Announcements

The European Association for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality announces its annual conference, EuroVR 2016. EuroVR Conference is a premier European Conference dedicated to addressing advances in the areas of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality, including software systems, display technology, interaction devices and applications, which over the years, has become a leading forum for disseminating the latest research results and has a strong industrial focus.

This year Conference, organised by the I-SENSE Group of ICCS, is the 13th edition of a series started with the INTUITION European Network conferences (2004-2008) and followed by the Joint Virtual Reality Conference (2009-2013) and the EuroVR Conference (2014-).

EuroVR2016 is aiming not only to present and publish applied research, but also to provide a platform for exchange between researchers, technology providers, and end users around commercial and/or research applications and an opportunity to promote collaboration and synergies amongst industry and research communities. The conference will comprise a highly selective program consisting of refereed submitted papers, live demonstrations and technical poster presentations, panel discussions and special sessions focused on emerging topics of VR, AR and MR. Find out more at: http://www.eurovr-association.org/conference2016/ 

Don' t miss the opportunity to join us at the EuroVR2016 conference, in Athens to discuss the latest advances in VR-AR and network with the most important actors in the area. Register by the 14th of October to take advantage of the early bird rates!

 

RECONASS Group photoOn 25th and 30th of August 2016 in Älvdalen, Sweden a large demonstration was successfully set up by the RECONASS Consortium towards materialising almost 3 years of research, implementation and integration efforts to stress the RECONASS monitoring system for critical buildings in real conditions and experimentally validate the system’s functionality.

The demonstrator concept was basically the instrumentation of a 3 storey building of reinforced concrete, with the RECONASS sensors and prototypes and the execution of massive blasts from its exterior (400 Kg of TNT) and its interior (16 KG of TNT) to evaluate the RECONASS system in a live experiment, as close as possible to realistic conditions. The RECONASS demonstrator showcased how the RECONASS system as a whole assesses rapidly the structural condition of the monitored building after a disastrous event. Moreover, the behaviour of the individual prototypes has been put into stress (i.e. the sensors and their casings, the communication nodes, the structural assessment algorithms, the UAV assessment process, and the disaster management tool at the service of the end users that visualises the condition of the building post event).

RECONASS BuildingRECONASS building demolisionIn overall, the demonstrator was proved of outmost success as the system’s merits and functionalities have been experimentally validated, revealing at the same time where room for optimisation exists. At the following sections, the pilot test storyline is described along with the experiment’s highlights.

 

A detailed report including specific information about the overall planning and execution of the RECONAS demonstration is available here as (PDF).

The AdaptIVe project develops and tests new automated driving functions for cars and trucks. The project video shows what makes the project unique and highlights the research achievements.

Learn more about the project activties at: https://www.adaptive-ip.eu/

 

 

 

On behalf of the AutoNet2030 consortium we are proud to invite you to the

AutoNet2030 Final Workshop
that will be held on 27 October 2016,
at the AstaZero Proving Ground
(AstaZero Hällered, Göksholmen 1, S-504 91 Sandhult).

During this unique event, you will have the chance to learn more about the results and findings of one of the most promising EU-projects in the field of automated driving and get to know the latest innovations in automotive technology during a dedicated workshop, parallel exhibitions and fruitful discussions.

Furthermore, a number of participants will have the chance to get onboard the AutoNet2030 vehicles and experience a live demonstration of the developed system showcasing demanding vehicle-automation scenarios with associated customer and societal value.

For attending the AutoNet2030 Final Workshop please register here by September 20, 2016. Your registration will be confirmed via email.
As the available seats for AutoNet2030 live demonstrations are limited the principle “first arrived, first served” will be followed.

The detailed programme will follow shortly.

For more information on the organisation of the event as well as on proposed accommodation please contact Ms. Niki Georgiou, ICCS (niki.georgiou@iccs.gr).

TEAM consortium is cordially invite you to join tomorrow’s elastic mobility. The final event of the European research project TEAM will demonstrate how collaborative mobility can turn to reality.

“Collaborating for tomorrow’s mobility”

October 18-19, 2016

EUREF Campus, Torgauer Strasse 12-15

10829 Berlin, Germany

TEAM evolves traditional mobility patterns to become elastic by joining all traffic participants and infrastructure operators together into one collaborative network. In TEAM we developed 11 applications building on converged communications in 4G/5G and ITS G5 networks

focusing both on infrastructure as well as traveller centric needs. TEAM applications are designed for flexible mobility, encouraging collaborative behaviour in traffic.

The TEAM final event will offer:

• a lively debate on the future of mobility, including smart innovations that move connected mobility systems from cooperation to real collaboration,

• first-hand experience of elastic mobility applications,

• a dedicated conference including high-level speakers from industry and authorities,

• creative workshops to design future mobility,

• a multimedia exhibition featuring TEAM applications and infrastructure solutions.

Register here for the event:

www.collaborative-team.eu/finalevent

A detailed agenda, information on directions and accommodations are available online. The official invitation is available here.

ROBO SEPCT TrialsThe final trials and final demonstration of the ROBO-SPECT European project have been successfully concluded on 15 July 2016 at the Egnatia Motorway Tunnels in Metsovo (Greece). The ROBO-SPECT consortium demonstrated the autonomous operation of the system in detecting cracks and defects, the automatic navigation/movement of the robotic system, the 3D tunnel creation (local and global) as well as the automated wall approach (with the robotic arm and crane) to perform ultrasonic measurements of cracks. The Decision Support System and Ground Control Station were also demonstrated the former performing the structural assessment of the tunnel after collection of the results and the latter defining the mission, providing real-time information from the tunnel, providing capabilities for annotations on the collected images and controlling the overall mission. 

Several scenarios were demonstrated, by defining and controlling the automatic inspection mission locally and remotely (from the control center of the Egnatia tunnels) while the robot was autonomously executing the inspection inside the Metsovo tunnel. The DSS demonstration followed based on the collected results. Fully automated robotic missions were executed, with the robotic system scanning autonomously for cracks, calculating their 3D positions in global space and controlling the vehicle, crane and on-board robotic-arm to contact the tunnel wall and perform ultrasonic measurements of the cracks’ width and depth as well as surface velocity measurements on tunnel wall. 

Congratulations to all involed partners! 

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Learn more about the latest news and achievements of the NEXES consortium at the 2nd Issue of the project's newsletter: http://newsletter.nexes.eu/nexes_newsletter2.html 

Enjoy reading!

The 2nd end user workshop of the RECONASS project took place on 22nd-23rd June 2016 in Wesel Germany. The aim of the workshop was to educate end users on the RECONASS system and to elicit and discuss end user favorable opinion and critical view on the commercialisation of the RECONASS system. All partners involved had been given a very good opportunity to train external end users on RECONASS system, as well as to receive their invaluable feedback on RECONASS services and exploitation approach.

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110 experts joined the AdaptIVe Technical Workshop “Developing Automted Driving” organised by ICCS in Athens, on April 21st and 22nd, 2016.

During this workshop the latest developments in sensor technologies and advanced senAdaptiVe 057sor fusion, automated driving applications and human factors have been thoroughly presented and discussed. State-of-the-art methodologies and tools for the evaluation and validation of automated driving systems were also presented.

The workshop was concluded with presentations that focused on the developments and challenges for driving automation from legal and liability point of view.

More specifically, during this two days event several experts had the chance to exchanged ideas and knowledge within the following topics : SLAM algorithms, V2X communications, driving experiments, layered control architectures, human factors studies, heavy vehicles, large scale user-tests, future of insurance policies, philosophical and legal issues, current status of the regulatory technical work and legal barriers, during two keynote speeches and four technical sessions.

Keynote speeches

AdaptiVe 034Aria Etemad, Volkswagen Group Research and coordinator of AdaptIVe presented an overview of automation technologies for vehicles giving the view of both the industry and the industry R&D.

Angelos Amditis, ICCS gave an overview of the core technology that constitutes an automation system today like sensors and sensor fusion, perception and driver control, as well as validation. 

 

Technical Session 1: Automation technologies I

AdaptiVe 159A state-of-the-art in SLAM algorithm used for autonomous navigation in robotics and how this can be deployed in automotive field was presented by Anastasia Bolovinou, ICCS.

Markus Hahn, Daimler AG continued with a graph-SLAM approach for offline mapping and online localization as well as its evaluation for outdoor and indoor automated parking.

The AutoNet2030 project focuses on V2X communications. It was noted by the presenter Laurens Hobert, Hitachi Europe, that connectivity is is considered as an option to complement existing sensor fusion approaches.

A set of innovative solutions for different object detection and scene recognition applications, based on Laser based vision for ADAS and Autonomous Driving, was presented by Filip Geuens, XenomatiX.

The technical challenges on building a self-driving vehicle and participating on a supervised long driving experiment were presented by Tinosch Ganjineh, Autonomos GmbH.

Moving from perception to action, layered control architectures for automated driving like humans, was the focus of the presentation of Mauro Da Lio, University of Trento.

Technical Session 2: Automation technologies II

AdaptiVe 366Tom Westendorp from the TomTom Group presented an innovative concept where map updating is performed by exploiting information from automatic processing of accumulated recorded data such as users’ speed profiles and the users’ community feedback using sensor data and machine learning techniques.

A thorough overview on how the automation changes the role of the driver and other road participants was given by Anna Schieben, German Aerospace Center – DLR. The need of human factors studies that include all traffic participants such as pedestrian and car drivers was highlighted.

The concept of V2X security, potential threats from its deployment and possible solutions and challenges are presented by Onn Haran, Autotalks Ltd..

Improving Vehicle Safety with Predictive Diagnostics. The approach presented by Udo Pletat, IBM is based on online data collection from the vehicle to achieve continuous vehicle condition monitoring.

With his presentation, Marc-Michael Meinecke, Volkswagen Group Research, put the focus onautomated driving functionalities in heavy vehicles and on long journeys.

Technical Session 3: Evaluation and verification

DSC01682The ongoing work on evaluation methodology developed for the AdaptIVe project was presented by Christian Rösener, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge, RWTH Aachen University.

The work in safety validation of automated driving functions and certification activities as this was addressed in several recent European and national projects was the focused by  Álvaro Arrúe, IDIADA Automotive Technology, S.A.

Sami Koskinen, VTT, shared evaluation experiences from The Field Operational Tests (FOTs) of automated driving discussing tools for data management.

A broad view on the state of the art in the field of ADAS evaluation was given by Felix Fahrenkrog, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge, RWTH Aachen University. It was argued that while research activities on automated driving have started, yet many research areas require new methods and solutions especially for valuation.

Technical Session 4: Legal and liability aspects

DSC01717The future landscape of insurance policies was explored by the presentation of Panos Kouvalis, INTERAMERICAN (ACHMEA Group). Changes in liability when vehicles get fully automated were forecasted and different liability issues were discussed. Jochen Feldle, University of Würzburg, added Philosophical and general legal discussions in the context of autonomous driving.

Yves Page, Renault and Maxime Flament, ERTICO-ITS Europe updated the audience on the current legal aspects and regulatory technical work in Europe and beyond. Mentioning trilateral cooperation on specific topics such as impact assessment, digital infrastructure, human factors, roadworthiness testing and accessible transport.

Please find full agenda of the Workshop here. Speakers’ biographies are also available as pdf.

Workshop presentations can be downloaded here.

 

The AdaptIVe 2nd EC Review was succesfully held in April 2016 and resulted an overall score of “excellent”.

 

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