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SIBIU, Romania

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.5.1 | Award Amount: 11.64M | Year: 2013

Obesity and other lifestyle-related illness are among the top healthcare challenges in Europe. Obesity alone accounts for up to 7% of healthcare costs in the EU, as well as wider economy costs associated with lower productivity, lost output and premature death. Obesity in younger age is an alarming predictor for obesity in adulthood, but also entails short term health complications in juvenile age along with greater risk of social and psychological problems.\nKnowing how to stay healthy is not enough to motivate individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles, but relevant progress can be achieved through the use of incentives delivered through a combination of processes and mobile technologies.\nRecognizing the effectiveness of this approach, the PEGASO project will develop a multi-dimensional cross-disciplinary ICT system that will exploit sophisticated game mechanics to motivate behavioral changes towards healthier lifestyles and prevent overweight and obesity in the younger population.\nThe project relies on ICT technologies to implement a framework for the promotion of an health service based on three main features: individual&environmental monitoring, including wearable sensors, mobile phone and multimedia diaries for the acquisition of physical, physiological and behavioural attributes of participants; feedback to the user, presenting personalised healthy options for alternative lifestyles; social connectivity, encouraging involvement in social network experience sharing and social engagement. For the system development, a user centered approach, social and networked games and online education will be used. PEGASO will be tested with over 300 adolescents in three EU member states (Spain, Italy, UK).\nThe development of PEGASO project will mobilize a wide stakeholders ecosystem contributed by National Health Authorities and Research Institutions, Industries and Academia from the ICT and healthcare sectors, as well as food companies and SMEs

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-7 | Award Amount: 6.02M | Year: 2013

Workplace injuries cost European societies up to 4% of GNP. Over 25% of Europeans experience back injury due to work. Robots are traditionally inflexible to use for many manual handling tasks. The world robotics market is set to double to $66Bn pa in the next 15 years. Europe could corner the industrial collaborative human-robotic part of that market (currently Asia). The goal of Robo-Mate is to apply an industry focus in developing a user-friendly intelligent cooperative light weight wearable human-robotic exoskeleton for manual handling work. It will be deployable within half a day and will not require task specific programming. Robo-Mate will be highly flexible and used directly in craft or mass production or in auxiliary processes. Robo-Mate uses an iterative innovation process where design specifications are driven by industry requirements with a needs pull rather than a technology push approach. In use workers will pilot the device. Direct physical interaction using haptic technologies will be combined with perception enhancement using cognitive science programming paradigms to drive the exoskeleton. Pilot implementation of Robo-Mate will take on two forms: The first will focus on manual handling in automobile manufacturing at CRF/Fiat and by the automotive supplier COMPA, the second will focus on heavy manipulation tasks during end-of-life dismantling and maintenance at INDRA. GUEDEL will verify the Robo-Mate design for assembly issues. The Robo-Mate consortium comprises 12 partners from 7 countries, including end-users from the automotive and dismantling industries, industrial robotics/technology developers, a robotics integrator and ergonomics research groups. Benefits of Robo-Mate will be realised at European level through a stronger industrial robotics industry, at societal level through increased employment, at company level with increased productivity, and at citizen level with reduced back injuries. Results will be used in standards benchmarking.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2011-4 | Award Amount: 4.55M | Year: 2011

The MY Wear project will develop a new generation of customised, green, safe, healthy and smart work wear and sport wear products for elderly, obese, diabetics and disabled. Therefore a specific reference framework will be set up based on an innovative data integration platform gathering consumers data, during both products orders and usage, for customisation and extended services providing comfort, safety and health related functionalities to the addressed target groups. Moreover, high tech solutions for the production processes of both smart textiles and customised footwear will be developed in the MY Wear project. Particularly a textile intrinsic communication layer will be designed and developed to provide garments and shoes sensing and monitoring capabilities. Furthermore, adaptive footwear production processes will be developed, based on advanced CAD-CAM tools and flexible robot cells and sole injection solutions, for the manufacturing of personalised shoes. New high performing and recyclable components for safe and healthy sport and work wear will be developed, as well as LCA and eco-design tools for the development of green consumer products.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2010-2 | Award Amount: 5.08M | Year: 2010

The S-MC-S project aims at supporting European manufacturing to adapt to global competitive pressures by developing methods and innovative enabling technologies towards a customer oriented and eco-efficient manufacturing. To this end, S-MC-S vision is to define and research a new production paradigm, Sustainable Mass-Customization, while also presenting Customization as one of the main driving forces behind the future success of Sustainability. Nowadays, companies still fail to profit from mass-customization because of: I- there is no real networked environment, based on a common strategy and appropriate Supply Chain, meant to empower mass customization along the entire value chain, nor specific methodologies and tools to handle Mass Customization (MC) implementation. Current industrial MC solutions are focused on single companies, thus far behind from the implementation and exploitation of the concept of multisite multination factory (and the related logistic, legislative, organizational aspects); II- the evaluation of Mass Customization implementation must move beyond the mere assessment of economic aspects, steering towards the integration of Environmental and Social consequences into the assessment of the value chain. S-MC-S addresses these issues by promoting 4 RTD Pillars: 1)Design Tools: defining methodologies and tools capable to manage growing complexity of product, production and supply chain configurations imposed by MC implementation in a networked environment. 2)Assessment model: defining the assessment model needed to evaluate the impact of production systems and different supply chain configurations 3)Business Model: defining the framework and strategies for creating economic, social and ecological value through the systematic implementation of S-MC-S paradigm. 4)New specific MC technology: researching pilot MC enabling technology in 3 different sectors, to support manufacturing transition towards sustainable MC (leather; furniture; stone)

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2008-3.4-1 | Award Amount: 11.94M | Year: 2009

The project uttermost objective is to foster and strengthen the primacy of Future European Manufacturing by defining the next generation Virtual Factory Framework. The VFF will promote major time and cost savings while increasing performance in the design, management, evaluation and reconfiguration of new or existing facilities, supporting the capability to simulate dynamic complex behaviour over the whole life cycle of Factory, approached as a complex long living Product. Thus the project will research and implement the underlying models and ideas at the foundation of a new conceptual framework designed to implement the next generation Virtual Factory, also meant to lay the basis for future applications in this research area. This approach identifies four key Pillars: a Reference Model for factory planning, based on the new industrial key paradigm Factory as a Product; the VF Manager core, meant to handle the common space of abstract objects representing the Factory; a set of decoupled Functional Modules for supporting the factory design, reconfiguration, evaluation, management, and a Integration of Knowledge at different layers as engine for the modules aiming at giving reality to the envisioned Learning Factory. The Virtual Factory, deployed according to the VFF concept, has to be permanently synchronised with the Real Factory aiming to achieve time and cost savings in the design, ramp-up, management, evaluation and reconfiguration of the Real Production itself. The proposed pillars foster the implementation of a holistic, modular, open and scalable Virtual Factory meant to achieve clear, well identified and measurable goals for the real production system according to quantitative indicators/measures: Time for factory design, re-configuration, re-engineering -50%; Ramp-up time -30%; Capability Index Cp >=2.0. Moreover, a strong qualitative factor has to be considered: Democratisation.

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