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CPSELabs Report Summary

Project ID: 644400
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CPSELabs (CPS Engineering Labs - expediting and accelerating the realization of cyber-physical systems)

Reporting period: 2015-02-01 to 2016-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Smart cyber-physical systems (CPS) are considered to be the next revolution in ICT with lots of game-changing business potential for integrated services and products. Mastering the engineering of complex and trustworthy CPS is key to implementing CPS-based business models. Current CPS, however, are often engineered and maintained at very high cost and sometimes with unknown risks, and recent technological progress from R&D projects is not readily available to most innovators. The CPS Engineering Labs (CPSE Labs) aim at expediting and accelerating the realisation of trustworthy CPS by addressing bottlenecks in the innovation system and by creating and strengthening synergies among relevant stakeholders and efforts. The CPSE Labs therefore equips innovators - businesses, researchers, and students - with CPS engineering infrastructure, knowledge, and tools for realizing novel CPS-based products and services. The CPSE Labs build upon existing R&D centres - in Madrid, Munich, Oldenburg, Newcastle, Stockholm, and Toulouse - and turn these already excellent regional clusters into world-class hotspots for CPS engineering. The Design Centres develop and maintain a common strategic innovation agenda for building up novel and complete CPS value chains. Based on this strategy the CPSE Labs build up and maintain a portfolio of added-value experiments. Experiments are focused and fast-track and they have a clear innovation objective; they build upon results and achievements from large-scale national and European projects on the rigorous design of embedded systems and CPS. Experience gained from experiments, validation results, and best practices, cross-cutting engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements of CPS are continuously integrated and disseminated by the CPSE Labs. The CPSE Labs' marketplace provides an open forum for sharing platforms, architectures, and software tools for the engineering of dependable and trustworthy CPS.
The main objectives of CPSE Labs are:
I. Foster an open, pan-European network of Design Centres committed to transitioning science and technology for engineering trustworthy and dependable CPS into the marketplace.
II. Identify, define, and execute focused and fast-track experiments with a specific innovation focus.
III. Spread best CPS engineering practices and promote cross-regional and cross-sectoral learning among industry and academia.
IV. Establish a marketplace for CPS engineering assets.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first year of the project, CPSE Labs has carried out activities to address all four objectives mentioned above. With respect to objective I – Foster an open, pan-European network of Design Centres – the CPSE Labs partners have established 6 Design Centres in five European countries. Each Design Centre provides its specific CPS engineering competencies and supported technologies and platforms for relevant CPS applications domains. A web portal has been developed to present the offerings of CPSE Labs to innovators and the network’s CPS Engineering competencies, focus domains, and supported technologies and platforms. The project has defined a Strategic Innovation Agenda, where the Design Centres have described their strategic objectives with respect to fostering innovation in their specific fields and related technologies.
Addressing objective II, CPSE Labs has defined and implemented a coherent process to create and run innovation experiments with third parties. Experiments are initiated through competitive Open Calls where European businesses can submit proposals for innovative experiments for the topics offered by the Design Centres. Two rounds of Open Calls have been conducted in the first project year. Independent experts evaluated the 59 submitted proposals, out of which 14 experiments were selected for funding. 6 experiments selected in the first round have been started, and 8 more experiments from the second call will be started at the beginning of the second project year.
Concerning spreading best CPS engineering practices and promote cross-regional and cross-sectoral learning, cf. objective III, CPSE Labs has carried out investigations to create a solid understanding of the innovation and engineering eco-systems surrounding the CPSE Labs Design Centres. Interviews of key stakeholders that work within, or are closely aligned to, the Design Centres have been conducted, which identified a number of challenges with respect to learning and sharing of best practices. Based on these challenges, solutions, involving management, practice and policy, were identified, which will form the basis for further CPSE Labs activities in the following years. In addition, the CPSE Labs partners have investigated the professional training courses currently available within CPSE Labs and reviewed external training offerings known to the partners of CPSE Labs. Furthermore, communication and dissemination plans have been defined and related activities have been executed to publicise the offerings of the CPSE Labs network.
Finally, CPSE Labs has made first efforts towards the creation of Market Place pilots, by eliciting areas where marketplaces and related open forums have already formed; conducting a workshop to gather best practices on digital marketplaces, to better understand key considerations for establishing a marketplace, lessons learnt and “reference” efforts from which experiences can be drawn; and investigating concrete areas for marketplace pilots, stakeholders and their needs.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

CPSE Labs expects to facilitate lower cost and faster adoption of CPSs by increasing scalability of pre-competitive infrastructure deployment and de facto standardization of architectures and platforms. To achieve this, CPSE Labs has started to build a portfolio of innovative experiments through Open Calls, requiring that each experiment demonstrates measurable improvements, including reduction of development time and effort, as well as reduction of operation and maintenance costs. The communication and dissemination activities of CPSE Labs further ensure that this knowledge spread out from the experiments and through the network, in order to create a widespread reduction in development time outside the experiments.
The network of Design Centres established by CPSE Labs stimulates stronger pan-European collaboration across value chains and technology levels, building an ecosystem around the Centres committed to transitioning CPS technology into the marketplace, and provides physical and virtual meeting points for all relevant stakeholders for CPS innovations. CPSE Labs will facilitate the implementation of innovative CPS products and services by integrating, sharing, and disseminating best practices, know-how, and CPS engineering technology, tools, and infrastructure. Initial steps to achieve this have been taken by launching the first innovation experiments, for which the CPSE Labs centres provide their assets from middleware to development tools for safe and secure CPS, as well as experiences from their involvement in corresponding European/national projects.
Through the Design Centres and the experiments, CPSE Labs provides access to state-of-the-art CPS engineering infrastructures for market participants – in particular SMEs – as well as researchers and students to uplift their innovation capacity. The started experiments, each with a focused innovation objective, will advance emerging key enabling technologies of CPS engineering by means of the validate-leverage-disseminate improvement cycle.

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Record Number: 186497 / Last updated on: 2016-07-13