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VisorSurf - A Hardware Platform for Software-driven Functional Metasurfaces

Objective

Metasurfaces, thin film planar, artificial structures, have recently enabled the realization of novel electromagnetic (EM) and optical components with engineered functionalities. These include total EM radiation absorption, filtering and steering of light and sound, as well as nano-antennas for sensors and implantable devices. Nonetheless, metasurfaces are presently non-adaptive and non-reusable, restricting their applicability to a single, static functionality per structure (e.g., steering light towards a fixed direction). Moreover, designing a metasurface remains a task for specialized researchers, limiting their accessibility from the broad engineering field. VISORSURF proposes a hardware platform-the HyperSurface-that can host metasurface functionalities described in software. The HyperSurface essentially merges existing metasurfaces with nanonetworks, acting as a reconfigurable metasurface whose properties can be changed via a software interface. This control is achieved by a network of miniaturized controllers, incorporated into the structure of the metasurface. The controllers receive programmatic directives and perform simple alterations on the metasurface structure, adjusting its EM behavior. The required end-functionality is described in well-defined, reusable software modules, adding the potential for hosting multiple functionalities concurrently and adaptively. VISORSURF will study in depth the novel and unexplored theoretical capabilities of the HyperSurface concept. Two experimental prototypes will be implemented: a switch-based fabric array as the control medium; and a Graphene based, making use of its exquisite properties to provide finer control. A real pilot-application will demonstrate the HyperSurface potential to adapt to changes in their environment, to interconnect to smart control loops and make use of Information Technology (IT) programming concepts and algorithms in crafting the EM behavior of materials.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 226 750

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 1 962 250
Address
Avenue Panepistimiou 2109 Aglantzi
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 648 250
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
SIGNALGENERIX LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 684 250
Address
Grigori Afxentiou 23C Mesa Geitonia
4003 Limassol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 434 250
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 792 250
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments