Below is CLASS'15 conference planned Agenda which is getting its final shape. The content is subject to change without notice.

Legend:    PP - position paper on cloud computing implementation/strategy/program development PP - position paper on cloud computing implementation/strategy/program development     IP - pilot implementation description of cloud computing technology IP - pilot implementation description of cloud computing technology    

Thursday, November 05

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:05

Opening, presentation of the agenda, incentives for participants of the program

09:05 - 09:20

Possibities for ICT within European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020

09:20 - 09:40

Slovene Smart Specialization 2014-2020 policy introduction

09:40 - 10:00

Open Source Software: Governance Makes the Difference

10:00 - 12:30

Moderating panel on Smart Cities

10:00 - 10:20

Open & Agile Smart Cities

10:20 - 10:40

Overview of the EIT Digital Action Lines

10:40 - 11:00

Smart Cities and Communities as a development opportunity for Slovenia

11:00 - 11:20

Building up Startup Comunitiy in Smartcities Dubrovnik (Cro), Sarajevo (BIH), Opatija (CRO)

11:20 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Modern passenger road-transport disrupters and effective ways to get from A to B

11:50 - 12:10

Sustainable and smart buildings – basic building blocks of smart cities

12:10 - 12:30

Performance Efficiency as Opened Systems Paradigm

12:30 - 12:50

Q & A

12:50 - 13:50

Lunch break

13:50 - 14:10

How to build global cloud startups

14:10 - 15:45

Moderating panel on integrating ICT into research, development and innovation in the wood sector

14:10 - 14:30

Fingerprint traceability opens the door to smart sawmill production

14:30 - 14:55

Integrating ICT into research, development and innovation in the wood sector at the InnoRenew CoE

14:55 - 15:15

Use of computational techniques in wood research and will focus on a potential of computed aided eng

15:15 - 15:45

Q & A

15:45 -

Closing of 1st day

Friday, November 06

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:05

Opening and presentation of the e&m-Health in Cloud panel

09:05 - 09:20

Emerging trends and challenges for decentralised e-health services in smart cities

09:20 - 09:30

Smart cities and e&m-Health - Discussion, Opinions, Questions, Challenges

09:30 - 09:45

Slovenian cloud developments ready for e&m-Health/Slovenia

09:45 - 10:00

National e-Health information system of Slovakia utilizing the Private national health cloud

10:00 - 10:15

Cloud based database on wearables for development of algorithms to detect increased risk of fall

10:15 - 10:30

Cloud infrastructure for e&m-Health - Discussion, Opinions, Questions, Challenges

10:30 - 10:45

Implementation of nationai EM-Health Action plans via exploitation of the EU cohesion founds

10:45 - 11:00

Cloud framework for mHealth stream data storage and analysis

11:00 - 11:15

Potential research in eHealth

11:15 - 11:30

National e&m-Health Action plans via EU cohesion founds - Discussion, Opinions, Questions, Challenge

11:30 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:05

Facing the Open Cloud Challenges: the OCCIware approach

12:05 - 12:50

Moderating panel on Smart Factories

12:05 - 12:25

Smart Factory concept and EU

12:25 - 12:50

New Cloud Based Solutions for a Light Aircraft SME Manufacturer

12:50 - 13:10

Q & A

13:10 -

Closing of 2nd day

Main topics:

1. SmartCities&Communities&Urban life and mobility 

7 out of 10 will live in cities by 2050 (UN). 80 % of the total economic activities will be in China. 20 million new inhabitants. 80 % of the total economic activities GDP generate sustainability currently and related urban areas. 

But there will be no Smart Cities if there are no Smart Citizens. Emergence of new behaviours - the way people move, work, entertain, socialize - will be at the origin of new upcoming business models. And Smart Cities need interoperability and standards, which needed to be demand driven and generated by the cities and the citizens. With the use of smartphones and mobile applications, ubiquity is now a reality and instantaneity is a very strong daily expectation. More and more, individuals become both services consumers and services producers. With social networking, crowdsourcing, live information, we have the chance to turn from passive and consumer-minded individuals to active, collaborative and sharing-oriented citizens.

Enabling a sustainable mobility, improving urban information management, preserving privacy and addressing trust issues, these are the main challenges we face nowadays.

In this context, Class 2015 will bring together both, demand side coming from city representatives as well as ICT technologies will create opportunities for innovative businesses and will leverage mass deployment of societal innovations, resulting in value creation and renewed city governance.

2. Smart agriculture &Smart wood

The European Commission has approved a further 18 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) aimed at improving the competitiveness of the EU farming sector, caring for the countryside and climate, and strengthening the economic and social fabric of rural communities in the period until 2020. 

Background Support for Rural Development is the so-called 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy, providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. The new Rural Development Regulation for the 2014-2020 period addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. 

The European Commission has estimated that the European bioeconomy has an annual turnover of about EUR 2 trillion and employs 22 million people – approximately 9% of the total EU workforce. The forest sector’s share of the annual turnover and employment is estimated to be 31%, and 22% respectively. These figures illustrate the significance of this sector and highlight the contribution of the forest sector and its related industries to Europe’s bioeconomy today.

Wood materials, construction, biology, polymer, social, cloud computing product development, which is user focused and innovation based, enhanced value and supply chain management,  and revitalisation of the forest-based value chains through radical implementation of innovation (including fundamentally improved innovative business models).

Combining modern materials with increasing performance requirements has resulted in a major overhaul of the delivery of biobased building solutions, such that there is an increasing focus on incorporating ICT into product design and use. This can involve a greater role of logistics within the value chain, resulting in more efficient production methods as well as novel products. As greater emphasis on ICT is placed within smart building systems, energy management fits in well with enhanced building performance as requirements move closer to those of Passivhaus accreditation. The smart building concept complies with the EU Smart Cities Directive, whereby energy solutions form but one part of the wider aims.

European environmental policies as well as increased human awareness of the quality of life provided by wooden constructions will be presented. Also, how to leverage its skilled workforce and tradition with wood-products manufacturing in new and innovative ways. 

Also in connection with vast natural and cultural heritage, the upkeep of which makes use of cutting-edge wood science, will be presented.

3. Smart factories&Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a collective term for technologies and concepts of value chain organization [1]. Based on the technological concepts of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things [2] and the Internet of Services [3], it facilitates the vision of the Smart Factory. Within the modular structured Smart Factories of Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. Over the Internet of Things, Cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and humans in real time. Via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and utilized by participants of the value chain [1].

When you think of manufacturing, what comes to mind? A dark, dirty picture of dangerous factories filled with workers and machines repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again? Well, think again!

The information technology (IT) revolution has finally come to factory floors around the world. Today, manufacturing is becoming highly automated and IT-driven or simply put, “smart.” Every day, advances in modern manufacturing technologies make factories smarter, safer and also more environmentally sustainable.  Progressive businesses will strategically investing to transform their operations from cost centers into smart manufacturing profit centers that will dramatically increase their sales.

However, global competition is a marathon race towards this new age of advanced or “smart manufacturing.” As the next generation of 21st century smart manufacturing starts, some developed and even emerging nations have already jumped the gun with strong industrial policies that help to align government, businesses and educational institutions to take advantage of it. The European Commission is investing nearly $2 billion into a “Factories of the Future” public-private partnership to develop the blueprints for a smarter manufacturing sector in the European Union.

4. Health and well-being

The European Union is facing unprecedented demographic changes: an ageing population, an increasing number of chronic diseases, increased percentage of comorbidities, and, as a consequence, increased expenditures in health care. OECD reports that among quality issues in homecare for elderly there is concern for broadening the range of services to support care at home, in particular in support of informal care givers. Projections show that expenditure may continue to grow to 8.5% of GDP in 2060 due to the ageing population and other socio-economic and cultural factors. In addition, the long-term care expenditure projection would, on average, almost double over this period. Furthermore, from the year 2010 to 2060, the working age contingent is expected to fall dramatically from 61% to 51% of the total population, while the share of the elderly (+65) and very old (+80) population in the EU is projected to grow from 17.4% in 30.0% and from 4.7% to 12.1%, respectively.

Not only the ageing population, but also an increase in budgetary pressure is impacting upon health care systems across Europe. Systems that introduce eHealth and mHealth can contribute to a more patient oriented care experience and shift health care towards prevention whilst at the same time improve the efficiency of the system. New e&mHealth solutions, including unobtrusive wireless wearables, smartphones and tablets that can process sensors' readings and provide timely health advices to users and cloud technologies that can store and analyse the gathered data, serve as a backbone of e&mHealth solutions. Iimproved quality of life of patients and their caregivers and the wellbeing of senior  population is expected, provided by e&mHealth solutions based on sustainable business models.

Generic Topics (used within Main Topics where applicable):

1. Standards

Cloud computing has started with the activities of multiple organizations and industry players that have offered new services, based on a variety of technologies and platforms. It has gained momentum and credibility, thus generating new offers and demands for more complex use cases and services. In this perspective, standardization is seen as a strong enabler, potentially bringing more confidence to investors as well as to customers – in particular SMEs, Municipalities, Governments, etc. Regulators and policy makers are in turn willing to understand how they can help solidify the industry without disrupting innovation . 

2. Certifications

Before purchasing a cloud service, customers want to know if the service is secure and reliable. But cloud computing services are complex and built up from many different ICT components (cables, large data centers, software, etc), so it is hard for individual customers to check all the technical details by themselves. Cloud providers have many customers (this is the main idea of cloud computing) so if all customers would check their security requirements separately, then this would mean double work. If each customer would want to do an on-site audit, for example, there would be long cues at the gates of data centers. Now, the idea of a certification scheme is to check one basic set of security requirements, once for all customers. In this way certification can simplify the procurement of cloud services by customers. Note that certification schemes do not replace the need for customers to do due-diligence when procuring, rather certification is a way to simplify this process.

We refer the interested reader to an ENISA paper, published in 2013, which gives an overview of a range of different information security certification schemes, used in different sectors.


Day 1 – SmartCities&Communities&Urban life and mobility; Smart agriculture &Smart wood

Duration: 09:00 – 16:00

Day 2 - Smart factories&Industry 4.0, Health and well-being

Duration: 09:00 – 16:00