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Yuri Demchenko and Zhiming Zhao, of the UvA Informatics Institute and Khalil Sima'an of the UvA Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, have each received a grant within the Horizon2020 ICT 2014-1 call. Several parties participate in the researchprojects, all receive a large amount of the total projectfunding.

Dr Zhiming Zhao – SWITCH:

Software Workbench for Interactive, Time Critical and Highly self-adaptive cloud applications

SWITCH aims to improve the existing development and execution model of time critical applications by introducing a novel conceptual model (application infrastructure co-programming and control model), in which the application of QoS/QoE, together with the programmability and controllability of the cloud environments, can all be included in the complete life-cycle of applications. SWITCH provides an interactive environment for developing applications and controlling their execution, a real-time infrastructure planner for deploying applications in clouds, and an autonomous system adaptation platform for monitoring and adapting system behaviour.


The SWITCH consortium consists of: the University of Amsterdam (project coordinator, Dr Zhiming Zhao, Prof. Cees de Laat), Cardiff University (UK), Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia), Wellness Telecom (Spain), BEIA Consult International (Romania) and MOG Technologies (Portugal).

H2020-ICT 9-2014 call: Tools and methods for software development
Granted total budget: EUR 2.92
million; UvA share: EUR 779,000

Dr Yuri Demchenko – CYCLONE:

Complete Dynamic Multicloud Application Management

The CYCLONE project targets Application Service Providers (ASPs), providing them with software and tools that: will facilitate the deployment, management and use of their complex, multicloud applications. And also enhance end-to-end security and network management of those applications. The project will use agile development methodology and continuous delivery and integrate existing open-source components from project partners (including StratusLab, OpennNaaS, SlipStream) and newly developed end-to-end TCTP trusted protocol and multi-domain security context aware access control. Participants from the bioinformatics and energy sectors will guide the initial platform development. The CYCLONE test bed will allow for rapid prototyping and continuous feedback to the developers.


The CYCLONE consortium consists of: Interoute SpA (IRT) (project coordinator), SixSq Sàrl (SIXSQ), QSC AG (QSC), TU-Berlin, Fundació Privada i2CAT, Internet i Innovació Digital a Catalunya (I2CAT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Amsterdam (partner, WP leader).

H2020-ICT 7 – 2014 call: Advanced cloud infrastructures and services 
Granted total budget: 
EUR 3.3 million; UvA share: EUR 452,000 

Prof. Khalil Sima'an – QT21:

Quality Translation 21

QT21 aims to develop substantially improved statistical and machine learning-based translation models for challenging languages and resource scenarios. It also aims to improve evaluation and continuous learning from mistakes, guided by a systematic analysis of quality barriers and informed by human translators. And it will have  a strong focus on scalability to ensure efficient learning and decoding using these models and minimal reliance on data (annotated or not).


DFKI Saarbreucken (Germany - coordinator), RWTH Aachen (Germany), DCU Dublin (Ireland), University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Karlsruhe (Germany), CNRS Paris (France), FBK Trento (Italy), University of Sheffield (UK), TAUS B.V., Text&Form GmbH, Tilde SIA, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (China) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). 

H2020-ICT 17-2014 call: Cracking the language barrier. Granted total budgetEUR 3 million; UvA share: EUR 272,000

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, with a total budget of around EUR 80 billion over the 2014-2020 period. The ICT call spans various topics. More information is on the Horizon2020 website.

website: H2020-ICT-2014-1 call