CERBERO – Cross-layer modEl-based fRamework for multi-oBjective dEsign of Reconfigurable systems in uncertain hybrid environments
Scope: European Project
Abstract: CERBERO (Cross-layer modEl-based fRamework for multi-oBjective dEsign of Reconfigurable systems in uncertain hybrid environments) aims at providing methods and instruments for the development of Cyber-Physical Systems, complex systems of systems able to interact with users and environment.
To do this, the project will leverage on a cross-layer model based approach, for the description and management of the systems under different views, and on a multi-layer autonomous engine, in charge of adapting the systems basing on the surrounding environment and the users requirements.
During CERBERO, dedicated hardware and software modules will be created in order to make objects smart starting from tree differen use cases. The first one is focused on a self-healing system for planetary explanation, dealing with the next space launch on Mars for the ExoMars mission planned in 2020. In such a context, CERBERO will provide smart objects with self-diagnosis and self-healing capabilities while minimising the energy consumption. The second use case involves a diving robot for oceans monitoring capable of taking images and advanced measurements above and under the sea. The robot will be autonomous, in terms of energy and navigation, and reconfigurable, in order to provide self-healing capabilities. The last use case is related to smart travelling for electric vehicles looking at the smart cars of the future. In particular, the goal within CERBERO is to create a smart car that interacts with the driver, organises and optimizes its travels reducing the environmental impact without energy wasting.
Role: Project partners
Task: Provide hardware reconfiguration and rapid prototyping.
Nebias – NEurocontrolled BIdirectional Artificial upper limb and hand prosthesiS
Scope: European Project
Abstract: The NEBIAS (“NEurocontrolled BIdirectional Artificial upper limb and hand prosthesiS”) proposal aims at developing and clinically evaluating (in selected amputees) a neuro-controlled upper limb prosthesis intuitively controlled and felt by the amputee as the natural one.
This will be possible by means of a novel neural interface able to provide a stable and very selective connection with the nervous system. This goal will be achieved by combining microtechnology and material science and will allow, on one side, recording of the motor-related signals governing the actions of the amputated hand/arm for the motion control of a mechanical prosthesis, and on the other providing sensory feedback from tactile and kinesthetic sensors through neuromorphic stimulation of the adequate afferent pathway within the residual limb. The NEBIAS proposal is also aimed at finding out the ‘language’ intrinsically linking central nervous system with peripheral nerve signals in order to govern simple and complex hand/fingers movements. To reach this goal, a variety of techniques exploring brain and nerve functions will be assembled and integrated; this includes the analysis of electromagnetic brain and nerve signals, as well as of movement-related changes in brain’s blood flow/metabolism.
Role: Project partners
Task: Development of implantable electronics for recording/stimulation
HEREiAM – An interoperable platform for self care, social networking and managing of daily activities at home
Scope: Project co-funded by the AAL Joint Program (Ref. AAL-2012-5-064) and the National Authorities and R&D programs in Italy, Belgium, Romania and The Netherlands.
Abstract: he HEREiAM project aims at facilitating the coordination and provision of home-based care services to older adults, improving and prolonging their expectation of an autonomous and independent life.
The overall scope of HEREiAM is to offer a powerful tool able to:
- support the delivery of a rich set of integrated services to the older adults through the TV set, to help them in the management of personal and social tasks;
- provide informal caregivers with access to up-to-date and meaningful information about relatives through web portals/mobile applications, to reduce their burden and improve their caring abilities;
- support the integration of 3rd party service providers who want to reach a segment of customers with different needs, priorities and expectations, to ensure the inclusion of new services over time;
- provide an application framework and guidelines that enable software developers to create custom innovative apps for TV devices in the HEREiAM environment;
The project includes a field trial in three countries: Italy, The Netherlands and Belgium. The HEREiAM solution is introduced in the real lives of European senior citizens and their families for a period of 4 months. Data gathered during field trials help researchers in understanding the real usability of the tool, which services are most used by older adults and which are abandoned and, in general, the perceived usefulness of such system for all the actors involved.
Role: Project coordinator
Task: Development of the hardware and software tools operating at home, organization of the field trial in Cagliari (Italy), analysis of the results.
RPCT – Reconfigurable Platform Composer Tool
Scope: Project funded by regional government of Sardinia
Abstract: Modern digital technologies applied to the multimedia field have led to developing complex systems for the creation, the use and the sharing of audio/video/image pervading the consumer electronics market.
The ever increasing complexity of multimedia applications and their heterogeneity, highly characterizing the Digital Media Technologies, threaten both the standard design flow and the traditional architectural models. At the design flow level, the management of parallelism, concurrency and proper resources allocation cannot be performed anymore after the definition of the hardware substrate, otherwise causing inefficiencies in resources definition and scheduling. In this sense the RPCT project, in order to bridge the gap between the development of the hardware substrate and the mapping of applications on the available resources that negatively affects the time-to-market of this kind of systems, aims at the definition of an automatic framework ( RPCT – Reconfigurable Platform Composer Tool) for the characterization of application specific hardware systems. The RPCT framework is going to leverage on the adoption of a common formalism for both hardware and software through the use of the dataflow model of computation. A dataflow-based approach will allow software developers to model applications performance depending on the hardware characteristics, at the high-level and long before this latter is physically available, through early stages estimations exploring the cost vs. benefit of different platforms. At the same time, hardware architects using such a design flow will be able to define the optimal architecture with respect to the specific software requirements.
Role: Project coordinator
Task: Development of the reconfigurable platform