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Increasing the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in Data-Driven Simulation of the University of Luxembourg

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - DRIVEN (Increasing the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in Data-Driven Simulation of the University of Luxembourg)

Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2019-12-31

The H2020 DRIVEN project is a three-year EC funded project entitled “Increasing the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in Data-Driven Simulation of the University of Luxembourg”. The project started in October 2018 and the activities will continue until September 2021. In the era of big data the use of modern IT solutions has a direct impact on various fields of sciences and technology.

The DRIVEN project aims to improve the overall knowledge in data-driven simulation of the European and international partners namely: the University of Luxembourg (UL), the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (Inria), the University of Limerick (ULIM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin).

To achieve this aim, the 3 year project is building upon the existing strong research and innovation base of UL and its Twinning partners. The partners are implementing a research and innovation strategy focused on three sub-topics:
1. Mathematical foundations for data-driven simulations – UL with UT Austin,
2. Data-driven simulations for computer-assisted therapy – UL with Inria, and
3. Data-driven simulations for functional composite materials – UL with ULIM.
During Period 1, the coordinator UL and the twinning partners discussed areas of common interest relevant to their respective research topic and a set of joint activities has been defined. Part of the DRIVEN project consists in sending staff from UL to their European and international counterparts and vice-versa. Several bi-lateral visits have been organised during Period 1 but this activity will be intensified during the next Period in order to achieve the project objectives.

Also, an important activity of the project consists in organising scientific events targeting different audiences from early-stage researchers and students to experienced researchers and the general public. During Period 1, The coordinator organised two training workshops in Luxembourg which attracted participants from Europe and beyond and UL managed to involve key actors of the Luxembourgish industrial sector as well as stakeholders. These two workshops attracted a total of 87 participants which is already above our initial target and demonstrate the interest of the data-driven simulation community for UL's research work and DRIVEN project.

Also, the partner ULIM organised our first DRIVEN summer school in June 2019 at their premises in Limerick (Ireland). Thanks to their experience and wide network of contact this first summer school attracted 20 participants from the DRIVEN project and third party organisations ensuring a wider promotion of the project and its partners.

The partners are planning to organise the DRIVEN international conference in 2020 (Period 2) but they have all started working on this ambitious project during Period 1. Notably UL, Inria and UT Austin worked on the organisation of this conference as a satellite event of the WCCM-ECCOMAS Congress, one of the largest computational mechanics and applied mathematics events. The DRIVEN conference will be held in Paris (France) on the 19-24 July 2020.
There has been a significant increase in the expertise of the DRIVEN partners by sharing their respective knowledge in data-driven simulation via the various project activities. The DRIVEN project will benefit the whole consortium and the research quality of the partners. We are expecting the partners to become key actors of the sector by providing a multi-disciplinary approach toward data-driven simulation.

The impact of DRIVEN project has been already demonstrated by the high participation of the international research and industrial communities who joined the different training events organised by the project during Period 1. The DRIVEN project's results and its consortium partners already arouse the interest of different group categories as described below:
• Local industrial actors: Goodyear, CERATIZIT, e-xStream, 3dprint.
• Local research organisations and stakeholders: Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER); Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH); including Sports Medicine Research Laboratory of the LIH; Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg; Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).
• National actors supporting/funding research: Luxinnovation, Fond National de la Recherche, ministry of Economy.
• International research organisations: University of Utah (USA), INSERM & Mines Paris-Tech (France), FORTH & National Technical University of Athens (Greece), ETH Zurick (Switzerland), and Czech Technical University (Czech Rrepublic).

Finally, the DRIVEN project will ensure the progress beyond the state of the art by publishing their research results in high impact journals relevant to the scientific topics of the project. The partners are already collaborating on topics of high interest for the community and that will have a concrete impact on two key sectors, namely: material sector and health sector.
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