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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2011-1 | Award Amount: 1.89M | Year: 2011

Due to climate related changes, longer dry periods for European farmers and without irrigation the risk of a volatile harvests will rise, that is the reason for a tendency across Europe to irrigate fields. The need for innovative irrigated systems is to minimize water consumption and costs. Also in times of limited water the project will be lucrative. There are more and more increasing cost pressures like costs of water, energy and fertilizer, environmental legislation and requirements, cuts of subsidies, high personal costs etc. The project will help to save a huge amount of money by reducing the mentioned investments. The tendency to automatic systems in the agriculture is rising and in future farmers will do most of their regulating by a computer. The system will support the farmers to realize their work by modern technology. Furthermore the project minimizes the pollution of groundwater by reducing fertilizer to a limit and concerns of eutrophication will be decreased. The aim of the project is to develop a fully automatic irrigation and fertilisation system (with needs based fertilizer spreading) in order to help farmers to monitor and control their water and fertilizer consumption. That basically means we want to combine the irrigation and fertilization in one step. Furthermore, the system will diagnose the need of the plants with the help of sensors and the interpretation of terrestrial meteorological data. The system consists of a combined sensor-detector-dosage system, which includes a monitoring, control and distribution unit which enables the dosing and distribution of the water and the fertilizer.

Integrated Microsystems Austria Gmbh | Date: 2014-02-06

Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments, artificial limbs, eyes and teeth; orthopedic articles; suture materials. Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CS | Phase: JTI-CS-2010-3-SFWA-01-027 | Award Amount: 598.23K | Year: 2011

Within the EC Clean Sky - Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft initiative concepts for actuating morphing wing structures are under development. In order for developing a complete integrated system including the actuation, the structure to be actuated and the closed loop control unit a hybrid deflection and damage monitoring system is required. The aim of the proposed project FOS3D is to develop and validate a fiber optic sensing system based on low-coherence interferometry for simultaneous deflection and damage monitoring. The proposed system uses several distributed and multiplexed fiber optic Michelson interferometers to monitor the strain distribution over the actuated part. In addition the same sensor principle will be used to acquire and locate the acoustic emission signals originated from the onset and growth of defects like impact damages, cracks and delaminations.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.2.1 | Award Amount: 3.29M | Year: 2010

The first autopilots in airplanes can be traced back to the beginning of the twentieth century. These devices greatly reduced the pilots workload by taking over parts of the navigation. The success of autopilots in reducing navigational complexity and improving safety explains the recent interest to introduce navigational assistance in other transportation means as well. However, implementing robotic navigation correction on a large scale also represents a potential safety risk for its users. For example, some plane crashes have been attributed to the incorrect estimation by pilots of the state of the planes automatic pilot, an effect known as mode confusion.RADHAR therefore proposes a novel framework to design human-aware adaptive autonomy that avoids mode confusion by embedding a thorough understanding of diver behaviour and estimated intention into the decision making. Through lifelong, unsupervised learning, the robot will fuse the inherently uncertain information from environment and driver perception sensors; autonomously estimate the user model and intention and calculate a human-friendly trajectory. Since human characteristics vary over time a continuous interaction between two learning systems will emerge, hence RADHAR: Robotic ADaptation to Humans Adapting to Robots. In order to apply this framework to realistic real-world scenarios, sensor models will be developed to build 3D models of the environment with estimation of dynamic obstacles motion and terrain traversability. To verify driver model assumptions such as focus-of-attention, the drivers posture and facial expression will be estimated with a camera and a haptic interface. The framework will be demonstrated on a wheelchair platform that navigates in an everyday environment with everyday objects. Tests on various levels of autonomy can be performed easily and safely on wheelchairs. Evaluation will happen by a diverse and challenging population of wheelchair users who currently drive unsafely.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.7.1 | Award Amount: 5.14M | Year: 2010

The project focuses on the development and prototyping of remotely-controlled, semi-autonomous robotic solutions in domestic environments to support elderly people. In particular, the SRS project will demonstrate an innovative, practical and efficient system called shadow robot for personalised home care.\n\nMost elderly people want to live in the familiar environment of their own residence for as long as possible. However, not many can live with their adult children and therefore, at some stage, often late in life, have to live alone. Studies show that some forms of home care are usually required as they advance in years.\nSRS solutions are designed to enable a robot to act as a shadow of its controller. For example, elderly parents can have a robot as a shadow of their children or carers. In this case, adult children or carers can help them remotely and physically with tasks such as getting up or going to bed, doing the laundry and setting up ICT equipment etc. as if the children or carers were resident in the house. This objective will be realised through the following SRS innovations:\n1) A new intent-based remote control mechanism to enable the robots to be tele-operated over a real-world communication network robustly. 2) An adaptive automation mechanism to enable a highly efficient task execution for remotely controlled service robots. 3) A new robotic self-learning mechanism to enable the robots to learn from their experience. 4) A safety-oriented framework derived through extensive usability and user acceptance studies that enable service robots to be effectively deployed into home care applications.\nThe shadow robot prototypes created with EU support in the SRS project will be tested at the S.Maria Nascente Centre in Milano and the IZA Care Center in San Sebastin. The final solution will be further developed by Hewlett-Packard and other industrial partners of the consortium for a worldwide market with significant potential and volume.

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