE and EU countries presented their research through papers submitted in open procedure. The Conference was structured completely in line with the objectives of the Fore-Mont project and it enabled a significant increase of knowledge in the areas of interest for the research strategy of the Research Centre for ICT. Following the aim of the project to enable to the Fore-Mont Research Centre for ICT to become a leader in ICT innovation research for South-East Europe, part of the Conference was focused on the initiative dealing with the assessment of challenges related to establishing high-tech start-ups in SEE. Thus, the participants as well as invited speakers exchanged their experiences and discussed some of the ideas of junior Centre’s researchers dealing with applications targeting the improvement of citizens’ responsibility in SEE societies. In attaining the objective of better national visibility for UoM(FEE) and its Research Centre for ICT, the Fore-Mont activities have included intensive networking and collaboration with Montenegrin actors, such as: researchers from other institutions, industry, SMEs, government and local authorities and agencies. From the beginning of the project implementation three workshops have been organized, enabling in that manner a strong impact of the project directly on national needs for e-Society: Workshop 1 “Green Info-Communication Solutions”, Workshop 2 “Smart City: Applications and Services” and Workshop 3 “Turning innovative ideas into start-ups”.

WP5 aims at dissemination activities and it included: the project web portal implementation and maintenance; organization of the 1st and 2nd Research Open Day; participation in Global Wireless Summit 2014, IEEE ICC2015 conference and ARCA 2015 where the project was promoted and exhibited; intensive media promotion through press releases, newsletters and electronic media coverage (more than 45 appearances in different online and printed media was realized, 6 project Newsletters and more than 50 scientific papers in international journals and conferences have been published); production of general materials and reports about the project. Also, promotion of the project and dissemination of its concept and results have been successfully done in a number of occasions. Thus, the project was promoted at conferences and other appropriate events: IT 2014, TELFOR 2014, INFOFEST 2014, MECO 2014, INFOFEST 2015, at national events targeting ICT. The organization of the national “Best Innovative ICT Ideas” (BI4ICT) competition, in the frame of the Workshop 3 and the 2nd Research Open Day, contributed to the overall promotion of the Centre. The awarding ceremony for the BI4ICT was organized at the Rectorate building of the UoM, what additionally had an impact towards better visibility of the project and its Centre. As the competition was closely followed by a number of media, not only the awarding ceremony but the phase of issuing the call as well, joining the competition to the previously planned project’s activities proved to be the right decision from the point of fulfilling the Fore-Mont objectives.

The purpose of management work package (WP6) is to ensure coordination and overall management for the Fore-Mont project. Therefore, WP6 aims to ensure the viability of the project through a relevant type of management divided into three different activities: administrative & financial management and reporting, day-to-day management activities and reporting to the European Commission, which will provide the interface with the European Commission, the project office, strategic decision-making body through a project Advisory Board as well as technical quality control of the project results through a project Steering Committee. During the whole implementation of the Fore-Mont project, the project management team continuously ensured conditions for efficient realization of the project’s coordination and support activities, creating collaborative and responsible working atmosphere within the project team and the partners.

Potential Impact:
While proposed by a unique partner, the Fore-Mont project mobilises quite large national and European resources and has an important feedback not only on the future development of the UoM(FEE) but also on the support partners involved in its implementation. Through the action plan and the work programme of Fore-Mont, the project has been setting up a set of measures to strengthen the research capacities of the FEE. Moreover, the synergy created by the implementation of the new Centre dedicated to advanced solutions for info-communication networks and e-services engineering has ensured a high level in innovation. Through these measures the Centre has already been recognized as the leading research group in the country for the info-communication technologies including infrastructures, smart multimedia applications and e-services, and internationally recognized reliable partner for this field of research.

By the reorganisation of the scientific research in the field of ICT at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, through the implementation of the Centre dedicated to new info-communication networks and e-services engineering, through the collaboration of the FEE’s research groups active in this field, the FEE has been able to develop new axis for joint research which will be a global benefit in contributing towards better e-Society deployment. Additional tool in achieving such objectives is created through the adoption of the new HR policy and the recruitment of experienced Montenegrin researchers. In that manner, increasing the potential of the FEE, it has given additional opportunities for the research career because of the possibility to get involved in new research of high potential in innovation.

Fore-Mont is also having, through the action plan and the work programme, impacts on the national/regional level. First of all it has already provided framework for the FEE to start developing the Centre for BioInformatics (BIO ICT) as the 1st Centre of Excellence in Montenegro financed by the World Bank. Considering BIO-ICT as a flagship project of the Research Centre for ICT, its potentials when it comes to positioning UoM(FEE) in the field of applied and innovation based ICT research at national and other levels are evident. With the major objective of the Centre of Excellence being related with the implementation of ICT based solutions in the field of agriculture, its research activities are directly related with the Research Centre for ICT and its achievements in the field of high-speed high capacity network infrastructures supporting smart applications. Moreover, additional synergy is created as BIO-ICT benefits, not only from the research results of the Fore-Mont team, but also from a number of activities taking place within the Fore-Mont project: IP policy development, knowledge increase, cooperation established with the Fore-Mont partnering and supportive entities, promotion and dissemination measures.

With the objective to have a strong impact directly on national needs for e-Society, through the project’s WP4 two types of activities have been implemented successfully : workshops and establishment of the general frame of cooperation. In that manner, open forums for discussions on innovation, knowledge increase and sharing, cooperation framework, and technology transfer opportunities have been created. Thus, the activities of the project are instrumental in helping the Montenegrin ICT strategy by developing a research knowledge and infrastructure for e-Society. This is particularly evident through the success of the “Be Responsible” platform as this application is very popular in Montenegro, very widely used and the one that significantly increased the visibility of the Fore-Mont efforts, having the clear societal impact.

At the regional level, the project has brought bring the opportunity to create a stronger cooperation between the research entities, because of the participation of the research centres at regional conferences and workshops. It has been a strong impulse to increase the communication and networking between the faculties and research centres in the South-Eastern Europe. Thus, at the regional level, two main types of Fore-Mont activities were performed: increasing regional visibility through networking with regional entities and organization of a regional ICT conference in Montenegro. Through the Fore-Mont project the UoM(FEE) has extended the number of strong partnerships with research entities coming from the SEE region. In addition to participating in all relevant regional scientific conferences having ICT issues in their scope (TELFOR, ETRAN, ETAI, IT Žabljak, IT Jahorina), the implementation of the Research Centre for ICT has been used as a toll for strengthening UoM role and involvement in different regional initiatives, such as SEE RRI Hub and the Centre for TeleInfrastruktur for SEE (CTIF SEE). Additionally, the organization, at the end of M28 of the project implementation, of a regional conference in the framework of the already regionally recognized annual ICT fair (INFOFEST) served also to that purpose. The main scope of the conference was “ICT services and applications and their societal impacts” where researchers coming from SEE and EU countries presented their research through papers submitted in open procedure.

The main impact of this project is the possibility for the FEE and the Research Centre for Info-Communication Technologies to provide applied solutions with innovative components for numerous stakeholders: state authorities, education and training organisation, and most important here: for industrial partners. All the knowledge acquired from the mobilities, trainings and conferences, and moreover, the network established by the activities of building the frame for cooperation with third parties especially industries and SMEs, provided the scientific support to the researchers of the FEE to pursue their research efforts towards developing new applied innovative solutions for info-communication networks and e-services engineering. These results have potential to have a great impact on industry and state needs since they enable these stakeholders to develop new products and new policies in the field of ICT infrastructures, smart applications and e-services.

Through the implementation of the Fore-Mont project, the UoM(FEE) has consolidated strategic partnerships at both European and regional level, as well as developed the new ones. The conditions for sustainability of partnerships were created through joint research agenda of such cooperation platform. That is why the process of building the agenda has been very important. It has been performed in phases, which are described in this deliverable. First, it was necessary to identify thematic areas in the joint research agenda in a manner to ensure a flexible collaborative platform that fosters high-level capacity building, innovation and industrial partnerships. Such interdisciplinary platform has been considered as a precondition for enabling researchers to put time, energy, and focus on research topics rather than organizational details, while research would be carried out in interdisciplinary teams on a problem solving base.

In the second phase, after defining the new axes of joint research, by gathering research skills and expertise in the Centre, in cooperation with the partners, the Research Centre for ICT initiated and has performed cross/multidisciplinary breakthrough ICT research activities. Scientific excellence of the UoM(FEE) as well as its innovative potential, has been improved offering new contributions towards better e-Society deployment in Montenegro.

The main results of the project so far are:
1. Improved research infrastructure, through organization of the new Research Centre for Info-Communication Technologies. This centre will benefit from:
- New equipment provided through Fore-Mont;
- Human capacities from the recruitment campaign;
- High skilled staff from the three research groups who have been additionally trained during the project by the international partners.

2. Innovative contribution: UoM(FEE) has been developing, through the implementation of Fore-Mont, its potential of innovation based research, with an ultimate goal to be granted patents. Fore-Mont has provided conditions for producing advanced innovative applied solutions in info-communication infrastructures and e-services supported by them. Some of these results will enter the procedure for IP rights protection.

3. Human capacities: Through Fore-Mont, the FEE improved its competences in ICT research as a consequence of an intensive exchange of knowledge with high-experienced researchers at partner institutions and many activities of the project aimed at knowledge improvement. This has been facilitated by a high policy of mobilities and trainings provided in collaboration with the international partners.

4.The visibility at national/regional/international level of the UoM(FEE) and the Fore-Mont Research Centre for ICT has been considerably increased, enabling their better positioning in ERA.

5. The project has stimulated the integration of the UoM(FEE) and its Research Centre for ICT into the ERA and thus increase its participation in proposals for EU and other collaborative research projects, in creating conditions for sustainable development.

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Record Number: 189248 / Last updated on: 2016-09-20