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Collaborative Network for Training in Electronic Skin Technology

Objective

"Future electronic systems will be bendable and conformable. They will be wearable, disposable, and ubiquitous. CONTEST will train young researchers in the fast expanding field of flexible and large area electronics with emphasis on “wearable” devices.
Training will be implemented through well-defined work packages covering critical aspects of flexible electronics, converging towards an electronically-enhanced smart skin. Silicon and organic materials based solutions will be investigated, yielding systems with the advantages of both. CONTEST will push research frontiers towards i) multifunctional electronics, ii) bendable and stretchable electronic systems over large areas, and iii) integration of organic and inorganic materials based components onto the same substrate. Electronic skin will enable gathering “contact information” from large areas simultaneously, creating opportunities to extend the cognitive capabilities of robots, and in human-environment interfaces. CONTEST will thus leverage the strength of the EU in the field of large area flexible electronics, and trigger transformations in diverse sectors such as healthcare and robotics.
CONTEST brings together complementary expertise in flexible electronics, sensors, system integration, and robotics from eight key academic and research institutes, and industry. CONTEST will deliver 480 person-months of unparalleled research training to 12 ESRs and 2 ER in these multidisciplinary areas. Each ESRs/ERs will be mentored by selected experts and will have access to state-of-the-art equipment. Hands-on project training will be supplemented with formal training courses in relevant fields such as system integration, fabrication technologies, and new materials, and a variety of complementary courses such as IPR, grant writing and exploiting the scientific results. Mobility within the network will ensure exposure to complementary academic and industrial research environments."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Address
Via Santa Croce 77
38122 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 074 034,80
Administrative Contact
Umberto Silvestri (Mr.)

Participants (6)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 748 536,10
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 463 887,60
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 625 113,25
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 311 456,62
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
THE SHADOW ROBOT COMPANY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 311 456,62
Address
Unit 31 Spectrum House 32-34 Gordon House Road
NW5 1LP London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rich Walker (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 275 952,16
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joe Galloway (Mr.)