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Transilvania University of Brașov is a public institution of higher education in Brașov, Romania. It has sixteen faculties, a total of 25,000 students and 800 teachers. The University offers 103 days license areas, 12 areas for Distance Education, and 5 areas for higher reduced frequency, as well as 17 graduate programs and 14 doctoral programs. Wikipedia.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FOF-13-2016 | Award Amount: 3.24M | Year: 2016

The aim of DREAM is to significantly improve the performances of laser Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) of titanium, aluminium and steel components in terms of speed, costs, material use and reliability, also using a LCA/LCC approach, whilst producing work pieces with controlled and significantly increased fatigue life, as well with higher strength-to-weight ratios. DREAM targets the development of a competitive supply chain to increase the productivity of laser-based AM and to bring it a significant step further towards larger scale industrial manufacturing. In order to upscale the results and to reach an industrial relevant level of productivity, the project is focused on the following four main challenges (i) Part modeling and topology optimization (ii) Raw material optimization to avoid powder contamination (iii) Process optimization, including innovations of the control software of the AM machine, to enable high throughput production (iv) Setup of laser-PBF of nanostructured Titanium alloys with unchanged granulometric dimension for an additional push to higher productivity, since nanostructured metal powders can be sintered with lower energy input and faster speed. The project, thanks to the three end-users involved, is focused on components for prosthetic, automotive and moulding applications to optimize the procedure for three different materials, respectively titanium, aluminium and steel.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: H2020-TWINN-2015 | Award Amount: 975.62K | Year: 2015

Cultural heritage has always been an effervescent subject among historians, sociologists, naturalists, scientists and researchers alike. The physical and intangible legacy of previous generations is passed via this channel to future members of the society. It is a deliberate act, as conserving the results of past work, culture and even biodiversity is in the very nature of the human beings. With the recent advancements in the field of virtual reality, intelligent systems and based on the emergence of the information society, we can now ascend to modern cultural heritage preservation techniques. eHERITAGE has as main objective the development of a center of excellence in virtual heritage. The coordinator of this project is not new to the research field which he wishes to expand. The Virtual Reality and Robotics Department (VRRD) of the UTBv has an affinity for designing and developing applications of virtual reality for cultural heritage, as it has had involvements in past national research projects on this theme. The partners of eHERITAGE are internationally leading entities in the focused research field. SSSA is a public university located in Pisa, Italy. Its mission is not only didactic, as SSSA excels in several research areas, including robotics, virtual reality and user interfaces. The historic background of SSSAs location eased the development of the virtual reality applications in cultural heritage. Several international research projects and well as a wide publication profile come to sustain this statement. On the other hand, JSI is the most important research institute in Slovenia, ranked among the first 50 research centers in Europe. In particular, JSI has strong competences in building models for ambient intelligence applications, data farming and detailing human behavior in virtual reality systems, competences which will prove invaluable for eHERITAGE.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: LCE-20-2014 | Award Amount: 3.70M | Year: 2015

The development and adoption of renewable and sustainable energy has become a top priority in Europe, and is Horizon 2020s most prominent theme. Research into new energy methods required to reduce humanitys carbon footprint is an urgent and critical need, and is reliant upon a flow of newly qualified persons in areas as diverse as renewable energy infrastructure management, new energy materials and methods, and smart buildings and transport. Bioenergy is a particularly important field in this respect as it is at the cross-roads of several important European policies, from the Strategic Energy Technology Plan Roadmap on Education and Training (SET-Plan) to the European Bioeconomy Strategy to European Food Safety and Nutrition Policy. European development in this prioritised field is stalled due to a lack of qualified personnel, a lack of cohesion and integration among stakeholders, and poor linkage between professional training and industry needs. To address these problems, BioEnergyTrain brings together fifteen partners from six EU countries to create new post-graduate level curricula in key bioenergy disciplines, and a network of tertiary education institutions, research centres, professional associations, and industry stakeholders encompassing the whole value chain of bioenergy from field/forest to integration into the sustainable energy systems of buildings, settlements and regions. The project will foster European cooperation to provide a highly skilled and innovative workforce across the whole bioenergy value chain, closely following the recommendations of the SET-Plan Education Roadmap.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IRSES | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES | Award Amount: 484.50K | Year: 2013

Health professionals agree that the relationship between diet and health is important. Our eating habits can help or hurt our overall health and well-being. Good eating habits include being a smart shopper and selecting foods that reflect the Dietary Guidelines. The food label was designed to help people choose foods for a healthful diet. By using the food label, we can compare the nutrient content of similar foods, see how foods fit into our overall diets, and understand the relationship between certain nutrients and diseases. Health claims describe the relationship between a nutrient or a food and the risk of a disease. Products that make a health claim must contain a defined amount of the nutrient that is directly linked to the health-related condition.Nutrition labels can help you choose between products, and keep a check on the amount of foods high in fat, salt and added sugars that youre eating. Nutrition labels can also provide information on how a particular food or drink product fits into your daily diet. Consumers are often confused by health claims on food labels, according to a review of research carried out on behalf of the Agency in anticipation of a new European regulation on health and nutrition claims. The overall aims of NUTRILAB are: Bring together, review and analyze current research on consumer understanding of claims, and also labeling where this would inform our knowledge of consumer understanding of claims. Gather information on how consumer understanding of claims varies across different population groups, to gain insight into the understanding of the average consumer. Draw conclusions from existing research to see whether there are areas where further information would be useful, and to inform the direction that any additional research conducted in future could take. We will reach these targets as a multidisciplinary team across Europe, sharing knowledge, developing new approaches.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.5.2 | Award Amount: 16.43M | Year: 2013

MD-Paedigree is a clinically-led VPH project that addresses both the first and the second actions of part B of Objective ICT-2011.5.2:\n1. it enhances existing disease models stemming from former EC-funded research (Health-e-Child and Sim-e-Child) and from industry and academia, by developing robust and reusable multi-scale models for more predictive, individualised, effective and safer healthcare in several disease areas;\n2. it builds on the eHealth platform already developed for Health-e-Child and Sim-e-Child to establish a worldwide advanced paediatric digital repository.\nIntegrating the point of care through state-of-the-art and fast response interfaces, MD-Paedigree services a broad range of off-the-shelf models and simulations to support physicians and clinical researchers in their daily work. MD-Paedigree vertically integrates data, information and knowledge of incoming patients, in participating hospitals from across Europe and the USA, and provides innovative tools to define new workflows of models towards personalised predictive medicine. Conceived of as a part of the VPH Infostructure described in the ARGOS, MD-Paedigree encompasses a set of services for storage, sharing, similarity search, outcome analysis, risk stratification, and personalised decision support in paediatrics within its innovative model-driven data and workflow-based digital repository. As a specific implementation of the VPH-Share project, MD-Paedigree fully interoperates with it. It has the ambition to be the dominant tool within its purview. MD-Paedigree integrates methodological approaches from the targeted specialties and consequently analyzes biomedical data derived from a multiplicity of heterogeneous sources (from clinical, genetic and metagenomic analysis, to MRI and US image analytics, to haemodynamics, to real-time processing of musculoskeletal parameters and fibres biomechanical data, and others), as well as specialised biomechanical and imaging VPH simulation models.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-18-2016 | Award Amount: 3.94M | Year: 2016

Issues of data subjects privacy and data security represent a crucial challenge in the biomedical sector more than in other industries. The current IT landscape in this field shows a myriad of isolated, locally hosted patient data repositories, managed by clinical centres and other organisations, which are subject to frequent and massive data breaches. Patients are disenfranchised in this process, and are not able to have a clear understanding of who uses their personal information and for what purposes. This makes it the ideal field to build and test new models of privacy and data protection, and the technologies that encode them. MyHealthMyData (MHMD) aims at changing the existing scenario by introducing a distributed, peer-to-peer architecture, based on Blockchain and Personal Data Accounts. This approach will determine new mechanisms of trust and of direct, value-based relationships between people, hospitals, research centres and businesses, in what will be the first open biomedical information network centred on the connection between organisations and the individual. The system will develop a comprehensive methodology to guide the implementation of data and identity protection systems, specifically defining approaches and tools to profile and classify sensitive data based on their informational and economic value, to assess the most suitable and robust de-identification and encryption technologies needed to secure different types of information, to allow advanced analytics, and to evaluate the overall reliability of a generic multi modular architecture. MHMD will also analyse users behavioural patterns alongside ethical and cultural orientations, to identify hidden dynamics in the interactions between humans and complex information services, to improve the design of data-driven platforms and to foster the development of a true information marketplace, in which individuals will be able to exercise full control on their personal data and leverage their value.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN | Award Amount: 3.53M | Year: 2013

In view of reducing the ecological footprint of machines and vehicles, effective and efficient analysis techniques and adequate measurement technologies are required to produce world-leading products with a high energy-efficiency, without compromising functionality/safety/performance/etc. Combined with the increasing trend towards virtual design and prototyping, to reduce costs and development times, this need for designing green products creates an urgent industrial need for robust and volatile simulation and experimental validation methodologies in machine and vehicle product design. Since nowadays products become more and more multi-disciplinary by the constantly increasing integration of added functionality and product intelligence (i.e. mechanical systems work together with electronic systems, linked through control schemes which are steered using embedded software, etc.) and since energy is a global design attribute which is influenced by all disciplines, the development of energy analysis methodologies, both numerical and experimental, requires an integrated research strategy. This EMVeM ITN brings together research and industrial partners who will collectively train early stage researchers, drawing together skills and expertise in a range of different technical approaches. The industrial partners put forward specific applications, behind which are generic difficulties associated with energy efficiency analysis. The academic and research centre partners bring a diverse range of potential research approaches and the capability of research training, provision of courses and dissemination and outreach to the wider community. Together the consortium can develop and promote research, knowledge and application of energy efficiency management analysis within EU industry and towards the general public.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-25-2015 | Award Amount: 4.54M | Year: 2016

The interest for developing smart systems based on interconnected objects is growing fast (50 billion objects connected in 2020). The main components of Internet of Things (IoT) devices are autonomous battery-operated smart embedded systems comprising communication circuits, sensors, computing/processing devices and storage. The key requirements are ultra-low power, high processing capabilities, fast/dense storage, wireless communication, heterogeneous integration, and autonomy. The different functions are so far implemented in separate chips/technologies, which is a bottleneck in terms of costs and miniaturization. To tackle the key issues of monolithic heterogeneous integration, fast yet low power processing, high integration density, fast yet low power storage, the goal of the GREAT STREP project is to co-integrate multiple functions like sensors (Sensing), RF receivers (Communicating) and logic/memory (Processing/Storing) together within CMOS by adapting the STT-MTJs (Magnetic devices) to a single baseline technology. This lead to a unique STT-MTJ cell technology called Multifunctional Standardized (MTJ) Stack (MSS), paving the way to 2.5D self-integrated heterogeneous architectures . The major outputs of GREAT are the technology and the architecture platform for IoT SoCs which provides better integration of embedded & mobile communication systems and a significant decrease of their power consumption. Based on the STT unique set of performances (non-volatility, high speed, infinite endurance and moderate read/write power), GREAT will achieve the same goal as heterogeneous integration of devices but in a much simpler way. The project final objectives are: fabrication of an advanced MSS technology test chip jointly with a system-level simulation and design of a representative M2M IoT platform integrating MSS. The consortium is composed of 9 EU partners led by CEA and of an Advisory Board comprising leaders in IP solutions, IoT, and mobile technologies.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: BB-04-2016 | Award Amount: 2.96M | Year: 2016

Forest biomass is currently one of the most important source of renewable energy and accounts for almost half of the EUs total renewable energy consumption. In addition to raw materials, forests also provide a wide range of vital non-wood services that should be protected during wood extraction. The innovation project Forwarder2020 has the main aim of improving sustainability of wood production and delivery as well as operational forest management and planning through the development of specific modules for more efficient forwarders (wood extraction and transportation vehicles): hydrostatic-mechanical power-split transmission hydro-pneumatic suspension of the forwarder hybrid hydraulic system for driving the crane with double recuperation of the potential energy bogie axle with three instead of two driven wheels at each side to be mounted under the timber load monitoring system for transparency and documentation of process data like machine data, static and dynamic load over time and position The combined effect of these five innovations applied to forwarders will have the following impact: lowering of the dynamic wheel load by 25% over the same forwarder without suspension at same payload and speed. reduction of rut depths by 50% lowering fuel consumption while driving over the existing hydrostatic transmissions by 30% making long hauling distances more economic by the efficiency of the power-split transmission lowering fuel consumption while loading and unloading due to the double recuperation of the potential energy of the crane mass by 30%. more precise planning of the tracks and documentation of the loads carried on the specific part of the track supplying to the market a unique and modular system of high-end solutions above the competitors, where the customer can make his choice of equipment and bear no higher costs for the modules not chosen. bring consortium partners and thus Europe to a strong position on markets

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