Open Source Innovation Catalyst
Schedule: Thursday Nov 24, 2011, from 10:00am to 04:00pm
Session Chairs: Roberto Di Cosmo, IRILL and Patrick Moreau, Inria
Description: Software is a pervasive element in research, not only in Computer Science, for which it is natural to produce software artifact, but in all other disciplines too, where the need to manage and elaborate information pushes researchers to develop and maintain significant software tools.
Open Source software coming from these research activities is a really interesting object for technology transfer, which is essential to produce the innovation on which the competitiveness of modern industry relies. By simplifying matters related to intellectual property, and building collaborative communities, Open Source software lends itself
very naturally to fluid transfer and innovation activities. It is thus possible to gain significant productivity in the building of complex software systems, reducing the R&D costs and increasing software reliability.
Good practices in technology transfer using Open Source, as well as difficulties one may encounter in the process, are the key subject of this track.
The Open Source Innovation Catalyst track is organized by: IRILL (
With support from ICT Labs ().
Schedule: 10:00 - 10:30
Speakers: Patrick Moreau, INRIA & Roberto Di Cosmo, IRILL
1. OtaSizzle - an Open Platform to Transfer Technology from a Research Project to Practice
Schedule: 10:30 - 11:00
Speaker: Olli Pitkänen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT
Abstract: OtaSizzle is a research project that has developed an open experimentation environment for testing mobile social media services. It is a "living lab" for thousands of users in Finland as well as in California, Kenya, and China. The project has created a platform and prototype services and studies them with extensive field tests, coupled with quantitative measurements and qualitative analysis. The outcome will be a "packaged" experimentation environment, "SizzleLab" concept. OtaSizzle consortium is coordinated by Aalto University / Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT.
Break: 11:00 - 11:30
2. Kassi - creating business opportunities from an open source research project
Schedule: 11:30 - 12:00
Speaker: Juho Makkonen, Kassi
Abstract: Kassi is a web service where the members of geographically connected communities - university campuses, neighborhoods, business parks etc. - can exchange various types of resources: buy, borrow and rent goods and spaces, ask for and receive favors and organize car pooling. It was started on a university campus as a part of the OtaSizzle research project. The service took off on the campus, and now a growth enterprise has been set up to take it to communities around the world. This presentation is about how working closely with a research project and being open source can be extremely beneficial for an internet startup.
3. Possible industrial use cases of KALIMUCHO
Schedule: 12:00 - 12:30
Speaker: Philippe Roose, Associate Professor, LIUPPA/Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'UPPA
Abstract: The democratization of wireless networks combined to the miniaturization of communication devices make pervasive applications possible. The integration of sensors enables the connection to hardware and software environments. Nevertheless, such profusion of heterogeneous devices, networks interfaces and user’s needs must face the limitations of mobile devices. It requires adapting continuously the structure of deployed applications in order to suit both the users’ needs and the execution environment.
To provide self-adaptation, we offer a distributed platform called KALIMUCHO able to make hot (re-) deployment of distributed software components. This platform enables the deployment and the modification of the application structure at run time, as well as physical deployment on mobile hosts.
Kalimucho is an open-source platform available on OW2. It has been implemented and runs on PC (Windows/Linus) and Android platforms (smartphones, tablet).
After a general presentation of the Kalimucho platform and main features, the presentation will focus on use cases. Several applications scenarios in the domain of Alarming (transport), Tourism or Territory Discovery, Social (spontaneous communities).
LUNCH BREAK 12:30 - 01:30
4. Polarsys (previously OPEES) as a mean to catalyse the maturation process (from TRL3 to TRL6) for OSS projects in the Embedded Software space
Schedule: 01:30 - 02:00
Speaker: Gael Blondelle, OBEO
Abstract: Polarsys settles a community and and enables long-term availability of innovative engineering technologies in the domain of embedded systems. On its innovation part, Polarsys intends to help researchers in the phase when they need to push their innovation from the state of a research prototype to a state where it can be widely deployed by industrial users for the development of safety critical systems with long life- cycle.
Typically, it includes the participation of academics to the Polarsys R&T roadmap, mentoring to choose an OSS strategy, maturity assessment of the project, as well as documentation of the project in the Polarsys catalog.
This presentation will explain the main business models around Polarsys, and how if creates a new channel of development for researchers in the domain of embedded systems
5. Open Source Innovation Factory
Schedule: 02:00 - 02:30
Speaker: Paolo Ceravolo, Assistant Professor, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, in collaboration with Engineering Group
Abstract: In modern organizations, innovation is seen as the organization-wide activity of finding and profitably serving unmet customers’ and market needs. In this context, the paradigm of open innovation has been proposed as a new model for the management of industrial innovation, in which firms work with external partners both to commercialize their internal innovations and to obtain a source of external innovations that can be successfully marketed. However, the concretization of external and internal information sources in innovative concepts is still an open challenge, since the acquisition, modeling and evaluation processes are always hard to automatize. Our talk presents a platform that mixes three different but complementary approaches: the Innovation Factory Metamodel (IFM), proposed in the context of the ARISTOTELE project (www.aristotele-ip.eu) aimed at dealing with innovative concepts coming from internal and external collaborative networks, (ii) the open source platform SpagoBI, whose intrinsic flexibility allows the management of heterogeneous knowledge bases for reporting activities of organizations by KPI and metrics, and (iii) the Knowbots, advanced tools for the acquisition of concepts from internal and external sources like competitors’ websites. Based on these components, we designed a framework for computing innovation metrics based on the IFM. The aim of our proposal is to provide a simple but effective tool to monitor the innovation level of an organization, and to evaluate if the events that modify the company knowledge-base increase, or decrease, the overall innovation level. The presentation will also include a real-world case study to better introduce the research challenge.
6. Open source and Standardisation
Schedule: 02:30 - 03:00
Speaker: Jamil Chawki, Orange Group
BREAK 03:00 - 03:30
7. An Open Source-Based Approach for Industrializing Research Tools
Schedule:03:30 - 04:00
Speaker: Hugo Bruneliere – R&D Engineer – AtlandMod Team (INRIA, EMN & LINA)
From a business perspective, Software Engineering is an enormous market which is always evolving and progressing from both economical and technical sides. Such a market requires constant adaptation, which is often made possible via the regular adoption of significant innovations. Thus, research labs, as priority innovation providers, are key actors of this market. However, the work of research labs must be followed by an industrialization process in order to actually bring these innovations to the real market. Unfortunately industrialization of research works is a very challenging process, thus (too) few research prototypes end up as successful and popular largely used products.
Based on our concrete experience and different feedback collected in this area, we have proposed a pragmatic business model for transforming the results of scientific experimentation into practical industrial solutions.
The two key elements in this collaborative model are:
The introduction of a third entity, a technology provider, as an interface between the two classic partners in such a process (i.e. the research lab and the big company or community playing the role of the actual end user)
The fact that we rely on the use of open source and its ecosystem (i.e. the Eclipse Foundation) to largely facilitate the communication and exchanges between all the involved partners.
We will illustrate our business model by describing our successful collaboration experiences within the context of the ATL and MoDisco Eclipse “Modeling” projects.
8. Creating Value with Open Source
Schedule: 04:00 - 04:30
Speaker: Teodor Danciu, Founder and Architect JasperReports, Jaspersoft