FoCAS Video Sprint

6-8 January 2016, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK

The role of the FoCAS coordination action is to help support the projects funded under the FET FoCAS Proactive Initiative and to encourage research interaction. An additional requirement is to help the European Commission evaluate whether this Initiative as a whole (including the seven FoCAS projects) has achieved the impact anticipated. During this Sprint activity, the FoCAS projects will collaborate to produce a short video, outlining the overall contribution of the Proactive Initiative to the field of CAS, and featuring highlights of each project’s own research. Videos like these are useful to show at project reviews, and the thinking process behind producing them and working with others is helpful when preparing summary reports.

The aim of a “Sprint” is to define collectively the overall FoCAS narrative for the video and with specialist input to concentrate video design and production into a few short days. Collaborative discussion and production sessions will be mixed with sessions in which small groupings of projects work simultaneously on different aspects of the content. The FoCAS CA will provide visualisation and video expertise and facilitate the discussion sessions. This Sprint format has been used successfully in other FoCAS activities as it brings people together to combine ideas and expertise to produce fast results (see Herding Black Sheep, a FoCAS Sprint book written in less than five days!).

The dates are 6-8 January 2016, which is early enough not to interfere with academic and teaching commitments, and will also come at a time when FoCAS projects are preparing year three review material so you will be considering these questions anyway. Producing an informative video in a few days inevitably will be seen as a productive use of time! The location will be at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK which offers good working facilities and manpower to assist professional video production. Transport information and local logistics will be provided and free Edinburgh hotel accommodation and meals will be provided for those taking part.

INPUTS: Our starting point will structure initial discussion around three target outcomes defined by FET in the original FoCAS call :

  • Operating Principles by which CASs can operate.
  • Design Principles necessary to build and manage CASs
  • Evolutionary Properties: properties concerning the evolutionary nature of CASs

Your project partners might cover different aspects of these, so decide who should represent your project in these discussions. We would hope each project could send several representatives to have a range of views appearing in the final video.

OUTPUTS: The end result will be the short FoCAS video to illustrate the outcomes anticipated by FET in its original FoCAS call:

  • New functionalities for adaptive ICT systems enabled through novel principles, methods and technologies for designing and operating collective adaptive systems
  • New insights into the general properties of large scale distributed systems

Here your projects can be represented in the video as you feel appropriate. You can come prepared with visual resources (slides,demo videos, infographics etc) to beincorporated into the final video version.