The CHIST-ERA network supports 10 new research projects

September 9th, 2019

CHIST-ERA, a European network of research funders, has invited 10 new research projects for grant preparation for a total budget of 9 M€, following its Call 2018 competition. The researchers were invited to propose projects in two topics of emergent scientific importance for potentially high impact new information and communication technologies. Five projects fall in the analog computing for artificial intelligence (AI) domain and five others in the computing in dynamic networks one.

  • Analog Computing for Artificial Intelligence (ACAI)
    With the end of Moore's law, there is room again for more varied computer architectures including analog ones. These can enable fast, energy-efficient computing for specific applications and thus become attractive again. Furthermore, the field of AI addresses signals, which are intrinsically analog (image, sound, speech, proprioception, etc…) and increasingly relies on neural networks, which naturally lend themselves to analog computing. In this context, analog computing becomes appealing for running AI applications locally on personal devices, and more generally in an energy-efficient way.
  • Smart Distribution of Computing in Dynamic Networks (SDCDN)
    The proliferation of IoT solutions is driving new computing paradigms that support diverse applications' needs including cloud, fog and edge computing. Increasingly hybrid approaches are being adopted to provide performance trade-offs between these distribution models. This trend is foreseen to continue to grow especially in smart environments powered by post-5G networks. Processing will have to be delegated via novel intelligent coordination strategies over dynamic networks. There is a need for ubiquitous, context-aware, robust solutions that dynamically orchestrate computing tasks among these models.

18 countries members of CHIST-ERA joined the call, 17 in Europe plus Québec in Canada. Building on this collaboration, the selected projects are all transnational with at least three research groups from three different countries. The transnational networking will be further supported through a yearly seminar bringing together the funded projects. 

View the Call's details and statistics.

The list of the selected projects is below.

Analog Computing for Artificial Intelligence (ACAI) projects

Acronym Title Countries


Analogue Intelligent chip for short and middle range Radar signal processing

Finland, France, Poland


Analog PRocessing of bionspired Vision Sensor for 3D reconstruction

France, Greece, Spain, Switzerland


Event Driven Artificial Intelligence Hardware for Biomedical Sensors 

Estonia, France, Ireland 


Spiking Memristive Architectures for Learning to Learn 

Austria, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom


Unsupervised spiking neural networks with analog memristive devices for edge computing 

Canada*, France, Poland, Switzerland

Smart Distribution of Computing in Dynamic Networks (SDCDN) projects

Acronym Title Countries


COmmunicatioN-aware dyNamic Edge CompuTing 

Finland, Turkey, United Kingdom


Distributed Stream Processing on Fog and Edge Systems via Transprecise Computing 

France, Greece, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom


Edge Computing Resource Allocation for Dynamic Networks  

Belgium, Canada*, France, Greece, United Kingdom


Holistic and foundational resource allocation framework for optimized and impactful edge computing services 

Finland, France, Greece, Spain


Smart Collaborative cOmputing, caching and netwoRking paradIgm for Next Generation communication infrastructures 

Canada*, France, Turkey 

*The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies is the manager.

Laurence Martin Gosselin
Program Manager, international
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
418 643-8560, ext. 3455