AIR Institute Supports EU Funded SmartCLIDE Project


Salamanca, Spain – March 5,2020 — A European consortium of eleven partners from Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom has announced the launch of the SmartCLIDE project, a €4.9 million research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

In January 2020, the SmartCLIDE (Cloud, deep-Learning, IDE, Discovery and programming-by-Example) project was created under the leadership of the Bremen Institute for Applied Systems Technology ATB. The project proposes a new smart cloud native development environment based on the coding-by-demonstration principle and its goal is to find new ways to boost the adoption of cloud and Big Data solutions in small and medium-sized enterprises and public sector organizations. SmartCLIDE provides support for cloud services creators on different levels of abstraction at all stages of full-stack data-centered services and enables the self-discovery of IaaS and Saas services with the ultimate aim of providing a tool for empowering non-technical staff to deploy new services.

The project entails a strong cooperation between eleven research partners, the CERTH (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas) and The Air research institutes, software companies including Contact Software, Kairos DS, Intrasoft International, and universities such as the University of Macedonia. Together with security-by-design experts from The Open Group, research members and collaborators are implementing a universal reference architecture based on microservices.

The architecture includes tools for classification and context-related configurations of software modules, automatic testing, and distribution of solutions, as well as providing generic interfaces to leading cloud service providers. The SmartCLIDE solution builds on a behavior-driven development (BDD) approach, which enables the users’ engagement in the software development process at an early stage and in an agile manner. In addition, a deep learning engine analyzes the application usage by means of runtime monitoring. This AI component will help software developers in the future to redesign their customer solutions to fit perfectly and to detect and eliminate bugs at a faster rate.

“It is necessary to release the power of Deep Learning by easing access to non-technical users”, states Juan Manuel Corchado, president of the AIR Institute. “Whilst easing AI usage, SmartCLIDE’s Deep Learning Engine should help developers to provide quality, performant, secure and documented code with a minor effort”.

"The cloud is the motor of digitization, but many companies are still hesitant to use it," says Stefan Gregorzik, Business Development Manager at CONTACT Software. "SmartCLIDE should make it possible to combine high security requirements with easy system integration and a good user experience, so that cloud solutions are widely accepted".

“Growing market demand for data-intensive cloud applications is driving the need for a new generation of cloud development tools like SmartCLIDE,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “We are thrilled to support the growth of a vibrant ecosystem around this innovative technology.”

The Eclipse Foundation will support project communication in the worldwide open source community and the central components of the new cloud IDE will be published under the open source Eclipse Public License (EPL) 2.0 open source, the Apache Software License (ASL) 2.0, or an open source license compatible with the EPL 2.0. This means that software developers and business users will be able to view, freely utilize, and further develop the later project results.

More information about the SmartCLIDE project is available at

About the AIR Institute

The AIR Institute is a private non-profit research organization, aimed at the promotion and development of scientific research in the field of computer science and artificial intelligence. The AIR Institute comprises a multidisciplinary team of researchers who work to promote innovation in the field of information technology, computer science, artificial intelligence and information and communication technologies (ICT).

The AIR Institute has highly qualified personnel as a result of their participation in different national and international projects, providing valuable experience in many technologies, such as: the use of distributed ledger technologies and/or blockchain and cryptocurrencies, the use of virtual organizations for the design of social computing systems, fog/edge computing mechanisms, development of applications and different types of Cloud platforms, use of natural language processing (NLP) techniques and information extraction, sentiment analysis and other mechanisms for the conceptualization of data, deep learning systems, development of intelligent algorithms for different purposes (e.g. the development of machine learning capabilities, or the detection of patterns and relationships between data within Big Data systems), social machines for the development of Decision Support Systems (based on hybrid algorithms that combine case-based reasoning with mixtures of experts), etc.

The AIR Institute is active in a wide range of areas due to the outstanding knowledge and experience acquired by its members, especially in the areas of  predictive maintenance systems, Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things, Bioinformatics, Smart Cities, Social Computing and Blockchain.

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