UNINOVA – Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias (UNINOVA)

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UNINOVA is a multidisciplinary, independent, non-profit research institute located in the metropolitan area of Lisbon, Portugal. UNINOVA has managed and participated in many national (FCT, QREN, etc.) and international research programmes (FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7, IMS, etc.) during the last 15+ years. UNINOVA pursues excellence in scientific research, technical development and advanced training & education. UNINOVA operates close to industry for ensuring proper technology transfer of results and alignment of RTD work to industrial needs. UNINOVA has strong links to academia for creating continuous knowledge loops in between research and education for advanced technologies. UNINOVA hosts various renowned centres of excellence that expose a wide variety of competences. In particular, and for this project, personnel from the Centre of Technology and Systems (CTS) will be mobilised. The UNINOVACTS is part of the national science centres network being qualified has “very good” by the Portuguese Science & Technology Foundation. UNINOVA-CTS researchers exhibit recognised RTD skills and competences in advanced integrability and interoperability concepts, methods and technologies, in view of high dimensional, highly distributed and heterogeneous, networked environments. They participate(d) in key national and international research projects, e.g.: FP5-IST-37368 IDEAS, FP6-IST-507849 ATHENAIP, FP6-IST-508011 INTEROP-NoE, FP7-ICT-213031 iSurf, FP7-288315 PROBE-IT, ARTEMIS-100261 SIMPLE, ARTEMIS/FCT-332987. They contribute(d) to the development of novel interoperability and integration approaches and its supporting solutions, e.g. Model Driven Interoperability (MDI), ATHENA Interoperability Framework (AIF), Plug’n’Interoperate (Plug’n’Play Interoperability), Multilayer MiddleWare Architecture for IoT (Internet-of-Things), amongst others.

Relevant Expertise for the project:

The UNINOVA-CTS research team commit to work in the project is especially skilled in systems’ integrability and interoperability. Researchers at UNINOVA-CTS exhibit strong competences in integration methods for complex systems and their solutions (service-oriented platforms, middleware technologies, etc.) and on data interoperability approaches for highly heterogeneous settings (plug’n’play interoperability, etc.). As such, UNINOVA-CTS researchers are well-suited for the advanced RTD work envisioned in this project on the realisation of a Factory level Data-oriented Service Bus for data distribution/delivery in industrial settings. Moreover, UNINOVA-CTS researchers are involved in the FP7-ICT-612329ProaSense ‘The Proactive Sensing Enterprise’ dealing with aspects of Proactive sensing especially applied to industrial settings (including maintenance applications). As such, UNINOVA is already actively involved at an EUROPEAN level at research and technological development on areas closely related to those of this project and performing advanced work on its domains of competence. At a NATIONAL level, UNINOVA-CTS is well integrated and provides complementary skills for the so-called “Portuguese” consortium that is promoting an industry use-case on sheet metal working machinery.

Role in the project:

UNINOVA will mainly focus its research and development work under WP2 for the realisation of a Factory-level Data Delivery Service Network, established based on a Self-Organised Data Distribution MiddleWare (DDMW) and that will provide data integration (including interoperability) and (distributed) storage services. This will make available vast quantities of factory-level data for applications to exploit. As such, UNINOVA will also be contributing to the in service platform architecture definition to be done under WP1. Additionally, UNINOVA will have some involvement in the context of WP3 on supporting the developments/integration of data sensing feeds into the data delivery service network, in WP4 for supporting the creating of the service interfaces for analysis and decision making functions, in WP7 related to the integration/validation work of the “Portuguese” use-case, and in WP8 on doing project dissemination (scientific papers, mainly) and research technology exploitation.