Highlights from EAI GoodTechs 2020

Design, implementation, deployment, operation, evaluation of smart objects, and technologies for social good were the main talking points of GoodTechs 2020. The event brings topics with the potential to change the world we live in.

By social good, founders of the event refer to a “good” or a service that benefits the largest number of people in the largest possible way. This year’s edition was held online and showed new possibilities of interaction.

Engaging presentations

In Graphic Interfaces in ADAS: from requirements to implementation presentation, authors Alessio Masola, Cristian Gabbi, Nicola Capodieci, Paolo Burgio (University of Modena And Reggio Emilia), and Andrea Castellano (RE:Lab s.r.l.), reported their experiences in designing and implementing a digital virtual cockpit to be installed as a component within the software stack of an Advanced Driving Assisted System (ADAS).

Alessio Masola, Cristian Gabbi, Nicola Capodieci, Paolo Burgio, Andrea Castellano: Ego-vehicle waiting for the green traffic light

Their presentation from the Smart Moving special session on Day 2 evoked online discussion in Slack, which we use for the conference interaction. It was a great example of engaging content that continued even after the session.

Questions by Johann Marquez-Barja: @Alessio Masola have you work with CAM and DENM messages, the official and standardized message passing system in CV2X systems? Do you also have in-car sensors to recognize the behavior of the distracted driver? In particular with wearables that report the health (heartbeat, etc) information about the driver?. I am intrigued about the AD stack, is this the auto-ware system?
Also… up to what level of autonomy is being considered in your study?

Did you consider V2P messaging system or only lidar-based information? I think putting the above relevant data into the visual board is a really interesting contribution. However, the precision and nature of the data is too important, how do you increase / guarantee the quality of such data?

Answer by Alessio Masola: On the protocols, we use our own protocol developed in the contexts related to the European projects inherent to this work but we will consider other protocols in the future.

No V2P features yet, just V2V and communication towards city infrastructures

Comment from Nicola Capodieci: @Johann Marquez-Barja Wrt to auto-ware as an SW stack: No it is not. It’s a software stack we developed internally in our research lab. https://class-project.eu/software-architecture hopefully it will be made public (in terms of code) in the future.

Comment from Johann Marquez-Barja: @Alessio Masola, I would read your paper for more details… thanks!

Comment from Erik de Britto e Silva: @Alessio Masola, thank you for your interesting work!

Interaction on OASIS session

Another example of a presentation that created online interaction was Evaluating Posts on the Steemit Blockchain: Analysis on Topics Based on Textual Cues by Kristina Kapanova (School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Barbara Guidi, Andrea Michienzi (Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa), and Kevin Koidl (School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland).

Questions by Johann Marquez-Barja: @Andrea Michienzi, @Barbara Guidi topics related to green solutions or eco-topics seems to be not trending at all? I am surprised.. What are your findings about it?

Answer by Andrea Michienzi: Yes, sadly the community is extremely polarized. It is extremely common to see pieces of code that show how steemit and steem work, but it’s hard to find posts concerning green economy, green technologies, and so on. Even other important topics, such as politics are hard to be found.

This is curious indeed, as the block creation procedure of Steem (the hosting blockchain) is not computationally expensive because it’s based on the stake of the users (it’s Delegated proof of stake), so they should be at least proud of it. But the community of Steemit tries to keep out potentially controversial topics

Comment from Johann Marquez-Barja: @Barbara Guidi, your slide 6 (I think) with the Blockchain platforms overview (+features) I find it really useful. 😉

Answer from Barbara Guidi: @Johann Marquez-Barja, thanks!

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