General Objective

The Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers (Romanian name: “Facultatea de Automatică şi Calculatoare”, A&C) is part of the largest technical university of Romania, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest. A&C itself is the most important faculty in the domains of Information Technologies and Control Systems Engineering in the country, both by number of students and by its existing research potential. The Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers is already well known as a national pole of excellence in Intelligent Information Technologies. As a result, A&C has well established contacts with many EU and international research units.

The idea of the ERRIC project emerged as a result of A&C’s sustained efforts over the last number of years to enhance the overall excellence of A&C research and education activities. In today’s global economy, A&C now finds itself competing with other universities and research entities across Europe to attract and retain the best students in the face of both limited human resources and financing. Gaining a sustainable competitive advantage in today’s research environment is intimately linked with both the quality and visibility of the entity.

The ERRIC concept is to leverage, support and further develop the existing high quality human and material resources of A&C with the goal of achieving international recognition for the Faculty as a world class research excellence pole in a complex domain, Intelligent Information Technologies, which require the synergetic gathering of several research areas converging to support the development and deployment of such systems. Moreover, A&C blossom to its full research potential and promotion of its excellence in research at European and international level have the capacity to attract high quality international researchers, financial resources at national, regional and European level, and make A&C an active contributor to theEuropean Research Area (ERA).

Based on our SWOT analysis of existing competence and experience, the main goal of the ERRIC project is to empower A&C’s existing excellence in research by unlocking its significant research potential and enhancing its national and regional leadership position in selected areas of Intelligent Information Technologies (IIT): agreement technologies,semantic and collaborative technologies for the webadvanced Grid technologieslarge scale distributed system services, and adaptive intelligent control