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The Computational Sustainability and “Green” ICT research program is rooted in the realization that an enormous amount of energy is wasted due to inefficiency, bad practice and/or lack of information. As far as electricity is concerned, an antiquated generation, transport and distribution infrastructure only makes things worse. Using Information and Communication technology to improve Power Usage Effectiveness of society at large (as opposed to within the confines of the industry) and increase awareness about energy consumption is our declared objective.

EBTIC focuses on creating and deploying advanced ICT solutions that can improve the functioning of a society (eg. a city), enhancing its efficiency and competitiveness, and providing new ways in dealing with its societal challenges/issues.

EBTIC is focusing on identifying ways in which intelligent infrastructure can be deployed, and how the vast amount of dynamic and streamed data can be collected and analysed leading to smarter decision making to better organise and deliver services to citizens and improve their quality of life.

There are a number of key sub-areas of the smart society that EBTIC aims to contribute to:

Sustainable Environment: The objectives are to improve energy efficiency of ICT and improve energy efficiency through ICT. The former involves finding ways to lower the power consumption of ICT systems and services such as networks and data-centres, wireless access networks etc., while the latter aims to identify practical ways of using ICT to reduce energy waste in society at large through intelligent management and increased public awareness.

Health Care: Today's health care systems are bound to big, unwieldy monolithic systems. Information is isolated in silos (desktops of general practitioners) and health care entities (doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, crisis coordination centres, patients/victims) are disconnected. EBTIC’s intelligent collaborative Care (iCare) R&D program aims to create and extend software architectures and algorithms addressing the most urgent needs in the primary and preventive health care sector, including key challenges in ICT services in health care.

Education: The EBTIC Intelligent Campus (iCampus) program addresses the various pertinent topics of interest arising from the global drive to redefine the education and smart learning landscapes. The work focuses on creating intelligent technologies to help educational establishments to meet the needs of the future learners.

Social Networks: The explosion in social media use has established it as a communication medium that cities and government must use to communicate more effectively with communities’ residents of a smart city. It also represents a rich source of near immediate and timely relevant information on almost every aspect of our society, from news and media interests, personal interests, education, politics, entertainment, security, traffic information as well as the likes and dislikes of these communities. However, the intelligent and useful analysis of this information is hampered by many challenges, such as the lack of structure of the content, its very short nature (eg., short text messages), incorrect use of language and grammar, the huge contamination with noisy data, meaningless information that is only relevant to the users and their friends and so on. EBTIC has been active in developing intelligent techniques to tackle these challenges that are not faced by traditional text mining techniques