About FiC
Future factories in the Cloud
The Team
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Project profile
Manager: Hans Hansson
Duration: Jan 2016 - Dec 2020
Publications: 27
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:
Dec 2017 A Cost Efficient Design of a Multi-Sink Multi-Controller WSN in a Smart Factory
Oct 2017 Contract-Based Assurance for Wireless Cooperative Functions of Vehicular Systems
Sep 2017 Automated Control of Multiple Software Goals using Multiple Actuators
Sep 2017 Using Safety Contracts to Guide the Maintenance of Systems and Safety Cases
Sep 2017 Challenges of Safety Assurance for Industry 4.0
Latest and upcoming events:
May 2016 The first FiC BIG meeting
Latest News:
Sep 2016 Framtidens Forskning writes about FiC
Dec 2015 MDH researchers develop cloud solution for industry