Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

EPFL is one of the two Federal Institutes of Technology in Switzerland. As a university it has three basic missions: education, research and technology transfer, at the highest international level. In particular, in computer science EPFL is regularly ranked among the best universities worldwide in the major university ranking schemes. With more than 250 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of Europe's most innovative and productive technology institutes. EPFL, in its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Geneva, brings together a campus of more than 10,000 people. EPFL offers 13 complete study programs at the Bachelor's and Master's levels in engineering, basic sciences, computer and communication sciences, life sciences, civil engineering, architecture, and the environment. The campus offers services and facilities to transform scientific excellence into economic competitiveness, jobs, and quality of life. A start-up incubator, coaching services, study programs in entrepreneurship, and innovation programs all serve to stimulate the links between labs and businesses. The mission of the Distributed Information Systems Laboratory (LSIR) of EPFL's School of Computer and Communication Sciences is to develop information technology for large-scale information management on the Internet and in mobile networks. Prof. Karl Aberer is the head of the National Center of Competence in Research on Mobile Information and Communication Systems (NCCR-project under the authority of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)). The expertise of the group relevant to the project involves research in the areas of scalable distributed storage, sensor information aggregation and processing, distributed information retrieval, peer-to-peer systems, semantic information integration, trust management, and self-organizing behaviour of large-scale information systems. LSIR was involved in a number of EU projects related to metadata extraction and semantic interoperability, namely NEPOMUK (FP6-027705), TEAM (FP6-035111), OKKAM (GA-215032) and currently NisB (FP7-95403). NEPOMUK developed a collaboration environment, which supports both the personal information management and context sharing across social and organizational relations, while TEAM developed an open-source platform for collaborative software development with knowledge sharing. OKKAM aimed at enabling and making available as a knowledge space the Web of Entities, namely a virtual space with any collection of Web data and information about any type of entities (e.g. people, locations, organizations, events and products). In NisB, LSIR deals with the mechanisms, which improve initially erroneous or incomplete mappings, based on the Wisdom of the Network. Also, LSIR has dealt with the analysis and self-healing of scale-free networks in the project EVERGROW (FP6-001935). Moreover, LSIR has done significant work in trust management in online environments, partially within the SNF project P2P Trust Management. Finally, LSIR deals with efficient decentralized sensor data aggregation and processing in a number of projects, namely SNF Swiss Experiment, EU Hydrosys (DG INFSO-224416,), and SNF OpenSense.