DAIAD held its kickoff meeting in Athens! For two days April 3-4, 2014), IMIS welcomed all project partners in the heart of Athens, to set the foundations for 3.5 years of extremely interesting collaboration and work.
The meeting was the first opportunity for most project members to meet in person, share their experiences in their respective fields, identify common research goals, as well as development directions. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of DAIAD, bringing together members of the ICT and Water communities, discussions have been exciting!
The first day was a chance for everyone to focus again on the goals and ideas behind the DAIAD project. Through a series of use cases, we revisited the major issues hindering efficient water use and reaffirmed the potential impact of the project. In the following, our Work Package leaders took turns and presented the planned work, deliverables, and time-frame of each Work Package. To conclude the day, we examined all opportunities for collaboration and concentration with other FP7-funded projects, NGOs, institutions, standardization bodies, and community initiatives. After all this hard work, Ermou street in Athens gave us the opportunity to taste traditional and contemporary Greek delicacies!
The second day started with a brief presentation of the major scientific methodologies and technologies we will be using in the project. The goal was for all participants to get acquainted with the consortium’s competencies, which combined, cover the entire life-cycle of water consumption data. Vivid discussions took place, across all involved domains: water monitoring, interventions, big data, water demand management.
Having established our common knowledge foundations, an intense round of brainstorming took place in order to establish the first verion of DAIAD’s system architecture. It was a long process, where everyone contributed, but we managed to impress the major hardware/software components, dependencies, and development priorities. The formal version of the user requirements and architecture will be established in the upcoming months. A highlight was the discussions and consensus reached over wireless capabilities of DAIAD@feel (our water monitor) and how it will interact with the users. We are very excited, but cannot share more information right know, please wait for our first demo!
The meeting ended with a rendez-vous for Oxford, UK. Our next plenary meeting will take place right after the Waterwise Annual Conference, giving us the opportunity to reach and engage water stakeholders in the UK.