The project is developed within the area of the "Internet-based Service Engineering", devoted to the research of scientific analytical methodologies for the design, production and deployment of innovative services. The project aims to conceive and put in practice an intervention at a strategic, organizational and technological level in order to enable the "sustainable knowledge society". Objective of the project is to start creating a new service culture over the regional territory, thus marking a discontinuity point in the development model of the region, and guiding the transition of Apulia region toward the "smart territory" paradigm, by which the territory is intended to be a multi-player system able to maximize, through the arrangement of an adequate technological and digital infrastructure, the capability to innovate and to manage the knowledge assets of the regional stakeholders. The innovative product that this project is expected to create is a pervasive technological infrastructure, thought to act as the nervous system of the "smart territory", to apply in a systemic way the paradigm of Future Internet, to provide deployment environments and tools to support Service Innovation.
The research project VINCENTE aims at conceiving, building and experimenting a methodological, technological and service platform for generating Sustainable Technology Entrepreneurship Ecosystems, able to optimize the use of resources, valorise knowledge assets, respect the environment and the ethical values, and ensure social inclusion. The project defines and experiments a new approach to technology entrepreneurship, leveraging on relevant research fields such as Open Innovation, Collective Intelligence, Enterprise Social Software. The project goal is aligned with the policies and strategies promoted by the EU, WEF, World Bank and Kauffman Foundation about the fundamental role of developing entrepreneurial culture and competencies (in particular those related to technology-intensive sectors) to generate new socioeconomic value and effectively face the challenges of the XXI century. The project aims thus to analyse and develop methodologies, tools and services to support and stimulate the development of entrepreneurial competencies, and the usage and creation of knowledge (often implicitly) which exists within social networks (both internal and web-based), in the final perspective of promoting innovation, improving problem solving and decision making.The "wisdom of the crowds" and the collective intelligence emerging from the collaboration of multiple actors become the tools to conceive and realize business ideas, which balance technological opportunities and business potential with social acceptability and market risk.
The research agenda of the European Technology Platform Manufuture aims at supporting the transition of the European manufacturing industry towards a competitive, sustainable and knowledge based approach. The project KHIRA, according to the Manufuture agenda and with reference to the research area ICT-based intelligent manufacturing, addresses the issue of competitiveness and sustainability by focusing on the problem of knowledge management across the product lifecycle. This issue is only partially supported by the state of the art of the current technologies due to a discipline and silos based organization of work that is not able to streamline and institutionalize processes, dissipates and does not promote reuse of knowledge, and in such a way reduces the capability to manage and support activities in complex programs. Building a knowledge based manufacturing model means extending the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) paradigm towards a logic able to integrate people, processes, practices, rules and technologies, according a holistic approach, through all steps of the product lifecycle.