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Title: Space Internetworking Center
Acronym: SPICE
Project Number: 264226
Starting Date: 01 Sept 2010
Duration: 36 months
Total Budget: 1.546.072 Euro
EC Contribution: 1.379.014,20 Euro

The laboratory of Internetworked Systems of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, has made significant contributions to the architectural requirements, objectives standardization and prototyping of future Space Internetworking strategy in Europe and beyond. Space Internetworking has gained momentum in both Space and Internet Communities and enters a phase of wide experimentation, standardization and deployment, binding scientific expertise of diverse communities. We intend to strengthen our research potential and broaden our scientific expertise in major areas covered by Space Internetworking. This includes protocol technology for Space and Earth, mission requirements and design strategies, distributed applications for Space data, mechanisms and algorithms for space data processing, including security issues.

The scheduled activities of this project will result in the unification of three laboratories in a European Center for Space Internetworking (SPICE), capable of consulting significant missions, undertaking important projects such as the unification of space and earth communication and also hosting world-class experts. Therefore, funding of the project will leave a permanent quality stamp in the region through a world-class center of innovation, which will promote science, European competitiveness and certainly will greatly boost the social and economical status of the convergence region of Thrace.

Our scope is to lead the research community towards the most promising directions of research and development in the area of DTN in order to disseminate, create awareness and stimulate exploitation of this knowledge by European Commission, ESA, National Research funding organizations and international standardization bodies, such as IETF and CCSDS. This will be achieved through the mobility of SPICE researchers to cooperating research institutes, the employment of researchers, the organization of panel sessions and workshops, the upgrade of the existing research infrastructure, the organization of regular presentations from high-level scientists etc.

In this context, the effects of SPICE project span greater than the three-year duration of the project. The development and operation of a research institution on Space Internetworking, that accommodates research staff, promotes innovative, high-level research and attracts worldwide interest, will greatly boost the social and economical status of a convergence region like Thrace.