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In this section you will find EURA NOVA’s latest news and activities.

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23-05-2013

What’s wrong with IT?

© Richard Stallman

© Richard Stallman

Common questions heard around IT:
Is IT a science? an engineering domain? Is it a source of profit or a deep endless hole for money? What’s the map of job types in the domain?

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14-05-2013

Three mindsets to change the game: the Walt Disney innovation process

“Innovation can be considered as the transformation of dreams into concrete and tangible things”. Thanks to this point of view, Walt Disney developed unconsciously one of the most efficient innovation process that leads the current success of its well-known company. In 1994, a scientist named Robert Dilts formalized Walt Disney’s innovation process. His work is the root of the process used by EURA NOVA today to foster creativity and innovation.

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06-05-2013

Monthly Buzz – n°1

 

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One of the biggest news of the month was the announcement and release of Facebook Home. For those of you who haven’t heard about Facebook Home, it’s an Android Launcher replacement. What does it do? It basically replaces your lock screen and home screen with your Facebook newsfeed. Is it good? Well, apart some privacy concern (your newsfeed appears on your lock screen without the need to unlock the phone), it is as good as your friends are, meaning that if you have a lot of friends who love Hello Kitty, your phone will be an Hello Kitty Phone.
But what Facebook Home shows, is that Android is a very customizable platform that can be tailored to specific needs, even by removing all Google’s services (e.g.: Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook).

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29-04-2013

Big Data Paris 2013

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The Big Data Paris 2013 conference was held on April 3rd and 4th. I was quite disappointed by this event. Of course, I knew it was neither a scientific nor an ACM or IEEE event. I was thus coming with a solid mental preparation, ready to see marketing and business presentations.

But what I saw was incredibly far from what I expected. In order to keep this post objective, I will quickly skip the amazingly (Yes, I think this is the right term) poor level of the panel discussions and the talks. Instead, I want to summarize my overall feeling in this post.

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16-04-2013

EclipseCON Boston 2013

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Last week I was presenting a talk at EclipseCON US at Boston US. As usual this is an excellent opportunity to give you an overview of the different trends of the conference.

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05-04-2013

TEDx Louvain-la-Neuve

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© TEDxLouvainLaNeuve

For the first time a TEDx event was hosted in Louvain-la-Neuve last 23 march 2013. It was the 4th anniversary of TEDx and plenty of conferences were organized around the world at this occasion. Like all TED conferences, the spirit of this conference was based on the motto “ideas worth spreading”. Sixteen speakers were invited to give twenty minutes talks on various subjects going from artistic cooking, to collective awareness over politics and bad managements practices in companies. The day was divided in four parts of four talks and between the parts we had the opportunity to discuss with the speakers and the audience on an informal way.

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08-02-2013

Standards-Based Cloud Service Management

From a Master Thesis to CLOSER 2013

In the scope of a Master Thesis collaboration between the Université de Liège (ULg) – Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department  and EURA NOVA, we have been working last year on cloud standard of service interoperability. This work has been summarized in a paper [1] accepted in the poster session at 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2013.  The goal of this project was to contribute on solving the lock-in problem inherent to current cloud offerings. We based our solution on open  cloud standards, mainly OCCI.

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02-01-2013

The captivating AROM of distributed processing

Last month we have had the opportunity to present AROM at the 4th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CLOUDCOM) in Taipei, the beautiful capital of Taiwan. For the people who are just getting on train, I will quickly here recall what AROM is about, where one can find it and how its taste is.

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06-12-2012

IEEE CloudCom Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science

Last week I was at Tapei with Nam-Luc for presenting the AROM paper. I wanted to come back on the trends of this year at the conference which, by the way, are a really good insight of the hot topics in cloud, distributed computing and HPC. I will not dive into details for each of them, if you have any question just post a comment or send me a mail!

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12-10-2012

Euranova Academical Research 2012 Vintage

In total this academical year, five Master Theses and one internship have been conducted in collaboration with 3 different academical institutions in Belgium: Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Université de Liège (ULg) and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Let’s here quickly review their goals and contributions.

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26-09-2012

Data flow graph & stream processing closer than ever

This year we started a research project, named AROM, in collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles. We wanted to evaluate a Data Flow Graph (DFG) processing framework and compare it to a traditional MapReduce (MR) one. In addition, we analyzed  high level data manipulation languages such as PigLatin [1] and investigated whether a MR approach introduces an important overhead in the transformation of data operations to the physical execution plan. Going further, we analyzed a typical class of data analytic, the pipelines jobs and we studied the adequacy of DFG for ease of use and performances. Finally, we used functional programming in order to introduce higher order functions to simplify the expression of jobs and to promote the re-usability of operators.

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08-08-2012

Large Graph Mining

End of July, I was presenting a lecture to the European Business Intelligence Summer School organized by the Univeristé Libre de Bruxelles and the Ecole Centrale Paris. I presented a lecture on large graph mining. In this post I will quickly introduce this fascinating topic.

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29-07-2012

Releasing Okku

I am pleased to announce the release of the Okku library.

Okku is a Clojure wrapper around the Akka library. Very briefly, Akka brings the Actor model to the Scala programming language, and hence to the JVM. The Actor model is a model of computation based on small, asynchronous units that communicate only through message passing, without any shared memory.

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23-07-2012

Structural trust inference for social recommendation

Every year EURA NOVA proposes and leads Master thesis with Faculty of Science Engineering of Belgian Universities. In this post I will quickly come back on one of those master thesis organized with the Polytechnic School of Louvain-La-Neuve and I will give an high level overview of the Daire O’Doherty’s work.

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05-12-2011

IEEE CloudCom 2011 Trends and hot topics – Part 2

In this post I will continue to discuss about the IEEE CloudCom conference that I have started in the previous post.

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01-12-2011

IEEE CloudCom 2011 Trends and hot topics – Part 1

This week I attended the 3rd IEEE International conference on cloud computing Technology and science for presenting our paper about the Elastic Queuing Service. This offers me a new opportunity to give you an overview of hot topics and trends from this conference.  As usual I will only give you an overview of the talks I had the chance to attend, since there was a lot of parallel tracks.

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22-11-2011

EclipseCon 2011

In this post we have invited Charles Bonneau, software architect & Eclipse addict at Euranova. Charles will share his feedback from EclipseCon EU 2011. Welcome Charles !

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10-11-2011

One year of academic research

The R&D Department has been very active this academical year 2010-2011 and has organized research activities in association with many academic organizations such as the Université Libre the Bruxelles (ULB-Belgium), the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCl-Belgium) and the University of Tunis El Manar (Tunisia). These collaborations have taken the form of students Master Theses and Master internships.

In total, four Master Theses have been conducted, with 2 students from the ULB and 2 students from the UCl, along with 3 internships with 2 students from the ULB and 1 student from the enginnering faculty of Tunis. Here is a summary of these work:

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05-11-2011

ER 2011: Trends in conceptual modeling researches

This year we published a paper in the industrial track of ER 2011 [1], the annual conference on conceptual modeling research. In this context I spent a couple of days in Brussels at the conference. This gives me the opportunity to share with you an (high level) overview of the trends in this area. Please, notice that this post is only a summary of the discussions I saw and talks I had the chance to see.

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