Announcements

INACHUS Angelos v2INACHUS project was presented, by its Coordinator, in the 7th edition of the European Robotics Forum, which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from the 21st till the 23rd of March 2016 (www.erf2016.eu). This 3-day event is a meeting point for researchers, engineers, managers, entrepreneurs, companies and robotics officials from the European Commission. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for the companies and researchers to meet and interact in workshops and seminars in order to expand their networks, gather the latest relevant information, and discuss topics and contents which also have an immediate impact on the roadmapping process for Robotics in Europe. 

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Dr. Angelos Amditis participated as a speaker at the 8th ΙοT-Connected World Conference that took place in Athens on 9 February 2016 and Vraveusi Webspecifically at the 2nd Session of the conference focused on Analytics and Internet of Things: New business opportunities. During his presentation entitled: "Data Analytics & IoT: Converging Research with Market" he gave the basic definitions related to IoT and Data Analytics and introduced the latest trends as well as the respective Business Models. Following that he presented the ICCS - ISENSE Group activities in the area, namely: IoT Systems for Security Applications, Transport and Supply Chain, Water Management and Smart Living. In addition, he highlighted the need to converge research with the real economy by a rich set of means including standardisation activities, informing the wide public, materializing spin-off opportunities, funding increase and enabling synergies at a national level with commercial actors. Finally, he concluded with his opinion on the future trends for IoT market worldwide.

During this event he has also received the Outstanding Contribution Award in the category of Research and Development of Innovative Technologies.

Please find below a very interesting video produced by ERICSSON describing how a connected traffic cloud is expected to enhance road safety. 

MOBiNET is building an e-marketplace for mobility services and content, an “Internet of Mobility” where users, service and content providers and public authorities meet for true European wide mobility services. A survey is currently conducted by the consortium with basic aim to collect feedbacks from potential service and data providers that could be interested in the MOBINET marketplace.

Participate in this survey by filling the respective questionnaire here and send it back to the following email address katia@iccs.gr by 24 November 2015 the latest. More information about the MOBiNET marketplace can be found in the respective brochurehere and at the project website

Being actively involved as a founding member in the "TM2.0 Enabling Vehicle Interaction with Traffic Management" platform of ERTICO, Ι-SENSE is the coordinator of the new Task Force on “Road Automation relevant to TM2.0”. Road Automation is an important development that has to be considered in view of the long term evolution in TM. The proposed TF will safeguard that the evolution of TM is taking Road Automation into account. For this, it will identify and survey requirements for automated applications and for TMCs able to support Road Automation as well as for relevant data exchange between TMCs and MSPs.

ICCS is leading the work package that designs the architecture of the ITS Observatory and transforms it in a functional prototype. The specifications for the platform are based on the user requirements extracted from two main sources: state of the art study of existing and previous activities (cooperation platforms & monitoring tools) and stakeholder workshop organised on 17th June in Brussels.

Concretely, the specifications are extracted from data sets, hence for each type of data set applies different type of Meta template. These Meta template types are the foundation for the set of key values. In addition, the key performance indicators (KPIs) to be supported by the Platform are specified according to the input and their correlation to the key values as defined for each Meta template. Then, the Platform architecture is defined in accordance to guidelines and recommendations by relevant standardisation bodies. Finally, a functional prototype, as well as a design mock-up, is prepared to be validated by users, before its actual implementation and the public release of the Observatory.

KPIs are defined as a set of quantifiable and measurable values that a company or industry uses to gauge or compare performance in terms of meeting their strategic and operational objectives. KPIs vary between industries, depending on their priorities or performance criteria. Several KPI’s are included in the ITS Observatory for the data classification and structuring.

Currently, a first version of a wire frame model of the platform was prototyped to test the concept and flow and ensure that they are optimal for the users.

The wire frame is based on the specifications of the ITS Observatory platform distinguished in data, algorithms, interface and software platform. The data specifications tackle structure, format and quality but also specifications how to acquire, how to aggregate and how to present data to the users. Meta templates are created based on each type of data set and key values will be defined per type of data set (Meta template). Algorithms include all data processing tools based on key values per Meta template, for example, to combine data from multiple sources, and cover all processes needed to meet the requirements by the users and background processes needed for the ITS Observatory operation. Interface specifications focus on user’s interfacing with the software platform, methods to input and query data, as well as any communication and messages between software modules. Software platform specifications handle general issues like users’ authentication, graphical environment, menu items, but also its main elements and their interactions and interfaces.

The next steps include the design of the software platform and the graphical design of its user interface, which will use the visual identity of the ITS Observatory. This will include the design of the user experience elements, including data entry elements and onscreen guides. Emphasis will be given to the ergonomic design of the graphical environment and elements of the platform. The first draft of the Platform with a minimum of content will be available in January 2016 and will be validated with users during a stakeholder workshop in February. The draft release of the platform with a limited distribution is planned for April 2016.

The ITS Observatory will become public in October 2016.

The well attended ITS Hackathon webinar “Discover the MOBiNET e-marketplace: data sets, APIs & User Cases” was held on 23 September 2015.

The webinar was moderated from BeMyApp, who gave an introduction to the ITS Hackathon.

The ITS Hackathon is co-organized by Michelin Challenge Bibendum and MOBiNET on 6 - 7 - 8 October during the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux. The challenge is to develop with the help of MOBiNET in 48h the most innovative mobile app, web service or connected object to revolutionize the fields of the Intelligent Mobility and Road Safety.

Rasmus Lindholm; ERTICO – ITS Europe, gave an introduction to the project and stressed how MOBiNET aims to create an e-marketplace linking content providers, service providers and end users.

Fay Misichroni; Institute of Communications and Computer Systems -ICCS, gave a technical introduction on the way that MOBiNET e-marketplace can be discovered - from the perspective of a developer, focusing on data sets, APIs & User Cases

You can watch the whole event here.

Read more and register to the ITS Hackathon for free!

Dr. Angelos Amditis, Head of I-SENSE Group, became a member of the ITS Congress European Programme Committee - EPC (part of the International Programme Committee - IPC) starting with the ITS European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland (6-9 June 2016). The European/International Programme Committee's role is to determine the most appropriate topics for people to submit Technical papers, agree on major themes which are relevant to the ITS community, participate in the selection of speakers, as well as approve the Special Sessions proposals, review papers, participate in the meetings and congresses, organise and moderate sessions.

ICCS became a member of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) of the European Commission. The Forum aims at further supporting digitalisation of freight transport and logistics. It will bring together Member States and stakeholders from all transport and logistics communities with the aim to identify challenges and areas where common action in the EU is needed, to provide recommendations, and to work on the implementation of these recommendations where appropriate.

The INTE-TRANSIT: “Integrated and Interoperable Maritime Transit Management System” MED project has achieved major accomplishments towards the goal of enabling multimodality and intermodality in large logistics hubs as are the MED port terminals.

After 3 years of leading innovation, the INTE-TRANSIT consortium successfully organised its final International Conference under the theme:  “Multimodality and intermodality as drivers of change for ports and logistics”, at Piraeus Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in Piraeus, Greece.During this unique event and showcase  approximately 100 participants had the chance to find out more about the project’s solutions, the new challenges that Ports and Logistics areas are facing and State of the Art developments. The event was co-organised by ICCS, SEAbility and PCT on 24-25 June 2015.

The Conference was inaugurated by the INTE-TRANSIT project coordinator, Dr. Angelos Amditis, Research Director at ICCS/NTUA, while opening speeches have been delivered by Mr. Miltiadis Provatas, Director  of Transport Strategic Planning and Mrs Agkatha Skafida, General Director of Ports, Port Policy & Maritime Investments,  of the Greek Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Maritime & Tourism, Greece ,  Mr. Ζhang Anming, Deputy General Manager, Piraeus Container Terminal S.A. (PCT) , Mr. Antonio Torregrosa Maicas, Head of Projects at VPF, Mr. Stefano Persi, ALICE Technology Platform and Mr. Ignacio Alvarez-Ossorio, President of EUROPLATFORMS.

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In addition, prominent speakers from academia, industry, European and national public authorities, and port operators as PCT/COSCO, VPF, APPA, IAT, SEAbility, CONATECO, AIA, VPF, ICCS among others, presented and discussed a variety of topics through five dedicated technical sessions and two round-table discussions. The key topics that were specifically addressed are:

  • The challenges and drivers that MED ports are currently facing in order to turn into intermodal and multimodal hubs.
  • The ICT and business analysis tools to assist the port operators interface more seamlessly with various stakeholders of the supply chain.
  • The legislation and policy issues related to the logistics chain and how they may impact the strategic planning of ports.
  • The issues of Multimodality and Intermodality for the supply chain.
  • The different levels of automation which may significantly improve the internal processes in a modern ports and logistic areas.
  • The new technological and organisational trends for Ports and Logistics.

In parallel, posters and demonstrations of the latest technological developments in the area of ports and port logistics have been also exhibited to the attendees.

 

Download the Conference programme here.

Presentations will be available at the INTE-TRANSIT website .