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Twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Aerial Robotics

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - AeRoTwin (Twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Aerial Robotics)

Reporting period: 2018-09-01 to 2019-11-30

The overall goal of AeRoTwin is to decrease networking gaps and deficiencies between UNIZG-FER and internationally leading counterparts in EU, by significantly enhancing S&T capacity of the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS) at UNIZG-FER. The project objectives are i) increase UNIZG-FER research excellence and innov. capacity in the field of aerial robotics, in the following Strategic Research Domains: 1) cooperative robotic missions, 2) aerial robot navigation, and 3) aerial robot configurability by S&T knowledge transfer that will implement expert visits, short-term visits, joint schools and co-supervising PhD students and by hands-on experience that will implement on-site trainings, ii) enhance UNIZG-FER networking capacity and scientific visibility by strengthening links to aerial robotics research community by conference attendance, special sessions organization, workshops and tutorials attendance, participation in joint EU and international projects and joint journal papers and by dissemination and outreach activities planned for general public and school students, and iii) improve UNIZG-FER quality of innov. mgmt. and tech. transfer, by strengthening links to aerial robotics industry by participation at industry fairs and by collab. agreements with businesses, by strengthening links to aerial robotics end users by implementation of workshops, and by innov. mgmt. knowledge transfer by organization of innov. mgmt. trainings and tech. transfer workshops. AeRoTwin will create the basis for a common framework for aerial robotics community involving EU and international leaders of the field.
1.1.1. Objective 1: Increase UNIZG‐FER’s research excellence and innovation capacity in the field of aerial robotics
Overall, we have organized 19 events that have contributed to the accomplishment of this objective.
• S&T knowledge transfer:
- 3 short-term visits from UNIZG-FER to partner institutions (one visit by two PhD students for one month, one visit by two PhD students for two weeks, and one visit by one project manager for one week)
- 14 expert visit invited talks at UNIZG FER

• hands-on experience:
- 2 joint summer school and on-site trainings in Seville (Spain) and in London (UK)

1.1.2. Objective 2: Enhance UNIZG‐FER networking capacity and scientific visibility
Overall, we have attended 16 events that have contributed to the accomplishment of this objective.
• strengthening links to the aerial robotics research community:
- 14 conference attendance, special sessions organization
- 1 DroneDays workshop organized
- 1 joint EU project

• dissemination and outreach activities planned for the general public and school students
- 2 open day events
- 5 hostings on national television

1.1.3. Objective 3: Improve UNIZG‐FER quality of innovation management and technology transfer

• strengthening links to the aerial robotics industry = 9 industry fairs and collaboration agreements with business
• strengthening links to aerial robotics end users = 1 DroneDays workshop organized
• innovation management knowledge transfer = 5 innovation management trainings and technology transfer workshops
The overall progress of the project as well as the impact of the results is best demonstrated through a list of Key Performance Indicators (KIIs) that have been defined in the project proposal. The following numbers show AeRoTwin project and partnership between ICL, USE, CTA with UNIZG FER LARICS team has been very successful.

KPI 1 - Publications
KPI 1.1 Average No. of publications in Q1/Q2 journals per year: In the last 5 years LARICS published only 1 paper in Q1 journals and 1.6 papers in Q2 journals per year. Our plan was to at least double these numbers during the lifetime of the project – 2 papers in Q1 and 3 in Q2 per year.
In the first 15 months of the project we have published 4 Q1 papers and 3 Q2 papers. List of publications is given under Publications section of the Report.

KPI 1.2 Average No. of conference publications per year: LARICS published approx. 15 conference papers per year. We expected this number to increase to at least 20 conference papers per year. In the first 15 months of the project we have published 12 conference papers.

KPI 1.3 Average No. of citations per year = LARICS citations in the last 5 years are taken from Google Scholar (GS), Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus (Scps). We expect that these numbers will be significantly increased due to the increase in the quality of published joint papers. Citations in the last 5 years / planned at the end of the project / achieved in the first 15 months are:
∼170 (GS) / ∼250 (GS) / ∼250 (GS)
∼ 18 (WoS) / ∼ 25 (WoS) / ∼ 60 (WoS)
∼ 30 (Scps) / ∼ 42 (Scps) / ∼ 100 (Scps)

KPI 2 - Participation in national and EU research projects
KPI 2.1 Average No. of national and international proposals submitted per year: In the last 5 years LARICS submitted 5 proposals per year (65% of them as coordinator). We expected that AeRoTwin would increase this number to 7 proposals per year. In the first 15 months of the project, we submitted 10 proposals out of which 4 were approved, 5 waiting for results, 1 rejected.

KPI 2.2 Percentage of national and international proposals granted: With increased number of submitted proposals, the increase of acceptance rate is expected due to higher quality of proposals.
5 years prior to AeRoTwin / planned at the end of AeRoTwin / achieved in the first 15 months of the project: 30% / 40% / 4/5 (80%) as we are still waiting for evaluation results for 5 submissions.

KPI 3 - Innovation and technology transfer
KPI 3.1 Number of agreements with businesses (cumulative): Although we planned to sign 3 agreements with businesses, in the first 15 months of the project, we managed to sign 9 business agreements.

KPI 3.2 Number of patent applications (cumulative): No patent applications so far.

KPI 3.3 Number of commercialization agreements (cumulative): Although we planned to sign 2 commercialization agreements, in the first 15 months of the project, we managed to sign 4 commercialization agreements.

KPI 3.4 Number of new innovative products or services (cumulative): No new innovative products or services so far.

KPI 4 - Networking and visibility
KPI 4.1 Percentage of joint publications: joint publications are planned for the following period
KPI 4.2 Number of joint events (cumulative): In the first 15 months, we have organized 2 joint events. One of the events was internationally successful DroneDays workshop for aerial vehicles end-user which was visited by more than 2.000 people. We plan to increase this number in the following period.

KPI 4.3 Co-supervising of PhD students (cumulative): In the first 15 months of the project, professors from USE and ICL became co-mentors of two LARICS PhD students. In the following period, we plan to achieve two more co-mentor relationships and thus accomplish the planned KPI until the end of the project.

KPI4.4 Number of outreach events for general public (cumulative): We organized 10 outreach and open-door events for general audience and thus achieved our initial plan.

KPI4.5 Number of participations at industrial fairs (cumulative): The plan was to participate at 7 industrial events until the end of the project. In the first 15 months, we participated at 10 industrial events.