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EU Horizon 2020 project Track & Know is halfway    Jul 02, 2019

EU Horizon 2020 project Track & Know is halfway
Jul 02, 2019


Prof. dr. ir. Ansar YASAR



The research project Track & Know, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, draws near its mid-term. This marks an important milestone as it leaves the project consortium 18 months to achieve its goals. The consortium partners recently gathered for a mid-term event in Leuven (Belgium) to put the spotlight on their research and reach out to a broad audience. Also, the past months, several team members engaged in liaison conferences, workshops and webinars to get in touch with various relevant stakeholders.

The Track & Know consortium of 14 partners aims to research, develop and exploit a new software framework to increase efficiency of Big Data applications in transport, mobility, motor insurance and health sectors. Moreover, the project will develop user-friendly toolboxes that will be readily applicable in the addressed markets after efficiency validation in real-world pilots. The research project focuses on resolving key business cases for 3 test pilots, namely transport/mobility, insurance and health care. We talk about Big Data when processing and making decisions using large amounts of varied data that continues to grow. Known as the 3 V’s of Big Data, these characteristics of Volume, Variety and Velocity make the storage and processing of this data unsuitable for traditional database and processing systems.

Mid-term event: special technical session at annual ANT-conference

As part of the dissemination goals of the 3-year project, a mid-term event was held as a special technical session within the reputed international conference on Ambient Systems, Network and Technologies (ANT). This session was meant to gain attention of a wider and more related audience. The 2019 ANT conference for researchers and industry practitioners took place in May and was attended by more than 150 individuals from all continents with presentations on over 100 research papers. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to enhance the network and reach out to the researchers and practitioners in different but related domains by advertising the project portfolio and distributing the project materials.

The well attended session on the Track & Know project consisted of five key presentations of which the first served as an overall introduction. The other technical presentations described preliminary results, work in progress and generated some useful discussions, that resulted in 3 key takeaways that will help exploit upcoming project research activities:

1) Collaborations with Track & Know partners in further exploration of a variety of big data analysis methods,
2) Sharing and availability of data (aggregate data) for testing and resolving other pertinent research questions,
3) Knowledge sharing in relation to understand how Track & Know has resolved data privacy, GDPR and other ethical issues.  

Key liaison activities, workshops and conferences

In the past months, Track & Know project researchers participated in several key liaison activities. Attending these activities is highly important as it enables the consortium to present the project to researchers and practitioners, expand their network, create project, engage relevant stakeholders and disseminate current research results. These activities included the November 2018 Big Data Value Forum in Vienna (Austria), a collaboration visit to two hospitals in Wuhu China, the E-sides Workshop on ‘Towards Value-Centric Big data: Connect People, Processes and Technologies’ in Brussels and various other key activities.

More info on these activities and the related publications can be found in the third issue of the Track & Know online newsletter

EU H2020 research project Track & Know

Track & Know is a 3-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The consortium of 14 partners from 9 different countries kicked-off in January 2018. IMOB-UHasselt is one of the research partners and is responsible for developing visual analytics methods to analyse data (e.g. assessing data quality, identifying data patterns, building models that explain the data, visualize data…). Furthermore, IMOB coordinates the dissemination and communication activities in the project.

More information about the project can be found at: https:///trackandknowproject.eu


Project coördinator
Dr. Ibad Kureshi
Senior Research Scientist – Inlecom Systems
Square de Meeus 38/40, Brussels,
1000, Belgium

IMOB-UHasselt project leader
Prof. dr. Ansar Yasar
Instituut voor Mobiliteit (IMOB) – Universiteit Hasselt
Wetenschapspark 5 bus 6
3590 Diepenbeek