Dear Sirs and Madams,
Recent weeks have brought us a significant change in the face of the world we have known so far; no one expected that many aspects of our daily lives will have to be moved to the virtual domain so quickly.
The new challenges we have faced in these difficult times are part of our mission to research and develop technology and applications for digital science, industry and society. A recognizable sign of PSNC is that many of our work results are implemented in the form of services and products available as part of our network and computing infrastructure. For years, we have been trying to increase the potential of digital applications and their availability for science, education, industry and society.
Polish IT infrastructure for advanced scientific research is ready to serve new social challenges. During global quarantine we can enable contact, provide tools for remote, joint and secure work, provide the widest possible possibilities to ensure the continuity of research, education, administration or business operations, and finally to support access for cultural or even spiritual needs.
Today, when almost all PSNC employees work remotely, the best solutions that have so far served us to cooperate in research projects are adapted for large-scale use by university, school or office employees. We have already started the first training in form of webinars on how to use the PIONIER Research Classroom services in remotely supporting school principals, teachers and students. Our NABÓR system allows you to conduct fully electronic recruitment to kindergartens. Digital libraries based on the dLibra system and digital museums operating in the dMuseion system continuously make their resources available for research, implementation of educational scenarios or development of their own activities focused on local history. FutureLabs (living laboratoies) and the Coworking Space are moving into a social virtual space of volunteer involvement to cooperate in taking on new technological challenges.
We want to share our experience and remain focused on our mission of creating helpful and effective applications of modern technologies. We will dynamically inform about all our activities through our information channels.
We are convinced that it is important to expand the community around PSNC and thus increase the effectiveness of activities in virtual space.
Every year, the citizens of the capital of Wielkopolska Region vote for the projects of their choice under the Poznan Civic Budget. During this year's edition, thanks to the support of the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, it was possible to detect invalid votes and efficiently conduct the verification stage.
The Registered Service Provider program is run within the DataCite consortium and associates institutions that enable other members to create and modify information about registered DOI numbers in an automated way, i.e. through dedicated DataCite API. PSNC has been included in this program.
Raimundas Tuminauskas - Head of the PSNC Network and Service Infrastructure Department is among the four members of the Board appointed for the next year.
Traditionally, at the largest Supercomputing (SC20) conference devoted to supercomputing technologies (HPC, High Performance Computing), another TOP500 list was announced - the fastest supercomputers in the world. This list includes a new PSNC supercomputing system - Eagle II (position 85), the successor of Eagle supercomputer purchased in 2015.
PSNC, Poznan University of Technology and Veolia Energia Poznan S.A. will take part in the international project RENergetic (Community-empowered Sustainable Multi-Vector Energy Islands) implemented under the Horizon 2020 program. The aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate innovative tools to manage energy islands.
The results of the 10th competition entitled "Local Government of Equal Opportunities" for the best projects for people with disabilities, implemented by Polish local governments, have been announced. The WINS Incubator for Social Innovation, implemented by the Regional Center of Social Policy in Poznan, the Marshall Office of the Wielkopolska Region, the City of Poznan and PSNC won in the "District/Region" category.
Most of the events planned for this year have been moved to virtual space. The same is true for Researchers' Night. On Friday, November 27th, we invite you to a unique virtual studio to join a meeting with scientists from Poznan. This time online, with the help of webcams, we will visit laboratories to discover the fascinating secrets of the world of knowledge. As in previous years, PSNC is actively involved in organizing this event.
On November 16th, 2020 PSNC television studio hosted the second edition of Transatlantic Orthopaedic Live Surgery Broadcast. Thanks to the medVC platform, the event was attended by nearly 7 000 doctors from 28 countries around the world.
This weekend, on November 8 and 9, 2020, the first edition of this year's Auditory Festival will take place, which is part of the "Listening Horizon" program of the Biennale Mediations Polska. Thanks to the cooperation with the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, the event will be held entirely online.
On November 4, 2020, at 7.00 p.m., the inaugural concert will be held as part of the "Concert Machine" project. The project was created thanks to the cooperation of the Telematics Workshop of the Academy of Music in Poznan and the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, with the organizational participation of an_ARCHE NewMusicFoundation.
On October 23, 2020, the world premiere of the experimental opera project "ISOLATION: Carmen/Don Giovanni/Don Pasquale" directed by Krzysztof Cicheński will take place in the foyer of Teatr Wielki in Poznan. PSNC is responsible for registering and broadcast of this event on the Internet.
During the 18th International Symposium on News in Audio and Video Technology (NTAV2020), a presentation took place on design work related to VR/360° audiovisual productions and ambisonic sound conducted at PSNC.
Interview for TOK FM: The magic of science is going online this year. Researchers Night takes place on November 27
This year's edition of the Researchers' Night, which is a very popular event among the children and adults in Poznan, will be held entirely on-line. On November 27, the organizers invite the participants to a virtual studio to a "live" broadcast, and viewers will have access to 8 thematic channels. Damian Niemir (PSNC) talks about this unique event on Radio TOK FM.
The second episode of the ITM_talks online discussion, organized by the MTP Group, was devoted to the autonomy of robots and the digital transformation of the industry. The panel was attended by dr Krzysztof Kurowski - Technical Director of PSNC.
In the weekly "Polityka" you can read an article about technologies that help to monitor apiaries. The author mentions the EU project DEMETER, which is to promote the use of IoT sensors in agriculture. PSNC is the partner of this project.
On the "Cultural Base" (polish: "Kultura u Podstaw") portal of the Culture Department of the Marshal's Office in the Wielkopolska Region we can read an interview with Jan Skorupa from PSNC's New Media Department. The interview discusses, among others, the issues of development works conducted at PSNC within the CBPIO and FutureLabs projects.
The opening session of this year's TNC conference was scheduled for today, 8 June 2020. As in previous years, PSNC was supposed to act as a technological partner. Unfortunately, the organizers, due to the persisting coronavirus epidemic, decided to postpone the conference for a year.
Immersive media change the perception of cinema. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, cinemas around the world remain closed. David Davies in his article on the IBC365 portal is trying to answer the question: which technologies can encourage viewers in the future to return to this form of entertainment? One of the responders is Maciej Głowiak - Head of PSNC New Media Department.