COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research since 1971. It is organized into Scientific and Technical Domains and its goal is to ensure that Europe holds a strong position in the field of scientific and technical research for peaceful purposes.
COST is based on Actions, which are networks of coordinated national research projects in fields of interest to participants coming from different COST and non-COST countries. The Actions are defined by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Governments of the COST states wishing to participate in the Action.
In COST Actions the initiative comes from the scientists and technical experts and from those with a direct interest in furthering international collaboration. Due to this "bottom-up" approach, joining COST is very easy.
COST2100 is the Action on Pervasive Mobile & Ambient Wireless Communications and belongs to the ICT Domain. This Action basically addresses the various topics that are currently emerging in the area of mobile and wireless communications and was proposed by the group of researchers who participated in the previous COST Actions on mobile communications.
The main objective of this Action is to increase knowledge of mobile and wireless network technologies, by exploring and developing new methods, models, techniques, strategies and tools that will facilitate the implementation of next generation mobile radio communication systems and will foster the development of the paradigms of pervasive and ambient wireless communications.
The Action is guided by the Management Committee, which is formed by not more than two representatives of each country that signed the MoU.
A Poster is available here which summarises the activities performed within the Action.