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UNITE Workshop in the Baltic Countries
‘Opportunities for Future Internet Research in the Enlarged Europe’
20 May 2011, Riga Technical University (1, Kalku street, Hall 201, Riga, Latvia)


The UNITE workshop in the Baltic countries intends to introduce the UNITE Secondment Mobility Programme for cooperative research in Enterprise Interoperability, Enterprise Software Applications (ESA), and the novel research domains of the “Future of the Internet”. The UNITE is coordination action project FP7-248583 ‘Upgrading ICT excellence by strengthening cooperation between research teams in an enlarged Europe’ It aims to support the flow of skilled people among universities, research institutions, and business-related companies between countries of the old member states (EU 15) and the countries of the new member states (EU 27), and vice-versa.


The workshop invites PhD students, postgraduate students, professors, researchers, IT experts and other specialists involved in ICT research and especially in high priority topics of the Future Internet such as integrated solutions for inter-enterprise interoperability, collaboration and networked enterprises, architectures and platforms for the integrated enterprise, next generation RFID, sensor networks, enterprise software applications, service architectures & components, virtualised infrastructures, innovative services and software engineering methods and tools, Network of the Future, 3D and Media Internet, Trustworthy ICT.


The workshop agenda includes:

  • a plenary presentation on ‘Challenges of the cooperative research on Future of Internet in the enlarged Europe and the UNITE Secondment Programme for Mobilities in Europe’ by Eng. Carlos Agostinho (UNINOVA, Portugal);
  • teleconferences with the UNITE host organisations and mobility holders currently involved in the secondment programme;
  • presentations by the UNITE host organisations in the Baltic countries and research experiences from ongoing ICT collaborative projects in Latvia.

Organised by

RTU - Riga Technical University ITI Department of Modelling and Simulation, and the Doctoral School (RTU, Riga, Latvia) in cooperation with the UNITE project and UNINOVA - Institute for the Development of New Technologies (UNINOVA, Lisbon, Portugal).

Workshop Co-chairs

Prof., Dr.habil Galina Merkurjeva (Riga Technical University),
Prof., Dr. Elias Hadzilias (National Technical University of Athens).


Eng. Carlos Agostinho (UNINOVA)


Maria Joao Lopes (UNINOVA)


The UNITE Secondment Mobility Programme
The UNITE ( is an EU-FP7 funded Coordination Action aiming at increasing the level of excellence of ICT research across the enlarged Europe by promoting active secondment to research teams and strengthening cooperation in community supported research on the Enterprise Interoperability, Enterprise Software Applications, and the novel research domains of the “Future of the Internet”.
Through this secondment or mobility programme the UNITE aims to support the flow of PhD, post-graduate students, researchers and other IT specialists among universities, research institutes, and business-related companies between countries of the old member states (E12) and countries of the new member states (E15), and vice-versa, to achieve sustainable knowledge sharing at the enlarged Europe. Mobility applicants can work on a project in an external organization (known as host organization), and actively exchange experiences and complement their areas of expertise. Secondment and networking activities are conducted in three sub-domains identified based on the structure of the federated theme “Future of the Internet”, namely the Internet of Services, the Internet Things, and the other areas from the Future of the Internet (Network of the Future, 3D and Media Internet, Trustworthy ICT). The UNITE Secondment Programm Chair is Eng. Carlos Agostinho (UNINOVA, Portugal).

THE UNINOVA Institute is a multidisciplinary, independent, and non-profit research institute formed in 1986 by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL:, industrial associations, a financial holding, and up to 30 companies. The main aim of UNINOVA is to pursue excellence in scientific research, technical development and advanced training and education. The staff works closely with industry and universities, technological innovations being transferred to profitable business concepts and, existing products, further developed to match new industrial requirements. Specific areas of expertise:  Strategies for Interoperability and Information Integration using standards; intelligent infrastructures and architectures; Distributed Systems for Integrated Data Management and Electronic Commerce; Open platforms, Architectures and Toolkits to support and speed-up the implementation of local and web-based Electronic Data Interchange using and integrating standards, and others.

Riga Technical University ( is the oldest higher school in Latvia founded in 1862. Riga Technical University is the main technical university in Latvia. It offers advanced study programmes in Engineering, Technology and Architecture and incorporates 8 faculties with the total number of about 16 000 students including 400 PhD students and 760 academic staff members. Department of Modelling and Simulation ( operates at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, within its Institute of Information Technology. The department is a basic institution for the Latvian Simulation Society, the Latvian centre of the International McLeod Institute of Simulation Sciences (of the Society for Modelling and Simulation International, SCS) and Riga Technical University Student Chapter of the SCS. The department is permanently involved into performing research and educational projects within programmes of the European Commission, such as Inco-Copernicus, 5th FWP IST and GROWTH, FP6 NMP, ERAF, ERASMUS Networks, Tempus, Lifelong Learning Programme, and Leonardo da Vinci.