Institute of Future Technologies
NQCG is developing and implementing, and will be operating, a global e-infrastructure system and collaborative environment for research, standardisation and innovation in future and emerging convergent technologies and the integration of state-of-the-art techniques of ontology design.
This system, a virtual organisation known as Institute of Future Technologies (IFT), brings together all relevant stakeholders such as R&D players, insurances and regulators, to foster the development and acceptance of nanotechnologies, to realise their strong potential for global growth, making our economy more efficient, and supporting new technologies in virtually all industry sectors and society on the whole. In this context, standardisation issues, including the development of comprehensive ontologies, also play a crucial role.
IFT can be seen as a web based application and services ecosystem for sustainable and responsible development of nanoscience, nanomaterials and nanotechnology, and will be integrated with other systems, applications, databases and platforms. IFT is generic and will with time be broadened to other fields of science and technology and industry wide sectors to cover relevant areas of future, emerging and converging technologies.
To reach our goal we are involved in several major research projects, either as a partner in externally organised research projects, or as coordinator in our own initiated research projects.
Projects initiated and coordinated by NQCG:
- Development of a platform for ontology engineering and evolution for nanotechnology
- Development of a systematic, ontology-based risk assessment methodology of health and environmental safety for complex nanosystems
- Development of a platform to provide fast and easy end-user access to large data resources
- Harmonization of international standards, classifications, description systems and national and global safety and compliance regulations for nanotechnology