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Centre of Excellence in IT Science and Technology

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - InnoITeam (Centre of Excellence in IT Science and Technology)

Reporting period: 2017-09-01 to 2018-08-31

To address and promote growth in several technological sectors in Lithuania as well as encourage EU Teaming in ICT-related research and innovation, the overall objective of the project is to create a new CoE for the IoT and Smart Living Systems. CoE aims to develop an innovative ecosystem beneficial for the economy of Lithuania and the entire Baltic Sea Region. It will also propose to foster a whole innovation chain in the area of IoT from fundamental research to the introduction of new products and services to different ICT-driven, IoT-based technology markets. The CoE intends to leverage the knowledge, experience and resources of its participating national institutions and advanced partners, through 4 R&I topics:
1: IoT User interface and interaction design approaches
2: IoT Cybersecurity aspects
3: IoT Data analysis and visualization approaches
4: Cognitive IoT technologies

The goal of Phase 1 was to plan and develop the actual CoE through objectives:
1. Plan the governance and management structures and processes of the CoE
2. Plan the resources necessary to establish and operate the CoE
3. Develop the research and innovation strategy of the CoE
4. Ensure proper risk management for the CoE
5. Position and promote the CoE and develop networks

The end of Teaming Phase 1 resulted in a detailed and robust business plan with the partnering institutions, KTU, VGTU, SECR, RISE and LiU.
WP1: Organisational model, Governance and Management Planning
The legal status determined was of a public establishment. All partners have collectively decided to organize the CoE in a relatively flat structure for less emphasis on a hierarchical priority and more focus on decision-making involvement. In managing the Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer as whole, the we have concluded that a standard procedure will only be in place once the legal entity has been established. It has been collectively decided that, the differences in IPR and TT regulations between the partners serve as guidelines for the different policies which will be involved during the early stages of CoE implementation.

WP2: Planning and adaptation of resources
All partners supplied material on their infrastructure and equipment to be used for CoE purposes. We defined the existing situation of the research centers of the consortium members. This allowed us to ensure that current resources available were in line with the requirements outlined in the Long-term research and innovation strategy (LTRIS). The main insight and suggestion for administrative resource planning for CoE agreed upon by the partners is to follow the project-oriented path. Due to RISE’s innovation-based organization structure, CoE adopted financial experiences of running a research centre and its resources, providing a more concrete idea of the allocation, potential acquisition of funding and revenue.

WP3: Strategic planning in research and innovation
Task was fulfilled through performing an audit of the research and innovation capacities and capabilities of the partners and a thorough assessment of the segmentation, geographic and competitive landscape of each markets of each of the topics to create a solid foundation for the development of research and innovation agenda for the CoE. The LTRIS relied on the detailed assessments of the consortium’s current research and innovation performance and the contextual background of the center's thematic priorities.

WP4: Risk management planning
Ethical issue regulations developed have been based on the best practices of the LT, EU and other international regulations. CoE procedures were formulated in compliance with Lithuanian law on Legal Protection of Personal Data and proper GDPR expectations. The quality management methodology was based on the best practices and the international quality management standards. The risk management plan was aimed to identify external and internal risks and prevention, and mitigation methods for the Phase 2.

WP5: Project marketing and communication
The competing European and regional clusters and networks, centers of excellence and competing organizations were identified, including the CoE's position against direct competitors, the business model definition and description of the business model components and the definition of CoE services price calculation method. We've agreed upon the dissemination and exploitation, resulting in the communication strategy, set specific targets and have prepared communication sources from the beginning of the project. CoE was then promoted to a variety of ICT and scientific audiences. All estimated dissemination targets were reached.

WP6: Business plan production and Project management
The business plan was produced using details from WP1-WP5 results. During project meetings, the partners discussed the outputs of the previous work of the project through the contents of the deliverables and made suggestions of which areas would be important to adapt during the preparation of the business plan. We've regularly discussed the progress and reviewed content which were incorporated into sections of the final version. The project coordination was successful following the completion of all activities.

WP7: Ethics requirements
We ensured that the project will comply with the EU ethics policies and personal data protection by revision and approval of all proj
Future R&I activities are expected to:
Have a significant spill-over effect on the Lithuanian research environment to raise its excellence at a competitive international level;
Be an instrument to stimulate innovation in Lithuania;
Build on the existing strengths of the consortium and create growth in talent of ICT and IoT expertise;
Provide more collaboration opportunities for the five partners, within the consortium and with external partners around the world;
Contribute significantly to European efforts to support the creation of an innovative and industry driven European IOT ecosystem and the establishment of a competitive markets and the creation of new business models.

Social impacts:
1. Digital transformation of the public sector, implementing smart and personalized public e-services;
2. Improved quality of life, work leisure conditions and capabilities of society via application of innovative personalized intelligent products and services;
3. Increased efficiency and productivity of used resources in ageing societies, maintaining health and functional capability of the elderly
4. A better and healthier lifestyle for individuals at risk
5. Enhanced security and social isolation prevention

Economic impacts:
1. Foster of knowledge and technology-based economic development to remain competitive
2. Development of new markets to diversify economy
3. Providing job opportunities for high-skilled workers and increase wages
4. Encouraging private investment
5. Adding opportunities for entrepreneurship in high growth potential markets

Academic impacts:
1. Developing researchers’ and students’ skills and their mobility
2. Reinforcing applied research and link with industry, and to leverage private research and innovation investment
3. Increasing international collaboration, participation in international networks and participation in Horizon 2020
4. Improving utilization of recently built or renovated infrastructure
5. Improving research management competences and systems.
InnoITeam leaflet
InnoITeam Poster
The team of InnoITeam