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Future factories in the Cloud
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Manager: Hans Hansson
Duration: Jan 2016 - Dec 2020
Researchers:29
Publications: 127
Partners:
Chalmers University of Technology
University of York
Uppsala University
Research groups:
Complex Real-Time Embedded Systems
Data Communication
Dependable Software Engineering

We envision future factories being designed by compositions of smart connected components, with a large part of the intelligence residing in the Cloud. This will enable increased flexibility and evolvability of manufacturing, as well as pave the way for new business models where production facilities can be accessible as cloud services.

Moving a large part of the production complexity to the Cloud has benefits in cost, energy efficiency, sharing of resources, increased flexibility, adaptability and evolvability, and provide in general a strong basis for innovation. There are however associated challenges, including providing efficient and predictable (safe and secure) computation and communication, and coping with the huge amounts of data needed to provide the envisioned intelligence. These challenges are particularly demanding in safety-relevant systems, such as transportation and manufacturing.

FiC will provide generic solutions for Future factories in the Cloud in the form of an integrated set of techniques and generic tools for future smart products and production systems, including architectural templates for cloud based production; algorithms and tools for safe and secure communication and computation, specifically handling big-data; and techniques for efficient and predictable sharing of computation and communication resources. The research will be based on real usage scenarios and results demonstrated and evaluated in industrial contexts.

Latest Publications:
Sep 2020 Enforcing Geofences for Managing Automated Transportation Risks in Production Sites
Aug 2020 A Systematic Literature Study on Definition and Modeling of Service-Level Agreements for Cloud Services in IoT
Aug 2020 Packet Priority Assignment for Wireless Control Systems of Multiple Physical Systems
Jul 2020 How control-friendly is a computing system? And how control-friendly could it be?
Jun 2020 Cuckoo-PC: An Evolutionary Synchronization-Aware Placement of SDN Controllers for Optimizing the Network Performance in WSNs
Latest and upcoming events:
Mar 2020 Special Session on "ADVANCES IN TIME-SENSITIVE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES" at the Euromicro PDP 2020
Apr 2019 IoT Security for Low-power device
Oct 2018 Assurance Aware Contract-Based Design for Safety-Critical Systems
Latest News:
Dec 2018 Two Post-Doctoral researcher positions on topics related to Safety and security Assurance of Cyber Physical Systems
Sep 2016 Framtidens Forskning writes about FiC
Dec 2015 MDH researchers develop cloud solution for industry