Network of Networks Meeting

London, March 2014

The third EPSRC ICT Network of Networks meeting took place on the 27th March 2013 at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, and was attended representatives of 19 ICT Networks and EPSRC staff.

The objective the meeting was to develop a conceptual map of research challenges addressed by the ICT Networks in order to aid the development of a better mutual understanding of:

a. the research coverage of the networks;
b. their research challenges and relationships;
c. potential inter-network collaborations; and
d. their coverage of the ICT research landscape.

Prior to the meeting the networks each provided three research challenges that were thought by their members to be critical to the development their research areas. Network representatives were asked to group all of the network challenges into like groups using the online sorting tool: Well Sorted . This resulted in eight groups of challenges that were used both to structure the activities of the meeting and to provide initial documentation and awareness.

At the meeting network representatives were asked to identify which of the challenge groups were most relevant to their networks. Breakout sessions were formed around these groupings. The teams were tasked with agreeing titles for challenge groups and of identifying potential inter-network collaborations.

The groups were merged into four larger groups and each network representative distributed twelve colour shapes (each unique to a network) onto the topic hex-map of the EPSRC ICT portfolio (provided by the ICT Perspectives project ). Attendees were again asked to identify overlaps and potential collaborations.

Interaction and networking at the meeting was facilitated by personal and group aid memoir proformas; fast frequent plenary feedback; and plenty of coffee and cake.

Network of Networks Tree Map

Each section represents groups of research challenges which the attendees thought were similar.
Hover over or tap any challenge to see the longer description submitted by the attendees
Click or tap any colour to see more details of the area and the attendees who identified with it

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Silver Group: Enabling the Connected World

Group SymbolGroup MemberNetwork
Silver CircleIan HenningUK Photonics Systems Outreach Network
Silver StarGerard ParrEPSRC NETWORK in Next Generation Networks Systems and Services - Enablers for the Digital Economy
Silver PentagonPeter GrantComm-Net
Silver SquareAlwyn SeedsAURORA - UK Dark Fibre

Scope of Group Within ICT Portfolio

Each hex contains a single topic generated by performing topic modelling on the EPSRC ICT funded project portfolio
This shows how the attendees in this group distributed their research interests onto this Topic Map

Overview Topic Hex Map

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