AICIA 2006 annual report
Association for Investigation and Industrial Cooperation In Andalusia Seville Industrial Engineering School. University of Seville
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AICIA 2006 annual report
Association for Investigation and Industrial Cooperation In Andalusia Seville Industrial Engineering School. University of Seville
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1. presentaTiOn Constitution _Association Goals 2. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND BOARD OF GOVERMENT Organization _General Board 3. activiTIes International Projects _Engineering Projects _Tests, Analyses, Evaluations and Reports _Studies and Consultancies _Formation Courses 4. EVOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION IN 2006 Evolution of the Association 5. aPPENDICEs Sponsoring and Associated Members _Collaborating Personnel and Technical Team 6. 2006 balance sheet account Balance Sheet _Profit and Loss Account
Presentation Constitution Association Goals
uring the current year, 2007, in which the Yearly Report for 2006 is presented, AICIA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and for this occasion, a series of activities and ceremonies commemorating this event are taking place. The “F. de Paula Rojas” Association for Research and Industrial Cooperation of Andalusia (AICIA) has, historically, never been an important presence in the media, nor in public, other than in academic, research and industrial circles akin to its activities and its fundamental objectives. The Association has never needed publicity to play a significant role within its own areas and, year after year, to achieve the results that have consolidated it. On the occasion of its “Silver Wedding” with training, research, and industrial cooperation however, this policy of discretion will be temporally, slightly interrupted to allow for a set of commemorative acts. In this way AICIA wishes, on one hand, to take stock of all its achievements and to give thanks for the support and confidence of its technical teams, its clients and all its collaborators in general. A commemorative book will be published, an exhibition will be mounted and testimony will be given of AICIA´s gratitude to its members, clients and promoters. On the other hand, looking towards the future, some interesting technical workshops will be held on such relevant subjects as energy and environment, aeronautical engineering, electronics and communications, industrial control and robotics, and relations between University and Business. AICIA was created as an initiative of a group of teachers from Seville University in collaboration with the College of Industrial Engineers and with the backing of various business organizations. Its statutes were approved in 1980, in 1981 an agreement with Seville University was signed and in 1982 its Governing Body was created. The writer of this report has been a Numerary Member and General Assembly Member of the Association since June 6th 1985. At the time, to think - and talk – of innovation and of industrial co-operation between University and Business in Andalusia was at times utopian and at others, a daring bordering on academic or entrepreneurial heterodoxy. Nobody had heard of “spin off” firms and even less tried to create them from the University, as AICIA has successfully done. Today, not only are they spoken of – sometimes in excess – but also their creation is considered as a success. The statutory aims of AICIA include such vocabulary as training, firms, research, industrial co-operation, or environment that today, 25 years on, are of great actuality. However, what are most relevant are not the correct programmed declarations but the works that demonstrate with facts and figures. AICIA´s facts and figures, gathered together yearly in the Annual Report and particularly those of 2006, give rise to optimism about the present and future. In 2006 AICIA´s turnover rose to 10.438 million euros (8.510 in 2005), 75% coming from private enterprise. This income came from the work of 29 teams and 238 PhDs, engineers, graduates and administrative staff. Particularly satisfactory is the number of grant holders, 549 from the Engineering School and 21 from Seville University. As a result of its activities, the net inventory material has been of 260,390 euros during the year, making the accumulated figure to be 6,560,676 euros, which means an important contribution to the research infrastructure of the University. According to the Agreement, the monetary contributions to Seville University reached 622,070 euros. Total contributions during AICIA´s lifetime reach 11,016,400 euros. In 2006 AICIA participated in 28 international projects and 105 engineering works, as well as carrying out numerous tests, analysis, studies and consultancies, courses and workshops. Amongst the international
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projects, various corresponding to the VI Framework Program and others to the European Space Agency, stand out, basically in the areas of Electronics and Information Technologies, Energy and Environment, and Aeronautical Engineering. Amongst the engineering works are those corresponding to the CENIT and PROFIT calls and the proposals to the Andalusian Technological Corporation, in which AICIA`s participation has reached 75 %. AICIA has strong institutional participatipation in organizations related to R&D& Innovation and to business. It is a member of the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations, of FEDIT; founding member of the Andalusian Network of Technological Areas and of the Foundation for Aerospace Development of Andalusia. In 2006, AICIA was recognized as Center of Innovation and Technology (CIT) on both national and regional scale, and obtained the Management System Credential for R&D& Innovation according to the UNE 166002 EX standard. On the 31st of December 2006 the Assoacion Assets reached 11,139,099 euros (15% more than in the previous exercise), 9.5 % corresponding to fixed assets and the rest to working assets, reflecting the type of activity carried out by AICIA and the fact that the transmission to the University of scientific inventory material takes place once it has been totally redeemed, as is indicated in note 4.c of the memory. The total of the financial investment is 5 % higher than in the previous year, generating positive earning of 132,000 euros. At the close of the year, Equity was 377,505 euros. In 2006, AICIA assigned 8.8 % of the income generated by its Departments to cover general expenses and management of the Association and of the School, 3.3 % of this corresponding to AICIA. To be safe, this income of the Association is accounted once the earnings (revenue flows) of the Departments are transformed into money paid in (cash flows). As is indicated in note 3 of the Auditory Report, if the turnover were registered based on amount due, then both the results of the exercise and those reflected as corresponding to previous years would be higher than the quantities indicated in said note. By not using the amount due criteria and by accounting certain non-recurrent expenses connected to the 25th Anniversary Celebrations, the Income Statement shows a loss of 11,984 euros, only 3.2 % of Equity and an insignificant percentage against the turnover figure, perfectly assumable by the financial structure and the ongoing activity of the Association. The balance sheet has been well audited and the available data about the progress of the 2007 exercise indicates the fulfilment of the production objectives and the foreseen economic and financial results for 2007. As President of AICIA –in December 2007 completing the 14th year of Presidency- and a priviledged witness of its development, and in view of its past and present results, I must congratulate both the Association management and the teams of professors, researchers, technicians and grant holders, who have been in the past, and are still, its main asset, its main source of value creation. To the Engineering School, to Seville University, to the College of Industrial Engineers in representation of all the institutions that have given us support; to the members and the clients who recognize the quality and value of AICIA’s activities and work many thanks. On this occasion, however, in its 25th anniversary year, I would like to pay special tribute to its founders, those present and those departed, to the group of teachers of the Engineering School who in 1980 had the vision and the foresight of what could be the future of research, teaching and collaboration between university and business, and set about achieving it. Many have since then added a grain of sand; others, basic elements to the structure. They, though, laid the decisive and fundamental stone.
Manuel Ángel Martín López Presidente of AICIA Friday 27th of July 2007
began as the initiative of a group of professors at the Seville Industrial Engineering School (ESII) who were aware, on the one hand, of the professors’ need to acquire firsthand experience in industrial companies to better transmit this reality to their students, and on the other hand, of the value of the engineering school’s human potential and potential for serving industry and society. The Official Engineering Association and several industrial firms supported this original idea to encourage professors and upperclassmen to participate in theoretical and applied research projects in collaboration with industry. The Association’s statutes were approved by the Internal Policy Committee in November 1980. In November 1981, the Association’s executive committee signed a draft agreement with the University of Seville during the rectorship of professor Guillermo Jiménez Sánchez. The agreement allowed AICIA to use the school’s human and material resources to pursue the association’s statutory objectives. The agreement between AICIA and the university meant putting the spirit of the University Organic law (lOU) into practice several years ahead of time, supplying the means for an effective development of what was later provided by article 83 of this law. Finally, at the general board meeting held in February 1982, the association’s executive committee was dissolved and its bodies of government were constituted providing the definitive organization.
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F. de Paula Rojas Andalusian Association for Research and Industrial Co-operation (AICIA) is a non-profit public-interest association. Its objectives are to encourage, guide, and promote industrial research, with an emphasis on publication and dissemination of results, to promote technological progress in Spain and to help improve the professional training of engineers and, in general, of other professionals involved in the different industrial branches. As stated in the fourth article of the Associationâ€™s rules, the AICIAâ€™s goals are the following: 1. Contributing to the improvement of firms in general and Andalusian firms in particular with innovation and technological development. 2. To carry out research projects, studies, and laboratory tests of interest to industry in general and to its associates in particular. 3. To establish co-operative relationships with public or private entities or with individuals to render services and to carry out research projects. 4. To actively participate in the protection of the industrial environment through pollution level measurement, technical advice on cleaner industrial processes, and facility modification. 5. To teach technical training courses and advanced courses for postgraduates, as well as conferences and seminars on technological matters. 6. To establish awards for research projects and to grant technical research assistantships to postgraduates or students. Although most of the Associationâ€™s activities are in Andalusia, its participation in national and international projects is growing as Spain becomes more integrated into supranational European Institutions.
Organizational Structure and Board of Goverment
Organization General Board
Association’s main body of government is the general board, composed of the full members. These members appoint from amongst themselves a president and an executive manager. The president is the association’s legal representative. The main duties of the general board are approving the accounts, the budget, and the management report, appointing the executive manager, admitting new full members, signing Cooperation agreements, and modifying the Association’s statutes. The general board delegates its management and administration functions in an executive board made up of the President, six members who represent the general board, the associate and collaborating members, and the Executive Manager. Their functions are focussed on planning and drawing up the budget, accepting research project proposals, admitting new associate and collaborating members, and appointing group directors. The executive manager directs and co-ordinates the Association’s scientific, technical, economic and administrative activities. The management is organised into work teams led by team coaches appointed by the executive board. These coaches are in charge of the technical and scientific activities and are autonomous, although they are subject to budget control and management co-ordination by the Executive Manager.
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D. Manuel Ángel Martín López CEA Economy Commission President
D. Javier Aracil Santonja Catedrático de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática de la ESI de Sevilla
D. Patricio Barrios García President of Education Commission and Relations with Huelva Business University
D. Jesús Contreras Fernández ATLANTIC COPPER, S.A. Metallurgy Director
D. Miguel Bermejo Herrero Engineering Graphic Design Professor. Seville Engineering School
D. José Luis Calvo Salazar Chairman of the Western Andalusia Industrial Engineering
D. Juan Manuel Díaz Cabrera Director of the CEPSA Petrol Complex of La Rabida
D. Antonio Delgado García OTRI Director. University of Seville
D. Salvador Durbán Oliva Financial Economy and Accounting Professor. University of Seville
D. José Guerra Macho Thermal Machines and Motors Professor. Seville Engineering
D. José Antonio Martínez Fernández Chairman of Sevillana-Endesa
D. Andrés Membrillo Bonilla Director of Gas Andalucía
D. Enrique Navarrete Fernández Andalusian Technology Institute President
D. Luis Onieva Giménez Management Science Professor. Seville Engineering School
D. Pablo Palenzuela Chamorro Director of Research Secretariat at the University of Seville
D. Federico París Carballo Material Elasticity and Strength Professor. Seville Engineering School
D. Javier Pérez de los Santos Managing Director of SACESA
D. Saturio Ramos Vicente Vice-Rector in charge of Research. University of Seville
D. Luis Salvador Martínez Chemical Engineering Professor. Seville Engineering School
D. Miguel Angel Serrano Aguilar Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia Director
D. Antonio Jesús Torralba Silgado Electronic Technology Professor. Seville Engineering School
D. Ramón Velázquez Vila Thermotechnics Professor. Seville Engineering School
secretary & executive Manager: Legal adviser:
D. Antonio Jesús Torralba Silgado D. Fernando Haya Prats
GEN I NETRRAOlDBUOCAT RI ODN
international Projects Engineering Works Tests, Analyses, Evaluations and Reports Studies and Consultancies Training Courses
Engineering Works Tests, Analyses, Evaluations and Reports Studies and Consultancies Formation Courses
WITNESS Wireless Technologies for small area Networks with Embedded Security & Safety MEDEA + A109 AND THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND COMMERCE. PROFIT FIT 330100-2005-268
: WITNESS is a European project funded under the MEDEA+ initiative (reference number A109). The main objective of the project is to develop new techniques for short-range wireless communications using very low power techniques. In addition, extensions to new and existing standards for wireless communications in small area networks will be investigated and developed. The WITNESS consortium, composed of 23 members, is led by Philips. AICIA´s tasks in WITNESS are centered on the design of advanced state-of-the-art Analog-to-Digital Converters for Ultra Wideband and Bluetooth. The architecture chosen for the design of the analog to digital converters are: » Analog-to-Digital Converter for Ultra Wideband: A flash converter has been implemented using capacitive interpolation in CMOS 0.13um. A resolution of 6 bits at 1Gsample/s and a power consumption of 650mW have been obtained. » Analog-to-Digital Converter for Bluetooth. A pipelined RSD converter has been designed in CMOS 0.3 5um technology. Various techniques have been applied to reduce the power consumption, such as op-amp sharing and removing the comparator preamplifiers. As a result, 9-bit resolution and 20Msamples/s have been achieved with only 6.93mW of power consumption, locating this converter within the state-of-the-art. » The use of continuous-time Sigma-Delta architecture has also been explored. Different building blocks have been designed using new circuit techniques, the most remarkable of these being an extremely linear transconductor with an IM3 of over 80dB.
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EmbEddEd WISENTS Cooperating Embedded Systems for Exploration and Control featuring Wireless Sensor Networks EUROPEAN COMMISSION. IST PROJECT FP6-004400
: Embedded Wisents is a Coordination Action funded by the European Commission under the Information Society Technology (IST) priority within the 6th Framework Programme (FP6). It is a combined effort amongst twelve partners from ten different European countries. These partners have strong backgrounds in wireless communication and distributed computing as well as in embedded systems and cooperating objects in general. They have relevant expertise in ubiquitous communication, wireless sensor networks, distributed control, and cooperative autonomous systems in particular. This project explores the commonalities and complementarities of embedded control systems for some physical processes (machinery, automobiles and others), pervasive and ubiquitous computing, and wireless sensor networks. The main objectives are: supporting the integration of existing research, road mapping for technology adoption, promoting excellence in teaching and training in systems of cooperating objects. AICIA leads the “Road Mapping and Technology Adoption” Work package. This Work package includes the development of four studies in selected areas: Applications and Application Scenarios, Paradigms for Algorithms and Interactions, Vertical System Functions, and System Architecture and Programming Models. The Workpackage also addresses visions for innovative applications, and the research Road Map preparation. In 2006 the Roadmap of Embedded Wisents Research has been concluded. AICIA has actively participated in the study of the state of the art and the technologies involved. AICIA has also been strongly involved in dissemination activities including the preparation of a book on “Cooperating Objects and Wireless Sensor Networks”.
mImOSA Microsystems Platform for Mobile Services and Applications EUROPEAN COMMISSION. IST PROJECT
: The Microsystems platform for Mobile Services and Applications (MIMOSA) is a VI Framework Programme project integrated by a strong and synergetic consortium involving large industrial partners, SMEs, research organizations, and universities from throughout Europe. MIMOSA creates a new open system platform for context-aware mobile services and applications. The approach is mobile phone based, thus providing the users with a smooth transition from current mobile services to ambient intelligence services. In the area of short-range communications, MIMOSA positions itself to low-cost and low-bit rate territory that can be set up with relatively modest investments in the infrastructure. At the same time, however, a wide range of consumer applications is covered. From this stance, MIMOSA will quickly make ubiquitous computing a reality. :
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AWARE Platform for Autonomous self-deploying and operation of Wireless sensor-actuator networks cooperating with Aerial objects EUROPEAN COMMISSION FP6 (IST-2006-33579)
: The general objective of the project is the design, development and experimentation of a platform providing the middleware and the functionalities required for cooperation amongst unmanned aerial vehicles, i.e. autonomous helicopters and a ground sensor-actuator wireless network, including mobile nodes carried by people and vehicles. The platform will offer self-deployment, self-configuration and self-repairing features by means of cooperating autonomous helicopters that deploy sensors and communication equipment. These features are highly relevant in natural and urban environments with no existing infrastructure, or in situations where the infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed. The expected results of the project are: 1. Scalable and self-organizing ground sensor network integrating mobile nodes including not only low energy and light sensors (motes) but also cameras and other sensors with higher energy requirements. 2. Architecture and middleware required for the cooperation of heterogeneous objects including aerial vehicles, static sensor-actuator nodes, and mobile nodes carried by ground vehicles and personnel. 3. Network-centric functional qualities for operations including the development of surveillance, localization and tracking functions. 4. New cooperation techniques for tasks requiring strong interaction, such as the lifting and transportation of shared loads by the cooperation of several helicopters. Two validation scenarios are being considered in the project: » Disaster Management/Civil Security » Filming applications. AICIA is the coordinator of the project which also includes as partners Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Flying-Cam (Belgium), University of Twente (Netherlands), Universität Stuttgart (Germany), SElEX sensors and airborne systems (UK) and Grupo ITURRI (Spain). The project started June 1, 2006. Over the course of this year the system architecture and middleware specifications have been completed and delivered.
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FT-UNSHAdES Fault-Tolerant Hardware Debugging System for Space Applications EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ESA/ESTEC, UNDER CONTRACT 17540
: The design of integrated circuits for space applications places an emphasis on those aspects related to the consequences of the impact of radiation particles on CMOS systems. Usually, these circuits are protected using massive redundancy which increases the silicon area and, thus, the costs, while the reliability tests are carried out using complex and expensive radiation facilities that give poor information about the test results. Redesign costs are also high, because, when errors are detected, a new manufacturing cycle must be started. The FT-UNSHADES project started in 2004 with the objective of developing an emulation system for the measurement and diagnosis of the reliability of integrated circuits in a radiation environment. FT-UNSHADES allows a designer to verify the reliability of a circuit before fabrication providing a detailed reliability analysis at very high speed with minimum intrusion in the design process. Additional FT-UNSHADES applications can be found in the analysis of VlSI circuits for terrestrial applications of high responsibility (aeronautics, automotive, health care.....) where the impact of ambient radiation can be critical, especially for the new nanoscale CMOS technologies. In 2005, the capabilities of FT-UNSHADES were increased, and it was validated by a set of Intellectual Property (IP) cells provided by the European Space Agency (ESA), the leon-2 processor being of special relevance. Since 2006, ESA has incorporated FT-UNSHADES in its list of design tools available for space applications. During 2006 the main effort has been directed towards new hardware platforms with a greater capacity and towards the integration of the results obtained with the emulation tool and those obtained in the radiation chamber.
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URUS Ubiquitous Networking Robotics in Urban Settings EUROPEAN COMISSION, VI FP (IST-045062)
: The main objective of this Project is the development of new ways of cooperation among robots, people and their environment, in urban areas to develop joint tasks. As an example, this project considers the cooperation of robots and cameras in surveillance tasks in urban areas and the cooperation of robots and wireless terminals for personal assistance and guidance in an urban environment. The main interest of the project is in the pedestrian areas, according to the increasing interest in Europe to reduce the number of vehicles to improve the citizen quality of live. AICIA leads the workpackage entitled “Cooperative environment perception”, and it is also involved in the workpackage entitled “Networking” and in the set of experiments to be carried out in Barcelona, where AICIA will provide the autonomous vehicle ROMEO 4R and a wireless sensor network. This project is still in the specification phase. The URUS consortium is coordinated by the Technical University of Catalonia with the following partners: AICIA (Spain), lAAS-CNRS (France), ETH (Switzerland), SSSA (Italy), University of Zaragoza (Spain), IST (Portugal), University of Surrey (United Kingdom), Agency of Urban Ecology of Barcelona (Spain) Telefónica I+D (Spain) and Robotech (Italy).
NRS Research Atelier Network Robot Systems EUROPEAN COMMISSION. IST PRIORITY
: Network Robot Systems (NRS) is a Research Atelier funded by the European Commission in the IST priority, Future and Emergent Technologies, Beyond Robotics, EURON. The main objectives are to prepare a Roadmap of NRS, to create a WEB and a data base with NRS information, and to edit a book with the resulting information. The analysis to be performed includes the consideration of the economical and societal driving forces, the identification of the bottlenecks to progress, and the NRS activities in the world. The relevant technologies, techniques and tools will be studied. The standards and protocols will be also examined. Moreover, an analysis of future applications and scenarios will be conducted. A study of future key lines of research and development will be performed, and a strategic plan for Europe will be proposed. In 2006 the Roadmap of NRS has been done. AICIA has actively participated in the study of the state of the art in NRS and related technologies, in the analysis of the scientific challenges, and in the definition of future research activities in the field. Apart from AICIA, the partners of this project are the Technical University of Catalonia (coordinator), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (lAAS), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de lausanne (EPFl), Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna (SSSA), Universidad de Zaragoza, Institute for Systems & Robotics of lisbon (IST), and the University of Surrey.
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EURON II European Robotics Research Network II EUROPEAN COMMISSION. IST-FET BEYOND ROBOTICS
: EURON II is a network of excellence under the 6th Framework Programme (FP6), funded as part of the Information Society Technologies (IST) Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme on “Beyond Robotics”. EURON II is a continuation of the original European Robotics Network (EURON) of the Fifth Framework Programme. EURON’s objective is to implement and maintain a Network of Excellence that allows coordination of research, teaching and education, academy-industry collaboration, and publications and conferences in the area of robotics throughout Europe. EURON is organised around a number of key areas: research coordination, education and training, industrial links and dissemination. Summer schools and a number of ad-hoc activities are organised,, mostly related to: prospective research projects, research ateliers, and topical studies. AICIA has been a member of EURON since its constitution and has been coordinating the “Field Robotics” interest group.
RETROFIT-KIT Restoration of Social Houses IEEA (U.E. INTElIGENT ENERGY FOR EUROPE PROGRAM
: The objective of the project is to study the possibility of applying the Central European standard of the PASSIVEHOUSE company in retrofitting, rented social homes, often found in the European Union. The standard consists of single family homes that are well insulated, with windows of very low thermal transmittance, airtight, and with energy recycling of used air, including high energy efficient electrical household appliances. A requirement of the standard is not to exceed 15 kWh/m2, but for retrofitted houses the limit has been raised to 30 kWh/m2. The role played by AICIA in the project is the verification of the situation of the houses in the South of Spain, with emphasis on improving the refrigeration system, very deteriorated by the conditions of the houses, by means of taking measures to reduce overheating, such as the use of movable shading devices and night ventilation. From the results obtained in the various countries (Austria, Holland, Denmark, lithuania, Spain) a web page has been prepared that will be disseminated among retrofitting companies with information about the rehabilitation possibilities during the second part of the project.
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PHYdAdES Phyllis Database Dissemination, Training and Standardisation EUROPEAN UNION
: Reliable information on biomass fuels and ashes is vital for the rapid introduction of biomass as a sustainable fuel in the European Union and beyond. Biomass producers, traders and buyers, equipment manufacturers, legislative bodies and all other parties involved in the use of biomass, demand independent background information on the composition and quality of biomass fuels and biomass ashes generated using standardized methods. The first objective of the PHYDADES project is to create such a database from the existing PHYllIS database and the multitude of data present (but not readily available) at various European organisations. The second objective of the PHYDADES project is to provide instruction in the use of standardized analysis methods, in particular for the new member states. This will consist of on-job training for laboratory staff and workshops for all involved in biomass trade and use.
PASSIVE ON- marketable Passive Homes IEEA (U.E. INTElIGENT ENERGY FOR EUROPE PROGRAM)
: The Passive-On Project is a research and dissemination project within the framework of the European program SAVE, Intelligent Energy for Europe. The aim of this project is to examine how to promote the concept of passive housing, especially in Southern Europe. In these regions high energy consumption in homes is produced not only by heating in winter but also, and some times more significantly, by refrigeration in summer. The Passive-On Project has three main objectives: » For architects and other building professionals, the project provides design guidelines and a computer tool for calculating the actual costs of passive climate homes, both for climates with a dominant cooling load and for climates with a dominant heating load. » For governing bodies, the project provides a strategy report dealing with obstacles and solutions within the frame of the European Union, useful for both national and local governments capable of furthering a more wide-scale development of Passive Houses. » In general, Passive-On aims at spreading the concept of passive homes amongst member countries. AICIA has participated in the development of the design guidelines and in the preparation of the computer tool, thanks to the tools of thermal simulation developed, the energy certification methodologies developed and to the computer tools for mapping results.
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RENEW Renewable Fuels for Advanced Powertrains EUROPEAN UNION SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME SES6-CT-2003-502705; MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE - ENE2004-20458-E/CON
: RENEW aims to develop, compare, (partially) demonstrate and train on a range of fuel production chains for motor vehicles. ligno-cellulose biomass sources will be used as feedstock to produce synthesis gas from which various vehicle fuels can be derived: Methanol/DME, ethanol (thermo-chemical and enzymatic pathway) and a novel biomass-to-liquid (BTl) fuel. The project will develop and evaluate the respective processing technologies with a view to producing cost effective premium fuels for current and future combustion engines from a wide bandwidth of bio-feedstock. Within 4 vertical subprojects, alternative thermochemical gasification, enzymatic fuel production and fuel synthesis processes will be considered, while 2 horizontal subprojects cover technology assessment and training. Two pilot-produced fuels (DME and BTl) will be submitted to extensive motor-tests by 4 leading European car manufacturers within this project, the other fuels will be made available for tests in further projects. It is envisaged that this procedure will lead to the introduction of favourably priced biomass-derived fuels for motor vehicles from 2010 onwards. One of the six RENEW sub projects, “SP4: Optimisation of Bio-ethanol Production”, is led by Abengoa Bioenergía and counts with AICIA as the main partner. This sub project will explore ethanol production in two ways: the enzymatic way (enzymatic hydrolysis of ligno-cellulose biomass) and the thermo-chemical way (biomass gasification and catalytic conversion of the synthesis gas generated to ethanol).
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mATAARI Improvement of accessibility to transport and logistic services among urban areas and intermodal centres INTERREG IIIB MEDOC EUROPEAN PROGRAMME
: The MATAARI project aims at dealing with the problems of accessibility of the greatest inter-provincial areas, where a strong link exists between urban/ suburban traffic and freight traffic, generated by inter-modal and logistics centres, by the analysis, definition and implementation of strategies and actions directed at solving conflicts between the operational areas/ports of access of the inter-modal centres and the external road network. The proposal aims at fostering the aggregation and coordination of different entities existing within the territory and promoting real improvement in accessibility to transport networks and logistics services, aiming at the sustainability of mobility in the entire area. MATAARI aims at dealing with these problems by acting on the whole issue of accessibility to transport and logistics services, intervening in two fundamental aspects: » The physical level, composed of the infrastructure, technological devices and organisational aspects necessary to help users of transport services in moving through the network and reaching their destination, both for freight and for passenger transport (with private or public vehicles). » The virtual level, that is the organisational/technological support necessary for obtaining transport services (logistics and for passengers) and the integration of all the phases of displacement to be carried out in the network.
bESTUFS II Modelling Best Urban Freight Solutions EUROPEAN UNION. VI FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
: Bestufs II is a VI FP follow-up initiative of the BESTUFS project and aims at maintaining and expanding an open European network between urban freight transport experts, user groups/associations, ongoing projects, the relevant European Commission Directorates and representatives of national, regional and local transport administrations and transport operators in order to identify, describe and disseminate best practices, success criteria and bottlenecks with respect to City logistics. The tasks allocated to 2006 included “data harmonisation”, searching for existing material and the results of projects, studies, surveys, official census etc. related to urban freight transport. “Modelling approaches” carried out an overview of the urban goods movement modelling experiences and results. Finally, “case studies” dealt with a description of implementation experiences, application fields and opportunities related to data collection and modelling, identifying and describing case studies in each country with the aim of knowing when, how often, and in what situation the models and data are used and why someone pays for them.
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ALCAS Cost Reduction Study in Advanced Aeronautics Structures Project EUROPEAN COMMISSION
: The objective of the current European project is to reduce by 15% the operating costs of the main products in the aeronautics industry by the use of carbon fibre for the main aircraft structures. This objective means an optimisation in weight, manufacturing and maintenance costs. AICIA is participating in this project together with a consortium of 58 companies, technological centers and universities led by AIRBUS and DASSAUlT-AVIATION, belonging to 12 European countries (Germany, France, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Holland, Belgium, Portugal, Israel and Czech Rep.). As a result of this project, the design and manufacturing of a carbon fibre wing will be carried out.
VERdI-VIRTUAL Engineering for robust manufacturing with design integration EUROPEAN UNION
: The Verdi project comes within the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission. AICIA plays a double role in the project: the numerical simulation of the soldering processes to determine stresses and residual movement and the execution of numerous mechanical trials at high temperatures on nickel super alloys. The project results will be of use for the manufacture of aircraft motor parts.
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FALCOm PROJECT Prediction Of The Behaviour, Design And Cost Of Non-Crimp Fabrics (NCF) EUROPEAN COMMISSION. â€œCOMPETITIVE AND SUSTAINABlE GROWTHâ€? G4RD-CT-2001-00694
: The main objective of the FAlCOM programme is the use of the know-how on composite materials from each partner for the characterisation of the engineering properties of the Non-Crimp Fabrics (NCF). This include the study of the manufacturing, processing, performance, design and certification of this type of material, in order to create an integrated design tool for this composite material. This tool consists of a database with the experimental results of the study, a series of algorithms based on the elemental models, in addition to semi-empirical laws, tools for analysis of costs and, finally, an advisable methodology of certification for the primary structural elements made with NCF. The potential savings are up to 35% in weight and cost and 5% in environmental emissions during its production in comparison with elements made from aeronautic aluminium alloys. The role of AICIA in this Project is to analyze and extend, when possible, present behavioral models of composites to NCFs, modeling the stiffness degradation associated to damage and failure of the material, as well as the numerical modeling of the material under typical static loads. The FAlCOM consortium is constituted by twenty different partners and includes material suppliers (TENAX and DEVOlD AMT), design/engineering software developers (ESI GmbH and ESI software), sub-element manufacturers (FACC AG), aircraft manufacturers (AlA, AIRBUS-UK, AIRBUS-SPAIN, EADS-M), high-tech research centres (AICIA, CIRA, QinetiQ, DlR, NlR, SICOMP) and five universities (TU Dresden, Imperial College, lTU, U. Napoli and U Twente).
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COmEd Integration and Development of Real Time Control and Information Systems over Lans GREENPOWER TECHONOlOGIES S.l. AND TElVENT ENERGíA Y MEDIO AMBIENTE S.A.
: The IEC 61850 series sets out the guidelines for communication among devices in substations, independently of manufacturers or communication protocols. Part 6 of the standard describes the configuration language oriented towards interoperability and performance among all the devices at the substation and the various sections of this configuration language. Thus, the objectives of the COMED project are, on the one hand, to achieve an introduction to the new standard IEC 61850 oriented to communications in substations, and, on the other, to develop a software application capable of generating a configuration code for the intelligent electronic devices based on this standard.
AVANdIS Advanced DA/DSM Infrastructure for an efficient management of Electrical Distribution Networks SPANISH MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND TRADE. PROFIT FIT-330100-2005-179
: Electrical utilities have seen the need to renew their present supply automation systems to cope with the increasing demands of the emerging liberalized electricity market. Avandis is a project which aims at exploring and demonstrating the benefits of advanced DA/DSM (Distribution Automation/Demand Side Management) solutions by means of demonstrators using the distribution network. To this end, Avandis is creating a new software tool for DA/DSM tasks which allows the present utility SCADA to monitor and control a set of electrical magnitudes related to elements in the medium and low voltage supply network, and to perform some DSM tasks, such as remote metering, remote disconnection of service, complex faring, and the acquisition of different parameters measuring the quality of service and fraud detection. This tool will be based on Power line Communication. During 2006, the new tools were developed and debugged ending with some field tests. The Avandis Consortium is led by TElVENT Energía y MedioAmbiente (Energy and Environment) with the participation of the distribution utilities Medina Garvey S.A. and Compañía de Electricidad del Condado, S.A., Green Power Technologies, S.A., the University of Córdoba and AICIA.
ATIATVER New Wireless Technologies for Vertical Traffic ANDAlUSIAN COUNCIl OF INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND ENTERPRISE
: The ATIATVER Project aims at offering new solutions to allow the introduction of wireless systems in the commercial catalogue of the MP Group. AICIA, as an expert in the field of design of low power embedded systems, will develop new platforms of embedded systems for vertical traffic with special emphasis on the economic feasibility of the proposed solutions as compared to the conventional ones.
SIRECA Radiofrequency Identification in the Consignment Process in the Supply Chain of the Agro-business Sector ANDAlUSIAN COUNCIl OF INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND ENTERPRISE, COVAP, SADIEl AND CETECOM
: This project aims at exploring the state-of-the art in RFID technology and its application to the agrobusiness sector. It includes the simulation in a realtime environment of the delivery control process at the production centre of COVAP (a Cooperative Society in los Pedroches Valley), as a first step to evaluating the potential impact of these technologies on the production and commercial processes in the supply chain. To this end RFID technology will be integrated with current Information Systems on real processes, to be evaluated as an efficient tool for improving the supply process, detecting and correcting possible errors in the delivery process. With the experience gained in this project, RFID technology will be extended to other production processes in COVAP. AICIA has focused its activities in the project on two fundamental aspects: Âť Developing the RFID devices to allow wireless control. Âť Making an exhaustive analysis of the implementation of a management system for optimal production, taking into account these new technologies.
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bUOYS Intelligent Ambient Infrastructure by the use of Buoys for Improving the Capacity, Efficiency, Safety and Security of inland-maritime Freight Transportation and its Sustainable Integration MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND COMMERCE. TECHNICAl RESEARCH PROMOTION PROJECT (PROFIT). REFERENCE: FIT-340000-2006-24)
: The general objective of Project BUOYS is the development of an intelligent infrastructure for inland-maritime transport, allowing for an improvement in its capacity, efficiency, safety, security and level of service. At the same time, the project is expected to have significant repercussion on the Guadalquivir inland ecosystem, such as agrarian production, and the sustainable development of river transport compatible with the environment. To reach this objective, research and development in high availability embedded systems is necessary, requiring sensors and actuators, as well as other electronic devices and equipment, and Intelligent Ambient systems interconnected by a distributed middleware. Distributed Artificial Intelligent Software governs the applications by multi-agent system architecture, together with soft computing and bio-inspired programmes. AICIA is developing key aspects of the project associated to the hardware and the intelligent software needed for the creation of such intelligent maritime ambient. SERVIPORT ANDAlUCĂA, S.l. and ISOTROl, S.l. are partners of BUOYS, with AICIA as the leader.
ATENEA Architecture, Middleware and Tools PROFIT. MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY: SINGULAR AND STRATEGIC PROJECT. FIT 340503-2006-5
:: ATENEA aims at developing a common vision about future challenges and base technologies facing the three transversal dominions identified in the Strategic Agenda for Research in the Spanish platform PROMETEO: Architecture, Middleware and Method/Design Tools. The objective of this project is to approach the technical development in three strategic dominions involving a significant number of relevant members of the PROMETEO platform. As an additional objective, this project tries to optimize the synergetic efforts oriented towards a future participation in further European funded projects in this area. To this end, the members of the executive committee will lead the technical work packages. The impact of ATENEA will be reinforced by its close links to the PROMETEO technological platform, which is a mirror of the European Platform for Embedded Systems (ARTEMIS). The direct relation of ATENEA with the PROMETEO office will also facilitate its management. In this project AICIA focuses on the definition of new low-power architecture for embedded systems with wireless connectivity.
PTC Common Technological Platform for UTRs PROFIT. MINISTERY OF INDUSTRY. FIT 330100-2006-30
:: This project focuses on the technological platform on which the new electronic equipment in charge of field data acquisition and concentration (UTRs) will be based. These hardware and software platforms, based on embedded systems, constitute a critical component in a control system and have to be highly reliable, as they have to operate autonomously for years during 24 hours a day. Based on current state-of-the art hardware and software, PTC will develop a new hardware and software platform incorporating recent technological trends to be applied in the different sectors of activity of the main contractor (TELVENT). This platform will integrate the following functional blocks: »»Wireless communication such as the field bus. »»Real time operation »»Open source code applications. »»Highly reliable digital links and networks AICIA focuses its activity in this project on the development of circuits and devices for low power wireless communications such as the field bus.
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FURIA Future Integrated Audiovisual Network PROFIT. SPANISH MINISTERY OF INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND TRADE. SINGUlAR AND STRATEGIC PROJECT, FIT 330503-2006-6
: FURIA aims at developing and validating the integration of emerging Technologies to broadcast audiovisual contents to mobile and portable terminals by the creation of a Spanish consortium of organizations which can evaluate and analyze these new technologies. FURIA´s objectives are: » To contribute to the standardization bodies in industrial forums, such as DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting), to elaborate and build new technical proposals for the future DVB, benefiting from the privileged position that Spanish industry has at present in the development of new technologies for audiovisual broadcasting. » To contribute to the success of the deployment of the new DVB-H (DVB for handheld terminals) networks in Spain, allowing the national industry to face new technological challenges, including service headers. » To participate in the definition of hybrid satellite-terrestrial networks to provide service to portable and mobile terminals. » To analyze the technical feasibility of the second generation of the DVB standard (DVB-T2), which deals with the optimization of the signal bandwidth necessary to provide new added value services and higher quality contents. Finally, FURIA is a good opportunity to develop and evaluate new innovative interactive services that give added value to the users and contribute to the deployment of the DVB networks and their convergence with 3G and 4G networks.
HADA-TDT Low Cost Development Aid Tool for Terrestrial Digital Television Applications SPANISH MINISTERY OF INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND TRADE. PROFIT, FIT-330210-2005-13
:: The system HADA-TDT is a transmission and complete reception network of DVB-T, with the capacity to incorporate MHP applications that can be configured and controlled with great flexibility, in a remote way, through a Web environment where the HADA Developer will be able to: »» Load the developed application in the remote HADA server. It will be possible to load the application to be executed in the Digital Television (DT) receivers as well as the “server” part of this application, in the case where it incorporates the function of remote interaction. The possibility of loading audiovisual content for the later generation of the DT signal is also contemplated. »» Configure, if necessary, the different SI/PSI signalling parameters and the Transport Stream flow such as PIDs, describers, ids, table contents and binary speed. The generations of DSM-DC objects containing the application, as well as multiplexing different elements that conform services of Transport Stream (TS), carry out a software module installed in the HADA server connected to a DVB-T modulation card. »» Select the receiver on which the developed application is to be loaded. »» Visualize the video of the selected receiver in real time through a window incorporated in the Web page. The one in charge of transmitting the video out from the receivers to the PC of the developer is the equipment labelled as video “IP Server” in the outline. »» Command this real receiver by remote control simulated on the Web page, as well as by an actual distance control whose information will be transformed to TCP/IP commands, thanks to the use of an IR emitter / receiver and, in this way, able to carry out the necessary actions to validate the application. »» Obtain report files of the application performance. »»Network reception of MPEG2 TS produced in the server and encapsulated in IP. The developer can store the flow received in a file, or decode it in real time if its scope of development supports such a function (usually known as IPTV decoding) to execute the MHP application in the local environment. The developer can also broadcast the flow received to its local network in such a way that it can be decoded with the appropriate software for a community of pilot users testing simultaneously and independently the developed interactive applications. The company INTEGRASYS and AICIA participate in the project.
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OFdm4dVb Design of an integrated circuit for Terrestrial and Satellite Digital Video Broadcasting SIDSA
: The objective of this project is the study and silicon implementation of the different communication systems based on the standards of the DVB /Digital Video Broadcasting) group. In a first stage an integrated receiver for DVB-H (DVB for handheld terminals) compatible with DVB-T (the terrestrial version of DVB) was successfully implemented and is currently being commercialized. The implemented receiver exhibits excellent performance with minimum power consumption In a second stage, new integrated receivers for DVB-SH (the satellite version for handheld terminals) and for DVB-T2 (the second DVB-T generation) will be designed and implemented. This second phase will begin with a high level model of the receiver using Matlab. Secondly, a prototype will be built using last generation FPGAs. Finally, the digital blocks of the receiver will be designed in a Hardware Description language (HDl) in order to obtain a final implementation in CMOS.
mEmS Design and Manufacture of Fuel Cells using Microsystems Technologies HYNERGREEN TECHNOlOGIES S.A.
: This project aims to design a fuel cell to be made of silicon using Microsystems technologies. The intended fuel is hydrogen and the membrane is a polymer electrolyte. The design allows for monolithic fabrication and cell integration into larger groups. The micrometer scale will provide optimal performance in terms of fuel utilization.
mCR3 Design and Evaluation of Boards for Measuring Microwave Power Transistors TECNOlÓGICA COMPONENTES ElECTRÓNICOS, S.A.
: This project has furthered the scientific collaboration that AICIA maintains with Tecnológica Componentes Electrónicos S.A., in the topic of the evaluation of high-frequency circuits. In this case, we have provided scientific and technical advice for the evaluation of two X-band microwave transistors (FlC107WG and FlM7785-4F, from Eudyna). The objective of the project was the design and implementation of an evaluation board for each transistor, the adjustment of the boards and the verification of RF performance as detailed in the manufacturer’s datasheet in the microwave X-band, and transfer to the company for the subsequent continuation of the evaluation process. In order to make the evaluation boards, two amplifiers based on these transistors were designed, operating at 8 GHz. Both boards were designed on a PTFE substrate, with dielectric constant of 2.17. In the case of the FlC107WG device, it was necessary to design transmission line matching networks, since the transistor was not internally matched to 50 Ω. The design methodology for the amplifier, in this case, was conjugated bilateral matching. The design was completed with a biasing network based on SMD inductances able to support transistor dc current. Agilent’s Advance Design System software was used to assist in the design. For implementation purposes, we used CircuitCAM and BoardMaster CAM tools, together with an lPKF C20 circuit prototyping machine. Considering the dc current level in these transistors, a bronze heat sink was designed. After component assembly, the board was mounted on the heat sink and was adjusted in a test-fixture supplied by AICIA. These adjustments corresponded to the removal of lowfrequency oscillation by the inclusion of several capacitors in the biasing networks. Results were highly satisfactory, measuring gain and 1-dB compression point at 8 GHz within the range of values specified by the manufacturer. In the case of the FlM7785-4F device, the design was more simple, since it was internally matched to 50 Ω, although in order to accomplish the measurement of the 1-dB compression point, it was necessary for the company to rent an amplifier and supply an attenuator so as to measure power levels in the range of 35 dBm at 8 GHz. Again, results were satisfactory and as with the FlC107WG transistor, were obtained with an SMR20 microwave generator up to 20 GHz, from Rhode & Schwarz, an ESA E4407B spectrum analyzer, from Agilent, and a 6622A power supply, from Agilent
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TESAmO New Techniques for the Automatic Estimation of Weight and Other Parameters from Fish-Farm Species by using Optical Methods ANDAlUSIAN lOCAl GOVERNMENT. AGRICUlTURE AND FISHERY
: The objective is to develop perception techniques for automatic estimation of parameters of fish-farm species. The techniques developed are intended to satisfy a need of aquaculture industries, overcoming the limitations of existing manual systems. A platform with two synchronised cameras for stereo vision has been implemented. The images obtained are processed by a battery of computer vision techniques with the objective of identifying and automatically tracking fish in sequences of images. Among others, the following techniques have been applied: control of camera parameters for illumination correction, techniques for robust detection of patterns, tracking of multiple objects and robust matching of patterns in stereo images. The developed techniques are capable of automatically sampling the distribution of fish size and weight in sea cages with similar precision as manual systems. The proposed techniques are capable of dramatically reducing the time and effort required for fish sampling.
PISCIS Estimation of Biomass in Fish Farms CUlMAREX
: The objective is to test and evaluate the performance in industrial use of the system for estimation of weight and size of fish farm species previously developed by AICIA researchers. The performance of the system in automatic mode and in operator-aid mode for gilthead bream and sea bass will be evaluated. The project is divided into two stages. In the first stage, once calibration has been performed, the system in operator-aid mode will be analyzed and the results will be compared to measures obtained by traditional means. In the second stage, the automatic mode for gilthead bream will be evaluated.
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Simultaneous Tracking of Multiple Objects NAVANTIA
:: The objective is to develop computer vision techniques for simultaneously tracking multiple objects in sequences of images. The system should track objects without a defined model. A new technique based on the consistent clustering of features that identify each object has been developed. The motion of each object is then estimated and tracked independently. The techniques should be robust to changes in lighting conditions and changes in the background of the images. They should also be applied in real-time. The techniques developed are validated by simulated and real tests on ships and on land.
EPI Computer Vision Applied to Traffic and Transport ACISA
:: The aim of this project is the prototyping of the so-called Image-Processor Equipment(EPI), involving hardware and software developments capable of performing real-time processing of traffic images in order to implement a number of different tasks such as automatic license plate recognition for access control to parking lots or other restricted areas, license plate detection for vehicles travelling at low, medium or high speed in metropolitan and inter-city environments, collecting significant traffic data such as average traffic velocity, expected travel time, queue length estimation, vehicle counting, red-light enforcement, incident detection, etc. This project brings together the design of specific DSP-based hardware, the analysis of an optical system that optimally fulfils the image acquisition requirements of the detection and recognition algorithms and, finally, the development of software libraries implementing such algorithms. The performance of the system in terms of response time, processing capability, effectiveness, cost and scalability is intended to improve the offer of today’s market in the field. Participants: ACISA (Aeronaval de Construcciones e Instalaciones S.A.), AICIA, Optics Department of the University of Granada.
VISIR Vision for Reconfigurable Systems INVESTIGACIÓN DE VISIÓN ASISTIDA (IVA)
:: VISIR Project intends to integrate a methodology with a development platform to implement systems for fruits inspection and classification using artificial vision. In this sense, VISIR contains a reconfigurable platform providing very high speed image processing in a highly parallelized way by means of high performance programmable logic devices and embedded processors. In addition, VISIR will incorporate new features oriented towards debugging of artificial vision applications. This project started in July 2006 and will be finished by 2009.
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SIPMIX Corporative Multimedia IP Services in Heterogeneous Mobile Networks SPANISH MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, TOURISM AND TRADE. PROFIT, FIT-330210-2005-13
:: SIPMIX Project aims at developing a corporative platform oriented to provide real-time multimedia services (voice and data) using broadband wireless networks in order to enable Internet in mobile terminals with ADSL quality. In this sense, this project intends to boost the commercialization of multimedia services with the objective of exploiting the advantages of the third generation cellular system (UMTS 3G), recently deployed in Spain. The technological objective of SIPMIX are: »»A fixed corporative platform (IMS) offering multimedia data services over mobile networks (SIPMIX server). It also offers terminal mobility, profile-based user management, and a framework to create, in a flexible way, applications based on a combination and interaction of different service modules. »»A user application for mobile terminals (SIPMIX client), supporting SIPMIX mobile protocols and allowing an easy access to the multimedia services implemented on the SIPMIX server. - In the SIPMIX prototype the user terminal with access to UMTS and WiFi networks will be a portable computer. - Specifications for mobile phones, PDAs and Smart-phones will be produced with the final product in mind. »»A set of multimedia services implemented on the SIPMIX server. To mention: - TelePresence. - Instant Messaging. - VoIP. - Location-based information. - Access to the configuration of Web-based services. »»A mobility management system including roaming, and personal-, service-, session- and user terminal- mobility. »»A wireless network demonstrator emulating the reference network (UMTS+WiFi) at a small-scale. - This demonstrator will provide a controlled scenario to test services and protocols. - Testing of services will be done not only in the network demonstrator (simulated environment) but also in non-simulated scenarios using real UMTS+WiFi networks. In this Project AICIA collaborates with INTEGRASYS.
Advanced VoIP Communications System ISOTROL S.A.
:: Bluenet reflects the “Future Office” and it is a trial and demonstration field for areas such as domotics, mobility, wireless communications or VoIP. For this reason, it can count on the latest innovations in administration and management of new buildings, such as centralized systems for supervising, administrating and controlling a building’s infrastructure and technical installations, and remote access by means of mobile solutions; all of which are backed by a high service network infrastructure. The project carried out by the research group has designed rings of high capacity and redundancy per floor and expandable high capacity trunks that connect all users to the data-processing centre and the communications bridge, mainly based on HP Blade products, with IP Telephony supported on free Asterisk software with a capacity to support more than 400 users simultaneously. Starting from the VoIP Asterisk Telephone exchange, a module for connection to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) has been developed that allows for the development of personalized menus and contact lists, sharing amongst various groups within a firm, based on diverse criteria. At present, the development of a module to control the band width is being worked on in order to guarantee a suitable level of service according to the characteristics of the terminals used and the disposable resources. In phase II, the project will also include the development of a series of advanced services for locating users through Wi-Fi as well as integrating the tele-surveillance service into the system responding by check calls to camera alarms. The system is in trail phase in the Bluenet building, which aims at being a VoIP centre of reference in the Cartuja.
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Open Source Software ISOTROl S.A.
: Various R&D& Innovation initiatives have been undertaken in collaboration with Isotrol S.A within the framework of Open Source Software in the following areas and technologies: » Content Management (Lenya and OpenCMS) » Mobile Technology Application. » WORKFLOW and GIS Systems focused towards New Electronic Administrations. » Surveillance and process and/or utility network (water, irrigation, electricity, etc) control based on open hardware platforms and Open Source Software, and on WEB technology as communications Support. » Security Management: Vulnerability analysis, remote monitoring, security policy fulfilment, early warning using happening co-relation techniques, pattern identification, automatic scripts of attacks, result registration and metric generation and control of Security levels based on ISO standards. » ERP systems based on Open Source Software: Project Management modules focused on the Software industry incorporating support for ISO9001, ITIL, CMMI quality standards.
: ANUBIS is a total security platform for accessing Internet. This platform integrates the most common functions for preventing attacks and it can be configured by using visual interfaces. The structure used in its design permits easy amplification of new functional qualities. At present, work is being carried out on the incorporation of control modules and wide-band monitoring and the creation of a new DEBIAN distribution.
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Development of Remote Management Systems for Gas Stations Remote control system for hardware devices normally found in gas stations ASEPRODA INFORMÁTICA S.L.
:: The aim of the project is to accomplish the tasks of specification, development, tests and integration of a remote controller-concentrator for gas pumps, sensors and the different payment options of gas stations. This concentrator will control the different models of gas pumps and sensors existing on the market and will allow multiple applications to control these devices through its use in a remote way, accessing the concentrator by means of telecommunication networks. In addition, it will allow for fuelling vehicles and payment without the presence of an employee, accepting conventional credit cards (VISA, 4B, etc.) or customized cards.
Analysing and Redesigning Sanitary Processes for the Introduction of Virtual Reality applied to Training Surgeons REINA MERCEDES´ FOUNDATION / VIRGEN DEL ROCÍO UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
:: The project objective is to analyse and redesign the sanitary processes related to the introduction of a virtual reality system for training surgeons in the Severe Burns Unit at Virgen de Rocio University Hospital (Seville). The needs and principal points of application of virtual reality techniques will be determined by analysis, and will be included in the following phase of system development. The project includes the modelling and simulation of the sanitary processes involved as well as the creation of an introductory usage guide and the evaluation of the system’s deployment.
Analysis and Redesign of Sanitary Processes at VOCENECII REINA MERCEDES´ FOUNDATION / VIRGEN DEL ROCÍO UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
:: The project objectives are to analyse and redesign the sanitary processes related to the introduction of a voice recognition system at the clinical section of Virgen del Rocio University Hospital. There are various points of interests for deploying this technology that should be analysed, as well as its impact on the global sanitary process. The project, therefore, includes the modelling and simulation of the sanitary processes involved, and also their analysis and evaluation of the future situation after the system has been implemented.
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eTAO ANDALUSIAN CENTRE FOR INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
:: eTAO is an a-synchronised telemedicine system which is based on the HL7 and IE clinical standards. This system allows the control of patients following the Oral Anti-Coagulant Therapy (TAO in Spanish) in outpatient care centres. Patient monitoring is accomplished by a specialist in Haematology, but the analysis of the coagulation time is carried out at outpatient care centres, thus avoiding the need for the patient to go to hospitals. This helps to avoid congestion at hospitals while maintaining the quality of the health care service.
Standard Service of Interoperability of Clinical Registers with Electronic Healthcare Records ANDALUSIAN CENTRE FOR INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
:: In this Project, the development and piloting of a middleware platform is carried out. The platform is based on the HL7 V3 standards for interoperability of electronic healthcare records. This interoperability is based on the interchange of CDA (Clinical Document Architecture) documents. The project makes use of the UP (Unified Process) and of ARIS (Architecture of Information Systems) for modelling and analysis business processes
Digital Image Treatment for Aid in Diagnosis ISOTROL S.A.
:: This project has designed advanced algorithms to help localize breast tumours and micro-calcifications. Image treatment holographic techniques are used and various filters adapted to different types of breast. The results obtained greatly improve existing professional systems for the case of dense breasts :: ::
SImCV Computational modelling of the heart and cardiovascular system in healthy and pathologic conditions. Application to the design and evaluation of intravascular devices and cardiac valves MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE
: The main goal of this project is to develop a prototype of interactive software that includes modelling, simulation and decision supporting tools, to assist clinical diagnosis and cardiovascular surgical interventions, as well as to help in the design and evaluation of intravascular and inter-cardiac medical devices. The project is developed jointly with the investigation groups GEMM (Zaragoza) and CIMNE (Barcelona). The objective assigned to the subproject C03 (AICIA), is to procure that the resulting computer application be developed with the latest technologies of software development
HĂ‰RCULES Generation of renewable hydrogen from solar energy to propel an electrical vehicle based on fuel cells SPANISH MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION. NATIONAl PROGRAM OF ENERGY.
: The objective of this project is twofold. It proposes the generation of electrical energy using photovoltaic panels to be used by electrolyzers to produce renewable hydrogen. It also considers the installation of the required gas processing systems, its transportation and storage, and the fuel dispenser required to supply hydrogen to electrical vehicles operating with this gas. That is, the design of a complete fuel station using renewable hydrogen. This project will also develop a prototype using thermal solar energy at high temperature. The second objective is the design, development and implementation of an electrical vehicle propelled by pure hydrogen fuel cells; this vehicle will be designed to be able to refuel in the fuel station above mentioned. To this end, a commercial cross-country vehicle (Santana 350) will be adapted to use pressured hydrogen as fuel in a solid-polymer fuel cell. It will be propelled by a hybrid energy system consisting of batteries and hydrogen based fuel cells. It will rare 130 km/h maximum speed with 180 km autonomy.
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HIdRÓLICA Optimization of the integrated production hydrogen and electricity at wind farms GREENPOWER TECHNOlOGY S.l.
: The objective of the Hidrólica project is to improve the power guaranteed in the production of energy at wind power stations thus increasing energy efficiency so that greater benefits are obtained from the exploitation of this kind of energy. As wind constitutes a clean and renewable energy source, environmental conditions are also improved. The aim is also to guarantee adequate management and development of the project from beginning to end, providing it with suitable support and the conditions to give it a different character so as to constitute a real Strategic Project. In order to achieve this purpose, benefit is expected to be taken of excess energy produced at specific times so that hydrogen and oxygen can be obtained. This fuel can later be used to produce energy when there is little wind. Moreover, hydrogen can be produced to be distributed for other applications. More specifically, the design, construction and evaluation of an integrated hydrogen and wind energy system are proposed as a demonstration plant situated at a wind farm. This installation will be designed and operated according to the specific conditions of the location.
REVCELL Desiggn of a monitoring system for the R&D project “SECO2“ HYNERGREEN TECHNOlOGIES S.A.
: The object of the project REVCEll is the design of an autonomous energy supply system with a reversible fuel cell. Hydrogen is used as the energy vector. A photovoltaic generator is used to obtain electricity. The energy that is not self-consumed is used for the production of hydrogen using the PEM as an electrolyser. When more energy than produced by the photovoltaic generator is needed, the available hydrogen is fed into the PEM for electricity production.
dELFĂ?N Development of an electric vehicle with low infrared signature NATIONAl INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE TECHNOlOGY
: The objective of this research project is the development of an electric vehicle that is propelled by a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell, showing a low infrared signature. This fuel cell is fed by hydrogen, which is stored in a high-pressure on-board tank. The project deals with the tasks related to the design and characterization of the components as well as their integration. These components are the fuel cell, the electric motor, the electric storage (battery), the electronic power converters and the control system. AICIA has participated in the design phase and is in charge of the final integration, working in collaboration with the National Aerospace Institute (INTA). The vehicle is driven by an electric motor that can be fed by the fuel cell and, additionally, with electric batteries, which need adequate control of the power that is exchanged among the components. The control objective is to satisfy the power demanded by the driver while fuel consumption is minimized.
GENCELL DC distributed generation systems based on fuel cells and biogas turbines GREENPOWER TECHNOlOGY S.l.
: In this project, a comparative study of two different DC/AC power system topologies for a 5 kW PEMFC stack, used as uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for isolated/non-isolated equipment is presented. The main goal of the inverter is to convert the energy from the fuel cell with an input voltage of 48 volts and to feed the network and a 220Vrms @ 50Hz AC load. One of the topologies is a bidirectional solution with two inverters suitable for on-line robust systems. The other is a single inverter solution which has been studied for low cost solutions. It is important to notice that the control for the inverter incorporates high stability and reliability, as well as fast dynamic response.
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