Chalmers contributes to Big Data research in Bulgaria

On 7th October, a new European centre of excellence in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence was launched. The GATE Institute is located in Sofia and is a partnership between Sofia University, Chalmers University of Technology and Chalmers Industrial Technologies.


The initiative is made through funding for seven years from the EU's Horizon 2020 Widespread programme, which aims to promote competence and innovation across Europe and thereby strengthen European competitiveness and ability to meet societal challenges. The goal is to build research capacity and promote innovation power.

Graham Kemp at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Chalmers has been working with preparations and the application since 2017 and is very pleased that the Institute has now been launched.

Graham Kemp“We see an opportunity to share knowledge and experience in a field that is developing extremely rapidly. Our participation in GATE will lead to greater international impact, perspectives and interaction. In the longer term the GATE Institute will become a strong partner for collaboration in Eastern Europe”, says Graham Kemp.

The research is focused on four strategic application themes: future cities, intelligent government, smart industry and digital health. GATE will employ over 100 researchers and install three new research labs at Sofia University, City Living Lab, Digital Twin Lab, in multidisciplinary collaboration with industry, as well as Virtual Reality and Big Data Visualisation (Open Visualisation Lab).

The GATE Institute, as the only Big Data centre of excellence in Eastern Europe, will form a hub in a European network of more than 50 Big Data centres. GATE thus plays a strategically important role in expanding the network and contributing to knowledge transfer and innovation that will provide exchange not only at national or regional level, but for the whole of Europe. GATE will gather and unite everyone with interest in the research field – academia, government, industry and society.

To the webpage of Gate: www.gate-coe.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 WIDESPEAD-2018-2020 TEAMING Phase 2 programme under Grant Agreement No. 857155.


Captions

Group photo: Participants at the GATE kick-off meeting on 7th October 2019, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Back row, from left: Oana Radu (Research Executive Agency, European Commission), Ales Fiala (Research Executive Agency, European Commission), Boyan Stefanov (Sofia University), Eleonora Getsova (Sofia University), Nils Munk Wirell (Chalmers Industrial Technologies), Camilla Johansson (Chalmers Industrial Technologies), Yannis Patias (Sofia University), Iva Krasteva (Sofia University), Petya Stancheva (DG RTD, European Commission), Vassil Vassilev (London Metropolitan University)
Front row, from left: Irena Pavlova (Sofia University), Dag Wedelin (Chalmers University of Technology), Graham Kemp (Chalmers University of Technology), Ivica Crnkovic (Chalmers University of Technology), Sylvia Ilieva (Project Coordinator, Sofia University), Golaleh Ebrahimpur (Chalmers Industrial Technologies), Magda De Carli (DG RTD, European Commission), Dessislava Petrova-Antonova (Sofia University).

The press conference: Eleonora Getsova moderates a press conference with (seated, left-to-right) Magda De Carli (DG RTD, European Commission), Prof Sylvia Ilieva (GATE project coordinator, Sofia University), Prof Anastas Gerdjikov (Rector, Sofia University), Dr Golaleh Ebrahimpur (CEO, Chalmers Industrial Technologies) and Prof Ivica Crnkovic (Chalmers University of Technology).

Audience: The GATE opening event took place in the Ceremonial Hall of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski.

Photos: Oleg Konstantinov



Published: Mon 14 Oct 2019.