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How do people behave in a world connected by technology? What mechanisms shape the actions and reactions of large groups? And how could they be explored through controlled experiments? EU-funded researchers have generated new knowledge to inform the development of a behaviour simulator.
Published: 5 April 2019
EU-funded researchers are developing new liquid magnetic materials that convert waste heat into electricity. The long-term aim for these materials, which are both affordable and environmentally friendly, is to use them to harness waste thermal energy to reduce energy consumption and help tackle the global energy crisis.
Published: 15 March 2019
The rapid growth in air travel has made the task of controlling borders increasingly cumbersome. EU-funded research is developing pioneering new technology which will lighten the burden on weary travellers while simultaneously tightening security and facilitating ID control at the borders.
Published: 20 November 2018
The textile industry generates enormous amounts of waste and is one of the largest consumers of water and energy resources. EU-funded research is looking at ways to reduce its ecological impact by using textile waste and design to develop new materials for the future.
Published: 15 November 2018
An EU-funded project is exploring what keeps people committed to a task even when they get bored, distracted or are tempted to stop. The findings could foster productivity-boosting strategies, improve robot-human interactions and even help treat borderline personality disorder.
Published: 21 September 2018
Horizon 2020's InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative, which is run by the European Investment Bank (EIB), has invested in the French electronics company Archos and its work on the Internet of Things. An EU-backed loan will enable Archos to deploy new tools to help connected objects function more efficiently.
Published: 3 August 2018
Scientists from the two worlds of acoustics and speech recognition have joined forces in an EU-funded project to develop a compact system - software and hardware - for voice-based access to web applications in today's smart homes. With groundbreaking results, people are listening to what they have to say.
Published: 2 July 2018
From understanding earthquakes to medical imaging, wave-based imaging is already extremely valuable. If the imaging could be done at an even higher resolution, it would be even more valuable. An EU-funded project is training 15 young researchers in the techniques involved, and creating a truly multidisciplinary network in the process.
Published: 21 November 2017
Liquid-crystalline fluids are used in many modern optoelectronic devices, from medical tools to smart phone and computer screens - probably including the display you are reading this on. A related soft matter technology currently being explored by EU-funded researchers could have a broad range of novel industrial and commercial applications.
Published: 10 November 2017
Understanding the interaction between matter and light could lead to countless scientific and technological applications. The EU-funded MEDEA project is training researchers in photonics on how to put new discoveries to use in industry.
Published: 10 November 2017