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Digital Economy & Society


Systems-of-Systems (SoS) describe the large scale integration of many independent self-contained IT systems to satisfy global needs from citizens, taking into account multi-system requests.

While the world becomes increasingly interconnected, and the SoS upon which European wealth, security, and social welfare depend, become ever more complex and ad hoc, the need to manage SoS becomes an urgent priority for European society. Furthermore, SoS have a notable estimated served market dimension in various application areas like emergency response, air traffic control, water management, highway control etc.

Our research and innovation concentrate on man-made and ICT powered SoS that are found in everyday life, such as in smart energy grids, air traffic control and rail networks.

Research priorities  will be supported under the Research Programme Horizon2020. They are based on key enablers for European competiveness and societal improvement generated by the SoS community:

  • Develop methods, architecture platforms and theory for SoS applied to a small number case studies and then identify the commonalities across the case studies
  • Develop multi-scale, hierarchical modeling, simulation, validation capability to provide decision support tools for industry to assess the potential benefits of SoS
  • Identify and build the constituency and stakeholders in SoS
  • Develop an appropriate research and innovation roadmap including use cases that elaborate the added value of the SoS approach

Activities along this direction have started earlier and supported by the Framework Programme 7 through several research and innovation projects and coordination actions.                                                                                                                                                                                          

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Last updated on 30/07/2015 - 15:34


Marta Anna Bulik's picture
Marta Anna BULIK
Have you ever thought about your safety riding through a long tunnel, a road next to a very steep slope or strolling through ancient temples? If so, we have good news for you. Thanks to a collaborative research effort in the EU-funded GENESI project, the monitoring of the "health" of structures such as bridges, dams, tunnels or any buildings has become more affordable and reliable.
Marta Anna Bulik's picture
Marta Anna BULIK
When we are in the car, plane or train we are normally too busy to wonder how they work. We cannot imagine that many aspects of our everyday life, like different means of transport or factory plants, health and energy facilities are actually made possible by the integration of electronic equipment called embedded systems.
Jan Broenink's picture
Modern equipment (cars, airplanes, wafer steppers, automatic baggage handling) is nowadays highly computerized. While designing these, one needs deep knowledge of computer programming and how the machine itself behaves, i.e. the physical behaviour. These two sources of knowledge are quite different, and it is not easy to bring them together. This is a big obstacle in development of trustworthy systems.
Theodorus Denteneer's picture
Smart solutions for green buildings, eco-innovative technologies with focus on the user comfort and adaptation- all of these are nowadays challenges in the area of building automation and control system. Seamless collaboration of building systems such as blinding, lighting and HVAC-heating, ventilation, and air conditioning -adapting to season, time of day and building occupation, hold the promise of increased energy efficiency and improved user comfort and safety.
Andreas Eckel's picture
Andreas ECKEL
Ground-breaking safety-relevant technology used in safety-relevant data communication has successfully been developed within European Union (EU) funded research projects. Applications range from controls for airplanes, latest generation premium passenger cars, up to industrial equipment such as control for off-shore wind power turbines and many others.
Cristina Silvano's picture
Cristina SILVANO
Embedded computing touches every aspect of our lives: domestic appliances, mobile telephony, cars, aircraft, television, the internet, traffic management, security systems and power management, to name but a few! There are more embedded processors sold each year than in any other sector of the computing market, making it one of the major drivers of the IT economy. There are many times more embedded processors in place than people on the planet. It is also a field in which Europe is a global leader.
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