Press

Several announcements in respect to the ROBINSPECT project research activities have been published in the Greek press:

• Kathimerini.gr, 28 February 2014, ‘Robotic inspection in tunnels from a project which coordinates the National and Technical University of Athens
• SKAI.gr, 28 February 2014, ‘ROBINSPECT, project for the construction of robotic inspection in tunnels’.
• Nooz.gr, 22 March 2014, ‘ROBINSPECT under the coordination of the National and Technical University of Athens’.

FABRIC - "FeAsiBility analysis and development of on-Road chargIng solutions for future electric vehiCles "

Paving the way for large scale deployment of electromobility


A new EU project has launched to promote the large scale deployment of electromobility in Europe focusing on on-road charging solutions.

Over the next four years the €9 million FABRIC integrated project will adress directly the technological feasibility, economic viability and socio-environmental sustainability of dynamic on-road charging of electric vehicles. The project officially launched its activities with the organisation of the consortium kick-off meeting that was held in Athens, Greece from 3 to 5 February 2014 and was hosted by the project coordinator, the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (http://i-sense.iccs.gr). High level representatives from the European Commission, EUCAR and ERTICO have joined the meeting and addressed the 60 participants.
In the pursuit of the decarbonisation of road transportation and mobility, it is widely recognized that electro-mobility, or ‘e-mobility’, i.e. using either fully electric or highly electrified vehicles such as plug-in hybrids, is expected to play a key role. However the key to the future success of e-mobility, particularly from the perspective of the commercial viability of electric vehicles, will be the achievement of large scale acceptance, meaning wide support for innovative, clean mobility solutions by the general public, in addition to the policy makers.
From this perspective, one of the critical parameters for the acceptance of fully electric vehicles relates to the fact that energy storage in batteries still suffers from a number of serious drawbacks such as limited specific energy which causes what is commonly known as “range anxiety” to the driver, and in general limited vehicle range plus long recharging times, which make electro-mobility fully suitable only for urban usage.
In this context, the FABRIC project responds to the need to assess the potential and feasibility of a more extensive integration of electric vehicles in the mobility and transportation system, focusing primarily on dynamic, on-the-go, wireless charging which would allow practically the main drawbacks of on-board battery packs to be avoided.
By engaging a highly-qualified, expert and comprehensive group of key stakeholders within its consortium, FABRIC will collect and assess the end-user requirements that in turn could determine the success potential in various application sectors, the technology drivers and challenges that impact the widespread implementation of wireless charging technology, and the technology gaps to be bridged in order to identify rational and cost-effective solutions for the grid and road infrastructures.
In the framework of the project activities different charging solutions will be assessed from the technological, social and economic point of view to determine the impact of competitive charging technologies. Moreover, FABRIC will implement and test advanced solutions, conceived to enable full integration in the grid and road infrastructure, for application to the wider possible range of future electric vehicles. The systems that will be developed in FABRIC will be tested in test sites in France and Italy to ensure interoperability and validity of the proposed solutions while additional testing of other assessed solutions will take place in Sweden.
The ultimate goal of the FABRIC consortium, which consists of 24 partners from 9 European countries, including OEMs, suppliers and service providers from the automotive, road and energy infrastructure domains and research organisations, is to provide a pivotal contribution to the evolution of e-mobility in Europe by identifying the benefits and costs so that the investments required in the coming years for widespread implementation and exploitation can be identified.

PARTNERS may add here another paragraph (few sentences-no more than 5-6) with their specific work in the project avoiding the use of words like WPs, SPs, tasks etc. and using a descriptive way to present their actually work.

ICCS is the coordinator and technical administrator of the project. At the same time, it is responsible for the dissemination and the projection of the project in the general public as well as for the exchange of data with national and foreign enterprises regarding electrical-movement.
On a technical level, ICCS will monitor the architecture of the system, while it will contribute in the development of the applications for the wireless charging of electrical cars and in the analysis of the interconnection with energy networks. Also, ICCS is the Head of the realization and installation of the subsystem of FABRIC in the foundation and the evaluation of the final system.

The FABRIC Press Release can be found here (EN), (GR) as well as in the archived FABRIC official website 

ROBotic System with Intelligent Vision and Control for Tunnel Structural INSPECTion and Evaluation (ROBINSPECT)

One of the greatest challenges facing engineers today is the inspection, assessment, maintenance and safe operation of the existing civil infrastructure such as, tunnels, bridges, roads, and much more. Due to ageing, environmental factors, increased loading, change in use, damages caused by human/natural factors, inadequate or poor maintenance and deferred repairs, civil infrastructure is progressively deteriorating, urgently needing inspection, assessment and repair work. Nowhere is this need more apparent than in underground transportation tunnels, a large number of which have been in operation for more than half a century and there are widespread signs of deterioration, evidenced by an increase in the proportion of budgets spent on inspection and assessment. Things are bad to the point that there have been a number of collapses in tunnels in recent years which highlighted the need for better ways to inspect and assess tunnel stability of in service tunnels.
Presently, structural tunnel inspection is predominantly performed through tunnel-wide visual observations by inspectors. This process is slow, labour intensive, expensive, subjective and often requires lane shutdown during inspection. In this frame, the ROBINSPECT project is aiming to provide an automated robotic system that in one pass will provide speedily and reliably tunnel inspection and structural assessment.
ROBINSPECT is a project co-funded by the European Commission under FP7 that launched its activities in October 2013 with the organisation of the consortium kick-off meeting that was held in Athens, Greece and hosted by the project coordinator, the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (http://i-sense.iccs.gr). The main objective of ROBINSPECT is to provide an automated, faster (that does not, or only minimally interfere with tunnel traffic) and reliable tunnel inspection and assessment solution that can combine in one pass both inspection and detailed structural assessment. The proposed robotic system will be evaluated at the research infrastructure of VSH in Switzerland, at London Underground and at the tunnels of Egnatia Motorway in Greece.

ROBINSPECT is expected to:
• increase the speed and reliability of tunnel inspections
• provide assessment in addition to inspection
• minimize use of scarce tunnel inspectors while improve the working conditions of such inspectors
• decrease inspection and assessment cost
• increase the safety of passengers
• decrease the time when tunnels are closed for inspection

The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems – (ICCS) is the project and technical manager while at the same time is responsible for the planning and realization of the computer vision system and for the development of semi-supervised learning techniques. ICCS will also work in the frames of the pilot application and control of the completed system and will contribute in the dissemination activities of the project work in the wide public and in the relevant scientific and industrial community.
The “D. Bairaktaris and Associates Ltd.” (DBA) have undertaken the exploitation of the measurement results for the analytic evaluation of static efficiency of tunnels. For this aim, DBA will develop analysis methods both in the places of obvious cracks for the evaluation of local intensive situation and for the whole construction, aiming at the assessment of imposed exterior charge as well as the localization of likely concrete damages- via training and use of suitable special software.
Egnatia Motorway S.A.(EOAE), the company that has studied, manufactured and maintains hundreds of medium and long length twin tunnels of the motorway of EGNATIA Motorway will contribute with its experience in the determination of technical specifications and the whole framework of the robotic inspection system, so that it covers the inspection needs of the currently operational tunnels. The main contribution of the company is to support the conduction of tests of the development robotic systems in three of its road tunnels as well as the evaluation of their results, comparing them with previous results from the conventional methods of inspection that the company follows until today.

 The ROBINSPECT press release can be found here (EN), (GR).

8 February 2014, Transporting air passengers to a virtual reality world

Turbulence, limited leg room and upset children are just some of the stresses of air travel being tackled by scientists from the University of Nottingham using virtual reality.

The new technology means passengers could be distracted by feeling as if they have been transported to an idyllic location.

Turbulence, limited leg room and upset children are just some of the stresses of air travel being tackled by scientists from the University of Nottingham using virtual reality.

Find more about the VR-Hyperspace technologies and solutions through the following BBC video: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26096761

 

 

The Mediterranean (MED) Sea Basin is a vital space for circulation of goods with significance beyond the interest of countries directly involved. MED ports and maritime commerce handled through them have been a boost both for regional and European Economic development. Circulation of goods/capitals within the MED Sea faces a number of challenges. In this frame, the INTE-TRANSIT project is aimingto achieve better logistic organization of MED ports and their logistic activities areas through the use of modern ICT technologies and to establish a cooperation framework between relevant stakeholders in the MED countries for best practice exchange, cooperation and personnel training.

The eΚΛΗΣΗ project is now in the final stretch for creating an automatic warning system in case of a traffic accident

 

 

The first tests of the automatic emergency call system (eCall), within the frame of the pilot national research project eΚΛΗΣΗ (http://www.ecall-hellas.eu/), has been successfully concluded. The national project eΚΛΗΣΗ prepares Greece for the implementation of eCall service, which will be obligatory for all EU member-states from end 2014.

The eΚΛΗΣΗ project aims at implementing and demonstrating in Greece a national pilot application of eCall, in order to automatically notify the public authorities about a car accident via mobile telecommunication networks, utilizing the European pre-assigned emergency number (112), complying with the same technical standards and with the same Quality of Service, wherever across Europe.

The project is coordinated by the ERTICO partner, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), with the participation of COSMOTE Mobile Telecommunications S.A. (Mobile Network Operator) and SPACE HELLAS S.A. (SW and electronics SME) and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and by national resources under the 2007-2013 NSRF and the Operational Programme Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (OPC II) framework.

The tests were performed in a prototype system and concerned the rooting of the emergency calls from the In Vehicle System (IVS), which was implemented by ICCS, to the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), which was implemented by SPACE HELLAS, through the mobile telecommunication network of COSMOTE, which was properly adjusted for that purpose. During these tests the whole system was optimized (IVS, PSAP, mobile network), while the results obtained confirmed the correct operation of the system and the technological readiness of the mobile telecommunication network to serve eCall.

ICCS implemented the eCall unit (IVS) inside a research vehicle, which was properly equipped in order to allow in-vehicle emergency calls. The eCall system can be activated either automatically by a vehicle sensor, or manually by pressing a dedicated button.

COSMOTE is the first mobile telecommunication network operator in Greece and among the first in Europe that can support eCall emergency calls. As part of the eΚΛΗΣΗ research project, the under test software: «Feature 1886: eCall Handling in MSS», was installed and activated, through which the identification of the caller’s exact location is facilitated and accelerated. This can be achieved as the software enables the distinction of the eCall emergency calls (with the use of specific eCall flags), while providing enriched information on location, type of the vehicle and the method of the call (automatic or manual), compared with the common emergency calls.

The Public Service Answering Point (PSAP), entirely implemented by SPACE HELLAS is the first pilot developed and tested successfully in Greece. Specifically, the SPACE HELLAS software application supports basic functions as the PSAP operator warning for the arrival of a new eCall emergence call, visualisation of the incoming information (eg.MSD) in GIS digital maps, the ability to manage the eCall emergency call (eg. recall, terminate) in addition with a voice call with the vehicle passengers, etc. The particular PSAP application, with the appropriate extensions, can be integrated in the frame of a 112 system in order to enable responsible Civil Protection institutions to operate the eCall system for their prompt response to emergency incidents such as road deaths, serious injuries and traffic setting in Greek roads.

The eΚΛΗΣΗ project will have concluded its research work by the end of 2012. The project’s developments and results will be presented to the wide audience in November 2012 during the eΚΛΗΣΗ final event and demonstration that will take place at the National and Technical University of Athens.

For further information please contact:

Project coordinator: Dr. Angelos Amditis

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)

a.amditis@iccs.gr

Corfu Island, Greece

4-6 July 2012

More than 70 participants arrived on Corfu Island in Greece, from 4 to 6 July 2012 in order to attend the project’s Summer School. During this event project partners, stakeholders from the automotive industry and PhD students had the opportunity to discover the state-of-the-art onPerception Systems, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)andHuman Machine Interfaces (HMI)for safer and more efficient driving as well as the interactIVe latest developments and results.

During the six Summer School tutorials prominent speakers from academia and industry, from Europe and abroad have given very interesting and up to date presentations on a wide range of topics from sensor interfaces and fusion modules, to driver support, emergency intervention, vehicle path control, perception platforms and ADAS applications. After each session the participants had the opportunity to discuss with them the latest developments on the areas of their core research. The themes presented in the Summer School Tutorials are listed below:

Tutorial 01: Driving Environment Perception and Active Intervention on EU

During the first Tutorial the project coordinator, Aria Etemad, as well as the Summer School organizer, Dr. Angelos Amditis, welcomed all participants. In the following, an overview of the interactIVe project and its challenges, fusion in past EU projects and inside interactIVe, the continuous support of the driver functionality followed in interactIVe as well as the modeling and simulation of vehicle dynamics for active safety systems were presented.

Tutorial 02: Interaction and Warning Strategies

In the second tutorial the audience had the opportunity to learn about the State-of–the-Art in highly automated driving, the different levels of automation, the design challenges for a proper human-machine-interaction system and gain more insight in issues related to the arbitration between driver and automation.

Tutorial 03: Sensor Fusion and Automotive Applications in Practice

In the second day of the Summer School the focus was on sensor data fusion and practical automotive applications. Initially a cooperative ACC system combining sensor and V2V communication data to improve performance, driver acceptance and highway capacity was highlighted followed by a presentation of highly accurate digital maps for vehicle self-localisation using landmarks. In the following a presentation of commercial applications which exploit the benefits of sensor data fusion and a collision avoidance application based on camera and radar fusion were also presented. The tutorial closed with discussion and questions among the speakers and the participants.

Tutorial 04: Active Safety and Collision Mitigation Advanced Applications

In the afternoon of the same day the audience attended another set of interesting presentations. In the first part the focus was on decision making and threat assessment for automotive collision avoidance as well as on the actual evaluation of ADAS in the field using the example of the euroFOT project. The presentation that followed was relevant to environment perception for automated vehicles, the challenges and the future trends in this filed. Finally, the session ended with a statistical approach on how the driver perceives the threat in rear-end collisions which cannot be avoided.

T05. Sensor Fusion and Multi-target Tracking Theory (I)

During the last day of the Summer School the participants had the opportunity to learn and discuss about the advances in multi-sensor fusion and multi-target tracking theory. Specifically, advanced multi-sensor fusion methods and applications, grid based fusion and multi-sensor calibration, were illustrated.

T06. Sensor Fusion and Multi-target Tracking Theory (II)

The same afternoon the presentations focused on sensor fusion and target tracking issues continued. An enhanced situational awareness approach through multi-platform data fusion towards affordable autonomy in urban settings opened the session. Presentations concerning models and filters for camera based multi-target tracking and sigma point estimation techniques and their application in the Kalman filter framework were also discussed.

Finally,  poster and demo sessions took place during the Summer School where 16 technical posters and one demonstration were available to the attendees highlighting the latest technological developments in the abovementioned fields.

More information about the interactIVe Summer School can be found in the project’s official website:http://www.interactive-ip.eu/

Co-funded and supported by the European Commission

 

On 26-27 June 2012, the results of the first large-scale European field operational test of advanced driver assistance systems will be made public. Want to know more? Pre-register now to the euroFOT Final Event that will be hosted by Autoworld, Brussels (BE), and receive the latest updates on this grand premiere.

Pre-register here.

For more information regarding euroFOT project please contact Dr. Angelos Amditis (a.amditis@iccs.gr) or visit the project's official website (http://www.eurofot-ip.eu/).

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