Local Host:







Objectives:  TORUS is one of eight French projects selected among the 120 selected for more than 575 candidatures. Almost one million euros will be financed by the European Union in the framework of Erasmus + Capacity Building. This program funds “transnational partnerships between educational institutions and organizations, training and youth programs in order, promoting cooperation and development”. TORUS funded for 3 years, gathered around the University of Toulouse 2 Jean Jaures, the international school of information processing sciences (EISTI, Pau campus), University of Ferrara in Italy, University Brussels Vrije in Belgium, Vietnam National University in Hanoi, the Nong Lam University of Ho Chi Minh and two Thailand institutions: Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Pathumthani and Walailak University in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

The ambition of TORUS is to develop research on cloud computing in the environmental sciences and promote its education in the countries of South East Asian partners.

Schematically, cloud computing consists of pooling hardware and software resources via the Internet. It reduces the costs of processing and storage of information in a simplified environment accessible to all. It is also an operational response to the generalized problems of Big Data – also today major issue of Computer Science. This simplification and cost reduction offer methodological possibilities not previously explored (e.g. test many models, including in the area of Big Data for data reduction to compare their relevance). The strategy of the project that aims at organizing thematic workshops and practical workshops applied to the environment is a real innovation responding to demands now clearly identified with our partners. Still little teaching of cloud computing, recent paradigm of computer science, requires a major theoretical investment before being mobilized by the practice on concrete projects. Projects that will have at heart to strengthen the links between education, research and environmental engineering. TORUS is responding to regional priorities set in the framework of ERASMUS + projects. Besides the theoretical and requested practical skills TORUS develop the specifications for future Masters level training with our partners and publish two reference books (education, scientific), and also deliver practical solutions deployed at three basic levels of cloud computing (infrastructure, platform and software) in the partner countries with computer hardware funded by the project.

The first workshop of TORUS in Hanoi, Vietnam will include the below scientific sessions:

  • The TORUS Project
  • Introduction of Cloud Computing
  • Interdisciplinary research topics of Geosciences
  • Training on Cloud Computing

Project information:

Workshop dates  January 18th – 20th, 2016

Venue University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU-UET).  144 Xuan Thuy Street, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Workshop Convener: 

Dr. Dominique Laffly, Professor

Université de Toulouse, UFR Sciences Espaces Sociétés, Département de Géographie
GEODE UMR 5 602 CNRS, Maison de la recherche
5 allées Antonio Machado, 31 058 Toulouse cedex
Tel. 05 61 50 36 99, Fax. 05 61 50 42 75, Email.

Local Convener

Dr. Bui Quang Hung, Director
Center of Multidisciplinary Integrated Technologies for Field Monitoring (FIMO);
VNU University of Engineering and Technology;
Tel: +84 4 3754 9727. Fax: +84 4 3754 9727
Mobile: +84 904 371 339. Email:

Local Contact

Dr. Nguyen Thi Nhat Thanh (, Mr: Pham Ngoc Hai (, Ms. Le Thu Thuy (, FIMO TORUS (


Monday (January 18th, 2016). Conference Room, ULIS-SUNWAH Building, VNU.
8:00. Reception

8:30. VNU UET – Welcome Speech

8:40. UT2J – A brief history of TORUS – D. Laffly
9:10. MOST – Introduction of Vietnam Climate Innovation Center – Duc Nghiem PHAM, Vice Director of NATEC (National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development)
9:40. MONRE – IT Application for Environment – Ngoc Vu NGUYEN, DINTE (Department of Information Technology, MONRE)
10:10. VNU – Field Infomatics: Application of ICT to Environment Management and Monitoring – Quang Hung BUI
10:40. Group photo + Coffee break
11:00. UNIFE – Principle of Distributed Computing – E. LUPPI
11:30. AIT – Observing and understanding the Southeast Asian aerosol system by remote sensing – Nguyen Thi KIM-OANH
12:00. UNIFE – The global warming in monsoon region – M. Fazzini
12:30 – 14:00. LUNCH
14:00. VNU – Air pollution mapping from space – Thi Nhat Thanh NGUYEN
14:30. IAE – Vietnam environmental priority – Van Trinh MAI
15:00. WU – Emission inventory, greenhouse gases, and air pollution  – Thongchai Kanabkaew
15:30. Coffee break
16:00. NLU – SWAT hydrodynamic modelization – Kim Loi NGUYEN
16:30. AIT – Air pollution modeling – Didin A. Permadi
17:00. NLU – Assessing the water quality in Dong Nai river by MIKE 11 model – Quoc Tuan LE
17:30. VNU – Developing DSS and PIS in Vietnam – Quang Huy MAN
18:00. Closing
19:30. Welcome Dinner

Tuesday (January 19th, 2016). Lab Room, 201 G2, VNU UET.
8:30. Reception
9:00. EISTI – A brief history of cloud computing – P. Loubière
9:30. EISTI – Web Oriented Architecture – F. Devin
10:00. EISTI – Learning Scala (the basics) – F. Devin
10:30. Coffee break
11:00. EISTI – Learning Scala (the basics) – F. Devin
11:30. EISTI – Learning Scala (the basics) – F. Devin
12:00. EISTI – Learning Scala (the basics) – F. Devin
12:30 – 14:00. LUNCH
14:00. EISTI – Learning Scala (the basics) – F. Devin
14:30. EISTI – Learning Scala (the basics) – F. Devin
15:00. EISTI – Machine learning with Spark and Hadoop – Y. Le Nir
15:30. Coffee Break
16:00. EISTI – Machine learning with Spark and Hadoop – Y. Le Nir
16:30. EISTI – Machine learning with Spark and Hadoop – Y. Le Nir
17:00. EISTI – Machine learning with Spark and Hadoop – Y. Le Nir
17:30. Closing

Wednesday ( January 20th, 2016). Lab Room, 201 G2, VNU UET.
8:00. Reception
9:00. EISTI – HTML/javascript – P. Loubière
9:30. EISTI – HTML/javascript – P. Loubière
10:00. EISTI – HTML/javascript – P. Loubière
10:30. Coffee break
11:00. EISTI – Not Only SQL database – P. Loubière
11:30. EISTI – Not Only SQL database – P. Loubière
12:00. EISTI – Not Only SQL database – P. Loubière
12:30 – 14:00. LUNCH
14:00. EISTI – Case studies – Y. Le Nir & D. Laffly
14:30. EISTI – Case studies – Y. Le Nir & D. Laffly
15:00. EISTI – Case studies – Y. Le Nir & D. Laffly
15:30. Coffee Break
16:00. EISTI – Case studies – Y. Le Nir & D. Laffly
16:30. EISTI – Case studies – Y. Le Nir & D. Laffly
17:00. EISTI – Case studies – Y. Le Nir & D. Laffly
17:30. EISTI – Case studies – Y. Le Nir & D. Laffly
18:00. Closing

Thursday and Friday (January 21th – 22th, 2016)
Excursion (SAPA field trip)

Workshop registration

Please make your registration to attend the workshop and get invitation letter for your VISA application.

Computer skill survey

If you are going to attend the training days of cloud computing, please take 5 minutes to do survey of your computer skill via the following link. We will be able to support you at best.

Visa to Vietnam

Please check if you need VISA to enter Vietnam by the link

In the case of VISA requirements, please make your workshop registration as soon as possible to receive invitation letter for VISA. For detaile VISA application procedure, please check the website


Western Hanoi hotel

Address: B2D6 Road No.2. Tran Thai Tong Str., Cau Giay Dist, Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Tel: (84-4) 43 236 3838 – Mobile: (84) 912590920. Email: Website:

The Western Hanoi hotel is located in the administrative and business district (Cau Giay Dist) in Hanoi. Western Hanoi Hotel is only 20 km away from Noi Bai  Hanoi International Airport, which 25 minutes travelling time by car, 3 km from National Stadium Centre, 5 km to the Ho Chi Minh – Mausoleum and Temple of Literature, 6 km to Old Quarter area, and 2 km (9 minutes by taxi) from the hotel to VNU-UET venue workshop. Western Hanoi Hotel Hanoi open in December, 2014 and has a contemporary design that is complemented with fashionable, carefully chosen decorations. In addition, friendly and professional staffs help to make every stay most enjoyable.


About Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts and 7 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction. The city lies on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City and 120 km (75 mi) west of Hai Phong city.


Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate  with plentiful precipitation. The city experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam, with 4 distinct seasons. Winter, from November to January, is dry and cool by national standards. The city is usually cloudy and foggy in winter, averaging only 1.5 hours of sunshine per day in February.

As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centres of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. You can visit many landmarks such as Old Quater, Lakes, Museums and enjoy shopping and cuisine tradtion in Hanoi.

About Excursion (SAPA Field Trip)

Sa Pa District is located in Lào Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 380 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. The Hoàng Liên Son range of mountains dominates the district, which is at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. This range includes Vietnam’s highest mountain, Fan Si Pan, at a height of 3143 m above sea level. The town of Sa Pa lies at an altitude of about 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level.


The climate is moderate and rainy in summer (May—August), and foggy and cold with occasional snowfalls in winter. Sa Pa is a quiet mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. The total population of 36,000 consists mostly of minority groups. Besides the Kinh (Viet) people (15%) there are mainly 5 ethnic groups in Sapa: Hmong 52%, Dao 25%, Tay 5%, Giay 2% and a small number of Xa Pho. Approximately 7,000 live in Sapa, the other 36,000 being scattered in small communes throughout the district.

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