This project aims to address a new field of research, which we named “Cloud Thinking”. Cloud Thinking sits on the intersection of the new computational techniques developed in the last years with the rich and dynamic information environment that constitute our current society.
The scenarios of Ambient Intelligence, Ambient Assisted Living, Personalized Information Retrieval,Personalized Medicine, Cooperative Robotic behaviour, and Real-Time Clinical Test Monitoring are all well-known in multiple fields. However the high level of information retrieval, management and the amount of computational processing required for these scenarios have always impaired their realization.
Although many of the concepts to realize these scenarios are known, the way to realize them require tools and infrastructures that are not easily attainable.
The projects’ ambition is the creation of a new set of solutions based in novel ICT technologies, developing a concept that encompasses the synergistic usage of cloud computing, with large database access and information retrieval, associated with advanced methods for reasoning and data mining (and with the basic scalable algorithms to support the dimensions of the data sets targeted). This concept,
which we named “cloud thinking” in order to highlight the notion of complex information processing in high dynamic, multi-input, large data, environments, has the potential to be applied to several areas.