RESIST NoE: Resilience for Survivability in IST (Network of Excellence)

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ReSIST is an NoE that addresses the strategic objective of the European Union's FP6 Work Programme for IST (Information Society Technologies), and responds to the stated need for resilience, self-healing, dynamic content and volatile environments. The contract supporting the ReSIST activities extends on 3 years, starting on the 1st of January 2006.

ReSIST integrates leading researchers active in the multidisciplinary domains of Dependability, Security, and Human Factors, in order that Europe will have a well-focused coherent set of research activities aimed at ensuring that future ubiquitous computing systems, the immense systems of ever-evolving networks of computers and mobile devices which are needed to support and provide Ambient Intelligence (AmI), have the necessary resilience and survivability, despite any residual development and physical faults, interaction mistakes, or malicious attacks and disruptions.


In order to make appropriate progress, ReSIST will focus on the following four objectives in addressing the scalability of dependability and security via resilience:

  1. Integration of teams of researchers so that the fundamental topics concerning scalably resilient ubiquitous systems are addressed by a critical mass of co-operative, multi-disciplinary research.
  2. Identification, in an international context, of the key research directions (both technical and socio-technical) induced on the supporting ubiquitous systems by the requirement for trust and confidence in AmI.
  3. Production of significant research results (concepts, models, policies, algorithms, mechanisms) that pave the way for scalably resilient ubiquitous systems.
  4. Promotion and propagation of a resilience culture in university curricula and in engineering best practices.

Approach and Methods

To reach these objectives, the ReSIST activity topics for its three-year duration are refined and identified as follows. The four resilience scaling technologies and the three resilience building technologies identified beforehand are supplemented by two resilience integration technologies: a resilience knowledge base, and a resilience-explicit computing approach. Exploitation of the results obtained in order to promote a resilience culture is achieved via training and dissemination. The multi-dimensional synergies necessary for carrying out the above-identified activities are supported by integration operations. Leadership and management of the network will be delivered at the operational and strategic levels.


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