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Development of an automated classification system for polished stone slabs and tiles

Objective

Limitations in quality control performance represent an obstacle in evolution of the Stone Processing Industry. A way to automated surface analysis is pivotal in realising improved product quality and greater operational efficiency thus reducing the environmental impact of stone processing and reducing product’s time to market. Such improvements are considered to be of major significance to the European SME proposers to secure existing markets and to develop new opportunities. This project aims to consolidate the technical know-how and bridge the technological gaps to allow the development of an automated classification system for ornamental stone slabs and tiles (PROVIPS) based on the development of an innovative spectral sensor to be used within a new type of spectral camera. Such a capability will help the European stone sector by providing a versatile classification tool for lot appearance standardization according to end-user requirements thus enhancing distribution networks by way of greater acceptability of the product and higher productivity at the stone processing stage. Moreover, the new sensor will allow European Vision System Sector to get the chance to renew their offer on existing markets and to find new markets as well. Basing on the experience gained by the partners the following paths for research and development will be scouted: 1.design and development of the ad-hoc spectral sensor enabling the use of spectral imaging techniques. This sensor will acquire colour according to human perception and will allow an innovative approach to pattern recognition; 2.development of goniometric probe for the multi-directional spectral characterization of the surface to allow multiple position inspection as made by human specialized observer; 3.rationalization of human classification process and development of standard quality and grading features to guide the development of classification algorithms in order to solve the complexity of patterns of natural stone

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/pattern recognition
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

CNI INFORMATICA SRL
Address
Via Del Lavoro 13
48011 Alfonsine
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 334 235,72
Administrative Contact
Ezio Pasini (Mr.)

Participants (8)

FRONTWAVE - ENGENHARIA E CONSULTADORIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 173 706,42
Address
Rua Do Comercio 15
7150 321 Borba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joao Pêgas (Prof.)
MASERC-MARMORES SERGIO COELHO LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 92 097,24
Address
Avenida Aviacao Portuguesa 55
2715020 Pero Pinheiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joaquim Coelho (Mr.)
FURRER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 88 337,24
Address
Via Covetta 2
54031 Carrara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierluigi Tioli (Dr.)
HELION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 246 352,58
Address
Bismarckstrasse 142
47057 Duisburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Heimann (Mr.)
SPECIM, SPECTRAL IMAGING OY LTD
Finland
EU contribution
€ 165 814,60
Address
Teknologiantie 6D
90570 Oulu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Timo Hyvärinen (Mr.)
RINA CONSULTING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 20 563,20
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simona Bruna (Ms.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 9 507,95
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)