eResearch Australasia BoF on Transnational Collaborative Research on Smart and Connected Communities

Dr. José Fortes1, Dr. Weicheng Huang2, Dr. Hiroaki Yamanaka3

1University of Florida, Gainesville, United States,

2National Center for High-performance Computing, Hsinchu, Taiwan,

3National Institute for Information and Communications Technology, Tokyo, Japan


Extensive research on smart and connected communities (SCC) is taking place throughout the world, including in particular East Asia, Europe and USA. The scope and challenges of this scientific area are broad and include many issues that are shared by either the research questions or the methods and resources being used to address them. The purpose of this BoF is to bring together international researchers involved or interested in research on SCC to develop and disseminate opportunities and frameworks to learn, share and leverage each other’s research activities and tools. In particular, information will be exchanged on existing mechanisms for scientists to engage in transnational research, which might require travel, exchange visits and telework, seed or enable preliminary work towards funded projects and might benefit from sharing of testbeds. As an example, the CENTRA framework [1] will be briefly described as a possible basis on which transnational collaborations can be built. Expected outcomes include:

  1. Information and engagement of attendees on new or ongoing collaboration efforts on SCC.
  2. Identification of SCC subtopics and problems where transnational collaboration is necessary and beneficial for scientific advances.
  3. Increased awareness of SCC resources (e.g. datasets, testbeds and funding mechanisms) that can be leveraged for transnational collaborations.
  4. Seeding of possible institutional or individual engagements in existing frameworks for transnational collaboration on SCC.

This 60-minute BoF session will include three 10-minute talks on SCC transnational research efforts and the associated enabling mechanisms. These talks will set the stage for a 30-minute open discussion of existing activities, new opportunities to be explored and follow-up action items that could build on ideas and consensus generated by BoF attendees with regard to the above-listed four outcomes.


  1. CENTRA: Collaborations to Enable Transnational Cyberinfrastructure Applications,



José Fortes is Professor and AT&T Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida where he teaches and conducts research on advanced distributed computing and data systems, cloud and grid computing software development for e-Science and digital government. He also overseas the development and operation of cyberinfrastructure for several scientific domains. He is a PI or co-PI of the CENTRA (Collaborations to ENable cyberinfrastructure Research and Applications,, iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections,, FutureGrid, PRAGMA (Pacific Rim Assembly of Grid Middleware and Applications) projects and international networks.

Weicheng Huang is a Senior Researcher at the National Center for High-performance Computing, also a member of the founding CENTRA member institution: Center of Excellence for Cyber Enablement of Applications (CECEA). Dr. Huang’s specialities include parallel processing, grid, cloud and big data.

Hiroaki Yamanaka received M.E. and Ph.D from Osaka University in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Since 2011, he has been a researcher at Network Testbed R&D Laboratory of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan. His current research work is focusing on edge computing and SDN.

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