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Persist-TSSG FP7

30 November 2011
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PERSIST - Personal self-improving smart spaces

Project Partners

Project Coordinator TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (IE)

Germany German Aerospace Centre

Greece Institute of Communication and Computer Systems

Ireland Intel Performance Learning Solutions Ltd

Lake Communications Ltd

Italy Telecom Italia SPA

Portugal Portugal Telecom

Slovenia SETCCE

United Kingdom Heriot-Watt University

Project Duration:

30 Months

Total Project Value:


EU Grant-Aid:


Funding to Ireland:


Project Description

Current trends in the design of pervasive systems have concentrated on the problem of isolated smart spaces (such as smart homes) via a fixed infrastructure. This is likely to lead to the evolution of islands of pervasiveness separated by voids in which there is no support for pervasiveness. The vision of PERSIST is of a Personal Smart Space, which is associated with the portable devices carried by the user and which moves around with him/her, providing context-aware pervasiveness to the user at all times and places. The Personal Smart Space will cater for the needs of users, adapting to their preferences and learning new ones as these arise.

The objective of PERSIST is to develop Personal Smart Spaces that provide a minimum set of functionalities which can be extended and enhanced as users encounter other smart spaces during their everyday activities. They will be capable of learning and reasoning about users, their intentions, preferences and context. They will be endowed with pro-active behaviours, which enable them to share context information with neighbouring Personal Smart Spaces, resolve conflicts between the preferences of multiple users, make recommendations and act upon them, prioritise, share and balance limited resources between users, services and devices, reason about trustworthiness to protect privacy and be sufficiently fault-tolerant to guarantee their own robustness and dependability.

Participating in the project provides the opportunity to "work with Europe's best and to liaise with key EU initiatives such as the Future Internet Assembly - all of which leads to the formation of a significant contact and knowledge network which is available to all project partners" says Kevin Doolin, who is coordinating the project, as Competence Centre Head of Pervasive Communications Services at the TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).


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