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					Me e ti ng of

EvoNet Executive Committee
24 May 2002 Paris, France

Meeting objectives:
 to prepare suitable Expressions of Interest for FP6 to submit by 7 June deadline  to review current and future EvoNet activities


1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6)

Chairman’s welcome and minutes of previous meeting Distinction between Integrated Projects & Networks of Excellence (p2) Review current research interests displayed at Project Whiteboard (p3-4) Sort Whiteboard research ideas into suitable IPs Clarify what's actually needed for the EoI (p5) For an Network of Excellence determine a. Objectives and scope (p6) b. Integrated activities (p7) c. Participants and network structure (p7) Determine suitable rationale for Integrated Projects from those selected (p8) Agree who does what for EoIs Review expected timetable relative to current EvoNet contract

7) 8) 9)

10) Committee reports 11) Any other business

Meeting Participants : Terry Fogarty (South Bank University) chair of the Executive Cttee (TF) Ben Paechter (Napier University) deputy chair of the Executive Cttee (BP) Marc Schoenauer (INRIA) chair of Electronic Communications Cttee (MS) Gusz Eiben (VUA: Free University of Amsterdam) chair of the Training Cttee (GE) Stefano Cagnoni (University of Parma) deputy chair of the Research Cttee (SC) Andrea Tettamanzi (Genetica) deputy chair of Industrial Liaison Cttee (AT) In attendance: Jennifer Willies, EvoNet Administrator (JW) Apologies: Jacques Periaux (Dassault Aviation) chair of the Industrial Liaison Cttee (represented by Andrea Tettamanzi) Wolfgang Banzhaf (University of Dortmund) chair of the Research Cttee (represented by Stefano Cagnoni)


Meeting Briefing Papers:


Distinction between Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence

Integrated Projects (IP)
These are expected to include ambitious, large-scale, objective-driven research projects or clustered smaller projects which provide a strategic impact on European competitiveness, address societal problems and enhance excellence. They must fall into one of the priority themes and demonstrate how they involve a critical mass of resources, possibly encompassing the value-chain from research to technology transfer. The general disposition is for funding new projects. Typically, they might include 6-8 partners and run for 3-5 years. Larger research clusters would be expected to have a consortium core to provide project management plus research associates An IP proposal would require a detailed initial 18 month plan describing activities to be undertaken and resources needed, as well as a more general overall plan demonstrating how new partners could be added. The competencies and roles of the participants should be delineated. Consortium partners would expect up to 50% research costs and 100% funding available for training, dissemination and management costs, with autonomy to distribute grant between partners. Joint and several responsibility for technical implementation as well as for financial liability. Funding for non-EU participants allowable if value is added by participation.

Networks of Excellence (NoE)
The objective here is to facilitate knowledge creation and dissemination through the longer-term integration of existing research activities, to spread excellence through training and to add value by sharing of knowledge within Europe. An NoE is expected to incorporate the critical mass of resources and expertise needed to be world force in the field with a duration of at least 5 years, involving from 50500 individuals from universities, research centres and business. Networks would expect to show how the NoE would be able to continue beyond the period of Commission funding. Multi-national, crossdisciplinary partners and activities are envisioned, with provision for including partners outwith the EU if they provide a vital source of excellence. An initial 18 month plan for an NoE should detail integration activities, emphasising how, for example, personnel exchanges, training of young researchers, conferences, summer schools, website infrastructure provide synergistic knowledge transfer and European added-value. Activities can be reviewed and updated annually and agreed within the consortia. Good project management is seen as essential with responsibilities including technical and financial administration, as well as defining the competencies and roles of the NoE members. With partnerships and activities expected to evolve over time, there is a “fixed grant for integration” based on (number of researchers) x (per capita grant) x (years) with autonomy to distribute the grant between partners, or redistribute the funding between partners if required. The grant is expected to be sufficient to act as an incentive for integration but without creating financial dependence.



Project Whiteboard Research Ideas (
(in reverse chronological order by receipt: detailed web printouts appended)

22. Applications of evolution computing in mathematical modeling and optimization Serhiy Shtovba (Member) Vinnitsa State Technical University, Computer Basd Information & Management Systems (Ukraine) Alexander Rotshtein (Non-member) Jerusalem College of Technology - Machon Lev, Industrial Engineering and Management (Israel) Hanna Rakityanska (Non-member) Vinnitsa State Technical University, Applied Mathemathics and Computing Systems (Ukraine) George Dounias (Non-member) University of the Aegean, Business Administrartion (Greece) 21. Adaptive modelling and decison making Andrew J Chipperfield (Member) University of Sheffield, Dept of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering (UK) 20. Novel Equivalence Principle Tests Alan Schwartz (Non-member) Molecular Genesis LS Ltd., Chief Technical Officer (US) 19. Evolutionary cognitive systems Vassilios Petridis (Member) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dept of Electrical & Computer Eng (Greece) Loukas Petrou (Member) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dept of Electrical & Computer Eng (Greece) 18. Web Intelligent Services through Evolutionary Systems Agostinho Claudio-Rosa (Member) Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, LASEEB (Portugal) Fulvio Corno (Member) Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica (Italy) Sean O Miadhachain (Non-member) UHI Millenium Institute , Sabhal Mor Ostaig (UK) 17. Using biologically inspired algorithms to solve problems involving dynamic environments Ernesto Costa (Member) Universidade de Coimbra, Centro de Informatica Sistemas, Grupo de Inteligjncia Artificial (Portugal) 16. Learning, Mining, and Evolving Marc Schoenauer (Member) INRIA, Project Fractales (France) Michele Sebag (Member) Universite de Paris-Sud Orsay, Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique (LRI) (France) 15. Improving capabilities of evolution through developmental processes embodied in physical media Peter J Bentley (Member) University College London, Dept of Computer Science (UK) 14. Development of Applicable EA Theory Franz Rothlauf (Member) Universitaet Bayreuth, Department of Information Systems (BWL VII) (Germany) 13. Evolutionary computation and the semantic web Juan Julian Merelo (Member) University of Granada (Department of Electronics and Computer Technology) (Spain) 12. Statistical Mechanics Approaches to Modelling Optimisation and Population Dynamics Adam Prugel-Bennett (Member) University fo Southampton, Department of Electronic and Computer Science (UK) 11. MicroGP Giovanni Squillero (Member) Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica (Italy)


10. Emerging Software Technologies for Data Mining and Optimization in Bioinformatics and the Bioscience David Corne (Member) University of Reading, School of Computer Science, Cybernetics & Electronic Engineering (UK) Elena Marchiori (Member) Free University Amsterdam, Computer Science (Netherlands) Jin-Kao Hao (Member) University of Angers, LERIA (Computer Science) (France) 9. Development of Social, Adaptive, and Creative Systems: Hybrid Society Juan Jesús Romero Cardalda (Member) Universidade da Coruña, Department of Information and Comunications Technologies (Spain) 8. Interactive Community Evolution Terence Fogarty (Member) South Bank University, School of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics (UK) 7. Complexity in Evolutionary Game Theory José-Luis Fernández-Villacañas Martín (Member) Universidad Carlos III Madrid, Signal Theory and Communications (Spain) 6. Parallel Evolutionary Algorithms: Theory, Applications, Internet Enrique Alba (Member) Universidad de Málaga, Dpto Lenguajes y Ciencias de la Computacion (Spain) 5. Artificial Immune Systems Andy Tyrrell (Member) University of York, Department of Electronics (UK) 4. Manual for Evolutionary Computation/Machine Learning applicability. Stefan Zemke (Member) Stockholm University, Dept. of Computer and System Sciences (Sweden) 3. Evolving artificial perception for real-world applications Stefano Cagnoni (Member) Universita' di Parma, Computer Engineering (Italy) 2. Bridging metaheuristics and exact optimization methods for combinatorial optimization Günther Raidl (Member) Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms (Austria) 1. Evolutionary Computing in Bioscience Jano van Hemert (Member) Leiden University, Department of Computer Science (Netherlands)



What’s needed for the Expression of Interest (EoI)?

The EoI should not be confused with calls for proposals. It is only an “invitation” to help the Commission shape the FP6 work programme with the calls expected in Nov-Dec 2002. No feedback is given but all EoI abstracts will appear on Commission website in July and an analysis of EoI exercise is expected to be published by September. ( < The Expression of Interest requires a one page administrative form with 5 pages of additional text to be submitted electronically no later than 1700 hrs Brussels time on 7 June to A suggested layout and checklist for the EoI could include:

1) Rationale (addressing relevance and need)
a) b) c) confirmation that it is one of the 7 priority thematic area description of the scientific and technological relevance clarification of how objectives strengthen European coherence and excellence

2) Short description of main participants and their competencies (addressing excellence)
a) b) c) delineation of general structure and management of the network distinguishing roles between core partners and associate partners demonstration of range of multidisciplinary expertise

3) Short description of main activities (addressing integration and structuring effect)
a) b) c) d) what specific activities are envisioned and their benefits how these will strengthen and spread scientific excellence how these will improve European partnerships, mobility and networking how these will lead to longer-term durable integration in the field

A Guide for Submitters and the Administrative Form together with additional background information is available at


IV Defining objectives, scope and rationale for a NoE Expression of Interest
A Network of Excellence should have clearly defined aims, matched appropriately to those of the FP6 Call. European research is perceived as fragmented, under-invested with regional imbalances, and with a pressing need for greater innovation. NoE objectives should therefore aim to demonstrate how the network would :
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reduce the competitive gap increase RTD efforts promote capacity building address the broad context strengthen coherence improve impact of RTD

IPs and NoEs must fall within one of the 7 priority thematic areas of research in FP6:
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genomics and biotechnology for health information society technologies nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multi-functional materials and new production processes and devices aeronautics and space food quality and safety sustainable development, global change and ecosystems citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society

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NoEs will be measured against three main criteria:

Need and relevance (that the field is in a priority thematic area which addresses the objectives above) Excellence (critical mass of multidisciplinary expertise and resources to be a world force) Integration and structuring effect (showing added value from Pan-European cooperation and knowledge-sharing; showing how activities integrate research; showing how activities strengthen European scientific excellence)




V Defining integration activities and structure for a new NoE

Integration Activities
Network activities should be directed towards helping build a world force in scientific excellence, with an emphasis on

Research strengthening and improved research integration by developing joint infrastructures for innovation and exploitation of results Communication for knowledge sharing and dissemination of information Training to strengthen expertise, multidisciplinary skills, technological innovation and panEuropean cooperation and take-up by industry Durable integration and long-term cooperation

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What current EvoNet activities are worth further development and which additional ones should be included? A future proposal would require an outline of activities broken down into research activities, integration activities, and activities for spreading excellence.

Network participants and structure
The European Commission distinguish between research groups in an NoE which would probably form the

Core partnership Main players undertaking responsibility for strategic planning Usually requiring a serious commitment of time But supported by financial and administrative means Should be the leading “experts” with visionary management skills


Associate partnership Involved more in tactical planning of particular activities Funding available as determined by NoE management Might involve “up and coming” research labs, especially for training

A brief description of how particular activities would be carried out and monitored, and by whom should be included in the EoI along with competencies of the relevant participants. How the network would be coordinated, managed and financed would be addressed at the proposal stage, but it is worth considering early on how the network would operate and the delineation of participants’ roles. More information about Networks of Excellence is available from


VI Defining an EoI for Integrated projects
Similar to the Networks of Excellence as described above, submitting an Expression of Interest for an Integrated Project should address in outline three areas

Clear project aims with sound scientific and technological objectives Aimed at specific results (products, processes, services, although also long-term research ) Project falls within one of the seven priority thematic areas for FP6 addressing European competitiveness or social needs


Definition of participants and their competencies Demonstrating complementary resources and skills


Coherent set of component actions coordinated toward common objective Demonstrating organisation and management of the project Plans for dissemination of knowledge and exploitation of results

More information on IPs is available at